Monday April 21, 2014
The ninth edition of the Perú Mucho Gusto gastronomic fair will take place from May 1 to May 3 in the city of Pisco.
The food festival will feature chefs representing restaurants -- and culinary styles -- from various regions of Peru, including Ica, Ayacucho, Madre de Dios, Apurímac, Cusco, Puno, Moquegua and Tacna.
Food fans should definitely try to attend the three-day event. I went to the Perú Mucho Gusto fair in Tarapoto back in 2011 and it was a memorable day out with great food from across the country.
The Pisco edition promises to be just as good -- if not better -- so get there if you can....
Photo © Tony Dunnell (Perú Mucho Gusto, Tarapoto, 2011)
Monday April 21, 2014
I'm not ashamed to admit that I know very little about fashion. But I do appreciate a good photo.
And I'm sure I would have missed out on a selection of superb fashion photos if it weren't for Anna, the blogger behind Academic Troll. In a recent posts, "Peruvian Style," Anna highlights the work of Scott Schuman, an American blogger and fashion photographer known for his photos of genuine street fashion.
Schuman has recently returned from Peru, where he spent time photographing the day-to-day fashion of locals in and around Cusco and Urubamba.
"After spending about eight days in Peru last week, I was pleasantly surprised by how unique the dress style was by region and, sometimes, by village," says Schuman on his blog, The Sartorialist.
Head over to The Sartorialist to see the shots (April 2014 archives), which include examples of traditional clothing worn by both the oldest and youngest residents of the Cusco Region.
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.