Tuesday December 01, 2015

The creation of Sierra del Divisor National Park is a great step for Peruvian development and an important contribution to national efforts in favor of carbon emissions reduction and climate. Protecting Sierra del Divisor is an important task given its vast territory of 1.3 million hectares, equivalent to 1.5 times the size of Yellowstone, and that it contains approximately 165 million metric tons of above-ground carbon, which contributes significantly to reducing greenhouse emissions.

Geologically speaking, this region in Peru is one of the Amazon’s oldest zones where flora and fauna’s endemic species coexist. Likewise, it is the refuge of several threatened and near-threatened wildlife species. (more…)

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Festival Virgen de la Candelaria celebrates Cultural Heritage

Tuesday December 01, 2015

With a colorful parade featuring Puno-based dances and the presence of distinguished personalities, Puno locals celebrated the first year since the Festivity of Virgen de la Candelaria of Puno was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Activities were varied including a ceremony to honor Puno-based authorities that participated actively in the creation of the nomination file of Puno’s greatest festivity as Intangible Cultural Heritage; the recognition act saw the presence of Yeny Silva Quispe, Head of Puno’s Folklore and Culture Regional Office, and former regional and local authorities (more…)

Prevention Actions against El Niño in Peru

Wednesday November 25, 2015

As the effects of El Niño in Peru become more threatening, the Peruvian Government has taken action to prevent unnecessary damage.

To this end they have allocated to date over S/.523 million (about US$160 million) for prevention works aimed at tackling El Niño phenomenon impacts. And an additional S/.126 million (about US$38.77 million) has already been transferred to regional and local governments.

Before the Special Committee in charge of overseeing and conducting follow-up activities in this regard (more…)

Machu Picchu to compete for National Geographic Traveler Reader Award

Wednesday November 25, 2015

Magali Silva Minister of foreign trade and tourism gave information about the inclusion of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, in the first competition of National Geographic Traveler Reader Awards, which qualifies the top destinations for travel. The decision will be in the hands of the readers of the magazine.

The ancient Inca Citadel is run in the category Overseas Attraction or Foreign Attraction; and it will have to compete with other beautiful archaeological and historical sites of nature as the Park National Grand Canyon (more…)

Totora from Lake Titicaca to be Marketed in Holland

Wednesday November 25, 2015

The head of the Titicaca National Reserve(RNT), Víctor Apaza, announced that next month Peru will begin exporting totora, a subspecies of the giant bulrush sedge, to the Netherlands, after the signing of the first contract of resource management. The agreement was signed by the national service of protected natural Areas by the State (Sernanp) of Peru and the inhabitants of Uros Chulluni, a set of floating islands in Lake Titicaca.

At the beginning of this year 1,800 moorings of totora, were sent to be tested, then to Holland (more…)

Prevention of Violence Movement

Wednesday November 25, 2015

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso attended the ceremony marking the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,” held in Lima’s district of Jesus Maria on Sunday. The event aims to gather State organization, civil society and population to reject femicide and assume a role to prevent it.

The event was developed within the framework of the national campaign against femicide, whose motto is “Do not stay silent”. To this end, the President enacted the Law on Violence against Women and Family Members, which is aimed at preventing (more…)

Tipon and Raqchi

Tuesday November 24, 2015

Most know Machu Picchu is the main attraction of Cusco, but the Incan capital has much more to offer! This wonderful region is home to several cultural treasures including Tipon and Raqchi, which reflect its rich heritage. Because of this, Cusco plans to promote tourist sites in the Southeast, not only Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley which are the traditional tourist attractions.

The southern Cusco route does not take you to the South, but to the Southeast and is not as popular as the conventional tours. Its less-known status gives it a special charm (more…)

Teachers go to US

Tuesday November 24, 2015

26 rural school teachers from Peru will travel to the United States this month to be trained in English teaching methods and to improve their language proficiency.

The educators, who will study at Arizona State University from November 22 to December 18, are teachers appointed and recruited for public secondary schools under a full school day regime.

The scholarship was designed to strengthen and develop linguistic, methodological and intercultural skills of certified English teachers, resulting in improved teaching performance in class. (more…)

Peruvian products are shipped to US and Spanish ports

Wednesday November 18, 2015

Largely due to the implementation of the Olmos Irrigation project, Peruvian products such as sweet white onions and paprika peppers are now being sent to US and Spanish markets.

Grown at the Pampa Baja Farm, where an average 3,150 tons of onions and paprikas are harvested, these products are later shipped abroad from Northern Peru’s Piura region’s Paita port.

The Pampa Baja company started agricultural operations in Arequipa valleys (more…)

Foreign arrivals grow by 7.8% in 2015

Wednesday November 18, 2015

Foreign arrivals in the first nine months of 2015 grew by 7.8% from the same period last year, which generates a positive tourist flow of 185,967 visitors. These visitors, coming primarily from Chile, Ecuador, the United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and France lead the growth advancing 10% as a group, and outpacing the total growth rate for the first nine months of the year. Visitors from these 10 countries account for 76% of total international arrivals.

This growth has been made possible by recent efforts to promote inter-regional tourism (more…)

Peru signs agreement in favor of Local Communities

Tuesday November 17, 2015

On November 10.an Executive Branch Committee, composed of members of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and community leaders across Tigre, Corrientes and Marañon river basins in Loreto region, signed agreements on health, housing, education and environmental protection.

Held at the Achuar community Jose Olaya located in the Corrientes river basin in Trompeteros town (Loreto), this meeting took place as part of the commitments previously established in coordination with the “apus” (chiefs) and presidents of local associations. (more…)

Qali Warma will provide nutritious breakfast for Peruvian school kids

Tuesday November 17, 2015

While presenting the new 2016 Qali Warma Procurement, Manual Peruvian Development and Social Inclusion Minister Paola Bustamante announced that in 2016, Qali Warma – a government-run program designed to provide breakfast to students from low-income households – will provide school breakfasts that contain 85% more quinoa than in the past, while an extra DHA component will be added to milk to support children’s brain and cognitive developments.

“The purchase process will begin on December 7th . . . (more…)

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