Huancavelica Peru

The city of Huancavelica is the capital of the Huancavelica region which is often described as the poorest cities in Peru with many areas populated with shanty town type housing and a large population of Indigenous people make up the population.  The city is spread over a large area and varies in altitude from over 5,000 meters in the mountains to 2,000 meters in the areas of the valleys of Huancavelica.  This area of Peru can be quite a challenge to get to for many travellers but once you make it to this city there is much to like in regards to the friendly people, the architecture and the history that is everywhere in Huancavelica.

This city has a cruel and sad history with many indigenous Peruvians loosing their lives to the mining activities that made this town.  After the Spanish had moved in and taken this area the local people were used in the mines to extract the rich sources of mercury and silver.  This activity was dangerous and many people lost their lives.  The current town of Huancavelica was founded officially in the late 1500s and has definite colonial history that is reflected in the many buildings and churches that are present in the town area of Huancavelica.

Tourists that are planning on visiting this area of Peru should think about visiting during the dry season which is between May and October.  This area can be very cold with wind coming off the tops of the mountains.  Apart from the colonial style influences of architecture Huancavelica also has great little markets and many activities that are centred around the main square in the middle of town.

The accommodation is quite reasonable and the prices are quite cheap compared with other areas of Peru.  To cater for the tourists that move through this area during the dry season there are a few great places to eat and as with the accommodation much of this is located in the town centre.

Huancavelica is a great place to visit especially for those travellers who are looking to add to their Peru experience by travelling somewhere that is a bit off the beaten track.  Many tourists don’t visit this area as sometimes it can be quite a challenge to organise travel to Huancavelica but those who persevere will be rewarded with an experience that will be both memorable and rewarding.

Rio Amazonas Peru

When people holiday in exotic countries their general  wish is to emerse themselves in the culture and enjoy the sights and experiences that are sometimes off the beaten track.  Many of these types of experiences are the ones that you will remember for years to come.  For those people who are visiting Peru, it is worth checking out the Rio Amazonas which is a restored riverboat that cruises the waters of the Amazon River.

The Rio Amazonas was brought over to Peru from Scotland in the early 20th century and has been fitted out for day cruising and also has accommodation for those travellers that are looking for a longer paddle boat experience. The river boat is the traditional wood panel boat with three levels of accommodation and plenty of space for travellers.

The Rio Amazonas has weekly cruises along the Amazon River to the boarders of Brazil and Columbia.  They offer a range of activities and experiences for tourists which is sure to suit most tourists.  The staff on board conduct activities such as wildlife observation and fishing as well as stop offs at local communities where travellers can meet local people and enjoy traditional food and dance.

The river boat has a maximum capacity of 40 guests at any one time so it is advised that you book ahead to get a place.  The accommodation is basic but does offer backpacker style or a master suite cabin.  If you are looking for something a little different to do on your next trip around the Peru area then this might be something different to experience.

Inventor in Peru is Painting the Mountain Peaks White

Inventor Eduardo Gold has embarked on an ambitious idea to coat a mountain summit in white paint in an experiment to see the effect on melting glaciers in the area.  The work has already begun and Gold and his team of painters have received $200,000 through an environmental grant organisation to complete the project.

The World Bank has money set aside each year to fund environmental projects all over the world.  This year there were 26 winners including Gold and his team each receiving money to fund projects that it is hoped will benefit the environment.

The extinct glacial area that has been chosen as the site for the project is the Chalon Sombrero which in its day provided water for the valley below and several rivers in the area.  The theory of the project is that the white surface on the top of the mountain will reflect the sun’s rays which should in theory cool the area around the mountain top.  The simple science behind the idea is that a change in the albedo (or reflectivity of a surface) means that the surface doesn’t absorb as much heat and doesn’t emit as much infra red radiation which is a problem when it heats greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Many of the people who live near the glacier and have watched it slowly melt away are optimistic that the white paint may cause a return for the glacier.  The villages in this area rely on water from melting glaciers as well as melting snow so any idea that can return some of the extinct glaciers will also potentially return life to some of the villages that rely on this water.

Although there are some people who feel that this project is not the best way to spend the grant money, we will all have to wait and see whether the white paint is enough to change the microclimate on the mountain and promote new glacial ice forming.

Peru’s Garcia and President Obama Met for Talks

Monday last week was the first official meeting between the leaders of Peru and the US to discuss issues relating to trade between these countries.  The white house was the venue for the talks that were specifically related to the bilateral free trade agreements between these two countries.

President Obama congratulated the Peru President for his countries handling of the economic crisis on a local level.  The US President was especially impressed by Peru’s successful economic gains in what has been a difficult 12 months for world economies.

