Sacha Inchi seeds, that have a history dating back to 3000 years ago in Peru are a new addition to the super food world. The Incas in the Peruvian forests grew Sacha Inchi many centuries before. That is the reason it is also called Inca peanuts. The representation in the ceramics and tombs of the Incans prove this. History shows that the warriors used the oil from these seeds for cooking. How did this seed with a rich history and legacy become popular today? How did this gain an international recognition? How did this enter the global market from the Amazon rain forest? It is a known fact that the Incan Civilization was one of the most powerful civilizations in the world. Researches and studies prove that it is this superfood that kept them healthy and powerful both physically and mentally. Nowadays people are on the lookout for healthy natural foods. It is of no wonder that Sacha Inchi seeds with its impressive history created a buzz and is growing in popularity.

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A History and Future of Peruvian Quinoa

by Incaito on May 5, 2013 · 0 comments

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Quinoa, a grain native to South America, has gained considerable popularity in recent years. It has earned a reputation as being a versatile food and for packing an incredible nutritional punch.  There are many different varieties of quinoa. These differ greatly based on the location where they are grown. This difference in climate and geography create varying quinoa grain colors and differing flavors. Quinoa grown in Peru tends to be the lightest in color and mildest in flavor.

peru-quinoaQuinoa has been a staple of Peruvian cuisine for over 4,000 years. It was considered a hallowed grain by Ancient Incan culture. The grain was almost lost when Peru was conquered by Spain in the 1500s. The Spanish conquistadors insisted that wheat be grown instead of quinoa. However, the hardy grain continued to flourish in the wild and was restored as a staple food source after Spanish rule had been established. In modern Peru, quinoa remains a cornerstone of the cuisine. The grain has also become a star in the international health and gourmet market. This has raised concerns in Peru and other quinoa growing countries. The higher worldwide desire for quinoa has driven up the price. This could be both good and bad.  Although increased quinoa demand provides economic stability for Peru through export sales, there is a fear that poorer Peruvian citizens will not be able to afford a food product that is a major part of their cuisine.  Steps are being taken to ensure that enough inexpensive crop remains in Peru to feed the general public while still maintaining a healthy export for income. In 2013, the United Nations acknowledged the International Year of Quinoa.

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Traveling with children, especially long tours like visiting Machu Picchu for example, is a difficult task. You cannot actually expect your young ones to seat peacefully on their seat in car, train, or airplane during the long hours of journey. The trick to overcome this challenging task is to make the journey fun and exciting to your children. To do so, you have to keep them amused and their tummies full.

Children tend to be restless and irritated if remain bored and hungry for a long time. A long journey can turn into a nightmarish one if you do not take care of this couple of things. So, in order to get a much happier traveling experience, you had better take some preparation before embarking upon a long trip.

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How to Prepare for the Inca Trail Hike

by Incaito on January 20, 2013 · 0 comments

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Itinerary - The Inca Trail in Peru, South America - G AdventuresIf you are thinking of hiking Peru’s Inca Trail, then it is crucial that you know how to prepare, what you will need to pack and how you will cope so that to maximize your chances of reaching Cusco Peru while alive and still smiling. The water situation is of utmost importance for every trekker. You should establish if the travel company you are using will provide drinking water, make sure the water is safe for consumption and find out how much of it you will need to carry. Usually 1.5 liters (half a gallon) is enough for a single person. It is important that the travel company supplies you with boiled drinking water at breakfast, lunch as well as dinner to avoid suffering any untoward consequences.

You also need to make sure that you are in good shape if you really want your Inca Trail hike to be an unforgettable one. Note that the demands of fitness for a trekking holiday may not be the same as those of other activities, so you will need to make sure that your fitness workout is in compliance with the demands of the trek. If you are not a specialized trekker especially, it is very crucial that you follow a serious training routine if you want to get maximum benefit from trekking the Inca Trail. Even though you might be physically fit, remember that the Inca Trail has things that are not present in your daily routine and therefore you have to take the training before the trek seriously.

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How to Spend Your Time in Trujillo Peru

by Incaito on January 19, 2013 · 0 comments

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chan-chan-trujillo-peruIf you are looking for an exotic Peruvian adventure, cultural diversity, captivating sights, music and dance, Trujillo is the right place for you. Located on the northwestern part of the country, Trujillo is the third largest city in Peru and the seat of its historical past. It is rightly known as the City of Everlasting Spring because the weather here remains sunny and pleasing all throughout the year. Despite being an important commercial city, Trujillo continues to retain its small town charm and you can have an unforgettable experience wandering through the ancient ruins of the Pre-Columbian era or exploring the grand mansions of the city built during the colonial period.

