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It’s Official: Peru Wins Guinness Record for Largest Ceviche in the World

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ceviche2Following up from my earlier post, Peru today won the Guinness World Record for preparing the world’s largest ceviche weighing 4.5 tons, as Peru’s newspaper El Comercio reports.

You can watch two pictures of this historic event by clicking here.

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Written by Catherine Castro

December 8, 2008 at 1:19 am

Peru Announces $13 Billion Stimulus Package To Ride US Economic Crisis Strongly

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I don’t typically write about economic-related news but more on fun and useful information about Peru. But I think it is worth mentioning how Peru is actually riding the US economic crisis.

As I mentioned in my November post, Peru is one of the few countries in Latin America that will be able to ride the crisis better than others with estimates of 9 percent in 2008 and 6.5 percent in 2009. In fact, the first statistics showing a downturn include:

  • Copper and minerals prices are tumbling, thus exports fell in October for the first time in more than six years and down 11.4 percent from the same month last year.
  • In September, Peru registered a trade deficit for the first time in more than five years, followed by a US$ 506 million shortfall in October.

As a result, the Peruvian government today announced a US$ 13 billion stimulus package for housing, highways and other projects in 2009, as Reuters reports today.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 8, 2008 at 12:41 am

Staying Green: Peru’s Commitment to Global Environmental Sustainability

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forestIn the search for global environmental sustainability, Peru is a key player in protection of tropical forests. In fact, Peru has the fourth largest area of tropical forest in the world after Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia.

As a BBC Latin America news article states, the Peruvian government has committed to US$ 5 million a year in its fight to preserve climate change via the presevation of its tropical forests. The government has calculated that Peru needs about US$ 25 million a year for the next 10 years to be able to save or conserve initially at least 54 million hectares of forest, which could rise to 60 million.

So on your next trip to Peru, a wonderful diversity of tropical forests awaits you. But please be mindful of the need to preserve them in a clean and safe way to ensure we provide the best this world can offer to our future generations.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 8, 2008 at 12:08 am