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Make Arequipa a port of call on a luxury cruise vacation

Fertur Peru Luxury Cruise, incorporating the amazing sites of Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu

The Port of Matarani in Arequipa is vying to be a port of call for cruise ship passengers to enjoy the attractions of the “White City,” the port’s CEO told Peruvian business daily Gestión.

Erick Hein, head of Terminal Internacional del Sur (Tisur), tells the newspaper that 10 international cruise lines made Arequipa one of its stops along the South American West coast during 2014.

“Just in January, four cruise ships will visit us, which is a great opportunity for micro, small and medium-sized companies in the tourism, food and transport sectors, among others,” he said.

The 10 large cruise ships that arrived in Matarani in 2014 came mainly from Europe and Asia and America.

The cruise lines included Regatta, Delphin, Seven Seas Marine, Silver Spirit, Le Boreal, Europe, Explorer Silver Shadow and Minerva.

Contact Fertur Peru Travel if you would like to incorporate Peruvian attractions, like Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu into a luxury cruise vacation.

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Arequipa tour attraction Juanita mummy placed in deep freeze

The famous Ice Maiden mummy will be absent from the standard city tour of Arequipa through April 2015 while she undergoes her annual deep freeze treatment to ensure her preservation.

The famous exhibition of the Juanita Mummy, also known as “The Ice Maiden,” in the city of Arequipa, will be closed until April 31, as she’s been placed in a preservation chamber for her annual deep freeze sojourn.

The 12-year-old Inca girl, who was ritually sacrificed around 1440 to appease the gods of Mount Ampato, is now hermetically sealed and will be kept in total darkness at a constant temperature of 20 degrees below zero. Read More »

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Ancient Link Between Chinese And Peruvian Civilizations?

Taotie vs Moche Decapitor - family resemblance
Peru’s leading newspaper El Comercio ran a story a few days ago about the possible link between the ancient Shang Dynasty of China (1600 BC – 1046 BC) and Peru’s ancient Chavin civilization, which emerged around 1000 BC.

Archaeologist Tang JigenThe piece focused on Chinese archaeologist is Tang Jigen, who wants to use DNA testing to put his theory to the test.

“We have reached the point where it is necessary to do scientific studies. I propose to compare DNA from remains of the Shang dynasty with Chavin or later cultures,” Jigen told El Comercio. “We can send samples to laboratories in the U.S. or Canada. Only with these tests can we validate a shared past.”

Jigen bases his theory, in part, on legends about the collapse of the Shang Dynasty. It is said that the dynasty’s ruler, Prince Yin, left China and headed east with his army. He also points to similarities in iconography of Shang artifacts and those of the Chavin and the later Mochica, Nazca and Paracas cultures. Read More »

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Nazca Lines archaeologist faces charges for TV tour

Reporter for a Japanese variety show lays down alongside the iconic Nazca Hummingbird geoglyph. The 2013 TV segment is causing a furor in Peru, less than a month after a group of Greenpeace activists allegedly trampled the same heritage site.

Peru’s Ministry of Culture plans to sack its resident archaeologist in Nazca and is pressing criminal charges against him for escorting a Japanese TV crew on an unauthorized ground tour of the iconic hummingbird geoglyph.

Greenpeace crosses the line and leaves footprint of controversy at Nasca heritage siteThe video  segment, shot a year ago, has landed Mario Olaechea in such hot water because a furor still roils in Peru over the Greenpeace activists who allegedly trampled the same heritage site last month during a stealth publicity stunt, meant to promote renewable energy.

Government officials are pressing forward with criminal charges against several of the Greenpeace activists, whom they suspect were also assisted by Olaechea.

Archaeologist Mario Olaechea leads Japanese TV crew on foot to the restricted landscape of the Nasca LinesOlaechea, the longtime provincial director of Culture in Nasca, denies any involvement in the Greenpeace stunt. He also insists that no damage was caused to the lines by the Fuji Television Network crew, which went on to produce an 1½ televised showcase of Peruvian tourist destinations in Japan.

In the video, Olaechea is seen assisting the Japanese reporter put on special protective footwear, unlike the Greenpeace activists, who sneaked onto the site during the night, wearing hiking boots and sneakers. Read More »

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Bus ride up to Machu Picchu hiked, AGAIN!

Consettur, the consortium that holds monopolistic control of bus transport up to Machu Picchu, plans to hike its round-trip fares starting January 1 from $19 to $24 for foreign touristsThe round-trip bus fare between Aguas Calients and Machu Picchu is about to increase for foreign tourists more than 26%, from $19 to $24.

Consettur Machupicchu S.A.C., the consortium that holds monopolistic control of bus transport to the Inca citadel, just published the surprise fare hike on its Web site, to go into effect February 1.

The price increase — and angry reaction it has sparked — conjures memories of Consettur’s attempted rate hike for 2013, which it later scaled back significantly in reaction to the ensuing uproar.

Now, as then, Peru’s main tourism associations are screaming foul.

“The company Consettur has been exercising its dominant position for years, increasing fares without oversight by the Peruvian State,” said Enrique Quiñones, president of the Peruvian Association of Tour Operators Inbound and Domestic Tourism (APOTUR) in a statement.

“It is estimated that Consettur’s income in 2015 will be $25 million, with only 20 minibuses operating on the route,” Quiñones added. “A very lucrative business, and one that is exempt from general sales tax, since it is considered public transport.”

Quiñones said APOTUR plans to lobby various government agencies “to ensure that competition prevails” and that Machu Picchu is not compromised” by Consettur’s abuse of its dominant position. Read More »

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