Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Peru, the best destination in Latin America

Peruvian travel agencies won in four out of the 10 categories nominated in the 2008 Latin American Travel Association Awards. LATA, a UK-based trade organization attracting tourism to Latin America, recognized PromPeru, Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica, Aqua Expeditions and Orient Express for their achievements in Peruvian tourism. The awards ceremony was held at the World Travel Market in London, the largest tourism convention in the world.

PromPeru was awarded Best Tourism Agency of the Year, Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica won Best Jungle Lodge in all of Latin America, Aqua Expeditions for Best Luxury Cruise and Orient Express with Best Hotel Chain.

The awards marked a high-profiled event for the four agencies, making their names recognized by other tourism companies from around the world. María del Carmen De Reparaz, who accepted the award on behalf of PromPeru, hopes the ceremony will invest more interests from English tourists and other travel agencies to do business with Peru in the future.

PromPeru is dedicated to the promotion of Peru throughout the world, spotlighting the country’s most beautiful landscapes and wonders. Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica has been running for more than 30 years and is a pioneer in jungle exploration located in the areas of Madre de Dios and Reserva Nacional de Tambopata. Aqua Expeditions is a luxury cruise exploring the rivers of the jungle vast Amazon jungle. Orient Express provides luxury hotels, trains and cruises throughout the world. Their hotels in Peru are located in Miraflores, Machu Picchu, Cusco and Colca Canyon.

You can buy your trip to Peru through traficoperu.com

Taken from livinginperu.com


Monday, October 27, 2008

3 peruvian hotels in top 15 hotels in South America

Three of the top fifteen hotels in South America can be found in Peru, said the last edition of the travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler.

32,000 of the magazines readers, which chose a hotel in Cusco as their favorite, were surveyed to put together this list of top hotels.

According to the survey, the best hotel in South America is Hotel Monasterio in Cusco, an honor this establishment has held since 2005.

Hotel Monasterio at Cusco

The JW Marriott Hotel Lima was ranked in ninth, while readers chose the Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco Hotel as their twelfth favorite place for accommodation.

Libertador Cusco Hotel JW Marriott Lima Hotel

With over 3.1 million readers, the magazine was recently named one of the ten most important magazines in the United States by Adweek and Advertising Age and is one of only three magazines that are listed by both companies.
Looking for hotels in Cusco or hotels in Peru? Just go to traficoperu.com, the online travel agency and tour operator in Peru, were you can find and book whatever you need for your trip to Peru.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Cusco: Touristic circuit Valle Sur to be promoted to increase attractions

The touristic circuit Valle Sur (South Valley) of Cusco, which covers around 20 km, will be promoted in order to increase the offer of attractions to visit in this department. To this end, five touristic development plans are being prepared to promote other destinations in the department, which include touristic development in the Espinar region with the Suicutambo canyon, the Calca development plan, which is home to Pisac, the largest artisan market in the country, and the promotion of Paucartambo as a natural balcony from which the sunrise can be viewed.

The fourth plan covers the Canchis region, which houses the temple to the god Wiracocha, which is projected to be promoted along with the region’s hot springs. Finally, the fifth plan refers to the region of Quispicanchi, Ollantaytambo, Vilcabamba and the Capac Nan, or Camino Inca project, and will work with the INC

Taken from: Travel@latinamerica


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Kings of Spain to visit Ruins in Trujillo Peru

The King and Queen of Spain, Juan Carlos de Borbón and Sofia de Grecia are to visit the archaeological complex Huaca de la Luna ("Shrine of the Moon") in Trujillo, the capital of La Libertad department, on October 28, stated the dean of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Carlos Sabana Gamarra.

