Monday April 14, 2014
Here's a very quick reminder about tonight's "blood moon" eclipse, a chance to see the moon turn red. It should be visible from most of North America and parts of South America -- including Peru -- during the night of April 14 to 15.
According to Dr. José Ishitsuka, director of the Observatorio de Huancayo, the total eclipse will begin at 2:06 a.m. in Peru and will last for one hour and 17 minutes.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I always stay awake for these astronomical events and typically see absolutely nothing. So I'm hoping tonight's blood moon will be clearly visible from my home in Tarapoto...
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Scott Taylor, Wikimedia Commons
Sunday April 13, 2014
It seems that local authorities in Cusco are losing their patience with foreign tourists who break the law in their city and its surrounding archaeological sites. And with good reason.
So far this year, foreign tourists have been detained for spraying graffiti on the city's ancient Inca walls; for getting naked at Machu Picchu; for having drug-fueled orgies at the Sacsayhuamán archaeological site; and for consuming and selling drugs in hostels and hospedajes (guesthouses) in the city's historic center.
Add to that more than 30 foreign tourists arrested this year for robberies in Cusco, and it's no surprise that local authorities -- and local residents -- are bored of hearing these kind of reports.
Reports are already emerging about tougher new penalties for crimes against cultural heritage (15 years for defacing cultural artifacts), as well as the installation of 12 high-definition security cameras at Machu Picchu to deter streakers and strippers.
According to Diario Correo, recent police raids on hostels in the historic center of Cusco have also caught foreign tourists red-handed. When police raided the hostels, which cater primarily to Israeli tourists, a number of foreigners were found in possession of -- and consuming -- marihuana and crack. The report states that police operations of this type will continue.
With the number of foreign idiots in Cusco -- those who are too stupid to know better and far too stupid not to get caught -- appearing to have reached critical mass, it seems like local authorities are ready for a crackdown.
Saturday April 12, 2014
Peru has seen a welcome rise in music festivals in recent years. Major music events like Acustirock, Rock en la Playa, Festival de los 7 Mares, Selvámonos, Rock en el Parque and Creamfields Peru all returned in 2013, and most are set to make an appearance in 2014.
If you want to catch a music festival in Peru, here are some of the confirmed events taking place in the next few months:
- Electo Selvámonos -- May 3, Club de Tiro, Jr. Cuzco 1600, Huancayo (Junín Region)
- Festival Barrio Latino -- June 28, Parque de la Exposición, Lima (recently confirmed, this festival will feature Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce, Cumbia All Stars and more)
For more information about these events and other gigs in Peru, see Music Concerts in Peru 2014.
Image © Selvámonos
Saturday March 29, 2014
For a few years now, the Red Bull energy drink company has been organizing soap box derbies in cities across the globe. Now it's Lima's turn, with the Red Bull Carros Locos (Crazy Cars) event all set to take place on Sunday, April 6.
Billed as "a race of velocity and creativity," the free-wheeling contestants will thunder (or blunder) their way down the Bajada de Bertoletto along Lima's Costa Verde in the San Miguel district.
The racers will be judged on three different elements: their race time, the creativity of their crazy cars and the driver's racing ability and overall showmanship. In other words, it should be a highly entertaining spectacle.
Among the judges will be surfer Sofía Mulánovich, one of Peru's most famous celebrities. She'll help decide which of the 60 teams claims the Carros Locos title for 2014.
Entrance is free, with three different public viewing points at the following locations: Av. Costanera (for a panoramic overview of the race); on the beachfront Costa Verde strip (from where you can see the mid-section and finish line) and at a point 400 meters down the route (for some intense action).