Peru Independence Day

Peru Independence Day – Felices Fiestas Patrias!

Peru Independence Day

This weekend marks the celebration of Peru Independence Day. Peruvians throw parties and hold patriotic celebrations to remember the Declaration of Peru’s Independence by José de San Martín on July 28th 1821.  Across Peru, even in remote communities, homes fly the Peruvian flag from the start of July. It is customary for all Peruvian houses, private and commerce  to bear the Peruvian flag and people to bear the Peruvian rosette.

The Peruvian Flag Rosette

On the night of July 27th, Peruvians stage serenatas to both folk and Creole music in plazas and public parks. Dawn on July 28th is greeted with a salvo of 21 cannons in Lima, to herald the ceremony of raising the flag. On the following day, before the famous military parade is held in downtown Lima, the Te Deum ceremony, attended by the president, is celebrated in  Lima Cathedral.

Dancing the streets of Lima

In various parts of the country, Peruvians will be holding agricultural and livestock fairs (Cajamarca, Piura, Monsefú) together with three festivals that are the soul of Creole culture: cockfighting, bullfighting and Peruvian Pase horse exhibitions. This year, Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable freshwater lake in the world, will attract more than 10,000 tourists during Peru’s Independence Day, according to regional authorities in Puno.

Peru is a  proud and independent nation that is famous for its love of fiestas, festivals and carnivals, so it comes as little surprise that across the world people will be marking the occasion. In London, the traditions of Peruvian culture will be alive in the streets of the city with some of the best Peruvian food, artists and musicians throughout the day on Sunday. Pisco sours will be flowing in the city of New York also, with Peruvian food, drink and Latino music on offer in the district of TriBeCa.

Pisco Sours will be flowing in New York City...

At Inkaterra, we’ll be marking the occasion with a celebratory lunch today for all of our staff in Lima, and on Independence Day this Sunday, there will be a fraternal lunch and festive activities across all of our hotels and offices.

How will you be marking the occasion?

Spectacled Bears at Inkaterra

Here come the girls…

Two new females join The Spectacled Bear Project

Two female spectacled bears (Tremarctos ornatus) named Kina and Josi have been welcomed into the Bear Rescue Project at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. The two bears, who are twins, now have a new place to call home thanks to a collaboration between the Inkaterra Association (ITA)´s representative, resident biologist Carmen Soto at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, the Wildlife Technical Administration (ATFFS), the Attorney General’s Office and the Forest Police.

The local circus

The local circus

Found in a local circus, the bears though docile and well fed by their tamer Ramiro Chávez, were chained to a box that served them as a shelter inside the circus tent. The owners cooperated with the authorities and organised the transfer from Arequipa to Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Access to Peru’s renowned bear sanctuary is only possible by foot or train, and the Perurail railway company kindly helped the mission, allowing Kina and Josi to travel from Pachar Station to Machu Picchu Pueblo in a special wagon.

Have arrived at the Spectacled Bear Project at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Kina and Josi’s quarantine began. After settling into their new home, they were introduced to male resident bears, Yogui, Pepe and Coco. These bears were also found in inadequate circumstances, and now are kept at Inkaterra in a perfect living space for them, with sufficient daily nutrition of fruits and vegetables.

The transportation of the two female bears was a success

Coco, the youngest of the bears (3) was then transferred by rail to a fenced semi-captivity area at Chacra Inkaterra (the Inkaterra green farm) nearby. There, Coco will have a hectare to explore and feed himself from the nearby trees. After forty days, Josi will join Coco for them to get to know each other a little better…

The green native farm at Inkaterra

With a vulnerable conservation status, the spectacled bear is under threat of extinction due to illegal hunting and the loss of habitats due to deforestation and increasing human populations. This then has a negative knock on affect for o ther local wildlife. Spectacled bears have many kilometres of territory and when feeding, spread seeds around their habitat. This contributes to the growth of plants that feed many other species. The disappearance of spectacled bears thereby contributes to the loss of this bountiful ecosystem.

The spectacled bear at Inkaterra

As these bears lose their survival capabilities when under human influence, they cannot return to the wild immediately (in some cases they will not adapt ever again). Inkaterra’s Spectacled Bear Project provides the best conditions for these five bears and is an on-going project towards the conservation and reproduction of these species. With these two new female spectacled bears, there’s hope that more bears will be able to call this place home.

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Inkaterra Photo Contest 2013 – Second Quarter Winner

Winner of the Second Quarter Inkaterra Photo Contest: Oscar Mujica

We received some incredible entires for our second quarter photography contest, all of which were taken during visits to our Inkaterra properties.We are pleased to announce the Winner of The Inkaterra Photo Contest for the Second Quarter of 2013: Oscar Mujica who took this incredible image while on location at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción in June 2012, as part of a sustainability course with the West Chester University. Congratulations Oscar!

The winning photograph

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