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How to make the perfect Ceviche

The Peruvian coast follows the  Pacific Ocean with a sea that benefits from the cold Humboldt Current which is very rich in fish and seafood. So much so that Peru ranks first in fish species, having a high percentage of the world’s total. It boasts an incredibly varied diverse range of sea life, which accounts for the freshness and many varieties of their dishes. Many coastal cities boast some delicious seafood and fish dishes and some of my favourite chefs specialize in seafood. Ceviche is made from marinated seafood and variations can be found all over Latin America, this is one looks yummy and not hard to make.

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Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis is a photographic exploration of the World’s wilderness areas. The photographer spent eight years spent travelling the earth, 35 countries and countless images later, Genesis, has now arrived in London. The exhibition is at the Natural History Museum, but he began shooting in 2004, documenting rare corners of the world untarnished by modern life. From the prehistoric creatures of the Galapagos Islands, to the sculptured icebergs of Antarctica, Genesis is celebration of the diversity found on planet Earth. Genesis reminds us that humans are responsible for the deterioration of the planet. A subject close to the Brazilian’s heart are threatened tribes, which Salgado spent time living with, and he seeks to highlight their plight. Many of these face persecution by governments, the theft of their lands and resources, or the threat of devastating epidemics.Salgado’s awe-inspiring prints represent natural landscapes and their relation to human life.
Sebastião Salgado: ‘Genesis’ is on 11 April – 8 September 2013, in the Waterhouse Gallery at the Natural History Museum,Cromwell Road, London SW7 www.nhm.ac.uk

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A century of Sugarloaf Cable car


The iconic Sugarloaf Mountain Aerial Tram was built in 1912, which helped to turn Rio de Janeiro into a major tourist destination. The original cars were made of wood and the whole engineering works were replaced in 1972 and more recently in 2009. The Italian-made bubble-shaped cars are able to carry up to 65 passengers at a time. The cable-car offers two rides: first the 220 m. climb to Morro da Urca, then the 400 m. rise to the sheer granite Sugarloaf Mountain, where on the summit you can enjoy 360-degree views of Copacabana, Ipanema beaches, Guanabara Bay, and observe, peeking through the clouds, Corcovado Mountain topped with the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. We recommend that you take a lunch or shopping break mid-way at Morro da Urca and once at the top visit the Bondinho exhibit which shows the role Sugarloaf Mountain has played throughout modern Brazilian history. Cable cars depart every 20 minutes between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. There are evening samba shows on Urca, which can hardly be bettered as glamorous venue. Please contact us to learn about city tour options and our inspiring Rio and Brazil journey ideas.

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Lonesome George’s body is moved to New York to be embalmed

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The remains of the body of the giant tortoise ‘Lonesome George’ from the Galapagos Islands has been transferred to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Lonesome George’s body will be embalmed at the museum during the coming months. Experts say the taxidermy process is going to take between 8 or 9 months. Once completed, Lonesome George will return to the Galapagos Islands to be showcased in museum that will be built on the site where he spent his last 40 years.  After his autopsy, ‘Lonesome George’s’ body was kept in a special freezer until the time came to transfer the body. The Galapagos Park built an insulated wooden box ensuring that the chelonian remained frozen during the 18 hour journey. Lonesome George, was the last remaining specimen of the Pinta Island species, Chelonoidis abingdoni, since its discovery in the wild in 1971. He remained in the care of the park rangers at the tortoise breeding centre in Santa Cruz Island. During that time, many attempts were made to get George to reproduce, but none of them were ever successful. On Sunday June 24, 2012 his body was found dead in his yard, by the same ranger who took care of him throughout most of his years in captivity, Fausto Llerena.

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