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Lima city tour: Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological precinct; Lima Downtown: mayor square, Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, El Olivar en San isidro, Larco Mar en Miraflores - Cusco city tour and visit a: mayor square, the Cathedral, Koricancha; 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara y Tambomachay - Machu Picchu excursion Guide tour to the lost city of the inkas. Vistadome train service ...(View Details)
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Lima city tour: Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological precinct; Lima Downtown: mayor square, Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, El Olivar en San isidro, Larco Mar en Miraflores - Cusco city tour and visit a: mayor square, the Cathedral, Koricancha; 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara y Tambomachay; Sacred Valley: village and Indian market of Pisac, Ollantaytambo fortress and Chinchero Market - Machu Picchu excursión, Guide tour to the lost city of the inkas. Vistadome train service ...(View Details)
• Peru Travel, Lima Cusco and Machu Picchu 7 Days 6 nights
Lima city tour: Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological precinct; Lima Downtown: mayor square, Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, El Olivar en San isidro, Larco Mar en Miraflores - Cusco city tour and visit a: mayor square, the Cathedral, Koricancha; 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara y Tambomachay; Sacred Valley: village and Indian market of Pisac, Ollantaytambo fortress and Chinchero Market - Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu 2days/1night, Guide tour to the lost city of the inkas. Vistadome train service, overnight in Aguas Calientes
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Lima City Tour, Arequipa City Tour, Colca Canyon, Puno, Titicca lake, Los Uros and Taquile Islands, Cusco City tour (Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, Koricancha), Sacred Valley village and Indian market of Pisac, Ollantaytambo fortress and Chinchero Market, Machu Picchu, Chiclayo, Lord of Sipan, Trujillo (city tour) Chan Chan ...(View Details)
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Lima - Pachacamac ancient Pre-Columbian ruins - Flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines - Cusco city tour and visit a: mayor square, the Cathedral, Koricancha; 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara y Tambomachay - Sacred Valley: village and Indian market of Pisac, Ollantaytambo fortress and Chinchero Market - Machu Picchu excursión, Guide tour to the lost city of the inkas. Vistadome train service ...(View Details)
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Lima - Cusco city tour and visit a: mayor square, the Cathedral, Koricancha; 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara y Tambomachay - Sacred Valley village and Indian market of Pisac, Ollantaytambo fortress and Chinchero Market - Machu Picchu excursion, Inka trail 2/1 our hike from km 104, visit to Wiñayhuayna, Overnight in Aguas Calientes,Guide tour to the lost city of the inkas - Cusco, Horse Back Riding half day (Sacsayhuaman, Q´enko, Puca Pucara, and temple of Tambomachay) - Puerto Maldonado 3/2, Transfer and overnight to Wasai Lodge; Tambopata River And Macaws Travel up the Tambopata River for an hour, Observation of nature in Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Observation of Macaws, Night excursion to search for caimans
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Lima - Cusco city tour and visit a: mayor square, the Cathedral, Koricancha; 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara - Sacred Valley, village and Indian market of Pisac, Ollantaytambo fortress and Chinchero Market - Machu Picchu excursión, Guide tour to the lost city of the inkas. Vistadome train service - Puno: visit the floating islands of Uros, Taquile island; Titicaca Sun Island full day.- Puno, Copacabana, Sun Island, Inti Wata Complex, Copacabana, Puno ...(View Details)
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Lima city tour, Lima Downtown - Chiclayo, visit to Huaca Rajada, the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum - Trujillo, travel by private car or bus, visit the Temples of the Sun and Moon, Trujillo city tour, royal palace complex of Chan Chan, visit to Huanchaco beach - Lima - Paracas - Nazca, excursion to the Ballestas islands, Transfer to Nazca by private transportation( 3 hours), Nazca Lines Overflight for half an hour visit to the Chauchilla cemetery - Arequipa city tour, Colca Canyon excursion, overnight in Colca Valley, Condor Cross - Cusco, city tour and visit a 4 local archeological sites - Sacred Valley - Machupicchu excursión , Guide tour to the lost city of the inkas, Overnight in Aguas Calientes - Cusco - Puno, visit the floating islands of Uros, Visit to Taquile island, Titicaca Sun Island full day -Lima - Iquitos, Explorama Lodge, Canopy Walkway - Lima ...(View Details)
