Top 10 Off the Beaten Path “Bucket List” Adventures

Overcrowding at some of the world’s most iconic sites and destinations has become a fast growing issue over the past years. With this in mind, our team at AWR has put together our favorite ALTERNATIVE bucket list adventures: just as incredible and exciting and maybe even more so because odds are, you’ll have these spectacular places all to yourself!

1) 6-Day Best of the Huayhuash Trek (PERU)

Season: April-October

Starting Price: $995

With new access roads into what is considered the most spectacular mountain scenery of Peru, we have developed this trek into the heart of the mountain range. It offers a new opportunity for those who don’t have the time to do the longer, classic traditional route (14 days). A prerequisite however is to be well acclimatized since we gain altitude quickly!

Set departures for the group rate are on Saturdays, April through October. You may combine this with the 4-day Cordillera Blanca trek for a 10-day expedition. Or ask us for custom recommendations for the ultimate Cordillera Blanca experience!


2) 8- Day Remote Trails Aysen and Patagonia Park (CHILE)

Season: October-April

Starting Price: $3075

Chile’s beloved Nobel Prize winning-poet Pablo Neruda once said, “He who does not know the Chilean forests does not know the planet.” In addition to the vast old-growth forests, Northern Patagonia boasts glaciers, fjords, wild rivers, clear lakes, and waterfalls. The gateway to Chile’s far south, with the Carretera Austral (Southern Highway) winding its way through the region, Aisen is an area of incredible beauty and remoteness that people expect from Patagonia, but won’t find further south. With such wonders as the Futaleufu River, considered by rafters and kayakers to be South America’s absolute best, and areas of quiet wilderness, Northern Patagonia attracts both adventurous travelers and those in search of solitude.


3) 16- Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (NEPAL)

Season: February-May, September-December

Starting Price: $1695

This amazing trek in Nepal takes us into the beautiful realm of the Annapurna Base Camp. This pristine mountain box canyon is surrounded by some of the Himalayas most alluring peaks. On the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, not only do we experience the phenomenal mountain scenery but also a wonderful mix of local people and traditional villages along the way.

The Annapurna Himal lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley, forming an imposing bastion of high mountains. In its span of 40 miles, the range encompasses twelve peaks higher than 22,960ft (7000m) with numerous others well over 19,680ft (6000m). As rhododendron forests give way to bamboo groves, which in turn vanish into the high-desert landscapes, people of Aryan stock give way to those of Mongol stock and the predominant religion changes from Hinduism in the lower reaches to Buddhism in the higher regions.


Camino de Santiago
Camino de Santiago

4) 8- Day Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Coastal Route) Standard (SPAIN)

Season: March-November

Starting Price: $945

The Portuguese Coastal Way is an excellent alternative to the French Way. This stunning walk weaves along the coastline of Portugal into Spain, taking in some beautiful fishing towns and scenery. The seafood along the route is gorgeous with fresh produce served in most restaurants.

Spend time on the white sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Southern Galicia and soak in the laid back atmosphere of maritime culture on this peaceful Camino way.

Meet fellow pilgrims, discover local traditions and get your pilgrim passport stamped as you walk through woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets. Once in Santiago, get your “Compostela” certificate and explore the magic of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Laguna Los Tres

5) 7- Day Los Glaciares National Park: Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Trek (ARGENTINA)

Season: October-April

Starting Price: $1395

From north to south, trek to the basecamps of Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, camping at each and trekking to Paso del Viento with views of the second largest icecap outside the polar regions! Trek, zipline and camp while you experience classic Argentine Patagonia landscapes – steep granite spires towering over vast glaciers, cerulean lakes, rivers and forests!


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6) 6- Day Rongai Route (TANZANIA)

Season: December-March, September-October

Starting Price: $2045

The Rongai Route is one of the easiest routes and the success rate is very high.

The route starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points.

The drive to the trail head takes about 3 hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.

The Rongai Route can also be accessed from Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Allow 2 hours including border crossing. We will need copies of passports ahead of time.


Colombia
Los Nevados Trekking

7) 8-Day Los Nevados Trekking (COLOMBIA)

Season: All year

Starting Price: $1795

Enjoy an awesome mix of city, mountains, and rural coffee country on this custom, private trekking tour that you can start any day of the year.

