Thursday October 19, 2017
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Nation-Wide Population Census in Peru This Sunday

Every ten years, the organization that manages statistical information in Peru, INEI, conducts a country-wide census to collect official figures regarding changes in the economic situation, population numbers and migration within Peru.

This year´s census will take place this Sunday, October 22, 2017, between 8:00 in the morning and 5 in the evening. Everyone who will be in the country on that day, including Peruvian nationals, foreign residents, and even tourists must participate in the census. (more…)

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Peru´s The Last Afternoon to Compete for Goya Award

Wednesday October 18, 2017
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The Peruvian film The Last Afternoon was shortlisted along with 15 other feature films that will compete for the prize of Best Ibero-American Film during this year´s Goyas that are awarded by the Spanish Film Academy.

The film, directed by Joel Calero, tells the story of a couple reunited to sign their divorce after 19 years since one of them left the other in confusing circumstances.

According to the president of the Academy, this selection, made by the different academies and committees of several Latin countries (more…)

Peru Elected to United Nations Human Rights Council

Wednesday October 18, 2017
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Peru, Mexico and Chile each won a seat for the period 2018-2020 on the UN Human Rights Council. The three Latin American nations already had garnered the endorsement of the region and came unopposed to the elections held at the UN General Assembly.

Therefore, they only needed the support of a majority of the Member States to be elected and received it with great ease.

Peru received the most support with 180 votes among the 193 countries that are part of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Mexico, meanwhile, received 179 votes while Chile received 175. (more…)

Incan Ruins Discovered in Peruvian Jungle

Wednesday October 18, 2017
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Cattle ranchers have discovered what looks to be the ruins of a pre-Hispanic citadel, possibly Inca, in the thicket of the Peruvian jungle in the southern region of Cusco, announced the Provincial Municipality of La Convención. The ruins consist of platforms, streets, passageways, walls and dwellings that cover an area of about two hectares, although the vegetation may hide more buildings.

The citadel is located in an area belonging to the Lacco Yavero valley and the National Sanctuary of Megantoni, a five day walk from an area known as Sacramento. (more…)

Peruvian Cocoa Exports Hit US$2 million

Wednesday October 11, 2017
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With more than 3,000 acres available for cocoa planting in the Piura region, many experts are forecasting great potential for Peru in terms of their ability to produce the highly sought-after plant.

Peruvian chocolate has been rising up the ranks in terms of popularity around the world which would help the Piura region in terms of maximizing its cocoa production. According to reports, the region currently averages 700 kilos per hectare but this figure is expected to rise to 1,500 kilos with the newfound popularity.

Eduardo Espinoza Tamariz of the Regional Technical Table of Cocoa (more…)

Peru Increases Presence at International Craft Trade Fair

Wednesday October 11, 2017
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The Messe Frankfurt in Germany, the largest trade fair in the world, is the most important annual meeting for the more than 50 thousand exhibitors from the craft market from all over the world, including Peru.

20% and 25% of Peru´s total annual exports of crafts, which include fine Ayacucho embroideries, colorful Cusco blankets and Peruvian baby alpaca sweaters, have been generated from trade agreements brought about through the Messe Frankfurt. The main buyers of Peruvian crafts come from New Zealand, England and the United States. (more…)

Museo Larco Peru Considered one of Top 25 Museums in World

Wednesday October 11, 2017
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TripAdvisor, a very popular website offering all types of different advice to people traveling the world, published its list of the 25 best museums in the world over the past year with this year´s list featuring the Larco Museum in Lima, Peru. According to the site, 96% of visitors rated the museum as “excellent” or “very good”.

Officially ranked 22nd on the list, the distinction marks the first time that a Peruvian museum has been part of the prestigious list. While Machu Picchu always has made TripAdvisor´s list of the top ten tourist attractions around the world (more…)

Tourists Encouraged to Help Discover Rare Species

Wednesday October 04, 2017
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With so many species of insects yet to be discovered, approximately 10 to 20 million by some estimates by researchers, tourists are now being encouraged to take part in expeditions to discover these species.

Refugio Amazonas, or Rainforest Expeditions in English, is a 32-bedroom lodge located just outside of the Tambopata National Reserve not too far from Puerto Maldonado in Peru. No scientific background or credentials are necessary to be part of the expeditions and one can join at any stage of the research project. (more…)

Pisco Sales on the Rise As More Interest Attracted Abroad

Wednesday October 04, 2017
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The export of pisco, the traditional brandy from Peru distilled from fermented grape juice, reached a rate of 12% annually growth between 2011 and 2016. This growth highlights the interest that Peru´s flagship product has attracted abroad as new markets have opened up and producers have been more innovative in the launching of new types of drinks.

At the Pisco, Wine and other Spirits Saloon, an important exhibition at Expoalimentaria 2017, 74 buyers from Colombia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Costa Rica, Russia and others interested in domestic beverages arrived. (more…)

Virtual Reality App Launched to Promote Choquequirao Ruins

Wednesday October 04, 2017
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The regional government of Cusco recently announced the launching of the Choquequirao 360° app to highlight the beautiful ruins that exist outside of Cusco and that are separate from the great Machu Picchu ruins.

The app allows users to visit Choquequirao, an Inca stronghold that is considered by many to be the “sister city” of Machu Picchu, in a virtual way through the advent of augmented reality. The app was launched on World Tourism Day last week in an attempt to attract tourists to other destinations apart from Machu Picchu that are just as glorious and worth the visit. (more…)

Pork Festival to Take Place Next Week Near Lima

Wednesday October 04, 2017
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From October 13th to October 15th, the Fifth Annual Chancho al Palo Festival outside of Lima will take place in the town of Huaral.

It is expected that about thirty thousand people will attend the event which will feature 50 exhibitors, all of which are required to prepare the famous “chancho al palo”, or roasted pork, as a way to celebrate the tradition behind the popular dish.

Apart from the main attraction of being able to bask in the deliciousness that surrounds them, spectators will be able to enjoy modern and traditional music and several art shows. (more…)

Pope Francis “Very Excited” to Visit Peru Next Year

Tuesday September 26, 2017
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Pope Francis is very enthusiastic about his visit to Peru scheduled for next year, said President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski last week. The president of Peru was welcomed by Pope Francis at the Vatican last week ahead of the Pope´s official visit to take place in January 2018.

“He came from Colombia very happy about his visit there, and is very excited about his visit to Peru. He has only been to Peru twice and the truth is he is very happy,” remarked the president.

He also said that the Pope was very interested in addressing the problems surrounding the Madre de Dios River (more…)

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