• Peru Travel, Incas Empire 14 Days 13 nights
Lima - Arequipa City Tour, private service, Colca Canyon 2d/1n, Condor Cross - Arequipa - Cusco, city tour - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu excursión, Guide tour to the lost city of the inkas. Vistadome train service - Cusco - Puno, Uros and Taquile ...(View Details)
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Lima - Puerto Maldonado 3/2 Transfer to Lodge, Tambopata River, Observation of Macaws, Night excursion to search for caimans - Cusco, city tour and visit a: Mayor Square, the Cathedral, Koricancha, 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara y Tambomachay. Sacred Valley, Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4Days 3nights Cusco - Puno, visit the floating islands of Uros, Visit to Taquile island - Lima
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Lima city tour, Lima Downtown: mayor square, Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, El Olivar en San isidro, Larco Mar en Miraflores - Iquitos, the Explorama dock, Fifty mile journey down the Amazon River to Yanamonohike along the "Lake Trail" through lowland rainforest (in boat during the high season), Morning walk along the "Bushmaster Trail", boat trip along the Amazon in search of either of the two species of freshwater dolphin, Morning walk along a local river trail with stops along the way, visit the "ribereños" - Lima - Cusco, city tour - Machu Picchu excursion/fullday, Guide tour to the lost city of the inkas in Vistadome ...(View Details)
• Peru Travel, Lima and the Incas land 9 Days 8 nights
Lima - Cusco, city tour and visit a: mayor square, the Cathedral, Koricancha 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara y Tambomachay, Sacred Valley - Inca Trail To Machupicchu - 4Days 3nights travel by bus to the Km 82 (sacred valley), hike to Llulluchapampa camp at Huayllabamba, Warmiwañusca (4,200 m. alt.), camp along the river Pacamayo at the bottom of the pass, Hike towards Runku Rakay (3,800 masl.), hrough a dense cloud forest to Wiña Wayna passing many Inca ruins on the way, Overnight in Wiñayhuayna, rise very early so that we may watch the sunrise from Inti Punku, Guided tour in “The lost City of the inkas”, Overnight at the hotel in Aguas Calientes - Lima
• Peru Travel, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands 15 Days 14 Nights
Lima city tour, Lima Downtown: mayor square, Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, El Olivar en San isidro, Larco Mar en Miraflores - Lima - Cusco, city tour and visit a: mayor square, the Cathedral, Koricancha 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara y Tambomachay, Sacred Valley Pisac, Ollantaytambo y Chicheros, Machu Picchu 2 days 1 night by train - Lima to Quito, Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos islands, Santa Cruz, Española, Floreana, North Seymour, Rabida, Fernandina, Bartolome, Charles Darwin Research Station
•Peru Travel, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Easter Island 12 Days 11 Nights
Lima city tour, Lima Downtown: mayor square, Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, El Olivar en San isidro, Larco Mar en Miraflores - Lima - Cusco, city tour and visit a: mayor square, the Cathedral, Koricancha 4 local archeological sites: Sacsayhuamán, Quenco, Puca Pucara y Tambomachay, Sacred Valley Pisac, Ollantaytambo y Chicheros, Machu Picchu 2 days 1 night by train - Lima to Santiago de Chile, Santiago to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) ...(View Details)
With an area of 1,285,215 square km, Peru is the third-largest country in South America after Brazil and Argentina, ranking it amongst the world's 20 largest nations.
Peru also holds sway over the sea up to 200 miles from the Peruvian coast and has territorial rights to an area of 60 million hectares in the Antarctic. Peru is divided into 24 departments. Lima is the capital of Peru.
Peru is a nation of mixed ethnic origins. Throughout its history, Peru has been the meeting ground for different nations and cultures. The indigenous population was joined 500 years ago by the Spaniards.
As a result of this encounter, and later enriched by the migration of African blacks, Asians and Europeans, Peruvian man emerged as the representative of a nation whose rich ethnic mix is one of its leading characteristics.