The trek has a number of days at over 12,460 feet (3,800 meters) above sea level so we would consider it physically challenging (similar to the Inca Trail). Walking can be adapted, however, to suit a traveler’s needs and pace; that is, the distance and inclinations can be increased or decreased in difficulty based on a traveler’s needs.

Your baggage, food, and equipment will be carried by mules for the duration of the trek; you need only carry your daypack. A logistics manager, chef, and trek leader make up the trek team with additional helpers depending on group size. Camps will be made ready for when you arrive and the trek has been designed so you typically arrive for lunch, with the rest of the afternoon to relax and take part in further activities like optional day hikes.

3-season Marmot tents, warm Marmot sleeping bags, Thermarests, and sleeping bag liners are all provided for you along with lighting and a toilet tent.

Depending on a given location, food may be served either in a support structure or a mess tent. All meals on the trek are included, plus meals in remote locations, such as the flora and fauna sanctuary of Otun-Quimbaya.

For your city stays, you’ll stay in refined 3-star hotels with excellent service and ratings in both Bogota and Cartagena. These can easily be changed for 5-star options on request. In the cities, most meals are up to you, since there are so many choices to pick from, but we will help with transportation if necessary, so you can experience some fabulous local dining.


8) 3- Day Uyuni Glamping Luxury Lodge (BOLIVIA)

Season: Year round

Starting Price: $1975

Standing directly in the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flats, at an altitude of 3,600 m, at the foot of Tunupa Volcano, our luxury dome lodge is waiting for you. From a distance, the white pods, designed by Buckminsterfuller, look like a space station. The dome camp is complete with an observatory built for a passionate astrophysicist! Composed of repeated equilateral triangles, their metallic structure is the very essence of mathematical elegance. In front and on top of the domes, a transparent panel offers wide-open views of the Salar and its star-studded sky. Lit up at night, with solar panels placed in between the domes, they are one of the coolest, and most surrealist viewing stations ever seen in this arid region.

Each day at the lodge, choose your own adventure while exploring the surreal and overwhelmingly beautiful rooftop of the Americas!


Salta
Salta Trekking to the Clouds

9) 4- Day Northwest Argentina: Trekking to the Clouds (ARGENTINA)

Season: April-November

Starting Price: $590

This trek begins at the foot of Cerro El Golgota in Ingeniero Maury and ends four days later in Quebrada de San Lorenzo, right next to Salta city. Explore an old Inca trail amid landscapes of great contrasts. The first part of the tour takes place in a dry and arid climate. During the final segment we will enter the rainforests of Salta’s Yunga. Along the route, we will be in contact with nature and the culture of a special area of Salta.

Starting at the Quebrada del Toro, our first ascent will be surrounded by cardones (giant cacti) and will reveal the snowy peaks of Cerro San Miguel and Acay. The trail leads to the archaeological site of “Sillon del Inca” (Inca Seat), ruins that once belonged to the southern part of the Inca empire. We will continue the trip visiting the local inhabitants of the area, who work the fields and breed livestock over in villages over 3,000 meters high. Camp sites and dinners will be the time to share moments with the group and sometimes with locals when we camp near their homes at night.


10) 5- Day Luxury Rainbow Mountain Lodge to Lodge Trek (PERU)

Season: March-December

Starting Price: $1595

A five-day breathtaking trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota, on a route we call the “Camino Del Apu Ausangate”, the route to the sacred Rainbow Mountain. “Apus”, or “sacred mountains” in Quechua, are the bearers of life and the guardians of some of the most pristine alpine ecosystems in the world. Ausangate, the Rainbow Mountain, is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning peaks you will ever behold and the journey there is a trip of a lifetime.

On your trek you will be accompanied by llamas and horses that will carry our gear. These are owned by shepherds of the community of Chillca who are proud to share their land with us, as well as the spirit of their inspiring world. On our hike and in the unique “Tambos” or Andean Lodges, daily meals will be prepared by experienced chefs who will introduce you to a great variety of delicious Peruvian dishes and produce, and for your entertainment: authentic vernacular music, played by local inhabitants, will liven up some of our evenings at the cozy, candle-lit “tambos.”

