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James Blunt Performing in Lima, Peru on February 1, 2009

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bluntIf you are planning to visit Lima early February and are a fan of British songwriter and singer James Blunt, you might want to make sure you book your calendar on the evening of February 1!

As part of his South American tour, Blunt will be performing in Lima, Peru at the Jockey Plaza Center in the outdoors stage, as RPP reports. As a reference, the Center is approx. 45-minute drive away from the Miraflores/San Isidro area where typical tourist hotels are located.

Blunt has more than 16 million copies sold around the world, and his hits song include “You’re Beautiful”, “Back To Bedlam”, “Goodbye My Lover”, “High” and “Wisemen”, among others.

Tickets will be sold starting this Friday, December 19 via the TuEntrada website.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 17, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Renovations Along Lima Beach Area “Costa Verde” Could Bring More Attractions for Tourists by 2010

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cv2cv1If you have been to Lima, most likely you have seen the Larcomar shopping center right on the beach and the Costa Verde (Green Coast, in English) in search of a good ceviche in the Miraflores district.

According to Peru’s newspaper El Comercio, the Costa Verde area will be renovated, and will include:

  • A greek amphitheatre with ocean view for approx. 3,000 people
  • Two ocean water pools (similar to the ones you might have seen in Portugal) — one for swimming and the other one for families
  • Recreational and sports areas, including bike trails
  • New access areas (bridge between the hill and the beach area)
  • Development of green areas

This project called “La Nueva Costa Verde” (The New Green Coast) will start to be built next year and is expected to be finalized by 2010.

Should be a nice area to hang out if you stay in the hotels nearby the ocean in the districts of Miraflores or San Isidro — two common areas tourists stay at.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 16, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Handmade Macchu Pichu in Chocolate Showcased in Marriott Hotel in Lima, Peru

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marriottWhat’s best than staying at a centrally-located Marriott hotel in Lima, Peru? A chocolate handmade Macchu Pichu replica on display at its lobby!!

More than 2,000 blocks made of 350 lbs. of chocolate took to build it in just 45 days, as AP reports via El Comercio newspaper. Click here to check out some pictures.

Yum!

Written by Catherine Castro

December 13, 2008 at 10:10 am

What Makes Pisco Unique From Other Types of Brandy? by Renzo Palacios

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pasion-por-el-piscoMy friend Renzo Palacios, also a native Peruvian living in the U.S., is known for his great knowledge and taste on making the best pisco sours. That’s why I had to make him the first of my contributors to my blog, one because he is the coolest, and second because it is great to know things about the authentic pisco which is made in Peru. And take note he likes reading this book you can purchase on your next trip to Lima called “Pasion por el Pisco” (Passion for Pisco) written by Jhonny Schuler from where he got some of the information to write this piece. Thanks Renzo!

Pisco, the flagship drink from Peru, is a pure grape juice distillation without any other ingredients, compared to the Italian Grappa, the Galician Orujo, the French Marc, the Greek Tziroupo, the German Trestten, and the rest of brandy in the world which aren’t pure.

Pisco is made from the must just fermented, whereas other brandy are made from the distillation of orujos which is comprised by the rests from the grape after pressing it to make wine and includes grape skin, seeds, and parts of the bunch.

Another difference pisco has to other types of brandy, is its noble nature since the beginning. A good pisco embraces the richness of its aromatic palette and its tasting structure that comes from the different types of pisco grapes used for its preparation.

Also, pisco doesn’t go through certain rectification processes as happens with other brandy that need to age to obtain their new features.

Finally, pisco doesn’t require water to regulate its alcoholic content as other types of brandy do.

In Peru, the production of pisco has significantly grown. Currently there are more than 400 bodegas producing pisco in the country. In fact, statistics about consumption of pisco continue increasing between 10-15% in the past eight years, and exports of pisco have grown in average 40% since 2002.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 11, 2008 at 3:42 pm

One of Peru’s Music Young Treasures: Jorge Pardo Joins Other 3 Peruvian Tenors in Concert This Weekend in Lima, Peru

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tenoresOne of Peru’s treasures in vocals is Jorge Luis Pardo Valdespino (second from the left), a good friend of mine and heart-felt, high-range singer and composer who will be performing a new series called “Tenores II” (Tenors II) concert in Lima, Peru this Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 with Sony Center among one of its sponsors.

Jorge and other 3 Peruvian tenors will be performing songs by Queen, Coldplay, Elton John, Joan Manuel Serrat, Verdi, legendary Peruvian singer and composer Chabuca Granda, among others. Around 30 musicians will be on stage.

Jorge is a former winner of the singer awards “International Music Festival Vina del Mar”. If you’d like to watch the hit song “Mi alma entre tu manos” (My soul between your hands) that made him a glorious double-award winner, click here (go to 4:50 in the video to listen him perform this amazing song).

Well done, guys! Wish you as much success as your first series “Tenores I”.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 4, 2008 at 11:05 pm