Bird Photos of Abra Malaga in Peru

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Black-Capped Hemispingus

Black-Capped-Hemispingus.

Inca Wren-couple

Inca-Wren-couple (ENDEMIC)

Chestnut-bellied mountain tanager

Chestnut-bellied mountain tanager

Inca Wren

Inca-Wren (ENDEMIC)

Creamy-crested Spinetail

Creamy-crested-Spinetail (ENDEMIC)

Masked Flowerpiercer

Masked-Flowerpiercer

Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant Couple

Unstreaked-Tit-Tyrant-Couple (ENDEMIC)

Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant

Unstreaked-Tit-Tyrant (ENDEMIC)

White-tuffed Sunbeam

White-tuffed-Sunbeam (ENDEMIC)

White-Winged Cinclodes

White-Winged Cinclodes

Streaked Tuftedcheek

Streaked Tuftedcheek

Streaked Tuftedcheek couple

Streaked Tuftedcheek couple

Smoky Bush-Tyrant

Smoky Bush-Tyrant

Smoky Bush-Tyrant 2

Smoky Bush-Tyrant

Shining Sunbeam

Shining Sunbeam

Rusty-Fronted Canastero

Rusty-Fronted Canastero (ENDEMIC)

Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant

Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant

Red-Crested Cotinga

Red-Crested Cotinga

Plushcap

Plushcap

 

Domestic Peruvian Airlines

When planning to book a flight for traveling inside Peru sometimes can be a little bit difficult because you don’t know which companies are good and which one of them have the best deals for you. Please see below a list of Peruvian Airlines.

The companies below are the most popular Airlines in Peru.

Peruvian Airlines (100% Peruvian): This Company is small and has regular flights to the most important cities in Peru,
Their fleet: 4 Boeing 737-200, 3 Boeing 737-300 and one Boeing 737-500.
This Airline Company doesn’t charge extra fee for changing flight dates.
RATES/PRICES: flat flight rates for locals as well as for foreigners.
Personal Rating: ****
Website: http://www.peruvian.pe/en

Star Peru: Star Peru was established in May 1997 as Star Up S.A., with Peruvian and Ukrainian capital.
Their fleet: 5 Boeing 737-200, and 9 British-made plane BAe 146.
RATES/PRICES: flat flight rates for locals as well as for foreigners.
Personal Rating: ***
Website: http://www.starperu.com/en/

Taca Airlines: This company is own by Avianca Airlines and is a Star Alliance Member, This company flight to almost all the south American countries as well as central America and the Caribbean.
RATES/PRICES: They do have different rates for locals and foreigners.
Personal Rating: ****
Website: http://www.avianca.com/en-us/

Lan Peru/Lan Chile: This company is one of the most popular airline companies in Peru, it does flight to all the cities in Peru, and has several flights to Cusco starting very early in the morning and ending around 7pm, they do also have regular flights in South America, Central America, Caribe, North America and Europe. LAN is a member of the oneworld Alliance.
RATES/PRICES: They do have different rates for locals and foreigners.
Personal Rating: *****
 Website: http://www.lan.com

Planning to flight from Cusco to Bolivia?

Recommended if you would like to avoid the long bus journey from Cusco to Bolivia.  You can find more information at: http://www.amaszonas.com/
Personal Rating: NA, because I didn’t fight with this company yet.

The following items are not permitted in checked baggage:

  • Gases (compressed, liquefied, in solution, or highly refrigerated), including flammable aerosols such as butane, oxygen, liquid nitrogen, paralyzing gases, and refill for gas lighters, etc.
  • Corrosive solids or liquids such as acids, alkalis, mercury, electrolyte batteries, etc.
  • Explosives such as ammunitions, fireworks, flares, briefcases with alarm devices, primers for toy guns, etc.
  • Flammable liquids such as fuel, paints, solvents, etc.
  • Radioactive materials of any kind.
  • Corroding materials and organic peroxides such as bleachers, manure, etc.
  • Toxic and infectious substances such as insecticides, pesticides, biological products that contain pathogens, etc.
  • Flammable solids such as matches.
  • Weapons: understood as any element or object that is made or can be used for attack or defense, such as firearms, ammunition, knives, gas, electric shock elements, sharp blades, blunt objects, etc.
  • In order to ensure flight safety and comply with current legislation, both the carrier and the airport security personnel are authorized to remove and destroy items or substances that are deemed hazardous and that are carried by passengers in carry-on bags or checked baggage.

NOTE: Flight ratings are based on Personal Experience.

Manu Park New Poison frog Species

There are many rare beautiful creatures in the hearth, in one of my trips to Manu Park with Prathima and her beautiful Canadian Family. The trip was great and I believe the ksp-poison-frogids enjoyed the tour as well, we did see a lot of birds as well as some mammals, the trip was long time ago and do remember few about the tour.

The last week looking for some amphibian photos I did find the photos from our tour and there was this frog we did find but couldn’t tell what specie it was, I knew for sure it was a poison frog do.

After spent ours looking for information about this I could find any and finally after talk with some biologist I find out it was a NEW SPECIE. Waoo, I just could not believe we actually did find a new species of poison frog.

