Andean roots and international flavors make Peruvian meat some of the most memorable in the world. The country’s go-to comfort food is a Chinese-Peruvian fusion dish called lomo saltado, made of soy-marinated beef or alpaca meat stir-fried with onions, tomatoes, aji chilies, and other spices. A mound of rice and a sprinkle of French fries serve to absorb this crowd-pleaser’s flavorful, meaty gravy.
Hailing from the Andes, cuy al horno is guinea pig stuffed with local herbs and roasted to golden perfection. The meat is dark and smoky with a deliciously crispy skin, similar to poultry or a miniature suckling pig. Join the locals by dipping the meat in aji sauce and eating it casually, with your hands.
Leaner than filet mignon and bolder in flavor than a ribeye, anticuchos de corazón is a classic Peruvian appetizer and popular street food. Don’t let the fact that it’s made of heart meat deter you! Seared medium-rare and drizzled with lime, these meat skewers are made of veggies and cubes of beef or alpaca heart marinated in vinegar, cumin, aji, and garlic. These Peruvian specialties (and more!) await on a Peru Bike Tour.