Cultural and Travel News Peru

Peru´s Julissa Diez qualifies for Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Taekwondo

Tuesday March 15, 2016

In Aguascalientes, Mexico, a taekwondo qualification tournament was held over this past week.

Peru´s Julissa Diez Canseco won the title of the event as she defeated Aruba´s Monica Pimentel 2-1 in the -49 kg category. With this win, she won a ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Diez Canseco is the first Peruvian to qualify for the Olympics in taekwondo. She has had an impressive start to the year with a win at the 2016 Canada Open and then this recent competition in Aguascalientes. As her training progesses, she looks to triumph at the Olympic Games later in the year.

Peru and EU Sign Visa Deal

Tuesday March 15, 2016

On March 14th, Peru´s President Ollanta Humala traveled to Brussels to sign an agreement with the European Union. The agreement details that Peruvians will be able to travel visa-free for up to 90 days in the Schengen region of Europe.

Europe´s representatives will be Federica Mogherini, Bert Koenders, and Dimitris Avramopoulos, of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Netherlands, and Ministry of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, respectively.

The visa deal will allow Peruvians to travel to Europe with a free visa starting on March 15th. (more…)

Peru’s Travel Mart kicks off promo in Panama

Tuesday March 15, 2016

The Peru Travel Mart is the ideal platform to promote the Peruvian products and to close deals with wholesalers and tour operators. This event will take place this year May 13-16 for the 23rd time, and will take place in the Lima Convention Center.

The exports and tourism promotion board (PromPeru) together with the commercial office of Peru (OCEX) started promoting the event with an informative workshop which will be held in Panama City.

Both the OCEX and PromPeru demonstrated the benefits of attending this special event. (more…)

Fujimori and Guzmán are front-runners in the polls

Tuesday March 08, 2016

Keiko Fujimori and Julio Guzmán are the current front-runners of the Peruvian presidential polls. Fujimori, of the Popular Force party, leads with 34.6%, and Guzmán, of Everyone for Peru, holds 16.6%. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, for Peruvians for Change, comes in third place with 6.9%.

The Special Electoral Board asserts that Guzman´s party, Everyone for Peru, is inadmissible. Despite these declarations, Guzmán continues his campaign with success.

The other players in the election are Alfredo Barnechea (more…)

Woman´s Day in Peru

Tuesday March 08, 2016

March 8th is International Woman´s Day! Starting on Tuesday, Peru will begin Women´s Month with the goal of increasing Peruvian women´s contribution to society.

The Peruvian Ministry of Women declared that violence is a huge problem in Peru. Last year, the Ministry recorded 65 femicides and 135,874 domestic violence complaints.

Daniel Tapper, writer of the Independent, took an inside look on the situation for women in Peru. He recently traveled to a rural community in the Andes where an organization called Codemu operates. (more…)

Machu Picchu wins the 6th spot as a spiritual tourist destination

Tuesday March 08, 2016

Machu Picchu is ranked #6 on the list of the world´s most popular spiritual tourism destinations. Administered by Skyroad magazine, this study appeared in Turkey´s Yeni Safak newspaper.

Because more than 300 million take strips to spiritual sites each year, Skyroad magazine decided to research the most popular destinations. Machu Picchu, the ´´fantastic city over the clouds,´´ was ranked 6th in the study.

Machu Picchu was also deemed one of the 7 Wonders of the World (more…)

Peru battles El Niño with high-tech machinery

Tuesday March 08, 2016

Throughout the past months, Peru´s Housing, Construction and Sanitation Ministry has done much work to work against the effects of El Nino. The Ministry has invested over S/.150 million to fabricate machinery that will combat El Nino impacts.

Due to El Nino phenomenon, there have been heavy rains in northern and central Peru. The Ministry distributed around 900 machines throughout these affected areas, particularly in Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad.

The Rolling Stones rock out in Lima

Tuesday March 08, 2016

Last Sunday, the Rolling Stones made history in Lima. Although Mick Jagger has previously been in Peru, the band had never performed a concert here. They played for the first time in Peru in front of 70,000 Peruvians on Sunday, March 6th.

Even with the first chords of ´Star me up,´ the crowd went wild for the famous band. The four stars, Jagger, Richards, Wood, and Watts, truly delivered to all of their fans in Lima.

The rock and rolling lasted for 2 hours as the fans enjoyed their most famous songs (more…)

The population of the spectacled bear doubles in Peru

Friday March 04, 2016

Robin Appleton, a Canadian biologist, has been observing the spectacled bear population in northern Peru for over 9 years. He found out that the bear population living in Laquipampa, the Andean area of la Leche Valley, had doubled in the observed time.

Together with a team of conservationists the biologist started a research project in 2007. This project took place in Batan Grande located in the Venado-Mochumi Viejo area in La Leche Valley.

The research pointed out that the colony has increased in number. (more…)

Peruvian Pisco won a gold medal in Russia!

Thursday March 03, 2016

The 11th and the 12th of February this year the 23rd International Exhibition for Food expo was held in Moscow. During this event the Russian Federation Ministry of Agriculture awarded the Peruvian “pisco macerado” and “maca” with a gold medal, and the “Chulpi corn” with a silver medal.

Local and traditional products from 64 countries were displayed at the exhibition. Both the Peruvian products stood out during the International Tasting Contest to find the best product, and won the gold and silver medals. (more…)

Oil Spills cause contamination in Peru

Wednesday March 02, 2016

Peru´s Ministry of Health recently announced a water emergency. Two oil spills occurred in the Amazon and Loreto areas, one of them on January 25th in the Imaza district of Loreto and the other on February 3rd in Morona. Both were along the Northern Peru Pipeline.

These oil spills contaminated water sources for many nearby communities, causing the Ministry of Health to declare a warning for 16 indigenous communities within the Amazon.

They declared it a state of emergency (more…)

Peruvian woman breaks record in Engineering Entrance exam

Wednesday March 02, 2016

Peruvian Franccesca del Pilar Rojas Salcedo recently took an entrance exam for the National University of Engineering. The school specializes in civil engineering, mechatronics, systems, electronic, industrial, chemical, physics, mathematics, and physical engineering.

Franccesca, 15 years old, broke the record for highest score on the admissions exam. She is the first woman to do this in the history of the university.

With a score of 18.34 out of 20 points, this girl changed history. (more…)

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