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Lima is the capital of Peru with a population of 8 million people. The city is located on the Pacific coast, in the valleys of the Rimac, Chillon and Lurin rivers. From the east, it is safely sheltered by the Andes Mountains. This location and tropical zone create a unique climate-warm and mild, without heat waves and strong cooling. Despite the proximity of the ocean and the fogs, there is practically no rain in Lima. In March, the weather is warm, air temperature is about 26 C°, water temperature is 21 C°.
Gourmets come here to enjoy Peruvian cuisine, which combines the features of Japanese, Italian and Chinese cuisines. The local menu has many spices and fruits, from exotic — llama and guinea pig meat. The city has restaurants with Michelin stars, large shopping centers and parks.
A popular attraction near the city is to go to the Island of Palomino to swim with fur seals. Also, tourists like the historical center of Lima, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Around the central square of the city there are the carved Palace of the Archbishop, the Palace of Government, the Palace of Torre Tagle. Here you can see the oldest building in the capital — Aliaga’s House dates back to 1,535, as well as Lima itself. Many buildings of the historic center are decorated with balconies, which have already become a hallmark of Lima.
The archaeological finds, souvenirs, and jewelry made of gold and silver, works of local craftsmen remind about the past of the Incas who lived on these lands
JW Marriott Hotel Lima — this hotel is located in the prestigious Miraflores district, 3 kilometers from the Cathedral. In 5 minutes you can walk to the beach and the Larcomar entertainment center, one of the largest in the city. The center is located on a cliff and consists of 3 levels — from the top overlooking the ocean.
Some rooms at JW Marriott Hotel Lima have a view over the ocean. Suites have spa baths and executive lounge areas. There is an outdoor pool with sun loungers, a gym and spa. There are a sauna, massage and wellness treatments for face and body.
La Vista Restaurant serves international and fusion cuisine that combines Asian and Peruvian features. The menu includes seafood and meat dishes.
After breakfast, a guide will pick you up in the hotel restaurant. First, you will take a walk around the historic center of the city, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and find out what is left of the Incas and what is of the Spanish conquistadors. Then you will go to the pier and get on a boat to the Island of Palomino, where hundreds of fur seals live. You will be given a wetsuit and a vest to swim with sociable seals in the open ocean. In the evening, you will continue your city tour and have dinner at the restaurant with Peruvian dishes.
Palomino Island is located 10 kilometers from the coast of Lima in the Pacific Ocean. Although the name “Palomino Island” is more often found in guidebooks, in fact it is an archipelago of 4 small islands. The way to it by a speedboat takes 1.5 hours. Along the way, you can see the port from the water, the fortress of King Philip and several larger islands.
Palomino is known for its virgin nature and the sea lions that inhabit it. Hundreds of these animals lazily lie on the rocks or slide into the water to catch fish or play with tourists. Here you can also observe sea birds - gulls, red-legged and green cormorants, Peruvian pelicans and gannets, terns-Incas and penguins.
In the highest part of the archipelago there is an old lighthouse that showed the way for ships and steamboats bound for Callao Port.
Astrid y Gastón is a tavern and restaurant of experimental cuisine with a garden and a vegetable garden in a 300-year-old estate.
In 1994, the restaurant was founded by Gaston Acurio and Astrid Gutsche, who arrived in Peru after studying culinary in Paris. Initially, it was located in a different building, and the cuisine was French. In the 2000s, the owners moved the restaurant to the old colonial mansion Casa Moreyra, where 300 years ago there were farmlands and changed the concept, now this place represents high Peruvian cuisine.
Here you can try crispy pork belly with potatoes, beetroot and peanut stew and ceviche with hot pepper rocoto and tamarillo. In 2013, Astrid y Gastón took first place in the ranking of 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America according to the authoritative magazine The Restaurant Magazine.
Maido is the best Japanese-Peruvian restaurant in Lima. One of the ten best restaurants in the world according to the authoritative magazine The Restaurant Magazine. The restaurant features a neutral minimalist interior, attentive staff and an unusual serving of dishes.
Maido serves Nikkei cuisine — translated as "Japanese immigrants". This direction was formed under the influence of several thousand Japanese who emigrated to South America in search of gold at the end of the 19th century. The traditional products for the Nikkei cuisine are fresh fish, wasabi, rice, soybeans, corn, potatoes, avocados, quinoa, spices and citrus sauces.
