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The Chilling Secret of “Dr.”John Wang Introduction

Ancash Peru has some incredible people doing amazing things there. There is, however, a fly in the ointment. A man appeared a few years ago in Ancash who was announcing his medical humanitarian project that was going to cure 1,000 children with parasites. As it turned out, he was the parasite we ...

Terrifying Legends of Peru #5: The Condemned

Join us for 2 Terrifying Legends of the Condemned, spirits who are left among the living until they find another human to devour. We once again journey into the Peruvian Andes, leaving behind the mysterious grave of the vampiress Sarah Ellen. In Christianity as well as in Peruvian folklore, the ...

Trump Administration Appreciates Peru's Leadership on Venezuela 'Crisis'

U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Katherine Caro transmits the Trump administration's appreciation for the leadership role Peru has taken on Venezuela. Andina reports that spokeswoman Katherine Caro expressed that the Trump administration acknowledges and appreciates Peru's role in the Venezuela ...

Peru's Interior Minister: “We're Not Calling Teachers Terrorists”

A small minority of strike directors are linked to Shining Path, Peru's Interior Minister Carlos Basombrio told the Congressional Commission of Education. Peru 21 reports that Carlos Basombrio, Interior Minister, clarified the government's perspective on the ongoing teacher's strike.  He stated ...

Peru's Education Investment Lowest in South America

Peru's education investment is 3.9% of its GDP, making it dead last among South American countries. In the midst of a teacher's strike that continues to rattle the country, RPP reports that Peru ranks last in South America in education investment by GDP. Only 3.9% of total GDP is destined toward the ...

Peruvian Boxer Linda Lecca Defends Her Title

Super flyweight boxer Linda Lecca remains champion of her weight class by defeating Mexican Karina Fernandez in Trujillo. Linda Lecca secured her 5th super flyweight title by overcoming Mexico's Karina Fernandez.  The 2 boxers fought it out in Trujillo's Gran Chimu Stadium, with Lecca taking ...

UNFPA Supports Women in Disaster-Affected Areas of Peru

United Nations Population Fund has reached at least 10,000 women and girls in Peru with reproductive health and gender violence prevention services. Over 200,000 people were affected by El Niño floods in the northern Peruvian departments of Piura, La Libertad, and Lambayeque.  In response, the ...

ExpoCafé Villa Rica 2017 to Feature Award-Winning Peruvian Coffee

Lima's Municipal Theater will feature more than 20 top quality Peruvian coffees in ExpoCafé Villa Rica fair. Peru's finest coffee grains, including those that won prizes in Paris this year, will be on display at the 2017 ExpoCafé Villa Rica fair. More than 20 varieties will be shown at the ...

Peru's President Signs New Law Against Corruption

The constitutional amendment adds another layer of defense against corruption in Peru, approved by vote in Congress this past Thursday. Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a constitutional amendment to make corruption charges imprescriptible. This means that no amount of time can erase a ...

Perfect Timing for Insurrection in Peru

Is Peru headed for a perfect storm? 2017 has not been an easy year for Peru and many citizens are feeling the effects. Blog opinion writer Fernando Calle cautions that Peru is now more vulnerable than ever. Not too long ago, I wrote an article about the dangers of not taking any preventive measures ...

4 British Lads Play A Guessing Game with Peruvian Food

Can you name all these Peruvian staples by their photo? Play the food game with these guys and find out. Do you know what cacao looks like?  Or how about grenadine?  See how these fellows do as they try to guess the images of food staples that every Peruvian knows… During the quick 6-minute ...

Peru: More than 6,000 New Police Hit the Streets Today

Peru will see a surge in police officers beginning today thanks to a new law that shortens the training process. El Comercio reports that 6,392 new officers are ready for action in Peru's National Police as of August 18th of 2017. The surge of new trainees is a result of Peru's executive branch ...

Saturday Morning Coffee with Mr. Living in Peru

Dear friends, The “21 Festival de Cine de Lima 2017” finished earlier this week and thousands of people gathered to enjoy great movies from all around the world. My friend Morten from Peru Experience and I went to see one of the saddest movies I've ever seen called “Last Men in ...

Cerro Chepen, a New Attraction on Peru's Moche Route

Cerro Chepen fits perfectly into the Moche circuit on Peru's north coast and is now open for tourism. This past May, local communities and municipalities worked together to delimit and protect the Cerro Chepen fortress.  This archaeological monument dates back to the late Moche period. The site is ...

