Cultural and Travel News Peru

Can llamas protest? You better believe it!

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Over the past days, many protests have occurred in the United States in defiance of the newly inaugurated president, Donald Trump.

Although it might seem like protests can only be attended by people, a few native Peruvian alpacas and llamas showed otherwise!

Ethan Abbott, owner of the animals, brought these attendees to Washington DC to promote the importance of farming and food. In addition, he also asserted that the alpacas and llamas really enjoyed the marching.

Frog Species Discovered in Peru

Tuesday January 24, 2017

A new frog species was recently discovered in Peru! The discovery was made in the Communal Reserve called Amarakaeri.

The new species was found to be poisonous, hence its name “Ameerega shihuemoy,” which means poisonous frog in the local language.

This frog is quite small, sizing under 3 cm. They are identified with their vibrant colors, marking them as poisonous in the animal world.

Scientists seek to continue to promote the protection of this area, and it is the home to new species that are fighting to survive. (more…)

Peruvian Mummy is one of the Best Discoveries of 2016

Tuesday January 24, 2017

This past year, a female woman was found in Peru. This Peruvian mummy has been declared as one of the best discoveries of 2016.

The Institute of Archaeology of America has declared a list of the top 10 discoveries of the past year, and this mummy made the list.

The mummy was discovered in April by a research team surveying the archaeology in the site of Aspero. This is just north of Peru´s capital, Lima.

The skeleton was found wrapped and tied with wool and ropes (more…)

Peru Wins Award at Tourism Competition in Spain

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Peru recently won an award in tourism at a tourism competition in Spain. This fair was the 22nd Best Active Tourism Product Competition.

The competition was put on by the International Tourism Trade Fair, intended to promote tourism across the globe and expand upon the existing products in the industry.

The publication called ´´Peru, Mucho Gusto´´ won the award for Food&Wine Tourism. The award was given by a panel of people in various facets of tourism, whether that be magazines, social media, or otherwise. (more…)

Alpacas Suffer from the Drastic Weather of 2016

Tuesday January 17, 2017

The drastic weather of 2016 has caused alpacas to suffer this year. In fact, certain regions with extreme drops in temperature have seen many alpaca deaths.

Peru holds 80% of the world´s alpaca, specifically in the southern Peruvian region. It is in this region that Peru has had an unusual amount of rain, cold temperatures, and severe dry season.

Local Peruvian farmers have asserted the issue that their livestock is in danger from the harsh weather. It is said that 180,000 alpacas died in the south of Peru due to weather conditions.

Thousands to Flock to Cajamarca for Carnival

Tuesday January 17, 2017

Each year, February marks the Carnival season in Peru. Thousands are expected to flock to the Cajamarca region for Carnival this year.

In fact, more than 10,000 tourists are expected to travel to the Cajamarca region for this time of year. As many as 15,000 visitors may end up traveling here for the festivities.

As hostels and hotels fill up so quickly, many people stay with family or friends, or also rent houses so they can be present at this famous month-long event.

US to Invest in Choquequirao

Tuesday January 17, 2017

This year, the United States plans to invest $2.67 million in Choquequirao. They want to put this money towards research at the archaeological site.

Specifically, the research will consist of additional excavation and stewardship of site. One of the leaders of the project, Vidal Pino, asserted the importance of this stewardship.

He states, “As for maintenance, conservation, and updating of the Choquequirao Archaeological Park Master Plan, some $891,000 is being invested over the 2015-2017 period.”

Peruvian Avocado Exports Flourished in 2016

Tuesday January 17, 2017

According to the Association of Peruvian Exporters, Peruvian avocado exports have flourished in 2016. The Association´s data and statistics system asserted that this is the fourth year in row that it´s seen this positive growth.

Four years ago in 2013, avocado exports totaled US$184.4 million. This has increased substantially over the last years, reaching a total of US$445.7 million at the end of 2016.

These high numbers of avocado exports show the importance that the fruit has in Peru´s trade system. In fact, avocados make up 10.9% of Peru´s total agricultural exports. (more…)

Mancora: Dream or Nightmare?

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Is Mancora a dream or a nightmare? Tourists and locals are asking themselves this while experiencing Peru’s city along the North coast. On one hand, it is a fun town, populated with lots of surfers, but on the other hand, the lazy authorities avoid abiding by the laws.

In addition, the beaches are packed with parties, pets, ATVs and informal vendors, but also have many restaurants, bars and clubs in order to entertain many tourists. There is a lack of development and infrastructure in this region, and tourists apparently disobey the laws and trash the beaches. (more…)

New Records in Peru’s Banana Exports

Wednesday January 11, 2017

New Records in Peru’s Banana Exports were reached between October 2016 and January 2017. In total, exports reached US$128.8 million, which is an increase of 7% from the same period of the year before.

A year ago, the industry experienced a 7.6% growth. The major country who imports Peru´s bananas is the Netherlands, which leads this ranking with around 33.6% of all the shipments. The United States follows closely with 30.2% of all the shipments.

Next to that, other countries such as Germany, Belgium, South Korea, Finland, Japan and many more (more…)

A “Turbulent” 2017 Predicted by Peruvian Shamans

Wednesday January 11, 2017

A “turbulent” 2017 was predicted by Peruvian Shamans according to Reuters. Every year on Lima’s beaches, the shamans meet and carry out the rituals in order to see spiritual figures.

Even though the predictions for the 2016 U.S. elections weren’t correct by the Shamans, they have a “safe prediction” in terms of politics and a clear opinion.

Mostly, they referred to problems the election of Donald trump will bring for the future. The major problem predicted will be the expulsion of illegal immigrants, in addition to the worsening of the situation with Israel. (more…)

The Machu Picchu Base in the Antarctica

Wednesday January 11, 2017

The Machu Picchu Base in Antarctica was founded in 1982. It aims to do research and conduct a scientific expedition on King George Island in Admiralty Bay, Antarctica.

This icy land in the North of our planet will have a visit from scientists on Monday the 9th of January, in an expedition called Antar XXIV. The reason for their visit is to improve international relations, maintaining and reinforcing affinity with other nations who are among this Antarctic treaty, a 53-party system.

In addition, experts say that these expeditions are a major factor for Peru (more…)

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