The $125 Maido tasting menu consists of 11 dishes:
The restaurant, together with its chef, is at the forefront of not new, but trendy Nikkei trend now. It’s impossible to just come and have dinner at Maido, it’s worth booking a table for a month.
In the morning, a flight from Lima to the ancient Peruvian City of Cusco. Acquaintance with the capital of the Incas will begin with a restaurant of Peruvian cuisine. After lunch, you will go by car to the sacred valley of the Incas — Urubamba — the birthplace of an ancient civilization. Along the way, you can look at the mountain landscapes and relax. Upon arrival, you will check into the hotel in the heart of the sacred valley. You will have time for acclimatization. And so that the body gets used to the alpine climate, you can relax in the hotel's spa.
Tambo del Inka is a hotel in Peru, located in the heart of the sacred Inca valley. From the balconies, terraces and panoramic windows, there are views of the surrounding mountains. This is the only hotel in Urubamba with a private railway station where trains leave for Machu Picchu — the journey takes about 3 hours.
The hotel has restaurants which serve dishes from organic local products. The lobby bar serves refreshing cocktails. There is a barbecue or picnic area on site.
The hotel has a fitness center with a gym and group classes, a spa, an indoor heated pool, a sauna and a jacuzzi. In the living room you will find tables for classic billiards and board games. For active leisure there are bike paths on site, bike rental is available. You can also go horse riding, kayaking, go camping, boating and rafting on the river.
Pachapapa is a restaurant of local cuisine with country charm and a traditional Peruvian atmosphere. The restaurant is located in the suburbs of Cusco, in the historic district of San Blas. Nearby there is a church, a handicraft market and a square. The building itself is also ancient, with a courtyard where you can sit in the fresh air.
Most of the dishes are cooked in a wood stove in clay pots. Lamb is stewed with beer and spices, and chicken — in a spicy sauce. Here you can also try traditional Peruvian delicacies — guinea pig meat and alpaca.
For the guests there is the Peruvian artist with national musical program performed on the Andean harp.
Cusco is the high mountain capital of the Incas, one of the most ancient and unusual cities in the world. Archaeologists say that here in the Andes, at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level, people live more than 3 thousand years.
During the heyday of the empire, the city resembled a running puma. In the colonial period, the Spanish conquistadors changed the image of Cusco. In the colonial period, the Spanish conquistadors changed the image of Cusco. They destroyed the Inca temples, building Catholic buildings on their foundations. Inca culture mixed with Spanish. And this mix still can be seen in the city — along with the colonial buildings of the Spaniards, Inca statues of Inca Pachacuti, the ruins of the granite Palace of the Supreme Inca, Inca masonry in the monastery of Santo Domingo, built in the Baroque style over the ruins of the Coricancha temple, are preserved. In 1950, an earthquake damaged part of the colonial buildings, and in sight were the ancient walls built by the Incas, which can be seen today.
The City of Cusco is considered an open-air museum of the Incan civilization and is fully listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can trace the history of this place from the birth of the Inca empire to the end of the colonial period in the Archaeological Museum of Cusco, which is also called the Museo Inka.
Although half a million people live in Cusco, the locals are engaged in agriculture, make clothes from llama and alpaca wool and wear national costumes every day, and not in order to entertain tourists, who are more on the streets than local residents.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, the birthplace of their civilization, and the most significant place in Peru. It is located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, along the Urubamba River.
There are archaeological sites: agricultural and salt terraces, small towns, temples, fortresses and ceremonial complexes. The archaeological complex of the City of Pisac on the ridge of Vilcabamba, it, like other Inca settlements, resembles one of the sacred birds — partridge. It is famous for the observatory and the ruins of an Indian fortress that have survived over the city.
The 43-kilometer Inca road to Machu Picchu passes through the Urubamba Valley — it is the busiest mountain road in South America. Tourists and unprepared travelers are not recommended to go here unaccompanied — this can be dangerous.
At the time of the Incas, there were droughts in the neighboring regions, and the valley along the Urubamba River was characterized by fertility and a mild climate. Taking this as an advantage, the Incas built horizontal agricultural terraces on the mountain slopes. Corn, potatoes, cereals, peanuts, fruits, tobacco and coca were cultivated here, which was of great ritual importance.
