Tuesday June 21, 2016

Inti Raymi, or Festival of the Sun, will take place this Friday, June 24th in Cusco, Peru. This is a celebration that the Incas observed every year, and the Cusco locals continue in their tradition.

As Cusco was the capital of the Incan Empire, the city held much significance, so this important festival was practiced here. The Inti Raymi festival is very similar to the New Years celebrations that we have at the beginning of January.

The Incas chose to celebrate at this time of the year because it marks the end of the harvest period and the start of the vernal equinox. (more…)

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Another ancient geoglyph was found in the Nazca desert

Monday May 02, 2016

The archaeological site on Nazca was declared a World heritage site by UNESCO because of the animal figures, objects and anthropomorphic figures that can only be seen by flying over the area. Recently, an entire new geoglyph has been discovered at Pampa de Majuelos. This is an important discovery for the scientific community and for the tourism sector.

According to National Geographic the new discovered geoglyph is a 30-meter long figure drawn upon the arid plateaus, the figure would represent an animal with a long tongue. (more…)

Thousands enjoy the famous Pachamanca dish in Peru

Tuesday April 05, 2016

The Cuasimodo Regional Fair recently took place in Huancayo, where cooks began preparing the famous Pachamanca dish at 3:00 that morning.

Pachamanca is a famous dish that uses many meats and vegetables. It is cooked underground using hot rocks and seasonings. The hot rocks are placed in a hole in the ground to create a make-shift oven and the meat is covered with corn leaves to create a roasting effect.

Almost 8,000 people attended the event and had the opportunity to eat Pachamanca. (more…)

Holy Week in Ayacucho: the biggest religious festival in Peru

Wednesday March 16, 2016

With the anticipation of Holy Week, the Andean city of Ayacucho prepares for its annual celebrations. Huge structures are built, blankets of flowers are arranged, candlelit processions are organized, dances are choreographed, and bulls are prepped.

Ayacucho is rich in history and is perfect for the celebrations of Holy Week. It has 33 churches, which represent each year of Jesus Crist´s life on earth. It boasts cobble-stoned streets, beautiful architecture from colonial times, and a past tainted by the Shining Path era. All of these things come to light during the Holy Week festivities. (more…)

New Study Shows Pre-Columbian Peoples More Diverse than Previously Believed

Tuesday June 02, 2015

The pre-columbian peoples of Peru were more diverse than we ever imagined, claims a team of anthropologists from the United States. Their findings come as support for the theory that there was significant variation before Europeans arrived on the scene.

The team of anthropologists studied the skulls of pre-Columbian skeletons searching for small but important differences. These differences help scientists understand where people came from, who their ancestors were in other words, and how these people interacted. (more…)

Extra Protection for National Parks Puno

Friday May 22, 2015

News from Puno. Puno is a well-known area for its bio diversity. The landscape is incredible as the Andes Mountains reach nearly 6km above sea level looking down over the Peruvian amazon at only 400m. Here are many species that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. The area is home to iconic animals such as the Jaguar. Unfortunately in many areas local ecosystems face severe threats from urbanization, pollution, climate change and invasion from foreign species to name a few.

The current protection plan covers about 11% of the total area, but there are now plans to increase this to 23%. (more…)

Cave Paintings Dating to 7,000 BC in Southern Peru Remain Unprotected and Unkown

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Vilavilani cave in southern Peru houses some of the country’s most stunning ancient cave paintings, yet it is relatively unknown and unprotected. The paintings display scenes of the early hunters and gathers of Peru in an astounding array of colors from bright reds, yellows, oranges and browns to whites, blacks and greens. The Vilavilani cave is located in the Palca district in the region of Tacna.

Little is known about these paintings as little attention has ben paid to them. Through comparison to the near-by paintings in the caves of Toquepala (more…)

DNA Testing May Prove Link Between Pre-Incan and early Chinese Cultures

Monday January 05, 2015

Chinese archaeologists hope to conduct DNA testing to prove a link between the Shang culture and pre-Incan cultures in Peru. Similarities between artistic depictions by the geographically distant cultures and a Chinese legend about a traveling prince are the prompts for further investigation.

Tang Jigen is a Chinese archeologist who specializes in the history of the Shang Dynasty, c. 1600 BC – 1046 BC, and one of the scholars calling for DNA testing to confirm a theory that is not new to Chinese archeologists. (more…)

Cable car to Kuelap archaeological site

Friday October 24, 2014

Peru’s government has decided to build a cable car system to reach the Kuelap archaeological site. Kuelap is located in the cloud forest of the northern Amazonas region.

The cable car should make it easier for tourists to visit Kuelap on the top of a mountain. The archaeological site was declared cultural heritage in 2003 but this has not caused tourists to visit the place en masse. Most tourists go directly to the south of Peru to visit Machu Picchu.

The project is expected to cost $17.9 million, and will be ready to run for tourists in 2016. (more…)

Peruvian cajón drum to be recognized internationally

Friday October 24, 2014

On the first of November the cajón drum will be officially recognized as a Peruvian instrument. The Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Washington will do the honors.

The Afro-Peruvian cajón is an instrument introduced by slave musicians in the Spanish colonial Americas. In Peru, to be exact. The sound is typical for Peruvian creole music and in international music genres such as gypsy flamenco.

Diana Alvarez-Calderon, Peru’s Culture Minister, and Juan Jimenez, permanent Representative of Peru to the OAS (more…)

Reliefs discovered with human and fish forms

Tuesday October 07, 2014

In the archaeological site Vichama, a group of Peruvian archaeologists discovered reliefs with human and fish forms that belonged to the Caral civilization. They are an estimated 3,800 years old. “More than 30 figures have been found. They seem to represent a ritual dance and are associated with the cult of the sea and the island of St. Maarten”, said archaeologist Tatiana Abad, head of the project.
Vichama is an archaeological site located on the right bank of Végueta River near the city of Huacho, in the Lima region. A few years ago the place was dealing with urban expansion from the Végueta village. (more…)

Peruvian film festival in New York

Thursday September 18, 2014

Till the 19th of September there is a film festival in New York City dedicated to Peruvian film makers. This fifth edition focusses on the Peruvian archaeological heritage. The free event shows documentaries and narrative features as well as video-art installations and concerts of Andean music.

Highlighted films include The Gospel of the Flesh (by Eduardo Mendoza). The film presents a complex portrait of a socially and financially precarious world in Lima. And The Mute, (Daniel and Diego Vega) a dark comedy that is a contender in the Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars. (more…)

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