Peru

Two Werner Herzog Movies Set in South America

Posted by on April 6th, 2013
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Reading Nick’s article on his favorite Latin American movies, I just can’t help giving a shout out to a couple of my own particular favorites. Both are by the same director, Werner Herzog, and both are set in the Amazon: “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” and “Fitzcarraldo.” Aguirre Wrath of God starts off with an […]

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Where to Visit Pre-Inca Ruins in Peru

Posted by on March 1st, 2013

On my first visit to Peru my girlfriend made me promise that we wouldn’t do any high-altitude touring. We’d been living in La Paz, Bolivia for the six months prior to the trip, and she had been apuñada (suffering from altitude sickness) for much of that time. Obviously this meant that we missed out on Machu […]

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Lake Titicaca: A Special Place

Posted by on January 28th, 2013

At 12,500ft above sea level and with an average depth of 350ft, Lake Titicaca is oft referred to as the highest lake in the world which is navigable by large craft. Commercial boats and Peruvian and Bolvian navy vessels do sail its waters regularly, so it lives up to this description. To those who have […]

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Visiting Lima: A Country In Itself

Posted by on December 29th, 2012
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We had originally intended to bypass Lima entirely. Snippets from fellow travellers and crime warnings in guidebooks had brought us to the conclusion that a visit to Peru‘s capital city would break the carefree mood of our beach holiday. Ironically, a robbery in Ica forced us to spend a few days in Lima while we renewed […]

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Uncovering Peru with Mario Vargas Llosa

Posted by on November 28th, 2012

Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa enjoys a fame which in Western countries would be limited to sports stars and pop singers. Not since Byron and Hemingway has the English-speaking world had a literary hero in this mould, but South America does not seem to have got that memo. During a visit to Peru I was lucky […]

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Ceviche – A Peruvian Obsession

Posted by on November 14th, 2012
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It’s strange that my first encounter with ceviche was not in the pages of a glossy culinary magazine, nor was it on the cooking channel. It wasn’t even in Peru, in fact. No – it was on the streets and in the markets of La Paz, Bolivia that I first discovered ceviche. The fish used was […]

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Two New Peruvian Restaurants Near Our Office in Berkeley

Posted by on November 2nd, 2012
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James Kinard and I from our North Berkeley office have been checking out the two new Peruvian restaurants that opened up in our food-centric city, to see how they compare to the real thing.  Peruvian cuisine is pretty trendy these days, and we were curious to know what dishes might show up in original, authentic form […]

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Hiking and Biking in Peru: Video Highlights

Posted by on August 16th, 2012
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On a recent trip to Peru I followed our Peru Highlights Active: Hike & Bike Peru’s Top Spots itinerary, and brought my HD video camera along.  The result is this less than 2 minute piece of work, set to some Peruvian guitar and charango music.  Clips include:  hiking near the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, […]

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Afro-Peruvian Music: Another Side Of Peru

Posted by on August 14th, 2012

One of the great benefits of living and traveling in South America has been the chance to learn more about its incredibly varied music and dance traditions. On one warm summer evening in Lima, Peru, I attended a party hosted by a vacationing Peruvian family. Laughter and lively conversation emanated throughout the house, but it […]

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An Introduction To The Best Lima Museums

Posted by on August 11th, 2012

Lima’s excellent and diverse collection of museums serve as a road map to Peru’s rich historical, cultural and archaeological past. Use this overview of the best Lima museums to decide which ones to visit during your trip to Peru. Archaeologists date ancient Peruvian society as far back as the year 9,000 BC. A colorful mosaic […]

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