Due to the fertility of the valley, the Incas were able to free part of their people from agriculture, to develop the nearby territories and establish a large empire, which was located on the territory of modern Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. At the end of its existence, its area was 2 million square kilometers.
In the morning, you will go for a walk through the City of Urubamba, look at the surrounding mountain landscapes and find out the history of this place. You will also see the Church of San Pedro — a bright example of colonial architecture in Peru. Then you will return to the hotel and have dinner at the restaurant. The rest of the day you can devote to relaxation — visit the massage and spa treatments, go to the pool. If you want to spend the evening actively, you can ride bicycles or horses.
The train, designed in the style of Pullman Car, will take you to Machu Picchu. It leaves from the station located at the hotel in which you live. A light breakfast, dessert and a glass of sparkling wine will be served along the way. At the final station, you will move to a bus that will take you to the foot of Machu Picchu. There, you will walk with a guide through the ancient city and see the Inca buildings. Finally, you will climb one of the hills to look at the panorama of the city and take a photo. On the way back, dinner will be served from Andean cuisine.
Belmond Hiram Bingham — this train is named after an American explorer who claimed to have discovered the remains of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in 1911, although there is some evidence of earlier expeditions by British and German missionaries and engineers.
The train travels from Cusco to Machu Picchu along a winding mountain road along the Urubamba River. Meals made with local products are served on board. Depending on the season, you will be offered: trout in a salty crust, Confit Duck Legs in traditional Peruvian sauce, amaranth caviar and Peruvian pisco — grape moonshine.
On the way, the instrumental Peruvian group will perform popular songs of the peoples of the world. For example, for guests from Russia, the ensemble plays “Ochi Chyorniy”.
You can travel in one of the two dining cars, a bar-car or a panoramic car. Outside, Belmond Hiram Bingham is painted in blue and gold colors. Inside, they are decorated in the style of Pullman Cars of the 1920s. Decorations made of copper, brass, polished light wood, soft chairs and antique fittings convey the charm and elegance of the time.
The city of ancient America, located at an altitude of 2,450 meters above sea level — the last citadel of the great Inca civilization and one of the most mysterious sights of Peru.
Archaeologists believe that the city was founded by the ruler of the Incas in 1440 as an imperial residence and up to 1,200 people lived in it. However, neither the year of construction, nor the purpose of construction, nor the number of inhabitants, nor even the real name of the "Lost City" are known for certain. A mystery remains how it happened that it existed for several decades after the decline of the empire. And then in 1532 all the inhabitants of Machu Picchu mysteriously disappeared and the city fell into disrepair. Machu Picchu is the only Inca stronghold untouched by the Spaniards. The conquistadors simply did not reach the mountainous inaccessible area. The war bypassed the citadel.
There are about 200 buildings in the city: temples, residences, warehouses and other buildings for public needs. They are made up of machined stone blocks that fit tightly together. The main religious buildings are The Temple of the Sun, The Temple of the Three Windows and The Main Temple. The unique building system demonstrates the power of engineering in ancient civilization. To look at the city and the surrounding landscape from above, as well as take photographs, you need to climb to the top of Huayna Picchu.
For 400 years this city was forgotten and remained in desolation. It was discovered by American professor Hiram Bingham in 1911. In 2007, Machu Picchu was awarded the title of New World Wonder. After being included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, it became a center of mass tourism. The city became so popular that in 2011 the number of visitors was limited to 2,500 tourists a day.
In the morning you will go by car to the ancient city of Moray. Take your luggage with you, because you will not return to Urubamba. In Moray, you will explore the Inca's round agricultural terraces. After a walk, the car will take you to Cusco, to the hotel, located in a former monastery of the colonial era. After checking in the hotel, you will go for lunch to the restaurant of the most famous chef of Peru — Gaston Acurio — the father of modern Peruvian cuisine. After lunch, you will have a walk through the center of Cusco, combining the features of ancient Inca and colonial Spanish architecture. At the end, you will have dinner at the restaurant on the main square of the city and return to the hotel.
A city in Peru, located in the sacred valley of the Incas at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level, 50 kilometers from Cusco. It is famous for its round terraces resembling an amphitheater. The masonry made more than 500 years ago is preserved. Terraces on the slopes of the mountains are typical of the Incan empire, but these concentric ones are unique — there is no such ideal round shape anywhere else.
