La Libertad: The Culture of Peru

The most beautiful place in the world is Peru. Visiting La Libertad would be the best getaway for families and lovers alike. Take in the beautiful Peruvian sights and sounds by exploring More »

El Shambar: The Original Peruvian Dish

El Shambar has been a staple dish in Peru for thousands of years. Originating in Trujillo, this soup is made up of several types of legumes such as chickpeas, dry beans, fava More »

Ways to Secure Your Home in Peru

Much like everywhere else in the world, it is important to protect your home and your valuables from intruders. A lot of this will seem like common sense, but we feel it More »

Is Drinking Water Safe in Peru ?

When planning a trip to Peru, it is a common question from everyone who wants to visit if the water is safe for drinking. The answer to that question, it seems, is More »

Discovering the Beaches of La Libertad

Many people decide to go on vacation in Peru so that they can enjoy the amazing beaches of La Libertad. In Trujillo, the capital city of La Libertad, there are two very More »

 
Chan Chan in La Libertad

La Libertad: The Culture of Peru

The most beautiful place in the world is Peru. Visiting La Libertad would be the best getaway for families and lovers alike. Take in the beautiful Peruvian sights and sounds by exploring their beautiful locale. Let’s start off with a bit of a Peruvian lesson. The capital city of the La Libertad area is Trujillo. There are plenty of exciting and new activities to experience in the capital city. Take a step back in time on the colonial streets of Trujillo.

Known for being one of the most revolutionary Peruvian cities, Trujillo is the perfect place for history buffs and those that want to learn more about their particular culture. For example, Trujillo was founded by Diego de Almagro in 1534. He was a Spanish “conqueror” and nearly 300 years later, the city was the first to become independent from Spain.

When it comes to the design of the city, it is absolutely breathtaking. There was no real limit to the opulent beauty that the builders had imagined. In the late 1600’s, the entire city was actually walled in for the protection from the many pirates that wanted to come in and claim the riches that the city had. It needed to be protected by not just pirates, as other thieves wanted in on the riches, as well.

For those that want to experience the festivities firsthand, there are several celebrations every year that celebrate their culture traditionally. Why not plan your visit around their annual Peruvian dance contest? Or maybe you could indulge your classical senses by going to their Biannual of Contemporary Art and International Festival of Ballet? This is the greatest place to go when wanting to feed your need for artistic exploration and inspiration. With such naturally beautiful sights and amazing people to interact with.

For those that have archaeological interests, there are plenty of beautiful locations to go exploring around in.  Close to the town of Moche there are two huacas that are built with adobe. They are gorgeous and called “Huaca del Sol” and “Huaca de la Luna” which represent the sun and the moon.  One of the most beautiful locations has Caballo Muerto, which translates to “Dead Horse”.  The coolest part about this particular location is that it was built around 1000 B.C.. It is in a town called Laredo and has the design of feline gods contoured into the design.

For those that are interested in the Chimu Kingdom, visiting Chan Chan will most definitely quench your thirst for hands on knowledge. It has since been added to the “List of World Heritage in Danger”, because of the materials it was built from. The adobe used suffers a great deal from natural erosion. Visit this amazing location which is comparable to old Egyptian cities and the like. This is a huge area full of beautiful temples and palaces.

Take steps back into time thousands of years back and enjoy the primitive architecture. Feel connected to those who roamed and built upon this land. You will not regret it.

El Shambar

El Shambar: The Original Peruvian Dish

El Shambar has been a staple dish in Peru for thousands of years. Originating in Trujillo, this soup is made up of several types of legumes such as chickpeas, dry beans, fava beans, and green peas. It also has wheat grains and it is mandatory to have at least three different types of meats. These meats could be ham, pork skin, chicken, ears, or even tail.

When it comes to the seasoning there are seven different ingredients for that. The seasoning necessary includes cumin, garlic, purple chili pepper (known as aji panca), parsley, vegetable oil, black pepper, and the yellow chili pepper (known as aji mirasol).  This is a filling and special meal for the Peruvians. It has an intriguing texture from the blending of the various legumes and the blend of spices create an interestingly delicious taste for the broth of the soup.

