Interview with Elio Leturia, Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia College
A Fulbright alumnus from Lima who frequently takes groups on tours of Peru, Elio Leturia shares some of his insights on what is remarkable about the Peruvian culture, history and sights.
Savor Peru’s Rich Culinary Tradition
“Peruvian cuisine is some of the best food in the Americas,” enthuses Elio, “as a result of the rich native ingredients and the influences from the Inca and immigrants from Spanish, Italian, German, Asia and West Africa. Now, it’s not unheard of for people to go to Peru just for the weekend to experience the food.”
Food critic Eric Asimov has described it as “one of the world’s most important cuisines and as an exemplar of fusion cuisine, due to its long multicultural history.”
Immerse Yourself in Peru’s Fascinating Capital
“A city of many layers,” Elio explains, “Lima was the city where the Viceroy of Spain lived. It was the most important city in South America for 300 years. But Lima was not an empty space before the conquistadors arrived… it has an intriguing story.”
Stand in Wonder Amongst Machu Picchu Ruins
In 1988, Elio first visited Machu Picchu and now he brings groups each year. He relays: “Students are always fascinated by Macchu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas and one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Modern World.’They wonder:’How were the Incas able to build such a place in the middle of these lush mountains, next to the Urubamba river?
It’s a truly magical place… this citadel that touches the sky.”
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