• Tayrona National Park, Columbia

    4 Reasons You Should Visit Colombia Today!

    A decade or two ago, who could have imagined a story about <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Colombia</a> that focused on bird watching and leisurely evening promenades on cobble-stoned Caribbean streets? Well, in case you haven’t heard, times have changed and so has <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Colombia</a>! As the world is finding out, this multi-faceted country is a super-rich trove of culture and nature. At this big inflection point in Colombian history, you have a special chance to be in the lead in the rediscovery of this spectacular land. Here is a roundup of the top four reasons you should visit Colombia now: <br><br><b>#1 - Colombia is Easy to Get To</b><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Colombia</a> is the South American country closest to the United States, and the moderate climate gives you the option of visiting in most seasons. It’s a diverse destination too with vibrant cities, coffee plantations, a coastal Caribbean jungle and, best of all, local people who couldn’t be happier to welcome you. You’ll also be pleased to know that there are <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">5-star hotels</a> and luxury boutique properties that make for very comfortable nights at the end of active days.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="Coffee Plantation and landscape of Colombia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATHq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7IZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>#2 - It&#39;s Off the Beaten Tourist Track</b><br><br>The fun of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Colombia </a>is that many of the best places to visit are ones you’ve never heard of. Consider Guatapé, a rural pueblo that’s often called the most colorful town in the world. Almost every square inch is covered with decorative tiles and vivid paint. At the edge of town, La Piedra de Peñon is a giant, sky-high thumb of granite at the top of which the views are flat-out amazing.<br><br><b>#3 - The Coffee is Some of the Best in the World</b><br><br>In most books, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Colombia</a> equals coffee. One of the country’s oldest plantations is a 500-acre family farm set in a nature preserve full of waterfalls and birds near Santa Marta. It’s a real revelation to meet and talk to the farmers about how they grow, harvest and process their crop. (Did you know that the beans are the seeds of bright red coffee cherries?) The artisans who craft the plantation’s blends make sure you get to taste the freshest roasts you’ve ever had.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="Man picking coffee beans" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATHq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7Ie" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b>#4 - Enjoy Both Stunning Nature and Lively Cities</b><br><br>A visit to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Tayrona National Park</a> is a natural high like no other. Mountains slow down the access from the park’s mainland side, so the best bet is to approach on a short boat ride and pull ashore on a golden Caribbean beach. The forest hugs the coast, so it’s easy to plunge right into a jungle walk with one of my naturalist friends. Cotton-top tamarin monkeys are plentiful, as are birds from Blueheaded parrots to Red-legged honeycreepers. With a whole day at Tayrona, there’s time for lots of exploring, a picnic and maybe even some lolling on the beach.<br><br>The ideal tactic to bracket these heart-of-Colombia experiences is with time in two of the country’s best cities. These days, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Medellín </a>is trend-setting for its lively arts scene. Its civic claim to fame is Metrocable, the system of high-flying gondolas that 30,000 locals use to commute every day. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Cartagena</a> is a fantastic finale to your visit. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site with cobbled streets, bougainvillea-draped balconies, and 500-year-old San Felipe Castle. It’s also home to one of the schools founded by the world-famous singer, Shakira. She’s paying her success forward in our homeland with these schools for underprivileged kids. A visit with a chance to talk to the students and teachers is sincerely inspirational.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATHq&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7Ij" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Easy-going, happy, proud of their long heritage and looking forward to their future, Colombians have found their groove. And the word is getting out. If you like to jet ahead of the travel curve, now is the time to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">experience it all</a>.

