Wednesday February 10, 2016
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Every first Saturday of February Peru celebrates the official Pisco Sour Day. And on this occasion the ‘Pisco Sour Fest Costa Verde’ took place in Lima at Marbella beach. During this festival over 3000 people participated.

This festival is all about the possible different mixes of the popular Peruvian drink Pisco Sour. Barmen from the best discos and the best bars in Peru come to the festival to show their varied mixes.

Spicy Sour, Sami Sour, Green Tea Sour and Limo Sour were the most popular fusions; those drinks stood out because of their uniqueness and originality. (more…)

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A Quinoa Explosion

Tuesday February 09, 2016
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At Coya restaurant in London, officials of the Peruvian Trade Office organized a quinoa tasting for renowned food critics.
Claudio De la Puente, Peruvian ambassador to the United Kingdom, asserted quinoa´s nutritional benefits and explained the economic impact it is having all across the world.

A British importer of quinoa, James Livingstone, admitted that Andean communities in Peru showed much dedication to the growth of quinoa and have contributed to its different varieties of production. (more…)

Careful with Carnaval!

Tuesday February 09, 2016
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Carnaval is probably the only festival on earth where it is acceptable to launch water balloons at random strangers and spray them mercilessly with shaving cream.

This type of behavior can be found in numerous places around Peru, such as Cajamarca, Huaraz, Iquitos, Cusco and Puno during the month of February as Peruvians celebrate Carnaval with all sorts of festivities.

In the past, water balloons have been prohibited by authorities during Carnaval. However, people seem to ignore such prohibitions and continue to use the water bombs as ammunition. (more…)

Peruvian Chocolate tempts tasters in Lisbon

Tuesday February 09, 2016
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Every year the ´Chocolate em Lisboa´ festival occurs at the beginning of February in Lisbon, Portugal. Peru´s Foreign Affairs Ministry asserted that Peru´s chocolate stands out among other foreign chocolates.

The festival allows participants to enjoy various cacao from all across the world. In addition to Peru, other countries that contribute cacao include Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, England, and Portugal.

Peru boasts a cacao produced during both the Inca and pre-Inca times. Peru plans to sculpt a chocolate Inca that is 1.7 meters tall and also make a chocolate replica of Machu Picchu. (more…)

Peru and Ecuador stand up to Zika together

Tuesday February 09, 2016
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Animal Velasquz, Health Minister of Peru, and Margarita Guevara, Health Minister of Ecuador, plan to partner in initiating action against the mosquito that is spreading the Zika-virus.

Velasquez asserted that they have set up traps to survey the mosquitos and have used insecticides to inhibit the growth of the zika mosquito. They have also taken measures to strictly monitor people who have been bitten. Care will specifically be taken to survey travelers going from Ecuador to Peru. (more…)

Lima appears in the top 50 destinations

Friday February 05, 2016
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The Peruvian capital Lima, is now number 45 in the Top “100 City Destination Ranking” according to Euromonitor.

This ranking was released in January 2016. There are just 5 other Latin American cities that appear in the top 100. This ranking proves Lima’s importance: the city is now considered to be region’s second most important city when it comes to hosting international tourists.

Even though Lima had to deal with a decline in visitors of 20% during the lasts years, the Peruvian capital retained its position in the top 100. (more…)

New archaeological sites found in Arequipa

Thursday February 04, 2016
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You might think that all existing ruins and old remains are already discovered. However, this is not the case even now new archaeological sites are being found. During the lasts months of 2015 a field inspection was conducted in Arequipa’s district of Ayo to identity the cultural potential and the tourism possibilities of this location. During this inspection led by archaeologist Apu Mendoza a total of 90 archaeological sites have been found.

A terrace area has been identified which accounted for more than half of the total area. (more…)

Update about the Zika Virus

Tuesday February 02, 2016
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The World Health Organization predicts that the ZIKA virus will spread across the Americas. The first case of the Zika virus was identified in Peru last week.

It began in Brazil in May 2015 and has now been identified in more than 20 countries. The virus causes babies to be born with undeveloped brains and has affected thousands of pregnancies.

Declared by the World Health Organization as a global emergency, the Zika virus is now on the same level as Ebola. Because of this, more effort will be taken to fight the disease and find vaccinations to prevent its continued epidemic. (more…)

Using llamas as therapy

Tuesday February 02, 2016
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National Geographic has initiated a movement of animal therapy by bringing animals such as chickens, llamas, dogs, and fish, to a nursing home. National Geographic hoped that the animals would aid in the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley´s therapy programs.

The animal that was the highlight was the llama known as Travis. He visits the home every few weeks and doesn´t hesitate to give kisses to the patients.

Lauren Gaffney, program director of Memory Support Unit, asserts that studies show a decrease in agitation and increase in awareness (more…)

UNESCO is satisfied with Machu Picchu progress

Tuesday February 02, 2016
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The UNESCO Advisory Mission to Machu Picchu asserted that it is satisfied with the situation of the Historical Sanctuary. Throughout this past year, the Peruvian State has worked to monitor and observe the status of the famous Incan archeological site.

At the end of January, UNESCO found positive results in the three areas inspected: the Inca city itself, Machu Picchu Town, and Santa Teresa.

Cesar Moreno Triana, head of the inspection, expressed his satisfaction for the work done by Peru´s organizations. (more…)

Peruvian Film ´´Finding Gaston´´ on US Netflix

Tuesday February 02, 2016
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A documentary titled ´´Finding Gaston´´ is a film that features Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio and his famous cuisine. The documentary has traveled all around the world and has now reached American Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon.

The film was released two years ago in Peru, in Lima, and continues to gain momentum at all sorts of festivals, celebrations, and studies across the planet.

It has also reached TV channels in Japan, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, and Germany. (more…)

63 million US$ project initiated to clean Lake Titicaca

Friday January 29, 2016
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Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world (3.500m), is to be freed from contamination in an effort by its neighbouring countries Peru and Bolivia.

Bolivia is said to have already invested US$1.5 million in the construction of water treatment plants last year, now a clean-up project of both countries´ naval institutions have been confirmed.

Both Bolivia and Peru are to invest US$ 63 million during the first phase of the project in order to cleanse lake water by building sanitation services for the adjacent villages. (more…)

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