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July 16, 2010 16:33:35

Sparking a new trend in tourism: Travel by horseback in Peru


By Gabriela Machuca, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Over eight days this June, nine riders rode Peruvian Paso horses from Lambayeque to La Libertad in the Second Bicentennial Cavalcade. This wasn't the typical horse show of competition. The trip was about rediscovering the Paso horse as a traditional way to travel.

The beauty and elegance of the Peruvian Paso horse is much talked about (see related article), but people forget about another vital aspect of this noble animal: its great strength, which was used by riders getting from one city to another a long time ago. 

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March 5, 2010 14:57:53

The enchanted forest of Chaparrí, in northern Peru

By Milagros Vera, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

The enchanted forest of Chaparrí, in northern PeruThe Chaparrí Ecological Reserve is fascinating. Entering it gives you the feeling of being enchanted, in the middle of nowhere and, at the same time, in the center of the world. It makes you feel reconciled with nature, full of life and relaxed to the extreme.

In this natural paradise there is no Internet, no cell phone signal and no cable channels. However, it just takes one look at the impressive landscape of endless dry forest to realise that those urban details are unnecessary.

Waking up to the sweet melody of a bird, having breakfast together with hummingbirds and reading a book while breathing fresh air is a luxury that you can enjoy here.

If you enjoy walking, this place has long trails to do it and you will most likely be surprised by a coastal fox, which is the smallest of South America, or by a spectacled bear pulling fruit off a tree. But fear not “because the animals that inhabit Chaparrí do not feel threatened and therefore do not attack,” explains its director, Heinz Plenge.

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November 24, 2009 18:20:45

The Noble Young Man of Huaca Rajada

By Wilfredo Sandoval
For
El Comercio

The Noble Young Man of Huaca Rajada - PeruRemains of a 21 year-old young man were found. It is thought that he could have been an important governor of the Mochica Elite.

Two thousand years ago, a noble 21 year-old character of the Mochica Elite was buried in the royal mausoleum of what is now the archaeological complex of Huaca Rajada-Sipán. A couple of weeks ago, the study of the remains and ornaments with which he was discovered in “tomb 15” of the aforementioned archaeological complex, revealed that he was the youngest noble yet found. The other governors found in the area died at the approximate age of 40.

This valuable conclusion comes from the scientific analysis carried out by the anthropologist Luis Millones in the funerary context found 11.5 meters in the ground where the mysterious character was found.

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November 9, 2009 15:46:17

A new musuems opens for tourists in Lambayeque

By Wilfredo Sandoval
For
El Comercio

A new musuems opens for tourists in Lambayeque, PeruA new place for history and culture has opened. The museum of Chotuna-Chornancap is one of a kind because instead of showing voluptuous gold and silver jewelery, the riches of our ancestors or other ornaments and allegories of the old governors of the northern cultures of Peru, its shows the visitors the real story of the ancient Lambayequean man.

All this, in addition, in the same place where the Lambayeque culture was born, a powerful dynasty that later reigned the entire valley.

The visitors of this new touristic attraction will witness the reconstruction of various scenes that occurred 1250 years ago in what is now the district of San José.

Here, people will discover an extraordinary story that, with years of investigation, ceased being just a legend. This is the story of the mythical landing of Naylamp, half hero, half god. This character arrived on northern shores accompanied by a singular cortege made up of dozens of people.

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October 5, 2006 20:21:12

Sipán Museum - In the Style of Ancient Mochica Temples

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(LIP-wb)-- The November 2002 opening of the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum, in Lambayeque, marked an important step for the conservation of the almost two thousand pieces which traveled around the world before finally finding a home in this building conceived in the style of the mausoleums of the ancient Mochica culture.

The story began in the summer of 1987, when the Chiclayo police force arrested a gang of thieves who had sacked a Sipán tomb and confiscated several pieces, including an important gold mask. This incident alerted Walter Alva, who immediately organized an emergency plan aimed at combating the constant threats to the region’s archaeological remains.

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