Peru: Women Disrobe in Congress to Protest Rights to Abortion

Tuesday May 26, 2015
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Abortion is not legal in Peru, even for cases of rape and incest. For years the leading cause of maternal morality in Peru was clandestine abortion. Women will seek out abortion whether it is legal or not. Illegalizing abortion does not prevent abortions, it kills women.

Last night on May 25th, 30 women demonstrated in front of Congress to defend their basic rights as human beings: to decide what they, and not somebody else, will and will not do with their bodies. The members of the group Déjala Decidir (Let Her Decide), stood before Congress in various stages of undress (more…)

Extra Protection for National Parks Puno

Friday May 22, 2015
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News from Puno. Puno is a well-known area for its bio diversity. The landscape is incredible as the Andes Mountains reach nearly 6km above sea level looking down over the Peruvian amazon at only 400m. Here are many species that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. The area is home to iconic animals such as the Jaguar. Unfortunately in many areas local ecosystems face severe threats from urbanization, pollution, climate change and invasion from foreign species to name a few.

The current protection plan covers about 11% of the total area, but there are now plans to increase this to 23%. (more…)

News from Cusco: Protecting South American Heritage

Thursday May 14, 2015
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Experts in the fields of history, conservation and archeology from nine South American counties have met in Cusco, Peru to draw up a new 2015-2020 plan for the protection of South American heritage. The have worked on defining and redefining strategies in areas including conservation, for each of the countries involved – including Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and others – and aims to focus on improving compliance with the world heritage convention, which was signed in 1972.

The most important feature of the 1972 document was the linking together of the importance to protect both natural and cultural heritage. (more…)

Pentecost celebrations in Ollantaytambo

Tuesday May 12, 2015
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Pentecost, celebrated on May 24th, is a Christian festival commemorating the early followers of Jesus. Of course, as with so many religious festivals in Peru, Ollantaytambo has developed its own style to celebrate it, including a mix of traditional Inca and catholic beliefs and rituals. Pentecost in Ollantaytambo is a massive four day party with ethnic dances, bright costumes and singing in which they honor their patron saint Señor de choquekillka. The celebrations take place in the main square of Ollantaytambo, where many traditional dances will be performed by dancers of all ages from young children to adults. There will also be fireworks, a bull fight and a lot of drinking of beer and chicha – a traditional Peruvian maiz beer.

Nazca lines continue to reveal secrets lost to the passing of time

Tuesday May 12, 2015
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The Nazca lines in Peru have managed to survive many years and continue to endure recent threat from rally cars, settlements and mining. Yet they still have secrets to reveal. Evidence has come to light that suggests that two different sets of people who lived in the area at different times were responsible for making the lines and also that they created them for different reasons.

The team involved in the discovery have analyzed the lines including their location, style and their method of construction. They believe that some of the lines were made for different reasons. Some were intended to be seen from areas important for performing rituals, from higher parts of the landscape. (more…)

Peru is chosen as the best Spanish- speaking country in whole Latin America

Tuesday May 12, 2015
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399 Years ago on April 22nd, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the Spanish author known for Don Quixote, died. Therefore the Spanish speaking countries celebrate every year on the 23th of April the Day of Language. And from now on Peru will celebrate as well on this day being the country with the Best Spoken Spanish of the continent.

The Faculty of Linguistics of the University of Chile conducted a research in 2013 asking “Who has the best spoken Spanish in Latin America?” They found out that Peruvians have the best pronunciation and vocabulary. On the other hand Chile itself, together with Argentina, is chosen as the worst Spanish speakers.

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