South Americans are not all poncho wearing pan pipers or crazed futbol fans, there is also a serious majority of the population who love their seafood. In fact, for centuries there has been a friendly rivalry to produce the tastiest ceviche and now this gastronomic battle is being contested between the majority of Latin American countries!
Peru and Ecuador both claim ceviche as their own, as both countries have an impressive variety of fish and shellfish, but historians are leaning in favour of Peru. Every Latin American country gives this seafood salad recipe its own individual flavour, particularly with the garnishes they choose. In Peru, ceviche is served with slices of cold sweet potatoes or corn-on-the-cob, while in Ecuador it is accompanied by popcorn, potato chips, or corn nuts. In Mexico ceviche is even served as a taco filling.
The magnificence of the Himalayas goes hand-in-hand with the kindness of the Nepalese and Intrepid’s local leaders get great satisfaction from introducing you to both. Abhi Shrestha has loved being a group leader in Nepal for over 4 years and it’s clear why…
“I came into this line of work, principally, to quench my passion for travelling and to be in the mountains. The Himalayas have always fascinated me, from the day I first gazed at them and was taken aback by their pristine snow-clad beauty. Something about these amazing mountains upholds my belief that they are living and breathing beings luring us towards them. Look at them, in solitude, glistening on a moonlit night and feel them speaking to you – and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
Nothing beats chancing on untapped lands. India’s eastern state of Orissa is one such place, as Intrepid leader Pulak Mohanty reveals…
“Returning to my home state is akin to rediscovering the essence of travel. Back to basics and the timelessness of rural life. Palm-fringed rice paddies shimmering in the morning sun. Fishing boats returning to shore, women carrying bamboo baskets brimming with fresh vegetables and the chime of brass bells ringing out from the temple.
Travelling in Nepal is full of those pinch-yourself moments, like gazing out over a stunning horizon pierced by mountain peaks or sitting in a bustling village square and watching daily life transpire. Express reader Trish Burt was instantly captivated by the wonder of Nepal when she travelled recently with Intrepid…
“Nepal is a breath of fresh air. From my arrival I felt completely transformed by that most foreign and enchanting country. It was a repeat visit, and I asked myself why I waited so long to return.
Travellers on our first Japan Through The Lens photographic adventure returned with rave reviews and stirring images of spring blossoms, sumo wrestlers and sumptuous sushi feasts. Intrepid leader Yuka Suzuki travelled with camera in hand and enjoyed the chance to capture the real Japan with her group…
“We’ve seen and done so much in 2 weeks and the endless photo opportunities were fantastic! This trip was specially designed to let our group focus on Japan rather than feeling like they were under the tourist spotlight, and that’s exactly how it developed.