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Peruvian Public Holidays and Festivities SunflowerUpdatedOctober 20, 201830561100
Each year on June 24, a few days after the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, the largest and most important festival of the Inca Empire, the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun, is celebrated in Cusco.
For over 30 years the Marathon des Sables, the Marathon of the Sands, is held every year in the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco and is known to be the toughest long distance running race in the world. Now this extreme challenge is coming to Peru.
Living & Lifestyle News SunflowerUpdatedOctober 08, 201844452100
Quite often just stagily named “Cocaine Valley”, the Peruvian VRAEM region, the valley of the three rivers Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro, is stigmatized as anarchic area in Peru controlled by ruthless narco-terrorists.
For weeks Peru suffers from unusual heavy rains, flooding and mudslides caused by an El Niño-like condition off the Peruvian coast with extreme warm ocean waters while elsewhere in the central and east central Pacific sea surface temperatures are about average.
Long before the Incas, the culture that today is associated with Peru like no other, even emerged, numerous other highly advanced civilizations inhabited the Peruvian coastal areas, the highlands and the jungle for thousands of years and left us an impressive heritage. One of these amazing societies is the Chachapoyas culture.
While most visitors coming to Peru choose to take the classic travel route covering the southern and south-eastern part of the country including the Nazca lines, Arequipa / Colca Valley, Puno / Lake Titicaca and Cusco / Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley, northern and north-eastern Peru is sadly often skipped.
Due to its three main geographical zones - the coast, the Andean highlands and the Amazon rainforest -, the Pacific Ocean right at the front door and a large variety of climates and micro-climates, including 28 of the 32 world climates, Peru is one of the most bio-diverse country’s in the world. The country gives around 500 mammal species,...