- Spanish: 80,3%
- Quechua: 16,2%
- Other languages: 3,0%
- Foreign languages: 0,2%
The official currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.), which is divided into 100 centimos. The currency includes coins for 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimos and 1, 2 and 5 sol coins. There are bills in the denomination of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Nuevos Soles.
Peru is a democratic republic. The president and members of Congress are elected every five years by universal suffrage. The current constitutional president of Peru is Alan Garcia Pérez (2006-2011).
Roman Catholic: 89,03%
Other religions: 2,56%
Any Religion: 1.65%
Peru is divided into three regions: the coast, the highlands and the jungle.
Although this simple division is a fair portrait of Peru's geography, the reality is much richer and far more complex: in Peru, nature appears to have taken on particular characteristics which have turned its mountains, plains, jungles and valleys into unique habitats.
An extraordinary variety of eco-systems shelters a wide diversity of animals and plants.
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Peru: a privileged destination
Heir to ancient cultures and a rich colonial tradition, Perú is a magical spot which involves one of the richest biodiversities of Earth, and is a melting pot of different cultures who together are forging the promise of a better future.
Important hotel infrastructure
Important hotel infrastructure.
- 7.646 lodgings offering 131.624 rooms and 229.886 beds
- 26 five-star hotels, 26 four-star hotels, 487 three-star hotels
- 927 two star-hotels, 411 one star-hotels and 42 logdes.
Accessibility by air and land
- 14 airports equipped to receive commercial flights and 10 ready for international flights: Lima, Arequipa, Chiclayo, Pisco, Pucallpa, Iquitos, Cusco, Trujillo, Tacna and Juliaca.
- 17 airlines operating international flights
- 7 airline companies offering domestic flights
- More than 78,000 kilometers of highways, 8,084.26 of which are asphalted
Ten thousand years of history are lived through 180 museums and historical places. While Peru inevitably evokes images of Machu Picchu and the Inca empire, the country is also riddled with archaeological sites which are a legacy of even more ancient times, when great civilizations bequeathed a legacy of their art, customs and rituals, their wisdom and skills.
Nature and Landscapes
- As home to 84 of the 104 life zones that exist on our plant makes Peru a privileged destination for nature lovers.
- Close to 20% of the worlds birds and 10% of the world's reptiles live here.
- Peru has converted 13% of its territory into Protected Natural Areas.
Festivities and Traditions
Peru is a country that sings and dances in joy and sadness with color and a great deal of paraphernalia. Peruvians celebrate some 3,000 festivals all over the country.
Over 40,000 restaurants across the country reflect the diversity of a nation that has mixed its native traditions with the cuisines of Europe, Arabia, China, Africa and Japan. The result: unique flavours that make Peruvian cuisine one of the best and most varied in the world.
Recipes such as cebiche (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), pachamanca (meat and vegetables cooked underground), chupe de camarones (shrimp soup), ají de gallina (spicy chicken) and juanes (cornmash pastries) are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes served up in Peru.
Peru was gifted with lands and seas of divine abundance and we, the Peruvians, for centuries now, have given thanks for this gift by cooking, eating, and creating just as the gods do.
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While Peru inevitably evokes images of Machu Picchu and the Inca empire, the country is also riddled with archaeological sites which are a legacy of even more ancient times, when great civilizations bequeathed a legacy of their art, customs and rituals, their wisdom and skills.
The Inca empire was a recent arrival during the process of cultural development in the Andes during the pre-Hispanic era, and the history of the Incas barely accounts for a century within the 20,000 years of human occupation of Peruvian territory.
Much earlier than the Incas and while civilizations like the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Indian, and Chinese (3000 and 2000 B.C.) flourished, the city of Caral, located north of the city of Lima-Peru, was built; this was the first American expression of a Pre-Ceramic urban settlement with monumental architecture in an area greater than 10 hectares. Later, in the northern highlands, the Chavin (800 – 200 B.C.) achieved significant advances in architecture, engineering, and agriculture.
The Chavín civilization (1500-400 BC) achieved considerable prowess in architecture, engineering and agriculture in the northern highlands. Along the north coast, the Moche civilization (200 BC-700 AD) is famous for its realistic pottery (portraits carved into pots and gourds) and its pyramid-shaped temples. The same area was later controlled by the Chimú kingdom (900-1450 AD), who built Chan Chan, an immense mud-brick citadel featuring 12-meter-high walls and superb architectural work.
To the south, the Nazca people (200 BC-900 AD) etched an impressive series of figures etched into the desert floor known as the Nazca Lines, while graves belonging to the Paracas culture (800 BC-600 AD) have unearthed superb weavings which point to the magical and religious vision that governed the lives of this ancient civilization.
Centuries later, the Incas (1300-1500 AD) were to make Cusco the center of their empire, building major constructions such as Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Koricancha. It is here that myth and history merge, where the Inca roads, the towns, people and traditions are a living example of the Andean spirit, sacred and monumental.
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ECLAC: Peru is the world's largest asparagus trader
Lima, Apr. 16. Peru was the undisputed world leader in the export of asparagus during the period between 2008 and 2012, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has said.
Peru expanded its fresh green asparagus exports
to the US market last year
In its study "The international asparagus business in Peru", Eclac stated that in order to maintain this position, an agile and strategic use of information will be required.
Likewise, the regional entity warned that factors such as global market dynamics, competition from Mexico, the growth of logistics costs, changes in currency exchange and the lack of similarity between different exporter trade policies make it clear that more and better decisions need to be made in the sector for it to retain its leading position as the world's largest asparagus traders.
Moreover, the report said climate change is having an increasingly bigger impact on the asparagus business, both in terms of production and consumption, be it due to the effects of temperatures, rainfall or drought.
The report acknowledges that, to face these challenges, the country's institutions are making an effort to achieve technological innovations, but unfortunately they act in isolation and do not see the need to do so throughout the entire production chain.
"The National Institute of Agricultural Innovation (INIA) is the governing body of the National Agricultural Innovation System. Therefore, public policies should aim towards the strengthening of this institution, to which end the participation of the private sector is vital," he added.
Work still needs to be done in sectorial articulation, as well as in market development, such as in the case of Germany and Japan (which are among the largest asparagus consumers), freshplaza.comreported.
"Peru's competition is the Mexican asparagus supply, which has become a "rising star" during the first two quarters in several countries such as the UK, the Netherlands and Spain and all year round in the United States," says the report, noting that in the latter, Mexican producers benefit from the parity of the peso against the U.S. dollar.
The second half of the year is when Peru concentrates most of its exports. However, it is noted that shipments to Spain are stagnating and those to the Netherlands and the UK have are starting to face some small competitors.
Huascaran National Park to draw 6,000 tourists over Easter week
Lima, Apr. 14. Huascaran National Park, in Peru’s central Ancash region, expects to receive more than 6,000 tourists during this year’s Easter holidays, which run from 17th April to 20th April, it was reported Monday.
Pastoruri snow-covered mountain in the region of
Ancash. Photo: ANDINA/Rubén Grández
Pedro Gamboa, head of the National Service of Protected Areas by the State (Sernanp), noted the snow-covered mountain of 6,768 meters above sea level will become the third most visited among the protected natural reserves in the country.
"Huascaran attracted a total of 16,117 visitors during the first two months of 2014," said Gamboa. “This figure represents an increase of 2,000 travelers over the same period last year, with revenues estimated at over 150,000 soles (US$ 53,879)".
According to Sernanp, three of the most popular attractions located within the Ancash’s national park are the Llanganuco lake, Caraz and Huaraz, mainly visit by tourists from within Peru, while foreigners are mainly lured by Huascaran’s snow-capped mountains.
"The Paracas National Reserve along with the Ballestas islands, in the country’s southern Ica region, will receive 15,000 visitors over the reported holidays," Gamboa said in statements Andina news agency.
In that sense, the tourist official stressed the aforementioned protected areas received a record breaking 161,000 tourists in the first two months of the year.
Ancient Peruvian treasures on display in Washington D.C.
Lima, Apr. 12. An impressive exhibition featuring gold and silver artifacts of Peru’s pre-Inca period is on display at the National Geography Society Museum in Washington D.C.
The exhibition is titled “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed” and features extraordinary pieces belonging to the Moche and Sican cultures which grown along the Peruvian northern coast.
The remarkable exhibition features funerary masks, textiles, ceremonial ornaments, ceramics and jewelry which are highlights of the stunning examples of the ancient treasures unearthed.
