by Michael Yessis | 08.17.07 | 12:15 PM ET
The horrors of the 8.0 earthquake that struck the southern coast of Peru Wednesday continue to mount. More than 500 people are known to be dead, and more than 17,000 have been displaced, according to the latest update from the New York Times. Among those put in danger were many travelers from around the world.
by Michael Yessis | 08.15.07 | 10:19 AM ET
Anyone else got an issue with Chile’s borders? Last year we noted that Argentina produced a tourist map claiming a disputed area with Chile. Now Peru has published a map in its official newspaper, El Peruano, that encroaches on what Chile believes is its “fishing-rich portion of the Pacific Ocean,” reports the AP. The dispute, according to the story, stems “from a war fought more than 120 years ago.” That would be the War of the Pacific, in which Chile captured, among other things, Bolivia’s former coastline. It’s becoming a big issue. Chile has already summoned its ambassador from Peru, and Peru has plans to bring the issue to The Hague’s International Court of Justice.
by Michael Yessis | 08.08.07 | 10:31 AM ET
The headline comes from the New York Post. The monkey flew to the Big Apple from Lima, Peru via Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a passenger on Spirit Airlines. “Spirit,” as the airline opportunistically called the baby marmoset, was apparently the size of a person’s fist and hid under the man’s hat. “Other passengers asked the man if he knew he had a monkey on him,” said Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Alison Russell. If the man didn’t know, then that’s a different story.
by Matt Villano | 07.23.07 | 12:13 PM ET
In Peru, people go crazy for cuy. In the U.S., they're household pets. When faced with eating them, Matt Villano confronts childhood memories, nausea and the costs of cultural immersion.
by Michael Yessis | 07.09.07 | 7:51 AM ET
After 18 months of voting, the New7Wonders organization announced its seven new wonders of the world this weekend. They are: Chichén Itzá, Mexico; Christ Redeemer, Brazil; the Great Wall, China; Machu Picchu, Peru; Petra, Jordan; the Colosseum, Italy; and the Taj Mahal, India. Last week, we named the seven wonders of the shrinking planet.
by Jim Benning | 06.25.07 | 4:42 PM ET
As we noted last week, the New 7 Wonders of the World will be announced July 7. Sure, the final list may not mean a whole lot more than bragging rights, but voting for the pageant sponsored by the NewOpenWorld Foundation ends in 11 days and competition among the finalists is heating up. How much? “In Brazil, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva recently used his weekly radio address to urge people to vote for the Christ the Redeemer statue,” notes the San Francisco Chronicle. “Jordan’s royal family has publicly lobbied for Petra, and the government of Peru set up free computer terminals so its citizens could vote for Machu Picchu.”
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by Jim Benning | 06.25.07 | 1:02 PM ET
Poor Cameron Diaz. She was only going for the commie-chic, retro-kitsch look on her trip to Peru. Instead, she wound up offending Peruvians. On a visit to Machu Picchu Friday for the taping of a Canadian TV show called “4 Real,” Diaz toted an olive green bag featuring a red star and the words “Serve the People” in Chinese. That old Mao-era propoganda is hip among many young people in China—the same crazy kids enjoying plates of “Socialist Economic Model” at Beijing’s Red Capital Club. But is it hip in Peru? Not so much.
by Jim Benning | 06.07.07 | 10:43 AM ET