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What To Eat For Breakfast In Each Latin American Country

Breakfast in Latin America varies immensely between countries and also regions. You’re not going to, for example, find the same breakfast in the Andes to that which you will find on the coast, even in the same country. Below is just an example of some of the best things you can start you day on in each country.

Argentina – Medialunas

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Argentinians, like many parts of Europe, prefer something small and sweet for breakfast. Medialunas are much like croissants, buttery crescent-shaped pastries that are perfect when smothered in rich dulce de leche and served with milky coffee.

Chile – Tostada con manjar

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In Chile, the humble breakfast is simple fare. Typically Chileans will have tostadas covered with jam or caramel manjar.

Brazil – Bolo de Laranjá and tropical fruits

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Brazilians have a wide variety of breakfast foods. Delicious exotic fruits are always on offer but it may surprise you to know that cake is often eaten in the morning. An orange cake called Bolo de Laranjá is delicious and one of the most common.

Bolivia – Salteñas

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Salteñas are basically smaller versions of their Argentine cousin, the empanada. Delicious baked pastries filled with a beef, pork or chicken and sometimes vegetables like peas. Vendors start selling these tasty morsels at 7am and they can quickly sell out.

Peru – Ceviche

CevicheFlickr/Ron Dollete

The classic Peruvian dish of ceviche is popular on the coast. A variety of raw fish marinated in lime and other citrus juices, chilli and onions and served with corn-on-the-cob and sweet potato.

Ecuador – Tigrillo

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A hearty mix of mashed green plantain, scrambled eggs and cheese, sometimes served with avocado and lime wedges.

Colombia – Changua

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Changua is a typical breakfast dish of the Colombia Andes and particularly good in Bogota. This simple soup of milk, spring onions, coriander, bread and poached eggs is an excellent way to start the day.

Uruguay – Bizcochos

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Bizcochos is a term used for pastries in Spanish, and in Uruguay this usually means the croissant-like pastries that are very popular for breakfast. Similarly to Argentina these are accompanied by sweet milky coffee.

Panama – Arepas

ArepasFlickr/Gabriel Garcia Marengo

Panamanian cuisine is a reflection of its position between two continents and its diverse population. It draws influence from many of the countries that surround it. Arepas are corn flour breads topped with cheese, eggs and beans.

Costa Rica – Gallo Pinto

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Gallo pinto is the most commonly eaten breakfast in Costa Rica. A simply but delicious dish of rice and beans cooked in chicken stock and served with toast and eggs.

Guatemala – Desayuno Chapín

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Desayuno Chapín (Chapín being the nickname for Guatemala) is a scrumptious hearty medley of scrambled eggs, refried beans, chirmol (tomato sauce), fried plantains, cheese and bread served with plenty of coffee.

Mexico – Huevos Rancheros

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This is typical of rural Mexico, usually served in the mid-morning. Fried eggs laid on corn tortillas are topped with plenty of extras including refried beans, avocado, chili sauce, rice and more.

Belize – Fry Jack

fry jacksFlickr/Larnie Fox

Fry Jacks are a stable of Belizean breakfasts.  These deep fried crispy dough pieces are often served with eggs, beans or jam and honey.

Eleven Amazing Experiences You Can Have In Latin America [VID]

1. Snorkel with whale sharks on Mexico’s Holbox Island

2. Track wild jaguars in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands

3. Hike in the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park in Chile

4. Watch huge blocks of ice carve off the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina

5. Hand glide over Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

6. View orcas in the Valdes Peninsula in Argentina

7. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru

8. Drive across the Uyuni Salts Flats in Bolivia

9. Get up close to the Iguazu Falls

10. Get up early to see the Tatio Geysers in Chile

11. Watch the mating dance of the blue-footed booby on the Galapagos Islands

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12 Fascinating Facts About Brazil You Probably Didn’t Know

