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Australian-British Travel Guru Tony Wheeler Names Peru “Hot Destination 2009”

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lonely-planetOne of the purposes of my blog is to allow for its readers to stay ahead of the curve on the popularity that Peru (both as a country and as a brand) is getting throughout the world. With restauranteur Todd English predicting Peruvian food to be “the next big thing” (read my post here), Bon Appetit magazine naming Peru’s capital city Lima as the “Gastronomic Capital of South America” (read my post here), and a dozen luxurious hotels including the world’s largest hotel chains to be built in 2009 and 2010 in Cuzco (read my post here)…now another travel tag adds to the mix — and all the way from Australia!

Australian newspaper The Age just wrote a story about world-renowned traveller guru Tony Wheeler, co-founder of the Lonely Planet guidebooks sold around the five continents (click here to view an interview done to Wheeler by Travel Channel). Among travelling tips and profiling the Australian traveller, Wheeler highlights his 2009 hot destinations…and yes, Peru is one of them!

Here is what the paper writes about Wheeler and his take on Peru:

The founder of Lonely Planet guide books, Tony Wheeler, predicts big growth in travel to South America, particularly Peru. He says Peru has “everything in one package”, from the “lost city” of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail to surf breaks, canyons and Lake Titicaca.

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Written by Catherine Castro

December 29, 2008 at 11:32 pm

Peru Becomes First South American Country to Get Travelers Guide by National Geographic

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nat-geoIn early February 2009, you might want to make sure you get a copy of Peru’s Travelers Guide to be published by National Geographic, the first one from countries in South America. There are only 58 other countries to have a guide in the world.

Featuring unique information on local culture, food, history and population, Peru’s Travelers Guide will release a record number of copies of 17,000 versus just 6,000-8,000 for other countries given the increasing interest in Peru by foreigners.

A Spanish version will also be available late 2009, as Andina reports.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 12, 2008 at 6:08 pm

What Makes Pisco Unique From Other Types of Brandy? by Renzo Palacios

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pasion-por-el-piscoMy friend Renzo Palacios, also a native Peruvian living in the U.S., is known for his great knowledge and taste on making the best pisco sours. That’s why I had to make him the first of my contributors to my blog, one because he is the coolest, and second because it is great to know things about the authentic pisco which is made in Peru. And take note he likes reading this book you can purchase on your next trip to Lima called “Pasion por el Pisco” (Passion for Pisco) written by Jhonny Schuler from where he got some of the information to write this piece. Thanks Renzo!

Pisco, the flagship drink from Peru, is a pure grape juice distillation without any other ingredients, compared to the Italian Grappa, the Galician Orujo, the French Marc, the Greek Tziroupo, the German Trestten, and the rest of brandy in the world which aren’t pure.

Pisco is made from the must just fermented, whereas other brandy are made from the distillation of orujos which is comprised by the rests from the grape after pressing it to make wine and includes grape skin, seeds, and parts of the bunch.

Another difference pisco has to other types of brandy, is its noble nature since the beginning. A good pisco embraces the richness of its aromatic palette and its tasting structure that comes from the different types of pisco grapes used for its preparation.

Also, pisco doesn’t go through certain rectification processes as happens with other brandy that need to age to obtain their new features.

Finally, pisco doesn’t require water to regulate its alcoholic content as other types of brandy do.

In Peru, the production of pisco has significantly grown. Currently there are more than 400 bodegas producing pisco in the country. In fact, statistics about consumption of pisco continue increasing between 10-15% in the past eight years, and exports of pisco have grown in average 40% since 2002.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 11, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Looking for a Book to Read after Christmas? Or a Belated Xmas Gift?

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marieMarie Arana (a name most of DC-based book fans might be familiar with from the pages of The Washington Post where she is the book editor — and a successful Peruvian) will be releasing her new fiction book “Lima Nights” on December 30, 2008. You can get the book via Amazon.com, for example.

A good friend to one of my colleagues who is also a former Post reporter (and hopefully soon we finally get to schedule that lunch we’ve been shooting for since two years ago!), Marie’s books bring up Peru’s food, sceneries, lifestyle, customs, and many other things that if you are a Peruvian I am sure you will be pretty familiar with and easily relate to.

Check her book out — and hopefully sometime soon we finally get to connect maybe in-between one of her many months-long trips to Lima and get the download on her experience as a successful Peruvian living in the U.S.

Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm