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The Origins of the Pisco

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piscoInstead of writing a post about pisco and its origins, here is a two-part video named “Pisco, cultural heritage of Peru” that walks you through the origins of pisco, including locations where it is produced in the south coast of Peru, official documents from centuries ago proving pisco is authentic from Peru (and nowhere else — others claimed to be pisco are really a totally different liqueur not 100% from grapes — a key characteristic of the authentic pisco), as well as interesting recipes you can make with pisco. You might also want to take note of the locations mentioned in this video which are great places where you can visit and see how pisco is produced.

Part 1

  • The history
  • The old cellars
  • The name
  • Pisco tourism

Part 2

  • Bar and Kitchen — includes commentary from Peruvian top chefs Isabel Alvarez, Gaston Acurio and Pedro Schiaffino
  • Cultural Heritage
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Written by Catherine Castro

February 8, 2009 at 9:21 am

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

Peru Becomes First South American Country to Get Travelers Guide by National Geographic

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nat-geoIn early February 2009, you might want to make sure you get a copy of Peru’s Travelers Guide to be published by National Geographic, the first one from countries in South America. There are only 58 other countries to have a guide in the world.

Featuring unique information on local culture, food, history and population, Peru’s Travelers Guide will release a record number of copies of 17,000 versus just 6,000-8,000 for other countries given the increasing interest in Peru by foreigners.

A Spanish version will also be available late 2009, as Andina reports.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 12, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Inbound Tourism to Peru Up 12 Percent in Jan-Aug 2008

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Inbound tourism to Peru increased 12% in January -August 2008 compared to the same period last year, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur).

For more information reported by Andina news, click here.

Written by Catherine Castro

December 11, 2008 at 9:56 am

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Cameron Diaz in CW’s “4REAL Peru” on December 4

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cameron1If you have MTV Canada or CW on your cable, don’t miss Cameron Diaz’s series of 4REAL Peru on December 4 airing at 4 am, 6:30 am, 9 am or 11:30 am Eastern Time.

And if you don’t, no worries. Just click here to watch the series on demand.

Cameron and Sol Guy travel to the Andes mountains of Peru where Puma Singona, a young medicine man, is keeping his people’s ancient knowledge and wisdom alive.

It is a great way to get an idea of the cultural immersion experience you can have when you visit the Peruvian Andes. You see how women weave their textiles with techniques that go back centuries, the perfect line up of stones one on top of the other to build the street in Cuzco, how music serves as a natural healer, and even Bungee jumping!

Written by Catherine Castro

November 30, 2008 at 8:32 pm

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The Peruvian Potato: The Answer for Fighting Global Hunger and Poverty, Potato Museum To Open 2nd Half of 2009

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potatoIf you go to the supermarket here in the U.S. most likely you will find maybe three, four, ok…five types of potatoes. Did you know there are thousands of types of potatoes…and one country in the world holds all of them? Yep, all just in Peru! Check out this BBC story about this year’s Peruvian potato boom. Particularly as rice and wheat prices rise around the world, the Peruvian potato is a perfect alternative and even provides nutrition that other products can’t.

The potato originated in the Andean highlands and was first domesticated in the southeast of Peru about 7000-8000 years ago. Spanish explorers brought the potato plant from South America to Spain in the mid-16th century and then spread throughout other European countries.

And if you are planning to visit Peru next year, you might want to check out the Potato Museum which is currently under construction and is expected to open the second half of 2009 at the headquarters of the International Potato Center (Centro Internacional de la Papa – CIP) located in La Molina – that’s just 30-40 minutes away from the main tourist area in Lima, Peru. CIP maintains the largest collection of potatoes in the world, including almost 5000 varieties of about 100 wild species. The collection is maintained in trust under the auspices of the United Nations.

The United Nations named 2008 the “International Year of the Potato” naming the potato a staple food in the diet of the world’s population and calling the need to focus world attention on the role that the potato can play in providing food security and eradicating poverty in support of achieving internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.

A whole array of events has taken place this year. In fact, today Sunday, November 30 in Argentina, ALAP 2008 will convene experts from all over the world (including the U.S., Holland, Canada, France, and other Latin American countries) to advance the use and commercialization of the potato around the world. CIP’s Peruvian representatives will be talking about potato biotechnology, genetics, among other topics. There are four more events happening in the UN-FAO’s agenda around the 2008 potato international campaign: a Potato Exhibition in Rome, Italy; the Global Potato Conference in New Delhi, India, a Potato Festival in Kemorovo in the Russian Federation, as well as the 7th World Potato Congress in Christchurch, New Zealand.

And if you are interested in getting into the details of what CIP has planned for 2009-2011, click here (and it’s in English).

For some interesting potato facts, click here, but here is a snapshot:

  • The potato is the most important root and tuber crop in the world.
  • The potato is the 3rd most important food crop in the world, after rice and wheat.
  • The potato yields more nutritious food more quickly on less land and in harsher climates than any other major crop.
  • Potatoes are rich in protein, calcium and vitamin C
  • Potatoes can be harvested in the tropics within 50 days of planting – a third of the time it takes in colder climates.
  • Potatoes contribute to health by providing calories and providing nutrients.

Here are some videos you might want to check out:

  • United Nations video (not CNN as the tag says) on the Peruvian potato, including images of the International Potato Center (the video is 4:30 minutes only, the rest is repeated)
  • United Nations video about the “International Year of the Potato”
  • Fun video on just some of the different types of potatoes
  • Fun ads “Este Pechito Come Papa” (This One Here Eats Potato) by the Peruvian Agricultural Ministry – part 1 and part 2

So now that you know at least the highlights of the Peruvian potato story, hope you stop by at the Potato Museum on your next trip to Peru, whenever you are at the store you can tell your friends where the world’s largest variety of potatoes is, and now you know how you can help the world in fighting poverty by just buying potato — and you will also help generate jobs in Peruvian agricultural families, and share the idea of helping poor countries around the world consume the potato and fight hunger and malnourishment.

Possible Ancient Pre-Incan City Found in Peru’s Amazon

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Citizens in the north East of Peru In Utcubamba, Amazonas are said to have found a pre-Incan city including also two caverns with ancient ceramics, according to local press El Comercio. Local government representatives will be visiting the site in the following days. The regional government in Amazonas is requesting for the implementation of a tourism circuit in the area given it is also nearby the Lejía falls.

Written by Catherine Castro

November 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm