Cultural and Travel News Peru

Amarakaeri Reserve Wins Sustainability Award

Tuesday July 19, 2016

The Amarakaeri Communal Reserve in the area called Madre de Dios has created a project called ´´Economy and Forest: Strengthening Indigenous Communities and Creating Sustainable Producers in America.´´

This is a project that focuses on harvesting chestnuts in a way that doesn´t use deforestation and strengthens the surrounding community. Located in Manu, the reserve is one of the largest communal reserves in Peru. Like most places in the Amazon, it boasts a high biodiversity.

This award was given by a global network called Canopy Bridge (more…)

Peruvians living in France helped give aid after attack

Monday July 18, 2016

Many people were gathered along the beach in Nice, France to watch the fireworks show when a truck plowed through the city and killed more than 80 people.

A Peruvian student, Andres Farfan, commented on his experience during the commotion: ´´I was right in front of the beach when I heard the screams; me and my friends were having dinner at a building near the coastline.´´

Another Peruvian, Joel Fernandez, was close to the danger zone and ran to help. He says, ´´I was close to the area and, as many people, I did not hesitate to approach firefighters and nurses to help save at least one life.´´ (more…)

The future looks bright for Peru´s legume exports

Monday July 18, 2016

A new trend featuring legumes has sparked on a global level. Legumes provide lots of energy and protein, making it a healthy option, and, therefore, are growing in popularity around the world.

Specifically, the United States and Europe are in high demand of legumes, so countries that export this type of produce targets these markets.

Sierra Exportadora, a company working to promote and develop Andean exports, asserts that Peru has great potential to capitalize on this market. Out of most Latin American countries, Peru is one of the leaders in legume production. (more…)

Humanitarian aid was delivered to the areas high in the Andean mountains

Thursday July 14, 2016

The National Civil Defense Institute of Peru sent humanitarian aid to the residents affected by frosts in the mountains in the Tacna region.

The delivered aid included over 27 tons of food and almost 5,000 blankets. These supplies were handed over to the regional authorities for immediate distribution among the citizens of the Pachia, Palca, Tarata and Susapaya districts.

The National Civil Defense Institute has 25 warehouses located throughout Peru. In these warehouses they store humanitarian aid products to be able to assist people in times of need (more…)

NASA´s weather balloon hits ground in Arequipa

Wednesday July 13, 2016

The National Administration of Space and Aeronautics (NASA), has various tools to measure the weather. One such tool, a ´´weather balloon,´´ measures data that tells atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity, and other information.

One of these weather balloons was knocked out of the sky by some strong winds, and the apparatus ended up falling in Camaná, Arequipa.

A team of professionals from NASA flew to Arequipa to retrieve the balloon. Using the GPS on the device, they were able to find it in a low-profile area called Pampas of Cuno Cuno. (more…)

National Geographic does a special on Peru

Tuesday July 12, 2016

Last Friday, July 8th, the first episode of a series about Peru aired on National Geographic Latin America.

The show plans to broadcast eight episodes in total, the theme being Peru´s up and coming gastronomy and rich culture.

Just a few months ago, National Geographic reached out to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism to see if it would be possible to do a project on Peru. The head of the department, Magali Silva, was more than thrilled for Peru to have this type of publicity.

Silva discusses this new opportunity with TV Peru (more…)

PPK names Fernando Zavala Prime Minister

Tuesday July 12, 2016

The future President of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has named Fernando Zavala as Peru´s next Prime Minister.

Kuczynski asserts that Zavala, as an economist, has much knowledge and experience that he can bring to the position. He is 45 years old and has served in various public offices, one of them being Economy and Finance Minister in 2005 and 2006.

It is said that Zavala has accepted this nomination and has already begun to collaborate with Kuczynski´s team.

Zavala is currently working as the CEO at Backus and Johnston S.A.A. Brewing Company. (more…)

Tinajani Stone Valley hosts 2016 dance festival

Tuesday July 12, 2016

The Tinajani Stone Valley was named a National Geopark after the urging of the Geological, Mining & Metallurgical Institute. It is located at an altitude of 3,953 meters and is in the Melgar province.

Boasting beautiful nature and a mysterious aura, this Geopark contains sandstones that people come from around the region to see.

This special place hosts two very unique events: the 23rd Autochthonous Dance Contest and the 17th International and National Tinajani 2016 Festival. Hundreds of people gather at both of these events to observe the colorful traditions of Peru. (more…)

Mancora: Best Southamerican Beach 2016

Friday July 08, 2016

Mancora: Best Southamerican Beach 2016

The World Travel Awards Declares Máncora to be South America´s Leading Beach Destination for 2016.

Each year, the World Travel Awards chooses the best beach in South America. This year´s award was given to Peru´s Máncora!

In previous years, the award has been given to San Andrés, Colombia; Mar del Plata, Argentina; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year´s nominees for best beach destination were Easter Island, Chile; Fernando de Noronha, Brazil; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Mar del Plata, Argentina; Margarita Island, Venezuela; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and San Andrés, Colombia. (more…)

The bad living conditions of the River Dolphin in the Amazon

Wednesday July 06, 2016

An ex trainer of the Huayrurín river dolphin in the Amazon has made a formal complaint about its living conditions. The dolphin lives in tanks with rough walls where they hurt itself.

This Amazon River dolphin can never completely recover from its injuries sustained in September 2015 due to the precarious living conditions in the Quistococha zoo in Iquitos.

The ex-trainer and complainant, Sandy Tassi, appeared in the Peruvian TV program Cuarto Poder to talk about the poor living conditions of the dolphin, including poor quality of water and the rough tank walls. (more…)

Threats in Tarma to kill the Andean spectacled bear

Wednesday July 06, 2016

In the province of Tarma there is a small community of San Pedro de Churco located close to the Pampa Hermosa National Sanctuary in Huasahuasi.

The people in this small village are threatening to kill the Andean spectacled bear because they say that these bears are attacking their cattle and sheep.

They say that in the last years the bears have been attacking their animals because of the remoteness of the area and because there are not enough people to take care of the livestock.

Pisco is officially Peruvian! The European Commission recognizes Peru as the origin of Pisco

Wednesday July 06, 2016

Peruvian leaders have been pushing this development with the intent of protecting and promoting Pisco as Peru´s national alcoholic beverage. With this acknowledgment of the European Commission, Peru as Pisco´s origin will be protected and guarded on an international level.

For many years, Peru and Chile have debated over the origin of Pisco; each country claims itself as the rightful origin. Although the European Commission has deemed Peru as the official origin of the liquor, this doesn´t mean that Chile can´t use the name ´´Pisco.´´ (more…)

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