Catch up on our Peru event

Missed our Peru event? Catch up on the full recording and see the highlights from the event here…

Team Wanderlust
23 October 2023

We left the grey skies behind as we were transported to the majestic peaks and fascinating history of the Peruvian Andes. And what an evening it was! We heard from Ricardo Romero, Director of the Trade Commission of Peru in the UK & Ireland as well as Ulla Holmquist Pachas, Director of the Museo Larco in Lima. They ran us through the beauty of Peru’s archaeology, history and culture beyond Machu Picchu. Ulla entranced us with explanations of the emergence of civilisation in Peru and cultures that far outdate the Incas.

If you missed the event or had to leave early, then don’t worry. We have the full recording of the event right here…

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Your questions answered

Is Day of the Dead celebrated in Peru?
Absolutely, it’s a part of popular culture. The metropolitan area of Lima is small compared to the entire region of Lima but you can see the presence of Peruvians in both urban and more rural areas at cemeteries in honour of Day of the Dead. This practice also links with the start of heavy rains in Peru so it’s believed that the dead contribute to the fertility of the lands because of this.

Do you have a suggestion for combining culture and nature when visiting Peru?
One of the classic recommendations is to do the traditional circuit in the south of Peru to combine Cusco with Puno and Arequipa and explore nature in the Colca Valley. To explore more and immerse in nature, you can venture into Puerto Maldonado not far from Cusco. If you want to be more adventurous, you can definitely go to the north and you’ll have some fascinating circuits there, especially for bird watching. There are certain species that you’ll only find in northern Peru. There are routes that cross from coastal Peru into the rainforest. in the north, you can also learn about the ancient Moche culture.

Is it easy to get around in Peru and access the expertise of guides?
One of the easiest places to travel in Peru is the north because a lot of these places are easily accessible by car, with good quality roads. You can combine two or three sites in the same day, which is also advantageous. There’ll also be time to relax because some of Peru’s most beautiful beaches are in the north too.

Is there an update on the train from Lima to Huancayo re-opening?
There’s a train between Lima and Huancayo but at the moment there’s no official date for the re-opening of it. We’ll be following that closely though and we’ll have more information about that in future.

Is it possible to eat well as a vegetarian in Peru, is this changing?
Typically, Peru is known as being meat, chicken and fish focused in its cuisine. But it is true that it’s changing, particularly in bigger cities like Lima and Cusco. There are several alternatives flourishing for vegetarians, especially in modern, fusion-focused restaurants. Traditional food will always include some fish and meat but vegetarian options will continue to have a presence in Peru to make the most of fresh produce like potatoes, avocados, corn and various fruits.

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A look inside the evening

Ricardo talked us through some of Peru’s cultural festivals

And shared tips for some unique Peruvian adventures!

Ulla gave an insightful presentation about the emergence of civilisation in the Central Andean region

The experts answered your questions about travel to Peru

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