Cultural and Travel News Peru

Peru participates in convention on trade in endangered species

Thursday June 26, 2014

A Peruvian delegation is attending a preparatory gathering where participants will discuss issues to be discussed at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) Standing Committee.

Peru will take part of this forum as a member of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) through the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (Serfor) of the Peru’s Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri).

The 65th session of CITES’ Standing Committee will take place in Switzerland, from July 7th through July 11th. (more…)

Tripadvisor publishes Top Ten Atractions in Peru 2014

Thursday June 26, 2014

Earlier this week Machu Picchu was choosen to be the number one Land Mark in the world on the listing of the TripAdvisor as part of their Travelers’ Choice 2014 awards.

The well known and popular travel website has published many other Travelers Choice listings, including a Top Ten atractions in Peru.

Of course Machu Picchu – once more – ranks number one on the list, followed by the Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman – located at only 3 kilometers of the city of Cusco (more…)

Scientists arrived to Peru for climate change expedition

Thursday June 26, 2014

A Team of students and scientists has come to Peru and has departed for the Cordillera Blanca on June 23. They are on an expedition that studies climate change conditions and the impact of human land use in the mountainous region

The explorers will be conducting a 2 months research led by Dr. John All, director of the American Climber Science Program(ACSP) who was recently rescued in the Himalayas just a few weeks ago.

Global news coverage of All’s rescue in May was heightened by his live Facebook posts from his satellite communicator during the rescue (more…)

Peruvian University invents Air- Pollution Cleaning Billboard

Friday June 20, 2014

The University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima creates a billboard to diminish air pollution. The university started to create the billboard to reduce air pollution at a construction site in the Peruvian capital.

The Billboard is really effective: it filters as much air as approximately 1200 trees which is similar to about 3,5 million cubic feet of fresh oxygen per day. The Billboard arrived right on time because the World Health Organization reported recently that Lima has the worst air pollution of all cities in Latin America.

World Bank and IMF Meetings 2015 in Lima

Tuesday June 17, 2014

The Peruvian capital Lima will host the 2015 meetings of the boards of governors of the World Bank and of the IMF, the  International Monetary Fund.

Most  Governors’  meetings are held every October in Washington but every three years the meetings take place in a different city. .

Lima will now be the the third Latin American city to host the meetings, after  Mexico  City (1952) and Rio de Janeiro in Brasil, in 1967.  The 2012 meetings were held in Japan. (more…)

A New Event Promotes Eco-Friendly Living in Peru

Friday June 13, 2014

Recently Peru has been going through climate changes which are causing different effects throughout the country. This makes the environmental fair coming from June 19-22 even more relevant for the people of Lima. The event is called EcoFest and will take place at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Barranco. Each day, from Thursday to Sunday, the event will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

This festival is an attempt to make learning about the environment fun and interactive. (more…)

New law in Peru to protect Andean Condors

Friday June 13, 2014

A new law has been passed by the Peruvian government that has to protect and conserve the Andean condor.

The Andean condor is a large black vulture that has a wingspan of up to 3.2 meter that lives in the Andes Mountains and the bordering Pacific coasts.

The bird is a national symbol in Peru, as well in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador.For the Incas the bird was a messenger to the gods that brought every morning the sun into the sky.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature these giant birds are threatened by habitat loss (more…)

SmartPhone App Makes Travelling in Peru Easier

Thursday June 12, 2014

Travelling around Peru is a fun adventure with so many different places to explore, but it can also be a little scary when visiting areas that are unfamiliar. Nevertheless, travelers are in luck. Recently a new free application called “Perú Natural” was developed just to make your trip to this gorgeous country a little easier. It was created by SERNANP (Peru´s Ministry of Environment) with Promperú (Commission for Promotion of Peru), and MINCETUR (Ministry of Commerce and Tourism). It gives trustworthy information and advice on the protected natural areas of Peru.

The Peru-Canada Fund helped finance this project (more…)

Excavations victims Peru’s Shining Path started

Wednesday June 11, 2014

The Shining Path, Peru’s Communist Party, is a revolutionary Maoist guerrilla organization. The organization was founded in 1960 by Abimael Guzmán but started the so called “armed struggle” in 1980. Due to its brutality and its violence it is subsumed by the Peruvian government, the US, the EU and Canada as a terrorist organization. Since Guzmáns arrest in 1992, the organization has decreased in activity. In 1980, an internal conflict started in Peru mainly between the Shining Path and the Peruvian government. This conflict leaded to the death of approximately 70 000 people. An important group under the victims of the Shining Path was the Ashaninka (more…)

Peru in top 10 of best places for photographers

Tuesday June 10, 2014

The Australian news agency Sydney Morning Herald recently published a list of the top 10 best countries in the world to take pictures and… Peru is on it!

The reasons for being on the list are its mountainous landscape and its lively and colorful capital, Lima.

The agency specifies that it is impossible to return from the mountains around Cusco without some spectacular photos.

And apart from the Cusco region, you can take as well some incredible pictures in the Amazon or from the volcanoes around Arequipa (more…)

The United States is Given a Taste of Peru

Friday June 06, 2014

Peru is known for its delicious and incomparable cuisine. When travelling around the country, tourists are in for a treat as they try the typical dishes. However, not everyone is up for travelling and others are not able to. So, this coming Sunday, June 8, 2014, one of the best opportunities for people from the United States to taste Peruvian food will take place. The gastronomic festival, Taste of Peru, will be held at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington D.C. from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This event is an annual celebration of the Peruvian chefs all around the United States (more…)

Archaeologists Find a New Inca Road

Thursday June 05, 2014

In Cusco, Peru there are new discoveries being made constantly that help reveal the mysteries of the past. Recently archaeologists found another important piece of the puzzle to the history of the Incas.  They discovered a new section of the Inca road that leads directly to the most famous site in Peru, Machu Picchu.

As of right now, most of the road is covered by plants and vegetation, but specialists are working to clear it out and restore it. The director of the Machu Picchu site, Fernando Astete, has high hopes and states that it should not take too long to recover (more…)

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