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Cajamarca To Become Peru’s Carnival Capital in 2009

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cajamarcaCajamarca is one of the 24 departments of Peru located in the far north Highlands region (see my earlier post to get a map). In order to promote it as a tourist attraction all throughout the country and around the world, the local government will be registering Cajamarca to be known as “Peru’s Carnival Capital” to the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi).

As Andina reports,

One of the most important carnival celebrations is the Cajamarca Carnival, considered one of the country’s most famous festivals during February and March. During the carnival, locals from different parts of the region compete with other neighborhoods in a dance and music contest. Afterward, a parade is organized where all can enjoy the festive music and dances. This celebration lasts for one month with eight main days.

For those who have gone to the Brazilian Carnival, Cajamarca’s carnivals aren’t as big or crazy of a party. Very differently, they are traditionalist and a place where you can enjoy the colorful folkloric dresses and dances that have gone through several generations in history. And most likely, there will be great traditional dishes sold at stands and restaurants nearby.

It is a great target if you are planning to visit Peru between February and March 2009! And if you have several days of stay in Peru, you might want to enjoy a trip driving from Lima to Cajamarca which takes 12-13 hours, but worth making stops along the way to enjoy the local dishes and archaeological sites. And if you don’t have too much time, you can also catch a flight from Lima.

Here is a good video where you can get a glance of the drive from Lima to Cajamarca. You can also watch Cajamarca’s main square, archaeological sites, as well as the “Banos del Inca” which are the saunas used back at the time of the Inca empire as spiritual purifiers for the royalty.

And here is a good map of an illustration of Cajamarca’s tourism sites nearby.

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Written by Catherine Castro

December 23, 2008 at 10:55 pm

The Basics: Map of Peru and Initial Common Questions

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As I further talk about different things to do, tips, or news, thought would be helpful to have a map of Peru handy for your reference — particularly if you are not Peruvian and/or not familiar with it. Click here for an easy-to-see map.

Peru is comprised of 24 departments (similar to America’s 50 states) and its neighbor countries include Ecuador and Colombia on the North, Brazil on the East, Bolivia on the South East, Chile on the South, and the Pacific Ocean on the West.

The country is divided into three main regions: the Coast, the Highlands (Andes Mountains), and the Jungle (Amazon). Each of these regions have several types of landscape which explains the many different weathers available in Peru as mentioned on my earlier post.

And click here to access a great website in English if you’d like to learn more about its population, geography, languages, etc. This site should be more accurate than Wikipedia given it is developed by PromPeru, an organization who’s mission is to support tourists.

Here are a few initial questions you might be wondering about if you have never been to Peru:

  • So where’s Macchu Pichu on the map? It is located in the South East of Peru in the department of Cuzco.
  • And where is the city “Pisco” from which the pisco was named after? It is located in the South of Lima in the Coast region in the department of Ica.
  • Where is the ceviche from? It is mainly from the Coast region including all the departments with access to the Pacific Ocean where fresh fish is caught to make the ceviche from.

If you have more questions, send them over to me and I’d be happy to help you out.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 23, 2008 at 2:28 am

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More than 50 Percent of Foreigners Who Visited Peru Since August 2006 Changed Visa Status From Business to Work

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The Immigration and Naturalization Direction (Digemin), a similar organization as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) reported today that more than 25,785 foreigners visited Peru from August 1, 2006 thru December 9, 2008. This group largely consisted of foreigners coming from the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, India, Canada, Brazil and Spain who largely come to Peru interested in knowing the investment opportunities and then return decided to do it.

Out of the 25,785 foreigners, 12,813 foreigners requested their immigration status change from a business to a work visa.

As El Comercio newspaper reports, a representative from Digemin stated (translated to English):

In these past years, Peru has become one of the best options for foreigners given not only by its great tourism attractiveness, but also as a country where important business opportunities exist.”

Written by Catherine Castro

December 23, 2008 at 12:54 am