Cultural and Travel News Peru

Intact pre-Incan tomb unearthed in Peru

Tuesday October 29, 2013

Archaeologists at the Huaca Pucllana ruins in Miraflores (Lima, Peru) have found an undisturbed pre-Incan tomb which is believed to be more than 1,000 years old.

It contains the bodies of an adult and an infant wrapped in ceremonial fabric, and a few intact artifacts.

Peruvian authorities confirm this is the third tomb found by archaeologists working at the Huaca Pucllana.

The funerary bundles belonged to the Wari culture (600 to 1000 AD, some 500 years before the Inca Empire) (more…)

Peru presents books to rescue identity of Peruvian handicrafts

Saturday October 26, 2013

In order to strengthen the identity of handicrafts of great cultural and historical value worldwide, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism has presented three books on the Rescue and Identity of Peruvian Handicrafts.

The presentation was held at the the Riva-Agüero Institute’s Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions as a tribute to the work of all the men and women from all over the country who are dedicated to this work.

The books presented are ´The Casca Shicras,´ ´The Catacaos Straw Hat,´ and ´Pucara Bull.´ (more…)

Tourism sector in Peru’s Amazon to post 10% growth by 2014

Saturday October 26, 2013

The Amazon regions of Loreto and Ucayali, in the northeast of Peru, expect to increase their touristic and commercial activities by 10 percent in 2014, due mostly to the entry of businesses specializing in the growth of eco- tourism.

The chair of Loreto´s Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism, Victor Valdivia, stated that the tourist sector grew by 9 percent in 2012 and he expects to see an additional increase of 10 percent in 2014.

Valdivia said that two river transportation companies will be opening in Loreto next year. (more…)

Chachapoyas Tourism Week launched at Government Palace

Friday October 25, 2013

This year’s Chachapoyas Tourism Week, also known as Raymillacta, was launched during a ceremony at the esplanade of the Government Palace in Lima this past Saturday.

The Raymillacta 2013 will take place from June 2-9 in Chachapoyas, in Peru’s northern Amazonas region.

The week-long festival was launched Lima as a part of the “Palace for Everybody” program, whose goal is to introduce Peruvians to various cultural events from around their country.

Tripadvisor ranks Machupicchu top attraction in the world

Friday October 25, 2013

Last week, named Machu Picchu the top attraction in the world in their 2013 World Travel Awards. The country of Peru also earned 5 out of the top 10 spots for attractions in the South America category, proving that Peru is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region!

The winners of the awards were selected by members of the TripAdvisor website. Although it is difficult to determine what type of impact this award will have on the tourism industry in Peru, many believe it will result in an increase of travelers visiting Peru and in particular the Cusco area. (more…)

Peru among top gap year destinations for Brits

Wednesday October 23, 2013

For British youth who embark on their ¨gap year¨ between high school and university, Peru is currently the fifth most popular travel destination. New data from the ABTA – The Travel Association, indicates that the South American country ranks fifth behind Thailand, Australia, USA and South Africa.

Asia holds a lot of top spots on the list, with Vietnam and India coming sixth and eighth respectively, with Brazil in seventh place, New Zealand coming in ninth and Fiji taking the tenth spot on the list.

An Inca Mummy has been found in Southern Peru

Wednesday October 23, 2013

In Southern Peru, a recent archeological dig, co-sponsored by the US Institute for Field Research and the Universidad Privada de Tacna, has yielded interesting findings for those working the site! It is reported that about 20 bodies have been uncovered at the site, in addition to well-preserved earthenware vessels.

One of the bodies discovered is a man who researchers believe is Incan. Other bodies found belong to non-Incan groups, but the presence of Incan pottery and other artifacts, have led archeologists to believe that the inhabitants of this areas certainly had interactions and trade relations with the Incans.

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