Tuesday January 17, 2017
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The drastic weather of 2016 has caused alpacas to suffer this year. In fact, certain regions with extreme drops in temperature have seen many alpaca deaths.

Peru holds 80% of the world´s alpaca, specifically in the southern Peruvian region. It is in this region that Peru has had an unusual amount of rain, cold temperatures, and severe dry season.

Local Peruvian farmers have asserted the issue that their livestock is in danger from the harsh weather. It is said that 180,000 alpacas died in the south of Peru due to weather conditions.
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Thousands to Flock to Cajamarca for Carnival

Tuesday January 17, 2017
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Each year, February marks the Carnival season in Peru. Thousands are expected to flock to the Cajamarca region for Carnival this year.

In fact, more than 10,000 tourists are expected to travel to the Cajamarca region for this time of year. As many as 15,000 visitors may end up traveling here for the festivities.

As hostels and hotels fill up so quickly, many people stay with family or friends, or also rent houses so they can be present at this famous month-long event.
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US to Invest in Choquequirao

Tuesday January 17, 2017
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This year, the United States plans to invest $2.67 million in Choquequirao. They want to put this money towards research at the archaeological site.

Specifically, the research will consist of additional excavation and stewardship of site. One of the leaders of the project, Vidal Pino, asserted the importance of this stewardship.

He states, “As for maintenance, conservation, and updating of the Choquequirao Archaeological Park Master Plan, some $891,000 is being invested over the 2015-2017 period.”
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Peruvian Avocado Exports Flourished in 2016

Tuesday January 17, 2017
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According to the Association of Peruvian Exporters, Peruvian avocado exports have flourished in 2016. The Association´s data and statistics system asserted that this is the fourth year in row that it´s seen this positive growth.

Four years ago in 2013, avocado exports totaled US$184.4 million. This has increased substantially over the last years, reaching a total of US$445.7 million at the end of 2016.

These high numbers of avocado exports show the importance that the fruit has in Peru´s trade system. In fact, avocados make up 10.9% of Peru´s total agricultural exports. (more…)

Mancora: Dream or Nightmare?

Wednesday January 11, 2017
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Is Mancora a dream or a nightmare? Tourists and locals are asking themselves this while experiencing Peru’s city along the North coast. On one hand, it is a fun town, populated with lots of surfers, but on the other hand, the lazy authorities avoid abiding by the laws.

In addition, the beaches are packed with parties, pets, ATVs and informal vendors, but also have many restaurants, bars and clubs in order to entertain many tourists. There is a lack of development and infrastructure in this region, and tourists apparently disobey the laws and trash the beaches. (more…)

New Records in Peru’s Banana Exports

Wednesday January 11, 2017
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New Records in Peru’s Banana Exports were reached between October 2016 and January 2017. In total, exports reached US$128.8 million, which is an increase of 7% from the same period of the year before.

A year ago, the industry experienced a 7.6% growth. The major country who imports Peru´s bananas is the Netherlands, which leads this ranking with around 33.6% of all the shipments. The United States follows closely with 30.2% of all the shipments.

Next to that, other countries such as Germany, Belgium, South Korea, Finland, Japan and many more (more…)

A “Turbulent” 2017 Predicted by Peruvian Shamans

Wednesday January 11, 2017
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A “turbulent” 2017 was predicted by Peruvian Shamans according to Reuters. Every year on Lima’s beaches, the shamans meet and carry out the rituals in order to see spiritual figures.

Even though the predictions for the 2016 U.S. elections weren’t correct by the Shamans, they have a “safe prediction” in terms of politics and a clear opinion.

Mostly, they referred to problems the election of Donald trump will bring for the future. The major problem predicted will be the expulsion of illegal immigrants, in addition to the worsening of the situation with Israel. (more…)

The Machu Picchu Base in the Antarctica

Wednesday January 11, 2017
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The Machu Picchu Base in Antarctica was founded in 1982. It aims to do research and conduct a scientific expedition on King George Island in Admiralty Bay, Antarctica.

This icy land in the North of our planet will have a visit from scientists on Monday the 9th of January, in an expedition called Antar XXIV. The reason for their visit is to improve international relations, maintaining and reinforcing affinity with other nations who are among this Antarctic treaty, a 53-party system.

In addition, experts say that these expeditions are a major factor for Peru (more…)

Quinoa’s way into cosmetics

Tuesday January 03, 2017
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Quinoa has made its way to the top! Starting as an unknown and underestimated grain, it has become a powerful ingredient in the cosmetics world. This grain from the Andes has enjoyed popularity as an animal-free protein and is gradually growing in popularity as a super food across the world.

As a matter of fact, Rosario Pajuelo, an international consultant for the European Union, discovered that the shell of the grain has the ability to create foam for shampoos, soaps, and detergents. (more…)

New Campsites along the Inca Trail are accessible for tourists

Tuesday January 03, 2017
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New Campsites along the Inca Trail are accessible for tourists who are taking the famous trail to Machu Picchu.

The constructions of the campsites for domestic and foreign tourists were completed after half a year and have been appraised by geologists.

This area consists of three different platforms with retaining walls, stone stairways, a rainwater drainage system and stair rails. The area can fit 20 tents, enabling hikers to rest before continuing their trek.

Moreover, the Inca Trail preservation personnel (more…)

Machu Picchu Bridge is completed

Tuesday January 03, 2017
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The Machu Picchu Bridge has been completed since December 30th 2016. Before that, tourists and locals had to take the pedestrian bridge parallel to the construction in order to change busses to Machu Picchu or hike up to the site. The bridge is located between the archaeological Park of Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes).

Also, the reason of reconstructing the bridge was the risk of collapse of the 51-meter long bridge that can hold up to 42.75 tons of weight.

Thankfully, the reconstruction of this bridge enables the busses of Consettur (more…)

Foreign visitors in Peru reach up to 3.8 million in 2016

Tuesday January 03, 2017
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Foreign visitors in Peru reached up to 3.8 million in 2016, which was confirmed by the Foreign Trade and Tourism department, increasing by 7.8% from the year before.

This statistic counts for visitors who stay for at least one night in Peru.

Moreover, the FTAT department wants to double these numbers in the next years.

They aim to achieve this goal by improving infrastructure and making a second runway at the airport of Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, starting January 2017. (more…)

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