Anticuchos Peru Street Food

Anticuchos Lima Peru
Anticuchos

Anyone who has experienced the better parts of Lima Peru after dark has surely enjoyed the smells coming from the Anticuchos grilling around town.  Anticuchos and Pancita are a favorite night street food around Lima.  My favorite stands are the ones in the local areas you will know a good place when you see alot of the locals chowing down.

Anticucho is marinated beef heart thinly sliced served on bamboo sticks seared on a hot metal grill on top of mesquite wood.  It is spiced as is the pancita or cows tripes seasoned in hot spice and grilled as well.

Sideds include papas and choclo if you are up for a completo.  Copleto is s./8 and solo anticuchos go for s./5 for three sticks.  Do not forget the add your own chile aji bar on the front of the carts.  I pour the red hot ricotto aji all over my beef and the yellow aji for the papas.  Kids can also enjoy as they usually have ponchas or hot dog on a stick grilled as well.

Anticuchos are popular night food in Lima after dark.  You can find them in Alemeda Chabuca Granda or in Barranco near the bars.  Most shopping districts surrounding the center of lima have lots of street vendors just look for the carts with anticucho pancita written on them and enjoy

Chau

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Top 10 Things to do Peru

10.  Eat Cuy Picante.  Try the woodsmoked spicy classic of Peru.

9. Visit the Natural Springs of Curawasi in the Apurimac Valley.  Float the Apurimac River via Canoe or Kayak.

8.  Visit the Cebicherias and Disco Tech’s of the Lima Metro area or catch a soccer game.

7.  Visit

Saksaywaman

Located Just a 5 minute taxi ride from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru.  This National Historic site represents the remaining Inca City which was not destroyed by the Spanish invasion.  There are tours and a ticket counter is at the entrance.  Be wary of locals selling fake passes near the ticket building.  Horse stables are nearby and locals are known for vending fine alpaca hats scarves and blankets off the road past the ticket booth. About $20 Admission estimate take nuevo soles.

6.  Visit

Plaza De Armas, Lima Peru.

Here you will find the main Cathedral which is very exquisite but I have only seen it open once during serveral weddings held at once.  It is the finest in the country although I do believe the cusco ones are older.  The Pizza place is a great place for food as is the Chabuca Market just to the South West of the Presidential Palace.  The square had lots of food and Jiron is full of shops, from plaza vea to tipitop.  There are  2 movie theaters a norky’s, although Campestra is close by and the best in Peru.  Plaza St. Martin is good for travel agencies with airline deals as well as a great place to change your dough.

5.  Visit the beaches of the SUR or El Norte.

4. Visit Cusco and all Inca Heritage Museaums.

3.  See the Nazca Line Ancient Unknown Peruvian Archeological landmarks.

2.  See the RainForest.

1.  Visit Machu Picchu.

Don’t forget to get souvenirs of alpaca hats and other artisan gifts in markets around lima and cusco.  Email for Direct Sales.  We Currently have gift items available on ebay as well.

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Want to go on a Surf Safari ? Or maybe just a surfing lesson? Maybe explore the markets, shop for souvenirs, sample the local food, head out to the disco or night club and see Lima’s Hot nightlife, or simply enjoy a tour of one of the many historic points of interest in and around Lima.

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FOREX Peru : Best Places to Exchange Foreign Currency Peru

Back for a quick update, busy with work.

When traveling abroad tourists always want to get the most bang for their buck.  When traveling in Peru it is important to know the do’s and dont’s of money exchange.  In Lima the airport has various atm’s and a money exchange on the lower floor just before you exit near the coffee stand.  It’s okay to change some dollars for soles here but the rate is usually a few points off the prime rate.

I normally change just outside the center of lima in one of the places the guys in the vests go to do their own changes.  I won’t tell where my spot is because I don’t want every gringo out of san anton showing their touron self there but I will suggest a few good alternatives that bring close to prime rates.

First, dont do it at any of the hotels or eateries as you will get screwed on the rate.

Rule #1 look for the guy in the neon yellow vest, normally sitting atop a bar stool on busy street corners.  The proper way to ask is, “quanto es el cambio por favor” or “quanto es el dolar” last extended stay was normally 2.85 but I was able to change for 2.92 at my un named establishment.  It was a little out of the way but a big safe place none the less.  Normally in Mira Flores one pays a higher rate somewhere in the 2.80 all the way down to 2.70 in the wee hours of the morning.

