Paul McCartney is all set to make a second appearance in Lima, Peru, having first played in the Peruvian capital back in 2011.
Back then, the ex-Beatle performed in front of 50,000 fans in the Estadio Monumental. This time around he'll be hoping to pack out the 40,000-capacity Estadio Nacional for one night only.
The gig will take place on April 25 with tickets going on sale just about now. Check back for more details in the next few days.
A new temporary exhibition in Lima's will certainly pique the interest of any history enthusiasts out there.
"Del Mito a la Realidad: el Mar, Fuente de Vida" ("From Myth to Reality: the Sea, Source of Life") is an exhibition dedicated to exploring the relationship between pre-Columbian cultures and the sea, primarily coastal civilizations such as the Nazca, Moche, Chimú, Lambayeque and Chincha. The exhibition also reveals the connection between the sea and the Incas, a civilization whose origins lie far inland.
Artifacts on display include ceramics from various coastal cultures (often decorated with coastal scenes or mythology), ancient harpoons, fishing weights and nets.
The temporary exhibition began on January 29 and will continue for at least a couple of months. The museum is located on Plaza Bolívar in the Pueblo Libre district of Lima; opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Entrance to the temporary exhibition is free.
Image © Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú
Gaston Acurio's quest to become the biggest Peruvian empire builder since the Incas continues apace with two more restaurants -- one recently opened and one planned -- in the upscale San Isidro district of Lima.
First up is the recently opened Astrid & Gastón Casa Moreyra, the new home of the famous Astrid & Gastón restaurant formerly situated in Miraflores. The new San Isidro location, which is housed in an elegant old mansion, took a hefty investment of US$6 million.
With the Casa Moreyra up and running, Gastón is reportedly turning his attention to a second restaurant in San Isidro. According to Gestión, the new location will be a parrilla (grill) called Los Valientes (The Brave). Sounds interesting....
Gina Guerrero, the Regional Director of Foreign Trade and Tourism for the Loreto region, has recently told the Andina news agency of some interesting developments regarding new luxury cruises along the Peruvian Amazon.
Luxury tourism is on the rise in Peru, with the number of luxury travelers visiting the country projected to climb nine percent in 2014 (according to Peru's National Chamber of Tourism). This trend is set to draw new top-end tourist services into the Peruvian Amazon region in the next few years.
According to Guerrero, the California-based Viking River Cruises company is building two 100-meter-long river cruise ships, each with a carrying capacity of 100 people, that should be delivered by the second half of 2014. Mystic Cruises, a Portuguese company, is also reportedly building two more luxury vessels to cruise the Amazon from Iquitos to Manaus in Brazil.
From February 12 to 14, the beach resort town of Huanchaco near Trujillo will host the Huanchaco Longboard Pro Peru 2014 surfing event.
The event, which is part of the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series, will attract the best male and female longboard surfers from across South America, with winners taking a big step toward competing in the prestigious ASP Longboard World Tour.
Both the men's and women's events will take place at Playa Elio in Huanchaco on the north coast of Peru.
The Día Nacional del Pisco Sour, or National Pisco Sour Day, is celebrated annually throughout Peru on the first Saturday of February (February 1 in 2014). Understandably, these celebrations are most vibrant in the capital and in Peru's pisco-producing regions along the southern coast.
You'll find plenty of pisco-related activities in bars, restaurants and fairs across Peru in 2014, but some notable events are set to take place in Lima and Ica.
The Municipality of Lima will host the Festival del Pisco Sour 2014, to be held from January 31 to February 2 in the Plazuela Las Limeñitas (Alameda Chabuca Granda). Expect plenty of traditional pisco sours and variants, as well as two-for-one offers.
A second event -- the II Pisco Sour Fest -- will take place in Lima from January 30 to February 2, to be held in Plaza Bolivar, Pueblo Libre.
In Ica, meanwhile, the main event is El Dia Nacional Del Pisco Sour 2014, beginning on January 29 and ending on the principal day of February 1. Prepare yourself for music, beauty queens and plenty of excellent pisco sours.
For further events across Peru, keep an eye on the Día Nacional del Pisco Sour Facebook page.
Image © Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima
Heavy rains could obstruct the flow of tourists to Machu Picchu, affecting trips to the famous Inca citadel as early as next week.
According to a report by the Peruvian Times, authorities may have no option but to declare a red alert for the local river basin if the rains continue. This would require them to recommend the suspension of train services between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.
Heavy rains have already disrupted direct train services to Machu Picchu station in 2014. Further downpours could lead to landslides and flooding, causing more potential problems for the local infrastructure. Watch this space for further updates.
Get ready for plenty of free street music in Lima during February, with more than 140 bands playing at six locations along the pedestrian streets Jr. Ica and Jr. Ucayali (in the historic center of Lima).
The Fiesta en la Calle concerts will take place every Thursday in February from 6 pm to 10 pm. Most acts will be semi-acoustic, with various musical genres represented including rock, pop and reggae, as well as traditional Peruvian genres such as música andina and música criolla.
You can see full schedules for each day -- February 6, 13, 20 and 27 -- over at the www.limacultura.pe website (click the "AQUÍ" links listed under "Programación" at the bottom of the page).
According to a report by Andina, more than 30,000 domestic and foreign tourists are expected to descend upon Puno for this year's Virgen de la Candelaria festival.
The event, which begins on February 2 and lasts for more than two weeks, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, adding further importance to what is already one of the biggest annual festivals in southern Peru.
If you want to take part in the celebrations, keep in mind that the massed crowds will also mean a shortage of hostel and hotel rooms and significant price hikes for both accommodation and public transport.
Photo © Villa Plateria, Wikimedia Commons
We're only half way through January and 2014 is already looking like a great year for big gigs in Peru.
While not yet listed on either official website, it looks like the Pixies and Capital Cities are both coming to Lima for gigs on March 30 and April 8 respectively. Both bands are coming to Peru as part of the Color Night Light - Summer 2014 concert cycle, which at present still has one unconfirmed band scheduled to perform in Lima on March 21.
The Pixies and Capital Cities will both feature in Lollapalooza Chile 2014 (March 29 to 30), so maybe we'll see another big act from the festival appearing in Lima (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire or Imagine Dragons, perhaps?).
Other major acts already confirmed for 2014 include Metallica, Soundgarden and One Direction. For the full schedule -- updated regularly -- see Music Concerts in Peru 2014.