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8 Reasons Why Peruvian Food is the Best

14 Nov
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8 Reasons Why Peruvian Food is the Best

Peru is considered the culinary mecca of Latin America and for good reason. Who could argue with the variety, tradition, fusion of cultures and freshness of ingredients? Who could argue with Ceviche? Have you had a plate of “Lomo saltado” or “aji de gallina”? Those that have know that it has the power to change lives!

The history of Peru´s rich cuisine and its notable culinary fusion dates back many centuries to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. From that point on, the Incan cuisine was wonderfully fused with European sensibilities from France, Germany, and Italy as well as with deliciousness from Asia and West Africa.

But, do you want to know the 8 Reasons Why Peruvian Food is the Best? We have compiled a list of the best eight aspects of Peruvian culinary tradition that make the food scene in Peru one of a kind and Peru a real culinary destination. (more…)

5 Irresistible South American Desserts for Valentine’s Day

10 Feb
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5 Irresistible South American Desserts for Valentine’s Day
 
Every year around Valentine´s Day, chocolate sales skyrocket as lovers around the world empty market shelves to buy toffees and other sweet candies for their loved ones. On this special day of the year, in many restaurants of the world, a romantic dessert creation cannot be missed and rounds up the perfect Valentine´s date. Especially in South America and in Peru, we can find plenty of amazing Peruvian desserts and chocolates that are a perfect fit to show our affection for that special someone.

If you ar traveling in Peru or elsewhere in South America, or, you want to prepare something really special for your Valentine back home, keep on reading and take a look at these perfect Five Irresistible South American Desserts for Valentine’s Day.
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Peru’s Pisco Sour Day

31 Jan
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Peru’s Pisco Sour Day

Peru’s most famous cocktail is by far the Pisco Sour and therefore the people of Peru yearly celebrate the Día del Pisco Sour or, in English, Pisco Sour Day . The event takes places on the first Saturday of February.

The most important ingredient of this delicious Peruvian cocktail is, of course, Pisco. Therefore it is interesting to know a bit more about this typical Peruvian liqueur.

After the Spanish conquered South America, they imported vine plants to Peru in the 15th century. Because they had grapes left that were not good enough for the wine, they decided to use these leftovers in a different product and this is when Pisco got invented.
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Where & what to eat on Christmas in Cusco

20 Dec
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Where & what to eat on Christmas in Cusco

If you’re far away from home traveling in Peru during Christmas time, are you lucky, because Christmas in Peru, and especially in Cusco, is beautiful! Exploring the new customs and traditions of the Peruvian culture will make for memories that will last you a lifetime.
 

When is Christmas celebrated in Peru?

Like in many other countries, Christmas is also celebrated in Cusco on 24th and 25th of December. It is a very special time of the year to spend time with family and have a special Christmas dinner together. A great variety of dishes can be found during Christmas time in Peru, depending on the family and the region. Most families in Cusco gather on Christmas Eve to celebrate a big meal together, exchange gifts, and put baby Jesus in their Nativity Scenes at midnight on the 24th.
 

What are the typical Peruvian Christmas dishes?

You may be wondering what typical dishes the people of Cusco eat during Christmas…
Prepare yourself to try the classical stuffed turkey, lechón (roast pig), roast beef (asado de res), baked guinea pig and much more. The chicken (gallina) and guinea pig (cuy) are some of the very ancient and traditional dishes that the Incas ate before the European and North American influence arrived in Peru.
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5 green, fair and local choices for travelers in Cusco

09 Feb
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5 green, Fair and Local choices for Travelers in Cusco

The city of Cusco is a hotspot for touristic activity in Peru. Being the ancient center of the Inca Empire of Peru, it today combines culture, history and a modern way of living in itself. Every year around 1 million tourists come to the city of Cusco to explore the city and the surrouddings with the City Tour, or the Sacred Valley Tour. Or they scroll on the streets, visit museums, and explore Machu Picchu by train or by doing a trek such as the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek……. and they enjoy the local, colourful festivals.

However, the concerned tourist won’t fail to notice that awareness of nature conservation, emission reduction and waste management has not yet reached everybody here in Peru. So, how can we behave as a responsible tourist in order to comfort a little of our “green consciousness”?

Here are 5 opportunities where you can make the better choice during your stay in Cusco: 5 green, fair and local choices for Travelers in Cusco.

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Where to buy the Best Juice in Cusco

12 Oct
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Where to buy the Best Juice in Cusco
One of the best things of traveling Peru is the amazing food: ceviche, lomo saltado, cuy, and many others. But one of my favoriaries is: the fresh fruit! And one of the best ways to enjoy this fruit is in one of the jugerías that line the streets of Cusco. A glass of fresh juice can cost anywhere from S/. 4 to 10, depending on the location, the fruit, and what you decide to mix with it: another fruit, water, milk, or yogurt. Most jugerías also offer a range of snacks, sandwiches, and Peruvian desserts. So how to pick the best place to go? Here is a quick guide. You’ll discover two of the most popular jugerías close to the Plaza de Armas, and another, where I had the best juice I’ve ever tried – just a few blocks further off the beaten path. (more…)

The Secrets of Peruvian Ceviche

07 May
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When travelling in Peru, you cannot ignore it: you will probably hear about the dish ceviche, or find it on the menu of any restaurant. It is one of the most famous Peruvian dishes based on raw fish marinated in lemon juice. For every fish- or non-fish-lover the dish is worth a try!

The origin and tradition

Ceviche is a very well-known and popular dish in the Spanish-speaking countries of South-America. Its origin presumably comes from the first inhabitants in the North of what is now Peru and the limes were introduced by the Spaniards. Ceviche is a dish often eaten during lunch or brunch, because it is such a light meal with a refreshing taste. Also, this dish is very popular on the beach and in the capital Lima. Late in the evening it would be unlikely you are able to order ceviche, because the fish would not be fresh enough anymore.
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Tasty Fruits and Vegetables in Peru

28 Apr
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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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