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Peru’s Inca Trail To Close for Maintenance in February

Inca Trail Hike Path

For all of you thinking of traveling to Peru to do your hike up the Inca Trail, just an FYI!  If you already booked ahead, they you are already aware of this.  However, for those of you just doing things as you get there, this is something that could throw a wrench in your plans!

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Peru: 3rd Most Globalized Country in Latin America

Larcomar Peru Economy Booming Miraflores

How do you like us now, Argentina?!

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Ancient Popcorn Discovered in Peru

Ancient popcorn discovered in Peru

Reblogging this from Peru this Week.  Popcorn, really?!  Too bad they didn’t know about carmel corn or cheese flavored corn (Universal City Walk comes to mind…mmmm)!  Is it lunch time, yet??  🙂

People living along the coast of Peru were eating popcorn 1,000 years earlier than previously reported and before ceramic pottery was used there, according to a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Some of the oldest known corncobs, husks, stalks and tassels (male flowers), dating from 6,700 to 3,000 years ago were found at Paredones and Huaca Prieta, two mound sites on Peru’s arid northern coast.

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$12k Scholarship to Live/Volunteer in South America

 

Scholarships live abroad volunteer

Anyone looking for a way to help fund their trip/study/volunteer experience in South America?  Livfund is offering $12,000 in scholarships ($500 increments) in 2012 for volunteers in South America. You can find out more about the organization and the scholarship on their website:

http://www.livfund.org/scholarship/what-is-the-livfund-scholarship/

I wish I could do this, but I suspect the fact that I have a job here would discount it.  But from reading the rules, it doesn’t sound like there are too many restrictions and you don’t necessarily have to be “young” to qualify.  So there might be hope for most you :p

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10th Annual National Mime Festival in Lima, Peru

Mime festival in Lima, PeruThey have been doing this for 1o years?!  I didn’t know these guys were that popular.  Does France know about this?  Maybe they are a silent investor? 🙂  Apparently there will be workshops and a few plays/performances.  They say all in Spanish, but they are mimes – how much “talking” will they be doing?  Is miming in Spanish any different than in English or French?

You will only find this in Lima…I don’t see people in Cusco or Iquitos really being into this.  Peru – never at a loss for surprising finds!

Why have I never seen this on the streets before?  Oh, right…probably because I live in Miraflores, which is “too good” for this sort of theater.  Or should I say “theatre”?  Must…get…there…but…trapped…in…a…box…HELP!

 

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Peru Vacations: 5 Things to Do in Cuzco for Free

Plaza and Cathedral in Cuzco, Peru

Found this great article on more FREE stuff to see in Peru – this time in Cuzco (or Cusco, for those that want to be more “correct”).  Pretty interesting stuff, especially the 12 sided rock!  When I was in Cuzco, I had a whirlwind tour and didn’t really have time to see any of these other things outside of the main Plaza de Armas.  I can definitely see myself going back for some free stuff, that is for sure!  And I am always amazed at Incan architecture and what they were able to build with no machines.

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Machu Picchu – Featured Backdrop for Bollywood Movie Kilimanjaro

Aishwarya Rai Indian Actress Bollywood Movie

I came across this on YouTube today.  Thought it was interesting.  Does anyone else here enjoy Bollywood movies as much as I do?  I discovered the Indian version of Hollywood a number of years ago while in High School.  The movies were extremely cheesy and all incorporated dance/music scenes throughout…which made it incredibly entertaining and easy to forget about not always catching everything in the subtitles.

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Fresh and Recharged for 2012 – Things To See In Peru

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Hello everyone!  Happy belated New Year!  I hope that you all had a wonderful time ringing in the new year and getting that list of resolutions ready to go in the trash by February – I know I did.  As some of you may recall, I went home for 9 days to visit my family and enjoy some quality time behind the wheel of my car.  Oh how I missed that!  Since Christmas, I have been a little M.I.A on here, but now I am back – fresh and recharged!  It is amazing what a little down time from work can do for you!

To start 2012 I thought I would post this pretty cool 3 minute video highlighting all the things there is to do and see in Peru.  I would really like to see the USA do something similar.  It seems that at home, each state is in charge of promoting themselves; how about something promoting the country, as opposed to individual states?  Peru and Brazil are really good about country promotion and have some great ad spots.

Hope you enjoy and feel more inspired to come for a visit!

Perú país de experiencias (3 min) – YouTube.

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Pre-Inca Mummy Found in Cuzco

Pre-Inca mummy found in Cuzco

Here is something interesting:

Archaelologists in Cuzco were performing recovery work in the Chiñisiri Archaelogical complex when they discovered a mummified body of a child in very good condition in the tombs.  It is believed that the child, maybe 5-6 years old, and about 50 inches tall, is pre-Incan, as many of the tombs found in this site pre-date the Incas.  They think that the child could be from the Wari culture, which flourished from 500-1000 A.D.

I always find it incredibly amazing that things could keep preserved for so long.  It is also pretty amazing that cultures that had no direct contact with each other, could have the same ideas and beliefs about honoring the dead.  Interesting that Ancient Egyptians and this Wari culture would both figure out and use mummification.  I guess this is more proof that no matter what culture you are from or where you live, there are just some things intrinsic to all humans.  Kind of comforting.

 

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Nazca Lines Threatened by Tourism?

Nazca Lines Peru

I love when people give reasons without providing any suggestions to rectify things.  How about instead of just telling us there is a problem, you also provide 3 recommendations to change what you see is a problem?

Nazca Lines threatened by tourism – Telegraph.

This was my comment I left on the site (signed in through the work FB.  If you are interested, feel free to check out and “like” our fan page, www.facebook.com/rischmoller):

How are private flights endangering the lines?  The article says that the WMF says the flights do not have the correct safety regs.  How is that harming the lines?  While that is a problem for tourists and should be addressed, I don’t see how this negatively affects the Lines, themselves.

And the rubbish?  That isn’t necessarily because of tourism: Has the WMF been to Peru?  We have some waste management problems and a general lack of understanding by the population about putting rubbish in bins and not the street.  If anything, tourists would probably be more conscious about doing this.  The increase in trash is probably a result of the local city and communities nearby.

The viewing platforms are sort of an issue, however, there is no other option for people to see the lines if they do not want to pay the relatively expensive ticket for a fly-over.  And there are only 1 or 2 look out towers that are stationed right along the highway.

While I can appreciate the concern the WMF has for our precious history, I would instead prefer to see their offers of solutions.  Especially to the items they referenced as problems

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