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The mountain god (or Apu), Salcantay

The Other Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Nevado Salcantay

If you are an adventurer, chances are that you either dream of hiking, or have hiked, the famous Inca Trail. Did you know, though, that there are many “Inca Trails”— thousands of kilometers, in fact — that lead into and around the ancient city of Machu Picchu? If you are seeking quick passage or an […]

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The Amazon Rainforest in Peru

The Pleasures and the Pains of the Amazon Rainforest

When you ask a traveler where in the world they’d like go next, they could tell you it is a single country — Australia, China, South Africa. Or perhaps a great geographical feature — the Grand Canyon, the Himalaya, or the Adriatic Sea. Or it could be an entire region of the world — the […]

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Peruvian Quipus

The Original Barcode: the Quipu from Peru

In the absence of a written language, the Inca Empire of the Andean region of South America used quipus (sometimes called “talking knots”) to keep records. Spun from tens to thousands of strands of Alpaca and llama hair, the colorful knots contain numeric and other values encoded by a decimal positional system.  They are still widely used […]

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Pisco Sour from Peru

Recipe for a Traditional Peruvian Pisco Sour

Recipe courtesy of Cicciolina.   “Pisco” is South American grape brandy. A Pisco Sour is made with grape brandy as the base liquor – bartenders in South America recommend Cabarende or Don Cesar Pisco Puro – sour components such as lime and lemon juice, and balancers such as egg white, simple syrup and Bitters. The Chilean version uses straight sugar instead […]

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UROS Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru

I was preparing to choose a day trip with my guide in the Lake Titicaca region of Peru. There were five options placed before me, and one specifically looked fascinating … it also happened to be the trip that the guide urged me to take.  At the end of a day visiting a community living on […]

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Peruvian Chicha

Chicha: Peruvian Beer from Fermented Corn

There are a few tasks I must complete every time I travel internationally: eat meat prepared in the traditional way of the region, pick up spices unavailable at home, and learn about the local adult beverage. At the end of my trek through Peru, I had seen the slaughtering of the goat, had picked up […]

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