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May visit: food, music, textiles

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May visit: food, music, textiles

We will visit the first two weeks of May--our first time in Peru.

We are discussing the itinerary with Peru for Less because of the many great comments people have made about that company.

But we'd also like any advice that the local experts & frequent visitors would like to share before we confirm our plans.

We will of course visit Cusco, Sacred Valley & MP. It seems like the guided tours will greatly enhance our visits there. However, if there is some "hidden gem" of an experience you'd like to suggest, we'd appreciate knowing it!

We are also very interested in soaking up the urban experience of Lima, and are thinking of spending as much as 5 or 6 nights there--is that too many?

We are foodies and I've noticed the Best Restaurants list on TA. Is that list still up to date? Are there any other restaurants you might recommend, hot new places to dine? In Lima do people tend to dine early or late? Is is possible for tourists like us to learn to prepare food in the Peruvian manner?

We love traditional & contemporary Andean music as well as jazz, and wonder where the best places are to experience that.

Also my wife is a textile artist, and we know there are great traditional weavers in Peru. Any recommendations for galleries that specialize in this and centers where it's possible to observe the craftspeople at work?

We love antiquities AND modern art, and wonder which are the best museums to visit.

Thanks for any ideas you wish to share!

Kamloops, Canada
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1. Re: May visit: food, music, textiles

"We are also very interested in soaking up the urban experience of Lima, and are thinking of spending as much as 5 or 6 nights there--is that too many? "

For me that would be too much time in Lima. 2-3 days would be plenty but it appears you have different goals.

"Also my wife is a textile artist, and we know there are great traditional weavers in Peru."

Go to the Island of Taquille on Lake Titicaca. The knitting and weaving the people do their is amazing!

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For contemporary Andean music, in Cusco, go to Le Nomade on Thursday nights.The band Maiz Koquita performs in Quechua and Spanish, bossa nova, blues, jazz and rock. The place is on Choquechaka and also serves food and delicious infused rums.

For textiles, in Cusco there is the Textile Museum on Avenida El Sol. And on your SV tour, you can ask your guide to stop at Awana Kancha. Both places have demonstrations.

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For textiles, in the Sacred Valley you can go to the Awani Wasi Tocapo Association of Women Weavers of Chinchero (www.awanawasi.com), they also do demonstrations and have items to sell.

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5. Re: May visit: food, music, textiles

These are all great suggestions!

How do others feel about Lima, though--restaurants, music, number of days to spend?

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You won't run out of restaurants to try in Lima, for sure.

In particular seafood is fantastic. I try to however eat the main meal for lunch, not dinner. to take advantage of the restaurants that specialize in Cebiche.

You do not need to go to a celebrity chef restaurant to enjoy a good meal in Lima.

You might want to look at http://www.skykitchen.pe/, the reviews are good.

And/Or you can go on your own to Surquillo market.

Don't miss the Picarones Mary cart in Park Kennedy.

Mistura has a website that you can browse to learn more about Peruvian food.

www.mistura.pe

Edited: 3:27 pm, November 06, 2012
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I agree, 2-3 days in Lima is plenty of time. There is far more in Cusco than the average tourist has time to see, time permitting you can visit Tipon, Pikillaqta and the Church of San Pedro in Andahuaylillas which are to the East of Cusco. To the West you can find Andenes Zurite, Killarumiyoq, Tarawasi and Wata.

There are several museums in Cusco, the Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum, Popular Art Museum and Qoriqancha Museum. all of which are included in the Tourist Ticket which gets you access to 16 different sights & attractions. The Textile Museum in Cusco is also very interesting and easy to find, Just down Avenida El Sol from the Qoriqancha Complex.

I know Cooking Classes are offered at some accommodations and there is at least one school. http://www.cuscocooking.com/ that offers instruction in Peruvian cuisine.

As for dining in Cusco, there are many options from high end like Chi Cha to local places. 'Chi Cha' is excellent as is 'El Truco' which is located downstairs from Chi Cha and offers music and dancing in the evenings.

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