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Peru’s Manu National Park awarded at the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) in Madrid

Thursday February 06, 2014
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This year the Peruvian Manu National Park was elected as the Best International Active Tourism Product in the Nature Category at Fitur, the annual International Tourism Fair in Madrid, Spain.

Manu, officially a Natural Park since 1973 and a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987, is situated in the southern Peruvian regions of Cusco and Madre de Dios.

The jury, made up of tourism operators and members of the media, chose unanimously for this National Park due to the originality, creativity and aesthetics of their campaign (more…)

Will the Colca Valley be an UNESCO Global Geopark?

Wednesday January 15, 2014
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Peruvian authorities have announced they will ask UNESCO to add the Colca Valley (Arequipa) to its Global Geoparks Network, in order to stimulating travel and tourism to this part of Peru.

The Colca Valley boasts a number of important geological sites and the deep and amazing Colca Canyon attracts many Earth-based scientists – next to many tourists.

The mayor of Arequipa’s Caylloma province, Caceres, us also head of the Colca Autonomous Authority or Autocolca and he confirmed that this office will prepare a formal request to the UNESCO. (more…)

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

Tuesday December 10, 2013
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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…)

Two sisters in Peru claim to be legal owners of Machu Picchu

Thursday November 28, 2013
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According to Peru This Week, the sisters Roxana and Gloria Abril say that the land containing Machu Picchu was owned by their family prior to the site’s discovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

The BBC says that the two Peruvian sisters claim to be the rightful owners of the Machu Picchu site because their great-grandfather Mariano Ignacio Ferro owned the land on which the Inca citadel is built, and therefore, they are the legitimate heirs to the property.

“It’s incredible that, being descendants of the sole owner of Machu Picchu, we have to pay to get in. (more…)

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