Anticuchos are a traditional Peruvian street food, but can also be found in restaurants across the country. Tender beef heart is marinated in a seasoning mixture that includes aji panca, one of the most popular Peruvian chili peppers, and then grilled on a skewer, for a simple, yet delicious treat. You can also make an aji panca marinade for chicken, or any other meat you enjoy, but the most traditional way to enjoy anticuchos is to use beef heart. The easiest way to make a marinade like this is to use aji panca paste, which contains all of the authentic flavor of the peppers without the need for fresh produce. A couple of teaspoons of this potent paste can transform a simple recipe into an authentic Peruvian dish. Try anticuchos the next time you visit your local Peruvian restaurant.
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Although most travelers think of Machu Picchu as the main attraction in Peru, the Amazon is gaining popularity as well. Although the Amazon was once very difficult to get to and maneuver around, you can easily fly from Lima to Iquitos, and then join a river cruise with a local guide or stay at a jungle lodge. Most of the lodging and tours are relatively inexpensive, although there are new luxury accommodations as well, such as upscale cruises by Aqua Expeditions, a company launched in 2007. Visitors can experience piranha fishing, excellent bird watching, unique animal sightings, and short hikes through fascinating terrain. Some visitors describe their experiences in the Amazon as being somewhat eerie at times, because of the distance from the hustle and bustle of cities, but also peaceful and relaxing in a way that is new to them. The Amazon will offer as much adventure as you crave, or just an escape from your usual routine. Either way, it’s an experience travelers never forget.