Although the meeting was only a short one, going for just over half an hour both Presidents where able to discuss the important issues of the financial crisis and the cooperation between these two countries.  Peru has had a bilateral free trade deal with America since January 2009 and this is set to continue into 2011.

Peru’s President is keen for countries in Latin America, including Peru to become stronger in terms of their democracy.  Talks between Peru and America will continue into the future as Peru looks set to move forward as a vibrant economy that embraces technology and investment.

Not everyone was pleased with Peru’s President visiting the United States.  Protestors supporting the rights of Indigenous Peruvians and also a ban on the extraction of oil from the Amazon region were vocal outside the white house during the talks.

Important Talks for Clinton visit to Latin America

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew into Lima last Sunday to start talks with various leaders in Latin America on topics such as last year’s coup in Honduras, immigration policy, security issues and talks about the issues concerning Iran and other Middle East countries.  This is not Clintons first visit to Latin America as the Secretary of State and with issues developing all the time in this area of the world is doubtful this will be her last.

Clinton has a very full schedule during this trip which included meetings in many of the larger south American countries including Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.  America’s support of these countries and financial aid are related to much of the discussions with these countries.

One issue that has been ever present during this trip is the issue of allowing Honduras to rejoin the regional block after their recent coup.  The US is arguing that Honduras be allowed back into the organisation with the current president coming to power after the latest elections.  Many countries including Brazil and Nicaragua oppose this move by the US and support a reinstatement of the oust president who is now in exile from the country.

There are many other items on the agenda which involve the US and countries in Latin America which include the new immigration laws in Arizona, the US gaining support for new UN penalties on Iran over its nuclear program, the ever present drug trade that comes from countries in this area of the world and discussion over growing issues of endemic crime and violence.

Although not an official agenda item the new immigration laws in Arizona have caused some concerns to the countries of people who move to the US for work.  Latin America sees these new laws as racial profiling and the laws also make it illegal for immigrants that are not in citizens of the US to solicit work.  There is some support for this new law even though the US President conceded that the law is “poorly conceived” and “not the right way to go”.

One of the main agenda items is for the US to gain support from these countries over the UN penalties for Iran over there nuclear program.  Backing by countries in Latin America would be a boost for the US and the UN as Brazil and Turkey had just recently worked together with Iran the put in place agreements to avoid new penalties.

Huancavelica Peru

The city of Huancavelica is the capital of the Huancavelica region which is often described as the poorest cities in Peru with many areas populated with shanty town type housing and a large population of Indigenous people make up the population.  The city is spread over a large area and varies in altitude from over 5,000 meters in the mountains to 2,000 meters in the areas of the valleys of Huancavelica.  This area of Peru can be quite a challenge to get to for many travellers but once you make it to this city there is much to like in regards to the friendly people, the architecture and the history that is everywhere in Huancavelica.

This city has a cruel and sad history with many indigenous Peruvians loosing their lives to the mining activities that made this town.  After the Spanish had moved in and taken this area the local people were used in the mines to extract the rich sources of mercury and silver.  This activity was dangerous and many people lost their lives.  The current town of Huancavelica was founded officially in the late 1500s and has definite colonial history that is reflected in the many buildings and churches that are present in the town area of Huancavelica.

Tourists that are planning on visiting this area of Peru should think about visiting during the dry season which is between May and October.  This area can be very cold with wind coming off the tops of the mountains.  Apart from the colonial style influences of architecture Huancavelica also has great little markets and many activities that are centred around the main square in the middle of town.

The accommodation is quite reasonable and the prices are quite cheap compared with other areas of Peru.  To cater for the tourists that move through this area during the dry season there are a few great places to eat and as with the accommodation much of this is located in the town centre.

Huancavelica is a great place to visit especially for those travellers who are looking to add to their Peru experience by travelling somewhere that is a bit off the beaten track.  Many tourists don’t visit this area as sometimes it can be quite a challenge to organise travel to Huancavelica but those who persevere will be rewarded with an experience that will be both memorable and rewarding.

Rio Amazonas Peru

When people holiday in exotic countries their general  wish is to emerse themselves in the culture and enjoy the sights and experiences that are sometimes off the beaten track.  Many of these types of experiences are the ones that you will remember for years to come.  For those people who are visiting Peru, it is worth checking out the Rio Amazonas which is a restored riverboat that cruises the waters of the Amazon River.

The Rio Amazonas was brought over to Peru from Scotland in the early 20th century and has been fitted out for day cruising and also has accommodation for those travellers that are looking for a longer paddle boat experience. The river boat is the traditional wood panel boat with three levels of accommodation and plenty of space for travellers.

