Cultural and Travel News Peru

The Lima International Book Fair 2014 opened its doors

Thursday July 24, 2014

Last Friday started the 19th edition of the Lima International Book Fair, a book fair in Lima that is known as the largest book fair in Peru.

The objective of this book event is to promote the habit of reading by raising the access to literature by showing the latest published books and to fight against piracy of books.

Apart from a total of 151 exhibitors’ publishers, distributors and booksellers from 14 different countries, there will be as well more than 500 cultural activities such as book presentations, conferences, workshops, concerts and more. (more…)

Archaeologists discover a 3500 year old temple of fishermen in northwest Peru

Thursday July 24, 2014

During recent archeological findings, they discovered a temple where the first shark fishermen in Gramalote, a village situated in the north-west Peruvian province Trujillo, completed their mysterious rituals.

It is a brick construction built in the highest area of the village. The temple exists of a ceremonial patio with tribunes and something that could be a podium. They found as well private spaces in the back of the temple, all connected by a hallway.

The center of the square had a roof made out of totora, a typical Peruvian water plant (more…)

Archaeologists discover a new grave at the Temple of the Moon in Northern Peru

Thursday July 17, 2014

Huaca de la Luna or the Temple of the Moon is, along with the Huaca del Sol or the Temple of the Sun, part of Huacas de Moche, which are the ruins of ceremonial sites of the ancient Moche capital city named Cerro Blanco.

The Moche culture flourished along the Peruvian north coast between 100 AD and 800 AD.

Now archaeologists have revealed a grave with an impressive array of offerings at the Huaca de la Luna, such as peculiar ceramics of claws and jaws, ceremonial pottery, a mask and metal sheets.

Peru’s Mistura Food Festival attracts up to 30 000 foreign visitors

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Mistura Food Festival in Lima, Peru, became since its first edition in 2008 Latin America’s largest gastronomic fair.

The fair planning committee expects that more than 30 000 foreigners will visit Peru in September to attend the fair this year.

According to the head of Mistura’s Tourism Committee, Manuel del Solar, the majority of these visitors from abroad will attend for professional reasons, such as professional chefs, food journalists, researchers and culinary students. Also representatives from various international companies have confirmed their visit.

Lima hosts best Airport in South America

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Recently, Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport – Peru’s biggest airport, located in Callao –  has been named “Best Airport in South America” by Skytrax for the sixth consecutive year.

Passengers chose Peru’s Jorge Chavez International Airport because of the airport’s “pleasant ambience, as well as its outstanding commercial offerings,” according to a press release from Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide.

Jorge Chávez International Airport, located in Callao (Lima), is Peru’s main airport, for both international and domestic flights.

Archeologists uncover new culture in Peruvian desert

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Archeologists from the University of Wroclaw in Poland have discovered 150 graves of an unknown culture that lived in the Peruvian Atacama desert, prior to the expansion of the Tiwanaku civilization.

The Atacama Desert is a plateau that covers 1000 km of land in the countries Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

The Tiwanaku civilization is one of the most significant civilizations in Peru, Bolivia and Chile before the Inca Empire, prosperous between AD300 and AD1000.

The archeologists made some surprising discoveries. (more…)

Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa wins Spanish Freedom Prize

Tuesday July 01, 2014

One of the most important contemporary novelists and essayists, Peruvian Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa received this year the Cadiz Freedom Prize.

This Spanish prize is founded in 2009 by the Cadiz municipal government in Spain  to honor people that are noteworthy for deepening, disseminating and extending freedom in the Ibero American sphere.

Like other Latin American writers, The 78 year old author participated in politics, defending the liberal ideas. He was candidate in the Peruvian presidential elections in 1990 with the center-right Frente Democrático. (more…)

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