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Peru to Host Five World Championships in 2015

Wednesday December 31, 2014

Peru’s national team is gearing up for the 2019 Pan American Games that will be held in Lima. To get ready, Peru will be hosting five world tournaments in 2015 the Peruvian Sports Institute announced.

World Junior Waterski Championship: Scheduled for January 8th – 11th the Championship will be held at the Bujama Lacus Lakes 85 kilometers south of Lima.

International Weightlifting Federation Youth World Championships: Set to take place from April 7th – 12th this tournament will take place at the new High Performance Center in Lima. (more…)

Peru Seeks to Help Ex-Coca Farmers with New Credit Program

Wednesday December 31, 2014

To help get ex-coca farmers back on their feet again, Alberto Otárola, the CEO of the National Commission for the Development of Life without Drugs (Devida), announced a new credits program for farmers sanctioned by the Agricultural Bank (Agrobanco).

Otárola explains that: “These families received their property titles, then Agrobanco gives them a preferential rate on a direct loan for the development of their crops. The subject is already pending.” (more…)

Up-start Peruvian Tennis Champ Bianca Botto Surprises Rankings

Tuesday December 23, 2014

Bianca Botto, a Peruvian tennis player, is upsetting rankings as 2014 comes to a close. After winning five titles this year she earned 213th place in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking. Previously her personal best on the WTA ranking chart was 218th in 2012. Most impressive, though, is were she stood at the beginning of this year: 670th place.

Botto, a 23 year-old from Lima, achieved her greatest career success this year when she won her first Challenger title in Paraguay and a title at the Copa Alta Tennis Tournament in Chile. (more…)

New Year’s Eve in Caral, Peru

Monday December 22, 2014

Good news for travelers in Peru during Christmas and New Years’ Eve, as tourist will be allowed to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the archeological site of Caral, located aprox 200 kilometers north of the Peruvian capital Lima. Caral is one of the Americas’ most ancient civilizations.

The two-day tour that will be offered will begin on December 31 and kicks of with a dinner after which people will gather around a campfire and spend a mystic night surrounded by oral narrations of Andean-themed stories. (more…)

Peru’s Economy in Peril Due to Climate Change

Thursday December 18, 2014

The GDP of Peru is predicted to drop 15% inside the century due to effects of climate change, a recent comprehensive study announced. Environmental effects will bring detrimental damages to the fishery, agriculture and mining sectors. Fishery and mining, along with tourism, are the three leading drivers of Peru’s economy.

The study, released by a joint effort between the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Peruvian government, says that in particular fisheries and the anchovy market will take a serious dive. (more…)

Peru Begins Construction on Natural-Gas Pipeline

Thursday December 18, 2014

Peru has announced that work on the Gaseoducto Sur Peruano (GSP) gas pipeline is underway and that the pipeline soon will be a reality. The government agency responsible for contracting the project, ProInversion, made public in June of this year that a partnership between a Brazilian construction company and a Spanish natural-gas transportation company had won the bidding competition to build the line. Their partnership, called Gaseoducto Sur Peruano which gave name to the pipeline, will help to bring natural gas to the cities of Cusco, Apurimac, Puno, Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna from the gas fields of Camisea in central Peru. (more…)

Peru in Outrage over Greenpeace Stunt at Nazca Lines

Wednesday December 17, 2014

On Monday Dec. 8th Greenpeace may have crossed the line, literally. In their most recent publicity stunt, twenty Greenpeace activists from seven countries used the Nazca Lines in southern Peru to broadcast a message to the COP20 representatives in Lima. Trekking a kilometer from the highway in the darkness of pre-dawn hours they arrived at the hummingbird figure where they laid out a message on the ground in giant yellow letters: “Time for Change! The Future is Renewable” signed with their name underneath, “Greenpeace.”

“Peru Honored with ‘2014 World’s Leading Culinary Destination’ Award”

Wednesday December 10, 2014

Each year the World Travel Awards honors different countries for excellence in all areas of the tourism industry and global travel. On Monday Dec. 8th Foreign Trade and Tourism minister, Magali Silva, confirmed that Peru had won the highly coveted 2014 World’s Leading Culinary Destination award. Additionally, Perutravel, an official tourism website run by the Peruvian government, was honored with the World’s Leading Tourism Authority Website 2014 award.

The awards ceremony was held on Anguilla, an island in the Caribbean (more…)

“Hopes are High for COP20 Climate Talks in Lima”

Wednesday December 10, 2014

The first week of COP20 climate talks in Lima concluded as negotiators entered a second and final week of debate this Monday. The event, which has drawn representatives from 195 countries, non-profits, and celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Watson to Peru, began on Dec. 1st and is scheduled to end on Dec. 12th. COP20, which stands for the 20th Conference of the Parties, is a yearly environmental conference that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has organized since 1995 when it was first hosted in Berlin. (more…)

Less hunger and malnutrition in Peru

Wednesday December 03, 2014

The FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization, says hunger and malnutrition in Peru has been reduced. After years of implementing government programs the FAO can say that between 1992 and 2002 the number of hungry people in Peru dropped from 7 million to 2.7 million. Jazmine Casafranca of the FAO says Peru accomplished the biggest reduction of hunger of all South American countries.

Still 47 million people in South America experience hunger and malnutrition. (more…)

Ed Sheeran to Lima in April 2015

Monday December 01, 2014

Ed Sheeran is about to come to Lima. On the 21st of April 2015 he will give away a show singing his greatest hits as well as songs from his latest album. The singer is known for his mixture of musical styles like folk, pop and hip-hop. Most famous songs of Sheeran are ‘Lego House’ and ‘A team’.

Sheeran’s rise to fame began in 2012 when he made a guest appearance on a Taylor Swift album. He also wrote songs for One Direction.

The show will be held at the María Angola Convention Center in Miraflores. (more…)

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