Two sisters in Peru claim to be legal owners of Machu Picchu

Thursday November 28, 2013
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According to Peru This Week, the sisters Roxana and Gloria Abril say that the land containing Machu Picchu was owned by their family prior to the site’s discovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

The BBC says that the two Peruvian sisters claim to be the rightful owners of the Machu Picchu site because their great-grandfather Mariano Ignacio Ferro owned the land on which the Inca citadel is built, and therefore, they are the legitimate heirs to the property.

“It’s incredible that, being descendants of the sole owner of Machu Picchu, we have to pay to get in. (more…)

Many travelers come to Peru for gastronomic tourism

Wednesday November 27, 2013
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Peruvian restaurants are opening all over the world and Peruvian cuisine is booming. And more and more foodies come to Peru to check out Peruvian food in its land of origin.

According to Promarket Peru, 1.2 million tourists will have come to Peru by the end of 2013 with the intention of doing gastronomic tourism.

This represents about 40% of the projected 2013 total of 3.1 million foreign tourists, Peruthisweek.com reported, citing Lima daily El Comercio.
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Peruvian Cotton at the 2014 World Cup

Wednesday November 20, 2013
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According to news agency “Andina”, Peruvian cotton will be used to make uniforms for at least six teams participating in the 2014 World Cup.

Peru might have failed to qualify for the World cup, but “Peru will be present (at the World Cup), as we are manufacturing the clothes that will be used in the sporting events,” said Antonio Castillo, the commercial advisor for PROMPERU in Brazil.

The list of teams that will wear Peruvian cotton jerseys was not available at the time of writing. (more…)

Taste Peruvian Culture

Wednesday November 20, 2013
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Florida just had great chance to indulge in spectacular Peruvian cuisine at last weekend’s “Sabor Peru Gastronomic Festival”, that took place at the Miami Airport Convention Center.

Visitors were welcomed to sample Peru’s rich gastronomic culture, music, art and crafts of the three important regions of Peru: coastal (costa), highland (sierra) and jungle regions (selva) of the country; a weekend full of entertainment for the whole family.

Each region was decorated according to its natural landscape and original beauty (more…)

Performing Arts Festival in Lima

Wednesday November 20, 2013
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The Performing Arts Festival of Lima (FAEL, the Festival de Artes Escenicas) offers internationally recognized productions and the best of what Peru has to offer.

The Festival already started on November 9th but there is still time to visit as it lasts until November 30th.

If you are in Lima now consider visiting the festival as you will see some amazing performances! There are several international groups from the United States, Argentina, Belgium, Australia, Bolivia, Spain, Chile, England and Colombia. (more…)

Peruvian Pisco gets geographical indication status in European Union

Wednesday November 13, 2013
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Thanks to the hard work of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism “Mincetur” and “INDECOPI” (the National Institute for the Defense the Competition and Peruvian Intellectual Property), Peru has now secured registration of its domestic spirit “pisco” as a protected geographical indication within the European Union.

Pisco is a fruit spirit traditionally produced in Peru, from the fermentation and distillation of grapes.

This means that pisco will now enjoy “immediate protection in the European Union market”. (more…)

Sipan museum In Peru attracts 1.75 million visitors since the opening in 2002

Wednesday November 13, 2013
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The Royal Tombs of the Sipan Museum in northern Peru has attracted nearly 1.75 million visitors, since it opened to the public on November 8, 2002.

Museum director and well known archaeologist Walter Alva this is a record of attendance for any museum in Peru and South America.

The museum is located in the Lambayeque region of northern Peru and receives an average of 160,000 visitors per year and about 450 per day.
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The Minister Magali Silva said that his sector’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year is US$ 518.4 million.

Tuesday November 05, 2013
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The goverment of Peru wants to attract million overseas tourists to the country for next year. The Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) has announced this target last week.

The Minister Magali Silva said that his sector’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year is US$ 518.4 million.

“Among the achievements of Mincetur in 2013 is the strengthening of the Peruvian trade agenda which resulted in free trade deals with the European Union (EU), Venezuela, Costa Rica and Thailand,” Silva said. (more…)

Vintage car rally promotes the friendship between Peru and Chile

Tuesday November 05, 2013
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Over 50 vintage cars are participating in the first “Rally de la Amistad”, the Friendship Rally, between Chile and Perú which will be held from October 31 to November 10 in northern Chile and southern Peru.

The Club de Automóviles has organized for 15 years these kind of tours throughout Chile getting even to southern Argentina. This is the first time they will go to the other side, Peru.

“With this symbolic opening, we are bringing to life the spirit of fraternity that must linger among us” (more…)

Archaeologists discover ancient religious complex in northern Peru

Tuesday November 05, 2013
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Archaeologist Walter Alva, who also discovered the Lord of Sipan in 1987, has just discovered another really important site in Northern Peru: the “Oracle of Congona”.

The site, with an extensive complex of ruined structures with platforms and monoliths featuring carved feline and avian figures, was probably an important religious center.

It is of great significance as it has structures that show a clear influence from the Chavin culture. (more…)

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