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Developer Who Destroyed Pyramid in Peru Goes Free

Sep 20th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Back in July we reported on a developer in Peru who bulldozed a 4,000 year old pyramid. Situated on the site of El Paraíso, a 4,000 year-old settlement pre-Inca near Lima, it's one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. It's also prime real estate. That's why developers decided to bulldoze one of the pyramids to make way for some new housing. The prehistoric...

Archaeologists Discover Astronomical Observatory At Machu Picchu

Archaeologists Discover Astronomical Observatory At Machu Picchu Sep 16th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Allard Schmidt Archaeologists excavating at the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru have discovered the remains of an astronomical observatory. The Peruvian-Polish team cleared away an unexcavated building of the well-preserved Inca retreat, now the most popular destination in the country, and found that the stones of the structure have astronomical alignments. The team used 3D laser...

New Museum Will Be So Big China Needs To Build An Island For It

New Museum Will Be So Big China Needs To Build An Island For It Aug 23rd, 2013 at 5:13PM: Photo Credit: MAD Architects China recently announced it had built the biggest building in the world and now it's set to build a massive art gallery to house its national treasures. At more than 430,000 square feet, the Pingtan Art Museum will be the largest private art museum in Asia. In fact, the art gallery is so big that China will create an artificial island on which to place it. The...

Maggots Make Home In Woman's Ear After Peru Trip

Maggots Make Home In Woman's Ear After Peru Trip Jul 17th, 2013 at 10:59AM: John Kucharski, Wikimedia Commons At one point on her trip-of-a-lifetime to Peru, Rochelle Harris swatted a fly out of her ear and thought little of it. On the flight home, however, she began to hear "scratching sounds" and feel excruciating pain on the side of her face. Then, the next day, fluid leaked out of her ear onto her pillow. After tests at the doctor, it was revealed that maggots had...

'Living Rocks' Could Be The Strangest Local Delicacy Ever (VIDEO)

Jul 9th, 2013 at 3:00PM: From the outside, it resembles a rock or coral. But on the inside, pyura chilensis is a gooey mass of blood red. This immobile, hermaphroditic sea creature survives on microorganisms and produces vanadium, a rare mineral also found in crude oil and tar sands. But despite safety concerns, it's a delicacy on the coast of Peru and Chile....

Industry Destroys Part Of The Nazca Lines

Industry Destroys Part Of The Nazca Lines Apr 11th, 2013 at 4:00PM: A limestone quarrying company operating illegally within the bounds of the Nazca Lines has destroyed some of the enigmatic figures. The archaeology news feed Past Horizons reports that heavy machinery removing limestone from a nearby quarry has damaged 150 meters (492 feet) of lines along with completely destroying a 60-meter (197-foot) trapezoid. So far the more famous animal figures have...

Three New Experiential Eco-Fashion Trips Taking Off This Summer

Three New Experiential Eco-Fashion Trips Taking Off This Summer Mar 28th, 2013 at 1:00PM: This summer, three new eco-fashion-oriented package tours will offer the chance for ethical designers, makers and consumers to meet artisan communities, take workshops in craft production and see the impact of their conscious purchasing decisions. While different in structure, these trips all offer the chance to travel along an artisan product's supply chain, from visiting farming...

London's Hippest Places To Eat Right Now

London's Hippest Places To Eat Right Now Feb 15th, 2013 at 1:00PM: London's food landscape is constantly changing. As new restaurants come and go, it can be hard to keep up with what's hip and happening. If you happen to be stopping through in the next few months, here are some of London's trendiest restaurants right now. Ceviche This small Soho restaurant is London's only pisco bar and cevicheria. Besides plenty of Peru's national drink and dish, visitors...

Traveling Couple Hits 20 Countries In 312 Days On 3 Minutes Of Video

Feb 5th, 2013 at 4:00PM: In a quest to tackle 30 must-have travel experiences before they turn 30, career breakers Gerard & Kieu of GQ trippin traveled 108,371 kilometers (67,338 miles) in 312 days through 20 countries for one adventure of a lifetime. Shooting 1,266 videos along the way, the traveling couple ended up with 11 hours of video but has reduced it and their entire year of travel to just three...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

Cyber Monday 2012: Our Favorite Airfare And Entertainment Deals

Cyber Monday 2012: Our Favorite Airfare And Entertainment Deals Nov 25th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Cyber Monday is the newfangled cousin of Black Friday, when the Internet bursts with the money-saving deals that Black Friday offers in stores the Friday before. Cyber Monday is probably best known for deals on tech and electronics, but the online shopping extends to airfare and other travel deals, as well. In fact, Gadling has already covered the best hotel deals for Black Friday and Cyber...

