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By Levi Novey
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00A Review of the Huachipa Zoo in Lima, Peru and a Methodology for Grading Zoos
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Several days ago my family visited one of Lima, Peru’s zoos. On the day before our visit, I wrote about some of my general thoughts and feelings about zoos, in an article titled “Why Zoos Stimulate Our Minds.”

Writing out my thoughts was a sort of preparative exercise, mostly to try to articulate the main dilemma I have with zoos: do the potential education benefits of zoos outweigh the cruelty of caging animals in small spaces that I personally believe typically don’t provide them with fulfilling lives? I still am not sure of the answer, but my trip to the Huachipa Zoo did answer another intriguing question for me. When zoos are bad, would I personally prefer that a bad zoo exist rather than have no zoo at all?

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Intrepid travellers in Peru veer off beaten track, stay in villagers' homesVICOS, Peru — Far from the lines of tourists that snake around the entrance of Machu Picchu, hundreds deep before dawn, is Fausta Colonia’s open-air kitchen.

"Manana van a estar," Colonia says in her singsong Andean Spanish, meaning "tomorrow they’ll be done." She points at the three giant green squashes slowly cooking in her domed mud oven. Their skins are beginning to crack, letting out sweet bursts of aroma into the cold mountain air.

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By James Michael Dorsey

Special To The Sentinel

Machu Picchu, Cusco, PeruMy wife and I had spent a wonderful day climbing through the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, and we were ready for a large dinner.

We were staying in a little hotel at the base of the mighty granite cliffs that house this ancient ruin, and right next to the raging Urumbamba river. This is in the thick of the Peruvian jungle, and it is rustic dining at its best.

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By Levi Novey
eco worldlyín de Huantar Ruins, Peru
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My family recently visited a place in Peru that we had wanted to visit for a long time. While not as famous as Machu Picchu, the Chavín de Huantar Ruins are quite fascinating in their own right. Most visitors after reading their guidebooks want to see a carved stone obelisk that sits at the center of underground passages in the “Old Chavín Temple.” Known as the “Lanzón,” the obelisk has various animal features, and is thought to have been worshiped as something of a nature god, or treated as an oracle by the people using Chavín. The outside of the Chavín Temple was decorated with carved stone heads, that likewise were anthropomorphic.

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By Ian
My Travels in South America

On the tracks: Lima to Huancayo - Peru Here are some notes of the rail trip to Huancayo that I took the last weekend of September 1998.  ENAFER, the Rail Company had just started passenger services again after years of inactivity and was now running the last weekend of every month during the tourist season, usually departing Lima on Saturday morning and returning from Huancayo on Monday morning (at last update the service has been suspended again). This journey was featured in the BBC series "Great Rail Journeys of the World" some years back. It is also described (rather fancifully) by Paul Theroux in Chapter 16 of his book "The Old Patagonian Express" (bear in mind the book was written 20 years ago).

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By Diana McAdam

00The convent of Santa Catalina, in Arequipa, Peru
The convent of Santa Catalina, in Arequipa, is still home to 24 nuns
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In Arequipa, Peru’s second city, a convent is now a tourist attraction. Diana McAdam discovers why.

For nearly four centuries, the citizens of Arequipa believed that the streets of the Convent of Santa Catalina were paved with gold. While none had ever seen inside the high white walls of this city within their city, they had all heard stories of the priceless treasures and huge dowries paid by the wealthy families of the young women who joined the order at the age of 12.

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Orgullo del Peru

Text and photos: Walter H. Wust

Peru: Cajamarca - The warmth of a townIn spite of its Quechua name, Cajamarca is not – under any circumstances – a cold land. On the contrary, the hospitality of its inhabitants and the beauty of its impressive landscapes make it a forced destination for those who love to travel throughout Peru. And the imminent summer is the ideal time to enjoy its countryside showing off its maximum green splendor.

Cajamarca is one of those places to which many people do not arrive. It is not due to lack of attractions, but because it is located in an independent route, far from the majority of conventional destinations. 

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Judi Lees found herself falling in love over and over again while volunteering with friends at a South American orphanage

Judi Lees
Special to The Sun

Peru: Volunteer vacations - More than just a great trip It has been a long time since I’ve fallen in love. However, I am smitten by Anthony as we shoot baskets together on an outdoor court in Lima. His dark eyes gleam as he does enthusiastic high-fives when he makes a shot — and he doesn’t laugh when I miss. Anthony is 10.

I also fall for John, a five-year-old with a smile that would melt the hardest heart. And my motherly instincts kick in when I convince sulky Carmelita to jump rope and then see the joy on her face.

When two friends and I decided to add the element of volunteering to a trip, we opened a cornucopia of opportunities.

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By Rory Carroll

Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru The headlines from Peru look bleak. Tourist hordes overwhelming Inca sites. Huge new hotels endangering Machu Picchu. A wonder of the world cracking at the seams.

The news is not as bad as it looks. Globalisation has not scalped another victim, not yet anyway, and concealed in these tidings of woe are reasons to cheer.

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The Independent
By Rory Ross

One entrepreneur has set up a not-for-profit hotel chain in order to help preserve the wildlife and culture of Peru. Rory Ross is suitably impressed

Peru: Splendour of a hotel with a heart Jose "Joey" Koechlin von Stein, a Peruvian entrepreneur, waved a paperback at me. "This book," he says, "took 25 years to compile." The cover features a picture of a tropical plant. "It contains descriptions of 1,266 species." Silence fell, as he let this nugget sink in. "For 30 years," he continued, "we have been collecting information on what is out there in the Amazonian rainforest, in order to understand how it relates to each other… and not only to preserve it, but also to provide jobs."

We were dining at Joey’s villa, a beautiful, candlelit museum of Peruvian art, silverware and pre-Columbian artefacts in Monterrico, an upmarket suburb of Lima. Running an eye over Joey’s mounted collections of Incan huacos (clay funereal figurines), stone carvings from the pre-Incan Chavin cult and wooden doors salvaged from the old presidential palace in Lima, I was not surprised to learn that his glamorous wife, Denise, is an interior designer.

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