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8 Must-Eat Food in Peru

Posted on January 28, 2018 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By Aaliya Anubhav

Peruvian food is all about spices and big flavors. The refreshing aroma of Peruvian delicacies is totally inviting and pleasing. Cuisines available here are fresh and one of the prime reason of tourists signing for Peru package tours. Some are clean and crispy or are deep and heavy. The fishes are very fresh. The dishes and flavors you won’t find anywhere.

Ceviche: The Humboldt Current flows from the Pacific Ocean also called Peru Current is one of the plentiful sources of seafood. The raw fish marinated in citrus juice is so good at the taste that it can become a national dish in Peru. There is an acid in a fruit which cooks the fish and gives a soft flavor and kind of crispy firmness.

The red onion and aji pepper are used to give a spicy flavor and it is served usually in the afternoon with sweet potato or choclo (a white Andean corn).

Cuy: Cuy is a traditional Peruvian dish. Cuy is a guinea pig and a traditional dish in South America. In earlier times Cuy was consumed by nobles and was also used as a destiny telling medium and offering. This meat is usually baked and barbecued and served fully. It has an approachable gamy taste and the taste is similar to wild foul or rabbit. This is a nutritious staple dish. Cuy chactado is a deep fried flattened version of meat served in Arequipa region.

Causa:Causa is a potato starter. It is a special Peruvian dish. It is a light meal with mashed potato terrine, stuffed with tuna, egg, and shrimp. There are layers which have these two ingredients in a sort casserole which is sliced and served cold. Other layers contain tuna, meat, or a hard-boiled egg.

Lomo Saltado: Lomo saltado is a famous Peruvian dish. It is a stir fry that unites marinated strips of sirloin, with onions, tomatoes, french fries, and other ingredients and is served with rice. The dish is prepared by marinating sirloin strips in vinegar, soya sauce and spices and stir-fry these with red onions, parsley, tomatoes. It is a chineese dish of Peru.

Aji de Gallina: Aji de Gallina is a mouth-watering Peruvian dish, slightly spicy and yellow color made from pepper, cream sauce and ground walnut. The dish is served with rice with boiled yellow potatoes and black olives.

Anticuchos: This dish is grilled, marinated meat and is served everywhere in Peru. It is much like shish kebabs. Expensive restaurants serve them as starters. This dish is found on street cart and street food stalls. The meat is marinated in vinegar and spices, such as cumin aji pepper and garlic. The Anticuchos which is made from beef heat is most popular. It usually comes with boiled potato or bread.

Rocoto Relleno:Rocoto Relleno is a Peruvian dish of stuffed peppers. This dish is stuffed with spiced, sautéed ground beef and hard-boiled egg. The toppings on this dish are melted white cheesePsychology Articles, baked and is served whole.

Lucuma: Peru’s food is famous for its spicy dishes but there are some sweets too. Lucuma is a tree which has fruits that looks like a mango. It is usually used in deserts to give them a flavor and is popular as a variety of ice cream.

In Peru Group Tours everything is systematically organized and planned. The best part is reputed tour operators can give in-depth knowledge of the places.

Aaliya Anubhav is an award-winning travel blogger. She loves exploring remote corners of the world where she meets local people, tastes the local cuisine and learns about different ways of life and cultures. She works at Anubhav Vacations, offers international tours like Peru Holidays, Patagonia Group Tours, Peru travel tours, South America Holidays, East Europe Tour Package, Northern Lights Tours etc.

Why Taj Mahal is an Inseparable Part of an Indian Holiday

Posted on January 27, 2018 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

By Devendra Singh

The aura, the splendor and the grandeur of Taj Mahal cannot be felt unless seen with your own eyes. One out of 7 Wonders of the World, this marvelous piece of Mughal architecture will surely captivate your imagination with its mystique and magnificence. If you are an avid traveler planning to spend your vacation near this epitome of beauty, then Agra is the place for you. Its architecture reflects the ingenuity of the architects in building an outstanding structure based on geometric patterns beautifully aligned to give it a perfect poise. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and set against the backdrop of the River Yamuna flowing behind it, the Taj Mahal is a visual delight for the beholder.

Historical Tidbits on Taj Mahal India

Situated on the banks of River Yamuna at Agra, once a royal seat of the Mughal emperors, this structure was made by Shah Jahan in fond remembrance of his much-loved wife Mumtaz Mahal over a period 20 years from 1631-1653 AD. Taj Mahal means the Crown of Palace and that it certainly is as there are few other monuments in the world that match up to the splendid architecture of this mausoleum. Taj Mahal’s history interweaves facets of the craftsmanship of that era combined with love bestowed by a king on his wife. It could only be completed by 20,000 workers dedicated to craft it out under the guidance of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri and many artisans and sculptors hailing from different parts of the world. In fact, the history of Taj Mahal reflects a perfect blend of Indian and Mughal culture.