Want to book your next adventure? Contact us!

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Top 5 Cordillera Blanca Day Hikes from Huaraz, Peru

Read on for our top day hikes in the Cordillera Blanca from Huaraz. These hikes are all excellent acclimatization options for taller peaks or amazing adventures in and of themselves!

1) Laguna 69:

The hike up to Laguna 69 is the perfect day trip for all mountain and nature lovers. As you make your way up, you are surrounded by stunning views of mountains, small waterfalls, creeks, and wandering animals. It takes about 3 hours to get to the lagoon and about 2 hours to return. Most people spend around an hour at the lagoon relaxing and enjoying a wonderful picnic. If you dare to take the plunge into the lagoon, warning: it is freezing cold! There are adventurous people who do it, but just remember for your walk back– it gets cold as the sun goes down!

2) Rajucolta Lake:

Full day hike to Laguna Rajucolta at the base of the incredibly stunning and glaciated Huantsan Peak. The valley looks like Switzerland, lined with massive granite walls and dotted with happy cows munching on tall, wild grass. On the way back, enjoy a beautiful and delicious picnic lunch.

3) Lake Churup:

This steep hike is an excellent one to do for quicker acclimatization. In the morning, drive up to the Lake Chulup trail head. After a steep 3 mile hike, past small huts that provide shade and excellent vistas of the valley, arrive at the secluded glacial lake. Enjoy a snack while taking in the views and then continue up to a final vista point before heading back down.

4) Wilcacocha Lake:

This is an easy trek suitable for hikers of all fitness levels, including those with little or no previous hiking experience. Lake Wilcacocha is located just 10 kilometres south-west of Huaraz, which makes it convenient for those not wishing to venture out too far from Huaraz.
Unlike the other treks which take you to lakes in the Cordillera Blanca region, the stunning Lake Wilcacocha is located in Cordillera Negra and offers one of the best views of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. You are presented with seemingly endless views of the numerous snow-capped peaks that line the horizon, and you will then understand why Cordillera Blanca is also known as “the White Range” in Spanish.

5) Llanganuco Lakes and Refugio Pisco (one or two days):

Wake up early and drive 2.5 hours to Cebollapampa. On the way, pass through an epic canyon of granite walls and the two electric turquoise lakes of Llanganuco. Local lore says the lakes are the tears of the male and female mountains on either side who were forbidden to be together. Upon arrival at Cebollapampa, enjoy a beautiful picnic breakfast.

Then set out up into the mountains on the Pisco Mountain climbers’ trail towards Refugio Peru. Enojy continuous vistas of staggering, glaciated peaks many of them jutting up over 6000 meters.

Arrival at Refugio Peru: a picturesque oasis at the base of Pisco Mountain and several other massive mountains. Enjoy lunch in the cozy dining area and then scamper further up the morraine to get an even better view of Pisco.

In the evening you will be treated to 360 degrees of mountainous splendor lit up by the magical alpine glow. Watch in awe as the sky turns from orange to peach to pink to finally an opaque grey. Then the real show begins as the Milky Way marches across the sky. Back inside, enjoy hot showers and have a delicious dinner before curling up in your cozy bunks for the night.

Want to plan your next adventure to the Cordillera Blanca? Contact us!

Also, check out some of the treks we offer in this area here:

  1. 6-Day Best of the Huayhuash Trek
  2. 4-Day Cordillera Blanca Trek / Santa Cruz Loop

Don’t see what you want? Contact us for a custom itinerary.

Your friendly Peru expert,
Gretchen

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NEW VIDEO: Everest Base Camp Trek

Follow along with Landon from AWR as he completes the Everest Base Camp Trek and, more importantly, discovers the beauty and culture of Nepal.

The 17-day Everest Base Camp trek itinerary includes 13 days of trekking and 4 days in Kathmandu. After a cultural tour of Kathmandu, travelers will fly to Lukla and gaze upon the eternal snows of the Himalaya. The trek passes through the picturesque Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and then continues through an enchanting landscape on the journey to Everest Base Camp. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the culture of the Sherpas and visit ancient monasteries as travelers admire the landscape and mountains. After the trek travelers will have time to discover Kathmandu and Nepalese culture.

