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Food in Mistura

Maybe you’ve already heard that Peru is South America’s gastronomic marvel. Indeed, Peru boasts some of the most diverse food in the whole world. This means that a Peruvian backpacking trip entails a culinary experience that will leave you hungry for more. You could travel to all reaches of Peru, which is a recommendable plan. However, if you’re strapped for time, then plan your trip to coincide with Lima’s Mistura food fest.

Mistura has been going on now for 3 years. Every year it’s attracting bigger and bigger names from around the globe. Mistura is a massive food festival where all the best food joints in Lima and from around the country gather to offer portions of their grub for a fraction of the normal price. It takes place in September just before springtime. The gray skies mean the sun won’t be blasting your neck all day while you walk to and from different food kiosks.

There is an entry fee to get in, order cialis online but Pariwana has its own stash of tickets to make things easier for backpackers. Not all hostels in Lima can offer the same convenience. Pariwana already offers tours on a semi-daily basis, but this is one tour you’ll enjoy beyond expression.

You’ll arrive to the gates of the Parque de la Exposicion, the giant blown up yellow fork making you feel small. After walking under the fork entrance, you’ll purchase the tickets with which you procure your food. You can get full portions of dishes for 12 soles, but you should opt for portions at 6 sols so that you can try more food. Go with a friend to split the portions in half, that way you can try even more tasty treats! Mistura 2011

There are a lot of things to see and do in Mistura. Over the 9 days that it’s held, over 300,000 people enter. There is a giant bazar to buy kitchenware, and an enormous market with products from all over the country. There are live cooking demonstrations by some of the country’s best chefs, and the restaurants everywhere you look.

You might prefer to arrive at the opening hour of 10am so that you can make the best of the 12 hours you have before closing time. There are too many dishes to try. You can read about all the restaurants on Mistura’s website. Just make sure to try a few of the staples. Ceviche, above all, will please you, as Mistura hosts some of the best cebiche restaurants.

In fact, you might very well choose to spend all your time in Mistura, returning day after day. It’s the perfect way to centralize a necessary Peruvian experience. Sweets, jungle food, rustic kitchens, juices, anticuchos and any other food you’ve seen on your Peruvian tour you should expect to see again here.

Mistura 2012 – 9 to 18 september – Lima, Peru

Munching in Mancora

Ok ok, so you’ve finally found your way to the beach party capital of Peru, Mancora. That’s all well and good, but this article won’t bore you with specific Sea food - Mancoraoptions for restaurants. Instead, this article is meant to present you with the typical dishes of the northern coast of Peru, in order to inspire you to get out there and find the food for yourself. The adventure is always more rewarding if you make the journey yours.

Unfortunately there is no Pariwana in Mancora, yet, but there are plenty of hostels for the shoestring backpacker to set up camp at. The journey from Lima takes a bit over 15 hours, but it’s a trip well worth it. The hot sun and tropical breezes set online canadian pharmacy up not only the scene, but have had an impact on the culinary variety of the region as well.

More southern coastal areas were exposed to a stronger Andean influence, but the northern coast retained a sort of anonymity in terms of cultural evolution. Like in everything Peruvian, you can find most dishes in Lima, but they’ll be expensive. Better to get on the road and bus it to Mancora. The dishes this article describes can also be found in the transit hub of Piura, which makes for a good sojourn on your way to Tumbes and Ecuador.

The most popular dish you’ll find in Mancora and the northern coast is a form of ceviche. In Peru, they call it cebiche. In the north, the cebiche de conchas negras is the flagship. Anywhere else you’ll be paying twice as much for the black clam ceviche. It comes with those toasted kernels of corn that are so right with the lemon marinated mariscos. If you miss your chance to try it, it’s also a popular dish in Ecuador.

Hostels Mancora - camaronShambar is a wheat and pork rind soup that has bits of smoked ham, green onions, beans and our favorite toasted corn (cancha) in it. Look for shambar on Mondays. Then you have you delicious secos. Seco de cabrito is a goat stew with coriander and whose meats are marinated in chincha or beer…mmm. Seco de chavelo you’ll find in Piura, which is cecina stewed with banana, aji and yucca.

Mancora might be a party center, but you’ll also find great food, great company, and great sunsets. Enjoy it!