Archive for June, 2011

Garcia inaugurates “Christ of the Pacific”

Garcia inaugurates “Christ of the Pacific”

President Alan Garcia  Wednesday inaugurated a 37-meter statue of Jesus Christ in Lima’s Chorrillos district overlooking the Pacific Ocean, despite criticism from local authorities. During the inauguration, which included a fireworks display and attendance from members of Garcia’s governing Aprista party as well as Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani and other […]

COUNTRY NOTES: Machu Picchu, Maize and the Advantage of Backwardness

COUNTRY NOTES: Machu Picchu, Maize and the Advantage of Backwardness

By Nicholas Asheshov – Special for the Machu Picchu Centennial – Machu Picchu and the Inca Empire were the creation of an import from Central America, maize, and a dramatic climate shift that turned the Andean highlands from inhospitable wet-and-cold to pleasant, as it is today, dry-and-warm. For more than […]

Humala, Correa promise to strengthen Peru-Ecuador relations

Humala, Correa promise to strengthen Peru-Ecuador relations

President-elect Ollanta Humala met with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Tuesday and promised to continue solidifying relations between the two Andean countries, state news agency Andina reported. “I think the bilateral relations are on the right path, but it is not enough,” said Humala, who will assume office on July […]

Report: Puno protests cost region $117 million

Protests in southern Peru’s Puno region resulted in costs of at least $117 million, daily El Comercio reported. The major cost of the demonstrations, which began May 9 and lasted for 45 days, was on the tourism sector as a result of some 300,000 travelers cancelling trips. According to Puno’s regional […]