PERU MISTURA: September 8 - 20, 2012
A Cultural and Culinary Exploration from the Andes to the Amazon, including Lima and the 2012 Mistura food festival!
Like the Spanish word "mistura", which means mixture, the small group (10 to 16 participants) tour mixes cultures, cuisines, and geography. The unique trip is escorted by anthropologist Charlie Strader, President of Explorations. He wanted to plan a special cultural, natural history, and food-focused itinerary that included this year’s fifth annual Mistura!
Tour highlights include:
• Mistura 2012, fifth annual gastronomy festival
• Lima, City of Kings
• Cuzco, Archaeological Capital of the Americas
• The Sacred Valley of the Inca with its spectacular Inca ruins and Quechua villages
• The South Valley of Cuzco with its spectacular Inca ruins and Quechua villages
• Machu Picchu, one of the “new” Seven Wonders of the World
• Amazon Rainforest
• A gastronomic focus - from farm to fork - with visits to local markets, cooking demonstrations, and special meals.
Participants will enjoy one of the world’s biggest gastronomical events and the largest food fair in Latin America - Mistura! Food, and the people that make it, are respected at all levels of society in Peru. During the Mistura food festival, Peruvians from various social, age, and gender distinctions gather around pots and cookers to celebrate Peru’s traditional cuisine, marvel at the creativity, reaffirm their identity and celebrate cultural diversity.
Food has long been associated with Fiesta. The Mistura food fair brings together the various actors in the chain cuisine of Peru: farmers, producers of pisco, cooks, bakers, food sellers, confectionery, huariques, restaurants, cooking schools, and commercial companies. In Mistura a special tribute is paid to mother earth, or Pachacama. The richness of Peruvian cuisine is based on history and at the confluence of particular styles culinary and inputs from different regions of Peru - hence the name mistura, which means mixture. To this regional diversity is added 5 centuries of contributions of European tastes, Arabs, Africans, Chinese, and Japanese.
Scattered throughout the Mistura grounds are food stands from several hundred restaurants, hailing from all over Peru and serving specialty dishes. The restaurants are a combination of well-known and higher end places in Lima to simpler regional huariques. Special areas are dedicated to bread, pisco, chocolate, coffee, and Nikkei food. There is also a marketplace with specialty products, demonstration and lecture stages, live entertainment and parades. It’s like a Peruvian food Disney World!
Explorations has been operating educational tours in Peru since 1992 and can be found online at AdventuresOfDiscovery.com.
Explorations Inc., offers educational adventures of discovery throughout Peru, introducing discerning travelers to indigenous cultures and the natural world. Explorations’ staff are knowledgeable, sincere, and reliable.