Cuisine-loving holidaymakers develop hunger for Peru

7th Jun 2013

Peru's gastronomic delights are proving an irresistible pull for tourists.

The average holidaymaker spends 1,000 dollars (£647.42) on food per trip, according to a report from the country's tourism board published by Peru21.

Some non-foodies can't believe gastronomic-focused holidaymakers enjoy specialist tours that revolve around local dishes - but that seems to be the case for many people heading to Peru.

Between 70,000 to 80,000 tourists travel to Peru exclusively for the cuisine, according to Carlos Canales, head of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur).

According to Canatur figures, the average tourist - whether on group tours or family holidays - stays in Peru for four days, and is drawn to fish and seafood dishes.

The tourism leader claims that Peru can overtake Brazil's Sao Paulo to become "the gastronomic capital of America".

He added: "We are very close to surpassing Sao Paulo, in this respect."

Peruvian food mirrors local practices and ingredients, including influences from the indigenous Inca and dishes introduced from imported cultures.

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