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Arequipa’s picanterías declared part of Peru’s Cultural Heritage

Arequipa’s picanterías declared part of Peru’s Cultural Heritage

In the local slang of Arequipa, if you’re going to picantear, you’re going to visit a picantería, the traditional eateries of Arequipa that have been serving up their succulent stews and spicy dishes for generations, remaining ever loyal to the region’s colonial flavors. This week, they’re being honored by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture as part of the Patrimonio Cultural de la Nación, an honor and protection bestowed on different elements of national culture, from the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to Scissor Dancing. The honor is being bestowed on the picanterías for their roles as guardians of traditional local cuisine and as social spaces where diverse social classes interact.

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