El Shambar is delicious and the most culturally relevant meal according to many Peruvians, but there are other delicious local meals that impress the taste buds, as well. While the complexity of El Shambar is appreciated and admired by many cooks and foodies, we would not want to neglect other traditional dishes. For those that appreciate fish and other seafood, their Ceviche is to die for.  The simple ingredients of raw fish that has been marinated in a mixture of various citrus juices and spices that vary dependent upon personal tastes.

In Trujillo, they often times use shark meat instead of the traditional fish that is used with this particular recipe, which adds to the attraction of the dish. There is something about being able to truly enjoy the deliciousness of the most dangerous creature in the ocean.  The idea of it is thrilling, is it not?

One of their most palatable meals for the American taste buds would be their delicious Papa rellena. It is a stuffed potato with various types of stuffing. Most commonly they have beef minced meat, olives, onions, hardboiled eggs, and different types of spices. Once the food has been stuffed into the potato, they then deep fry it entirely. It is one of the most common lunches in Peru.  This is often eaten in Lima and the region of the Central Coast due to influences that come from the Spaniards. We should also note that this dish comes with a choice of sauce that helps to add to the already amazing flavor.

One of the best dishes that may come with other meals noted above if one would prefer is Ocopa. It is considered to be a regional side dish and is another potato related dish. They take yellow potatoes and boil them after having them sliced. The sauce that covers them is made with chili pepper sauce to give it the color of green and they add white cheese, as well. On the side of this dish there may be lettuce with eggs to complete it as a full meal. Depending on where you get this delicious meal, you may even get to enjoy it with walnuts.

Garage door home security

Ways to Secure Your Home in Peru

Much like everywhere else in the world, it is important to protect your home and your valuables from intruders. A lot of this will seem like common sense, but we feel it is necessary to go through all of the steps necessary to do so. Many of the homes in Peru are masterfully designed, especially in the highly populated areas.  These higher end homes can become very appealing to many intruders that have interest in stealing your valuables. Protection can help to defend all of your things, including incredibly sentimental items that many people lose in burglaries.

The first thing to think about are the ways that you have to get into your home should you forget your keys. If there are open or loose windows leading to the outside of your house for example, then that is an easy way for people to break in. Or maybe you take a more traditional approach and keep a key under the mat outside or in a “key rock” that was made popular in the 80’s and 90’s. A “good” burglar knows all of the tips and tricks to get in and out of your home unnoticed by your neighbors. If they can find an easy and quiet way in, that is their preference.

Garage doors that have doors leading to the inside of the house can be an easy way into a home, as well. Making sure that these places are securely locked when no one is home or at night while help aid in the prevention of someone intruding upon your home. Make sure that all of the locks in your home are sturdy and reliable. If they need replacing, please do not put it off. We all have belongings that mean something more to us than just their cost and replacing priceless valuables can be close to impossible, especially in a culturally rich location such as Peru.

If your garage doors have become worn over the years, it is important that you inspect them to make sure that they are still sturdy enough to keep unwanted visitors out. This also doubles up on prevention, because many burglars will not spend much more than a minute trying to enter into a home. Another tip to help ward off intruders would be investing in motion sensor lights. These lights will detect when someone or something is sneaking around your property. This gives the impression that someone is home to turn on the lights, which can scare off potential threats.

In areas of high crime, it may be best to invest in a home security system through a company that is reliable and proven. Maybe ask your neighbors in the area what company they use and how it has been working out for them. Do research on the internet and read the reviews given.  By using all of these tips, you will not only be able to protect your belongings but also have a piece of mind due to the fact that you will be also protecting your family.

Water in Peru

Is Drinking Water Safe in Peru ?

When planning a trip to Peru, it is a common question from everyone who wants to visit if the water is safe for drinking. The answer to that question, it seems, is a resounding no.  Taking into consideration the information researched and given from those that have lived in Peru or make it a habit of visiting Peru often, this answer is backed by many facts. The tap water draws from highly polluted waters which could make not only the people that live there sick, but especially the tourists that are not accustomed to drinking it very often.

