Fun reaches new heights

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - LONELY PLANET -

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

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