Peru: Morning News Roundup – Monday Jan 7

Body of missing Israeli found in Peru

The body of Asher Green, 28, from Jerusalem, who went missing two months ago in Peru, was found on Friday. Green, who had dual Israeli-US citizenships, was living in the United States for a number of years but his parents still live in the Jerusalem area. The body was found by a local, but only on Saturday morning was it identified as Green. The body will be flown to Israel and is expected to arrive on Tuesday for burial. Green’s family notified the Foreign Ministry of his disappearance as soon as they lost contact with him. The Foreign Ministry updated the embassy in Lima, as well as local authorities. (jpost.com – click here to read complete article)

Cinencuentro Covers Peruvian Cinema

Cinencuentro [es]was one of the first blogs dedicated to film in Peru. Juan Arellano interviewed two of the blog site’s members Lucho Ramos and Laslo Rojas for an article on the site BlogsPerú [es]. This is an excerpt of the interview and to read the entire article in Spanish, please visit the original link [es]. Juan Arellano: Please tell me about yourselves Lucho Ramos: Even though I studied Electronic Engineering, I have always been interested in audiovisual communication. I am from Cusco, but I have been working in Lima for more than 10 years and currently I am part of TV Cultura, an NGO and where I feel like a fish in water. (GlobalVoices – click here to read complete article by Juan Arellano)

Peru Coffee Exports May Rise to Record Volume in 2008 (Update2)

Peru’s coffee exports may rise to a record this year as favorable weather and surging prices prompt farmers to plant more, the head of the Peruvian Coffee Chamber said. Global sales of Peruvian coffee, the country’s leading agriculture export earner, might jump by 25 percent to $550 million in 2008, association president Jose Luis Navarro said today in a phone interview in Lima. “The rain season has been good so far in the central and northern jungle,” Navarro said. “At the same time, farmers are planting more due to attractive prices.” (Bloomberg – click here to read complete article by Alex Emery)

PERU: Land of extreme contrasts is also place of enchantment

From steaming jungles to creeping glaciers, Peru, hugging South America’s west coast, wraps its borders around dramatically varied geography. And the geography elicits dramatically varied cultures. Slightly smaller than Alaska, Peru boasts coastal deserts so dry that no one there has ever recorded rain, tropical waters so chilled from the Arctic-fed Humboldt Current that surfers don wet suits, mountains so new that they’re still growing, seismic activity so frequent that buildings rarely exceed a few stories, glaciers so near the equator that they’re called "tropical," jungles so dense that rivers afford the only access. (courier press – click here to read complete article by Sharon Sorenson)

Trips, tips & deals: Machu Picchu and beyond

Machu Picchu might be Peru’s best-known Incan site, but Choquequirao might someday take over. Nearly four times as vast and far more remote, Choquequirao (a Quechua word meaning Cradle of Gold) is just 40 percent excavated, with many treasures yet to be discovered. This dramatic and mysterious site — accessible only on foot — is the subject of "Choquequirao to Machu Picchu," a May 19-June 3 trekking expedition led by Peruvian expert Clark Kotula. Crossing the entire Vilcabamba Range, the mule-supported trek takes in Choquequirao, remote indigenous villages and the 15,252-foot Totora Pass before descending into the Urubamba Valley for a tour of Machu Picchu. (chicagotribune – click here to read complete article by Margaret Backenheimer)