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    Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Visit in Latin America

    UNESCO World Heritage sites are irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration that represent our legacy from the past, what we live with today and what we pass on to future generations. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/latin-america-tours/" target="_blank">Latin America</a> contains a wealth of these phenomenal sites, both natural and manmade, that make up our world&#39;s most impressive cultural and natural heritage. The aim is to encourage regions to preserve and protect parts of our history while promoting tourism as a sustainable way to take in the magnificence our world has to offer. To help you get the most out of your next trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/latin-america-tours/" target="_blank">Central or South America</a>, we&#39;ve created a roundup of our top 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites you can&#39;t miss! <br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">#</a></b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><b>1 Machu Picchu, Peru</b></a><br>Perhaps one of the most famous archeological UNESCO sites in the world, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu</a> sits high in the Andes Mountain range surrounded by tropical forests and towering peaks. This pearl of the Incan Empire is a popular tourist destination for a reason. It defies belief with amazing architectural achievements, surrounding natural beauty and spiritual significance. Explore the ancient Incan ruins while breathing in the tremendous isolation and preservation of this incredible ancient kingdom deep in the Peruvian mountains. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Man taking a picture at Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9uV" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, Belize" target="_blank"><b>#2 Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System</b><b>, Belize</b></a><br>Belize&#39;s extensive reef system is considered one of the largest barrier reefs in the northern hemisphere. This impressive coast is home to hundreds of sand cays, mangrove forests, lagoons and several endangered species who call this reef home. During your time here, cruise on a Catamaran, snorkel in the best spots in the reef system, and kayak on turquoise water at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">Ambergris Caye</a> to fully experience the wonder this UNESCO World Heritage Site has to offer. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Young girl Kayaking in Belize" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9t8" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank"><b>#3 Tikal National Park, Guatemala</b></a><br>Tikal National Park is surrounded by a tropical jungle and is home to the tallest pyramid in the Western Hemisphere that was once one of the most important spiritual sites to the ancient Mayan civilization. The ceremonial center and ruins of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">Xunantunich</a> display the fascinating and mystifying culture of the Mayan civilization that once called this countryside home from 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. This important reserve also contains unspoiled biological and ecological habitats that will amaze along with impressive wildlife like howler monkeys and colorful birds that can be spotted in the treetops. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Xunantunich ruins, Guatemala" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9tD" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-atacama-easter-island-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><b>#4 Rapa Nui National Park (Easter Island), Chile</b></a><br>Easter Island, also known as Isla de Pascua or <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-atacama-easter-island-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Rapa Nui</a> by the Spanish and Polynesian is one of the most spectacular and alluring sites on earth. This sacred Polynesian settlement is famous for its enigmatic giant stone figures built centuries ago. These massive &quot;<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-atacama-easter-island-walking-tour/" target="_blank">Moai</a>&quot; figures are a mystery to historians and remain one of the only links to the ancient culture and tradition embedded in this gorgeous island. Visit Rapa Nui to revel in the park&#39;s beauty and its stone sculptures that act as a testimony to an isolated cultural evolution.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-atacama-easter-island-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="Easter Island Moais" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9tI" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">#5 Galápagos Islands</a></b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><b>, Ecuador</b></a><br>The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">Galápagos Islands</a> are a volcanic archipelago drifting in isolation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, brimming with incredible wildlife that once inspired Charles Darwin&#39;s theory of evolution. Walking amongst the wildlife and spotting the islands&#39; Big Five (giant land tortoises, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, penguins, and marine iguanas) will delight all visitors and provide a real live exhibition of evolution before your very eyes. This island is one of the last unspoiled places on earth where man has respected the boundaries of mother nature and is a treasure in the middle of the Pacific worth visiting.  <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Young boy taking a picture of a seal on a beach" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9tN" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">#6 Los Glaciares National Park</a> (<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">Chile </a>&amp; <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/argentina/" target="_blank">Argentina</a>)</b><br>Located in the picturesque region of Patagonia in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank">Chile </a>&amp; <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/argentina/" target="_blank">Argentina</a>, Los Glaciares National Park is an area of exceptional beauty with rugged mountains, glacial lakes and a variety of stunning natural sites. Hikers flock here to explore the hundreds of trails while others seek silence and solitude among the remote valleys where views stretch for miles.<br><br><b><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-solar-eclipse-2020-tour/" target="_blank">Solar Eclipse Sidenote:</a> </b>On December 14, 2020, the day will turn to instant night in one of the few places on land where the total eclipse of the sun will be visible. It is a once-in-a-lifetime sight to see! <a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-solar-eclipse-2020-tour/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> is offering a special <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-solar-eclipse-2020-tour/" target="_blank">2020 Total Solar Eclipse tour</a> to view this incredible moment while perched atop a Chilean mountainside. <br><br><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/chile/" target="_blank"><img alt="Woman near a lake in Patagonia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9uQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><b>#7 Town of Cartagena, Columbia</b></a><br>Cartagena is the perfect Caribbean city overflowing with history and enchanting beauty thanks to some of the world&#39;s best-preserved colonial architecture lining the streets. This colorful town is wonderfully walkable and chock-full of cobbled streets draped in bougainvillea where current residents live in close quarters with traditions of the past that linger in this port city. Dominating this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the nearby <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank">San Felipe Castle</a>, boasting over 500 years of defending the ancient city from pirates and foreign invasions <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-cultural-walking-tour/" target="_blank"><img alt="Colorful street in Cartagena" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9tX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank">#8 La Amistad National Park,</a></b><a href="http://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank"><b> Panama</b></a><br>This massive national park, on the border between Panama and Costa Rica, contains lush tropical rainforests and unique fauna and flora interbred between the biospheres of North and South America. Arguably, one of the best ways to see this biosphere reserve is to walk <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank">El Retoño trail</a> and learn about one of the highest and wildest non-volcanic mountain ranges in Central America. As you explore the lush ecosystem of the park, look up and search for the incredible variety of birds ranging from Quetzals to Tapaculos, and Flycatchers.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Waterfall in Panama" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9tc" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><b>#9 Old Havana and its Fortification System, Cuba</b></a><br>Old Havana (<i><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">La Habana Vieja</a>) </i>describes the most central and original portion of the Havana, Cuba. This 500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is the original <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">heart of Havana</a>, built by the Spanish, burned to the ground by pirates, and is still considered a fine district of baroque and neoclassic buildings with great architectural character you can&#39;t find elsewhere. Explore the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Plaza de Armas</a>, Castillo del Morro, and Museum of the Revolution to learn more about the rich history and culture of this precious island. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank"><img alt="Old Havana street and Capitolo" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9u1" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba-travel/" target="_blank"><b>#10 Viñales</b> <b>Valley, Cuba</b></a><br>With its fertile soil, favorable climate, and wide valleys, this area in western Cuba is known for its tobacco cultivation and high rising cliffs that surround the valley. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba-travel/" target="_blank">Parque Nacional Viñales</a> is located in the Pinar del Rio province and the dramatic cliffs surrounding the valley hold numerous caves full of dripstone and ancient rock art from past inhabitants. Enjoy the abundance of greenery in this province and learn of the traditional methods of agriculture that have survived here unchanged for several centuries.   <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba-travel/" target="_blank"><img alt="Landscape of Viñales Valley" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATY5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f9tm" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If you&#39;re interested in visiting one or more of these iconic locations, check out the different trips offered by <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/latin-america-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys to Central &amp; South America</a> to explore some of the worlds most culturally and naturally stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