Peruvian Gold will take visitors on a journey through the lavishly illustrated stories from the pages of National Geographic that have documented these discoveries. The exhibition uses many maps, timelines, photos, text panels, and video to bring this journey to life.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is El Tocado, the largest and most ornate pre-Columbian headdress ever discovered. It dates from the Middle Sican period (A. D. 900-1100) and has not been displayed in the United States prior to this event.
This exhibition is a visual representation of National Geographic’s longstanding relationship with Peru, which began with National Geographic’s coverage of Hiram Bingham’s excavation of Machu Picchu in 1911.
Moreover, it explains how the artifacts reflect the customs, beliefs, and ideals of the cultures that produced and utilized them. A map and timeline of Peru’s earliest cultures serve as the starting point for visitors. It then continues with theiconography, craftsmanship, and ceremonial heritage of these complex societies.
The exhibition is organized thematically with the first group emphasizing the importance of symbolism in cultures from the Andean nation through intricate animal masks and impressive breastplates worn by dignitaries and priests.
It then moves to highlight objects that illustrate ancient Peruvian craftsmanship, attire, rituals, and even libations.
By completing the journey through Ancient Peru, visitors will have the opportunity to not only explore ancient Peruvian civilizations, but develop a better understanding of why these cultures still dazzle the world today.
Ayacucho to attract 15,000 tourists over Easter Week
Lima, Apr. 11. Undoubtedly, Easter Week in the city of Ayacucho, located in the south-central Andes, is one of the most famous religious festivities in Peru and this time, this beautiful city expects to attract over 15,000 domestic and foreign tourists.
Holy Week in the Peru's Ayacucho region
According to Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur), arrangements have been made with various sectors in order to receive a large influx of visitors and to provide more security in the city.
Carlos Oriendo, head of Directur noted that some residents are preparing their homes to provide rooms and offer some services as many hotels will be fully-booked during these festivities.
Thus, Oriendo noted that visitors can visit Ayacucho's main attractions such as the archaeological complex of Wari, Pikimachay, Vilcashuamán and enjoy the delicious local cuisine.
Moreover, he highlighted the city is not only known for its amazing architecture and landmark destinations but also for its celebrations of the people's deep religious beliefs which can be seen in their 10 day-progroam of Easter Week.
Easter Week's main activities in Ayacucho will begin on Friday before Palm Sunday, with the enactment of the meeting between Christ and his mother, the Virgen Dolorosa.
Peru's Tambopata National Reserve to draw 43,000 tourists in 2014
Lima, Apr. 09. Tambopata National Reserve, located in Peru's south-eastern region of Madre de Dios, expects to receive more than 43,000 domestic and foreign tourists this year, the National Service of Protected Areas by the State (Sernanp) reported.
Peru's Tambopata National Reserve
Deysi Angeles, an official at Sernanp, explained this figure represents an increase of 10% compared with 2013.
Angeles pointed out that in 2013, the national reserve received a total of 39,435 visitors. Of the total, 33,224 were foreigners and 6,211 Peruvians.
She said that several ecotourism lodges around the buffer zone will be built in order to provide more accommodations to tourists visiting this area.
"Out of the protected area of the buffer zone, there are some 20 shelters, where tourists stay for one- day tours or for camping and then to return to their hotels," she said.
Likewise, she noted that there are only three authorized ecotourism lodges operating in the Tambopata's reserve. They belong to three different companies.
The protected natural area covers an area of 274.690 hectare and is home to 632 bird species, 1200 butterfly species, 169 mammal species, 205 fish species, 103 amphibian species, and 67 reptile species.
44th APEC Tourism Working Group Meeting kicks off in Cusco
Cusco, Apr. 08. The Imperial city of Cusco, in south-eastern Peru, is hosting the 44th Tourism Working Group (TWG) Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum from April 8th to April 11th, it has been reported.
Ollantaytambo Archaeological site, located in Peru's
south-eastern Cusco region.
Photo: ANDINA/Percy Hurtado.
At the meeting, the key role that taxes play to benefit tourism industry growth as well as the way to increase the demand for travel and tourism goods and services are being discussed.
