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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Shopping Lima Peru , Polvos Azules

polvos azules

Tourists should check out the Pulvos Azules shopping center in Lima, Peru.  Close to Downtown and the bus stations off of the highway.

There are many places to find clothes to buy in Lima Peru.  Pulvos Azules is a great place to shop for a bargain and find many name brand items for purchase.

Pulvos Azules offers lots of shopping options for visitors as well as locals.  Moved years ago from the now chabucka area Pulvos Azules is made up of hundreds of small vendor booths like you see all over Gamarra.  Nike Shoes , Fake Rolex? They got it.  Video Games and a video game playing area where you can battle friends and make new ones as well.  Although shopping in Peru is what most people come for.

 

Looking for DVD s for your trip they have them all here.  If you see one you like ask the vendor to play it for you and they will be glad to show you the quality.  Its like the peruvian version of Netflix.  Actually I know of several DVD markets around lima and this one is ok.  The best I just cannot give out as it is way better than the rest and as a Traveler I must keep some things for myself.

All different types of Jeans , Pants , Tops , Shirts , Polos , Sweatshirts , Shoes , and accessories are available for purchase.  Lots of brands mostly name brand whether they are real or not I am uncertain but the prices are more than right.  Although better deals are had in Gamarra Market this is the place for the higher quality items.

Changing currency is possible with the guys in the yellow vests.  Imagine that.  Its the norm.

Mr. Taco : Lima Peru

I was in Jesus Maria today visiting with my wife and discovered a Taco Stand on the street on Av. Salaverry a few minutes from downtown (av. tacna – plaza vea area). It is a small stand with a huge neon sign you cannot miss it. They charge s./ 10 to s./13 for Tacos made fresh while you wait. Quite different from “Street Tacos” in Mexico but Tacos in Peru none the less. I just shook my head in disbelief. They also serve sandwiches for about s./5 . The Peruvian taco stand sells pollo, chicken, carne, beef, chorizo, sausage, and Puerco. I did not sample any but did witness them being made although I would like to point out that all of the Peruvians were eating sandwiches, that made me laugh. The tacos at Mr. Taco come on a pre made large flour tortilla and are served with sauteed onion. They looked ok but I did not try as they seemed pricey for what you got and we had already eaten.

Taco Sauce Peru

Was shopping at Tottus on av. Tacna in downtown today for some supplies and discovered a mother load of Taco Sauce just waiting for my enjoyment. They only had Old El Paso but I never imagined i would find such a large quantity of Taco Sauce here in Lima, Peru. You can find it in the grocery section right under the dried spices. Looks as if they have enough taco sauce to last through a nuclear winter for crying out loud. I actually laughed out loud it was so funny. I bought the large size just for kicks but they have a couple of sizes and it is only a few soles a jar. They also sell bimbo tortillas in the cold foods section. They used to be close to the cheeses but I havent bought any in a while as I make my own which are much better.

Circuito de Playas Miraflores Peru

Checked out the Beach in Miraflores today for the first time.  Known as Circuito de Playas I had visited the Beach before but this time decided to check out the water and brought my surfboard.  I had heard and read numerous reports about litter on the beach and pollution in the water, but after a two hour session decided that it was about the same as I have seen in San Bartolo in the sur de Lima. 

Water temperature was decent with a 3/2 full wetsuit probably in the mid 60’s but did not feel cold.  The beach itself is rocky and there are other rumors of Sea Urchins so I brought my booties along.  The waves were 4-6 foot with wind coming in from offshore.

 

The waves here were not what I would describe as powerful and there were lots of beginners and others taking lessons.  On Makaha there are quite a few companies offering everything from surfboard rental to lessons.  Word is s./10 for a board and s./20 for a lesson with a local.  Lessons come with wetsuit, a must during the winter months, a board and an hour lesson.  That seemed fairly cheap for American standards and they rent soft foam boards so the Howly’s don’t get smacked. 

 

Up the beach to the North is another break called La Pampilla which was pretty choppy but there were a few people in the water over there too.  It is within walking distance of the main parking lot.

 

In the summer the water is supposed to be a bit warmer and the beaches are usually very crowded on the weekends.  I went out late today around 2 pm Lima time and there were about 20 people in the water.  I did not encounter any type of localism which was nice as I have experienced the “kill howly” mess numerous occasions in my visits to the Hawaiian islands. 

 

Getting to beach we caught a taxi which took us right up to the beach.  Getting out is another issue.  If you dont have your own car then I suggest hiking up the hill.  Take the pedestrian bridge over the road and head up the stairs towards the tennis club.  At the top is Miraflores and we easily caught a taxi back home for the regular price of s./15 all the way to Rimac.

Gamarra : Best place for clothes shopping Lima Peru

I returned to La Gamarra in La Victoria, Lima, Peru today for a little shopping spree.  Got some Peruvian Butt Push Up Jeans for my wife which she loves.  They are the same as the Brazilian Jeans and I just love seeing her wear them.  I got myself a few Lacoste polo shirts for s./ 23 a piece or roughly $9 USD.  Great quality and no one’s going to know where they came from but me and you.  Hollister is the new brand on the block in the Gamarra.  Plenty of Hollister T-Shirts can be had for the same price. 

Popular brands of push up jeans include d’flavia , jeans roy , Baccarro , and Sombra to name a few of my favorites.  American knockoff brands include Abercrombie & Fitch , Lacoste , Aeropostale , Armani Exchange, Polo , Billabong , and Rip Curl .

Gamarra is a place to find a cheap deal on good clothes while visiting Lima, Peru.  Lots of Caballeros will attempt to entice you into following them to their store, but be sure that you check out a couple of stores before you decide on which one is the best deal and find the best quality as the prices are normally the same regardless.

Gamarra has shoe stores, evening wear, dress clothes, suits, tyes, polos, button up shirts, alpaca, plenty of jeans for both men and women, t-shirts, socks, undergarments, underwear, hats and accessories.  There are several banks and atm’s.  The banks are available during normal business hours and yellow vested money exchangers are available during business hours on every corner.  There is a food court with mcdonalds and pizza hut on the tops floor of Parque Canepa and many vendors in the streets as cars are not permitted.

Getting to Gamarra from Rimac we normally pay around 8 soles but be sure to tell the driver that you are ok with being dropped off outside the toll area as they will get charged 1 sole to enter the gates.  When you leave the further away you get the better deal you will find from the taxi’s.  I normally walk atleast 3 blocks outside the gates to find a ride home.  Be sure to keep your money out of site and in a safe place.  Also guard your purchases closely and never ever take a purse with you.

Happy Shopping

Mochileros Peru

Peru Guides

Beginning Spring 2012 we will begin offering guided tours throughout Peru. Travel to Peru and explore with the help of a private guided tour with a bilingual guide. Day tours of Lima and Lima night life beginning soon.

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.

Tours will be custom designed to meet the needs of all clients. If you have a special interest in Peru travel or tours in and around the city of Lima please inquire with us at mochilerostours@gmail.com