Cultural and Travel News Peru

Photographer set up a camera trap in the Peruvian Amazon, with amazing results

Monday September 28, 2015

The wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer set up a camera trap in the Peruvian Amazon and within four weeks was able to capture photos of rare animals many photographers could be waiting years to spot. With a fairly simple setup of an infrared trigger, a camera, and 2 flashes. He set up his camera on a well-used path near the river, every time an animal passed by they would break the infrared signal in turn setting off the camera. He was able to capture photos of animals such as pumas, mini jaguars, giant armadillos, tapirs, and peccaries. (more…)

Good news for the preservation of the Nazca Lines

Monday September 28, 2015

The Nazca Lines in Peru face a number of threats which can be difficult to deal with as they are spread over a vast expanse of desert. The threats are also wide ranging, including damage by activists, damage cause by Dakar Rally vehicles, land invasions and illegal mining, amongst others.

The good news is that the Lines and efforts to protect them have recently received a boost in the form of a $150,000 grant from the United States’ Ambassador’s Fund. (more…)

Cholita the real life Paddington is freed from captivity

Tuesday September 08, 2015

After a 3 day journey across Peru Cholita the 25 year old spectacle bear, who has spent nearly all of her life in captivity in a circus in northern Peru, has been rehoused in a custom built enclosure in the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon Cloud Forest – the natural habitat for Spectacled bears.

When the organization Animal Defenders International (ADI) found Cholita she was in a very bad condition, she had her fingers cut down to stumps to remove her claws and her teeth were broken (more…)

Machu Picchu to pair with town in Japan

Tuesday September 08, 2015

After many years of searching for the perfect match, it has been decided that Machu Picchu will pair with the town of Otama in Japan. The twin town project which was first conceived after the Second World War to foster good relations between nations continues to promote trade and tourism, and more recently is used to help form international business links.

Otama is a small town in the Fukushima region of Japan which has a special link with Machu Picchu dating back nearly 100 years. (more…)

Vicuñas could be at risk from El Niño

Saturday September 05, 2015

Vicuñas are a one of the 6 camelids native to Peru, they are known as the wild ancestor of the domesticated alpaca. The Incas valued the soft fine fiber of the Vicuña so much that they made it against the law for anyone but royalty to wear garments made from the wool. Now they are the national animal of Peru and are represented on the coat of arms.

Both in the time of the Incas and nowadays the vicuña are protected by law, but sadly in the period after the decline of the Incas they were heavily hunted and in 1947 only about 6,000 animals remained. (more…)

Yet another new species discovered near Machu Picchu.

Friday September 04, 2015

Peru is one of the most bio diverse countries in the world. With this is mind it is not surprising that new species are discovered all the time. Most recently, three new species of orchid have been discovered near Machu Picchu. Peru is already known to be home to about 10% of the world’s orchid species so the new discovery will add to the list which already counts about 3,000 of the 30,000 known species.

The new species have been named Epidendrum Ochoa, Epidendrum Incahuamanii and Epidendrum Mormontoy (after their discoverers). (more…)

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