Peru

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Chinchillas are popular household pets, but these South American rodents are critically endangered. There are two types of chinchillas in the wild— long-tailed and short-tailed. The former species is found exclusively in the northern mountain range of Chile, while short-tailed chinchillas exist throughout the Andes in Bolivia, Argentina and Peru as well as Chile.

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Pygmy marmosets, which have long held the title of the smallest monkeys in the world, make their homes in the rainforests of the Upper Amazon Basin. Be sure to keep a keen watch for these tiny primates on your small-group cruises (see this post about Amazon wildlife sightings).

September 06, 2012

5 Foods to Try in Peru

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Latin America features some of the most dynamic cuisine in the world. It goes much further than just tacos and burritos. This just scrapes the surface and only represents some of the foods that can be found as part of the cuisine of other cultures. The fact is that Latin America features a diverse range of foods, many of which you aren't going to find elsewhere. Peru is no exception. Below we spotlight five can't-miss foods to try in Peru.

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Can unmanned vehicles help speed up archaeological digs? That is the hope of Vanderbilt archaeologist Steven Werne and engineering professor Julie A. Adams. They have developed a product called SUAVe - for Semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Pronounced "SWAH-vey," this revolutionary product aims to greatly reduce the time it takes to create a three-dimensional model of a site versus using current technology. As in 10-15 minutes compared to two to three entire field seasons faster!

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Every four years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature evaluates the status of animal species and determines if they belong on the Red List of Threatened Species, and the latest list has many conservationists worried. The number of bird species on the Red List jumped from 1,253 to 1,331 and the majority of the newly added species are found in the Amazon, specifically in the Brazilian Amazon Basin where the new Forest Code loosens protections on the Amazon.

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Ruins are an integral part of the culture of Latin America. It's hard to take a trip to Latin America and not see some type of ruins. Some of the world's most famous ruins can be found in here, including the Inca ruins in and around Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza in Mexico. However, there is more to the ruins of Latin America. Below you'll find three ruins in Latin America that you may not be so familiar with, but are worth a visit on your next trip.

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How do you bring back memories of your big trip? Probably photos and maybe video? This is typically considered the primary means for remembering an adventure, no matter what the destination is. However, Latin America is such an extraordinary destination that you can bring back memories that go beyond just a photo album or video clips. Today we feature four distinct ways to bring your Latin America trip back home with you.

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Choosing a tour can be a challenging undertaking. Where should you go? Which tour should you take? How long do you travel for? These are just some of the questions you'll want to answer when planning your trip. To help you choose the right tour and make the most of your next trip, here is a list of essential tips to keep in mind.

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Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic symbols of Peru and the Inca culture, but urban development threatens this archaeological treasure. UNESCO, the United Nations-run organization that protects historical and natural sites around the world, recently launched an evaluation to determine the level of preservation of Machu Picchu. The investigators found more stringent regulations are necessary to protect the ancient ruins.

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