All the lodges on the trek are the nicest available – 6 nights in Everest Summit Lodges and 6 nights in local lodges. On the luxury EBC trek, the lower altitude accommodations are mid-range to luxury, while up at high altitude, the accommodations are considered “standard” for high altitude regions in Nepal but Westerners would consider them closer to “budget.” The lodges in Dingboche and Pheriche have private toilet facilities but that cannot always be guaranteed since booking in advance does not work well here in this remote area. Lobuche and Gorak Shep lodges have shared (Western) toilet facilities only

For the ultimate in luxury, stay at the Dwarika’s Hotel or Hyatt in Kathmandu. For “luxury within reach,” you can stay at the 3-star Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu.

Want to plan your next Nepal adventure? Contact us!

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GUEST REVIEW: Lima, Lares Trek and the Amazon

This group of four just returned from a custom 15-day Peru adventure. They began in the culinary capital of South America and capital city of Peru, Lima. From there, they made their way up to the colonial and historic streets and surroundings of Cusco. Departing for the Sacred Valley, they continued on the awe-inspiring Lares Luxury Lodge to Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu. Their epic journey culminated in the lush jungle of the Peruvian Amazon. Read on to hear some of their comments about this once in a lifetime experience!

“Our guides were all great. Transfers went smoothly as did our flights, fortunately. It was nice to see someone waiting for us when we got off the plane or to take us to the airport. We were happy with all of our accommodations.

We loved our guides, Abel and David for mountain biking, Claudia for Cusco and Machu Picchu, and Felix and Carlos from Mountain lodges. Our guide was also pretty good in the jungle. The transfer agents and drivers were all nice.

Highlights were : the one day trek into Machu Picchu— our guide Claudia made it extra special. She did a little ceremony with us when we got to the Sungate with a special blessing and tribute to Pachamama. Other highlights were hiking through the fields of llamas and alpacas and also another special little ceremony that some native Peruvian women had us participate in with our guides after one of the hikes.

-Patti”

“Thanks for all your help arranging our trip. It was amazing. We saw so much more of the dramatic Peru countryside and its local residents than typical visitors who see only Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu.

-Tom”

Interested in doing a trip like this? Check out these itineraries for more inspiration:

5-Day Lares Luxury Lodge Adventure to Machu Picchu
2-Day Inca Trail Express
3-Day Amazon Rainforest

Don’t see what you want? Contact us!

Your friendly Peru expert,
Gretchen

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NEW Trip — 7-Day Best of the Dolomites: Hiking and Gourmet

Always wanted to visit the Dolomites, but never knew where to start? Our 7-Day Best of the Dolomites: Hiking and Gourmet is the perfect trip for you! We have assembled an itinerary that includes our favorite hikes, the most famous vistas, and the best restaurants – all in one great trip!

This trek has lots of flexibility:

  • With a guide or self-guided,
  • Accommodations moderate or luxury
  • Gourmet meals or not
  • Add a day to experience a via ferrata!

Starting at $2395/person!

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (D)
Day 2: Hiking Tre Cime di Lavaredo, overnight in Cortina (BD)
Day 3: Hiking Alpe di Sennes Circuit, overnight in Cortina (BD)
Day 4: Hiking Cinque Torri Area, overnight in Alta Badia (BD)
Day 5: Hiking Santa Croce Sanctuary, overnight in Alta Badia (BD)
Day 6: Hiking Fanes-Sennes-Braies, overnight in Alta Badia (BD)
Day 7: Depart Cortina (B)

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GUEST REVIEW: Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, Maras and Moray

This couple just returned from a custom Peru adventure to Machu Picchu. Read on to hear what they have to say:

“We highly recommend AWR. I liked their reminder emails a lot. There was a lot of info and it was good the way my husband and I did our luggage since the train to Machu Picchu only allowed for a small bag of 11 pounds. So, we were able to keep a couple bags in Cusco.

