Fun reaches new heights
From the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu to trendy gastronomic delights and a national park alive with butterflies, Peru is no sleepy corner of the world
From the Pacific coast to the Andes and the Amazon, journey through the vivid, everchanging landscapes and cultures of this highlight of South America.
Explore mountains, jungles and Inca ruins on this 1700km itinerary, setting out from coastal Lima for the Inca heartlands in the Andes, then down to the Amazon rainforest before re-ascending to the arid Altiplano and Lake Titicaca. It’s 5am and the pre-dawn sky casts a cool blue glow over the quiet streets of Lima. Yet in the southern outskirts of the city, in the scrappy residential district of Villa Maria del Trifuno, the Terminal Pesquero fish market is already raucous with activity.
Big plastic containers brimfull with fish crash to the ground and the crunching sound of ice being shovelled on to trestled stalls fills the air. Under an echoing ceiling of corrugated iron, sellers shout the virtues of the wares before them, an ocean of seafood glistening under lights.
There are yellow-striped tuna, sea bass with scales the colour of apricots, and red- bellied piranhas from the Amazon, their pointed teeth displayed in a ferocious-looking underbite. Spiky, fist-sized sea anemones are stacked like softballs, and armies of purplish crabs are piled into buckets, some still waving their tiny claws.
This is the largest fish market in Lima, where the freshest catches from the Pacific and inland rivers are brought in the huge trucks that now line the market’s walls.
It is not glamorous, yet this hectic space provides the seafood that has sparked a culinary revolution. From