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500 Archaeological Pieces delivered to Peruvian Culture Ministry

Monday March 19, 2018

500 Archaeological Pieces delivered to Peruvian Culture Ministry

The Ministry of Culture in Peru received more than 500 archaeological pieces like ceramics, textiles, stones and wood pieces that are part of Peru’s cultural heritage.

These pieces were in private ownership of collectors from Argentina, Mexico, the US and the UK. Some of the archaeological pieces were also found on the black market. The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Peru delivered the pieces early March.

Former owners of the pieces were Peruvian cultures like the Lambayeque, Sipan, Sican, Chimu (more…)

Peruvian Pre-Colombian Art Featured in Exhibit at Getty Museum in Los Angeles

Tuesday September 26, 2017

Ten pieces representing the cultural legacy of the Lambayeque region in Peru are currently being exhibited along with other relics from Peru and several Latin American countries at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The exhibition, entitled “Kingdom of Gold: Luxury and Legacy in Ancient America,” features a select sample of goldsmith and sumptuary art of major American cultures, with more than 300 works from 50 international cultural institutions.

Represented by roughly 60 cultural assets, Peruvian cultures were selected for this extraordinary exhibition (more…)

Peru´s Hairless Dog Glorified in New York Times

Tuesday August 29, 2017

The prestigious US newspaper The New York Times dedicated a 360-degree video to Peru’s hairless dog, declared a part of Peru´s national heritage in 2001, labelling it “as important as Machu Picchu” and describing it a “living treasure “.

The 360-degree video produced by the famed newspaper features Clelia Lercari, a professional dog breeder who specializes in the Peruvian dog. “Our charming and ancestral Peruvian hairless dog is proud of the following article in The New York Times,” indicates the Facebook publication of Marca Perú.

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…)

New archaeological sites found in Arequipa

Thursday February 04, 2016

You might think that all existing ruins and old remains are already discovered. However, this is not the case even now new archaeological sites are being found. During the lasts months of 2015 a field inspection was conducted in Arequipa’s district of Ayo to identity the cultural potential and the tourism possibilities of this location. During this inspection led by archaeologist Apu Mendoza a total of 90 archaeological sites have been found.

A terrace area has been identified which accounted for more than half of the total area. (more…)

Important Event in Arequipa: Hay Festival

Thursday December 10, 2015

Thanks to Hay Festival, Arequipa will stand out as international events hosting-city, Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva Velarde-Alvarez announced.

Silva, who also serves as Promperu Executive Council Chairwoman, indicated the said meeting will put the White City’s beauty on display by allowing visits to its nine compounds, among them the Municipal Theater and Basilica Cathedral. “We expect attendees to enjoy not only the historical Center, but also the Yanahuara Boardwalk, Colca Valley, its renowned gastronomy and cultural manifestations such as the Wititi dance (more…)

Cusco named Best City by US Travel Magazine

Wednesday October 21, 2015

The Imperial city of Cusco is once again recognized for its history, quality of services and cultural activities.

For the third consecutive year, Cusco has been chosen as the best city in Central and South America by the US Travel Magazine, Travel and Leisure. This newest honor, published on their website along with the rest of the results, placed Cusco ahead of cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Lima, and others from different regions.

According to the Andina news agency, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (more…)

Cusco Named Best City In Latin America For Third Year Running

Tuesday July 14, 2015

The US travel magazine Travel and Leisure has chosen Cusco as the best city in Mexico, Central and South America for the third year in a row.

They published the results on their website along with the results from other parts of the world. Coming in second and third place in Latin America were Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.

The Peruvian Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva said: “This proves our cultural heritage and hotel infrastructure are placed among the top of the world.” (more…)

News from Cusco: Protecting South American Heritage

Thursday May 14, 2015

Experts in the fields of history, conservation and archeology from nine South American counties have met in Cusco, Peru to draw up a new 2015-2020 plan for the protection of South American heritage. The have worked on defining and redefining strategies in areas including conservation, for each of the countries involved – including Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and others – and aims to focus on improving compliance with the world heritage convention, which was signed in 1972.

The most important feature of the 1972 document was the linking together of the importance to protect both natural and cultural heritage. (more…)

Charango Festival in Peru

Wednesday April 08, 2015

This weekend on 11th April, people from all over the San Cristobal district of Peru’s Southern Moquegua region will gather in the community of Sijuaya to celebrate the annual Charango festival (Sarawja – charango de oro). In the local Aymara language Sarawya means “I’m leaving”. Given this name because the festival takes place after carnival celebrations, it is like a closing ceremony bringing together all the families from the communities.

The Charango is a traditional Andean stringed instrument. It originated in Quechua and Aymara communities in post Columbian times and was most likely based on the vihuela brought (more…)

Traditional Peruvian cuisine Cultural Heritage

Wednesday May 14, 2014

The traditional Peruvian cuisine will apply to become an Intagible Cultural Heritage in 2015 as it merits its place on the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)’s landmark list.

“What we aim for 2015 is to prepare all needed documentation to request UNESCO to include the Peruvian gastronomy in the list,” said Luis Castillo Butters. Peru’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Cultural Industries.

He has already formally discussed the proposal to apply the World Heritage  with the Society of Gastronomy (Apega). According to the Peruvian goverment (more…)

The bridge of Q’eswachaka: Cultural Heritage according to UNESCO

Tuesday December 10, 2013

The skills and rituals related to the annual renewal of Peru’s famed Q’eswachaka suspension bridge were added to the intangible cultural heritage list of the UNESCO. The Q’eswachaka bridge – located over the Apurimac River about 11,811 feet above sea level in the province of Canas – is renewed annually in the month of June; it’s a rope bridge that needs to be renewed every year.

According to UNESCO, the list is composed of “intangible heritage elements”.

The renewal of the Q’eswachaka bridge over the Apurimac river is annually (more…)

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