The main highlight of our trip would be Machu Picchu and then the extra hike to Huayna Picchu that we did and getting the permit for it. That was my husband’s favorite and he was surprised I got that with AWR and was happy about it. I also liked staying in the town the night before Machu Picchu – there was a fun restaurant that my husband got to try ginnea pig at. I just had pasta. I also liked seeing the salt mines & Moray. It might of been fun to stay a night in Ollantaytambo – maybe more shopping time there is all I can think of.

Maras Sacred Valley
Discover the Sacred Valley: Maras Salt Pans

The AWR team was very helpful and made sure we were OK and the tour guides were all great. It was a very memorable trip.

Thanks so much, Gretchen and AWR for your help!

-Gigi”

Want to plan your own Peru trip? Contact us!

Your friendly Peru expert,
Gretchen

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GUEST REVIEW: Rainbow Mountain, Rafting and The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Doreen and Karen just returned from a custom Peru adventure with us! Read on to hear about their trip highlights and get an even greater insight to their journey through their photos!

Trip highlights:

Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
River Rafting and Short Rainbow Mountain Trek

Doreen and Karen began their journey by exploring Cusco and the Sacred Valley. They continued on to do the 5day/4night Inca Trail Trek to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and culminated their time in Peru by setting out on a fantastic river rafting adventure and short trek up the sacred Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate.

“The whole trip was really our ‘favorite part of the trip’- we wished could have stayed longer. Every part was great! Our guide for the Sacred Valley, Rueben, was amazing!! We would have loved even another day at Ollantaytambo. On the Inca Trail, the porters and guides were amazing. Loved having a portable toilet. Food was crazy good! Great to meet new people. It was a fun group. The rafting guides and rainbow mountain guides were amazing! David made our trip feel special.

At AWR, working with Barbara was excellent! For future travelers, our only advise is: relax and enjoy!”

Check out more of Doreen and Karen’s trip photos here:

For more information on what these travelers did, check out our following itineraries:

2-Day Trek to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco

5-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Your friendly Peru expert,
Gretchen

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Top 5 Museums to Visit in Santiago

On your next trip to Patagonia or Atacama, take some time to explore Chile‘s exciting capital and dive deep into the country’s local history and culture via the numerous museums that the city has to offer! Read on for our top 5 museums that are a must on your next Chile adventure!

1) Museo de la Memoria y Los Derechos Humanos

This is the perfect museum to visit if you are new to Chile. It’s all about human rights and gives a great overview of Chile’s controversial politics and history. Chile has gone through a lot of big changes in just the last thirty years, transforming from a strict dictatorship to a strong democracy. To understand the country, you need to understand its past and this museum is a great spot to learn! The museum is made up of several floors and located near metro Quinta Normal. Nearby there is a big park and Barrio Yungay, Santiago’s artsy and historical neighborhood.

Website: http://ww3.museodelamemoria.cl/

2) Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Nestled in the heart of downtown Santiago is the Bellas Artes Museum, which holds several rooms of beautiful artwork. It holds a wide array of sculptures and paintings that anyone can enjoy! The museum is free to enter, with a goal of educating the public through various exhibitions, lectures and seminars.

It’s simple to find this museum! Just get off at Metro Bellas Artes, turn the corner and you’ll see it. The museum closes on Monday but is opened the rest of the week from 10 AM to 6:45 PM.

Website: http://mnba.gob.cl/sitio/

3) Casa Museo La Chascona

Learn about one of Chile’s favorite poets Pablo Neruda, through a self-guided tour of his house in Santiago. Pablo actually has three homes you can visit in Chile. One is located in Chile’s colorful port city Valparíaso and the other in Isla Negra, which is a beach town a few hours south of Santiago. In his Santiago house, visitors receive a personal recorder that can be used while walking through the rooms. It’s a great way to learn about this famous poet and why he is important to Chile.

It’s located in Santiago’s young and vibrant neighborhood Bellavista. After visiting the museum, visitors should explore the neighborhood, grab lunch and admire the colorful street art plastered on the buildings and walls.