It is not known for certain why the Incas used this amphitheater. A common version is for farming. More specifically, as an agricultural laboratory. The depth of the largest terrace is 30 meters, which creates a temperature difference between the upper and lower parts of 15 degrees. Empirically, they selected the best conditions for growing various crops — potatoes, corn, coca, maize. This method is now common in China, Indochina, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Another version — in a round amphitheater, representatives of ancient civilization held religious ceremonies, but there is no historical evidence for this.
Chicha is the restaurant of the father of modern Peruvian cuisine, Gaston Acurio. He owns Astrid y Gastón in Lima and five dozen other restaurants around the world, the first of which he opened in 1994. The name of Gaston Acurio is associated with the release of Peruvian cuisine on the world stage and its development. For achievements in 2018, the chef received a gastronomic award from The Diners Club.
The restaurant is located in Cusco near the main square of Plaza de Armas. The restaurant is popular with tourists and local people, so you need to book tables in advance.
Visitors praise trout ceviche, alpaca steak, stuffed Rokoto peppers and guinea pig fried over an open fire. Also on the menu there are grilled octopuses, chicken and pizza from a wood-burning stove, vegetarian lasagna, alpaca carpaccio and corn beer — chicha.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio is a five-star hotel in Cusco. It is located a couple of blocks from the central square of the Plaza de Armas.
The hotel belongs to the British hotel and entertainment company Belmond, specializing in high-end recreation. In addition to Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Belmond manages 35 more hotels around the world, organizes river cruises and safaris, and opens restaurants. She owns the Belmond Hiram Bingham train, which takes travelers to Machu Picchu, and several other tourist trains of the same class.
Belmond Hotel Monasterio is located in a former monastery from the late 16th century. The interior decor uses works of art and antique paintings. The atmosphere of the colonial era complements the massive dark wood furniture.
The hotel has 3 restaurants — El Tupay in a large hall with high arches, Illariy outdoors in the courtyard, and a lobby bar with vaulted ceilings. The menu includes Peruvian cuisine made from local products. It serves beef, lemon pies, steamed trout from Urubamba. El Tupay offers dinner accompanied by opera vocals.
If you wish, you can learn more about the Peruvian Pisco drink and learn how to cook Peruvian cuisine under the guidance of a local chef — the hotel conducts culinary masterclasses: from grocery shopping to serving meals.
Other activities include horse riding, mountain biking and hiking to Machu Picchu, and massages for relaxation.
The rooms at Belmond Hotel Monasterio are equipped with an oxygen supply system so that untrained guests do not suffer from a lack of oxygen in the highlands of Cusco.
Coricancha Temple is the richest Inca temple. Built in honor of the highest deity of the ancient empire — the Sun God Inti. At the time of the empire, religious rituals were held here and the mummies of noble Incas were kept.
Translated from the language of the Quechua South American Indians, the name means “golden temple”, because its facade was once lined with gold plates, and the walls inside are inlaid with precious stones. Inside the temple a golden statue of the god Inti stood, a large solar disk and many other items made of gold and silver. The Incas gave part of the treasures to the Spaniards as a ransom for the Supreme Inca.
On the ruins of the Temple of the Sun, the Spanish conquerors built the church of Santo Domingo, but the Inca foundation is still preserved. The ancient masonry was exposed after the earthquake in 1950, which damaged the Spanish buildings, which made the masonry erected more than 500 years ago visible. Having damaged the walls of the Spanish cathedral, the earthquake did not harm the foundation of the Coricancha temple on which this cathedral was built. Probably the reason is the strength of the polygonal blocks and the laying of the base.
San Pedro is the central market in Cusco is located in the Centro Historico district, a 10-minute walk from the main square, Plaza da Armas. It is worth getting here to see the local people, their way of life, customs, culture and traditions.
In the San Pedro market, you can buy magnets, key rings, alpaca sweaters, colored scarves, a poncho, Inca figurines and crosses, drums and Native American flutes, ritual knives of various shapes, colors and sizes.
In the “gastronomic” part of the market, there are local fruits, vegetables, dozens of types of corn and potatoes, coca leaves by weight, alternative medicine, for example, frogs and dried insects, meat, including guinea pigs and alpacas are sold. It also serves local dishes — street fast food and full hot lunches. The dishes are mostly simple, but all fresh and from local products. People eat right behind the shelves, sitting on benches.
