By The Associated Press - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 0 Comments
Peruvian police say a Canadian man is known dead and an American woman is…
Peruvian police say a Canadian man is known dead and an American woman is missing after a rubber raft carrying foreign tourists capsized in the turbulent, rain-swollen Vilcanota River.
The dead man is identified as 25-year-old Nishant Fozdar Jagdeep and the missing American as 23-year-old Alicia Perrien. Authorities haven’t said what towns they were from.
Officials say the accident happened Tuesday in Cuzco province as Peruvian guides took three rafts down the Vilcanota carrying 15 tourists from Canada, United States, Argentina, France, Hungary, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and Sweden.
The Cuzco region is home to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and also is a favourite destination for adventure sports like rafting.
By Gabriela Perdomo - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM - 0 Comments
Ollanta Humala once vowed to nationalize energy and mining. These days, he’s closer to Obama than Chavez.
His name means “the warrior who sees it all” in Quechua, the native South American language of the Incans. Ollanta Humala, Peru’s president since 2011, is indeed a ﬁghter, a former army ofﬁcer who crushed the Shining Path, a Maoist insurgent group, in the 1990s and later helped lead an army revolt against the corrupt presidency of Alberto Fujimori.
His new battle is more subtle: he must steer one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies and prove that his transition from radical nationalist to moderate politician is genuine.
Humala, 49, grabbed the spotlight in 2006 when he won a surprise slot in the second round of the presidential election as leader of Peru’s Nationalist Party. The conservative Alan García beat him, but Humala used the loss as a chance to reinvent himself. He replaced the more incendiary rhetoric against free trade and U.S. relations with a moderate discourse, embraced Western economic orthodoxy and distanced himself from former ally Hugo Chávez. Brazilian consultants and Humala’s wife, Nadine Heredia, a communications expert and his closest political aide, helped with the transformation.
Humala was elected president with 51 per cent of the vote last June, heading a coalition of left-leaning parties named “Peru Wins.” But the win wasn’t exactly an endorsement of Humala. His main opponent was Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the former president—now in jail for misuse of public funds, kidnapping and murder. As she climbed in the polls with little more to offer than a pardon for her father, terriﬁed voters turned to Humala, the wild card. To Peru’s Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, the choice facing voters was like one “between AIDS and cancer.”
So far, Humala has kept his word. He has surrounded himself with technocrats from previous governments and maintained an amicable tone toward Washington. But to some he remains a mystery. He continues to call himself a nationalist rather than a leftist, but how much is window dressing is uncertain.
His outspoken family is a constant distraction. His father, Isaac, is an Incan supremacist who preaches the superiority of “copper-skinned” natives; his brother Antauro was jailed for leading an anti-government revolt; his mother, Elena Tasso, an activist, accuses him of betraying the family’s ideals.
And yet Humala’s popularity remains steady above 50 per cent, and even some in the media have begun to back off. “His transformation is genuine,” says Augusto Álvarez Rodrich, a Peruvian journalist and political analyst. “The media made a caricature of him, but he’s not nearly as radical as he’s depicted.” Others, however, think he’s gone too far. Native groups in regions touted for mining projects decry Humala’s change in favour of resource extraction. During his campaign, he had promised to stop some projects, asking locals to “choose between water or gold.”
Now, in a semantic about-face, Humala says he wants communities to have “water and gold.” He has little choice: Peru’s six per cent growth owes much to mining. The Humala mystery may be little more than pragmatism.
By Tom Henheffer - Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM - 0 Comments
Eduardo Gold is attempting to reform a glacier on the Chalon Sombrero mountain in western Peru
Splashing white paint on mountains to lower temperatures and regrow glaciers: it sounds like mad science. But one Peruvian inventor is fighting climate change by toiling against Mother Nature’s evolving colour palette. Eduardo Gold is attempting to reform a glacier on the Chalon Sombrero mountain in western Peru, which melted away because of rising temperatures.
He and four men from Licapa, a nearby village that relies on glacial runoff for farming, mix lime, egg whites and water to make an environmentally friendly paint that they dump from buckets onto rocks, turning them from brown and grey to a white reminiscent of the peak’s snow-covered days. The idea is that the paint reflects the sun’s radiation, cooling temperatures in a geological equivalent of changing from a black T-shirt into a white one on a hot summer day.
By Cathy Gulli - Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10:49 AM - 28 Comments
Two Canadians in Peru face earthquakes, landslides, floods, near-death—and death
“You’re cursed now,” the Peruvian guide chided. Nakita Haining had just picked up one of dozens of skulls and bones strewn across ancient burial grounds in Peru when the guide offered this ominous message. She looked over at her travel partner Daryl Buchanan, who had done the same. “You’re cursed now, too,” the guide said, nodding. Haining and Buchanan smiled nervously, set the skulls down, and carried on with their hike. But ever since that warning, recalls Buchanan, “All this stuff happened.”
“Stuff” is Buchanan’s characteristically unadorned way of describing what ensued: earthquakes, landslides, ﬂoods. Near-death, and death. A state of emergency declared in several regions of the country. At least 30,000 people affected. He and Haining had arrived in Peru from Edmonton on Jan. 14, for a two-week vacation that would culminate in a four-day trek through the Amazon jungle and along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. There, the pair, who describe themselves as best friends, bandmates and co-workers in a vinyl siding business, would celebrate Haining’s 23rd birthday.