A recent report shows that food-related tourism in Peru’s southern Tacna region generates US$ 300 million per year, and most of the tourists come from Peru’s southern neighbor, Chile.
The study was conducted by PromPeru, Peru’s export and tourism promotion agency and shows. that the most important reason to visit Tacna are its varied culinary options, followed by city tours, health services and shopping.
David Rendon, head of the regional chamber of tourism, said that the average Chilean tourist really likes restaurants offering rotisserie chicken and traditional coastal dishes like, patasca, cabrito al horno and seco norteño among others.
Of course “they also enjoy our pisco sour” ,said Rendon, adding that the border city of Tacna has some 460 eateries serving food from different parts of the country.
Consulting firm Promarket Peru recently said that by the end of 2013 about 1.2 million tourists will have come to Peru with the intention of doing gastronomic tourism. This represents about 40% of the projected 2013 total of 3.1 million foreign tourists.