Inkagrill — restaurant opened in 1998 near the central square of the Plaza de Armas.
The central place in the interior of the two-level hall is occupied by a rather roughly made massive wooden table, covered with traditional local products in antique dishes. Such food was eaten by the Incas about 500 years ago.
The menu includes pasta, pizza, traditional Peruvian snacks and a national dish — cuy — fried guinea pig with vegetables. In the evenings, in the restaurant there is live music.
The car will take you to the airport, from where you will go to the City of Puno, on the shore of Lake Titicaca. There the rooms will be waiting in a boutique hotel located on a small private peninsula. After lunch at the hotel restaurant, you will go on a boat trip on the lake by boat, canoe, kayak, catamaran or sap board — of your choice. Upon your return, there will be a picnic dinner on the lake — you will taste the local trout, watching the sunset.
Puno is a city on the shores of Lake Titicaca, in the southeast of Peru. It is located at an altitude of 3,860 meters above sea level. From the opposite side of the lake, Puno is surrounded by mountains. Due to this location, the climate in the city is alpine-tropical. This means that there is no strong heat here, and at night the temperature can drop below 0 °C.
Puno has preserved the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal Indians and Spanish conquerors, so it is called the cultural and folk capital of Peru. Locals speak little Spanish, follow ancient traditions and customs, so here you can plunge into the culture and life of the indigenous population. Local songs and dances are famous throughout South America. They can be seen as one of the festivals that take place regularly.
The city has buildings and architectural monuments of the colonial era and Inca times. The attention should be paid to the Cathedral, the monument of the first Inca Manco Capac, the Arch of Deustua, which was built in memory of the liberators of the country from the Spanish invaders and the Tower of Sillustani — the ancient buildings of pre-Incan times.
To get acquainted with the native life of the local Indians you need to go to one of the artificial Islands of Lake Titicaca. The descendants of the Uros Indians live there, who build houses from cane, move between the islands by boats and sacredly honor the traditions of their ancestors.
Puno is located 390 kilometers from Cusco — 6 hours by car. You can also get in 55 minutes by plane to the nearest airport in the city of Juliaca, located 50 kilometers from Puno.
The largest in terms of fresh water reserves and the second largest in area — larger only the lake-lagoon Maracaibo in Venezuela. Titicaca is also the world's highest navigable lake. It is located at an altitude of 3,812 meters above sea level, surface area — 8,300 square kilometers. The border of Peru and Bolivia passes through Titicaca.
Around the lake and on the islands there are the settlements of the Aymara and Quechua peoples.
The attraction of the lake is the man-made reed floating islands of the Uros Tribe, which did not submit to the Incas. Reed, growing abundantly along the shores of Titicaca, provides the Indians with almost everything necessary. From it they make not only their islands, but also houses, boats, clothes, food and medicine.
In addition to man-made, there are enough natural islands on the lake, the largest of which is called the Island of the Sun. According to legend, the respected Inka God of the Sun, Inti was born here. The most notable objects on the island are the sacred "Fountain of Youth" and the Chincana stone labyrinth.
There is a myth about Wanaku — a city lost at the bottom of Titicaca, in which the Incas hid gold from the Spanish conquerors. Jacques Yves Cousteau, inspired by the story of treasures, flew to explore the bottom of the lake. He did not find gold, discovered only ancient pottery. There is no other evidence that the Incas hid gold at the bottom of the lake. But divers and archaeologists discovered at a depth of 30 meters a stone terrace, fragments of walls and sculptures. The estimated age of the finds is 1,500 years.
Titilaka is a boutique hotel located on the edge of a secluded private peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the waters of Lake Titicaca, 45 kilometers from the City of Puno. It is noteworthy that three quarters of the staff are local residents from the surrounding villages — are dark-skinned Peruvians in national costumes. All of them have been trained to provide the proper level of service for guests.
In the modern interior of the rooms national details are added — textile panels, pillows, bamboo tables and chairs, products of local craftsmen. The rooms are decorated in bright colors with bright accents. The hotel has a total of 18 rooms, each with a view of the lake. You can also watch Titicaca from the panoramic restaurant, which offers delicacies of Peruvian cuisine.
