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
Casa Andina Classic — Cusco San Blas
Calle Chihuampata 278, San Blas, Cusco
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
Calle Enrique Leon Garcia 114
La Victoria, Lima
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.
Calle Camino Real 101, San Isidro, Lima
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
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.
San Martin 300, Miraflores, Lima
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.
Pan-American Highway South Km. 138, San Luis, San Vicente de Canete
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.
Portal de Panes 115, Cusco
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.
Avenida de la Cultura 1406, Cusco