Travel to Huanchaco to watch a master chef prepare the iconic Peruvian fish dish of ceviche, and later, fishermen as they demonstrate their skills in traditional reed boats.
Depart from the pier and drive north, following a coastal route to beach-blessed Huanchaco, where you may see surfers riding waves, fishermen tending their nets, and fishing boats on the horizon. It's here that you'll stop in a waterfront restaurant to watch an award-winning chef prepare Huanchaco's most famous dish: ceviche.
Although the origin of ceviche is disputed, the dish is nevertheless revered in this region. In pre-Columbian times, the raw fish in ceviche was marinated in juice from maize. Today, it's marinated in juice from limes, which the Spanish introduced in the late 15th century.
While there are many variations in the recipe, in Peru ceviche is traditionally made with sea bass or sole and topped with diced red onions, minced habanero peppers, and chopped cilantro. It's often served with cold slices of sweet potatoes and corn on the cob. Following the chef's demonstration, you'll enjoy a tasting of the freshly prepared ceviche.
Afterwards, it's on to the beach, where you'll watch an exhibition by fishermen in traditional reed boats known as sea horses or "caballitos" because the reeds are so flexible the boats look like galloping horses in the surf. The reeds are absorbent, so in time the fishing boats must be stood on their ends to dry in the sand, an image synonymous with Huanchaco. Following this fascinating look at some time-honored Peruvian traditions, you'll re-board your coach and travel back to the pier in Salaverry.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.