You can take a bike from the hotel and drive around or along the coast. For example, you can reach the city of Puno in 2 hours. For guests who are not used to the Alpine climate, the rooms and transport of the hotel are equipped with oxygen supply systems.
You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant, in the room or on the outside terrace. The menu includes simple food made from local products. The cuisine is mainly Peruvian — trout from Lake Titicaca with local spices, beef, alpaca and guinea pig meat.
In the morning, you will take a boat trip on Lake Titicaca. The target is the floating reed islands of the Uros Indians. You will see these buildings, get acquainted with the life of aboriginal people and go ashore of one of the islands. Then, you will return to the hotel, have lunch, collect your luggage and take a minibus to the capital of Bolivia — La Paz. On the way, you will look at the surrounding mountain landscapes and have a snack. Halfway through, you will pass customs control — it will take about an hour. Upon arrival, you will check into a modern hotel and get acquainted with the Bolivian direction of Andean cuisine in the restaurant.
Uros — floating islands located on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. These are 42 floating islands, woven from reed totora, 1.5 to 12 meters thick, depending on the destination and area. The sizes are different: small ones, with a diameter of up to 30 meters, where one or several families live, large ones turn into real villages.
In the 13th century, Uros lived on the coast, and then created artificial shelters in the middle of the lake, so they did not submit to the Incas. On their floating islands, they could sail away from the coast with their families, homes and all belongings, as soon as the saw danger. The rest of the time, the islands remain in place, tied to reeds, logs, large stones. Now only a few hundred Uros live on the islands, the rest settled on land.
The inhabitants of the islands lead a traditional Indian way of life — they are engaged in fishing and handicrafts, they cook food on a fire piled over stones, they go between the islands and land by boat, which they themselves make from the same reed totora. They eat the same plant as food, make sails, clothes, dishes, and even medicines from it.
Reed in the water after a while begins to gain moisture and rot, so every three months the inhabitants of the island are forced to cover the island with dry stalks of reeds, and even more often in the rainy season. When the reed dries, under the weight of a person it begins to break, absorb water and rot, so new stems must be added constantly. On average, one island is suitable for life for 30 years.
Floating islands are a popular tourist attraction. Travelers from all over the world come here to see the life, customs and lifestyle of the Indian tribe. The reed surface of the islands is quite soft, so you can walk on them barefoot, like real Indians.
Casa Grande Hotel is a five-star hotel with 65 rooms. It is located in 5 minutes walk from the business district of San Miguel, the capital of Bolivia, La Paz. The new shopping mall Megacenter is 1.5 km away. In 15 minutes you can reach by car one of the main attractions — Moon Valley.
Casa Grande Hotel has a designer interior, with balconies and panoramic windows that offer views of the city and surrounding city landscapes. The hotel has a fitness center, spacious indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, massage and spa treatments.
There is a cafe Puro Gelato & Caffe for breakfast with fresh pastries with coffee, and Yerba Buena Restaurant & Terrace and Casabar are there too. Casebar is located on the roof, with views of La Paz and the mountains. The menu includes Bolivian and international cuisine. Most dishes are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
The rooms are equipped with climate control, modern furniture, spacious bathrooms in a spa style.
Popular Cocina Boliviana is a Bolivian gourmet restaurant where you can taste traditional food with modern accents that emphasize the taste of each ingredient. The restaurant has a calm interior and attentive waiters.
The menu includes fish, meat, desserts and national dishes. Here you can try peanut soup, chili peas with “drunk” pork, homemade noodles with quinoa and potatoes. Fresh food is bought every morning from local suppliers.
The restaurant is located on the second floor of an old building in the center of the Bolivian capital. It is better to book tables in the restaurant in advance.
Today you will go on excursions in the ancient city of Tiwanaku — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, you will take a walk along the old streets and see the ruins, built in the 200s BC. After watching the walls, arches and statues, you will return to La Paz for lunch, and then the car will take you to the Moon Valley. Its landscape resembles lunar craters. In the evening you will have free time to relax, go to the sauna and have a leisurely dinner on the roof of the hotel.
Moon Valley is a canyon on the side of a mountain 15 minutes from La Paz. The reserve must be reached by car along the serpentine road, surrounded by red-brown-gray hills with scanty greenery. This is one of the most popular natural attractions of the capital of Bolivia. People come here to plunge into the wild, take a break from civilization and take pictures on the background of a landscape resembling moon craters.