Moreover, participates at the gathering addressed issues such as sustainable tourism management and improved recognition and understanding of tourism as a vehicle for economic and social development.
“We are eager to provide the best of Cusco to the illustrious visitors who come to share their experience and besides, to know our attractions and culture,” the Director of Cusco’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Office, Luis Angel Aragon, said addressing the meeting’s opening session on Tuesday morning.
He continued “Attendants at this event will certainly become important promoters of the region as technical tour heading to Machu Picchu is scheduled on the last day.”
“It is also noteworthy to mention that APEC’s member economies are key receptive markets for the Andean nation,” the tourist official added.
The goal of APEC’s TWG is to maintain the sustainability of the tourist sector from the body’s member economies. Since 1991 it has organized different events with the participation of representatives of the tourist industry with a view to sharing information and identifying areas of cooperation.
Northern Peru to draw 20,000 tourists over Easter Holidays
Lima, April. 05. The Piura, in northern Peru, expects to attract 20,000 domestic and foreign tourists during the long Easter Holiday weekend, up 8% compared with the same period a year earlier.
Punta Sal Resort in Tumbes
Consuelo Ugarte, head of Puno's Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur), said she has worked with local governments and the private tourism sector to enhance and diversify the best tourist destinations in this region including Catacaos, Sechura, Vice and Canchaque- San Miguel de Faique.
Ugarte pointed out the majority of tourists who flock to this northern Peruvian region come from Lima, Trujillo and Lambayeque.
Meanwhile, overseas travelers visiting Piura are from Ecuador, Argentina , Chile, and Europe, mainly lured by its dazzling beaches, climate, local cuisine and handicrafts.
"We have a great tourism potential in our eight provinces, either by our natural, cultural, culinary resources or by our religious festivals. In addition, our tour packages are affordable", she said.
Likewise, the tourist official said the most visited beaches these days are Los Organos, Mancora, Vichayito, Lobitos, and Colan.
Peru's domestic tourism to hit US$300mn over Easter holidays
Lima, Apr. 03 The upcoming Holy Week holidays in Peru are expected to generate US$ 300 million in revenues for the tourist sector with 1.5 million travelers visiting top spot destinations nationwide, the National Tourism Chamber (Canatur) has said.
During this year’s celebrations, which are to be carried out from April 17th through April 20th, the finest religious festivals take place in the regions which are part of south-eastern Peru which include Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancayo and Junin.
“Of the total, 25 percent of tourists travel for taking place of the religious celebrations, while the remaining 75 percent use to for fun and entertaining,” Canatur’s head, Carlos Canales, said.
He noted Andean region of Ayacucho, a city famous for its 33 churches, will feature art shows, folk-dancing competitions, local music concerts, agricultural fairs and the loving preparation of traditional meals.
With regard to entertainment activities, the tourist official pointed out there is an upward trend these days for beach tourism. Beachgoers prefers to camp at night or to stay in accommodations, rather than staying in a hotel.
Foreign tourist arrivals to northern Peru jump 68.8% over last 11 years
Lima, Apr. 01. Foreign tourist arrivals in northern Peru grew by 68.8 percent over last 11 years, thanks to the progress achieved in widening access to a largest range of destinations and the expansion of operational airport infrastructure.
The National Chamber of Commerce, Production and Services (Perucamaras) said that the regions part of the country's northern tourist corridor - La Libertad, Cajamarca, Lambayeque, Piura and Tumbes - together received 103,675 foreign tourists in 2003.
The said mark climbed to a record-high 174,954 in 2013, thus posting an average annual growth of 5.4 percent, according to a report carried out by Perucamaras' Business Research Centre (CIE).
Of the total overseas visitors heading to northern Peru, 43.8 percent came from South America. The largest number of travelers were from Ecuador with 15.8 percent.
Likewise, the spike in arrivals was boosted by visitors from the United States with 12.1 percent; Canada, 3.4 percent; and Mexico with 1.5 percent.
Paracas National Reserve to attract 15,000 visitors for Easter week
Lima, Mar. 30. Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands located in Peru's southern region of Ica expects to receive more than 15,000 visitors during this year's Easter Week celebrations.
Tourists at Paracas National Reserve.
