Peru's Amazon jungle. (Photo: Andrés M. Posada via Flickr)
By Michael Reaney
COHA Research Associate
The enormous segment of Amazonian rainforest that covers over half of the country has always been an issue of contention for Peru due to the number of indigenous tribes that inhabit it. As early as the 16th century, the Peruvian Amazon has been linked to the world market, providing such products as timber, rubber, and quinine to an increasing global market. Ever since the region first became an attractive venue for resource extraction, the government’s economic ambitions have wantonly grown in spite of the ecological importance of preserving the Amazonian rainforest for Peru, its neighbors, and the international community.
Theater is hot in Peru's capital city, from large productions to small experimental shows, like P.A.T.R.I.A., shown here, currently running in the district of Barranco.
By Simon Ross Gill
Though it might not have the same volume or variety of theatre as other Latin American cities such as Buenos Aires or Sao Paolo, Lima still has something to offer those who want to see some quality drama. There are many venues throughout the city offering a good choice of plays all throughout the week.
With election-time stress reaching unbearable levels for many in Peru, sit back and enjoy this ridiculous chicha bank commericial. And heed the good cuy mágico's words: Preocuparte no debes. (Worrying, you shouldn't.)
The metal legends are back in Lima, March 23 at Estadio San Marcos. The Break is giving away two pairs of tickets! Here's how to join the contest:
HOW TO WIN:
1) Send this message to friends via email, and CC firstname.lastname@example.org:
“I signed up to win Iron Maiden tix in Lima! You can too at The Break: http://ymlp.com/zeo2d2”
2) The winner will be the person who sends to most contacts.
We will pick two winners on Friday at 5 p.m. (4 tickets in all)
GANA DOS ENTRADAS para ti y un amigo para el concierto de Iron Maiden este 23 de Marzo en el Estadio de San Marcos con THE BREAK!
COMO GANAR: 1) Envía este mensaje a los correos de tus amigos, incluyendo una copia a email@example.com:
“Yo quiero ir al concierto de Iron Maiden. Tú también puedes con The Break: http://ymlp.com/zeo2d2”
2) El ganador será el que manda a la mayor cantidad de contactos.
Elegiremos a los 2 ganadores el viernes a las 5 p.m. (4 entradas en total)
In "The Peruvian Dream," immigrants from the U.S. try to make it to the Peruvian coast by raft. See more photos.
In less than seven days after being uploaded to Youtube, “The Peruvian Dream” has gone viral, seen about 125,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.
“You always have the goal to make a video viral; for it to actually happen is fantastic,” says Ricardo Chadwick of the publicity firm Fahrenheit, who collaborated with LivinginPeru.com to make the video.
Rebeca Mego and Rony Gonzales, the voices of the 2011 Academy Awards for Peru's Frecuencia Latina channel.
By Dyana Gonzales
If you were in Lima, Peru, this Sunday and turned on Channel 2 to watch the Academy Awards ceremony, you might have wondered who the Spanish voices dubbing Natalie Portman and Colin Firth belonged to.
We thought it would be fun to go behind the scenes and get a peek at the faces of the two interpreters entrusted by Frecuencia Latina to play the voices of Hollywood stars: Rebeca Mego and Rony Gonzales (my older brother).
Hearing their interpretations alongside well-known radio and TV host Patricia Melgarejo, people who have heard but never met Rony and Rebeca have said they pictured them to be very serious and definitely older. But nothing could be further from the truth: Young, spontaneous and fun-loving, they shared their pictures and anecdotes with us, and gave us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at live TV interpretation.
Terrorism, domestic abuse, corruption, racism, homophobia. Welcome to Peruvian cinema.
But though Peru's best films often focus on the country's harsher realities, don't let that scare you away. Here are 10 must-see movies.
10 Pantaleón y las visitadoras Captain Pantoja and the Special Services
The second adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa’s hilarious farce, "Pantaleón" is a fun, rather silly welcome to Peru’s jungle. Captain Pantaleón is given a secret mission to stop rapes by Peru’s horny grunts located in the libido-elevating jungle. The plan is to bring “visitors” to the encampments via jungle river boats. Hot scenes with Angie Cepeda as La Colombiana (shown here) made this the highest grossing film ever at Peru’s box offices.
2000, 137 minutes.Directed by Francisco Lombardi. Stars: Salvador del Solar, Angie Cepeda, Tatiana Astengo.