Monday April 13, 2015
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This week a Peruvian women who claimed to be one of the oldest living people in the world, if not the oldest, passed away. Filomena Taipe Mendoza of the Acoria district in Huancavelica died at the age of 117 years on April 5th, 2015 at 2:00 pm.

Born on December 20th, 1897 in the town of Pucuto, Filomena Taipe Mendoza spent all of her life in her tiny village where she was widowed at a young age. According to different reports, she raised either 9 or 12 children, has 25 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren. Of the 9 or 12 children, only 3 survive and were in communication with her up to the time of her death. (more…)

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Sightings of Mashco Piro, an ‘Uncontacted’ Tribe in the Amazon, Causes Concern

Monday April 13, 2015
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As a country that lives with a high degree of cultural and natural diversity, Peru struggles with a number of unique problems that other countries do not even have to contemplate. What do you do, for example, when a tribe of indigenous people from the Amazon Jungle in the stages of initial contact, and highly susceptible to diseases, leave their home territory and move into other communities?

Peru passed a law in 2006 called the Law for the Protection of Indigenous or Native Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact Situations. The intent of the law is to help protect people, mostly in the Amazon Rainforest (more…)

1,200 year old burial site discovered in Peru

Thursday April 09, 2015
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A number of tombs have been discovered in Peru´s Cotahuasi Valley with up to 40 mummies each. So far around 170 mummies have been excavated from the site by archaeologists.

The tombs are located on a hillside in the Cotahuasi valley in Arequipa Department in Southern Peru. In a newly published book about the area (Tenahaha and the Wari State: A View of the Middle Horizon from the Cotahuasi Valley) archaeologist Justin Jennings writes: “The dead, likely numbering in the low thousands, towered over the living”.
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Charango Festival in Peru

Wednesday April 08, 2015
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This weekend on 11th April, people from all over the San Cristobal district of Peru’s Southern Moquegua region will gather in the community of Sijuaya to celebrate the annual Charango festival (Sarawja – charango de oro). In the local Aymara language Sarawya means “I’m leaving”. Given this name because the festival takes place after carnival celebrations, it is like a closing ceremony bringing together all the families from the communities.

The Charango is a traditional Andean stringed instrument. It originated in Quechua and Aymara communities in post Columbian times and was most likely based on the vihuela brought (more…)

3 new species of dragon like lizards discovered in Peru

Tuesday April 07, 2015
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Findings were published in the journal ZooKeys of 3 new species of lizards that have been discovered in the Andean cloud forest of Peru and Ecuador. The discovery is impressive because at around 5 inches long (not including the tail) they are some of the largest and most colorful in the South American forests. They were found in a section of the, 1,542,644 square kilometer, Tropical Andes hotspot, in western South America. That these species are still being discovered is testament to the huge diversity in the area.

The Tropical Andes hotspot is one of the richest and most diverse areas on earth (more…)

Machu Picchu on Google Street View

Thursday April 02, 2015
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Tour Machu Picchu from your own home using google Street view? This is actually possible now. The famous street view cameras (this time carried as backpacks instead of on google vans) have been permitted to enter the amazing site of Machu Picchu. You will be able to see the buildings architecture, design and the incredible view.

Fernando Astete, the director of Machu Picchu National Park, commented that ¨now many more admirers of our culture can enjoy the secrets of Machu Picchu with excellent panoramic images that have been taken by the operators from Google¨ (more…)

Cusco has been approved as the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Qhapaq Ñan Committee

Thursday April 02, 2015
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Qhapaq Ñan – Main Andean Road. All the way from Colombia to Chile through Ecuador Peru and Bolivia the Qhapaq Ñan is the Main Andean Road the ancient backbone of the Inca Empire. The 23,000km network of road was built over 2,000 years.

It was in 2001 when Peru first put forward the proposal for the road system to be added to the UNESCO world heritage list, the governments of Argentina and Chile subsequently joined the initiative the purpose of which is to recognize the rich culture of the Inca Empire and to contribute to the social and economic development of the area. (more…)

Alternative Holy Week in Sechura Province

Thursday April 02, 2015
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Since Palm Sunday (March29th) Sechura Province – a coastal province in Piura region of Northern Peru – has been welcoming thousands of tourists to celebrate Semana Santa (Holy Week).

There are traditional ceremonies as well as added activities to make Semana Santa in Sechura really special.

On Palm Sunday a traditional procession with palm branches blessed at Barrio Las Capillas, to celebrate Jesus arriving in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover.
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Holy Week in Ayacucho

Thursday April 02, 2015
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Lots of Peruvians and tourists visit the Andean town of Ayacucho to celebrate Holy week. Ayacucho is famous for putting on an extra special celebration for the week of Semana Santa by carpeting the streets with flower art. There are massive street processions with the icons of saints being carried over the carpets of flowers. The festivities reach their peak with a candlelit procession followed by a firework display on the Saturday before Easter but besides this there are also many other things going on like art shows concerts and even cookery competitions.

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Peru increases the number of tourism by attending the World Tourism Fair in France

Wednesday March 25, 2015
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Peru participated in the World Tourism Fair in Paris during from 19 till 22nd of March. Peru’s appearance at big events like this are very important and this will increase the number of tourists traveling to Peru, is what Magali Silva Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism – said.

Positive news for the country of Peru, as Peru will take great advantage out of this.

About 500 local and international companies attended the fair that is considered one biggest in the world. More than 100 000 visitors and over 1000 journalists attended the fair. (more…)

The German President visited Cusco and the Machu Picchu

Wednesday March 25, 2015
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The German President Joachim Gauck was in Peru this week and has visited Cusco and the Machu Picchu last Monday. Before visiting Cusco, and the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, Gauck had a busy schedule with conventions at the Government Palace.

On Sunday he visited the city center of Cusco including the cathedral. Here he was given a rosary by the Archbishop, which is a holy element of the Cathedral Church.

The president was companied by the Minister of Trade and Tourism, officials from Cusco’s Regional Directorate of Culture (more…)

Lions Rescued in Peru from Terrible Conditions in Circus

Wednesday March 25, 2015
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Peru is not well known for its kind treatment of animals, and another rescue of circus animals in the news this past Thursday proves the point. Three lions were rescued from an informal circus in Piura to the north of Peru after complaints to officials about their health and safety.

Animal Defenders International (ADI), the National Forest and Wildlife Services (Serfor) and local police worked together to perform the rescue mission that successfully removed the three lions to Lima where they are being held by ADI. (more…)

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