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Peru will be the starting point of the exciting Dakar Rally of 2013. The South American Dakar 2013 route will span 3 South American countries namely: Peru, Argentina and finally, Chile. The challenging race will start in Lima, Peru and will end in Santiago, Chile. The Dakar 2013 route will be a grueling 8,000 kilometer travel from start to finish. The Dakar Rally doesn’t only test speed, but also endurance, the race’s 2013 edition will be a long race expected to last 15 days starting on the 5th of January and ending on the 20th of January of 2013.

Dakar 2013 Dates: 5th January to 20th of January of 2013

The race will be scenic, as always, as the Dakar 2013 route will take racers through sand dunes, scenic coastal roads, river views, lake views and mountain views. The racers are going to be experiencing varying climates along their travels. Temperature is expected to reach up to 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) with some parts going well below the 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) mark. These extreme variations in temperature not only will test each pilot resilience, but also the equipment and engines of each of the participant’s vehicles and their respective crews. The roads are also going to be tough as not all roads are paved or leveled. The racers will be expected to drive through the roughest and toughest roads imaginable in South America.

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Discover the Wonderful Lord of Sipan

by Incaito on July 20, 2012 · 0 comments

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Of all the archeological sites to visit in Peru, you can spend one wonderful day visiting the Lord of Sipan, Peru. The Lord of Sipan’s museum is located in Lambayeque, Peru, 11 kilometers north of Chiclayo.

lord-of-sipan-museum-lambayeque-peruThe Lord of Sipan or “Señor de Sipan” was discovered by Peruvian archaeologist Walter Alva. Without a doubt, one of the greatest South American finds of the last few decades, this royal mummy of the Moche culture was found intact in his tomb with all his finery and court around him. Many burials and other archaeological sites have been looted since colonial times, making the find of El Señor de Sipan even more valuable. He was so wealthy and powerful that he’s considered the King Tut of Peru!

El Señor de Sipan and his treasures were moved to a special museum, the Royal Tombs Museum of Sipan (“Museo Real del Señor de Sipan”), which was built to resemble the mound in which he was found. All of his retinue, including his wife, ladies, warriors, dogs and llamas made the move with him and are now on display for visitors to enjoy. Many pieces of pottery were also found, along with jewelry and other priceless regalia.

Archeologists arrived in the nick of time to save this lord of the Moche culture, which pre-dated the Incans and rule the area between 1AD and 700AD, one of the oldest known cultures in South America. Looting had already begun, but fortunately the treasures were recovered.

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Mistura 2012

by Incaito on April 9, 2012 · 0 comments

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mistura-2012Finally the organizers of the gastronomic festival, Mistura 2012 inLima,Peru had announced the dates for this year’s event. Mistura 2012 will take place from September 7th to September 16th. Mark your calendars and to our lucky tourists make sure you arrive inLimato celebrate this gastronomic event, you will not be disappointed.

Peru is not just Machu Picchu, and if you enjoy good traditional food,Limacan be a great destination this coming September 2012. It is time to plan your travel and reserve a couple of days or more inLima, to visit its museums and Mistura 2012.

Apega, the organizers of the yearly gastronomic event Mistura 2012, are hoping to receive a record half a million visitors for this year 2012 event. An incredible number of locals and tourists food aficionados.

Mistura 2012, the largest gastronomic fair inLatin America, will last for 10 days full of tasteful Peruvian food, tradition, music and all around happiness. While the days had been announced, the location where Mistura 2012 will take place still needs to be determined. Last year, Mistura 2011 was held at the Parque de la Exposicion (ExpositionPark) located in Historic Lima, from September 9th to 18th and welcomed 400 thousand “hungry” people. Apega is searching for a bigger place this year, to bring quality, satisfaction and a better environment to visitors.

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Machu Picchu Inca Trail

by Incaito on March 4, 2012 · 0 comments

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The Machu Picchu Inca trail is Peru’s best known trail, and by far one of the most popular hikes in Peru. The stunning combination of the ruins of the Inca civilization, rich subtropical forests, breathtaking mountain scenery, and lush cloud forest makes it one of the top five treks in the world. The Machu Picchu Inca Trail trek through this mountainous jungle trail, through Inca ruins and tunnels will lead you to the famous destination of Machu Picchu – the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”. Perched high above the Urubamba River chasm, the ancient city of Machu Picchu is cradled in the laps of a remote mountain range of the Andes, and is carpeted in orchids. In Machu Picchu’s Historical Sanctuary, more than 220 different varieties have been so far identified. To add to that the Sanctuary is also home to some of the rarest and finest birds including hummingbirds, waterfowl as well as the majestic Andean Condor.

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Machu Picchu Hotels

by Incaito on October 24, 2011 · 0 comments

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If you are expecting a quality vacation at Peru, then you better take care of certain parts of your trip beforehand, for example what is the Machu Picchu weather going to be during your vacation and which of the Machu Picchu hotels will you be staying. Quite naturally, if you are traveling to Peru, then definitely you will be visiting Machu Picchu. Therefore, finding the right Machu Picchu hotel is the prime task for you before you opt for trip to the Sacred Valley and their wonderful ruins.

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