Fruits in Peru

Fruits in Peru

The fertile lands of Peru produce a large number of fruits. Some of them are familiar to us, such as bananas, oranges and apples, but there are also fruits that you hardly met elsewhere.

Fruits in Peru

Let’s talk about the top-7 fruits of Peru that you should definitely try!

  • Lúcuma:

If you will ask which fruit is the most Peruvian, so it will be lucuma, also known as “Gold of Incas”.

The raw lucuma fruit has a green skin and bright yellow flesh inside. The taste of it reminds taste of sweet potato.

But locals rarely eat it raw. In the stores you can find yogurt or ice-cream with lucuma taste.

Also this fruit used as a healthy sweetener.

  • Maracuya:

Maybe you saw this fruit in other countries, but you will be surprised when you will see it in Peru.

Peruvian Maracuya is a big yellow or green fruit with yellow or orange pulp inside. It has sour taste, so the most common way how to use it is juice.

  • Granadilla:

This fruit is related to maracuya, but it has more sweet taste.

Granadilla is yellow or orange fruit with translucent pulp inside.  It’s is a great source of fiber, calcium and essential vitamins.

  • Chirimoya:

Chirimoya is a fruit with thin green (also can be dark green) skin with white creamy flesh and dark seeds inside.

The taste of it reminds mix of banana, strawberry, pineapple and peach.

The fruit is sweet, that’s why the most common way how to eat it is raw.

Cherimoya is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.

But don’t confuse it with another fruit- guanabana, it’s also green or dark-green fruit, but with prickles.

  • Tuna:

Did you know that cactus has fruits? Yes, it has.

Tuna is a fruit of fig cactus, contains a lot of vitamins and oxidants, that making it very healthy product.

The tuna fruit has a thin green, orange or pink skin with spines and yellow or pink pulp with small eatable seeds inside.

It has sweet taste and used for jams, cocktails or just eating raw.

  • Pepino:

Don’t confuse it with a cucumber which in Spanish also is pepino.

Pepino or pepino dulce is one of the types of melon.  It has a yellow skin with purple lines and light-yellow flesh inside.

The taste is sweet and highly juice.  Pepino dulce is loaded of vitamins, especially vitamin A and helps normalize blood sugar.

  • Pacay:

The fruit is also called as ice-cream beads because of the flesh resembling the taste of vanilla ice cream.

It grows in long pods resembling green beans and more common for jungle regions of Peru. Inside the pods are big black seeds surrounded by delicious white edible flesh.

Pacay contains many vitamins, amino acids and minerals, therefore it widely used in medicine.

You will see much more kinds of fruits in Peru, but we highly recommend to try at least these 7 fruits to know more about unique Peruvian taste.

Also read about cremolada– refreshing fruit drink.

Symbols of Peru

Symbols of Peru

As The National Flag day is celebrated in Peru on June 7, let’s talk about its meaning. Why is National Flag day celebrated on June 7th? This day is anniversary of the Battle of Arica (1880), also known as Assault and Capture of Cape Arica. It was a part of the War of the Pacific between Chile and Peru in 1879-1884.

Peruvian Flag

The flag was adopted in 1824 and underwent modification in 1950. It contains three equal vertical stripes of red and white colors. White color symbolizes peace, dignity and progress, red symbolizes war and courage.

In the center of the flag is an image of the coat of arms of Peru. It was adopted in 1825. The coat of arms ( Escudo nacional) of Peru consists of a shield divided into 3 parts. In the right, blue field, depicts a vicuna looking inward. This is a symbol of the fauna of the country.

In the right, blue field, depicts a vicuna looking inward. This is a symbol of the fauna of the country. The ancient Incas shaved off vicuna’s valuable wool, which was used exclusively for clothes of high-ranking nobles. Nowadays vicuna is the national animal of Peru. 

In the left, white field, depicts a cinchona tree. This is a symbol of flora. Cinchona bark has been used to treat malaria.

In the lower, red field, depicts a cornucopia with golden coins. This is a symbol of many mineral resources.

