Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Enjoy a delicious ceviche!‏

If you are coming to Peru, you definitely cannot leave without trying the ceviche, maybe the most popular dish in all the Peruvian cuisine. Contrary to one everyone thinks, the fish in the ceviche is not crude, because the fish is cooked with the lemon sauce, which is really the base for the ceviche dish.

Along the coast of Peru you can find a great variety of ceviches, made with different kind of fishes (the most popular is the sole), and is usually accompanied by side dishes that complement its flavors such as sweet potato, lettuce, or corn.

For the Peruvians, specially the people who live in the coast, the ceviche is the better option for the summer time or a sunny day, and is accompanied with a really cold beer, so this mix of ceviche with beer is part of our culture, and there are also many habits with the ceviche, for example, after a night out or a good party, when you are having a kind of a hangover, it is very common that a person from lima tells you to go and have a ceviche and a cold beer to recover yourself, this is why the ceviche is also called the  “levanta muertos” or “dead lifter”.

In the capital of Peru, Lima, you can find a restaurant to eat ceviche almost every two blocks, and you can algo find ceviches inside little markets (where it is usual to say you are going to eat an “agachadito” because you are bended to eat in the bar of the little place in the market), or you can also eat a very gourmet-style ceviche in the best restaurants in the country, but either way, the ceviche is one of the better dishes to try in Peru, and don’t be afraid because everyone says is “crude” fish…………….you will love eat the second you try it!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Visiting Machu Picchu

Well, let's start with the obvious, when anyone thinks about sightseeing or tourism in Peru the first thing that comes to everyone's mind is Machu Picchu, even more after it was named one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the world!

The citadel of Machu Picchu is the most important and most visited attraction in the department of Cuzco, and was discovered almost 100 years ago, in 1911, despite it was built in the time of the incas, around the 1400's. The city was built at the top of a granite mountain, and the incas, using engineering techniques, were able to transport heavy stone blocks up to the mountain side, and once there, they used their excellent masonry skills to produce amazingly polished stones that fit together perfectly.

The citadel is divided into many sectors:
  • Agricultural Sector
  • Checkpoint
  • Upper cementery and burial zones
  • Urban Sector
  • Temple of the sun
  • Ceremonial Rock
  • Main temple
  • The plazas
  • Doors

The meaning of Machu Picchu is "old mountain" in Quechua, the language of the Incas, and near to the citadel of Machu Picchu there is a smaller mountain called Wayna Picchu, which means "young mountain", and many tourists can walk over to that mountain and conquer its summit, which is really an amazing experience because along the route and at the top are sacred structures and eye catching terraces, built right against the slope’s edge.

Another atraction inside Machu Picchu is the WiƱaywayna, which means "forever young" and is perhaps the most beautiful building along the Inca Trail. On the third day of trekking is when you reach this spot, located at an altitude of 2,700 meters, with its small urban sector and must see ceremonial fountains, ten to be exact, and a tower of typical Incan stonework.

Now that I mentioned it, a lot of tourists decide to take the famous "Inca Trail" insted of going by traing to Machu Picchu, this trail is really very adventurous and really not recommended if you like to be comfy and clean all the time because is a journey of minimum 3 days into the Peru forest!! I will give more detail about the Inca trail in a future post......


Hi everyone! I just created this blog because I want to share to everyone the beautiful places and all the culture and good food that my amazing country has, so that if you were considering coming to visit Peru you are well informed about everything that there is to know here and return to your country very pleased, and if you are in the group that didn´t know much about what there is to know from Peru you can take a look and discover all its wonders and I guarantee that after you find out all the tourism you can do around here you will be dying to come here as soon as you can!

I know that when we think about Peru and about tourism the first thing that come to everyone’s mind is Machu Picchu, the great fortress in Cuzco made by the Incas, but let me tell you there is A LOT to visit and know in Peru, besides the landscapes and the great legacy we have from the Incas and the other cultures previous to he incas, Peru is also very recognized because of the great food and its great variety........I will try to give you all the information I can get so that you come prepared and you can afford to know a lot because there are so many things that many tourists return to their country regreting they didn't get a chance to know more...........