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Competition to win Ceviche new cookbook ‘Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen’

We’re pleased to announce an exclusive competition for all our loyal followers! You could be in with the chance of winning a copy of the new cookbook Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen from Ceviche London. For the first time, Peruvian restaurateur and cook, Martin Morales, whose top London restaurant Ceviche opened to enormous critical and commercial success in 2012, shows you how to make the best ceviche and over 100 other Peruvian dishes. This is laid back, fuss-free and delicious Peruvian food.

Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen

Over 500 years of fusion have taken place in Peru for its culinary offering to become what it is today. Starting with the indigenous culture and then blending it with flavours and cooking styles brought over by migrants from Spain, Italy, Africa, China and Japan, Peruvian food has evolved into being one of the most fascinating, diverse, rich and healthy in the world.

Ceviche

From Ceviche’s signature dishes, authentic Peruvian dishes and new creations, Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen cookbook showcases the innovative food coming out of Lima, the Amazon and the Andes today. From sizzling barbecued anticucho skewers, to superfood quinoa salads, juicy stir fry saltados and lucuma ice cream, Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen brings the unique and delicious dishes from Peru to your home kitchen.

Peruvian Cuisine at Ceviche

To be in with the chance of winning this cookbook, all you have to do is tell us why you love Peruvian food in the comment box below. Our chosen winner will be announced in two weeks time on July 12th.  You can also enter via Twitter and Facebook, using hashtag #PeruvianKitchen. Follow us on Twitter @InkaterraHotels and on Facebook here.

With the Ceviche ethos of helping others cook at home, Martin and his team are travelling around Britain on tour. Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen On Tour will run from the 1st to the 15th of July 2013. Tickets are selling fast. Please book your place now to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to hearing all the reasons why you love Peruvian food. Here is some inspiration from Martin Morales himself.

‘There is a Peruvian saying my great aunt Carmela taught me, aquí se cocina con cariño, which means ‘here we cook with loving care’. This is the motto at our restaurant Ceviche – it’s what Peruvian food is all about. The other side of what we do is sazón – the quest to achieve a perfect balance of flavours. I have spent a lifetime working on this. Like most Peruvians, I am obsessed with cooking and I love sharing our amazing food.’ Martin Morales

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LSU Tigrisomas Team – USA – Winners of The Birding Rally Challenge, Peru 2013 – Nor Amazonica

The Birding Rally Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the LSU Tigrisomas team from the USA who are the winners of The Birding Rally Challenge, spotting 636 species of bird. The UK Forest Falcons came in close second, spotting 601 species of bird across the seven day rally in the northern regions of Peru. A special congratulations also to Braulio Puma, guide of the winning LSU Tigrisomas team, who is head of the explorer’s guides at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. A wonderful rally was had by all! Stay tuned on our blog and social media channels for news and information on the next Birding Rally Challenge coming to Peru.

The Birding Rally Challenge Results

Congratulations Braulio Puma, guide of the LSU, Tigrisomas

The Winners

Ernesto Benavides Photo taken by Peruvian photographer Ernesto Benavides

The Winners  Photo taken by Peruvian photographer Ernesto Benavides

EB0_3940 Photo taken by Peruvian photographer Ernesto Benavides

 

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The Birding Rally Challenge 2013

The Birders in action

This June brings the second Birding Rally Challenge to Peru. Peru is already well known to birders as a “must visit” destination – it has an almost unparalleled species diversity, on the richest continent for birds. In November 2012, Peru hosted the first Birding Rally Challenge, the only event of its kind in the world, for its non-stop modality, bringing together the most renowned birding teams from North America (e-birders and LSU), Great Britain (Forest Falcons), South Africa (Zululanders), Spain (Tramuntana) and Brazil (Ararajubas). The Rally is organised and run by the Inkaterra Association (ITA), Promperu and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR).

BRC Totals as of Day 3

The second Rally kicked off on Sunday 9th June with the teams arriving in Lima to an opening ceremony and press conference. The competition officially began on Tuesday in Lambayeque, with the teams waking up at 4am.

The BRC Route

This time, the Birding Rally Challenge covers Northern Peru, crossing the below landmarks:

Northern Peru Highlights

Timetable of events

Opening ceremony and press conference

Day 1: 11th June – Lambayeque

Day 2: 12th June – Lambayeque to Cajamarca

Day 3: 13th June – Cajamarca

Day 4: 14th June – Cajamarca to Leymebamba

Day 5: 15th June – Leymebamba to Amazonas

Day 6: 16th June – Amazonas

Day 7: 17th June – San Martin

Day 8: 18th June – Tarapoto

Cocktails and closing ceremony  

The birders in action at the BRC 2013

After three days, each team has already obtained incredible results. The highlight for many came on day 3 when Dan Lane of the e-birders spotted the Grey-Bellied comet in the Cañón Sangal region. Other top sightings include a Buff Bridled Inca Finch on the road to San Marcos, spotted by the UK’s Forest Falcons, a White Capped-Dipper near Chonta River, spotted by the Zululanders and the Tramuntana team saw the Great Horned Owl near Lake Sulluscocha. The current total numbers of different bird species spotted is at 315!

Grey Bellied Comet (Photo Ernesto Benavides)

Birding Highlights of Day 3

Catch up with all the latest updates from the Birding Rally Challenge by following @InkaterraHotels and @BirdingRallyPe on Twitter or follow hashtag #BirdingRallyChallenge.

8 days of adventure at the BRC 2013

Fitzcarraldo

Anniversary of Peruvian inspired movies Aguirre, Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo

This year sees the anniversary of two major movies set in Latin America: Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) and Fitzcarraldo (1982). Inkaterra shares a very special link with the films, as founder Jose Koechlin was the Peruvian producer of both productions. Director Werner Herzog won the Best Director award for the film Fitzcarraldo at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.

Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) and Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Fitzcarraldo portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman known as Fitzcarraldo in Peru, who has to pull a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory. The film is derived from the real-life story of Peruvian rubber baron Carlos Fitzcarrald. In the 1890s, Fitzcarrald did bring a steamship across an isthmus from one river into another. The film showcases awe-inspiring scenes from Machu Picchu and the Puerto Maldonado region. It was during this time that Jose Koechlin, founder and president of Inkaterra, developed a strong passion for the rainforest and started looking for somewhere to set up an ecological reserve.

Filming Fitzcarraldo was no easy feat

Koechlin originally went to Herzog with the idea of making a movie about the historical character named Carlos Fermin Fitzcarrald, a man who crossed a ship over a mountain. The idea was to use the film as a catalyst to promote tourism in Peru.

The British Film Institute, in honour of its Anniversary has created a new restoration of Herzog’s extraordinary account of the quest for El Dorado. From its opening shots of an ant-like column of Spanish conquistadors and their enslaved indigenous porters scrambling perilously down through the clouds on a sheer pass in the Andes, it’s immediately clear that Werner Herzog’s account for El Dorado – now newly restored – will be something extraordinary. The movie will be in cinemas nationwide in the UK from today. To book tickets click here.

World Environment Day at Inkaterra

World Environment Day at Inkaterra

World Environment Day

World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.

This year’s theme encourages us to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices we make and empowers us to make informed decisions. We have a series of initiatives at Inkaterra we are carrying out in celebrate of World Environment Day:

  • Installation of information panels at the reception, lobby, bar and ecocentre
  • Organic menu available throughout the day at ITMP from chef Gustavo Borja and Vladimir Calanche.
  • Contest crafts with recycled materials for children from 5 right up to 13 years old
  • Our lights in service areas such as the reception will be turned off for periods of the day

How will you be participating in World Environment Day?