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. Seguir leyendo 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. Seguir leyendo 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”. Seguir leyendo 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. Seguir leyendo 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. Seguir leyendo 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. Seguir leyendo 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. Seguir leyendo 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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Cajamarca is known for its large and colorful carnival celebrations that attract huge crowds from all over the country and the world. However this small charming city is also an interesting place outside of the carnival season. For starters the city is filled with colonial architecture and surrounded by breathtaking mountains. Moreover it holds a highly important place in the history of the Spanish conquest of South America and Peru, as the city for the setting of the famous encounter between Francisco Pizarro and the last Inca leader Atahualpa. Seguir leyendo Cajamarca – The Lesser Known Highland City
The Cultural Sector Committee of the Union of Ibero-American capital cities has declared Lima, the leading spawning ground for Ibero American culture in 2014. This nomination of the Peruvian capital was based on its ability to recover its archeological cultural heritage and provide public spaces for art, thereby reaffirming to the rest of the world, that Lima nurtures and supports its cultural scene and its many expressions. Seguir leyendo Lima, The Leading spawning ground for Ibero American culture
The city of Trujillo is located in the north western part of Peru and is normally referred to as the City of Eternal Spring. Founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Diego de Almagro, Trujillo was the first important city to proclaim its independence from the Spanish colony in 1820. However, before anything else the region was home to the great civilizations of the Moche, the Chimus and the Incas, which means that the region today is a treasure chamber of amazing archaeological monuments. Seguir leyendo Trujillo – The City of Eternal Spring
Within recent years more and more people have come to realize that Peru is a country with a lot to offer, so much in fact that it has grown to become one of the most popular travel destinations within Latin America. This is however, not surprising, considering that Peru is home to some of the richest bio diverse zones in the world, tasteful and innovative cuisine and an incredibly wide selection of archeological sites left behind by some of the oldest civilizations in the world. Seguir leyendo 6 Reasons why you should Travel to Peru
As it has already been mentioned once before on this blog, Peru is a cradle for fusion gastronomy as well as a treasure chamber for archeological and cultural sites. However, it is not only the exquisite national cuisine and the incredible mountain citadel of Machu Picchu that Peru musters its pride in, but also the national drinks are great monuments of domestic pride. The Pisco Sour cocktail represents the crown jewel of these drinks and it serves as a symbol for Peruvian culture along with the 3 other highly treasured national drinks, Mate de coca, Inca Kola and Chicha morada. Seguir leyendo The National Drinks of Peru
The city of Puno is the capital of the highland region department of the same name. Located at 3827m above sea level the weather is cold and dry, especially at night time. The city was founded in November 1868 by the Spanish count Lermos and for several years since then, the city has been known as the official City of Folklore of Peru. All through the year numerous festivals filled with music and dance take place in the city, most popular of which are the “10 day celebration in honor of the patron of Puno” and the feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria in February, notorious for its devil dancers. Seguir leyendo Puno, The City of Folklore
A widely known story amongst Peruvian tourists and archeology interested souls is the story of how a United States citizen named Hiram Bingham III was the first person to discover Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, high up in the breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian mountains in 1911. A less known part of this story is that Hiram Bingham exported the relics he found on site to The United States where he donated them to Yale University for research purposes. Seguir leyendo Machu Picchu, The Other Side of the Story
Peru might not be as famous for its beaches as say Brazil or Colombia, but that does not mean there are no excellent beaches in Peru. In fact the exact opposite seems to be the case, especially in the northern region of Peru, where there is an outstanding selection of beaches, offering great sunbathing, surfing-and watersport possibilities. More specifically the best beaches are said to be in Trujillo, Paracas, Mancora and Piura, but also Punta Hermosa close to the capital of Lima offers some excellent beaches. Seguir leyendo A guide for beach lovers and surf fans
The archeological and cultural richness of Peru is unmatched by any other country in the world. Through the centuries the many amazing civilizations and empires, that have inhabited the regions of Peru, have left behind great archeological sites in the shape of cities and monuments. It is these interesting and amazing sites that together form the significant architectural legacy which is the result of todays extended knowledge of the amazing cultural history of Peru. However since the selection of monuments and sites is quite wide in Peru, we suggest the following 5 attractions as must see sights in Peru during your visit to this magnificent country. Seguir leyendo The 5 Must See Sights in Peru