This is the highest navigable lake in the world (3,812m). It occupies an extremely large area, of approximately 8,490 km2, that is divided between the present countries of Peru and Bolivia. Moreover, Lake Titicaca reaches a maximum depth of 280 m and includes 36 islands. In the Peruvian, the largest islands are Esteves, Taquile and Amantani, whereas the islands of the Sun and the Moon are located in the region that belongs to Bolivia. The lake has international navigation, with ships that travel between the Peruavian port of Puno and the Bolivian port of Huaqui. The inhabitants of the lake area are a mixture of the Aymara and Quechua ethnics groups, and their activities, especially handicrafts such as textiles, leather goods ceramics. One of the characteristic elements of the lake is the totora, a reed that grows on the shores of the lake that the natives of the Uros islands use to build their typical canoes, known as caballitos de totora, as well as their homes. This material is also used for the handicrafts sold to the tourists.
Peruvian Food: Mixture of Flavors
One of the greatest things that Peru can offer you is its food. Peruvian food is a combination of basically Spanish and Andean food plus the valuable contributions of the African and Arab cusine. The coast offers a great variety of fish and Shell fish dishes, but the most famous is Ceviche: fish marinated in lemon, onion, salt and chili. Other delicious dishes are lomo saltado, aji de gallina, arroz con pato, seco a la norteña and causa limeña. The Sierra offers less elaborated dishes such as Pachamanca: different types of meat and tubers cooked underground, as well as succulent soups or chupes that will help you put up with the cold weather. Side dishes in this región are boiled corn, mote or lima beans. The Jungle offers exotic dishes such as juanes and tacacho with cecina. Side dishes are banana and yucca. Besides these typical dishes you can also have a great variety of Chinese food. As for desserts, the native fruits, like lucuma and chirimoya, can offer you a wide range of options. Don’t forget to try suspiro a la limeña, mazamorra morada or arroz con leche. You will not regret it. Bon Appétit!!!
The sanctuary is located 120 km northwest of Cusco high above the Urubamba Valley in the Vilcabamba highlands, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites and Peru’s premier tourist attraction. Few works made by man have shown such a flair for landscape architecture as this citadel and the nearby archaeological sites. The archaeological complex sits strategically atop the saddle of Mount Machu Picchu (‘Old Peak’ in quechua), from which the citadel and the marvelous natural surrounds derive their name. Towering over the citadel is the imposing Huayna Picchu (‘Young Peak’), littered with the archaeological site. Both peaks are flanked by the raging Urubamba River, which flows East through the canyon 400 meters below the citadel. The constructions at Machu Picchu are evidence of the Inca’s extraordinary skill in landscape architecture and drystone walling. Some of the most interesting constructions are the Royal Tombs (near the gateway to the citadel), the Temple of the Sun, the Torreón or tower (the only circular structure), the high priest’s mansion, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Central Temple, the Sunken Square and the waterfalls and canals that make up the Inca Baths.
The popular feasts of Cusco in January
The people of Cusco and Peruvians in general love to celebrate religious feast days, which have become elaborate folk festivals in which the ceremonies and worship are as important as the dances, special dishes and drink. Some typical foods are prepared only for certain festivals and some dances are reserved for those special occasions. The most popular feasts in January are: Date Feast January, 1 Visit of the Christ Child, in upper and lower Quechuar and Quiquijana, Quispicanchi January, 3 Tacanacuy, in Lluzco, Chumbivilcas January, 3 The Lord of Calvary January, 3 The Sweet Name of Jesus, Poroy January, 3 The Lord of the Town Council, Quillabamba January, 4 to 8 The Christ Child and the Magi, Urubamba January, 6 The Christ Child of Marcacocha/Ccorimarca and the Magi, Urubamba January, 6 The Adoration of the Magi, in Aparquilla, Anta January, 6 Infant of Prague Procession, in Quiquijana, Quispicanchis January, 14 San Hilario and Fair in Pampamarca and Yanaoca January, 17 San Antonio Abad, in Acomayo January, 17 San Antonio, Patron of swineherds, in San Cristóbal, Cusco January, 20 Procession of the Saints and Peracapchi, in San Sebastián, Cusco January, 20 Chiaraje, in the village of Toqto, in Canas January, 20 San Sebastián, in Paruro, Chumbivilcas and Cusco January, 20 to 24 San Sebastián and the Virgin of Bethlehem, in San Pablo, Canchis January, 24 Feast of Santiago and the Mamacha Belén (Virgin of Bethlehem), in San Pedro and San Pablo, Canchis.
Se aperturan los servicios de Peru Rail desde y hacia la estacion de Poroy
A partir del dia de Mañana se aperturan los servicios de Peru Rail desde y hacia la estacion de trenes de Poroy, luego mas de cuatro meses de ofrecer el servicio Bi modal, ahora nuestros pasajeros podras disfrutar del viaje por esta ruta. recomendamos tomar sus precauciones para poder evitar cualquier inconveniente con sus clientes.
“Perú, país de tesoros escondidos” gana premio internacional
El último spot, “Perú, país de tesoros escondidos”, que fue lanzado a inicios de este año, obtuvo el Premio a la Excelencia de la Golden City Gate en la categoría Internacional-Regiones celebrado en la ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse) de Berlín, Alemania. Esta campaña fue lanzada a nivel internacional en enero del 2015 en España y tuvo un impacto muy positivo. El spot muestra diferentes historias de personas que en distintos lugares del Perú encuentran lo que les falta. El slogan de la campaña es “Eso que no sabías de ti, vive en Perú”. “Este galardón es un reconocimiento a nuestro trabajo y es, al mismo tiempo, un orgullo para todos los peruanos porque se trata de premios entregados a los mejores filmes, videos y cortometrajes que se presentan en esta importante feria, que es visitada por miles de profesionales del sector, provenientes de todo el mundo”, afirmó Magali Silva, Ministra de Comercio Exterior y Turismo (Mincetur) y Presidenta del Consejo Directivo de Promperú.