For those who keep up to date with the culinary delights of the world will know that Peruvian food is the up and coming cuisine of the moment. The South American country’s mouthwatering cured-fish ceviches, spicy mashed-potato causas and tender alpaca steaks are going global.
Last week saw Phil Vickery from ITV’s ‘This Morning’ take us to Peru in search of local cuisine that will tantalise our taste buds. Exploring the jungle, heading up higher than he’s ever gone before, Phil cooked with the Kalahari Bushmen and got to grips with some giant crabs. For his first Cookout, Phil headed to the Amazon rainforest deep in the heart of Peru. He met the local Ese Eja tribe, went fishing for piranhas and got a bit too close for comfort with an eight-legged beastie!
Through exploring the local communities, Phil found out about the classic national dish ‘Ceviche‘, and rustled up his own version on the banks of the river in the Amazon Basin. See below for his recipe to make your own Peruvian Ceviche at home:
- Take 350-500g of any kind of raw white fish and slice.
- Mix juice of 3 large limes and a juice from 2 ripe passion fruit juice together and add to the fish.
- Add ½ a chopped onion and 2 cloves of chopped garlic.
- Add a small amount of finely chopped ginger, about 1 tbps
- Top with some black pepper, a pinch of sugar and salt and mix altogether. Leave to marinade for about 10 minutes.
- To make a salsa take 2 large chopped tomatoes, 1 small red pepper & red onion, 1 tbsp chopped ginger, and 1 clove of garlic crushed mix with juice of 1 large lime and 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil , along with a few sprigs of fresh mint and 1 small chopped, ripe avocado.
- Season well with salt and pepper.
Whilst visiting Peru, Phil had the delight of staying at two of Inkaterra’s properties; The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Through South American Adventure Tours, Phil went on a fantastic eight day tour, which includes visits to the colourful city of Lima as well as the former capital of the Inca’s Great Empire ‘Cusco‘ and the majestic lost city of Machu Picchu. This tour includes two chances to stay at the Inkaterra properties. South American Adventure Tours state that ’Peru is a magical country full of mystic encounters, customs, emotions, adventures and a history that will never fail to surprise you’. Don’t miss out on a trip of a lifetime to explore the wonders of Peru – explore today with Inkaterra and South American Adventure Tours.
When was the last time you went without checking your emails or phone? We live in a world where we use our mobile devices on average every ten minutes, so when we do have a break, we find it difficult to completely switch off. In today’s technologically advanced world, even on holiday mobile phones are often close at hand, be it for making calls, reading work emails, or tweeting about the weather.
Increasingly, more of us are craving a complete switch off from the digital sphere, in an environment of inspiring natural beauty. And where better to get your ‘Digital Detox’ than within the realm of the Inca Gods at Machu Picchu, or to the beat of the Peruvian Amazon Jungle? Like an entire continent in a country, Peru astounds visitors with the diversity of its landscapes. From jaw-dropping terrain to glaciated Andean peaks, the only device that you will need on a trip to Peru will be your camera.
A ‘Digital-Detox’ at Inkaterra will bring you right back to nature. With no signal available, you can relax and de-stress whilst staying at the Reserva Amazonica Lodge, waking to a symphony of tropical birdsong; ending your days by lantern light and falling asleep to the sounds of the Amazon rainforest. Explore the rainforest garden and learn to identify native plants, tress and orchids, while spotting rare species of birds.
Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is another serene retreat to escape from fast-paced lives. The timeless spirit of Machu Picchu awaits, along with local excursions to tea plantations, or discovering the largest orchid collection that is open to the public. The ancient land of the Incas make you forget about your busy life as you learn about the incredible history and tales of the Inca Tribe. Days at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel end with an Andean eucalyptus sauna, followed by a star-lit plunge pool dip. A perfect end to a digital-free day.
Celebrations marking 100 years since the discovery of Machu Picchu took place throughout last year, but there’s justified reason to extend the centenary.
Addressing a full audience of Royal Geographical Society members, author and explorer Hugh Thomson last night gave an illuminating talk about the complicated discovery of the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, and how the process was more drawn out than you might think.
As it turns out, Hiram Bingham stumbled across the expansive site by accident in 1911. He was certainly looking for Incan ruins – just not these ones. As Thomson dryly noted, ‘people only find what they’re looking for’. Continue reading
If you’re in downtown Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu and the surrounding area, why not pay a visit to the buzzy, hip cocktail bar at El MaPi hotel byInkaterra? We have great atmosphere and a delicious range of cocktails using fresh Peruvian fruits and spirits. It’s a great place to meet fellow travellers and lovers of Peru!