Rule #2 DOS, you guessed it don’t change your money at night on the street.  It is hard enough making sure you have gotten all of your bills let alone checking that they are legit in the dark street lights.  I rarely change large amounts at night but have in Mira Flores near the McDonalds but not too late.  It was around 11 PM local when I did it there a few times and needless to say I got screwed on the rate but if you are out for the party then you have no choice.

#3 always check around.  During the day time it is not uncommon to see several neon clad money changers on a street corner.  In plaza de armas try the guys in front of bembos.  There is also a reliable place a few doors down on the side of the pizza place but watch out as he tried to give me a fazool last time and I told hime to give me a new bill.  It was a fake 100 sole not you could tell because the foil wasnt glittery.  Be careful out there and its best to use the guys in the jackets they are most reliable.

Gamara: Check close to the food court near the main entrance by Pizza Hut.

Mira Flores:  ATM’s McDonalds Building by movie theater, Exchanger’s just outside

Ave Abancay:  Near the Judicial look for the lady singing on her karioke machine and ask around.  ATM’s and 2 good exchanges

Chabuka:  Here you will need to go back to Plaza De Armas and try Bembo for the ATM or the Bank down by the shops on the pedestrian mall.

Cusco : Plaza de Armas is the best place here plenty of ATM’s and you’ll want to go inside one of the shops around the square to exhange money look for Dollar Euro signs in yellow. If you can’t find one just ask someone. They are in most of the places in the square like the internet cafe’s.

Most Bank ATM’s will give out dollars or soles.  I always get dollars and change my money as needed.  There are usually plenty of neon vested fellows to help.  They should all have a calculator you can use if you need too.  Good luck and stay safe and smart.

Mahalo

Pisco Sour Freebies

Ok I know I know, I had too man!

We now delve into the relm of the Free Pisco Sour.

We will get everything in here from worst to first starting this time with the WORST Pisco Sour Freebie I have ever tried.  Beware when in Aguas Calientes as I just spent the last 3 weeks there surviving on falta, avacado con pan bread.  The only other sustenance I was able to come by was the free pisco sours.  Just kidding guys, anyway the worst I have had was definately in Aguas Calientes at the Mexican Restaraunt sitting on the balcony next to the town square.  It was terrible and I absolutely refused to drink it.  Like a 1/4 sip and blaaaaah!  A big fat ZERO to pisco sour freebies in aguas calientes.

The best seem to always be at the Sabor Peruano at the calle de los pizzas and btw I quit hanging out there as too many expats were asking me if I was the guy with the web blog from the calle de los pizzas.  I am staying low key from now on.

I also recommend the pisco freebies at the Beach in Mancora Mon!  Anyways just thought I would drop in on that one.

Honestly the Mexican restaurant with the balcony in Aguas Calientes was a rip off.  They told us we’d get a free pisco which was horrible and then charged us for a table fee of S./5 or $1.50 so forget that and head to one of the smaller joints with less tourist crap going on because you arent gonna get good food there.  Period. Negative Stars for that place.

The Old Pub Miraflores Peru

The Old Pub is located at the end of the Calle de las pizzas in Miraflores, Peru. I found it quite fantastic upon entering having been out of the United States for over 2 months straight. The décor is fashioned like that of an authentic English watering hole, with large bar and old english decorations. The bar even houses authentic Imperial Stout right on tap!

They have several brand new 50” LED flat screens with football on daily. The menu is great if you want to get a taste from back home. They have fantastic buffalo wings and the beer is perfectly chilled. The service is friendly and bilingual as are the majority of eateries on the calle de las pizzas.

Items on the menu include sandwiches, burgers, steaks ( even the chateaubriande). Items range from s./15 for appetizers to s./55 soles for the chateaubriande which is enough for 2. The drinks range from cusquena s./9 (330ml) jarobe s./25, pilsen s./8 and a little more for imports. They also have a variety of wine and plenty of whisky to choose from.

If you are looking for a place to go watch a game or just looking for a glimpse of home go check out The Old Pub in Miraflores for a great time. I give the Old Pub *** stars.

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