How Peruvians do Tea Time: Belmond

The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel's tea time sets the standard for Lima. Have you been following Monique's column “How Peruvians do Tea Time”? To catch up, click here! Last but not least never rang so true. After experiencing the many buffet spreads, miniature sandwiches, and numerous ...

Terrifying Legends of Peru #4: Sarah Ellen, Vampiress of Pisco

Sarah Ellen swore she'd return in 80 years to avenge her death.  Is she already wandering the streets or still waiting in her tomb? So far in our Terrifying Legends of Peru series, we've entered one of Latin America's most haunted houses, survived a devil's bargain with a Muki, and stared down two ...

Peru: 'Reconstruction With Changes' Begins

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski travels to Piura to oversee projects and visit the local university. It's time to rebuild.  Those affected by El Niño floods earlier this year have been waiting for this moment. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski traveled yesterday to Peru's northern region of Piura to ...

Peru and Azerbaijan: A New Partnership to Watch?

Peru and Azerbaijan are located on nearly opposite sides of the globe but may have surprising commonalities. Peruvian embassy official in Azerbaijan Luis Chang Baldrini assures that the 2 countries can and will benefit from closer ties. Trend news agency reports that Peru and ...

How Peruvians do Tea Time: Belmond

The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel's tea time sets the standard for Lima. Have you been following Monique's column “How Peruvians do Team Time”? To catch up, click here! Last but not least never rang so true. After experiencing the many buffet spreads, miniature sandwiches, and numerous ...

Peru's Blueberries and Citrus Fruits Headed for New Market in India

Blueberries and citrus fruits are scheduled to enter the Indian market in November. As Peru and India successfully closed round 1 of negotiations for a free trade agreement, another meeting took place between agricultural representatives of the 2 countries. After the meeting, Peru's Agriculture and ...

Cusco: 3000-Year-Old Circular Wall Unearthed

Archaeologists dig up a circular wall 3 millenniums old in the suburbs of Cusco. Andina reports that experts from the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco  have excavated a 3000-year-old wall in the outer rim of the city. Experts say the wall belongs to the pre-Inca Marcavelle culture.  It ...

Peru and Brazil Collaborate on Defense

Defense Ministers of the 2 countries met last week in Brazil to discuss border security. In 2017, Peru and Brazil have been developing a closer military partnership.  Admirals from both countries met in Lima back in May to discuss how to jointly combat mafias.  Now, the 2 countries are ...

“Buffy” Star Sarah Michelle Gellar Visits Peru

Most well known for her lead role in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Sarah Michelle Gellar came to Peru on a mission: to source the world's best chocolate. Sarah Michelle Gellar traveled to Peru in the early part of August, but instead of hunting vampires, she was hunting chocolate. Why? The ...

PPK Orders Teachers to Go Back to Work

Despite the agreement signed between the President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's administration and teacher's union leaders, some factions of the strike have continued. Major representatives from Peru's teacher's unions, including Cusco's regional director, signed an agreement with the Ministry of ...

US Visa Processing Issues Under the New Administration

Applying for a U.S. visa and do not know where to start? Find out what you need to know from a former General Counsel of the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service, right here at Living in Peru. Looking for Some Good Migrations… It's the end of the summer and you are getting ready for a final ...

Peru Remains World Leader in Quinoa Production

In recent years Peru has become the world leader in quinoa production, but are new competitors on the way? In 2014, Peru solidified its leadership in quinoa production over Bolivia.  Producing around 114.3 thousand metric tons to Bolivia's 77.4 thousand metric tons, Peru has cornered their strong ...

Restaurant Review: El Bodegón

Nostalgic for homemade Peruvian platters from 'back in the day'? Always the meaning-maker, Gastón Acurio's newest establishment offers the old classic Lima dishes and drinks in an atmosphere filled with memorabilia. Just when you think you have found a wonderful place with great food, decent ...

Peru: Chinese Tourism Off to Slow Start after Visa Waiver

Peru has only seen a 40% increase in Chinese tourism to the Andean country since the visa waiver, far below the market's potential. Last year, Peru made a landmark decision to waive visas for Chinese tourists who wish to experience what the Andean country has to offer. Since implementation, Peru has ...

Artificial Glaciers: A Solution for Peru?

An Indian innovator shows that artificial glaciers could be a way forward for countries with dwindling snow-capped mountains. The disappearance of Peru's glaciers is looming shadow over all the economic growth and progress that the country is making.  Not only does their loss threaten water ...

