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.
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. Continue reading Peru, A Paradise for Bird Watching
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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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. Continue reading Peruvian Gastronomy for social development
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”. Continue reading Arequipa – The White City
The First Luxury Boutique Hotel in Lima has recently opened its doors. The hotel in question is the Arts Boutique Hotel B. On April the 20th 2013 this charming hotel opened up in the bohemian art district of Barranco, located by the coast. Based in a restored historic mansion from 1914, this hotel reflects the classic and the contemporary, thereby showcases the rich cultural heritage and interesting colonial architecture of Peru with a modern twist. Bringing the Belle Epoque Mansion back to life were the best Peruvian Architects and art dealers from the Fine Arts Academy as well as an Italian wood carver, who did an amazing job that the project have become a benchmark for historic restoration. Continue reading First Luxury Boutique Hotel to Open in Lima
Peru is one of the richest countries in the world when it comes to Mother Nature’s unspoiled sceneries and rich diverse wildlife which is why it has been declared amongst the top 10 “megadiverse” countries in the world. Supporting this statement is the fact that the Andes divide Peru into 3 distinct geographic regions, the dry desert coast, the snow-covered highlands and the tropical jungle in the Amazon, all of which offer greatly varying climates and ecological sectors that put together make up 10 percent of the world’s flora and fauna. Continue reading The 5 best Peruvian Forests
The world famous Peruvian Paso Horse is as its name indicates inherent to Peru, in fact it is the Peruvian National horse. It descends directly from Spanish horses brought to Peru by the conquistadores and due to being isolated in Peru for over 500 years the Peruvian Paso Horse is one of the purest breeds in the world. Experts believe that the first horses to reach Peruvian ground was in 1493 on Columbus’s second voyage. Following that were the 62 horses that Francisco Pizarro brought with him when he along with his 160 men captured emperor Inca Atahualpa in Cajamarca. These different Spanish horses make up the original ancestors of the Peruvian Paso horse. Continue reading The Peruvian Paso Horse
Peruvian gastronomy has within the last couple of years gained international recognition for its interesting fusions, exotic ingredients and great diversity. Just this January, Peru won the World Travel Award for Best Culinary Destination, the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar; beating renowned culinary destinations such as France, China, Italy, Spain and Thailand. Continue reading Peru: A Cradle for Fusion Gastronomy
Easter is moving closer and what better way to spend it than in the company of great food, friendly people and rich cultural traditions. If you enjoy being part of traditional cultural ceremonies and rituals while travelling, Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Peru serves as a greatest opportunity to achieve just that.
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