Website: https://fundacionneruda.org/

4) Central Cultural La Moneda

In the center of town is the Cultural Center La Moneda. It’s a great place to visit and they regularly update the exhibitions and bring new work to Chile. In the past they have shown exhibitions from Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Sandro Botticelli and more! In addition, there are sometimes workshops that visitors can participate in. For the Andy Warhol show, the center hosted short workshops to demonstrate pop art techniques and allow visitors the chance to make some colorful artwork.

Catch the metro and come to downtown Santiago. The Cultural Center is beside the capital and next to metro La Moneda.

Website: http://www.ccplm.cl/sitio/

5) Museo Interactivo Mirador (MIM)

The MIM is a great place for children. It is also equally as entertaining for adults that are looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon. This museum is filled with tons of interactive games and activities that are both fun and educational. Visitors can learn about earth science, nutrition, robotics and more!

The museum is located in the southern half of the city and can be accessed via metro or taxi.

Website: https://www.mim.cl/

Want to plan your next Chile adventure? Contact us!

Your friendly Chile expert,

Gretchen


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Top Must-Visit Restaurants in Lima and Cusco

Peru is the culinary capital of South America with Lima and Cusco being it’s gastronomic epicenters. Read on for our list of top recommended stops to delight your senses on your next trip to Peru!

LIMA

Cala Restaurant – Barranco

By the sea in one of the main gastronomic capitals of the world we find an innovative cuisine of traditional Peruvian flavors fused with the secrets of the Mediterranean. Commandeered by Alfredo Aramburú and his son Jose Alfredo, they work hand in hand on experience and creativity with the latest culinary techniques. Presenting a menu full of personality with a great variety of dishes and sea freshness. A legacy from father to son that is reflected in every detail is their main key to success.

www.calarestaurante.com

Astrid & Gastón

Their story begins in 1994: Gastón Acurio and Astrid Gutsche, newcomers to study cooking in Paris, founded the restaurant in a small house in Miraflores. At first, very French, according to the world trend. Then, over the years, decidedly Peruvian; willing to revalue inputs and recipes, and with the clear objective of promoting Peruvian gastronomy in the world. 2014 was their twentieth anniversary. They have left Cantuarias to start a new project: to settle in Casa Moreyra, an old house, over 300 years old, in the chic San Isidro neighborhood. Today, Gastón and Astrid, along with a young team of cooks, constantly serve up innovative and exciting culinary surprises that will leave any traveler to Peru astounded.

http://www.astridygaston.com

Central

At Central, the biodiversity of Peru is celebrated. Fresh ingredients and an inexhaustible curiosity to discover and to integrate new ingredients to its menu give rise to a Peruvian cuisine of vanguard in the heart of the traditional district of Miraflores in Lima. The experience that they promise to offer guests is to explore the heterogeneous Peruvian territory in inputs, colors, stories and scenarios. In moving together to different heights, and connect with our environment in a special way. Take a few minutes of your time to complete the information they require. With this they assure that every meticulous detail will be taken into account.

www.centralrestaurante.com.pe/

La Gloria

A classic of Lima, The Glory of Oscar Velarde has always remained in the top positions of the different rankings of the country. It has an elegant atmosphere and a first class service. Nowadays the kitchen is in charge of chef Alejandro Salazar, who presents a menu of Mediterranean food and also uses Peruvian ingredients that give his dishes a delicious fusion.

http://www.lagloriarestaurant.com/

Maido

Life is movement. Nothing is static or absolute. Nobody is. We are in constant flux, as are the Earth, the tides, the bacteria, the light, the blood of our bodies, the color and the seed. The kitchens, like the family trees, are constantly redefined, their identities enriched in an intense interculturality that is the basis of the history of every civilization, since men exchanged the first sounds, products, ideas, customs. Fusion cooking is nothing but cooking, so eloquent is the word that encloses the act. Blood is conjured in the fire. People sing in the hearth. The individual and collective stories merge in the hearth. In the stove life is gestated, the elements are united. In the kitchen the dialogue is promoted, the elements are confronted, the opposites are attracted. This is how the Nikkei kitchen was born, from a complex history known as Peru and from another of equal proportion, distant and foreign, called Japan, that came together to live harmoniously and create a third reality: The Nikkei Kitchen

www.maido.pe/experiencia_nikkei.php

CUSCO

Inka Grill

Inka Grill, the first restaurant of their chain, arrived in the majestic Plaza de Armas of Cusco in 1998, was a pioneer of the gastronomic revolution in the city. They offer an international menu perfectly amalgamated with Peruvian flavors and adapted to suit all tastes, in which the comforting bird and quinoa soup stands out. The menu reinvents international dishes in its original concept, from pastas, pizzas and sandwiches to vegetarian dishes and unforgettable desserts.