A Snapshot of the Beauty of the Taj

There are a lot of interesting facts surrounding this monument that speak for its mystical beauty. The Taj Mahal sparkles like a beautiful diamond on a full moon night and its color varies with the onset of the day till the end of it. The mausoleum enshrining both the emperor and his queen in their peaceful abode is studded with many precious and semi precious stones crafted into the marble.

Informative Snippets on Agra and the Taj

Before planning your visit, collect as much information as possible about Taj Mahal to make your trip all the more enriching and enhancing. There are many rich sources of this info available online to help you in your journey through the history and beauty of this aesthetic marble structure. Visiting times for the Taj Mahal are from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, except for Fridays. In fact, Taj Mahal is off limits for visitors on Fridays. You can reach Taj Mahal by many means such as Air, Rail, and Road due to its centralized location in Agra. The city has an airport with daily flights well connected to the whole country. Also the rail network is well equipped with many trains leading to the two stations in the city and buses plying from many adjoining cities.

Bidding Adieu to the Taj

Due to Taj Mahal, Agra witnesses a huge tourist inflow of around 2-4 million every year. This includes over 200,000 foreign visitors. Rest assured that this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place where your quest for curiosity cannot be quenched with a single visit and you will surely be tempted to visit again and again to experience the magic of this structure.

Devendra Singh is a Travel enthusiast, currently working with

Guide to the Medellin Holiday Lights

Posted on December 9, 2017 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Rebecca Pittore

From Christmas carols to twinkling lights, to an expectation of snow—or to an escape from it—the happiest time of the year, undoubtedly, is here again. Other cities have put on magnificent winter wonderland displays using white or colored LED lights. One of these cities lies right in South America: the City of Medellin in Colombia.

Medellin is fast becoming one of the most important destinations in South America. The city is home to cultural museums, a thriving nightlife, as well as an innovation and creativity. The city is also home to millions of twinkling lights through out the month of December, creating a colorful holiday show.

“El Alumbrado”, or “The Lighting” as it’s called in English, takes place from December 2 to January 8 this year. Celebrating 50 years of EPM’s magnificent Christmas show, the lights will be on from 6:00pm through midnight. The theme of this year’s spectacular light is “estamos de fiesta” or “we’re celebrating”, with 37 million lights, 50,000 figures, 27 moving structures, 66 LED projections, one hologram, one water show, and one “mapping” feature showing you the history of Medellin’s lights since 1967.

Parque Norte

Located at the metro stop ‘universidad’, this amusement park is the main light show for two straight years now, as the lights filled up the ‘Rio Medellin’ in the past. This is because the city is working on a construction project along the river, so the lights have found a new home. The park offers free admission during the Christmas season; and Individual tickets, on the other hand, are available for purchase for the rides or games. Upon entering the small amusement park, you will be greeted by a 50-foot tall and 127-foot wide Nativity Scene. You can wander through the park’s colored lights and find your way to the lake, where a surprise light show will take place


On Avenida La Playa there will be 17 different light scenes creating a colorful LED roof over the road, spanning almost a half mile from Pablo Tobon Theater to Avenida Oriental. At the end of this colorful drive, you’ll find a 70-foot lit up statue of the Three Kings. The lights continue down to the Avenida Junin. Look out for the giant Christmas tree! The old EPM building, Edificio Miguel de Aguinaga, will be lit up and decorated to look like a giant Christmas tree with green metallic paper and lights spanning the structure. See also the Parque San Antonio, home to Fernando Botero’s famous ‘birds of peace’ statues, and Parque Bolivar, home to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Medellin, to catch the lights, and Parque Aranjuez, near the botanical garden and planetarium, to catch more light displays.


The main parks of every comuna of the city, plus the surrounding corregimientos (villages), and municipalities will feature their own Christmas light display. If you’re in the north of the city, you’ll be able to see the lights at Parque Santo Domingo Savio, and along Calle 107, both of which you’ll catch a glimpse of if you take the metrocable toward Parque Arvi.

In the south of the city, Parque Poblado, home to all the nightlife, restaurants and cafes you need, will put on a light display. Parque Cristo Rey near the domestic airport, Parque Belen, in the Belen neighborhood will also light up, as well as the first park of Laureles, Carrera 70, Estadio Atanasio Girardot, and Parque Floresta in the west of Medellin. This area is similar to El Poblado, but a little bit less touristy, giving you restaurants, cafes, and dancing, with a little more authenticity.

Outside the city, Parque Envigado, Parque Itagui, Parque Sabaneta, and Parque San Antonio de Prado are all filled with colorful displays, as well as local restaurants and bars for you to get to know some less tourist-filled parts of the Medellin Metropolitan Area.

Another park you can’t miss sits above the city atop Cerro Nutibara. This is the 262-foot high hill houses Pueblito Paisa, a replica of a traditional Antioqueno town. Aside from 360 views of the whole city, the site will have its own lights on display. Go late in the afternoon to check out the views while it’s still light out; watch the sky turn orange, pink, and purple as the sun sets over the city of eternal spring. Then stay to watch the lights come to life—both the Christmas lights of Pueblito Paisa and the lights of the sprawling city below you.

Photo: Ivan Eree Jota

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