Cultural and Travel News Peru

New anti-logging commission in Peru after murders

Monday September 22, 2014

Peruvian government will investigate illegal logging along the Peru-Brazil border. The investigation follows after the murder of four indigenous leaders two weeks ago. The killings are supposedly conducted by loggers.

Ana Jara Velasquez, the Peruvian President of the Council of Ministers, announced a commission which she said would have powers to stop the logging. According to Jara Velasquez police have so far arrested one person suspected of involvement in the killings.

The four tribal leaders were killed on their way to Brazil (more…)

Peruvian film festival in New York

Thursday September 18, 2014

Till the 19th of September there is a film festival in New York City dedicated to Peruvian film makers. This fifth edition focusses on the Peruvian archaeological heritage. The free event shows documentaries and narrative features as well as video-art installations and concerts of Andean music.

Highlighted films include The Gospel of the Flesh (by Eduardo Mendoza). The film presents a complex portrait of a socially and financially precarious world in Lima. And The Mute, (Daniel and Diego Vega) a dark comedy that is a contender in the Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars. (more…)

Rock band U2 to Peru in 2015

Tuesday September 16, 2014

After visiting Peru in 2012, lead singer Bono of U2 is coming back in 2015. This time he is bringing the other band members with him. The Irish rock band is planning a concert in Peru.

The Universal Music Group made the announcement that the band will go on a world tour next year. U2 will also appear in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. The three countries mentioned were visited by the band before in 2011. This time Peru is added to the list. No exact dates or locations have yet been announced.

Peruvian officials abroad to talk about child malnutrition

Monday September 15, 2014

Paola Bustamante, Peru’s Minister of Development and Social Inclusion, announced that Peru will send government officials abroad to share some successful experiences in the reduction of chronic child malnutrition. After requests of other countries Peruvian government decided to do so.

The announcement was made after a working tour on malnutrition with representatives from Guatemala, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Senegal, and other countries committed to Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN). (more…)

Foreigners detained in Lima

Friday September 12, 2014

On Wednesday, 31 male and 10 female foreigners were detained in Lima. The group of 42 consists of people from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Israel, Austria and France. They were caught by the police in areas such as Miraflores, San Isidro and central Lima.

Daily, many street vendors and performers can be found in Lima trying to make a living juggling or dancing at intersections and offering to wash a car. These individuals have little to no income. Often they have entered Peru illegally or overstayed the length of their granted stay. (more…)

Dolphin fossils in the desert-Was Peru covered in water in earlier ages?

Wednesday September 10, 2014

Recently a team of paleontologists found fossils of three dolphins in the desert lands of Pisco, Peru. Scientists believe that the area may have been covered in water in earlier times. The scientific Journal Vertebrate Paleontology has published a study that assumes the fossils belong to a new species and are related to endangered river dolphins living in the India rivers the Indus and Ganges. The found dolphins do not show a relation to any other known river dolphins.

The name of the newly discovered species is Huaridelphis raymondii. (more…)

Indigenous leaders killed along Peru-Brazil border

Tuesday September 09, 2014

Leaders of the Asháninka community were killed last week while on their way to meet fellow community members in Brazil.Vice Minister of the Intercultural Ministry of Culture, Patricia Balbuena, confirms the events.

In an effort to “monitor and safeguard their territories from the frequent invasion of illegal wood loggers and narco-traffickers, Peruvian and Brazilian Asháninka members had been routinely meeting,” said Beto Borges, director of the Communities and Markets Program of Forest Trends. (more…)

Tucume Museum reopens to public

Monday September 08, 2014

It took two years of extensive renovations for the archaeological museum Tucume to reopen. Located in Lambayeque in the North of Peru, the museum now has more space and more modern features. It hopes to increase the number of visitors, domestic and foreign.

Director Bernanda Delgado expects Tucume to receive 53,000 visitors annually. He is sure that the cultural complex is distinctively different from other museums after the renovation. The new museum now is more interactive and playful.

Easier access to Europe for Peruvians?

Friday September 05, 2014

Will Peruvians get easier access to the European Schengen countries? Peru is waiting for approval from the European nations. Before a definite answer is given the European Union is looking at a report that addresses issues such as immigration, economic benefits of tourism and trade, as well as the diplomatic relations between Peru and the EU.

If the current visa regulations are let go, Peruvians will be able to visit the 26 Schengen countries with the sole requirement of having a passport. Once within the Schengen area Peruvians would be free to move within those countries. (more…)

Mistura 2014 to open!

Friday September 05, 2014

Today the Mistura Gastronomic Fair 2014 will be officially opened. A special ceremony will be held at the fairgrounds in Costa Verde, district of Magdalena. The inaugural event will take place in the Grand Auditorium and, just like in previous editions, the presence of the President, Ollanta Humala, first lady Nadine Heredia and other authorities are expected.

The Peruvian Society of Gastronomy (Apega), organizer of the show, is confident that this new edition will be beyond all expectations. The fair is expecting up to 600,000 visitors. Also more than 500 journalists (domestic and foreign) will attend the event. (more…)

Campaign set to make Peruvian avocado popular in USA

Thursday September 04, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) has some illuminating ideas in store to reach consumers of avocadoes in the USA. According to PAC, websites such as Pinterest and Instagram will be used to hold recipe contests to encourage the consumption of the Peruvian avocado.

Xavier Equihua, of PAC says that “in order to establish Avocados from Peru as a solid, premium brand that’s firmly planted in the United States, the information we provide on the internet has to be smart, relevant, and engaging”. Anything from recipes posted by Peruvian chefs to helpful tips or even tantalizing photos of the popular fruit can support the avocado of Peru. (more…)

Tourism in La Libertad nearly doubled in seven years

Monday September 01, 2014

In the north-west region of Peru, La Libertad, tourism has increased a lot over the last seven years. Today almost twice as many people visit the area as compared to 2007. By the end of this year more than 1.4 million tourists are expected to have visited the region. In 2007 that number was 600,000.

Bernando Alva Perez, head of the regional office, thinks the growth in popularity has to do with improved tourist services. “Due to private investment – with new hotels and restaurants appearing each year – and from increased support from the public sector, services are getting better (more…)

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