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Delectable Uruguayan cuisine

The parrilla or grilled meats are the most famous food in the Uruguayan diet and when eaten with a glass of Tannat wine, it’s an experience not to be missed.

A traditional parrilla is made up of different cuts of beef, grilled on an iron grill construction made specifically for cooking. This age-old secret to cooking is that it allows the juices in whatever is being grilled to remain in the meat, thus preserving the individual flavours and characteristics.

Uruguayan wines are excellent for pairing with a parrilla dinner. Amongst the many wines available in Uruguay, Tannat often stands out as the wine of choice. Often defined as intense and bold, this variety of grape is originally from the southeast of France and was introduced to Uruguay around the 19th century. Since then it has had much success in Uruguay where it has been produced to worldwide recognition.

The dairy industry has been very developed in Uruguay for a long time and it’s because of this that you can find dairy products of excellent quality. Of the most celebrated dairy products in Uruguay, dulce de leche is often the first mentioned. This sweet, caramel-like spread, adored by children and adults alike is often used in a variety of desserts, making it the most important ingredient for sweets in Uruguay. Visitors who get to try this sensational spread will find its smooth and creamy attributes hard to forget; these are the characteristics that make dulce de leche unique and distinct from other similar spreads elsewhere in the world.

Email Bueme’s for more information about arranging a trip to Uruguay for your clients – acambon@buemes.com.uy.

A taste of Brazilian culinary heritage

For those “foodies” who relate travelling to the flavours of the local gastronomy, BE Brazil invite you to a Brazilian cooking lesson at a local´s home, starting at a local street market where your chef will show you how to choose the best and freshest ingredients for the recipes to be cooked. Participants should be prepared to taste lots of tropical fruits, Brazilian market vendors are proud of their produce and constantly offer you a slice to prove theirs is the sweetest.

The heritage of Brazilian culinary traditions can be traced back to ingredients and cooking methods used by the natives, African slaves, and European immigrants, all fused into a vibrant array of flavours and aromas. After the market, your host will take you to their charming home to give you a hands-on introduction to Brazil’s rich cuisine, while preparing dishes with fresh produce, herbs, and spices typical of Brazil. Learn how to cook Brazilian recipes in a very joyful way and taste a delicious homemade meal.

You will also learn how to prepare the famous Brazilian caipirinha, the original version is with lime, and the more exotic version combines different fruits and herbs.

Cooking tours can be taken in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. If you would like more information on these tours please contact Anna Nagy at BE Brazil annanagy@bebrazildmc.com.br

Peruvian Seabass Ceviche at its best

If you’re a fan of ceviche then you’ll enjoy this fresh and zingy recipe from Martin Moralas – one of our favourite Peruvian chefs in London.

Ingredients

  • Amarillo Chili Tiger’s Milk
  • 1/4 inch (5 mm) piece fresh ginger, cut in half
  • 1 small clove garlic, cut in half
  • 4 roughly chopped cilantro sprigs
  • 8 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons of amarillo chile paste
  • Ceviche
  • 1 large red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 1/3 lb (600 g) sea bass fillet (or other white fish), skinned and trimmed
  • Amarillo Chili Tiger’s Milk (above)
  • A few cilantro sprigs, leaves finely chopped
  • 1 limo chili, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, cooked and cut into small cubes
  • Fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. To make the tiger’s milk: Put the fresh ginger, garlic, cilantro sprigs, and the lime juice in a bowl. Stir and then leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve into another bowl. Add salt and amarillo chili paste and mix well. This will keep for 4 hours in the fridge.
  2. To make the ceviche: Rinse the onion and then leave it to soak in iced water for 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly, spread out on a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel to remove any excess water and then place in the fridge until needed. This will reduce the strength of the onion and help to keep the slices crisp.
  3. Cut the fish into uniform strips of around 1 1/4 by 3/4 inch (3 by 2 cm). Place in a large bowl, add a good pinch of salt, and mix together gently with a metal spoon. The salt will help open the fish’s pores. Leave this for 2 minutes and then pour over the tiger’s milk and combine gently with the spoon. Leave the fish to “cook” in this marinade for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the onion, cilantro, chili, and sweet potato to the fish. Mix together gently with the spoon and taste to check that the balance of salt, sour, and chili is to your liking. Divide among serving bowls and serve immediately.

