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Traditional Food in Peru

Peruvian cuisine is famous all over the world and it is based on the inheritance of the Incas, but with a lot of Spanish, Italian and Japanese influences. The basic products are the potato, quinoa, corn and beans, sometimes combined with chicken, beef, lama or alpaca meat. Potatoes Peru has more than 5,000 types of potatoes, which first appeared in the high plateau of Lake Titicaca. Lomo saltado This is another Peruvian famous dish and one of our favorite. I think I ate Lomo Saltado every day during our tour across Peru. It is a stir-fry mix that combines beef and vegetables like onion, tomatoes, peppers and it is served with french fries and rice. Cheviche It is a dish that contains raw fish or seafood which are marinated in citrus juice. It is served cold with a mix of onions and corn. It is best to be eaten on…

Strolling in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Andean mountains and the valley surrounding the Urubamba River were once the epicenter of the Inca Empire because of the fertile land, perfect climate, natural resources and strategic position. It is one of the most stunning landscapes in the world and still maintaining its ancient characteristics, like the traditional clothes, spiritual ceremonies, language and the strong connection with Mother earth: “Pachamama”. Here is the place where you can find everything: from well preserved Inca ruins and agricultural terracing to authentic villages and cultural places. We booked a one day tour through the Sacred Valley with KB Peru.com. We chose the one full day transportation through Sacred Valley and they took us to Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins, Maras, Morai and Chincheros. Pisac Market So, we started our morning at a local ancient market: Pisac. The Pisac Market is one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. Especially the…

Having a homestay with the locals in Amantani on Lake Titicaca

Located on the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake and home to some amazing and beautiful places. Amantani Island is another place which preserves the traditions of the old empire. About 40 km away from Puno, on the Lake Titicaca, Amantani island is situated. It has two mountain peaks, Pachatata(“father earth”) and Pachamama (“mother earth”) and terraced hills, mostly worked by hand. The main activity of the people is farming potatoes. They have also a small textile industry, but not as developed as the other islands. In Amantani there is also a cooperative where some families subscribe and receive tourists at their home. With the help of www.titicacaperu.com, they started to hosted tourists and to show them their ways of life. The tourist schedule on Amantani happens on a rotational basis. Every week, a different community hosts tourists. Once in the program, each family is able to host…

Visiting the floating island of Uros on Lake Titicaca

In the Andes, on the world’s high navigable lake, you can find the Uros people. Ancient people  that live on an approximate of 120 self-made floating islands on Lake Titicaca, near Puno. This people are descendants of the ancient Uros, who are one of the first major ethnic group to have settled in the high-altitude plateau and choose to live on the islands on the lake. Initially, they constructed their islands into the middle of the lake where they lived untouched for centuries. But due to a strong storm that destroyed the islands, they were forced to rebuild closer to shore, near Puno. And this was the point that opened the islands to the civilization and, of course, tourism. We arranged a tour with www.titicacaperu.com to visit the Floating islands and to have an authentic day and night on Amantani island. The price that we paid for both experiences was 65 USD/person. So,…

Experiencing a real oasis in Huacachina

After the beautiful and wild Paracas we went dipper in the desert arriving to Huacachina. Huacachina is a real desert oasis and the first that I m seeing ever. It is the only natural desert oasis and has the largest sand dunes in South America. How to get Public busses The public busses won’t take you directly to Huacachina. You will have buses almost from each town: from Lima, Cusco, Paracas but it will take only to Ica and from here take a taxi till the oasis. Of couse, it will be more difficult if you do the steps separately, but it will be cheaper. Bus from Lima to Ica is 10-15 usd taxi from Ica to Huacachina is 1 usd, entrance fee in Huacachina is 3 usd. PeruHop Is another option that we tried. The Peru bus took us from Paracas directly to Huacachina, and this was part of…

Exploring Ballestas island | The Poor Man’s Galapagos

Our second destination in Peru was Paracas, which is well known for its Ballestas Islands. Paracas National Reserve is one of the biggest protected desert reserves in South America; A fantastic desert that meets the ocean. Actually, it is a saline desert formed in the place of an ancient ocean and now home to a large wildlife. Because of its impressive marine and terrestrial wildlife, in 1975 was established as a protected area. Ballestas Islands What Are the Ballestas Islands The Ballestas are a collection of rocky islands, just a few kilometers off the western coast of Paracas. The islands are hosting a large wildlife. They are home for a thousand birds and mammals including penguins and sea lions. How to reach From Paracas, you’ll need to take a 2-hour wildlife-watching boat tour. Peru Hop arranged our tour with a local travel agency and we paid 15 USD. The tour…

Going crazy with a “Mad Max” experience in Paracas desert

Paracas represents the coastal desert region famous for Ballestas Island and Paracas National Reserve. Paracas national Reserve is one of the biggest protected desert reserves in South America; desert and ocean. It covers more than 3,000 kilometers of which 65% of it is sea and 35% is dry land and islands. It is considered one of the richest and most uncommon ecosystems in the world, but the attraction is not only its wildlife but also the beauty of the ocean and desert landscapes. We spent a day and a night here and we had the chance to experience a glimpse of what it can offer. After lunch, we rented some buggies and we started our mad driving adventure in the desert. We drove for 10 min to the Paracas National Reserve from our hotel, paid an entrance fee and started discovering the desert along the Paracas coast which was thrilling. We…

How to Travel Peru

One of the destinations where we always wanted to get to was Peru. And now that we have visited it, we consider it one of the best experiences ever. Amazing desserts, the world’s highest mountain range, the world’s tallest navigable lake, welcoming people and, of course, Machu Picchu. What more can you want? We had two amazing weeks and tried to cover as much as possible from this beautiful county. But we are talking about Latin America where the public transportation system is not excellent. We tried to make the most of our time by using the Peru Hop buses from Lima to Cusco. And in Cusco we arrange some local travel agencies to help us to visit the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and of course Machu Picchu. Peru Hop is an Irish founded company in Peru, hop-on, hop-off style buses that take you to the most important spots in Peru. It was…

12 Amazing Things to do in Peru

From the deserts of the Pacific coast to the Amazon rainforest, from the world’s tallest navigable lake to the world’s largest tropical mountain range, Peru offers a wide range of landscapes and such different climate zones. And among mountains, forests and deserts are the remains of dozens of ancient civilizations. So, Peru has it all and it is so difficult to make a top because everything is so amazing in their own way. Below I will try to select only a few of the fantastic things that Peru has to offer. Discover the Magic of Machu Picchu When you think of Peru, there is only one thing that comes to your mind – Machu Picchu. It is indeed one of the most beautiful attractions in Peru. This Inca city, uncovered during the Spanish conquest, forgotten and undisturbed for centuries, is located in the most amazing area, surrounded by beautiful mountains,…

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