Marine Reserves of the Americas

The Galapagos National Park is perhaps the most famous marine reserve in South America and was established in 1959. It was Ecuador’s first national park and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Galapagos Islands are in fact an archipelago made up of 13 main volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets lying approximately 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador. As a marine reserve it has legal protection against fishing or development and helps sustain the many species of plant and animal that inhabit its area as well as help protect marine habitats including coral reefs, cold ocean currents and mangrove swamps. The waters around the Galapagos Islands are home to over 3000 different plant and animal species and on the islands the world famous giant tortoises rule the scrubland.

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Amazon Cruises in Peru

Imagine experiencing the Peruvian jungle and its rich ecosystem from the comfort of your own luxury cabin. So pick your favorite cruise and go explore the immense Amazon Rainforest where you can observe several hundred different endemic plant and animal species. There is simply nothing left to do but to pack your bags and make your pick. The most popular cruise is along the Amazon River which has its point of origin in Peru where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers come together. It is one of the longest rivers in the world and contains around 20% of the world’s fresh water, which means that it holds more water than any other river in the world. Seguir leyendo Amazon Cruises in Peru

Peru, A Paradise for Bird Watching

Peru is a country of great diversity, possessing 87 out of the world’s 104 climate zones, including the world’s most rich oceanic current and most extensive tropical mountains. The country reaches from dry deserts to the second wettest area of the earth, making Peru a natural and nurturing breading place for birds. With over 1,804 registered species (approximately 20% of the world’s total), 300 of which are endemic, the country is home to more bird species than North America and Europe combined, making it an unparalleled paradise for birdwatchers. Seguir leyendo Peru, A Paradise for Bird Watching

Peruvian lost cities among the top 8 in the world

The top 8 most interesting and fascinating lost cities of the world have recently been selected and published by Tourism-Review.com, an international news portal for travel trade professionals. Included in the list are 3 remarkable Peruvian archeological sites, counting the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu characterized by the website as the worlds’ most famous lost city, followed by the city of Chan Chan located in Northern Peru and described as the largest pre-Colombian city in the Americas.
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Peruvian Gastronomy for social development

Peru has in recent years become world famous for its unique cuisine consisting of interesting fusions that excites and spoils your pallet. However, not only has the cuisine secured Peru the award as the number one culinary destination in the world in 2013, but it also helped create social development. One of the men aiding the promotion of the culinary arts as a social development tool is the famous Peruvian chef, Gastin Acurio who explains his motivation as follows: “In Peru, one out of ten young people have the good fortune to receive a great education. Seguir leyendo Peruvian Gastronomy for social development

Arequipa – The White City

The second largest city in Peru is Arequipa, but even with a population of about 700,000 people it still has the feel and charm of a small town. It was founded in 1540 close to the coast in order to enable the citizens to trade products from Cusco with Lima. Since the beginning, Arequipa has been commonly referred to as “The white city”, as most of the city is constructed from white volcanic rocks, sillar originating from one of the spectacular surrounding volcanos, the Misti, which is still active at 5822m, the extinct Chachani at 6075m and the Picchu Picchu at 5557m. These white rocks give the city a majestic aspect which has earned it another nick name as the “The beautiful city”. Seguir leyendo Arequipa – The White City