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Today is World Water Day!  Water security is an important issue in Peru; now and especially in the future.  Due to global warming, glaciers in the Andes are shrinking rapidly, which means the major source of water for most of the country will soon be gone.  In order to support and draw attention to this...
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Cusco has an impressive array of festivals and events that are celebrated year round. Julie Gibb and Christian Morrison were lucky enough to be in Cusco for the Day of San Sebastian on 20th January, and sent us these colourful photos that share the atmosphere of this typical celebration!  if you are planning a trip...
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by Isaiah Brookshire If there is one thing everyone wants to know about Machu Picchu, it is whether or not the famed ruins live up to their status as one of the wonders of the world. In my opinion, the answer is yes, with a few caveats. First of all, visitors to this ancient site...
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November through February is wet season in Cusco, which means fewer visitors and the opportunity for Apus Peru staff to participate in in-depth training workshops!  This year training topics included first aid, search and rescue, cooking courses, sustainable tourism practices, and environmental care. The following photos are from our mountain search and rescue workshop, which...
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2013 has been declared  International Year of the Quinoa by the United Nations! According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) office for Latin America and the Caribbean website, quinoa  has been selected for the purpose of “recognizing the Andean indigenous peoples, who have maintained, controlled, protected and preserved quinoa as...
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Are you looking for a unique trek to Machu Picchu that benefits the land and communities you will be visiting? Please consider one of our two 2013 cleanup treks, which are being offered at greatly discounted  rates! Apus clients with bags filled with trash removed while trekking. Clean up treks include Machu Picchu entry, transportation,...
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This week we are talking about camote, and one of the most famous Peruvian dishes it is part of, ceviche.  Camote is very similar to  sweet potato in the United States.  It is served in many dishes, but with ceviche it is served boiled and cold on the side of the fresh fish.                          Camote,...
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Apus Peru veteran tour guide and translator Urbano Huayna recently had the unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness firsthand the glamorous world of show business. Unless, of course, you don’t consider alpaca herding in the pouring rain glamorous. It turns out that at least one production company does, and so traditional alpaca herders in the...
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Because of the great variety of climates and micro-climates in the country (arid coastal desert, the high-altitude Andes, humid Amazon and everything in between), Peruvians have a great deal of options when it comes to selecting their fruits and vegetables. Today we are highlighting three fruits that are very popular throughout Peru; chiremoya, granadilla and...
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In honor of the growing recognition and popularity of Peruvian cuisine around the world, we are beginning a new blog feature; Introduction to the Peruvian Marketplace.  These bi-monthly postings will highlight produce and dishes that you will likely see and taste while traveling in Peru.  If you are interested in a food-based tour or cooking...
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