Arequipa is seen by many as a stopover en-route to the majestic Colca Canyon. Travellers looking to check the condors off their list often overlook the endemic cultural and natural explorations that exist within the city.
It just so happens that February is shoulder-season for tourism in Peru, making it the perfect time to go to Machu Picchu: avoiding the crowds and high rates, and combining it with some of the best celebrations still unexplored.
Peru’s national dish is a genuine local creation, but with influences from as far afield as Spain and Japan. Even today, the dish is still changing subtly, as talented Peruvian chefs continue to search for ways to improve it.