Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Peru's government awards National Geographic

National Geographic was awarded the Orden del Sol del Peru for its assistance in retrieving a collection of artifacts to the citadel. The award is the highest civilian award issued by the Peruvian government. It's generally given to people who have excelled in fields such as arts, literature, culture and politics, or who have provided extraordinary services to Peru. The artifacts include some of the items brought to Yale University by Hiram Bingham. 

You can read the full article here at Living in Peru. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Don't forget about the llamas!

Photo by: Laura Hare
While the ruins have long been deserted, llamas still wander the citadel and the surrounding areas. The Inca herded these animals and more than likely used their sturdy bodies to assist during the construction of Machu Picchu. It is also speculated that the llamas were used as a source of wool, meat and milk for Pachacuti's Palace. 

Watch the light show that was shown last Thursday

Late thursday night, a light show was projected onto the ruins of Machu Picchu. You can watch a video of it here. Make sure to stay tuned until the beautiful, neon costumes!

Two Videos from the celebration

The first video is from dance portion of the event, that followed traditional dance rituals. 

The second is from the music portion of the event, the band shown is called Los Jaivas and they are a Latin progressive-rock group from Chile. 

Machu Picchu celebrating slideshow

Look at pictures from 100 year anniversary event here. The event was held over the weekend and showcased dance, music fireworks and lights. It was limited to 700 guests due to concerns about damaging the ancient citadel.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thousands join in Machu Picchu centennial parade in Cusco

Don't miss out on any more celebrations and book a trip to Peru as soon as possible!

"Traditionally dressed dancers representing some thirty institutions such as universities, schools and police departments marched Sunday on the streets, drawing the attention of locals and visitors." 
Read the rest of the article about the parade at Andina.

Packing List

There's only 2 1/2 weeks until the big day, here's a recommendation for what to bring when you travel to Peru.

  • Medium to heavy weight cotton pants
  • Lightweight pants for mosquito protection
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirt
  • 1 windbreaker, rain-jacket
  • Medium to heavy weight jacket
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Socks: bring extra pairs
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sandals or casual shoes for town or around your lodge
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight
  • A pocket calculator to assist with currency exchange
  • A small backpack for day walks.
  • A overnight bag for journeys to Machu Picchu, Amazon, Manu, etc.
  • Photocopies of all documentation/passport/tickets
  • Prescription drugs and a copy of the prescription
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Ziplocs