I do know now that there are currently scientist studying this new species, hopefully in the future they will name this species and provide full information about its distribution in the area.

 

 

Swallows

Pacamoto (fish cooked in bamboo)

This recipe is good for travelers that are planning to explore the jungle. Sometimes when traveling deep in the jungle we only bring basic cooking items and sometimes when we catch a fish we don’t know where or how to cook it. Below is a simple and tasty recipe for cooking the fish in a bamboo stalk.

Ingredients:

• Fish (doesn’t matter the species, but try to use it with big species of fish that doesn’t have many small bones)
• A medium size onion (optional)
• 4 gloves of Garlic
• Black pepper, cumin, and salt
• A fresh green Bamboo stalk (make sure to open one side of the bamboo, also make sure the inside of the bamboo is clean and has white color.
• 3-4 leaves of Bijao (heliconia bihai aurea) or similar to the photo below.

Preparation:
In a container mix together the onions cut in square pieces, smash the garlic or cut in slices, a little bit of black pepper, cumin and salt. Next pour the fish cut in small pieces into the onion mixture. Once the fish is in the seasoning place the pieces of fish inside the bamboo stalk. Make sure to shake and hit the bottom of the bamboo against something hard, this way you will be able to place a lot of fish inside the bamboo (there is no need to add water because we will use the fish and the bamboo juices to cook our Pacamoto).

Using the Bijao leaves make a ball and cover the top part of the bamboo. Make sure it fits very tight this way the heat and the steam doesn’t get away and your bamboo stalk acts as a pressure cooker.

To finish with the preparation, make some fire, once you have a good fire place the bamboo in front of the fire for at least three hours (natives in the amazon can cook their Pacamotos in front of the fire for several days, this way at the end everything becomes eatable because all the bones and meat become soft).

Serve it with rice, plantains or yucca roots.

NOTE: You don’t need all the seasonings mentioned above, but you will definitely need salt; remember that natives do not use them.

Bijao leaves and Bamboo stalk photos for reference

 

bijao

bamboo

Amarakaeri communal Reserve Problem

Natural Resources extraction in Peru without the consent of the Native communities that are owners of the lands, it is very sab and disappointing that those big companies use their money and influence to corrupt natives, politicians, and even the Peruvian president in order to get what they want.

Somehow after the Amarakaeri communal Reserve was created the state decided to start oil and natural gas explorations, since 2005 Hunt Oil is exploring and extraction natural resources in the area illegally without the authorization of the native communities who are actually the real owners of the reserve who have been living in the area for centuries.

The Peruvian authorities are liars, cheaters, and corrupt because the natives of the area together with the state originally created the reserve to protect the flora, fauna and the people who lives in the reserve.

In 2005 after 3 years of the Amarakaeri Reserve creation the Peruvian state started to show their real intentions. It’s very sad to know that the 90% of the park was giving to Hunt Oil for oil and gas extractions; it is already 2014 well.. about 2015 and the extraction activities are continuing so, what should we call the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve now?

Below is a documentary made by David Suzuki that expose the Canadian Dorato Resourses and the North American Hunt Oil companies.

Tour Photos of Salkantay

Ecotourism and Animal Cruelty

Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef and Potato Stir Fry)

People are often surprised to learn that Peruvian cuisine has a strong Chinese influence. A large Chinese immigrant community in Lima has given rise to a unique fusion of Incan, European and Asian cuisine called chifa cooking. Lomo saltado, a stir fry of beef and French fries over rice, is the ultimate example. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4-6 Servings:

1 1/2 lbs beef tenderloin
3 tablespoons oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
2 -3 ajis amarillos chili peppers (Peruvian peppers) or 2 -3 other chili peppers, seeded and cut into strips
3 roma tomatoes, seeded and cut into strips
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
1 lb French fries, freshly cooked
6 cups hot cooked rice

Preparation:

1: Cut the beef against the grain into strips about 2 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. Get all of your ingredients ready and close at hand. Prepare the French fries and rice and keep hot.

2: Heat the oil over high flame in a large pot or wok until it shimmers. Add the beef and stir fry until it is just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside.

3: Add more oil to the pot or wok if needed and return it to high heat. Add the onion, peppers and garlic and stir fry until the onion is cooked through, but still a little crunchy, 2 to 3 minutes.

4: Add the tomatoes, soy sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper and stir fry for about 1 minute more. Return the beef to the pot or wok, along with the French fries and toss everything together to heat through and mingle the flavors. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

5: Place a big scoop of rice on each diner’s plate and serve the lomo saltado over the rice.

VARIATIONS:

7:  Versions of lomo saltado vary widely. Try seasoning the dish with some ground cumin, oregano, chopped parsley or chopped cilantro. Omit the vinegar or substitute a squeeze of lemon juice.

8: Ajís amarillos chiles lend a unique, especially Peruvian, flavor to this dish. Other chiles (jalapeño, serrano) can be used, but the flavor won’t be the same. Or just use a red or green bell pepper for a mild dish.

9: Try adding a shot or two of pisco brandy at the end and flame it for a dramatic finale.

Text from: Food.com

Photos:

Amphibians of Manu Park

Amphibians Photos of Manu National Park.