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Tasty Fruits and Vegetables in Peru

28 Apr
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Tasty Fruits and Vegetables in Peru
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Tasty Fruits and Vegetables in Peru

When travelling in Peru, you notice quickly that it has a lot to offer considering colorful and beautiful fruits and vegetables. This is due to its different types of climates: beaches, mountains and jungle. While exploring this beautiful land many delicious delights can be found, from tropical fruits in the jungle, to all different sorts of corn in the Andes. If you are in Peru, there are certain fruits and vegetables you do not want to miss out on.

Peruvian fruits

To start with the Peruvian fruits, there are some sorts that you must try. First, there is the ‘Camu Camu’. This is a red/purple cherry like fruit that comes from a river side tree in the Amazon and it has a very acidic taste. Therefore, it is combined with milk or water in a blender, along with sugar.

Second, there is the ‘Chirimoya’. This fruit is from the Andean Highlands and is white on the inside with black seeds, and green on the outside. The name is Quechua and means ‘cold seeds’ because the seeds are growing on a higher altitude.

The third fruit is the ‘Granadilla’. This fruit is very flabby on the inside, with a hard and slippery orange skin. The seeds inside are a bit sour and covered by a slimy, sweet juice.

The fourth fruit that cannot be missed during a stay in Peru, is the ‘Tuna’. This fruit comes from the cactus plant. While pealing you have to be careful since there may be some needles that can poke you. This fruit is available in three different sorts: white, orange and red. The taste is very sweet and it contains a lot of liquid. While eating be careful since there may be some hard seeds. In almost every city you can find ‘Tuna Ladies’ on the side of the road, who can peel the tunas for you so you can eat them out of a plastic bag. Ask for the ’3 por un sol’ (3 for 1) discount.
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Hiking to Huchuy Qosqo in Peru

10 Apr
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Hiking to Huchuy Qosqo in Peru
Thursday April 10, 2014 - Posted by

Travelling around the region of Cusco, Peru allows for many great opportunities to take astounding hikes. Recently I had the opportunity to experience one of these amazing treks with never-ending gorgeous sceneries. I went with four of my friends and a tour guide, making our way to Huchuy Qosqo, which in Quechua means Little Cusco. As it is often said in life, arriving to the final destination was great, but the journey was what made it all worth it.

The first part of the walk was very difficult as it was mostly uphill, but I forgot about that detail once I saw the view. When we arrived to the top we were overwhelmed with breathtaking landscapes of lagoons, luscious green hills, and bright, blue skies filled with puffy, white clouds. As we continued on our voyage we were entertained by encounters of horses, cows, and llamas. I kept my camera handy and around my neck because there was a beautiful picture to be captured around every turn. The rest of the trek was mainly downhill which was nice, but also hard on my knees and toes. (more…)

Celebrating Semana Santa in Cusco, Peru

03 Apr
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Celebrating Semana Santa in Cusco, Peru
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Semana Santa or Holy Week is one of the celebrations you do not want to miss whenever you travel to Cusco, Peru. Cusco has a unique way of remembering this very important time of year. Semana Santa takes place from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It celebrates the week of Jesus´ death, burial and resurrection. While Cusco observes many of the same traditions as many other Latin American countries during this week, it also has its own customs.

On Monday, Cusco honors its city´s patron, El Señor de los Temblores or Lord of the Earthquakes . This patron is extremely important to the people of Cusco because of their belief that this statue of Christ calmed an earthquake in 1650. As the statue was being removed from the church to protect it, the earthquake stopped. From that point on the statue was called Señor de los Temblores. During the procession, the dark image is dressed in nice clothing and decorated in ñucchu flowers, which are said to symbolize the blood of Christ. As it goes through the main streets of Cusco, the people toss the ñucchu flowers at the image. (more…)