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How-to cook book to put Peruvian soul into any recipe

Acclaimed Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio has signed a deal to publish his first English-language cookbook, “Definitive Guide to the Traditional Home Cooking of Peru.”

Acclaimed Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio announces book deal of Peruvian recipes in EnglishFeaturing more than 500 recipes, the cookbook will be titled, “Definitive Guide to the Traditional Home Cooking of Peru,” according to Peru’s main daily newspaper El Comercio. Read More »

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Pirates in Peru and the Lima DVD dilemma

The viceroys of colonial Lima lived under constant siege by some of the most infamous pirates and privateers of that era: John Hawkins, Thomas Cavendish, Jacques L’Hermite and Sir Francis Drake.

Movies of all kinds in Lima are plentiful, cheap and usually pretty high quality, but more often than not, they're not sold legally. Fast forward to the modern digital age and you’ll find Peru has pretty much succumbed to the new breed of pirate.

A far cry from the high seas buccaneers, some of these outlaws view themselves as champions of culture and promoters of information for the masses.  Read More »

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An Inca family and the fizzy sugar beverage

Floating somewhere between blasphemy and kitsch, there’s recently appeared on Peru’s airwaves a gloriously goofy TV ad campaign for Sabor de Oro that strikes gold.

If you come for a vacation in Peru, you're most likely going to visit Machu Picchu, and at some point be offered a florescent-yellow carbonated beverage. Sabor de Oro wants to be that drink...and to conjure images of the iconic Inca Citadel.

Mind you, this is not an endorsement for the florescent yellow Oro cola, which for years has waged an uphill battle for market share in Peru’s Inca Kola-dominated landscape. It’s just that these commercials are a riot. Read More »

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Mandatory tour guides and fixed routes coming soon for Machu Picchu

The days of meandering freely through the ruins of  Machu Picchu in serene contemplation of the sacred Inca Citadel are numbered. New rules have been written: “Foreign visitors must hire the service of an official tour guide for their orderly visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu.”

That iron clad line appears in the apparently soon-to-be enacted Regulations of Sustainable Use and Touristic Visits for the Conservation of the Inca City of Machu Picchu. Read More »

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Crackdown on streakers and nude posers at Machu Picchu

There is a growing fad at Machu Picchu that officials hope to nip in the bud: tourists who pose for nude snapshots with the iconic Inca Citadel looming in the background.

Unidentified tourists streak across the principal plaza at Machu Picchu, probably around April 2013

These unidentified tourists streaked across the principal plaza at Machu Picchu. A YouTube video of the incident went viral. (Watch the video at the bottom of this story)

For years, the practice has occurred pretty much under the radar.

That changed earlier this month when photos of two buddies from lands “Down Under” with buttocks bared, went viral, along with a YouTube video of a couple streaking across Machu Picchu’s principal plaza.

Peru’s media pounced.

Cusco’s new Regional Director of Culture, Ricardo Ruiz Caro, issued a statement that the incidents happened on the watch of his predecessor and that he should not be held responsible. He added that park guards at Machu Picchu and other historic sites in the region would increase surveillance from now on “to avoid these unfortunate events that threaten cultural heritage.” Read More »

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