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.
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
So, it used to be that Lima was the gateway city to Peru; not much going on and people couldn’t get out of it fast enough. Okay, maybe that was the case many years back, but the city has been cleaning up its act and apparently it is working!
I wouldn’t have thought that Lima would make the number 1 searched locations of 2011, but it has every right to be up there. A great culinary scene that is just becoming discovered by the world, great historical preservation, the beach and a booming economy that is attracting more and more foreign business and development…well, yeah it is number 1!
Summer is upon us here in Lima and as I write this, the sun is about halfway through its final rest for the day. As I gaze out of the window of my apartment, all I can see are the para-gliders lazily floating along the coastal skyline, taking in those last rays on what was a wonderful Saturday. (Okay, so this isn’t my photo because my view is also full of tall buildings and the Canadian Embassy, but I can see the ocean and the paragliders. And I can vouch that the sunsets really do look like this! I just wanted to give you a better, more enjoy able view…one that I wish I had!!) It is good to be number 1.
Thank you to Horiwood’s Blog for posting this information! Check out their post to see the other top locations. I spent an incredible year living and working in Auckland…heaps of great memories made there! Kia ora!
LIMA, PERU MAKES BING.COM’s MOST SEARCHED LOCATIONS OF 2011 LIST.
Filed under Peru, What's New
Been quite busy at work this past week, so haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and write unfortunately. However, I did come across this video on Youtube the other day and thought I would share it with you.
Peru is a very patriotic country and they are growing their worldwide image as more than just “Land of the Incas”. Probably the most noteworthy current rise to fame is the food. Peruvian food is delicious and they know it. Not too spicy and not too bland, it has a great mixture of ingredients and fusions from the many different cultures that have immigrated and become part of the country.
This video, however, was created not for the purpose of educating the world about Peru, but as a national promotion for Peruvian pride; hence, the video is in Spanish but with English subtitles. The premise of the video is that PromPeru (the governmental body in charge of promoting Peru as a brand) took all the “best” from Peru (mainly celebrities from various categories like culinary, dance, etc.) in South America to the city of Peru in Nebraska, USA. The idea was to show them (Peruvian Nebraskans) what it really means to be “Peruvian”. Pretty clever, huh? If you don’t already know, this city is a tiny place where it is most likely, few if any, have had any experience outside of the USA, let alone Peru. This video is considered to be like a mini documentary and won a lot of awards.
Let me know what you think! Oh, and just so you know, in Spanish Peru has an accent on the “u”, so it is Perú. You will see why that matters at the end of the video.
While there are plenty of things to do in Lima to keep you busy, if you fancy a trip outside of the city, there are numerous places you can visit. Lima is a great place to make your home base, as it is close to the popular weekend beach getaways in the North and South, the Central sierra mountains and numerous smaller cities with lots of ruins and not a lot of crowds. Nothing against Machu Picchu, as it truly is something everyone should see, but it is great to have options closer to home that are not as packed with tourists and that you can afford to visit many times. Plus, these sites are only a few hours by bus from Lima, making them easy day or weekend trips.
Aerial view of pyramids in Caral
One city that is only 3 short hours north from Lima is Caral. Located in this city is the Conjunto Arqueologico Central de Caral, which is one of the best known sites in the area. This city is home to what scholars believe to be the oldest civilization in the Americas. The ruins date back over 5,000 years, which means there were cities and life in Peru around the same time as Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Over the years, other sites have been found in Peru that have been traced back to around the same time as Caral, but none can compare to the immense size and complexity of Caral: nearly 160 acres of pyramids, sunken plazas and residential structures. It has been suggested that the city also influenced the development of other pre-Inca and Incan urban designs.
View of the amphitheater and city
Getting there is easy: You can rent a car or go by bus. Going by car is good if you plan to stop along the way for side trips, but if your main destination is Caral, the bus is the easiest and most comfortable option. Most bus companies have daily departures to Caral; the trip can be done in one full day, but if you want to spend the night and explore the surroundings more, there are many affordable hotels around. The parts of the city visitors are able to walk around are primarily focused around two sunken round plazas and various pyramids and residences. The site does not allow you to be in the park alone, therefore you will be required to have a guide accompany you. A local archaeological team is available and will give you tours of the ruins or you can sign up ahead of time in Lima at one of the many tour agencies. This site is something worth seeing and does not get as much international attention as Machu Picchu.