Taste of Travel

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Whether visitors want to try the spicy sweet specialties of the region or experience fine French dining, Luang Prabang offers quality cuisine for many different taste buds.

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 While the Amazon River may be home to larger aquatic animals, piranhas are perhaps some of the best-known residents — primarily for the lore associate with their sharp teeth and voracious appetites.

Travelers who venture into a tributary with slower-moving waters on International Expeditions’ Amazon River cruise will likely find red-bellied, white or black piranhas. Of these three species, the red-bellied variety had the strongest jaws and sharpest teeth of all of these carnivorous fish.

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The lush fields covering the mountainsides of Panama’s Chiriquí Highlands in Boquete are home to various forms of wildlife, including the sought-after resplendent quetzal, making nature travel through the countryside memorable for any wildlife or birding enthusiast. But they also produce one of the country's largest exports, a commodity that no traveler should pass by: coffee.

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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.

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