http://www.cuscorestaurants.com/inkagrill/

Limo

The ají limo is an indispensable ingredient of ceviche, the standard-bearer of Peruvian cuisine. In it the owners were inspired to create LIMO, Peruvian cuisine & pisco bar, a modern culinary proposal with an emphasis on marine products: tiraditos and ceviches stand out; their sushi bar, an exponent of Japanese Peruvian food; and their famous rice chaufa as some of our most emblematic dishes.

http://www.cuscorestaurants.com/limo/

Cicciolina

A great dining experience is not only the food, for us it is actually the whole idea of going out; where the food and the wine are part of everything around you. The whole experience of Cicciolina starts with finding out about another part of life, the aromas from the open kitchens, the amazing women and men that attend you and the feeling of how everyone sort of knows each other, pecks on the cheek and smiles from regular customers in a tourist town. Cicciolina is all about attention to detail.

http://www.cicciolinacuzco.com/

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Your friendly Peru expert,

Gretchen

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Top 5 Museums To Visit In Buenos Aires

For your next trip to Argentina, make the most of your time in Buenos Aires by visiting our top 5 favorite museums!

1) Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and MALBA

Not only does this museum house the largest public art collection in all of Latin America, it also has an impressive collection of European impressionists; thanks largely to the wave of European immigrants that arrived here at the turn of the last century. Speaking of which, this is the place to learn about the history and development of Argentine artists in a global context. If the very thought of this leaves you hungry for more, pop over to the Latin American Modern Arts Museum, or MALBA, which specifically focuses on 20th and 21st century Latin American art.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Av. Del Libertador 1473, Buenos Aires, +54 11 5288 9900.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM – 8 PM. Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM – 8 PM. Closed Mondays.

2) Memorial Museum (former ESMA)

For those interested in Argentina’s history, this is a very important place to visit. This space was created in the year 2004 to preserve the memory of those who died during Argentina’s last civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983) and to promote and defend human rights. It is located on the 17-hectare site that formerly belonged to the ESMA, the Argentine army’s mechanics’ school, which was used as a clandestine torture center during the dictatorship.

Several institutions are now located on the site, including the national memorial archive, the Malvinas War Museum, a cultural center. The memorial museum features testimonies of survivors of and various historical archives.

3) Usina del Arte

Housed inside a striking old-brick electrical plant in the working class neighborhood of La Boca, Usina del Arte is an exhibition space as well as a concert venue that offers a robust cultural program. The program constantly rotates, so be sure to check the website for details about the latest exhibitions.

Usina del Arte, Agustín Caffarena 1, La Boca, Buenos Aires, +54 11 4909 2076.

Hours vary depending on the week’s program, which you can view HERE.

4) Museo Xul Solar

The works of Argentine painter, Renaissance man and eccentric Xul Solar (1887-1963) are located in a Palermo museum that’s an award-winning piece of art in itself. The venue is around a century old and was renovated in the 1990’s to reflect Solar’s architectural ideas. A friend of famous Argentinian writer Jorge Louis Borges, Xul Solar was an intellectual and artistic polyglot. His works reveal a mind of marvelous modern imagination — don’t miss it.

Museo Xul Solar, Laprida 1212, Buenos Aires, +54 11 4824-3302.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12 PM – 8 PM. Saturdays: 12 PM – 7 PM. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

5) Fundacion Proa

Proa is a private institution located in the historical town of La Boca in Buenos Aires, specialized in Contemporary Art, that has the permanent support of Techint Organization.

A historical Italian house refurbished at the end of the 19th Century was the starting point for this center of Contemporary Art. The building itself establishes a dialogue with the surrounding community through its translucent facades, offering a unique landscape of the City. The history of the construction and the town.

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