Take the area of Lima, for instance. Their source of water is the Rio Rimac. It is known as one of the most polluted rivers in the world due to the pollution that comes from mining. This run off fills the water with heavy metals and there is simply no real way to remove these with filters. In fact, what water treatment they do attempt through the SEDAPAL in Lima does not even work. Ingesting heavy metals can make anyone who drinks it incredibly ill.

Another worry when it comes to the water is the dangerous bacteria e-coli. While some may believe that the filters can remove the bacteria from the water, that simply is not the case to actual water filtration specialists. When SEDAPAL treats the water, they use large amounts of chlorine and that simply does not do the trick. If anything, it adds to the possibility of getting sick even more.

There are other bacterial worries such as the spread of cholera, which is simply best to be avoided as that can have dire consequences for everyone in Peru. It was not that long ago that there was a Cholera outbreak in the mid to late 1990’s.

What many people do in Peru is boil their water before using it for drinking, cooking, bathing, and brushing their teeth. Some also use water softeners to eliminate calcium. All of this helps to kill potentially health risking threats and has been working out for many families for many years. Take a page from their book and drink that. If you are not in a position to be able to boil your water, make sure that you put enough money aside to purchase enough bottled water that is imported from more safe locations. This helps to prevent any possible sickness that can come from attempting to drink what is supposed to be the most healthiest beverage for us.

When you are buying your bottled water, it is important to practice what we all practice in the States. Make sure that the seals are not broken on the caps. There are people that run shops that refill empty water bottles with the tap water from the area.  People that are born and raised in Peru may have natural defenses against becoming sick from the water, but people that are visiting need to take special care so that they do not ruin their vacation over simply trying to quench their thirsts.

La Libertad beach Peru

Discovering the Beaches of La Libertad

Many people decide to go on vacation in Peru so that they can enjoy the amazing beaches of La Libertad. In Trujillo, the capital city of La Libertad, there are two very popular beaches that travelers and residents alike can truly enjoy. These beaches are called Chicama Beach and Huanchaco beach.

Chicama beach is well known due to the fact that it has the “world’s longest wave”. This is one of the best spots for those that really love to surf. To put this into perspective for those that have not surfed there yet, the kind of waves that are produced are massive and tricky. It is point-break left and the pipeline sections off 4 times. The rips are strong and the winds are most strong offshore.

The best part about Chicama beach is the weather. It always at least feels like spring, while the water is generally cold. For surfers, they may prefer to go to Chicama during winter as that is when the winds are the most common.  When visiting this particular beach, you will be able to stay at beautiful hotels that have traditional Peruvian artwork that decorate the walls and halls of the location. Feel truly at home when you are taking a break from the waves.  There are also amazing restaurants in the area that cater to all tastes. Make sure to ask other visitors where they have had some decent food. Word of mouth does help when it comes to finding some real treasures from fellow explorers!

Huanchaco is another location best known for surfing and also fishermen caballitos which are beautiful fisherman canoe type boats. There are many that have been designed artistically, if you can find a museum in the area that has them.

The beach in Huanchacho is 20 minutes away from the center of Trujillo, which makes it the best place to go after exploring all of the archaeological wonders that this portion of Peru can truly provide.  There are many hotels and restaurants that have many different types of delicious foods that cater to many different tastes. It is a convenient way to enjoy a relaxing day enjoying the surf and sights of a naturally beautiful location.

When going to the beaches in Huanchacho, timing means everything.  Their seasons are very different from the ones we have in America. For example, their coastal summer is from December until March, which really is Winter to the East Coast of the United States. Then during what we are used to being the summer months, it is generally not sunny and you will need to wear longer sleeved clothes and pants at night time.

There are amazing places to go to for those that are also interested in the history of Peru. The second oldest Church in Peru, for example, is at a prime location that overlooks the bay as well as the pier.  You will also be able to see the fishermen that use Caballitos when fishing. If that is not enough for you, you can then go to the Mercado, which is a Latin American market. They bring the live fish to the market and “clean them” for food right there.