Friday July 24, 2015
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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…)

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Cusco Named Best City In Latin America For Third Year Running

Tuesday July 14, 2015
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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
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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
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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…)

More than 50 Rangers to defend Lake Titicaca

Thursday July 09, 2015
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As is well-known Lake Titicaca in the province of Puno, in Peru, faces many challenges. Threats to the environment such as the invasion of foreign species, pollution and a destructive tourists industry are all high. However local authorities are taking steps to help preserve the historic and beautiful landscape of the zone.

The Lake Titicaca National Reserve in Puno has sworn in over 50 volunteer community park rangers in a ceremony organized by Peru’s National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp). The rangers dedicated to the protection of the area (more…)

Good news: Machu Picchu is not in danger

Wednesday July 08, 2015
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This week, Machu Picchu is celebrating good news! Not only is Cusco remembering that Machu Picchu was listed in the New World Wonder list 8 years ago, on the 7th of July 2007.

But there is more. The other big achievement is that the World Heritage Commitee of Unesco has decided, that the Inca Citadel will not be included in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Machu Picchu was declared in a sufficient condition during the 39th session of the World Heritage Comitee that took place in Bonn from June 28th till July 8th. (more…)

Alpaca fiber exports US$ 21 million

Wednesday July 08, 2015
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Increased support and investments are to thank for the increase in alpaca production.

Peruvian alpaca exports have increased from January to April 2015, up to a total of US$ 21,518,000 and 13,05 tons of alpaca fiber.

8,3 million were shipped to europa, $ 75 to China and 2,7 to South korea. The main market for Peruvian alpaca in Europe, is Italy.

During the same period last year, 1292 tons were exported for a total value of $ 18 million. (more…)

Trujillo applies for UNESCO World Heritage Site List

Friday July 03, 2015
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To apply for UNESCO World Heritage Site list, the lovely city of Trujillo in northern Peru is restoring several properties in the historical city center with the assistance of the Decentralized Department of Culture of La Libertad (DDCLL).

Together with the Municipality of Trujillo and DDCLL, the director of the DDCLL, Maria Elena Cordova has been in communication with the owners of several properties, giving them support and recommendations on the conservation of Trujillo’s historical center.
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Lima is rising in the ranking World’s Most Expensive City

Tuesday June 30, 2015
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Among the most expensive cities in the world were Luanda, Hong Kong and Zurich. Up till now, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo ranked the top for Latin America.

In 2015, Lima rose 13 places in the rankings of Most Expensive Cities, acccording to a servey by Mercer and now takes the position number 122 (compared to 134 in 2015).

But on the contrary, on the Latin America list, Lima ranked 10 last year and 12th in 2015. The survey measures the annual cost of living and housing from region to region.

Peru nominated for Travel Awards

Friday June 26, 2015
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Peru has been nominated by the World Travel Award 2015 for seven categories: Best Adventure Tourism Destination, Best Culinary Destination, Best Green Destination, Best Cultural Destination, and Best Beach Destination, among others in the past Peru has won awards before such as best Culinary Destination of South America and others.

The World Travel Awards 2015 has nominated Peru for 7 awards within the South America category for this year’s event. Peru’s official tourist tourism board has made a post on social media: Get to know the nominations and support with your vote”. (more…)

Festival de Vicuñas in Peru

Tuesday June 23, 2015
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This week, the Chaccu National 2015 or the Fiesta de la Vicuña will be held in the Pampa Galeras National Reserve, that hosts the biggest population of vicuñas in Peru.

One of the objectives of the festivities is to seek protection and to promote the conservation of the camelid.

Once the vicuñas were used for production of cloths of the elite Incas and they were capture by the ancestaral “Chaccu”, technique: a big group of people would corral the vicunas and storn them to use the fur. Afterwards they were released back in nature. (more…)

European Starbucks now selling coffee from Cusco region

Tuesday June 16, 2015
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Coffee is an important export in Peru. Last year it was worth an amazing US$ 739 million to the country. That number will surely grow as deals such as these take place. The product which is called, ‘Starbucks™ Origin Espresso Peru Cusco’ will be on the shelves in more 2,000 shops throughout Europe.

The coffee is grown in the Quillabamba area in the south of Cusco region. It is made with Arabic beans which are grown at about 1,600 meters above sea level. It was described by the Peruvian Minister of Tourism, Magali Silva, as “…a balanced coffee, with a proper sour taste. (more…)

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