Cultural and Travel News Peru

Peru Will Soar to New Heights After Buying a New Satellite from France

Wednesday April 30, 2014

When visiting Peru, you can tell quickly that technology is not their strongest point. However, recently Peru made a big leap in technology as it has bought a surveillance satellite from France. The total cost was US$ 213 million which covers the cost of the satellite, includes the transfer of key technologies, and a ground control station. France will also be launching the spacecraft and ensuring that it is placed in the correct orbit. Once that takes place, France will begin providing Peru with imagery captured by the satellite.

The agreement was made between the Peruvian Defense Minister (more…)

An Indigenous Activist from Peru is Awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize

Wednesday April 30, 2014

One of the most special aspects of Peru is its native people and the important role they play in the culture still today.  Recently a 37-year-old indigenous activist, Ruth Buendia, helped saved her community in the central Amazon region of Peru called Ashaninka. A project had been planned to dam Peruvian rivers in order to provide Brazil with electricity and Buendia put a stop to it. Now the United States is rewarding Ruth Buendia with the Goldman Environmental Prize and $175,000 for her hard work. She is the fourth Peruvian to receive this reward since it was created 25 years ago.

US$35 Million Was Granted to the Madre de Dios Region in Peru

Monday April 28, 2014

Peru is working to improve its Amazon rainforest by investing US$35 million for the Madre de Dios region. President Ollanta Humala says this money will work to stop illegal mining and organized crime in the southern part of Peru.

Humala believes this project is very important as illegal mining is causing drastic and harmful changes to the environment. A study performed last year by Carnegie Institution for Science on Mercury showed that over 30 tons of it ended up in the Madre de Dios rivers. This leads to overconsumption of mercury (more…)

A Piece of Peru´s History Will Come to the U.S.

Friday April 25, 2014

When you travel to Peru, it is hard to miss its beauty and rich culture. Peru has so many wonders that have been being discovered over the past century. The United States for a long time has been very interested in the history and archaeological artifacts of Peru. The vice president of National Geographic, Kathryn Keane, states that “National Geographic has been sharing the stories and the archaeology of ancient Peru for more than 100 years.”

The National Geographic Museum will be featuring the exhibit “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed” in Washington (more…)

Plans for a New Line in Lima´s Metro Network

Thursday April 24, 2014

When travelling to Lima, it is hard to not notice all of the traffic and the disorganized system of transport. Lima is working to better their public transport by looking to build a Line 3 for Lima´s Metro Network. The date is still not determined yet, but it is hoped that the project will be awarded by the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016.

The recently added Line 2 took over a year and half for the project to be awarded, and it is expected for Line 3 to take about the same amount of time. The starting date will depend on how the market responds and the study (more…)

Quinoa Production Takes a Big Leap in Peru

Thursday April 24, 2014

Peru is well-known all around the world for its delicious foods. Every year the country´s culinary delicacies attract tourists and also help them to stay even longer. One of Peru´s major foods is Quinoa, which has recently become popular in various nations due to its nutritional value. Especially in the United States, as it is reported that about 68 million pounds of quinoa were imported in this one nation alone. Many are using it as a supplement for gluten products as numerous people in the U.S. are now unable to eat gluten.

Peruvian Blueberry Exports are on the Rise

Thursday April 17, 2014

When travelling to Peru, delicious fruit is not difficult to find. Over the years Peru has emerged as a major exporter for many of their fruits. Recently, the blueberries on the Andean coast have been a big hit in the United States and some European countries.

In just the first two months of 2014, the Peruvian exports of blueberries have amounted to US$ 4 million. In South America in 2012, exports of blueberries were at US$ 1 million, that raised to US$ 16.7 million in 2013, and looks as if it will continue to rise.

Famous Peruvian Chef, Gaston Acurio, Makes English Cookbook

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Whenever travelling through Peru, food is one of the most important adventures you must experience. Peru is famous for its intricate and tasty dishes. Gaston Acurio is one of the best Peruvians chefs who knows exactly how to make Peru´s spectacular cuisine even more delicious. Acurio is well-known all over the world and is becoming even more popular amongst English-speaking populations. He recently opened La Mar in Miami and helps run the 14th ranked restaurant, Astrid & Gaston in Lima, according to the World´s 50 Best Restaurants list by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

Peru and Argentina Team Together for Concert

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Peru and Argentina are countries rich in music and dances. On April 26th these two countries will combine their traditional music to create a beautiful presentation.

An artist from Peru and another from Argentina are teaming together to create a spectacular performance in the series called Cantos de Latinoamerica 2014. It features Renzo Gil, originally from Callao, whose songs are heavily influenced by the folk music from coastal regions of Peru. He recently came out with his album, “Joyas del Peru Criollo”. Lucrecia Longarini from Argentina will also be performing; she is a vocalist for tango music. (more…)

Lima Seeks to Protect Older Structures in Case of an Earthquake

Tuesday April 08, 2014

Lima, the capital of Peru, attracts travelers from all over the world as it is the largest and most modern city in the country. Nevertheless, it still maintains many of its historical buildings and archaeological sites. After last week´s frightening earthquake in Chile, Lima is now checking the stability of its older structures in downtown Lima. Lima is a city on the coast and is very prone to earthquakes. In 2007 an 8.0 magnitude quake hit the region of Ica, just 300 kilometers below Lima and it killed about 200 people. The city in order to protect its people and structures are taking measures to prepare for an earthquake. (more…)

Peru Makes it out Fine with Last Night´s Tsunami

Wednesday April 02, 2014

All of us here in Cusco, Peru are thankful to be well and fine after last night´s scare. It was a frightening evening for Chile and other coastal parts of surrounding countries as an earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck the northern part of Chile at 8:46 p.m. So far there have said to be a total of six people who have died in Chile from this tragic event, and it is claimed that all deaths were caused by heart attacks or being crushed by debris. The earthquake was just the start of this terror, as it triggered a tsunami, small landslide, and cut off power in the northern coast of Chile.

Telefonica Expands its Mobile Network

Tuesday April 01, 2014

When travelling in Peru, communication is very important. Thanks to Telefonica, there are pay phones almost around every corner, providing service to locals and foreigners.

Beyond that, recently Telefonica has worked very hard to expand its mobile network. Over 695 communities across Peru have received service, reaching over 700,000 more users.

Telefonica informs that it has installed over six antennas every day as part of their goal. The company in order to keep its contract had to connect 636 communities (more…)

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