Cultural and Travel News Peru

63 million US$ project initiated to clean Lake Titicaca

Friday January 29, 2016

Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world (3.500m), is to be freed from contamination in an effort by its neighbouring countries Peru and Bolivia.

Bolivia is said to have already invested US$1.5 million in the construction of water treatment plants last year, now a clean-up project of both countries´ naval institutions have been confirmed.

Both Bolivia and Peru are to invest US$ 63 million during the first phase of the project in order to cleanse lake water by building sanitation services for the adjacent villages. (more…)

Peru Identified to have Potential for Tourism and Gastronomy

Friday January 29, 2016

Brazil´s Tourism Minister, Henrique Aves, and El Salvador´s Tourism Minister, Napoleon Duarte, indicated that Peru has serious potential in its tourism industry. They both highlighted the ever-increasing popularity of Peruvian cuisine at the 2016 International Tourism Fair.

Both Brazil and El Salvador expressed the desire for friendship with Peru, especially now that it boasts of amazing tourist sites along with a growing gastronomy.

Aves and Duarte complimented Peru on its capitalization of its resources and its growing tourism industry. (more…)

The Famous Inca Trail will be closed in February

Tuesday January 26, 2016

The Inca Trail is one of the most well-known treks worldwide. During the majority of the year, most tourists must reserve a spot for this trail months in advance. Countless foreigners flock to Peru to camp along this trek in the beautiful Andes Mountains and explore ancient Incan sites.

José Carlos Nieto, the head of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, confirmed that the Inca Trail will indeed be closed during February. He asserts that companies have been aware of this for a long time and that tourists still have many other options to arrive at Machu Picchu, such as train, bus, or other treks. (more…)

Ines Melchor of Peru places first in Miami Half-Marathon

Tuesday January 26, 2016

The Peruvian Ines Melchor finished the 2016 Miami Half-Marathon with a record time of 1:13:53. This puts her as one of the frontrunners for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Melchor asserted that, though not at her best, she is satisfied with her strategy and her first victory of 2016. She posted the following: ´´Challenge met! Winning the first race of the year was important and it was achieved. Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. This victory is for you´´. (more…)

No Zika virus yet identified in Peru

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Peru has issued a warning for women who are in their first trimester to beware of traveling other Latin American countries due to the threat of the Zika virus. Although the virus has not been identified in Peru, health officials implore women to avoid traveling where they may be exposed to this dangerous virus.

Health Ministry official, Constantino Vila, asserts that the first trimester is essential in a baby´s formation of systems and tissues. The Zika virus may inhibit this formation and could cause the baby to be born with microcephaly. (more…)

Foodies take interest in Peru

Tuesday January 26, 2016

National Geographic has researched the best cuisine all over the world, and Lima, Peru was one of the top destinations on the list!

In the past few years, gastronomy in Peru has really begun to make large strides on an international scale. Many foreigners come to Peru and look forward to taste testing the cuisine that is becoming ever-more popular. Chefs such as Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Gastón Acurio are bringing more and more fame to Peru as they combine Peru´s culture with it´s delicious flavors. (more…)

Foreign Visitors see a 7.8% Increase in 2015

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Compared to 2014, foreign tourists increased 6% in the month of November, due to the hard work of the Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry. The head of this Ministry, Magali Silva, has been working to promote Peru as the ´Land of Hidden Treasures.´

Silva has also advocated for the diversification of tourists sites and the promotion of new markets. Furthermore, an initiative to facilitate awareness of Peruvian cuisine was started in the United States, which has sparked an interst in travel to Peru due to the growing fame of Peruvian food. (more…)

Peru Berry Exports Rise in 2015

Tuesday January 19, 2016

In 2014, Peru exported $30.0 million berries, whereas in 2015, Peru berry exports topped $94.261 million. Similarly, shipments of highland-grown berries reached $1.106 million, a great increase from the $457,000 of the year before. This rise in berry exports was a pleasant surprise to Peruvian farmers.

Especially in the United States, the demand for berries is rapidly rising. Therefore, if exports continue to rise at the current pace, they are predicted to reach $200 million this year. At a price of $9-14 per kilogram, Peru has tapped into a burgeoning industry. (more…)

Peru Enforces Punishment on Child Sex Tourism

Tuesday January 19, 2016

A new campaign has been launched in Lima with the effort to reduce the sex exploitation in Peru. Starting in Iquitos, the campaign will move from northern Peru to Lima, with a special focus in Miraflores.

Foreigners that come to Peru pay between $50 and $1,000 to have sex with children. Just last December, Joshua Brown of the USA was caught operating a child tourism sex ring. After the operation was shut down, thirty-six victims were rescued, eleven of them being minors.

Cajamarca´s Carnival Attendance Predicted to be 12,000

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Carnival in Cajamarca, beginning January 23 and ending February 10, expects many tourists for its annual festivities. The Cajamarca Regional Chamber of Tourism predicts 12,000 attendees this year.

As one of the most important events in Cajamarca, many people flock to the city to experience the well-known party in a local setting. President Sergio Caceres Quispe asserts that 50% of hotels are already reserved, and he expects the other half to be booked quickly.

Visitors to Machu Picchu Increased in 2015

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Machu Picchu, one of Peru´s most popular tourist destinations, had more than 1,100,000 visitors in 2015. This shows an increase from the previous year, and the specific figures will be released this week.

Chief Juan Carlos Nieto claims that this famous Inca City receives an increasing interest among Peruvians and foreigners alike. Nieto hopes that the many tourists that visit will explore the many facets of Machu Picchu while visiting.

Machu Picchu, a 37,000-hectare site, boasts 4,187 species and 12 ecological systems. (more…)

Free Movement Agreement between Peru and Ecuador expected to increase tourism

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Jose Sandoval, Ecuadorian Ambassador to Peru, stated “Our projections suggest that tourism is expected to witness a higher growth rate of 10%, I mean tourism on both sides.”

The governments of Peru and Ecuador have an agreement to allow their citizens to stay on a tourist visa for up to 180 days. As most bordering countries do not have such agreements, this free movement between countries is expected to increase tourist flow by 10% in 2016.

Tourism, a major industry in both nations, is already high between Peru and Ecuador. (more…)

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