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    Tastes of Latin America: Whose Ceviche Is Best?

    If you’ve spent any time in Latin America, you know that the nearly every country, from as far north as Mexico to as far south as Tierra del Fuego in Chile, brags about their ceviche, with several claiming it as their national dish. At Classic Journeys, we travel on our stomachs. And with trips throughout Central and South America, we’ve tasted every ceviche recipe and had every one of our fiercely proud local guides explain with great passion why their ceviche recipes are the best. <br><br>Typically made from fresh raw fish cured in lemon or lime juice, and spiced with ají, chili peppers and seasonings that often include onions, salt, and coriander, ceviche is not cooked and so must be prepared and eaten fresh. (So truly sea to table). We love that it is usually accompanied by side dishes that are very local to the place where you are eating it, such as sweet potato, corn, avocado, or banana. And even better, it’s truly a window into cultures, as the origin is hotly debated up and down the Pacific coast of Latin America. <br><br>Here, we’ve given your mind, body and palate a bit of culinary escapism by asking our guides and chefs in every Classic Journeys Latin American country along the Pacific coast to share their favorite ceviche recipe and to tell us why theirs is best. Buen provecho!<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/peru/" target="_blank">Peru</a> </b><br><img alt="Peru local guide luxury walking culture tours" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fn9k&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lWWa" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Why Is Peruvian Ceviche Best?<br><br><i>Many countries will claim that their ceviche is the best, but only Peru claims it as the national dish. Additionally, as one of our Peruvian guides, Marisol, says, “We have archeological records that show us that ceviche may have been consumed in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Peru</a> nearly two thousand years ago. And later, when Lima held a dominant position as the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru, it meant that popular dishes like ceviche were brought to other Spanish colonies. So, our ceviche is the heart and soul of everyone else’s ceviche! The most important ingredients? Peru&#39;s famous Lech de Tigre marinade and key limes!”</i><br><br>Serves 4-6<br><br>Ingredients: <br><br>For the Leche de Tigre (Peruvian marinade)<br>1 cup of fresh key lime juice<br>3 garlic cloves, chopped<br>1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro<br>1 teaspoon of finely chopped ginger<br>1 small onion, chopped<br>½ cup fish stock or clam juice <br>2 teaspoons Kosher salt<br><br>For the ceviche<br>1 pound of fresh fish (fluke / flounder / sole / halibut / escolar) cut into ½ inch cubes<br>1 sweet potato<br>½ cup of sweetcorn<br>½ habanero chile, seeded and halved lengthways<br>1 small onion, thinly sliced<br>Kosher salt<br>Cilantro leaves to garnish<br><br>Method:<br>For the Leche de Tigre - <br>Use a blender to puree the key lime juice, cilantro leaves, ginger, garlic and chilli with a handful of ice cubes. <br>Add the chopped union and blend, then strain through a sieve, collecting the liquid in a bowl. <br>Stir in fish stock / clam juice and add salt. Chill in fridge.<br><br>For the ceviche - <br>Cook the sweet potato whole, then leave to chill. <br>Cook the corn and leave to chill. <br>Take a large bowl and rub the sides with the cut chili. <br>Add the fish, leche de tigre, ¾ of the onion, and a handful of ice cubes, then stir together. Leave for 5 minutes, then remove the ice.<br>Gently stir in the potato (scoop out small balls with a spoon) and corn.<br>Season to taste.<br>Serve into small bowls, pouring over the juices left in the big bowl.<br>Garnish with remaining ¼ of onion and cilantro leaves. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/ecuador/" target="_blank"><b>Ecuador</b></a><br><img alt="Luxury guatemala tour guide galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fn9k&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lWa8" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Why Is Ecuadorian Ceviche Best? <i>Ecuadorian ceviche has a citrusy tang to it that makes it stand apart from other ceviche. Traditionally, it’s served sprinkled with toasted corn and eaten with plantain chips. Classic Journeys naturalist guide on Isabela Island, Sebastian, is not only expert on the birds, plants, animals and sea life; his grandfather was the president of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ecuador-tours/" target="_blank">Ecuador</a>! So he’s justifiable proud of the country’s ceviche and why he thinks it’s best. “Well, we marinate the onion in lime juice and combine orange juice. Plus, we have the best shrimp in the world! It all adds up to create the best ceviche ever!”</i><br><br>Serves 4-6<br><br>Ingredients:<br><br>1 pound of shrimp <br>1 red onion, thinly sliced<br>1 cup of fresh lime juice <br>1 cup of fresh orange juice <br>2 cloves of garlic <br>2 bay leaves <br>1 x 15oz can of chopped tomatoes <br>1 handful of cilantro leaves, chopped<br>1 teaspoon of mustard <br>Green plantain chips or ‘chifles’ <br>1 cup of toasted corn <br>Salt &amp; pepper to taste <br><br>Method:<br><br>Thinly slice the onion and place in a bowl, then cover with the fresh lime juice. Let it soak for a good hour or more.  <br>Mix the chopped tomatoes, orange juice and mustard, then refrigerate. <br>Boil the shrimp in water, with the bay leaves and garlic cloves.<br>Once cooked, remove from the heat and add ice to cool the water, then refrigerate.<br>When everything is nicely chilled, mix it all together.<br>Serve in individual bowls and add toasted corn on top.<br>To eat, scoop up the ceviche with green plantain chips (we call them chifles).<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/guatemala/" target="_blank"><b>Guatemala</b></a><br><img alt="Guatemalan ceviche recipe" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fn9k&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lWaw" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Why Is Guatemalan Ceviche Best? <br><br><i>The Guatemalans swear by a particular ingredient... “Our secret is Worcestershire sauce!”, shares Classic Journeys expert local, Marlon. “It makes Guatemalan ceviche the best in the world. The other secret is eating your ceviche with the Guatemalan beer, Gallo. If you can’t get Gallo beer, Cerveza Modelo Especial is a good alternative.” Who does he make his ceviche for? His wife, who he calls Princess Evelin, with this backstory. I was visiting the dentist, which in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">Guatemala</a> is considered a luxury. I arrived for my first visit and was immediately fascinated by the beauty of the young secretary at the clinic. That same day the dentist convinced me to sign a contract for two years to receive an unnecessary orthodontic treatment (braces), which I didn’t really need. But this meant I could keep going back to the office. I Intentionally forgot the date of the next appointment so that the secretary had to call me to reschedule and we would begin to slowly talk about non-dental things. Soon we began to go out for dinners and other dates, and I made her my ceviche. Six months later she became my girlfriend and in 2012 we got married. Did she marry me for myself or my ceviche?”</i><br><br>Serves 4-6<br><br>Ingredients: <br><br>12 shrimp<br>1 cup of crab meat<br>½ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice<br>3 tomatoes, chopped <br>2 garlic cloves, chopped<br>1 small red onion<br>½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves<br>1 teaspoon of soy sauce<br>1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce<br>¼ cup of tomato juice<br>Salt to taste<br>1 avocado<br>Hot sauce<br><br>Method:<br><br>Cook the shrimp in pan of water, then place in iced water.<br>When cool, cut the shrimp into smaller pieces. <br>Soak the onion in a bowl of water and salt (about 2 cups water to ½ teaspoon salt). After 10 minutes, strain and rinse.<br>Mix together the shrimp, crab meat, cilantro, garlic, soy sauce, tomato juice, lime juice and don’t forget the Worcestershire sauce!<br>Refrigerate for an hour.<br>Add chopped avocado and serve, with hot sauce! <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/colombia/" target="_blank"><b>Colombia<br><img alt="Colombia local guide luxury walking culture tours" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fn9k&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lWWf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b></a><br><br>Why Is Colombian Ceviche Best?<i> <br><br>Served fresh on Colombian beachfronts, this ceviche is marvelously simple to make, and most recipes only need a few ingredients that you’ll probably already have in your fridge. Most commonly, shrimp serves as the staple seafood but if you can get your hands on some fresh seabass, it’s absolutely delicious. “Ketchup! It may sound like something you would put on a burger rather than seafood,” says Ana Maria in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/colombia-tours/" target="_blank">Colombia</a>. “But trust me, it tastes better than any other ceviche you will ever eat!”</i><br><br>Serves 4-6<br><br>Ingredients:<br><br>1 pound of shrimp<br>1 small red onion, sliced <br>Half a cup of fresh parsley <br>2 garlic cloves, chopped<br>1 cup of fresh lime juice <br>1 cup of ketchup <br>1 tablespoon of mayonnaise <br>Hot sauce (to taste)<br>1 tablespoon of olive oil <br>Saltine crackers <br><br>Method:<br><br>Mix together the ketchup, mayonnaise, olive oil, lime juice and most of the parsley (save some to garnish!)<br>Boil the shrimp, then drop into ice water. <br>Combine the shrimp, onion and garlic with the sauce. <br>Add hot sauce, salt and pepper to your taste. <br>Put in the fridge for an hour.<br>Serve in small bowls, with the rest of the parsley leaves sprinkled on top. Eat with saltine crackers!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/costa-rica/" target="_blank"><b>Costa Rica<br><img alt="Costa Rica local guide luxury walking culture tours" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fn9k&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lWWk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b></a><br><br>Why Is Costa Rican Ceviche Best? <br><br><i>In Costa Rica, ceviche is traditionally made with sea bass or mahi mahi, incorporating bell peppers and hot pepper. “Tico’s LOVE ceviche, it’s best served on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costa-rica-tours/" target="_blank">Costa Rica</a> beach! You can eat it with tortilla chips, or a soft flour tortilla like a burrito,” shares long-time Classic Journeys tour leader and naturalist, Kenneth.</i><br><br>Ingredients:<br><br>1 pound sea bass / mahi mahi, chopped into cubes <br>1 cup fresh lemon / lime juice <br>1 small red onion, chopped<br>1 garlic clove, minced <br>Handful of cilantro leaves (Tito’s call this coriander)<br>1 chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped <br>1 bell pepper, chopped into small squares<br><br>Method:<br><br>It’s simple, just mix everything together!<br>Put it in the fridge–at least for an hour, or overnight.<br>Scoop up your ceviche with tortilla chips, or crumble some on top and eat with a spoon. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/chile/" target="_blank"><b>Chile</b></a><br><img alt="Chile local guide luxury walking culture tours" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fn9k&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lWWp" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Why Is Chilean Ceviche Best? <i>You can recognize Chilean Ceviche by its meticulously diced ingredients. From the fish to the bell peppers, everything is chopped into tiny pieces, before being infused with spicy, citrusy flavors. “Grapefruit juice is our secret to giving ceviche in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/chile-tours/" target="_blank">Chile</a> the extra kick! Rule number one is to use fresh fish. Rule two, we like to chop everything into the smallest pieces possible. After that, it’s hard to go wrong!” Classic Journeys tour leader, Andres, knows a thing or two about fresh fish. In addition to being one of the top cultural guides in the country, he is an expert mountaineer, is an accomplished fly fishing guide, and managed a fishing lodge for many years.</i><br><br>Serves 4-6<br><br>Ingredients:<br><br>1 pound of white fish, diced into small pieces (about a quarter inch) <br>1 lemon, juiced<br>1 grapefruit, juiced<br>1 lemon, cut into wedges  <br>2 cloves of garlic, crushed <br>Half of a yellow onion, diced <br>1 cup of cucumber, diced<br>1 green bell pepper, diced <br>½ cup of cilantro, chopped <br>½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper <br>½ teaspoon of paprika <br>Salt and pepper<br>Tortilla chips<br><br>Method:<br><br>Pour the fresh lemon and grapefruit juice over the fish. <br>Put into the fridge for an hour at least. <br>Add onion, peppers, cucumber, garlic, cilantro, cayenne, paprika, salt, pepper. <br>Put it all back into the fridge for 30 minutes to one hour. <br>Serve in bowls, with a lemon wedge! Scoop up with tortilla chips. <br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/panama/" target="_blank"><b>Panama</b></a><br><img alt="Luxury walking culture tour guide" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fn9k&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lWaD" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br>Why Is Panamanian Ceviche Best? <br><br><i>Grapefruit and celery are two essential ingredients in Panamanian ceviche, and most natives will tell you to use lemon juice, instead of lime. “Ceviche is a staple in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/panama-tours/" target="_blank">Panama</a>, we have it every week at least,” says Classic Journeys man-in-the-know and resident naturalist, Beny. “I’ll go to the local fish market early in the morning and collect whatever looks good to me, then mix everything together and enjoy it as the sun sets that evening.”</i><br><br>Serves 4-6<br><br>Ingredients: <br><br>1 pound of fresh fish (red snapper, rockfish, cod or something similar) chopped into small pieces<br>¼ cup of cilantro<br>½ cup of lemon juice <br>1 habanero pepper, finely chopped <br>2 cloves of garlic, crushed<br>1 small yellow onion, chopped<br>1 small red bell pepper, chopped<br>1 grapefruit, cut into wedges<br>1 celery stalk, finely chopped<br>Hot sauce<br><br>Method:<br><br>Marinate the fish with lime juice, onions, cilantro, garlic for 6-12 hours.<br>Mix in celery and pepper.<br>Serve with grapefruit and hot sauce.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/belize/" target="_blank"><b>Belize<br><img alt="Belize local guide luxury walking culture tours" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002Fn9k&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000001lWWu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></b></a><br><br>Why Is Belizean Ceviche Best? <br><br><i>Belizean ceviche features chunks of raw fish mixed into a fresh salsa. Conch is the nation’s favorite choice of seafood in ceviche, but you can swap that for shrimp, lobster or any other seafood. Steve is the captain of the catamaran Classic Journeys charters for guests private exploration of Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Alley. He says, “We love raw fish in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/belize-guatemala-tours/" target="_blank">Belize</a>, and conch is the best, I catch it myself so it couldn&#39;t be fresher! Growing up, sometimes we would have it made with cooked chicken feet!”</i><br><br>Serves 4-6<br><br>Ingredients:<br><br>1 pound of raw conch, trimmed, peeled, cut into cubes (or swap for shrimp or your favorite raw fish)<br>4 tomatoes, diced <br>1 onion, diced <br>6 limes, juiced <br>1 habanero pepper, diced<br>1 cup of cilantro , chopped<br><br>Method:<br><br>Wash then cut the conch (or whatever seafood you choose) into bite-sized chunks.<br>Soak it in the lime juice for at least 1 hour. <br>Make a salsa with the tomatoes, onion, pepper, cilantro, salt and lime juice.<br>Mix in the seafood. <br>Eat with corn tortillas!

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