Pedro Gamboa, head at the National Service of Protected Areas by the State (Sernanp) told Andina News Agency the current entry fee for domestic tourists who want to visit Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands is 15 soles.
Gamboa noted that the Sernanp is planning to improve surveillance services for the safety and security of tourists , as well as to increase the number of toilets in the area for a better comfort of the visitors.
According to Gamboa, in 2013, the Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas islands received more than 500,000 visitors.
Paracas National Reserve, one of the most important tourist destinations in the country, is located 4 hours away from Lima. It has 335,000 hectares dedicated to the preservation and protection endangered species.
Lima airport named South America's best again Peru has one more international award to tuck away in its trophy case.
Lima, Mar. 28. For the sixth year in a row, Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport has been chosen Best Airport in South America at the 2004 World Airport Awards, held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Barcelona, Spain
Photo: ANDINA/Héctor Vinces
Guayaquil Airport in Ecuador came in second in the rankings just as it did last year, with Santiago de Chile Airport achieving the third place. In fourth and fifth place, respectively were São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport and Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport.
The 2014 Awards are based on surveys conducted by Skytrax, a London-based air transport rating organisation, which polled over 12.85 million travelers in 110 countries on 410 airports worldwide.
Passengers were asked about 39 key performance indicators such as check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration. SkyTrax has been giving out the award since 1999
Peru hotel named best in the world - report
Lima, Mar. 26. Peru has been revealed as the home of the world's top-rated luxury hotel, according to a recent analysis by ReviewPro.
The five-star Palacio Nazarenas, which is located a stone's throw from Machu Picchu in the city of Cusco, finished top of nearly 900,000 online hotel reviews.
It used to be a former palace and convent - but years of restoration have transformed it into one of most exclusive hotels in the world, according to an article on world-first.co.uk.
Amenities include a heated swimming pool, guest lounge, extensive library, stylish boutique, lounge, and butler service.
The research by ReviewPro Global Review measured online guest reviews published during 2013 on more than 100 online travel agencies and review sites.
The Northern Belle, a 1930s-styled, Belmond-owned train that offers overnight journeys in the UK, including to Scotland and the Lake District, scooped second place, while Jumby Bay, a high-end resort on a 300-acre private Caribbean island only accessible by boat, finished third in the rankings.
India's leading luxury jungle resort, The Oberoi Vanyavilas, on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve took fourth place, followed by the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle in Thailand.
Peru's Colca Valley expects over 5,000 visitors for Holy Week
Lima, Mar. 25. The Colca Valley, one of Peru’s top tourist destinations, is expected to attract over 5,000 tourists during the upcoming Holy Week, Fredy Jimenez Barrios, head of the Autonomous Colca Authority.
According to Jimenez, the majority of tourists coming to the valley will be Peruvians who are taking advantage of the long weekend to enjoy their vacations inside the country.
"In recent years, we have noticed that many people choose the Colca Valley as a tourist destination to enjoy the long holiday and to know the religious customs of the local people," Jimenez said.
The site's big draws are the local cuisine, which during the religious holidays consists of wheat, quinoa, amaranth, beans, cheese, and corn; and the valley’s 19 temples, which date back to colonial times.
In 2013, the natural landscapes of Colca Valley, attracted more than 257,000 domestic and foreign visitors.
The Colca Valley, approximately 160 kilometers from Arequipa in southern Peru, is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots and towns founded in Spanish colonial times. It is home to the magnificent Andean condor.
Peru's tourist activity to see a 13% hike in 2014
Lima, Mar. 24. The tourism activity in Peru is set to surge to 13 percent in 2014, with industry revenues reaching US$ 4.2 billion, the National Tourism Chamber (Canatur) has said.
Foreign tourists sightseeing the Peruvian capital's
mayor square in downtown Lima.
Carlos Canales, Canatur's head, stated the Peruvian government is moving to intensify marketing efforts aimed at popularizing national tourist destinations to attract more travelers from Asia and other emerging markets worldwide.
Likewise, he noted that as result of two major international events which are scheduled to take place in Peru this year, tourist arrival in the country is expected to increase by up to 15 percent.
Furthermore, the tourist official pointed out the Andean nation welcomed nearly 3.6 million visitors by end-2013, and added that growth forecasts for 2014 are very encouraging.