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As Heavy Rains Ravage Peru, Citizens And Charities And Are In Need Of Donations

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Heavy storms brought on by El Niño conditions have led to one of the biggest natural disasters to hit Peru in several decades, Reuters reports. After several weeks of rain, flooding and mudslides that have left hundreds of thousands homeless, conditions in Peru are at a critical stage. The prices of certain groceries, including potatoes, lemons, and cooking oil, have increased. Parts of Lima have lost access to clean water. Peru’s government has increased its military presence throughout the country to aid the relief effort and to help stem the panic slowly growing among the country’s people.

Many people in Peru are struggling to find the basics needs for human survival.

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Resident of Piura Hector Santos told the Los Angeles Times, “We don’t know where to turn because no one is helping us.”

NBC reports that a major concern for the Red Cross is the potential for disease to spread via mosquitos. Their numbers are expected to blossom in the stagnant water that now covers many areas in the country. Mosquitos are known to spread illnesses such as dengue fever, malaria, zika, and many more.

The disastrous conditions have taken out many roads and bridges, hampering the ability for relief to reach those in desperate need. Peru’s government has estimated that the damage caused by flooding could take up to three years to repair fully, the Los Angeles Times reports.

As bad as conditions currently are, Peru’s rains are expected to continue.

How can you help?


While money is coming in from many China, Colombia, and the U.S., which has already offered $525,000, the Red Cross and other charities are welcoming donations of all sizes. Check out the Red Cross’ donation page to make a contribution. If you can’t make a donation, please share the link to spread awareness.

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People Are Furious That The Peruvian Government Is Risking Machu Picchu By Building An Airport Near The Site

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People Are Furious That The Peruvian Government Is Risking Machu Picchu By Building An Airport Near The Site

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There’s a reason why historical grounds are considered sacred. Ancient areas in the world are part of our history. They are a glimpse of what life was like thousands of years before. For avid travelers that seek to visit these historical areas, they understand the value and privilege of what it’s like to be there. As such, we try to protect it for future generations to come. That’s what makes what is happening near Machu Picchu so frustrating for the international community.

Peru is constructing the Chinchero International Airport near the Andes mountains, which is packed with Incan relics.

The government broke ground on the ancient grounds earlier this year. According to KUNC, the airport will be built in the “mouth of the Sacred Valley” and will be a multi-billion-dollar project.

The airport is expected to transport more than 7 million people a year, but some are wondering how the traffic and pollution will affect these parts that are valuable to history.

“The airport planned to be built in Chinchero, Cusco, endangers the conservation of one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the world,” a petition on Change.org states. “An airport in the surroundings of the Sacred Valley will affect the integrity of a complex Inca landscape and will cause irreparable damage due to noise, traffic, and uncontrolled urbanization.”

Peruvian officials claim there are no Incan artifacts located in the construction area.

The main problem is Machu Picchu is already getting more tourists than it should. The Guardian reports that “more than 1.5 million visitors in 2017, almost double the limit recommended by UNESCO, putting a huge strain on the fragile ruins and local ecology.”

We recently saw the devastating effects from Mt. Everest, which shows what happens when people go to a tourist area thinking anyone can handle it. More people are dying as they climb Mt. Everest and they’re also leaving massive amounts of trash behind.

If the government wants to make travel easier to Machu Picchu why couldn’t they think of a better alternative instead of damaging their main money-making tourist spot?

The government reiterates that the reason it has taken so long to get this airport approved is that they have conducted several studies to make sure the area is not hurt by the construction.

“It is a project of many years, for which all the studies have been carried out, it will solve the problem that now exists with the Velasco Astete Airport and projects an important growth of the tourist activity of Cusco, ” Guillermo Cortés, Vice Minister of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries of the Ministry of Culture, told a Spanish news outlet in Peru. He added, “that the Chinchero Airport is also a project that is developed in an area for which all the precautions and precautions have been taken so as not to affect the heritage.”

Click here for more information on what is happening and how you can get involved.

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Lomo Saltado Is The Most Iconic Peruvian Dish And Here Is A Recipe That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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Lomo Saltado Is The Most Iconic Peruvian Dish And Here Is A Recipe That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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Peru has long been one of the greatest food cultures in the world. The South American country has been named a culinary destination in major publications. Lime itself has even been called the World’s Best Food City because of the most intricate pairings of Latin American and foreign influences. The blending of the different cultures that have moved through Peru has gifted the world some of the most iconic, recognizable, and incredibly flavorful dishes.

A very traditional take on Lomo Saltado uses potato as its starch. The adaptation of rice in the dish is something that came to Peru thanks to Asian immigration and influence. The recipe we are sharing with you today includes rice for the starch and gives you a taste and look at the clashing, yet melding cultures that call Peru home. Peru is one country that has embraced and promoted the kind of melting pot that not only allowed for diversity but the creation of unimaginably good food.

Pork is one of the most common meats used in Latin American cooking beat only by chicken. The use of pork is another example of colonialism, immigration, and the cross-cultural exchanges that have taken place in Latin American for centuries. The ancestor of the modern domestic pig is the Wild Boar that is native to all parts of the world except for Australia and the Americas. The pig was likely brought to Peru and the rest of Latin America by way of Spanish colonialism.

The dish, Lomo Saltado, is the perfect example of Peru’s role in immigration and its place as a gateway to Latin America for millions. The dish, as you can probably tell, uses Latin American ingredients but Chinese cooking techniques. The food is prepared as a stir fry turning the preparation of the food into a performance. Plus, when preparing it for your friends you can make sure you show off just how talented you are with handling your kitchen tools. Who doesn’t want to look cool in front of your friends?

Fortunately, most of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery stores. However, one of the ingredients that might prove challenging to locate with the ají amarillo. Thankfully, we live in 2019 so there is nothing stopping you from getting your hands on anything you desire thanks to the internet. Now, go out there and try to make this Lomo Saltado and let us know how it turns out for you.

We would love to see your photos and videos making any of the La Cocina recipes. Make sure you document your own kitchen adventures and upload them to social media and tag mitú to make sure we see them. Happy cooking and don’t forget, there’s nothing like homecooked food shared with friends to create some amazing memories. Who doesn’t enjoy a good meal with those they love?

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds of pork loin, sliced about 1 inch thick
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 5 green onions or scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of ají amarillo, or however much you prefer
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of a neutral flavor oil like canola, olive, or vegetable
  • 8 cloves of garlic, diced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch of parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 pounds of French fries, homemade or pre-cooked
  • 2 cups of rice, you can choose whatever rice you prefer

Directions:

  1. Slowly cook the rice. Add the 2 cups of white rice to a pot and add 3 cups of water. Stir the rice and water and set the heat on low. Cover and let cook until all the water evaporates and is fully absorbed into the rice.
  2. Slice your pork loin and add it to a large bowl. Add a large pinch of salt and a large pinch of pepper. Drop in 4 diced garlic cloves to the meat and mix well. Make sure the meat is covered and let it marinate for about 15 minutes.
  3. In a wok or other high sided deep pan, add the oil and let it heat up so it is really hot. Add the pork loin and season with more salt, pepper, and the rest of the diced garlic. Stir the meat while it is cooking.
  4. When the meat is about done, add the sliced red onion to the pot and continue to stir. Now add the tomatoes and keep stirring while all of the ingredients cook together.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare your French fries.
  6. Add the ají amarillo, green onions, and soy sauce. Stir all of the ingredients until everything is well combined and then let cook until the liquids reduce by one-third.
  7. Once everything is cooked, serve the food. Add one serving of rice to a plate then add the pork loin to the plate and top with French fries and parsley. Enjoy.

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