Destination: Peru

Travelers Respond After Peru Quake

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.

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Peru, Chile Clash Over New Map’s Borders

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.

Tabloid Travel Headline of the Day: ‘A Flying Monkey: Simian Smuggled Aboard Plane’

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.

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The Delicacy of the Andes

The Delicacy of the Andes Photo of cuy doll by morrissey, via Flickr (Creative Commons)

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.

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New Seven Wonders of the World Named

President to Brazilians: Christ the Redeemer Needs Your Vote!

Cameron Diaz to Peru: Lo Siento Mucho

Photo by clemsonc via Flickr, (Creative Commons)

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.

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Global Warming, Tourism Among Threats to Cultural Sites

<Photo of Damascus by zmyal via Flickr (Creative Commons).

The World Monument Fund has issued its 2008 list of 100 Most Endangered Sites. Threatened landmarks making the cut this time include Leh Old Town in Ladakh, India (increasing rainfall due to climate change is damaging medieval buildings); Machu Picchu (facing too many visitors and increasing ease of access); Old Damascus, Syria (pictured, where historic buildings are being “abandoned and demolished to make way for modern construction”); and Route 66 (as we recently noted, many sites are deteriorating).

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Tags: Architecture, Eco Travel, Asia, India, Middle East, Syria, North America, Canada, South America, Peru, News and Briefs

Peru: It’s No Nepal

by Michael Yessis | 01.12.07 | 6:16 AM ET

Photo of Machu Picchu by Allard Schmidt.

Royal Nepal Airlines apologized to Peru for promoting Nepalese tourism using an image of Machu Picchu, perhaps the most iconic attraction in all of South America. How does such a blunder occur? M.B. Khadka of the airline said the mix up was caused by the printing agency in charge of making the airline’s advertising posters, according to news reports.

Tags: Nation Branding, Asia, Nepal, South America, Peru, News and Briefs

Alejandro Toledo: President of Peru, Statesman, Tour Guide

by Jim Benning | 04.08.04 | 8:41 PM ET

That’s right. Peru’s president is spending his Easter vacation traveling around the country as a tour guide of sorts, taping a travel show for Discovery Travel Channel. The one-hour show is scheduled to air this fall. A Reuters report on Yahoo! has the wacky details.

Tags: South America, Peru