Eat local: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

A llama on the upper agricultural terraces wishes visitors "Buenos Noches", Machu Picchu, Peru

A llama on the upper agricultural terraces wishes visitors “Buenos Noches”, Machu Picchu, Peru

For our night at Machu Picchu we were fortunate to have been able to book rooms at the only hotel at Machu Picchu, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the entrance gate.  Thus we were able to extend our walking tour until the gates closed.  After a refreshing shower, we changed into fresh clothes and met our group for dinner at the dining room of the Sanctuary.  We were most pleasantly surprised to discover that the restaurant was excellent, serving many local dishes, which our group was very pleased with.  And we were adventuresome, as shown in the photographs…

Seared foie gras wtih quince as a first course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Seared foie gras wtih quince as a first course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Scallop ceviche with black sesame crusted avocado cubes as a first course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Scallop ceviche with black sesame crusted avocado cubes as a first course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Assorted Peruvian potato causas as a first course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Assorted Peruvian potato causas as a first course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Local salmon trout as a main course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Local salmon trout as a main course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Seared local alpaca with raviolis as a main course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Seared local alpaca with raviolis as a main course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

 

Yes, alpaca is related to the llama.  They are raised domestically only for their fur, whereas llamas are bred for both fur and use as pack animals (they are believed to have been the secret to the Inca’s construction of Machu Picchu and other royal and religious sites).  The alpaca steaks were quite tasty and sampled by a number of us.

Wild mushroom risotto with truffle foam as a main course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Wild mushroom risotto with truffle foam as a main course, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

 

Assorted local Peruvian desserts, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Assorted local Peruvian desserts, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Peruvian corn cake with pistachio ice cream for dessert, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

Peruvian corn cake with pistachio ice cream for dessert, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

 

4 thoughts on “Eat local: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

  1. Rich,
    The Peruvian food looks terrific. We will have to get together and try the Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco, when you are ready.
    –Paul

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