Wikipedia Goes Offline to Help Rural Students in Peru

Internet access is still considered a rare privilege in some developing countries of Latin America. However, the lack of available technology is nowadays often mistaken for a failure in education or cultural activity. If children are days away from internet access, their education faces major obstacles, reported Advertising Age. But surprisingly enough, many developing countries in Latin America are known to have maintained an optimal level of education in primary schools. With scarce resources, the educational system has managed to face technological flaws creatively. For instance, take what rural Peruvian schools are doing with an offline version of Wikipedia. One of the main features of Wikipedia is that it’s “alive.” It’s constantly growing and improving its content with the help of thousands of online volunteers from around the world. So [Continue reading…]

Aug 292009
Recipe for a House

Between 1940 and 1981 Lima’s population exploded from 645,000 to over 4 million. The following is an account from Ayacucho-born Mercedes Torribio, who was part of the 1968 invasion of Jose Oloya. Like her story of invasion, millions more can relate to similar experiences including my own parents, who invaded the area now known as “Planeta” in which the Karikuy Bed & Breakfast is located. In these neighborhoods people are proud to say they have built their houses with their bare hands. The invasions and subsequent organizing of the “Pueblo Jovenes” or young towns of Lima have received world wide recognition as being one of the most complex and well organized social movements in the last 100 years. Recipe for a House By Mercedes Torribio I was twenty years old [Continue reading…]

Cebiche Takes First in Seven Gastronomic Wonders of Peru Contest

Peruvian seafood specialty Cebiche (raw fish marinated in lime juice) was crowned Wednesday as the most popular dish of the Seven Gastronomic Wonders of Peru contest, a major culinary event that came to an end after eight months of campaign activity. Besides this delicious “flagship” dish, the other six winners include -from second to seventh place respectively- Lomo saltado, Aji de gallina, Anticuchos, Chupe de Camarones, Papa a la Huancaina, and Causa. A total of 95,246 voters participated in this difficult selection. The contest was organized by Peru’s Hotel Chefs Academy and AcidoUnGusto Comunicaciones. ÁcidoUngusto Communicaciones representative Ricardo Ráez said noted the contest aimed to promote the Peruvian cuisine and support a charitable purpose. The money raised from sponsorship and entrance fees for today’s announcement ceremony at Los Delfines hotel will be used [Continue reading…]

Peruvian Potato To Be Grown In Space

The Peruvian potato will be grown this year in space as part of experimental procedures which seek to culture this thousand-year-old tuber in a zero gravity environment in order to feed future expeditions to Mars. For this purpose, Peruvian potato varieties will be delivered to Russian cosmonauts who will travel in about three months to the International Space Station which orbits the Earth at 360 km altitude, reported the rector of Peru’s National University of Engineering (UNI) Aurelio Padilla Ríos. During a meeting with representatives of Russia’s Kursk State Technical University, Padilla said that Russia has licenses to operate space travel, for which they have planned to send food and see how they behave outside the Earth’s orbit. “They will take Peruvian potatoes to space in their next mission and [Continue reading…]

Aug 172009
A Day in Máncora

Tariy 2009  – Day 8 (Conclusion) The final day of my travels had arrived and where better to spend it then the beautiful beaches of Máncora. I had spend a week traveling through the north of Peru, checking up on my tour operators and making new contacts for the Karikuy Organization. I had now finally reached the beaches of Máncora in northern Peru, the farthest north I had yet traveled in the country. In Máncora the weather is great year round, always sunny and comfortably warm, although the best time to come is in February, the height of summer. Still even now in early March the sun continues to release its warmth on the more then plentiful tourists and locals that reside in this small beach town. So as I [Continue reading…]

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