Wall painting at Huaca de la Luna
Moche civilisation - 200 BC-850 AD, near Trujillo, Peru

Sabana said that the royal couple accepted the invitation issued by this university to visit the tourist attractions of "The Capital of Eternal Spring", Trujillo, among which is the center of power of the millenary Mochica, a culture that developed from 100 to 900 A.C.The university authority issued the invitation to the royal couple during a visit to Madrid in March 2005, when Sabana and a delegation of distinguished people of Trujillo, received from the hands of the Queen of Spain the IV Reina Sofia International Award for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage 2005 awarded to the archaeological project of Huaca de la Luna.

Huaca de la Luna, a large adobe brick structure built mainly by the Moche people of northern Peru, together with the Huaca del Sol, is part of Huacas de Moche, the remains of an ancient Moche capital city called Cerro Blanco by modern archaeologists.

News source: ANDINA

If you are planing to travel to Peru and visit these marvelous ruins, or famous mud city of Chan Chan very near of them in Trujillo, and why not, a tour to the home of world famous Lord of Sipan, anear Chiclayo, a close city. You can book them through traficoperu.com, as well as your air tickets, hotels and all related to yout trip to Peru.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Arequipa promotes Colca Canyon as New 7 Wonder of Nature

The Autonomous Authority of Colca (Autocolca) created a huge worldwide marketing campaign to promote Colca Canyon as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and motivate Peruvians, tourists and internet users around the world to vote for this tourist attraction located in Arequipa, Peru.

The general manager of Autocolca, Juan José Luis Talavera Suarez reported that Colca Canyon, located in the province of Caylloma, deserves the recognition of the award because it is one of the deepest and most beautiful canyons in Peru.

This campaign named “Cañon del Colca, maravilla natural del mundo” (Colca Canyon, Natural Wonder of the World) started several months ago and its main objective is to promote this tourist attraction through media, parades as well as informative and photographic exhibitions.

Talavera also said this campaign has been moved to congress and different exhibition halls.“In Arequipa, we are presenting conferences, photographic and painting exhibitions. We have also carried out contests in different districts along the Colca Valley to promote voting”, he stated.

You can find tours to Colca Valley and other peruvian destinations at traficoperu.com, the online travel agency and tour operator in Peru

News source: ANDINA


510 million tourists will see "Peru, Live the Legend"

In an effort to invite the world to experience the joys and treasures Peru has to offer, the country's tourism promotion agency, PromPeru, has launched a new publicity campaign.The new campaign portrays the Andean country as not just an exquisite place to visit, but as an experience that must be lived, an experience with cultures that have stood the test of time and continue to bewilder modern man.

"Peru, Live the Legend", shows the world that the country is a place where one will come into contact with sacred archaeological ruins and hidden natural wonders that were sites where legends took place.The campaign assures Peru is a privileged place to visit because of the combination of its rich culture, diverse natural wonders and uniqueness in the world. The objective of "Peru, Live the Legend" is to present our country as the best destination for trips in markets in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil and Chile, said PromPeru.

Furthermore, the tourism promotion body announced that the campaign would reach 350 million people around the world as well as an additional 160 million through a deal made with One World.After a rigorous investigation, it was decided that the previous campaign, "Pack your six senses, come to Peru", needed to be modified to fit an ever changing market, said PromPeru.

Click here to see a video from the new campaign.


KLM Airlines serves Peruvian dishes on its flights

Due to the success KLM Airlines had in April serving Peruvian dishes on all its flights leaving Lima, the airline has announced it will serve Peru's finest cuisine on its outgoing flights once again. Chefs from Huaca Pucllana Restaurant will take care of providing passengers with the finest dishes for the next three months.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Kuelap as impressive as Machu Picchu

While most people know about the Incas and Machu Picchu, relatively few have heard of the Chachapoya civilization or visited their domains, a swath of Amazon headlands and breathtaking cloud forest on the eastern slopes of the Andes. Kuelap, an impressive pre-Inca fortress, located in Peru’s northern Amazonas Department, is slowly uncovering its secrets and showing its majesty –rivaling Machu Picchu in scale and grandeur.

