Taste of Travel

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Meals are an aspect of Egyptian culture that American travelers may be unprepared for. Learning about Egypt’s dining culture will whet any visitor’s appetite for some local fare before exploring the Pyramids or relaxing on a Nile cruise.

While Egyptians are generally very enthusiastic about food and meals, their formal meals are structured differently than the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner format of the West.

February 04, 2011

Authentic Pisco Sour Recipe

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Saturday marks National Pisco Sour Day in Peru. Pisco, a clear, fermented brandy has been distilled from fresh musts of Muscat grapes in copper alembic stills since the Spanish conquest, and is considered part of Peru's cultural heritage. This liqueur is also the national spirit of Chile, although each country has a distinct history and uses Pisco for different cocktails.

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A variety of the cacao plant, thought to have been wiped out, has been rediscovered in Peru's Maranon Canyon. The plant was used to make a chocolate called "Pure Nacional," known for it's fruit and floral flavors.

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Travel + Leisure readers (and our guests) have just named IE one of the Top 10 "World's Best" Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters! To qualify for the awards, tour operators were judged on six criteria, including the food. And while our small-group journeys remain committed to exploration, even confirmed "foodies" will find meals worth raving about in Earth's wild regions.

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These expert Peru travel tips were given by our Peruvian Expedition Leader, Jorge Salas-Guevara. Expedition Leader Jorge is a favorite among International Expeditions guests, having led expeditions to the Amazon and Papua New Guinea.

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Guests who take our Galapagos Islands cruises first fly to Guayaquil (pronounced "why-a-keel"), Ecuador, where our Galapagos tour begins. We always stay at Hotel Oro Verde, where there are four restaurants, but for those who want to explore Guayaquil's dining spots, there are plenty to be found. Here is a local-favorite Guayaquil restaurant list recommended by our knowledgeable Expedition Leader.

February 08, 2010

Pisco Sour Day in Peru!

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Saturday marked National Pisco Sour Day in Peru. If you weren't one of the lucky few there to mark this auspicious occasion, be sure to check out this Pisco Sour recipe sent in by our own Amazon River tour Expedition Leader, Jorge Salas.

FROZEN PISCO SOUR 3-2-1

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IE Creative Services Editor Emily Harley spent Thanksgiving on our Amazon River tour! Now she shares thoughts on this unique small-ship adventure aboard La Amatista.

When traveling, I make it a personal mission to do three things:
1)    Try the local coffee
2)    Sample a local beer
3)    Find a “non-touristy” place to people watch

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The frozen Pisco Sour is a happy hour staple aboard La Amatista! Expedition Leader Jorge Salas shares the recipe for Peru's national drink.

Frozen Pisco Sour 3-2-1:

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