What I ate in Peru – A Food Journal

I explored Peru for two weeks, and in hindsight I wish that I took more food photos. Actually, I wish that I explored more of the food. By the first week I had consumed so much coca leaf tea that by the second part of my journey, I completely lost my appetite. To the point of in the mornings I would take a couple bites of bread with a cup of COCA LEAF TEA, or during the day eat a couple spoonfuls of rice, and proclaim that I was full.

Then I sat and watched my friends eat complete meals. As a food blogger and a gastronome, it was a complete nightmare.

I will say though that the food I did eat was unique to what I have eaten along my travels. I also had a few meals that were quite common and familiar. Many of the dishes used local traditional ingredients, which gave me the opportunity to explore the country’s culture through its food.

If you are curious, I did not eat alpaca or cuy (guinea pig). I draw the line at eating pets or anything cute, even on my hungriest of days.

Greetings from Lake Titicaca

I ate everything from Peruvian queso, to a myriad of colorful potatoes, some of the best pork sandwiches I had ever eaten, as well as prepared food served on long bus rides. As usual, I took photos and have journaled it in a blog post. Here you will find local types of dishes, as well as international foods that I ate while in Peru.

And yes, I did regain my appetite on the last day of my trip! *eye roll*


Local trout, rice, potatoes and vegetables – Lake Titicaca

My favorite! A crispy skinned pork sandwich from La Lucha Sandwiceria – Lima

A bunch of mini bananas and coffee – The train to Machu Picchu

Restaurant La Choz – Nazca

Torte de Chocolate

Penne with chicken, shredded parmesan and vegetables – Aguas Calientes

My least favorite! A tough Cheeseburger with potato wedges and tomatoes – Puno

A Rooftop Restaurant in Arequipa

View from the restaurant rooftop

Bakery treats from Lucciano – Arequipa

Grilled pork sandwich with cheese on toasted bread – Lima

Sausage McMuffin with egg – McDonald’s in Arequipa

Fried chicken and fries that we smuggled onto the bus in Lima

Bus Cuisine

Inca Kola – Nazca

I have been planning my return to Peru and have mentally noted not to drink as much coca leaf tea. That stuff was quite addicting, for obvious reasons! With that in mind, when I go back to Peru I will make sure to make up for that extra week that I lost my appetite- I promise.

You have to taste a culture to understand it…

Yours Truly in Machu Pichcu

🌎 Thank you for visiting my website and NEVER STOP EXPLORING!

📸 All photos are taken by me and are my intellectual property – Trixie Navarre

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