Kuelap –meaning “cold place” in the native language-- is located at four hours drive from Chiclayo (Lambayeque) at an altitude of 2945 meters above sea level (9,500 feet) on the misty realm of the cloud forest, between the towering Andean peaks and low lying Amazon plains, on the left bank of the Utcubamba River. Archaeologists working on this site have estimated that it was a stronghold of the Chachapoyas culture, sheltering up to 4,000 people, as they have found scores of skeletons and thousands of artifacts, shedding new light on one of the most remarkable and least understood of Peru’s pre-Columbian advanced civilizations.

This ancient citadel, dating back to the 8th Century, remained hidden from the outside world until 1843; it is gigantic, with over 400 million square feet of construction, three times the volume of Egypt’s Great Pyramid. The circular stone defense walls that surround it are over 20 meters (64 feet) high and have gargoyle-like stone carvings and stone missiles to repel invaders. It is believed that the inhabitants of Kuelap abandoned their city shortly before the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors to the shores of Perú.

Kuelap, still covered in an aura of enigma and mystery, is rapidly becoming a major tourist attraction and you can know more about it and plan a trip by entering traficoperu.com, where you will find suggested tours to Kuelap and all destinations in Peru.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cuzco Marriott Hotel to open in 2010

Cuzco Marriott Hotel will be managed by Marriott International under a long-term agreement with Inversiones La Rioja. The hotel will be located on a 14,000 square foot site at the intersection of San Agustin and Ruinas, in the heart of Cusco's colonial district.
For dining and entertainment, the hotel will offer a casual three-meal restaurant that will accommodate early-risers planning a day-trip to Machu Picchu and an informal, lobby lounge whose ambience will evolve throughout the day. In-room amenities will include high-speed internet access, two-line telephone with dataport and voicemail, coffee service, mini-refrigerator and oxygen for those impacted by Cuzco's altitude.
Recreational amenities will include a fitness center offering a large whirlpool and two treatment rooms. The business center will provide for internet booths. For conferences and social events, the hotel will have 2,300 square feet of space comprised of one room that will be divisible into two sections and a boardroom.
You can book your hotel in Cusco at traficoperu.com, which offers you about 120 hotel opcions in downtown Cuzco, among several more at Machu Picchu and Urubamba Sacred Valley


Hiram Bingham named as the best trip in 2008

In an article titled “Custom-made Luxury, Adventure and Vacations” in the september edition Italian magazine Class, the trip to Machu Picchu aboard the Hiram Bingham Train operated by PeruRail, was classified as the “Best Trip of 2008” in the world.

The Hiram Bingham is a luxury train between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The train carries passengers on a spectacular journey through the changing landscapes and wonderful vistas of the beautiful Andes.
Departing from Poroy Station (a 20 minute taxi ride from Cusco) the Hiram Bingham gives a more leisurely start to the day than traditional departures. Brunch is served on board and guides are present to explain points of interest en route.
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu there will be a guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel for you and entry tickets will have been pre-purchased.
After exploring the ruins, Afternoon Tea is served at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, located just steps from the ancient citadel.
Once back on board, pre-dinner cocktails are served, accompanied by live entertainment and a 4-course gastronomic menu.

You can book this and all type of tourism train tickets in Peru at traficoperu.com


Paracas Reserve ready to receive tourism again

A year after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Ica and Lima, the Paracas National Reserve is recovering from the devastation and tourism is on the rise. The Paracas National Reserve is located in the department of Ica, province of Pisco, district of Paracas and has a surface of 335.000 hectares.

Paracas National Reserve is the only coastal marine reserve that includes a portion of the Pacific Ocean within its borders. The damage caused by the strong earthquake forced local authorities to close the park's doors; but fortunately, this measure only lasted two months. The employees working at the national reserve, intensified efforts to reopen this ecological attraction which has a great marine biodiversity.

Today, Paracas along with Nasca Lines are waiting for you to show you all of their beauty and enigmas. You can see and book tours regarding Ica, Paracas and Nazca at traficoperu.com, as well as tours along all of Peru.

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