It’s believed that the coat of arms also symbolizes the past and present of the country.

Peru is a country that is proud of its traditions and certainly trying to preserve them. Therefore, every year on June 7, National Flag day is celebrated to remember the efforts and heroism of the Peruvians during the Battle of Arica.



No plans for New Year?

New Year’s parties in Lima: know the main parties, traditions, Tours to welcome you to 2020.

If you still have not planned how to spend the first minutes of 2020 in a special and fantastic way here we inform you of some events that will take place in the capital of and everything you can do at these parties and stay Pirwa Lima Hostel.

The days pass in an inevitable way, forming cycles, the year has 365 days and twelve months, beginning in January and ending in December, the month in which we say goodbye to the present year to welcome the next month of January starting the new year.

How a new year is celebrated in Lima?

The celebration of New Year in Lima is very varied. They are usually large banquets where the favorite dishes are turkey, baked pork, accompanied by a variety of salads and rice. There is nothing better than saying goodbye in 2019 to thank you for all the good things you gave us and receive the new year full of joy and glamor in exclusive parties where fun is 100% guaranteed.

What to do in Lima during these holiday season?

Get to know the Plaza de Armas of Lima (it is one of the places that brings together the most tourism in Lima, where several important buildings are located such as the Government Palace, the Cathedral (which we will talk about just after), the Church of the Tabernacle, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Municipal).

  • Get to know St. Martin’s Square(St. Martin’s Square pays tribute to the liberating manager of the independence of Peru).

Plaza San Martin Lima

  • The viewpoint that is in the St. Martin’s Square.
  • Miraflores is the “expat” neighborhood par excellence. There you will find most foreigners and franchises, restaurants and shops.
  • Love Park The Love Park (located on the Cisneros Malecon in Miraflores, was inaugurated on a Valentine’s Day in 1993).
  • Pirwa Lima Hostel invite you to spend unforgettable days in this wonderful city located on Calle Coronel Inclan 494, Miraflores – Three minutes from the central park of Miraflores. More information contact us pirwahostels

Kabbalahs,Traditions and customs to receive the new year?

The 12 grapes: a tradition that comes from Spain, a Kabbalistic tradition, where each grape is eaten in countdown one after another making a wish, the grapes have to be 6 green and 6 purple.

Wear Yellow Underwear: Wearing a yellow underwear during the New Year’s Eve says that it brings good luck and energy for the coming year and better if worn in reverse.

New year Peru

  • Walking with a suitcase all over the block they say that by doing so they can travel.
  • Exchange of clothing by the couple, strengthens the relationship.
  • Receive the year with a bunch of bills in your hand, or inside your shoes, to attract economic prosperity.
  • Pour rice under the door frame of the room as an omen of an upcoming wedding.
  • Wear white clothes, to ward off diseases.
  • Have a candle burning when receiving the new year, to ensure peace and harmony in the home. The candle must be lit until fully consumed.
  • To have economic prosperity, some people wash their hands, at midnight, with champagne and sugar.

Where to celebrate New Year in Cusco?

Pirwa new year! For travelers, tourists and residents of this wonderful country who want to spend the new year in Peru Cusco and attract the good vibes in this wonderful city full of energy, Hostelspirwa organizes an end of the year party is not any party is the end party During the year where live music presentations are organized in a cozy atmosphere, where you can enjoy the best prices and promotions on drinks, meals we have for you, we invite you to visit us at our bar in Pirwa Colonial Backpacker located in San Francisco Square just 2 blocks from the Plaza Mayor called “Plaza de Armas”. contact us Pirwahostels 


Come and celebrate Halloween in Cusco

Come and celebrate Halloween in Cusco


Halloween in Spanish “Noche de Brujas” is celebrated every October 31st. This celebration is so popular that it has crossed borders and is now also celebrated throughout the world and Peru is no exception, especially the city of Cusco.

But many wonder where this celebration comes from? What is the history? And why is so popular? In the following we answer you: