Thursday July 14, 2016

The National Civil Defense Institute of Peru sent humanitarian aid to the residents affected by frosts in the mountains in the Tacna region.

The delivered aid included over 27 tons of food and almost 5,000 blankets. These supplies were handed over to the regional authorities for immediate distribution among the citizens of the Pachia, Palca, Tarata and Susapaya districts.

The National Civil Defense Institute has 25 warehouses located throughout Peru. In these warehouses they store humanitarian aid products to be able to assist people in times of need, emergencies and disasters caused by natural phenomena or caused by humans. (more…)

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NASA´s weather balloon hits ground in Arequipa

Wednesday July 13, 2016

The National Administration of Space and Aeronautics (NASA), has various tools to measure the weather. One such tool, a ´´weather balloon,´´ measures data that tells atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity, and other information.

One of these weather balloons was knocked out of the sky by some strong winds, and the apparatus ended up falling in Camaná, Arequipa.

A team of professionals from NASA flew to Arequipa to retrieve the balloon. Using the GPS on the device, they were able to find it in a low-profile area called Pampas of Cuno Cuno. (more…)

National Geographic does a special on Peru

Tuesday July 12, 2016

Last Friday, July 8th, the first episode of a series about Peru aired on National Geographic Latin America.

The show plans to broadcast eight episodes in total, the theme being Peru´s up and coming gastronomy and rich culture.

Just a few months ago, National Geographic reached out to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism to see if it would be possible to do a project on Peru. The head of the department, Magali Silva, was more than thrilled for Peru to have this type of publicity.

Silva discusses this new opportunity with TV Peru (more…)

PPK names Fernando Zavala Prime Minister

Tuesday July 12, 2016

The future President of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has named Fernando Zavala as Peru´s next Prime Minister.

Kuczynski asserts that Zavala, as an economist, has much knowledge and experience that he can bring to the position. He is 45 years old and has served in various public offices, one of them being Economy and Finance Minister in 2005 and 2006.

It is said that Zavala has accepted this nomination and has already begun to collaborate with Kuczynski´s team.

Zavala is currently working as the CEO at Backus and Johnston S.A.A. Brewing Company. (more…)

Tinajani Stone Valley hosts 2016 dance festival

Tuesday July 12, 2016

The Tinajani Stone Valley was named a National Geopark after the urging of the Geological, Mining & Metallurgical Institute. It is located at an altitude of 3,953 meters and is in the Melgar province.

Boasting beautiful nature and a mysterious aura, this Geopark contains sandstones that people come from around the region to see.

This special place hosts two very unique events: the 23rd Autochthonous Dance Contest and the 17th International and National Tinajani 2016 Festival. Hundreds of people gather at both of these events to observe the colorful traditions of Peru. (more…)

Mancora: Best Southamerican Beach 2016

Friday July 08, 2016

Mancora: Best Southamerican Beach 2016

The World Travel Awards Declares Máncora to be South America´s Leading Beach Destination for 2016.

Each year, the World Travel Awards chooses the best beach in South America. This year´s award was given to Peru´s Máncora!

In previous years, the award has been given to San Andrés, Colombia; Mar del Plata, Argentina; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year´s nominees for best beach destination were Easter Island, Chile; Fernando de Noronha, Brazil; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Mar del Plata, Argentina; Margarita Island, Venezuela; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and San Andrés, Colombia. (more…)

The bad living conditions of the River Dolphin in the Amazon

Wednesday July 06, 2016

An ex trainer of the Huayrurín river dolphin in the Amazon has made a formal complaint about its living conditions. The dolphin lives in tanks with rough walls where they hurt itself.

This Amazon River dolphin can never completely recover from its injuries sustained in September 2015 due to the precarious living conditions in the Quistococha zoo in Iquitos.

The ex-trainer and complainant, Sandy Tassi, appeared in the Peruvian TV program Cuarto Poder to talk about the poor living conditions of the dolphin, including poor quality of water and the rough tank walls. (more…)

Threats in Tarma to kill the Andean spectacled bear

Wednesday July 06, 2016

In the province of Tarma there is a small community of San Pedro de Churco located close to the Pampa Hermosa National Sanctuary in Huasahuasi.

The people in this small village are threatening to kill the Andean spectacled bear because they say that these bears are attacking their cattle and sheep.

They say that in the last years the bears have been attacking their animals because of the remoteness of the area and because there are not enough people to take care of the livestock.

Pisco is officially Peruvian! The European Commission recognizes Peru as the origin of Pisco

Wednesday July 06, 2016

Peruvian leaders have been pushing this development with the intent of protecting and promoting Pisco as Peru´s national alcoholic beverage. With this acknowledgment of the European Commission, Peru as Pisco´s origin will be protected and guarded on an international level.

For many years, Peru and Chile have debated over the origin of Pisco; each country claims itself as the rightful origin. Although the European Commission has deemed Peru as the official origin of the liquor, this doesn´t mean that Chile can´t use the name ´´Pisco.´´ (more…)

Pre-Incan Paintings Discovered in Machu Picchu Area

Tuesday July 05, 2016

About two weeks ago, a new discovery was found in the surrounding areas of Machu Picchu. Although the site was discovered over a century ago, the region is still producing surprises!

Cusco´s Cultural Department was exploring the areas around the famous Incan city and they found paintings that are believed to be older than the Incas.

The said paintings consist of the figures of a llama, a man, and another image. They were discovered on a road that leads straight to Machu Picchu.

Peru is deemed the primary culinary destination of South America for 2016

Tuesday July 05, 2016

Peru has been named the leading culinary destination of South America for 5 years in a row. This honor was awarded for the 5th time by the World Travel Awards, which some consider to be equal to the Oscars in the movie industry.

In addition to being the favorite culinary destination in South America, Peru received awards for Lima as a conference spot and for tourism promotion across Peru.

The Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Magali Silva, asserted that these awards should go to all of Peru, seeing that the culinary and tourism industries encompass a large of part of working Peru. (more…)

Another Chocolate Competition in Peru

Tuesday July 05, 2016

The International Chocolate Awards have officially sponsored the second national Peruvian Chocolate Competition.

The competition asks contestants to deliver their samples to Lima´s ´´Cocoa and Chocolate Salon´´ by July 4th, 2016.

Samples will be judged based on the packaging of the product, the actual selection of chocolate, and the taste that it produces. There are various categories to which producers may submit their samples, some including: original chocolate bars and flavored chocolate bars.

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