Cultural and Travel News Peru

Demetrio Tupac Yupanqui is Honored for His Contribution to the Quechua Language

Thursday May 29, 2014

In Cusco, Peru, one of the most interesting components of this city, is its preservation of the Inca culture even after the Spanish conquistadors. However, with each year the customs, culture, and language fade just a little bit more. The Peruvians know the importance of keeping their traditions alive. That is why Demetrio Tupac Yupanqui was recently awarded the “Noble Gentleman of the Order of the Incas”. He is responsible for translating one of the most important works of all Spanish literature, Don Quixote, into the native language of the Incas, Quechua. His important contribution in 2005 to this indigenous language was recognized by the Council of the Four Incas (more…)

Veteran Peruvian Claudio Pizarro extends contract with FC Bayern!

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Claudio Pizarro – nicknamed EL Bombardero de los Andes – has renewed his contract for another year with FC Bayern, till 30 June 2015. “I’m very proud to play for FC Bayern again next year,” said Pizarro. “For me, there’s no better club in the world.”

With 176 goals all-told, the Peruvian Pizarro (Lima, 1978) is the highest-scoring foreign player in the history of the Bundesliga.

Another season like 2013/14 could even see him break into the top five, moving ahead of Ulf Kirsten (182), according to the website of the Bundesliga. (more…)

Peruvian tourism in the United States will increase by 20% with Visa Waiver

Monday May 26, 2014

The US Department of Homeland Security declared last week that Peru would start the procedure of applying for the Visa Waiver Program.Jorge Jochamowitz Rodriguez, the president of the Peruvian Chamber of Tourism, Canatur, believes that, if the US accepts a Visa Waiver for Peruvian citizens, tourism between Peru and the United States would rise significantly. He is convinced that the Peruvian visits in the US could expand by 20% and moreover that US tourist arrivals in Peru could increase by 6%. But Peru will have to be patient because it is going to take time before the procedure will be finished. The US recently accepted a Visa Waiver for Chile after a process of two to three years. (more…)

Scientists are hoping to discover more about Peru’s “Juanita” mummy

Friday May 23, 2014

Juanita is the name given to a very well-conserved frozen body of an Inca girl of the age of approximately 13 years old who was killed around 1450-1480 as an offer to the gods.  She was found together with many other items such as statues and food on Mount Ampato in Southern Peru in 1995 by the American anthropologist Johan Reinhard and his Peruvian climbing partner Miguel Zárate.

Due to the extremely well- preserved condition of her skin, organs, blood, hair, stomach contents and clothes, her body caused ecstasy in the scientific world, offering researchers a view into the Inca culture during the reign of Pachacuti. (more…)

Facebook available in native Aymara language

Monday May 19, 2014

Native speakers of the indian language Aymara of Peru and Bolivia  will soon be able to use the social networking site Facebook in their own language, in Aymara.

According to Peruvian daily La Republica, an online community based in Bolivia, called Jaqi-Aru, has been working for more than 2 years now to translate over 24,000 words on Facebook into Aymara.

The translation is now  about 60% complete and it seems that Facebook programmers have confirmed they need 90% of the words to be translated  for  the Amayra language to be officially named as a language option on Facebook. (more…)

Peru among most popular destinations for Asian and American travelers

Thursday May 15, 2014

According to Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) Peru is gaining popularity as a top global tourism destination for Asian travelers.

Peruvian goverment implemented a strond marketing campaign to persuade people to travel to Peru with a focuss on the wide range of beautiful and high quality tourism destinations within Peru, such as Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Trujillo, the Peruvian Jungle and so on.

“There are  now thirty six Commercial Offices of Peru Abroad (OCEX) (more…)

Lima is Ranked Number One for Business in Latin America

Thursday May 15, 2014

According to an annual list made by the Bogotá Rosario University, Lima, is the best place in Latin American to do business. Out of 51 cities, Peru´s capital was ranked number one based upon: purchasing power, financial potential, friendliness reputation, economic dynamism, urban comfort, and manpower.

Improvements in Peru´s economy can be seen clearly through its rising rankings. In 2010 it was ranked ninth; in 2011, seventh; in 2012 and 2013, fourth.These results are also based upon other surveys, such as: Google Business, Alexa portal, and important business people (more…)

Traditional Peruvian cuisine Cultural Heritage

Wednesday May 14, 2014

The traditional Peruvian cuisine will apply to become an Intagible Cultural Heritage in 2015 as it merits its place on the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)’s landmark list.

“What we aim for 2015 is to prepare all needed documentation to request UNESCO to include the Peruvian gastronomy in the list,” said Luis Castillo Butters. Peru’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Cultural Industries.

He has already formally discussed the proposal to apply the World Heritage  with the Society of Gastronomy (Apega). According to the Peruvian goverment (more…)

New Rock Lines Discovered in Peru

Tuesday May 06, 2014

Archaeologists in southern Peru have discovered new rock lines that predate the well known Nazca lines by centuries. This was published in the Live Science Website.

Apparently the new rock lines were likely once marked the site of ancient fairs. This was said by Charles Stanish, the director of the Cotsen Institute of Archeology of the University of California (Los Angeles).

The lines were created by the Paracas culture, that predated the Nazca Culture; if so, this makes the new lines at least 300 years older than the giant and world famous geoglyphs or rock lines (more…)

Chez Wong´s Ceviche is Declared the Best in the World

Friday May 02, 2014

One of the most revered dishes of Peru is its ceviche, a dish made out of raw fish, citrus juices, ají, chili peppers, and onions. Recently the ceviche of the famous restaurant, Chez Wong, in Lima was declared the tastiest dish in the world by the Chowzter Fast Feasts awards in London. The nominations of these great dishes are made by local food experts and bloggers and were tested by a tasting team.

Chowzter each year searches for the finest tasting dishes in the world and Chez Wong´s Ceviche won for 2014. This outstanding, gourmet restaurant is owned by the Peruvian chef Javier Wong (more…)

More than 3 Million Brazilians Are Expected to Visit Peru

Friday May 02, 2014

Millions of tourists from all over the world travel to Peru each year to explore its beautiful landscapes, history, and customs. Recently the number of visitors coming from Brazil has dramatically increased thanks to the Interoceanic highway. This road is 2,603 kilometers long (1,617.4 miles) and connects southern Peru to western Brazilian states.

There are expected to be more than three million tourists from Brazil over the next three years. The National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) credits the ongoing developments of new tourist circuits (more…)

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