Guinea Pig, Alpaca, and Kiwicha: Are You Daring Enough for New Andean Cuisine?

The Daily Meal
By: Veronica Stoddart
Photo: Courtesy of Max Pixel  

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A bounty of seafood and wave of immigrants has resulted in an amazing modern Peruvian cuisine.

Heading to the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu? You’re in for a treat — but not just for the reason you think. You’ll experience a dining scene as astonishing and unique as those iconic ruins in the 11,152-foot-high gateway city of Cusco nearby.

Boasting a mind-boggling 3,500 varieties of potatoes, 300 types of corn and 55 different peppers, and giving birth to such ancient nutrient-dense superfoods as quinoa, canihua and kiwicha (also known as amaranth), the Peruvian Andes have forged a dynamic gastronomy all their own. And it’s on full mouth-watering display in Cusco.

From New Andean Cuisine — a fusion of traditional ingredients with modern techniques — to millennia-old dishes, here are six great dining spots in Cusco to experience this distinctive Andean culinary culture.


Chicha is the Cusco outpost of Peru’s acclaimed celeb chef Gastón Acurio who helped put Peru on the international dining map with his award-winning Lima restaurant, Astrid y Gastón. Can’t afford the Andean-high prices of his Lima flagship? This is a more down-to-earth alternative offering a new twist on Peruvian classics.

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Peruvian haute couture designs showcased at Coterie trade show in New York

By: Andina
Photo: Courtesy of Andina 

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A delegation of private and public sectors representatives took part at Coterie trade show —the premier global event that connects women's apparel, accessories, and footwear designers with the international 'who's who' of retailers— to display Peruvian haute couture designs in New York.

Held on February 26-28, the show featured the talent of Peruvian designers Ana Maria Guiulfo, Claudia Bertolero, Meche Correa, Sitka Semsch and Titi Guiulfo, as well as brands like Equilibreum, Anntarah, Kero Design, Escudo and that of Jorge Luis Salinas —all grouped under the Alliance of Peruvian Fashion Designers.

Together they brought surprising proposals full of inventiveness and creativity in their collections.

The garments stood out for the quality of raw materials —first-rate alpaca and cotton— and manufacturing.

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Nonprofit helps impoverished, imprisoned Peruvians

The Coast News Group
By: Patty McCormac 
Photo: Courtesy of Patty McCormac
Photo Caption: Martha Dudenhoeffer shows photos of some of her friends and workers as well as some toys that are sold to help the standard of living of women in a Peruvian prison, most caught up in the world of drug cartels in a bid to escape poverty.

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DEL MAR — It’s been a decade since Martha Dudenhoeffer’s teenage children goaded her into doing some kind of volunteer work. After all, she had strongly encouraged them to do something to give back, which they did. Now, they had decided, it was her turn.

Although she was busy with her Del Mar-based landscape and gardening business, she contacted Cross Cultural Solutions, which has volunteer opportunities in 12 countries. They sent her for a stint in Peru at a prison in Ayacucho, a small mountain town between Lima and Cusco at 9,000 feet in the Andes.

“I originally thought I would go in there and plant a little garden for them,” she said chuckling at her own naivety.

She soon learned the women needed more than a “little garden.”

They were living in deplorable conditions, many with their children. The food was substandard and scarce; the bathrooms simply holes in the ground. Their standard of living was unimaginably dirt poor.

During her eye-opening visit, she noticed the women’s beautiful knitting, which gave her an idea.

Why not establish a cottage industry for the production and sale of their sweaters, scarves, pillows, table runners and toys fashioned from the ultra soft coats of baby alpaca?

Maki, International was established as a nonprofit entity. Maki means “hands” in Peru’s ancient indigenous language.

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Market Week Begins in New York With the PeHModa Project at Coterie: Baby Alpaca Wool and Top Pima Cotton in Ten Collections Fully Made in Peru

CISION PR Newswire
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Photo Caption: The Peruvian Hub at FTL MODA

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The newborn PeHModa project marks its second season at Coterie, NY, with an impactful pavilion, completely focused on ten luxury collections Made in Peru.

The Peruvian Hub at FTL MODA is a project created by the US-based producer with the collaboration and support of Promperu, an agency of the Peruvian government.

Featuring the excellence of baby alpaca wool and pima cotton, ten established designers are proving the growth of the Peruvian fashion industry, worldwide renowned for the excellence of its sourcing department.

With the PeHModa project, Peru takes the lead among producers of luxury wool garments, placing ten contemporary labels at the high level of the industry, with strong manufacturing capabilities as in the case of labels such as Anntarah and Kero Design.

The other eight, including Claudia Bertolero, Escudo, Equi-libreum, Ana G, Titi Guiulfo, Jorge Luis Salinas, Meche Correa, Sitka Semsch, have for years been acclaimed by the Latin American markets, and have won international recognition for promoting sustainability while focusing on contemporary and chic styles.

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