Crillon Tours new Sky Lounge Explorer is open for bookings.

Crillon Tours has launched its new ‘Sky Lounge Explorer’, a mobile lounge designed to offer first-class food and beverage service in the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flats. The lounge is on board a Deluxe Airstream Camper, which means it can be relocated anywhere on the Salt Flats, to provide your clients with the best experience and views. During the night, the panoramic glass ceiling will allow your clients to do stargazing of the southern skies and learn about Andean Cosmovision.

The ‘Sky Lounge Explorer’ aims to enhance your client’s Deluxe Camper Experience on the Uyuni Salt Flats at no extra cost, with the best exclusive service throughout the whole year, in the middle of this natural treasure of 10,000 Kms². Featuring a solid and aerodynamic design, the solar-powered “Sky Lounge Explorer” offers all the facilities and services a traveler might desire while exploring the Salt Flats.

The upgraded Deluxe Airstream Camper Experience is the only way to guarantee exclusivity, safety and the indispensable protection against the cold and strong winds of the area. Your guests will also have their experience complemented by a private chef for making divine cocktails at sunset and serving up delicious a la carte meals on request.

In addition, the Deluxe Airstream Camper experience includes the private service of a guide, a chauffeur and a concierge.

The Sky Lounge Explorer is operating now and will even operate during the rainy season on the flooded Uyuni Salt Flats (the largest natural mirror in the world).

Excellent wine, gourmet food and beautiful sceneries in Uruguay

In May, along with five others, I was lucky enough to be invited by the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism and Air Europa to spend a week sampling the delights of Uruguay for the first time. Known for its sweeping, golden sandy beaches, Uruguay is often seen as a seasonal beach destination – And while this is justified with a large range of coastal places to stay to suit all tastes, there is a lot more to this (relatively) small Latin American country.

The white-washed Gaudi-esque Casa Pueblo dominating the coastline at Punta Ballena and the idiosyncrasy of the self-built dwellings – although now somewhat curtailed – alongside the sealion colony at Cabo Polonio are unexpected, as is the feeling of exhilaration when standing off-season amongst the shifting sand dunes at Punta del Diablo close to the Brazil border. Inland a surprising number of wineries offer sophisticated wine-tastings, also highlighting other excellent local produce and working estancias offer a friendly and comfortable experience of rural Uruguay.

The arts are also important – the visibility of contemporary artists such as Pablo Atchugarry and a lively diverse music scene runs alongside pride in their national history and traditions, that culminates in what is thought to be the world’s longest annual carnival in the 40 days leading up to Lent.

It soon becomes apparent there is a good choice of accommodation on offer ranging from comfortable standard hotels, via quirky and characterful guesthouses to high-end luxury; and the quality of food and wine is excellent – particularly if you are a fan of red meat and full-bodied red wines, or seafood. There is definitely no need to rough-it exploring Uruguay.

It also feels safe and family-friendly. Outside rush hour in the cities the roads are easily navigable and distances are relatively short, opening up the possibility for either staying in one place and exploring, or making a self-drive holiday.

Uruguay is still relatively unknown as a holiday destination in the U.K. but for people looking for an enjoyable, authentic, and off-the-beaten-track Latin American experience it has a lot to offer.

For more information contact Jude: jude@americas.co.uk

Family activities to choose from in Ecuador & The Galapagos

Travelling with your family is an adventure unlike any other. Children often have wildly different needs than adults, which is why we don’t just adapt our grown-up itineraries for smaller travelers. Our Andando family trips deliver a seamless mix of adventure and education that’s so much fun children don’t even realise they’re learning new things with each activity.

Andando Tours can provide different types of activities depending on which part of Ecuador your clients are visiting. Here is our list of recommended activities for families with children during their Ecuador and Galapagos vacation:
• Scavenger hunts at historical haciendas
• Toy workshops
• Ecuadorian cooking classes
• Chocolate workshops
• Legends and folk tales
• Falconry
• Stargazing
• Canopying
• Visit a butterfly farm
• Horseback riding through the avenue of the volcanoes dressing in true ‘chagra’ (Andean cowboys) style
• Surfing lessons surrounded by marine iguanas and sea lions
• Kayaking
• Biking

Add-ons upon request are available, including a journal for the children’s trip to Ecuador, a tour leader for children and pen-pals (this activity is planned with months ahead as involves an exchange of letters between children of the regions they will visit and then meet them in Ecuador).

