Let us introduce Melbin who has been working as a tour guide for almost 11 years. She studied at Tupac Amaru Institute and works in both English and Italian. Since she is fluent in Italian, Melbin would love to visit and travel Italy to learn more about the Italian culture. Her interests include reading, playing volleyball and travelling. Here Melbin tells us a bit about her life in Peru..
‘I grew up in Cusco city where I work now. The amazing history and the beauty of all the archaeological natural sites located all over Peru are the best things about the country. You’ll find many things to visit such as visiting the beaches, the mountains and the jungle and depending on your preference you can find some adventure options such as hiking.
Some traditional meals I would recommend would be the ceviche, a seafood dish made from raw fish marinated in citrus juices, rocoto relleno which are stuffed peppers, lomo saltado which are strips of sirloin marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and spices and stir-fried with vegetables, ají de gallina which is a dish of chicken in mildly spicy creamy sauce and finally, of course I’m going to recommend guinea pig.’
Mariela Castro is one of our Peruvian tour guides. She speaks fluent English along with her native tongue of Spanish. If she could visit anywhere in the world it would be the UK, Germany and Italy. Mariela grew up in Lima and also has a lot of advice for anyone travelling to Peru..
‘As a professional guide with many years of experience, I fully understand the desire of the clients in my care. I have some extensive experience travelling around other countries and one of my main passions is tour travelling clients around Peru, especially in Lima – known as ‘the city of the kings’ and is also my birth place. I want to share the feeling and passion of travelling with people similar to me.
The Peruvian people are very special and friendly people and we are a country with much influence and tradition. Peru is a unique place in the world where you can have very different climates, tradition and natural product in one country.
A traditional dish of Peru I would recommend is the Ceviche and for drinking the Pisco Sour which is like a brandy cocktail or a Chicha Morada which is like a sweet lemonade made of purple corn.’
Finally, let us introduce you to one of our drivers, Jorge. He adores his family and has an 8 year old daughter. He describes himself as a good communicator and enjoys music of the 70s and 80s, especially jazz, rock and salsa! If he could visit anywhere in the world, it would be Switzerland. Here he tells us about his experience living and working in Peru…
‘I grew up in Lima, in a district called Rimac. The people of Peru have a lot to share and teach – they are the best thing about the country. If you’re a first-time visitor to Peru, food-wise I’d start with causa which is yellow mashed potato with chicken and then escabeche which is fried fish with onions. People should bring with them suitable clothing, a camera and not forgetting lots of energy!’