Group tours to Brazil and Peru cater for all tastes … especially culinary ones.
Both countries feature prominently in this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Pann.
The awards, dubbed the Oscars of the restaurant world, sample eateries from all over the globe. El Celler de Can Roca in Spain topped the table, sending Denmark's Noma to second place.
But the taste of South America was a major feature throughout the top 50.
The leading South American restaurant for the fourth successive year is Sao Paulo's D.O.M. in Brazil, a groundbreaking establishment which champions the Amazon's enormous larder.
Your host Alex Atala is part chef, part historian and part botanist, showcasing Brazil's traditional ingredients and dishes in the world's sixth-best restaurant, according to the table. Dishes include cambuca fruit (tasting like part mango, part papaya), manioc root (vegetable) and tucupi juice (from a manioc root sauce).
Number 46 is Sao Paulo's Mani, where Brazilian tradition meets global modernity. Husband and wife Daniel Redondo and Helena Rizzo use culinary influences from Spain and Italy, with Rizzo's Brazilian roots always to the fore.
Peru boasts a restaurant just outside the top 10, with Astrid y Gaston in Lima at number 14. It's the perfect culinary refuge for holidaymakers needing nourishment after their trekking-related exertion. Chef Gaston Acurio's Peruvian-Mediterranean influences see Peking guinea pig dressed with rocoto and purple corn crepe.
Tourists on city breaks to Lima can also sample delights at the restaurant taking the final place in the top 50 list. Central supremo Virgilio Martinez's Peruvian, Japanese, Vietnamese, French and Italian cuisine background influences his menus.
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