News from Peru: New Site Discovered at Machu Picchu

A rare discovery was recently made during regular maintenance and conservation rounds at Machu Picchu. The new site, located inside the National Archaeological Park, had been hidden under dense vegetation and had gone unnoticed for years.

News from Peru: New Site Discovered at Machu Picchu

A rare discovery was recently made during regular maintenance and conservation rounds at Machu Picchu. The new site, located inside the National Archaeological Park, had been hidden under dense vegetation and had gone unnoticed for years.

New Site Discovered at Machu Picchu 
A rare discovery was recently made during regular maintenance and conservation rounds at Machu Picchu. The new site, located inside the National Archaeological Park, had been hidden under dense vegetation and had gone unnoticed for years. Behind the brush, the Inca Trail’s archaeological maintenance coordinator found a rocky shelter eight metres deep and 12 metres long. He also uncovered what appears to be cave paintings of camelids, circles, squares, straight lines and anthropomorphic figures believed to be depicting funeral ceremonies. The site also holds what appear to be aqueducts and a new viewpoint orienting from east to west. Restoration work will begin at the new site following further analysis and verification. 

Photo credit: ANDINA/Difusión 
River Turtles Released at Amazon Lodge
Every October and November, visitors to Peru’s Amazon can experience the “Liberation of Taricayas”, the releasing of young Taricaya (river) turtles back into their natural habitat. The turtle eggs are incubated for 70 days before they are hatched and returned to the waters of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in the Amazon jungle. Until recently, Taricaya turtles were an endangered species. Now they are slowly beginning to repopulate and thrive – in part thanks to programs like this. Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge boasts a marine area that mimics the turtles’ natural habitat which ensures that once released into the wild, the turtles are transitioned successfully into their new, permanent home in the Amazon. For more information, follow this link for an informative video. The Pacaya Samiria Amazon Lodge also offers a number of tour packages, including specialized birdwatching and fishing tours.
Mistura 2017 Postponed Until End of October
Mistura, South America’s most important gastronomic fair, is now set to be held from October 26 to November 5. The festival is celebrating 10 years of Peruvian cuisine with chefs, restaurateurs and food-lovers from around the world gathering in Lima. Mistura will feature the Gran Mercado market with small farmers from across Peru selling local ingredients, live cooking demonstrations and chef seminars, cooking contests, and awards. New this year are separate pavilions for Peruvian cacao, chocolate and coffee; wines, cheese, hams and breads of Peru; traditional soups from the various regions of Peru; and a pisco hall. 
Hyatt Centric to open in Peru 
Hyatt Hotels has entered into a franchise agreement with Talbot Hotels S.A. for a Hyatt Centric hotel property in Lima, marking the introduction of the brand into Peru. Expected to open in early 2018, the Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima will be located in the San Isidro neighbourhood with 254 guestrooms. Hyatt Centric is a brand of full-service lifestyle hotels located in prime destinations. The brand was created for millennial-minded travellers who want to be in the centre of the action. 

Photo credit: Hyatt Centric
Intrepid Introduces Solo Travel Tour in Peru
Intrepid Travel has launched 2018 tours designed specifically for solo travellers, including the “Classic Peru – For Solo Travellers” tour that retraces the steps of the Incas to Machu Picchu and visits colonial cities and vibrant markets. Fifty percent of Intrepid’s customers are booking solo travel – the company has seen 24% growth in solo travel for 2017 and 40% growth in the market over the past five years. This nine-day trip visits Lima, Cuzco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Puno and Lake Titicaca and is priced from $2,710 CAD. There are two solo trip departures in 2018 - April 14 to June 16.

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Inca Rail Launching New Machu Picchu Train
Inca Rail is launching a new Machu Picchu train this November. The train offers wider and taller panoramic windows, an outdoor observation carriage, and an audio guide, in addition to Inca Rail’s excellent onboard service. The First Class train also features a luxurious observatory lounge carriage with live music, a gourmet menu prepared using Andean ingredients, a bar, and a balcony for admiring the scenery. The train departs from Poroy Station, just 30-minutes away from Cusco’s main square.

Photo credit: Inca Rail
Pope Francis Begins 2018 with Visit to Peru
Pope Francis is scheduled to make his first international visit of the year this January with stops at six different cities throughout Peru and Chile. He will visit Lima, Puerto Maldonado, and Trujillo in Peru on the latter half of his tour from January 18-21. He comes to Peru after receiving invitations from both local bishops and heads of state. While his itinerary details have yet to be released, if it aligns with other recent trips abroad, the Pope will likely visit locations including a prison and a children’s hospital, and will hold at least one open-air mass. Most of Peru’s population are Roman Catholic and still fondly remember Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1985.   

Photo credit: Catholic News Agency

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