Peruvian art and cuisine are flourishing and travellers to the Pacific capital will be relieved to find plenty of talent still at home. Mealtimes in Peru are a serious affair: many cevicherias open exclusively for lunch, suggesting that by dinner-time the morning catch is past its best. That’s our kind of attention to detail.
Most visitors will spend 2-3 nights in the Peruvian capital and find plenty to busy themselves. This is the site of Mario Testino’s MATE gallery, as well as the exceptional Larco Herrera Museum. Both are well worth a visit between forays into the colonial old town. We have first-rate local guides who will make sure you don’t miss a thing.
400kms south of the Capital, the high, windless plateau of the Nazca Desert, is home to vast 2,000-year-old geoglyphs. The giant runways and pictographs – a monkey, a shark, a condor, a spider – measuring as much as 200 metres across have been etched in the burning desert and are really only appreciated from above – needless to say, we have just the pilot.