A Good City Guide to Lima with Pía León and Virgilio Martínez

(Topia) With three establishments ranked in the top 100 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021, Peruvian chefs Pía León and Virgilio Martínez are unquestionably the culinary world’s most talented couple; chefs with vision who relish diverse agricultural experimentation with a long-term view. While Virgilio changed Lima’s culinary game by focusing exclusively on Peruvian ingredients for his […]

Sowing a potato revolution in the Andes

(Atlas of the Future) Few chefs have the vision and skill to sow 223 varieties of native potatoes on their Andean restaurant’s high-altitude farmland, replicating the efforts of a neighbouring Inca agricultural research centre with a contemporary model in order to improve tuber genetics while collaborating with two indigenous communities. But Virgilio Martínez is doing […]

Meet the Peruvian farmer who turns potatoes into ‘wine’

(Fine Dining Lovers) Born to potato farmers in Peru’s Cusco region, Manuel Choqque Bravo’s playground was the fertile Andean land where his family cultivated tubers at 3,740 metres above sea level. He’d while away days in the field, terrorising his younger siblings with strange-looking potatoes such as pumaqmaquin (Quechua for puma’s paw) or snacking on potato leaves and […]

The Best Times to Travel to Machu Picchu

(The Points Guy) Tucked high into the Andes, in Peru’s Sacred Valley at 7,970 feet above sea level, the mysterious Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is an architecturally breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site and absolute South America bucket-list must. Constructed around 1450, this vital religious, political and administrative center was abandoned some 130 years later when the Inca empire […]