Where to stay and eat in Lima and Cusco

December 13, 2012
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GETTING THERE

Taca, Aeromexico, LAN and United offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Lima, Peru, and United, Delta and American offer one-stop flights from Reagan National, with late-January fares currently running around $650 to $660.

WHERE TO STAY

Casa Andina Select — Miraflores

Calle Schell 452 Miraflores, Lima

011-511-416-7500

www.casa-andina.com

Midrange hotel in the heart of the fashionable Miraflores District, not far from some of Lima’s best restaurants, including Astrid & Gaston and Rafael. Rooms from $114.

Casa Andina Classic — Cusco San Blas

Calle Chihuampata 278, San Blas, Cusco

011-511-213-9739

www.casa-andina.com

Comfortable hotel providing not only spectacular views of Cusco but also easy access to San Blas’s many art, clothing and jewelry shops. It even sells oxygen in the lobby for those adjusting to the altitude. Rooms from $87.

WHERE TO EAT

Chez Wong

Calle Enrique Leon Garcia 114

La Victoria, Lima

011-511-470-6217

In his signature chef’s coat and golf cap, Javier Wong prepares every dish at his tiny sevicheria using only the freshest fish. Staff speaks almost exclusively Spanish. Reservations required. Entrees from about $25.

Malabar

Calle Camino Real 101, San Isidro, Lima

011-511-440-5200

www.malabar.com.pe

The dining room, service and wine list match the sophistication of chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s dishes, and the staff is quick to explain unfamiliar preparations — in English. Reservations required. Entrees from about $20.

Mangos Cafe Restaurant

At the Larcomar Shopping Center

Malecon de la Reserva 610

Miraflores, Lima

011-511-242-8110

www.mangosperu.com

With an outdoor patio that seems to hang over the Pacific Ocean, Mangos could easily trade on location alone. But it serves superb, sprawling buffets loaded with Peruvian specialties. Reservations recommended. Buffets from about $15.

Rafael

San Martin 300, Miraflores, Lima

011-511-242-4149

www.rafaelosterling.com

The wait staff here can be a little self-important, but chef Rafael Osterling’s high-concept fusion dishes can quickly make you forget the long service delays. Reservations required. Entrees from about $25.

El Piloto

Pan-American Highway South Km. 138, San Luis, San Vicente de Canete

011-511-284-4114

www.facebook.com/restaurantelpiloto

About 90 miles south of Lima, this humble eatery may be one of the best places to sample classic Peruvian dishes, whether octopus seviche or tacu tacu con apanado or papa a la Huancaina. Entrees from about $6.

Inka Grill

Portal de Panes 115, Cusco

011-51-84-262-992

www.inkagrillcusco.com

If you’re looking to kill time between stops in Cusco, drop into the compact bar here, which offers a view of the Plaza de Armas. Bartender Miguel Angel serves a creative line of pisco-based cocktails. Try one with the trout-and-mushroom seviche. Entrees from about $20.

El Tablon

Avenida de la Cultura 1406, Cusco

011-51-84-228-939

www.eltablon.pe

The pollo a la brasa here tastes nothing like the Peruvian birds in the Washington area. These are taste essentially of salt, smoke and juicy, juicy chicken. Rotisserie birds start at about $5.

INFORMATION

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