Anthony Bourdain in Peru:
The Complete Country Guide

Nestled between the Andes, the Amazon, the Pacific Ocean, and the Equator, Peru has a lot going on. As the 20th largest country by geographic size, it is perhaps not surprising that there’s so much diversity, but it’s hard to deny that Peru hits above its weight class in everything from outdoor adventures to cultural history to culinary influence.

Anthony Bourdain visited Peru twice, to film season 2 (episode 3) of No Reservations and again to film season 1 (episode 7) of Parts Unknown. As part of these visits, he shows off much of what makes Peru special, and why Peruvian food was so influential in the early decades of the 21st century.

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If you’re planning a trip to Peru or just curious about the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Peru, this is the spot to start. Below you’ll find a breakdown of each part of Peru Tony visited, plus links to more detailed guides for some of those areas. This can help you plan a trip, or if you’re just a curious “enthusiast” and love learning about Tony’s travels. Ready to dig in? ¡Buon provecho!

Cusco (& Surrounds)

As part of his explorations of Peru in No Reservations, Tony visits Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca empire and today one of the most touristy cities in Perú. He meets with Viviana, a Peruvian journalist who takes Tony to the Mercado Central de San Pedro.

Inside, there are dozens of calderías – this is the local term for food stalls but doesn’t translate directly. He tries de chuño soup – a delicacy made of cabbage and chuño, a type of Peruvian potato.

Next, Tony visits Chinchero, a colorful town not too far from Cuzco. At Mercado Chinchero (about an hour from Cuzco), Viviana makes Tony try the famous chicha, a traditional purple corn-based fermented beverage that originated in the Andean regions of Perú. 

Lima

Lima is the capital city of Peru, and it figures prominently in any guide to culinary exploration of the country. It’s here where you can find some of the country’s best chefs, access to top ingredients, and a beautiful fusion of the flavors that Peru alone can cultivate.

If you’re planning a trip to Lima and want to eat well, you could certainly follow this guide to dine at the same places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Lima. There aren’t many spots, but they are all still open – and still delicious! Here are the restaurants he visited during his two trips:

Be sure to check my guide to all the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Lima if you want more details about each of these spots and what Tony ate there.

The Andes

Bourdain’s final stop on his first trip (for No Reservations) was Machu Picchu. Here, Tony and Viviana enjoy a succulent meal at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only longing and dining option where they are staying. They have kingfish and mild-roast alpaca with a good glass of red wine.  

During his second trip to the Peruvian Andes for Parts Unknown, Bourdain and chef-friend Eric Ripert stop briefly in the town of Chiclayo for a taste of the infamous Peruvian cacao. They then go to Marañón Canyon, deep into the Andean highlands; on the way, they stop for lunch at an unnamed Peruvian market (if you know the name of this market, please let me know in the comments!). There, they have sopa de gallina – basically, a hen soup (exactly as it translates!). 

Have any questions about these places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Peru? Let me know in the comments below.

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Valerie is a travel writer currently based in Cleveland, but her favorite destinations are Alaska, London, and Jordan – only one of which Bourdain ever visited! You can find her writing on Lonely Planet, Forbes, and her travel blog, Valerie & Valise.

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