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Peru to be number one producer of fine cacao in ten years time

Friday August 29, 2014

The director of the Cocoa Alliance Peru, José Iturrios estimates that in 10 years time Peru will be producer number one of fine cocoa in the world, replacing Ecuador. "Peru has the great advantage of being a home area of cacao and have the largest biodiversity of cocoa in the world. We want to incorporate this advantage into the business strategy of the country and make Peru a leading producer of fine cocoa”.

Iturrios says that of the 24 regions of the country, 16 of them produce traditional cocoa and the others produce fine cocoa aroma that the market demands. (more…)

Traditonal Peruvian dishes in a Washington restaurant

Friday August 29, 2014

Carlos Delgado, a Peruvian chef, runs a restaurant in Washington, called Ocopa. He has taken the traditional Peruvian flavors to the capital of the United States. Delgado was born in Callao, Peru but moved to the United States when he was eleven. He started working in kitchens as a teenager. Now he is 24 and he is the chef of his own restaurant. He serves traditional Peruvian dishes like ceviche, canchita and pollo a la brasa with a modern twist to it.

The young chef remains humble despite his success. The restaurant’s website is worth a visit: (more…)

Peruvian film ‘Guard Dog’ shown at Film Festival in Canada.

Friday August 29, 2014

‘Guard Dog’ or ‘Perros Guardian’ is a thriller directed by Bacha Caravdo and Daniel Higashionna about a hired assassin, performed by Carlos Alcántara, who entangles himself in a strange relationship with a 16-year old girl and becomes familiar with her Christian community. All this happens while hunting his victim.

The film was premiered now at the 38th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival in Canada in the World Competition category.

Apart from connecting countries and cultures, this annual festival gives as well the opportunity to filmmakers (more…)

Culinary Lima among the world’s smartest cities

Friday August 29, 2014

National Geographic Travel Magazine says Lima is the world’s 16th smartest city. The capital of Peru outsmarts cities such as Amsterdam, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Kigali, Mexico city, Seoul, Taipei and Vancouver. According to National Geographic Lima is the World’s Most Edible Burg because of its rich gastronomy influenced by a wide variety of other ethnic cuisines.

José Andrés, chef and restaurateur, says on the magazine’s website: “As a chef, I’ve always been fascinated to see not only how food can be a bridge between cultures but also its connection with history and politics”. (more…)

Peru to possibly substitute for Russian boycot products

Friday August 29, 2014

Due to conflicts the Russian government decided not to import meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from various countries including the European Union, the United States and Australia. For Peru this is a great chance. Head of the Foreign Trade Center of Lima’s Chamber of Commerce, Carlos Garcia, is eager to introduce non-traditional products to the powerful Russia.

Garcia estimates the total value of Peruvian products with potential demand in Russia at $458 million. Most interesting products are grapes, avocados, mandarins, oranges, peaches and blueberries. Hake and giant squid are also popular. (more…)

Peru to host Mining & Investment Latin America Summit

Tuesday August 26, 2014

Lima, the capital of Peru will be hosting the Mining & Investment Latin America Summit, a two-day event set for October. Focused on mining investment and efficiency, the event is expected to draw over 600 attendees. For those involved in the mining sector the event is a great opportunity to network with other investors, miners and government representatives from Latin America.

The event offers discussions about sustainable development and low operational costs, security of qualified workers, strengthening of infrastructures (more…)

Rich and famous find Peru a perfect destination

Monday August 25, 2014

South America is being visited more and more by celebrities and wealthy people. Previously multimillionaire Bill Gates and Hollywood star Antonio Banderas visited Peru and caused local media to bring their stay as the news of the day. Nowadays it doesn’t seem to be a surprise any longer for people with several million in their bank account to visit Peru.

As reported by The Independent, Peru is one of the favorite places to visit for multimillionaires around the world, according to an exhaustive analysis by the renowned travel agency Brown & Hudson. (more…)

The last prisoner on Brazil’s Big Island

Friday August 22, 2014

The 83 year old Julio de Almeida is the last prisoner on Ilha Grande, near the coast of Rio de Janeiro

Nowadays the island is a popular tourist destination, but for a century it was completely closed off. First it was used to house a leper colony. Later it turned into a top security prison. It was closed in 1994 but Julio still lives there.

He arrived on the island as a 27 year old in 1958.After a lengthy period of incarceration he was given a conditional release to remain on the island – a sentence which finally ends this year. (more…)

Peru can detect Ebola virus within 24 hours

Thursday August 21, 2014

Peru has all that is necessary to detect the Ebola virus within 24 hours. Up till now there have not been any cases of the virus reported in Peru, but the National Institute of Health (INS) declares they are prepared.

Authorities have put up posters around Lima’s airport informing passengers to or from Africa about the symptoms and the prevention of Ebola. Symptoms include sudden fever, diarrhea, muscle spasms, skin rashes, liver and kidney malfunction and internal and external bleeding.

Erneste Bustamente, head of the INS (more…)

Simon Bolivar on the white screen

Wednesday August 13, 2014

The story of the liberator of South America from the Spanish is going digital. Simon Bolivar was a born aristocrat that turned revolutionary and freed the South American continent from colonialism. A big budget movie is about to be released. “The liberator” is a 2 hour story. It is one of the most expensive movies ($50 million) ever shot in Latin America.

The film has already had it’s premiere in Venezuela on the anniversary of Bolivar’s birthday and was received well. Soon other countries will be able to show the major motion picture too. (more…)

A new 1 Soles coin for Peru

Friday August 08, 2014

Thursday a new 1 soles coin has been issued by the Central Resere Bank (BCR) of Peru. The coin depicts the Huaca de la Luna site (Temple of the Moon).This archaeological site was built between100 BC – 650 AD and is located close to the Northern city of Trujillo.

The temple is considered to be the capital of the prehispanic settlement of the Moche State. The coin has the Coat of Arms of Peru and shows the year of issue within a polygon. The BCR says they have put twelve million coins into circulation.


New Nazca geoglyphs exposed in Peru

Wednesday August 06, 2014

The Nazca lines are ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert in Peru’s Southern Ica region. They exist of hundreds of individual designs, varying in complexity between simple lines and stylized figures, such as hummingbirds, spiders and monkeys. In total all the lines cover a surface of approximately 280 square miles and some of the shapes reach a size of over 200 meters (the largest figure is a pelican of 285 meter).

There exist different interpretations about the purpose of the figures but in general they believe they had or a religious significance or that they were used for astronomical rituals. (more…)

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