Monday August 31, 2015

Paddington Bear first captured children´s imaginations in 1958 with his funny hat, old suitcase and love of marmalade. And According to the success of his latest film he continues to do so.

The polite Peruvian bear and his latest adventure have been so popular that it was the first DVD of 2015 to sell 1 million copies. It was released in the cinemas in November 2014 taking an impressive £37,878,025 at the UK Box Office, currently the film has taken in $263 million worldwide and Japan is yet to release in 2016.

Paddington is now at the top of the DVD/Blue Ray chart beating both The Hobbit and The Hunger Games – Mockingjay. (more…)

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Aid sent to Peru regions hit by extreme cold weather

Thursday August 27, 2015

The recent harsh cold weather that has hit the Andes of Peru has been very difficult for the local people. The government has put in place multiple measures to try to reduce the risk for the families living in the region and even the European Union Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) had added an extra €127 200 to help the areas most affected by the extreme cold.

The aid will be sent to the families living in the Ananea Quilcapuncu, Sina and Putina, districts in the San Antonio de Putina province, region of Puno over a period of 3 months. There are about 620 families living in this area. (more…)

Peruvian farmers using ancient techniques to improve their crops

Monday August 24, 2015

An article The Guardian entitled: The three wonders of the ancient world solving modern water problems has noted Peru along with India and Kenya who’s farmers are using ancient techniques in the modern world to help solve problems caused by the weather.

The farmers of the highlands that join Peru and Boliva have managed to survive the altitude and harsh conditions for thousands of years. They have to endure bitter cold and extremely harsh sun at an altitude of 4000 meters and above. As scientists have predicted that the weather is likely to become even more unpredictable farmers have decided to take steps to protect their vulnerable crops. (more…)

Peruvian Actress plays major role in Netflix´s first ever series in Spanish.

Friday August 21, 2015

Netflix has launched its first ever exclusively Spanish language series, Club de Cuervos (The Crows), about a Mexican football club and billionaire Siblings battling each other to be in control after the death of their father. The series, which is entirely shot in Mexico, launched at the start of August with the Peruvian actress Stephanie Cayo playing Mary Luz. Stephanie said in an interview that she believes May Luz is the most mysterious character in the show.

The show deals with a number of relevant themes including the role of Women in Mexico and within football, they were also very aware of not allowing the show to resemble a telenovela. (more…)

Over 1 million tourists visited Cusco between Jan and June 2015

Monday August 10, 2015

Cusco has many things to offer tourists who come to visit, the Inca history, the beautiful streets, adventure sports and the wonderful nature. But what is it about Cusco that is attracting even more tourists each year? The number of tourists that visited Cusco in the period between January and June of 2015 was 1,338,889 that is an increase of 82,029 travelers since the same period last year.

Machu Picchu is Peru and Cusco´s main tourist attraction but other popular places include sites in the sacred valley such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray and Chinchero and also Sacsayhuamán, Q’enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay (more…)

Festival of the Virgen Asunta of Coya

Friday August 07, 2015

The festival of the Virgen Asunta takes place next week on the 15th of August. And as Peru continues work to honor and preserve its cultural heritage, it has been announced that among others, the festival of the Virgen Asunta has been declared a national heritage. It is been given the title as it involves the whole population of the district of Coya, who express profound devotion to the festival, which in turn strengthens community ties.

The origins of the festival of the Virgen Asunta can be traced back to 1753 when three images of the virgin were sent from Spain one for each of the three towns of Coya, Calca and Pisac. (more…)

A very different hotel experience in the Sacred Valley

Wednesday August 05, 2015

Ever thought of sleeping on the side of a cliff? This could be the best or most terrifying night of your life, or maybe both. The Skylodge provides luxury hotel rooms suspended nearly 1,000 feet over the Sacred Valley near Cusco. To get to your transparent hanging bedroom you can either choose the Zip Line hike or climbing Via Ferrata. To descend you can either choose rappelling or Zip lining.

The whole package costs between $290 and $312 depending on the package for a night which includes breakfast and a gourmet dinner with wine, transport from Cusco and a guide. (more…)

Peru, the adventurous honeymoon destination

Tuesday August 04, 2015

The New York Times promoted Peru as an adventurous honeymoon destination in an article published in their Travel Diary Section. In the article Julie Baumgardner recaps the 10 day honeymoon spent in Peru by a couple from the US after getting married in May.

According to the article the newlyweds tried alpaca meat, visited markets, hiked to Machu Picchu and floated on Lake Titicaca along with many other must do activities in Perú. They commented that they were looking for a contrast from their fast-paced lifestyles in the United States. (more…)

10,000 tourists attended the celebrations in Paucartambo for the Virgen del Carmen festival

Friday July 24, 2015

The festival which takes places in a small village about 4 hour from Cusco celebrates the Virgen del Carmen. The Virgin del Carmen is known locally as Mamacha Carmen who is a patron saint of the mestizo population. The festival takes place from the 15th to the 17th of July the principal day being the 16th of July. Festivities running over the three days are full of traditional music and dances, many of the dances telling the stories of events in Peruvian history. The Virgen Carmen is paraded through the streets to ward away evil spirits, represented by dancers in masks who position themselves on balconies and rooftops. (more…)

Cusco Named Best City In Latin America For Third Year Running

Tuesday July 14, 2015

The US travel magazine Travel and Leisure has chosen Cusco as the best city in Mexico, Central and South America for the third year in a row.

They published the results on their website along with the results from other parts of the world. Coming in second and third place in Latin America were Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.

The Peruvian Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva said: “This proves our cultural heritage and hotel infrastructure are placed among the top of the world.” (more…)

Quechua make an important contribution to Spanish language

Monday July 13, 2015

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala praises the unity of Hispanic Sphere and the contribution Quechua has made to the Spanish language.

During his visit to Madrid and the Royal Spanish Academy(RAE) President Humala emphasized the fact that language is hugely important to the merging of western and Andean cultures. In a speech which he gave during his visit he highlighted how the Quechua language and the beliefs of the Andean people have influenced the Spanish language. He also said: (more…)

NY Times article Highlights Lake Titicaca´s Natural Beauty

Friday July 10, 2015

In her article about Lake Titicaca Karla Zabludovsky of the New York Times talks about her experience at the lake, located in the Province of Puno, in Souther Peru. She comments on how she felt about the touristy islands and how the influx of tourists and foreign species – such as the eucalyptus – are a huge challenge to the environment.

“At first glance, Lake Titicaca’s vastness and beauty eclipse the filth that has accumulated on its bank. Aboard the ferry from Puno, the largest city on Titicaca’s shore, we marveled at the blue beak ducks bidding us farewell from the pier.” (more…)

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