Peru and Venezuela Oust Each Other's Ambassadors

Peru expelled Venezuela's ambassador after the Declaration of Lima denounced Maduro's government.  Venezuela retaliated with the same measure. Last week, Peru organized a meeting of chancellors from 17 American countries to sign an official declaration of refusal to accept Venezuela's ...

Peru Looks to 4% Growth in 2018

The final quarter of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 show a better outlook for economic growth in Peru. Peru's government has not withheld showing their frustration and disappointment with the difficulties of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's first year as president.  Natural disasters and corruption scandals ...

Peruvian Cuisine in South Africa

A Gastronomic Festival promotes Peru's amazing cuisine in Pretoria, but that's not the only place you can find Peruvian food in South Africa… Peruvian cuisine is making headway into South Africa.  During the 1st week of August, the 2nd Peruvian Gastronomic Fair was held in the city of ...

Terrifying Legends of Peru #3: Yacumama & Sachamama

The Peruvian Amazon is home to many outlandish tales. Few are as compelling or culturally significant as that of the Yacumama. Last time on Terrifying Legends of Peru, we left behind the dark tunnels of Andean mines where the Muki awaits.  Let's now journey down the eastern mountains into Peru's ...

BAP Union: The “Jewel” of Peru's Navy Visits France

Peru's ambassador ship the BAP Union is taking a 5-day break from sailing the world in the port of Le Havre, France. Peru ought to be proud of its globe-trotting training vessel.   Not only is the BAP Union Latin America's largest sail vessel at a whopping 18 stories high, it also recently won an ...

7 Reasons Why You Should Not Hike the Choquequirao Trek and Stay Home to Watch TV Instead

The Inca trail permits for the months of May through August 2017 have almost sold out, and many people are exploring alternate hiking trails to Machupicchu. In the Cusco area, there are hundreds of travel companies offering a variety of alternatives to the Inca trail. Perhaps the most common of the ...

Somewhere Devine's Service Trip to Cusco

Videographers Brad and Hailey Devine bring us an inspiring video montage of their 3rd Somewhere Devine service expedition to Peru. Brad and Hailey Devine are a couple with a passion for traveling, video-making, and being of service around the world. The couple's 3rd Somewhere Devine service trip to ...

Peru's Pomegranates Going Strong, but What Lies Ahead?

Pomegranate exports have increased significantly from Peru this year as the Andean country seeks to break new ground with the ever more popular fruit. We've heard so much good news about Peru's growing agricultural exports this year, yet still hear surprises.  Pomegranates, while not widely ...

6.1 Earthquake Startles Central Peru

The earthquake caused panic, power outages, and a rockslide but no other damages reported. On Sunday, several cities in Peru were affected by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake. With an epicenter near the city of La Merced in Junín, Central Peru, the seismic movement caused some panic and power outages. ...

Peru's Indigenous Communities Paid to Preserve Rainforest

A government program awards indigenous communities in Peru for protecting their ecosystems through commitments and incentives. Andina reports that Peru's Ministry of Environment is implementing financial incentives for indigenous communities that commit to protecting part of their natural forests. ...

PPK's Approval Rating Hits New Low

Analysts say 1st year hurdles and teacher's strike are responsible for the plummeting popularity of Peru's president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's popularity has fallen to a new low. PPK's approval has fallen to 29% in August while his disapproval has risen by to 64%. ...

A Successful 1st Round of Trade Talks with India

This past Friday, Peru, and India wrapped up the 1st round of negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement. Peru has had India on the agenda for what seems like ages since President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took office.  Finally, the long-anticipated trade talks with the South Asian power have begun. ...

Lima's International Book Fair Sales Reach Record High. Why?

Sales at Lima's International Book Fair higher than expected thanks to the “special guest” country and non-traditional offerings. El Comercio reports that Lima's International Book Fair reached record sales of more than S/ 17.6 million at this year's event. This figure is 23% higher than ...

Places of Peru - Following the Marañon #3: Pacaya-Samiria

The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve near Iquitos is the ideal rainforest adventure. This time on Places of Peru, we explore only a small part of the massive Pacaya Samiria Reserve near the city of Iquitos in Loreto. Last time, we took a cargo ship to rejoin with the great Marañon and rode it all ...

Peru Looks to Catch Up on Innovation

Peru is way behind regional neighbors on technology and research, according to Peru's Director of Innovation.  Here's what they plan to do about it. Peru's Director of Innovation Gonzalo Villarán says that Peru is far behind other countries in the region in innovation.  This might come as a ...