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“Connect to Peru” is now “Engaging Latinos”

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Dear friends…it’s been a while, but “Connect to Peru” has now expanded its horizons and grown to be named “Engaging Latinos” which will cover not just Peru, but Latin America, and particularly focus on how Americans can get to know more (and better) Latinos through their rich culture, history, gastronomy, and all those things that make Latin America a great place to live and enjoy.

So come over and join the bigger familiy of nations I will be blogging about at, and also on your favorite social media platforms:

Facebook page: “Engaging Latinos” –!/pages/Engaging-Latinos/182932255136692


Twitter: @EngagingLatinos, and use the hashtag #engaginglatinos


You will start seeing great content on these channels, so stay tuned!

Happy reading,

“Connect to Peru” — now “Engaging Latinos”

Written by Catherine Castro

December 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm

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“Connect to Peru” Feeds Leading Greater Miami, Florida Portal with Peruvian News

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miamiI’m excited to share some great news: our friends from have posted a “Connect to Peru” link in their website! is a leading portal that keeps its readers informed about the latest Peruvian news, events, restaurants, nightlife and art in the Greater Miami, Florida area. Its editorial team is led by Marino del Varco, former reporter at The Miami Herald, Washington, DC’s El Pregonero and El Latino, Peruvian newspaper Expreso, among others.

With this link, we look forward to keeping the many Peruvians and Americans living in the Greater Miami, FL area informed about the latest Peruvian news.

Written by Catherine Castro

February 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm

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Back On Track!

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writing1Hi everyone!

Well, it’s been some crazy busy February work weeks and an awful flu I finally battled and went through before getting back on track to writing again.

I’m sure more than one reading this post has been working or somehow thinking on how they could be affected by the Economic Stimulus Package — the main reason for my several nights of insomnia and long hours working in my main job as a publicist in the Washington, DC area.

Also, I want to thank my BFF the Nyquil bottle for helping me successfully battle the worst point of a week and a half long flu working (whenever I wasn’t drowsy) from my bed.

Anyways, “Connect to Peru” and this humble writer of yours is back on track and ready to continue giving you the most exciting and fun things about what Peru can offer for your next big trip to my beloved South American hometown.

Thanks for all the wonderful feedback and comments, and for coming back every day to read our daily updates! It has just been three months since launched, and a wonderful journey!

Cheers to you all, and let’s get back to the show!  🙂

Written by Catherine Castro

February 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm

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Join the “Connect to Peru” Facebook Group!

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facebook2Just a reminder that “Connect to Peru” is available via Facebook!

Click here to join the dozens of readers already getting their daily updates via Facebook!

Written by Catherine Castro

January 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm

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Join “Connect to Peru” Via Twitter!

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twitter_logo_sJust a reminder that “Connect to Peru” is also available via Twitter:

Written by Catherine Castro

January 21, 2009 at 9:07 am

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“Connect to Peru”‘s Group Now Available on Facebook!

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facebook2 The “Connect to Peru” Facebook group is now available by clicking here!

 Join the dozens of readers already visiting the blog every day — in such a short time since its launch!

Thanks to everyone for your support and feedback that keep making the “Connect to Peru” blog stronger and stronger with time.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 12, 2008 at 8:35 pm

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Update to My Welcoming Post

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I realized there is one more thing I wanted to add to the intro of my new blog “Connect to Peru”.

It’s about access to Peruvian news from abroad. Check it out here and let me know your thoughts.

Thanks and hope you find useful my daily updates 🙂

Written by Catherine Castro

November 30, 2008 at 1:15 am

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Peru: Intro to Living the Legend

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Perú, the land of the Inca Empire and located in South America, is a magical spot which involves one of the richest biodiversities of the Earth, and is a melting pot of different cultures who together are forging the promise of a better future.

Over 40,000 restaurants across the country reflect the diversity of a nation that has mixed its native traditions with the cuisines of Europe, Arabia, China, Africa and Japan. The result: unique flavours that make Peruvian cuisine one of the best and most varied in the world.

Ten thousand years of history are lived through 180 museums and historical places. While Peru inevitably evokes images of Machu Picchu and the Inca empire, the country is also riddled with archaeological sites which are a legacy of even more ancient times, when great civilizations bequeathed a legacy of their art, customs and rituals, their wisdom and skills.

Is Peru a “green” country? Of course and for many years! It is home to 84 of the 104 life zones that exist on our planet, making it a privileged destination for nature lovers. Close to 20% of the world’s birds and 10% of the world’s reptiles live in Peru. And it has converted 13% of its territory into Protected Natural Areas.

So what is this mysticism all about? Take a look at this video, and let me know what you think!

Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 5:23 am

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Welcome to “Connect to Peru”

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Welcome to “Connect to Peru”, my new blog for YOU to become part early on of this whole new revolution that Peruvian cuisine and its culture is starting to emerge as it becomes the “next big thing” in the US and around the world. Maybe you will laugh today, or you might think I am exagerating. But wait, and see!

Perhaps you know nothing about Peru, perhaps you don’t even know where the land of the Inca Empire is located in the world map. No worries. That is the whole purpose behind my blog.

I am a native Peruvian who has lived her first 20-something years in Lima, Peru. But don’t let my accent confuse you (I might be fluent in English — hehe). Deep down inside there is this girl who was born, raised, educated, and left her whole life, friends and family many miles south of the US to come to this country for which I am thankful for the many opportunities it has, and keeps, offering me on a personal and professional level.

It’s with this feeling of thankfulness and reciprocity that I’d like to share with you what to be a Peruvian in the US is all about, for you to learn more about my culture, about where I come from, what makes me be the person that I am — and particularly, how you can also learn the many wonders and mysticism that the land of the Incas can perhaps bring to your life and hopefully have you visit someday soon!

The idea of creating this blog was also to create the first “one-stop” source of information for Peruvians living abroad, Americans or other foreigners in an easy-to-read format where you can find useful and entertaining information, not just plain news reporting or a whole bunch of links to other different sites that god forbid eventually turn into Spanish. In fact, one of the biggest challenges I have noticed these past years from living in the U.S. is that most of the information that my friends in the U.S. and abroad might be interested in reading and learning about Peru is all in Spanish or they don’t know how to access it. Today’s news wires and international publications rarely cover a Peruvian story that is not related to the global economy, an unfortunate earthquake, or a crisis of some sort that would make it worth covering.

A lot of the stories that give examples on how Peru is progressing as a country, is serving as a role model around the world (such as its green efforts or its renowned FTA with the U.S.), cultural and artistic forms of expression that are capturing many people’s attention around the world, its food, and even great deals you could get on airlines or hotels to visit Peru for less than what you think, are the type of stories I am looking to post in my blog.

I am not trying to become an expert of Peruvian economics, politics, etc., but rather just someone who’d like to share interesting things about my country that you can enjoy even if you live abroad. And if you happen to visit someday Peru, I hope the information in this blog helps you in finding out what could be the things you’d like to do during your stay.

Hope you enjoy this blog, and I welcome your thoughts and comments to make this blog…YOUR blog.

Thanks for visiting, and make sure you add it to your “favorites” folder and/or subscribe to RSS feeds!

Catherine Castro

Written by Catherine Castro

November 28, 2008 at 5:34 am

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