Moon Valley is like a desert filled with stalagmites. It is called a smaller copy of the Grand Canyon. Around the valley there is a circular hiking trail that periodically changes altitude. This allows you to see interesting places and take successful photos. A walk through the valley will take about an hour and a half. The route ends at Cape Devil — an observation deck from which you can see the entire “moon” panorama.
Gustu is a gourmet Bolivian restaurant. Danish chef Kamilla Seidler came to Bolivia in 2014 to head the restaurant's kitchen in La Paz. She got to Latin America thanks to the famous gastronomic entrepreneur Klaus Meyer — one of the founders of the Danish restaurant Noma and the initiator of a new movement of Nordic cuisine. In 2016, Latin America’s Top 50 Best Restaurants guide named Kamilla the best woman in Latin America.
Gustu was a crazy idea for us, but in the end it became a wonderful reality. We went through all possible feelings and emotions, and it has become a lifestyle. I am very proud of what the team has achieved, and I look forward to the future.
Kamilla Seidler, executive Chef, Restaurant Gustu
The restaurant menu includes alpaca dried meat, trout appetizer with pickled vegetables and herbal yogurt, alligator tail with hibiscus, ostrich tartar with capers and cream amaranth with tomato confit, pumpkin and herbs.
The restaurant owners are trying to support and educate local people: every day the restaurant buys organic products from local producers, and in the culinary school on the basis of the restaurant Kamilla teaches young Bolivians the art of cooking. Only five out of sixty employees are foreigners. In five years, she trained 2,500 people who now work in restaurants in Bolivia.
Yerba Buena is Casa Grande's signature restaurant, located on the terrace. The menu includes seafood dishes and various cocktails, national and European cuisine. A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the restaurant.
Before dawn, you will go to the airport to get to the Uyuni Salt Flat. Upon arrival you will be met by a car that will take you to the hotel. On the way, you will visit the “locomotive cemetery” to see the trains that once transported minerals from the surrounding mines. Then you will check into a hotel built entirely of salt blocks. In the afternoon, you will go by SUV over the largest salt flat in the world. You will see a snow-white salt desert, giant cactuses and take unusual photos with the optical illusion created by nature. The SUV driver will organize a picnic of traditional homemade dishes.
Hotel de Sal Luna Salada is a 30-minute drive from Uyuni. It is located at an altitude of 3,656 meters above sea level in the salt flat and is completely built from salt blocks. The interior also uses elements from dark wood, pottery and textiles of traditional colors for Bolivia. Some of the furniture in the rooms and common areas is also made of salt blocks, the rest is made of wood. Views of the salt flat are offered from the rooms, from the wooden terrace and from the jacuzzi with panoramic windows.
There is no Wi-Fi and TV in the rooms, only in the common area. There is a spa with a jacuzzi, sauna, massage and treatments, as well as a games room with billiards, table tennis and football.
The hotel has a Tunupa Restaurant with panoramic windows that also overlook the salt flat. The menu includes traditional Andean cuisine made from fresh local products, including quinoa bread cereal. Also at Tunupa you can order meat and fish, cooked according to local recipes and seasoned with local spices and salt. A buffet breakfast is served here each morning.
Uyuni is a salt flat with an area of 10,582 km2 — this is comparable to the area of Sydney. It is located in the South-West of Bolivia at an altitude of 3,656 meters above sea level and is covered with a salt crust of 10 meters. The salt flat formed on the site of a dried salt lake. About 25 thousand tons of salt are mined here annually. In addition, it contains half of the world's lithium reserves.
In sunny weather, the salt flat shines so that it is painful to look at it without sunglasses. Sights of Uyuni are Fishing Island with giant ten-meter cactuses and the Forest of Stones — a concentration of stone statues created by wind and water.
In the rainy season, from November to March, the salt flat is covered with a layer of water up to 30 centimeters. In this period, you can observe an amazing mirror effect here — clouds float in the sky and under your feet.
Uyuni — in the past the largest railway center of Bolivia, today — a small city with a population of about 15,000 people at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level. With the decline of the mining industry in the 40s, the railway stopped working, trains threw near the city. Now the “locomotive cemetery” with centennial locomotives is a landmark of Uyuni.
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