What You Need To Know To Successfully Hike The Inca Trail

What You Need To Know To Successfully Hike The Inca Trail Oct 23rd, 2012 at 9:00AM: For those looking to hike the Inca Trail in Peru, there is a lot of conflicting information when you search the web. To help you prepare and do it right, here is a guide on how to successfully hike the Inca Trail. Why Hike To Machu Picchu If you're just looking to see Machu Picchu, you don't necessarily have to hike, as there are also bus and train options. That being said, I personally...

Peruvian Government Announces Plans For New Airport Near Machu Picchu

Peruvian Government Announces Plans For New Airport Near Machu Picchu Aug 24th, 2012 at 9:30AM: According to press reports, Peru's President, Ollanta Humala, has announced that his government has committed some $460 million towards the creation of a new airport near Cusco to boost tourism in Machu Picchu. Humala said that the current airport in Cusco is inadequate and expressed hope that a new facility would bring more tourism dollars to the country. In recent years, Peru has moved to...

10 Travel Destinations In Peru Besides Cuzco And Lima

10 Travel Destinations In Peru Besides Cuzco And Lima Jul 23rd, 2012 at 9:00AM: When planning a trip to Peru, many people focus on the two popular cities of Cuzco and Lima, unsure of what else to include on the itinerary. The reality is, adding some lesser-known yet worthwhile cities into the mix can really enhance a trip to this Andean country. Mancora You can easily waste weeks in this laid-back beach town without even noticing it. Mancora is a great place to visit if...

Archaeologists Discover Portion Of The Inca Trail

Archaeologists Discover Portion Of The Inca Trail Jul 12th, 2012 at 12:00PM: A section of the Inca Trail has been discovered in Peru. The new/old section is located in the archaeologically rich Cusco region and hasn't been used for 500 years. The Peruvian archaeologists who discovered it say that most of it is well preserved, with about a third overgrown or washed away by landslides. The trail measures 1.7 meters (5 feet 7 inches) wide and 4.3 kilometers (2.7 miles)...

Beyond Machu Picchu: 6 Ways To Experience Peruvian Culture

Beyond Machu Picchu: 6 Ways To Experience Peruvian Culture Jun 21st, 2012 at 3:00PM: Too many travelers land in Peru with only one thing on their mind: Machu Picchu. If you've come to the country with the sole purpose of crossing the Lost City of the Incas off your bucket list, then do what you must. But if you're at all interested in Peru's diverse and rich culture, don't skip out on some other once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Base your trip around the exploits below and...

Video Of The Day: Men Nearly Drop Saint Statue On Crowd At Peruvian Festival

Jun 18th, 2012 at 6:30PM: Bearing the weight of a saint on your shoulders can be a heavy burden. Just watch the men struggling to carry their church's patron saint around the main square in Cusco, Peru, at the annual Corpus Christi festival earlier this month and you'll get a feel for the lumbering task. The video comes from this year's festival, customarily held 60 days after Easter Sunday. It takes up to 50 men...

Video Of The Day: Huayna Picchu Offers Bird's-Eye View Of Machu Picchu

Jun 11th, 2012 at 6:30PM: Standing on the mountain ridge of Machu Picchu, the most recognized site of the Incas that sits high above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, is an experience sought after by people from all over the world. Walking around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, one can't help but wonder what life was like for the Incas who lived there in the 15th century. As visitors take a moment – or in some...

Exploring The Culture And History Of Peru Through Food

Exploring The Culture And History Of Peru Through Food Jun 7th, 2012 at 12:00PM: While not widely known as a food destination, Peru is one of my all-time favorite countries for delicious cuisine. Not only is eating out in the country extremely affordable, the dishes are often influenced by other cultures and time periods. Moreover, Peru's unique landscape of coast and Andes Mountains allows for fresh ingredients and delicious food staples – like potatoes, corn and quinoa...

Relaxing In Peru's Best Beach Town: Mancora

Relaxing In Peru's Best Beach Town: Mancora May 21st, 2012 at 5:00PM: After hiking the Inca Trail outside Cuzco and exploring the museums in the bustling city of Lima, many travelers agree they crave nothing more than a relaxing setting and a beautiful beach. If you're making your way north, a worthwhile stop is Mancora, thought by many locals and tourists to feature Peru's best beaches. Getting There If you'd like to make the journey in style and comfort, my...

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