For more info contact the team at Andando Tours – contact@andandotours.com

The hidden treasures of Austral Road in Northern Patagonia

Northern Patagonia

ADSMundo has the pleasure of offering new scheduled departures to Northern Patagonia, Austral road with an 8 days/7 nights programme within this remote area of Chile, the heart of the real Patagonia and part of the Route of Parks of Patagonia.

This scenic itinerary includes Laguna San Rafael Glacier, Queulat National Park, the Marble Chapels on Lake General Carrera as well as the little village of Caleta Tortel built on stilts over one of the Pacific Ocean fjords.
Alternatively request a tailor-made itinerary based on self-drive options within this splendid and remote area of the Chilean Patagonia.

Please contact Claude Dumontet at Adsmundo for more information.

Caleta Tortel

Peru- A family-friendly destination for all to discover

Enjoying activities for families in Peru.

Peru is an ideal destination for travelling with kids, and offers something for everyone. Nature lovers, history buffs, and sports fans will find a reason to fall in love with it.


The Larco Museum in Lima has fun activities that make children excited about discovering Peru’s history. If you prefer nature, take a boat ride to the Palomino Islands to see the sea lions swimming playfully close to you. And, for chocolate lovers, in the Choco Museo in Lima or Cusco, you will learn about Peruvian cacao and can prepare your own chocolate.

Experience Peru with Lima Tours

Cusco will bring you and your children closer to the Andean culture, starting with a visit to the Planetarium to find out about the connection between the Incas and the stars. Get creative as a family by participating in the Art Trail workshop and painting your own Torito de Pucara – a traditional figure from the Andes. And if you are looking for adventure, cross the sky in a zip line after ascending through a rock wall following a Via Ferrata path in the Sacred Valley.


As you can see, the diversity of experiences in Peru makes it the perfect place to create bonds and enjoy as a family. Are you ready?

Lima Tours were runners up for the award of Best DMC/Local Operator in Latin America at the LATA Achievement Awards in June, which we are very pleased about.
For more information contact Lima Tours marketing@limatours.com.pe or visit their website here.

Muyil, Mexico – A magical UNESCO site by a tranquil turquoise lagoon

Panga boat trip on the Muyil lagoon

Native Trails recommend a visit to see the Maya site of Muyil, which lies in the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an, and has been a UNESCO Natural World Heritage since 1987. The several Mayan buildings lie close to a freshwater lagoon, which is linked to the Caribbean via canals and natural outlets. Muyil was part of the coastal trade network and was dominated by Chichén Itzá, Cobá, and later Mayapán.

Maya site of Muyil, Mexico

On a small path through the dense jungle of Yucatán, you reach the lagoons in the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve. In a panga boat, you cross the turquoise blue water of the Muyil lagoon before passing the historic, extremely narrow Maya canal into the neighboring Chunyaxché lagoon. On its northern end, there is a small river amidst mangrove forests, where you can let your boat float in the clear water – this is a truly wonderful Mexican adventure!

Contact Olaf and the team at Native Trails for more information info@nativetrails.de

Snorkeling in Muyil lagoon

Retreat to Colombia’s secluded Punta Faro Hotel on Macura Island

Punta Faro beach

With its unique log cabin designed from mangroves and palms, and with direct access to the beach, Punta Faro stands out for its unique eco architecture and excellent service.

Bedroom at Punta Faro

The hotel has a remote and peaceful location on the beautiful Mucura Island, which is only 2 hours by boat from Cartagena de Indias. It’s the perfect place to retreat and relax by the tranquil warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and to disconnect from the world.

Guests can enjoy a range of nautical sports on Macura Island, including scuba diving, sea-kayaking, windsurfing and sailing a catamaran, among others. There’s also the options to hire a bike to explore, play tennis or totally relax with a massage on the beach.

Its a great spot for anyone looking to experience calm and serenity and experience the very best of Colombian hospitality.

For more information on Punta Faro or Macura Island please contact marketing@colombianjourneys.com or visit the Colombian Journeys website.