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Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and rich heritage of Peru through its finest exports. From captivating films and enchanting books to mouth-watering cuisine and essential key phrases, our guide will prepare you for an unforgettable holiday in this awe-inspiring country. Discover the heart and soul of Peru before you even set foot on its soil. Let the journey begin!

Watch 📺

Although the Peruvian film industry has not been as fruitful as some of its neighbours, it has still produced some remarkable films. We recommend "La Ciudad y Los Perros," based on Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel "The Time of the Hero." This film follows four cadets who form an inner circle to challenge the system and alleviate their boredom, setting off a series of events that lead to multiple crimes.

For a family-friendly option, "Ainbo" is a great choice. It tells the story of a young girl and her spirit guides, an armadillo and a tapir, on a quest to save the Amazon rainforest. Another fun family movie is "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," featuring Eva Longoria and Michael Peña, which is set in the Peruvian Amazon. Lastly, Disney's 2000 animated film "The Emperor's New Groove" offers a comedic introduction to the Incan empire for children, following Emperor Kuzco's adventures after he is turned into a llama.

Read 📖

 “Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time" by Mark Adams is a captivating blend of history, adventure, and humour. In this book, Adams retraces the journey of Hiram Bingham III, the explorer who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911. It provides valuable historical insights into the region while offering a contemporary perspective on visiting the iconic site.

One of our favourite novels by Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru’s most renowned writer, is "The Time of the Hero." This story, inspired by Vargas Llosa’s own experiences in a military academy in Lima, follows cadets struggling to survive in a harsh environment. Upon its publication in 1963, the book faced sharp criticism, with Vargas Llosa being accused of writing Ecuadorian propaganda against Peru. Interestingly, Vargas Llosa also made an unsuccessful bid for the Peruvian presidency in 1990!

Taste 😋

Ceviche is Peru’s national dish, renowned for its fresh and zesty flavours. This marinated fish dish is available throughout the country, with the best versions often found in Lima. Made from fish cured in lime juice, it is a healthy and vibrant meal. The name "ceviche" comes from the indigenous Quechua language, meaning "fresh fish."

Pair this iconic dish with Peru’s national cocktail, the Pisco Sour. This invigorating drink is made from Pisco brandy, syrup, lime juice, egg white, and bitters. Peruvians love it so much that they celebrate National Pisco Sours Day every February!

Listen 🎶

Peru boasts a rich musical heritage filled with enchanting melodies, where the echoes of history and diverse cultures converge in a symphony of sounds. From the evocative ballads of Chabuca Granda, the greatest composer of Peruvian Criollo music, to the traditional tunes of Luis Alberto Morales and the folkloric rhythms of Panchito Jimenez, to the contemporary sounds of Gian Marco, this musical tapestry celebrates Peru's diverse sonic landscape.

Say 🗣️

Pata’ - If you want to charm the locals, use "pata" instead of "amigo" when meeting someone. For example, "¿Qué pasa, pata?" meaning "What's up, mate?"

‘Pitri mitri’ - This is a colloquial rhyming way of saying "awesome" in Peru.

‘Tono’ - A Latin American trip isn't complete without a fiesta, and in Peru, they call them "tonos."

‘Tomaré un pisco sour, por favor’ - This is a phrase you will be using a lot in Peru when you want to order the national drink, Pisco Sour. 

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