Cultural and Travel News Peru

Lima hosts an exhibition showing crafts from all over Peru

Friday May 27, 2016

The Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry in Peru is organizing a fair called “From our hands” with the purpose of promoting the handmade works from local artisans and to be able to turn this into a source of income for them.

During this year’s edition 123 artisans coming from Lima, Ayacucho, Cusco, Cajamarca, Piura, Puno, Junin, Arequipa, Huancavelica,Loreto, Amazonas, Apurimac, Callao, La Libertd, Pasco, Lambayeque, San Martin and Ucayali will participate.

Every year the event grows bigger, developing itself as a way for the artisans to connect with the market (more…)

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is first Peruvian female to climb the Mount Everest

Friday May 27, 2016

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, a young mountain-climber, was the first Peruvian woman to climb to the top of the Mount Everest on the 19th of May 2016.

She reached the top around 06:00 AM Peruvian time.

Silvia Vasques-Lavado started her journey in 2005, when she arrived for the first time at the base of the mountain.

Because of the huge impact she decided to first climb the other high mountains in the world: the Kilimanjaro in 2006, the Elbrus in 2007, the Aconcagua in 2014 and finally became convinced to climb the Himalayas. (more…)

TripAdvisor´s top ranking of Machu Picchu to expand tourism in Peru

Monday May 23, 2016

Recently, Machu Picchu was ranked #1 on TripAdvisor´s 2016 list of Best Landmarks. The head of the National Chamber of Tourism, Fredy Gamarra, asserted that this announcement will increase the number of tourists coming to Peru.

The National Chamber of Tourism has discovered that the majority of tourists gather their information from the internet, particularly reviews posted by other tourists. As TripAdvisor is a major source of information for many travelers, its declaration of Machu Picchu as the best landmark out of the world´s 25 best is an important win for tourism in Peru. (more…)

Peruvian Pedro Pablo de Vinatea Sets Sights on 2016 Paralympics

Monday May 23, 2016

Pedra Pablo de Vinatea is a Peruvian athlete that looks to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. He is currently awaiting confirmation that he qualified.

The ambitious athlete is training hard for the 2016 Paralympic Games with his sights set on qualifying in swimming. He has been looking forward to this for a while.

De Vinatea says of his Paralympic goals, ´´I´ve always wanted to set the country´s reputation sky-high. Hope a decision will be announced within the following weeks, otherwise I´ll have to focus on new goals.´´ (more…)

Granadillas Go to the Netherlands!

Monday May 23, 2016

In an area in the Tulumayo Basin, there is an organization called the Junin-based Agricultural Producers Association is a major exporting source of sweet granadillas. Because of the export program called Sierra Exportadora, the Junin-based Agricultural Producers Association is going to begin exporting its famous granadillas to the Netherlands.

Sierra Exportadora will partner with Peru-based Indigo Foods and Nature´s Pride, which is a supplier of produce in the Netherlands. In addition to providing a means of transport (more…)

Agriculture-related poverty decreased in the last 5 years

Monday May 23, 2016

The Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry declared that poverty related to agriculture has decreased, particularly in rural areas. From 2010 until now, it has decreased by 16%. This means that 782,000 people have emerged from below the poverty line.
The Head of the Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry, Juan Benites, asserts that this decline is due to the bettering and specializing of products that are exported along the coast, and also the imported products in the highlands.

Many Peruvian products are being made available in supermarkets in various cities around the world. (more…)

Peru named Best International Emerging Destination

Friday May 20, 2016

The minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism stated that according to the Lonely Planet Magazine in India, Peru is the “Best International Emerging Destination”.

This recognition indicates that India has a growing interest in Peru, its history, culture and gastronomy.

Due to Peru’s promotional efforts it is expected that more and more tourists from India will come to visit Peru.

During the Travel awards organized by the Lonely Planet Magazine in Mumbai City, India, Peru received the prize for Best International Emerging Destination.

Machu Picchu Ranked as the #1 Landmark in the World!

Thursday May 19, 2016

Tourists flock to numerous special landmarks around the globe each year, each landmark with its own special charm. Recently, Trip Advisor came out with their 2016 Traveller´s Choice Awards, and Machu Picchu was ranked #1 on the list.

Machu Picchu is a unique archaeological site because it was never discovered by the Spaniards during their invasion. It was constructed by the Incas at the height of their Empire, but once the Spaniards started invading, the Incas abandoned the structure to preserve its secret.

The city is situated on the top of a mountain, surrounded my other gorgeous peaks. (more…)

Elimination of the Schengen visa sparks thousands of Peruvian travelers to Europe

Tuesday May 17, 2016

This past March, the Schengen visa requirement was eliminated for Peruvians. This means that Peruvians only have to have their passports and a few other documents in order to enter Europe for 90 days.

The process is much easier; countries merely ask Peruvians to prove that they have enough financial stability to travel through Europe and sometimes ask for confirmation of hotel/residence. It is also made very clear that it is prohibited to work during their time in Europe.

So far, only a few people have been turned away at migrations. (more…)

Peru initiates the protection of its natural resources with a legal use of timber

Tuesday May 17, 2016

The Peruvian government and Peru´s National Forestry and Wildlife Service have introduced a new system for the purchasing of timber. With this new system, they hope to increase the protection of Peru´s natural resources.

The idea of this system is to enforce a stricter policy for the production and purchasing of timber. Both the companies that buy and sell timber are encouraged to commit to buying and selling legal wood.

The Executive Director of Peru´s National Forestry and Wildlife Service has declared that many regional governments throughout Peru (more…)

Peru´s Wititi dance is honored by UNESCO

Tuesday May 17, 2016

Last week, UNESCO deemed the Wititi dance an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The award was accepted by Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.

The Wititi dance comes from the Colca Valley in Peru. It is normally performed in pairs at traditional religious celebrations throughout the months of November, December, January, and February. The fact that it is done in pairs is a symbol for the production cycle of agriculture.

Similar to how couples start in small relationships that burgeon into something greater, agricultural also goes through this cycle of growth. (more…)

24 Peruvian Athletes to Go to the Olympics

Tuesday May 17, 2016

As of now, 24 Peruvian athletes have qualified for different Olympic events. With this number of athletes, it is the largest Peruvian Olympic team in the last 16 years.

Athletes have qualified for the following sports: athletics, rowing, gymnastics, shooting, tae kwon do, sailing, judo, and swimming.

Peru also has several athletes that are still in the running to qualify in wrestling, weightlifting, badminton, and volleyball.

The following athletes have qualified in their specified events: Stefano Peschiera and Paloma Schmidt (sailing) (more…)

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