The Mario Vargas Llosa route wins in international contest

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_Living in Peru_ has some news, and you might want to stand up and take a walk for this one.

The Walking Visionaries Awards selected Peru’s entry into the international contest that values the creative benefits of walking, reports the Municipality of Miraflores “news portal”:http://www.miraflores.gob.pe/_contenTempl3.asp?idcontenido=8849.

So yes, stand up and take a walk–it’s good for you, says a “Stanford study”:http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/april/walking-vs-sitting-042414.html.

The Walking Visionaries Awards, organized by Walk21Vienna, took 208 proposals, in 5 different categories, from 47 countries and Peru was awarded among its top choices for its proposed “Mario Vargas Llosa route.”

The route takes its walkers through multiple symbolic points in Miraflores, where Mario Vargas Llosa lived and studied, and to locations that inspired the novels of the Nobel Prize winner. This route was awarded one of the seven winners in the category Walking and the Arts.

With this award, Peru and other winners are invited to the Walk21Vienna Conference 2015 to take place in October in Austria.

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Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.