Articles about Peru
LIMA, Peru - Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Friday said he had turned down the plea for a pardon by former leader Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and crimes against humanity. In an midday announcement at the presidential palace in Lima, Humala said he was acting on the recommendation of the justice minister not to exercise his power of granting pardon to Fujimori, who was elected president three times. Fujimori's family appealed to Humala to grant a pardon on humanitarian grounds because the former president suffers from cancer of the tongue for which he has received five surgeries.
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In response to "Shining Path Brightens in Lima's Slums, " Commentary, April 17: Jorge Castaneda's column suggests that the so-called coup in Peru is "denounced" by Peruvians, when in fact over 70% of them support it. Castaneda calls the Shining Path an "ostensible adversary invoked for the necessity of the coup, " but those at risk see the threat as very real: More than 25, 000 people have died at their hands since 1980. Does our haste in the U.S. to demonize President Alberto Fujimori have anything to do with his surname?
Machu Picchu is not alone in celebrating an important milestone this month. Rehahn Croquevielle, who was married at Machu Picchu on July 15, 2010, was in Peru earlier this summer to mark his anniversary. While passing through Cuzco, the Caen, France, resident encountered this local girl whose expressive face captured his attention. "Her eyes were shining, " he said. Croquevielle used a Canon EOS 50D. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
Birds of a feather do flock together in Peru, which boasts more than 1, 800 avian species, so Inkaterra Hotels is focusing on these exotic creatures by offering bird-watching experiences at two of its in-country properties. The four-day, three-night itineraries are based at either the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, in the Peruvian Amazon, or the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, in the cloud forest at the base of Machu Picchu. The tours are designed with both novice and expert birders in mind and combine private guided tours with each hotel's existing excursions.
Manu National Park in southeastern Peru recently claimed the record as the most biodiverse place on the planet for reptiles and amphibians. It beat out Yasuni National Park in neary Ecuador for having the most species, some of them newly discovered, at the 7, 000-square-mile park, according to media reports . By the numbers, Manu has 155 amphibian and 132 reptile species besides 1, 000 species of birds and 1, 200 species of butterflies.
Back on the Inca Trail I enjoyed "Tackling the Inca Trail" by Mike Morris [Aug. 18]. It brought back great memories of one of our favorite vacations. My wife and I traveled to Peru several years ago on one of Andes Adventure's tours to run the Inca Trail. We ran the "Classic" 18.6-mile run that we were all sure was at least a marathon distance. It could not take that long and be only 18.6 miles. Running the Inca Trail was magical. The article left out how nice all of the accommodations were.