The Rio Amazonas has weekly cruises along the Amazon River to the boarders of Brazil and Columbia.  They offer a range of activities and experiences for tourists which is sure to suit most tourists.  The staff on board conduct activities such as wildlife observation and fishing as well as stop offs at local communities where travellers can meet local people and enjoy traditional food and dance.

The river boat has a maximum capacity of 40 guests at any one time so it is advised that you book ahead to get a place.  The accommodation is basic but does offer backpacker style or a master suite cabin.  If you are looking for something a little different to do on your next trip around the Peru area then this might be something different to experience.

Inventor in Peru is Painting the Mountain Peaks White

Inventor Eduardo Gold has embarked on an ambitious idea to coat a mountain summit in white paint in an experiment to see the effect on melting glaciers in the area.  The work has already begun and Gold and his team of painters have received $200,000 through an environmental grant organisation to complete the project.

The World Bank has money set aside each year to fund environmental projects all over the world.  This year there were 26 winners including Gold and his team each receiving money to fund projects that it is hoped will benefit the environment.

The extinct glacial area that has been chosen as the site for the project is the Chalon Sombrero which in its day provided water for the valley below and several rivers in the area.  The theory of the project is that the white surface on the top of the mountain will reflect the sun’s rays which should in theory cool the area around the mountain top.  The simple science behind the idea is that a change in the albedo (or reflectivity of a surface) means that the surface doesn’t absorb as much heat and doesn’t emit as much infra red radiation which is a problem when it heats greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Many of the people who live near the glacier and have watched it slowly melt away are optimistic that the white paint may cause a return for the glacier.  The villages in this area rely on water from melting glaciers as well as melting snow so any idea that can return some of the extinct glaciers will also potentially return life to some of the villages that rely on this water.

Although there are some people who feel that this project is not the best way to spend the grant money, we will all have to wait and see whether the white paint is enough to change the microclimate on the mountain and promote new glacial ice forming.

Peru’s Garcia and President Obama Met for Talks

Monday last week was the first official meeting between the leaders of Peru and the US to discuss issues relating to trade between these countries.  The white house was the venue for the talks that were specifically related to the bilateral free trade agreements between these two countries.

President Obama congratulated the Peru President for his countries handling of the economic crisis on a local level.  The US President was especially impressed by Peru’s successful economic gains in what has been a difficult 12 months for world economies.

Although the meeting was only a short one, going for just over half an hour both Presidents where able to discuss the important issues of the financial crisis and the cooperation between these two countries.  Peru has had a bilateral free trade deal with America since January 2009 and this is set to continue into 2011.

Peru’s President is keen for countries in Latin America, including Peru to become stronger in terms of their democracy.  Talks between Peru and America will continue into the future as Peru looks set to move forward as a vibrant economy that embraces technology and investment.

Not everyone was pleased with Peru’s President visiting the United States.  Protestors supporting the rights of Indigenous Peruvians and also a ban on the extraction of oil from the Amazon region were vocal outside the white house during the talks.

Important Talks for Clinton visit to Latin America

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew into Lima last Sunday to start talks with various leaders in Latin America on topics such as last year’s coup in Honduras, immigration policy, security issues and talks about the issues concerning Iran and other Middle East countries.  This is not Clintons first visit to Latin America as the Secretary of State and with issues developing all the time in this area of the world is doubtful this will be her last.

Clinton has a very full schedule during this trip which included meetings in many of the larger south American countries including Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.  America’s support of these countries and financial aid are related to much of the discussions with these countries.

One issue that has been ever present during this trip is the issue of allowing Honduras to rejoin the regional block after their recent coup.  The US is arguing that Honduras be allowed back into the organisation with the current president coming to power after the latest elections.  Many countries including Brazil and Nicaragua oppose this move by the US and support a reinstatement of the oust president who is now in exile from the country.

There are many other items on the agenda which involve the US and countries in Latin America which include the new immigration laws in Arizona, the US gaining support for new UN penalties on Iran over its nuclear program, the ever present drug trade that comes from countries in this area of the world and discussion over growing issues of endemic crime and violence.

Although not an official agenda item the new immigration laws in Arizona have caused some concerns to the countries of people who move to the US for work.  Latin America sees these new laws as racial profiling and the laws also make it illegal for immigrants that are not in citizens of the US to solicit work.  There is some support for this new law even though the US President conceded that the law is “poorly conceived” and “not the right way to go”.

One of the main agenda items is for the US to gain support from these countries over the UN penalties for Iran over there nuclear program.  Backing by countries in Latin America would be a boost for the US and the UN as Brazil and Turkey had just recently worked together with Iran the put in place agreements to avoid new penalties.

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