Cultural and Travel News Peru

British teachers heading to Peru

Tuesday November 25, 2014

The United Kingdom will send some 500 teachers to Peru in 2015. This in an effort to improve the quality of teaching the English language. Also about 200 Peruvian teachers will go to the U.K. to learn the language better. According to education Minister Jaime Saavedra Chanduvì: “It has always been said that the English teachers have deficiencies in speaking the language. Training the language in the U.K. is a way to solve the problem.”

Apart from teaching classes the British teachers will also help revising methodologies and the teaching itself. (more…)

Hundreds of sea lions dead along Peruvian coast

Monday November 24, 2014

Along the Anconcillo beach, in Northern Peru, hundreds of sea lions have been found dead. It is not clear yet what happened to the animals. Environmental officials of Peru and regional police forces are investigating the matter. Possibly the animals were sick or ate trash, although there are people that accuse fisherman of poisoning the mammals.

Since the rotting corpses are a health hazard, they have all been removed from the beach. A report has recently been released by The Sea Institute of Peru saying the ocean’s conditions are abnormal (more…)

Gaston Acurio, Peruvian chef awarded by UNESCO

Thursday November 20, 2014

Because of his positive representation of Peru earlier this week, the Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio received two simultaneous recognitions in Paris. He was recently honored by UNESCO and was also presented with a diploma from the world’s largest hospitality institution Le Cordon Bleu.

After receiving the awards, Acurio stated: “I accept this award on behalf of thousands of Peruvians who perform their daily work quietly in order to build this image of Peruvian cooking which is now beginning to be recognized around the world.” (more…)

Great year for the Andean Quinoa

Wednesday November 19, 2014

Quinoa seems to be a genuine superfood. Not just because of its great nutritional value but also because of its remarkable performance in the international markets this year.

Between January and September the Peruvian quinoa exportation has grown 222%, according to Gestión. Comex Sunat reports that the Peruvian quinoa export totaled US$ 141 million during an 8 months period in 2014. The biggest importer is the United States, with an amount of US$ 74 million. After the USA, Canada imports a mere US$ 14 million worth of the native Andean quinoa. (more…)

“Peru’s agro exports will increase by US$ 1 billion”

Tuesday November 18, 2014

To make Peru’s export grow, US$ 222 million will be invested into The Olmos Irrigation Project in Northern Peru. This will provide irrigation and electricity for the northern regions of Lambayeque, Piura and Cajamarca. Today, on November 18, the project will be inaugurated by irrigating the new 38,000 crop hectares, plus the already existing 5,500 hectares by a water intake. The Ceremony for the start of the project will be visited by President Ollanta Humala and other personalities.

The Agriculture and Irrigation minister, Juan Manuel Benites forecasted that the Olmos Irrigation Project will make agro exports increase (more…)

Peruvians won Marathon of the Andes

Monday November 17, 2014

Last Sunday the Marathon of the Andes set a new record. The winning time was 2:18:30. Raul Pacheco finished nearly 150 meters ahead of second place winner Alene Emera, of Ethiopia.In the women’s division, Inés Melchor set a new record with a finishing time of 2:39:06. A special element of the win was that both Pacheco and Melchor are natives to Huancayo, the starting place.

Both winners performed well during running events this past year. Last September, for the second year in a row, Pacheco won the Mexico City Marathon (more…)

Ricardo Palma book fair returns to Lima

Friday November 14, 2014

Today, Friday November 14, the 35th edition of the Feria del Libro Ricardo Palma, annual book fair begins in Lima. This year attendees can expect a larger venue, a wider range of literature, as well as activities to take part in, and performances to enjoy. The location of the 17-day long event has changed this year but the entrance is still free of charge.

The theme of this year is: “Tus libros a la vista,” or “Your books in sight”. The theme and the location along the Malecon match perfectly. The fair takes place at the Miraflores Parque Salazar (in front of Larco Mar) and will be twice as big as last year’s edition. (more…)

Peruvian cuisine highlight in China-Peru Food Festival

Friday November 14, 2014

On Wednesday Ollanta Humula, Peru’s President, officially opened the Gastronomic Festival “Los Sabores y Colores del Perú” (Peru’s Flavors and Colors) in Beijing. Traditional Peruvian dishes and desserts were served.

At the event, Humula said: “The gastronomy is another of Peru’s strengths. Food unifies us. It is one of mankind’s most ancient elements for socializing. Peru provides the best of his cuisine to share with the whole world.”

The trip was also organized to strengthening bonds between Peru and China. (more…)

Traveling Festival of Indigenous Film in Lima

Thursday November 13, 2014

Mid November the traveling Festival of Indigenous Film will come to Lima. It has been on the road since August and visited various cities. Now it is coming to Lima in the light of the upcoming COP 20 and COP Indigena conferences.
The festival will feature films, music and forums from indigenous organizations.

The indigenous film festival starts with a film produced by the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest organization (AIDESEP). Also films from Nicaragua, Honduras, Brasil, Perú, Indonesia, Ghana and Liberia will be shown. (more…)

Leonardo DiCaprio coming to Lima

Wednesday November 12, 2014

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be participating in the environmental meeting COP 20. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala travelled to New York City in September to attend various conferences including the U.N. Climate Change Summit on Sept. 23. DiCaprio was also at this meeting. President Humala personally invited him to come to the conference that will be held in Lima.

Other television personalities and politicians, such as Al Gore, will also be participating. From December 1 till 12 Peru will host the COP 20/CMP 10; 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (more…)

Best dishes of Peruvian cuisine according to National Geographic

Tuesday November 11, 2014

National Geographic recently published an article of the 10 best specialties of Peruvian cuisine, which is known to be one of the worlds finest.

Included are meals which mainly consist of meat, for example cuy – baked or barbecued Andean guinea pig, which is served with head and legs – or anticuchos; grilled meat, mostly beef heart, served in restaurants or as street food. Many restaurants offer alpaca and the pollo a la brasa, meaning roasted chicken marinated with a smoky and salty dressing, which is often served with French fries. (more…)

Gold for Peruvian gymnast in World Cup competition

Tuesday November 11, 2014

This weekend Mariana Chiarella became Peru’s national pride at the World Cup competition held in Colombia. At the World Cup of Artistic Gymnastics in Medellin, held from November 7 to 9, Peruvian athletes did very well.

The floor act of Mariana Chiarella’s was a gold winning performance. And when she took the sixth place on the beam, she had a total score of 13,525 points. This amount of points made her edging out competitors from Slovenia and Portugal. Slovenia and Portugal got respectively the second and third place. (more…)

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