1. 93% of new cars sold in Brazil run from an ethanol created from sugar cane

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2. Brazil has the world’s best beach according to TripAdvisor – Baia do Sancho on the archipelago of  Fernando de Noronha

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3. There are around two million Brazilians of Japanese descent in Brazil

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4. Rio de Janeiro’s famous statue, Christ the Redeemer, stands more than thirty 38 metres high and weighs over 635 tonnes

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5. The ‘favela’ of Santa Marta in Rio de Janeiro has been visited by many celebrities including Madonna and Michael Jackson

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6. Brazil has the fifth largest population in the world

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7. According to a recent report there are at least 70 uncontacted tribes left in the Brazilian Amazon

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8. Some prisoners in Brazil can reduce their sentences by four days for every book they read, a program dubbed “Redemption through Reading”

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9. The fisherman in southeast Brazil use dolphins to herd fish towards their nets

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10. Over 82% of Salvador’s population is of African descent

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11. Brazil was the first country in the world to ban tanning beds

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12. Brazil’s capital Brasilia was built in under 4 years between 1956 and 1960 and is shaped like an aeroplane

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Zingy Colombian Avocado Soup

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A beautifully fresh and zingy Colombian soup that can be served either hot or chilled.

Ingredients

1 tbs butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove
500 ml chicken or vegetable stock
½ lime, squeezed
2 ripe avocados, peeled
¼ tsp ground cumin
250 ml double cream
1 handful of chopped coriander
salt & pepper

Method
Heat a saucepan over a medium heat and melt the butter. Sweat the onions gently for around 5 minutes before adding the garlic. Add the lime juice, stock and avocados and reduce over a low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into a blender and add the cream, cumin, coriander and seasoning. Blend together and then pour back into the saucepan. Cook for a few more minutes and serve.

12 Vintage Black & White Photos From Travels Around Brazil

We’ve been creating memorable adventures around Brazil for almost 30 years. Here’s a collection of some of my old black and white photos from travels around this fascinating country.

Angry Brazilian Woman Brazilian Amazon Brazilian Man Brazilian Woman Brazililan Family bw house bw paraty beach boats bw Paraty bw Sao Paulo 2 Collecting Water Happy Kids Woman WeavingAll photographs © David Horwell – all rights reserved. Contact for any usage requests.

Whale watching in the Yellow Submarine

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Ever fancied whale watching from below the surface of the water but anxious about being in the water? We might have the perfect thing for you. The Yellow Submarine is a semi-submersible vessel with leading technology for underwater whale observation located in Chubut on the Valdes Peninsula. Although they offer a more conventional whale watching tour by viewing these gentle giants from the upper deck, the exciting part of this is the 40 submerged viewing windows which give you up close front row seats to some of the most exciting wildlife watching on the planet.  English speaking guides will give you real insight into the Southern right whales as well the other wildlife you may typically see – sea lions and Patagonian sea birds.

The whales come so close to shore it only takes a few minutes to locate them at which point the hour and a half magic begins. You are free to roam the upper and lower decks to enjoy different perspectives of these creatures. During the cruise, the whale watching guide will comment on the behaviour and interpret the activity that the whales may be performing. The whale watching season runs between early September and mid-December.

To find out more information on the cruise on to book the submarine tour as part of your trip to Argentina please get in touch with us here.

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10 Amazing Facts About Peru You Probably Didn’t Know

1. There are over 55 varieties of corn produced in Peru

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2. Peru has not one but three official languages – Spanish, Quechua and Aymara

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3. Peru is home to the oldest university in the Americas – The National University of San Marco founded in 1551

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4. There are over 3000 varieties of potato

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5. Peru has over 90 different micro climates

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6. Chicama has the world’s longest left hand wave at 4km long

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7. Cotahuasi Canyon is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon

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8. The bowler hats that indigenous woman typically wear were introduced by British rail road workers in the 1920s

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9. 65 million guinea pigs are eaten every year in Peru

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10. Peru is home to the world’s largest sand dune. Cerro Blanco measures in at 3,860 feet

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