Tuesday May 26, 2015
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Abortion is not legal in Peru, even for cases of rape and incest. For years the leading cause of maternal morality in Peru was clandestine abortion. Women will seek out abortion whether it is legal or not. Illegalizing abortion does not prevent abortions, it kills women.

Last night on May 25th, 30 women demonstrated in front of Congress to defend their basic rights as human beings: to decide what they, and not somebody else, will and will not do with their bodies. The members of the group Déjala Decidir (Let Her Decide), stood before Congress in various stages of undress, in lavender capes, and with phrases painted on themselves explaining why it is important to legalize abortion for cases of rape. (more…)

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Extra Protection for National Parks Puno

Friday May 22, 2015
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News from Puno. Puno is a well-known area for its bio diversity. The landscape is incredible as the Andes Mountains reach nearly 6km above sea level looking down over the Peruvian amazon at only 400m. Here are many species that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. The area is home to iconic animals such as the Jaguar. Unfortunately in many areas local ecosystems face severe threats from urbanization, pollution, climate change and invasion from foreign species to name a few. (more…)

News from Cusco: Protecting South American Heritage

Thursday May 14, 2015
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Experts in the fields of history, conservation and archeology from nine South American counties have met in Cusco, Peru to draw up a new 2015-2020 plan for the protection of South American heritage. The have worked on defining and redefining strategies in areas including conservation, for each of the countries involved – including Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and others – and aims to focus on improving compliance with the world heritage convention, which was signed in 1972.

The most important feature of the 1972 document was the linking together of the importance to protect both natural and cultural heritage. (more…)

Pentecost celebrations in Ollantaytambo

Tuesday May 12, 2015
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Pentecost, celebrated on May 24th, is a Christian festival commemorating the early followers of Jesus. Of course, as with so many religious festivals in Peru, Ollantaytambo has developed its own style to celebrate it, including a mix of traditional Inca and catholic beliefs and rituals. Pentecost in Ollantaytambo is a massive four day party with ethnic dances, bright costumes and singing in which they honor their patron saint Señor de choquekillka. The celebrations take place in the main square of Ollantaytambo, where many traditional dances will be performed by dancers of all ages from young children to adults. There will also be fireworks, a bull fight and a lot of drinking of beer and chicha – a traditional Peruvian maiz beer.

Nazca lines continue to reveal secrets lost to the passing of time

Tuesday May 12, 2015
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The Nazca lines in Peru have managed to survive many years and continue to endure recent threat from rally cars, settlements and mining. Yet they still have secrets to reveal. Evidence has come to light that suggests that two different sets of people who lived in the area at different times were responsible for making the lines and also that they created them for different reasons.

The team involved in the discovery have analyzed the lines including their location, style and their method of construction. They believe that some of the lines were made for different reasons. Some were intended to be seen from areas important for performing rituals, from higher parts of the landscape. (more…)

Peru is chosen as the best Spanish- speaking country in whole Latin America

Tuesday May 12, 2015
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399 Years ago on April 22nd, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the Spanish author known for Don Quixote, died. Therefore the Spanish speaking countries celebrate every year on the 23th of April the Day of Language. And from now on Peru will celebrate as well on this day being the country with the Best Spoken Spanish of the continent.

The Faculty of Linguistics of the University of Chile conducted a research in 2013 asking “Who has the best spoken Spanish in Latin America?” They found out that Peruvians have the best pronunciation and vocabulary. On the other hand Chile itself, together with Argentina, is chosen as the worst Spanish speakers.

Cleaning Workers Discover Ancient Mummy in Cardboard Box

Thursday April 23, 2015
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The discovery of a mummy at Chan Chan this month was not the stereotypical thriller of an archeologist dressed in khakis opening an ancient tomb after thousands of years being buried in the desert sands. Instead, a group of cleaning workers must have received the surprise of their lives when on a routine day they found a cardboard box tied-up with rope disposed at the side of the road, opened it up, and found an ancient mummy.

The discovery took place at Chan Chan, an archaeological complex built by the ancient Chímu culture and located 5 km outside the city of Trujillo in northern Peru. It is the largest pre-Columbian city in South America. (more…)

‘Spirit of Freedom’: 40 Primates Saved from Black Market Lima

Thursday April 23, 2015
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Forty primates were recently rescued from illegal trafficking in Lima. Among the forty animals were individuals of the black capuchin, white capuchin, achuni, chozna, choro, puffin, musmuqui, and maquisapa species. They temporarily were housed at the former Lima zoo before being transported to an animal reguge sanctuary in Loreto in the Amazon jungle.

The Regional Management Program of Forest Resources and Wildlife along with the non-profit Animal Defenders International (ADI) worked together to transport the 40 primates to the community of Padrecocha on the Nanay river in Loreto. (more…)

Mural Contest in Lima after Mayor destroys Public Art

Thursday April 23, 2015
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The Ministry of Culture has announced a national mural contest after the ministry’s director, Diana Álvarez – Calderón, commented that the erasing of murals in downtown Lima was “marginal.”

On March 13th Luis Castañeda, the mayor of Lima, sited a UNESCO ordinance to paint over all the murals of downtown Lima. The pieces was ordered by his predecessor and political rival Susana Villarán for an art festival. Most public reaction was negative, especially from the artist community that decried such a blatant destruction of public art. UNESCO responded to the incident by clarifying that the1996 ordinance cited by Mayor Castañeda gave no instruction to paint-over murals (more…)

Oldest Woman in Peru dies

Monday April 13, 2015
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This week a Peruvian women who claimed to be one of the oldest living people in the world, if not the oldest, passed away. Filomena Taipe Mendoza of the Acoria district in Huancavelica died at the age of 117 years on April 5th, 2015 at 2:00 pm.

Born on December 20th, 1897 in the town of Pucuto, Filomena Taipe Mendoza spent all of her life in her tiny village where she was widowed at a young age. According to different reports, she raised either 9 or 12 children, has 25 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren. Of the 9 or 12 children, only 3 survive and were in communication with her up to the time of her death. (more…)

Sightings of Mashco Piro, an ‘Uncontacted’ Tribe in the Amazon, Causes Concern

Monday April 13, 2015
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As a country that lives with a high degree of cultural and natural diversity, Peru struggles with a number of unique problems that other countries do not even have to contemplate. What do you do, for example, when a tribe of indigenous people from the Amazon Jungle in the stages of initial contact, and highly susceptible to diseases, leave their home territory and move into other communities?

Peru passed a law in 2006 called the Law for the Protection of Indigenous or Native Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact Situations. The intent of the law is to help protect people, mostly in the Amazon Rainforest (more…)

1,200 year old burial site discovered in Peru

Thursday April 09, 2015
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A number of tombs have been discovered in Peru´s Cotahuasi Valley with up to 40 mummies each. So far around 170 mummies have been excavated from the site by archaeologists.

The tombs are located on a hillside in the Cotahuasi valley in Arequipa Department in Southern Peru. In a newly published book about the area (Tenahaha and the Wari State: A View of the Middle Horizon from the Cotahuasi Valley) archaeologist Justin Jennings writes: “The dead, likely numbering in the low thousands, towered over the living”.
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