Peru

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What happens when Amazon cruise naturalists spot an anaconda along the riverbanks? Recent IE guest Kieth Chelm found out when he got an up-close and personal meeting with a female anaconda during an excursion! Special thanks to Mr. Chelm for sharing this video and his thoughts.

 

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Two rare ceramic pieces can now be returned to the Government of Peru following an agreement by the United States and a New York-based collector of Peruvian pre-Columbian antiquities on November 2. The settlement resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The Peruvian government considers the items part of the country's cultural patrimony and believes they were unlawfully exported.

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International Expeditions' Amazon mini water treatment plants in the remote villages of San Jose de Paranapura, Irlanda and Santa Teresa, Peru are already making a big impact on the health of villagers! According to Dr. Linnea Smith, who operates the Amazon Medical Clinic, she is treating far fewer cases of intestinal parasites and common diarrhea now that the water treatment plants are providing clean drinking water.

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Scientists at the Paracas National Reserve in Peru have discovered the fossil of a penguin that was five feet tall and weighed nearly twice as much as the Emperor penguin, the largest living penguin species.

The Inkayacu paracasenis, or Water King, sported a long black beak and brown and gray features — unique compared to the "tuxedo" appearance of modern penguins. The Water King lived in the Paracas region, on the Pacific coast south of Lima, 36 million years ago during the Eocene period.

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Notes on the back of a 400-year-old letter have revealed a previously unknown language once spoken by indigenous peoples of northern Peru, an archaeologist says.

Penned by an unknown Spanish author and lost for four centuries, the battered piece of paper was pulled from the ruins of an ancient Spanish colonial church in 2008.

But a team of scientists and linguists has only recently revealed the importance of the words written on the flip side of the letter.

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For all of the study that's been done in the "Lost City" of Machu Picchu — not to mention all of the travelers who have waked the ruins of the ancient citadel — archaeologists are still finding clues about the lives of the Inca who lived here.

A group of Peruvian archaeologists from the National Institute of Culture discovered ceremonial offerings buried under Machu Picchu, including three ceramics or miniature aryballos with globular body and covered with stone slabs forming a circle, known as "apachetas."

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These expert Peru travel tips were given by our Peruvian Expedition Leader, Jorge Salas-Guevara. Expedition Leader Jorge is a favorite among International Expeditions guests, having led expeditions to the Amazon and Papua New Guinea.

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Paleontologists digging near the coast of Peru have uncovered the 12-million-year-old skull of a now-extinct species of sperm whale.

The skull, which measures nearly 10 feet across, belonged to a genus and species of sperm whale that may have been up to 57 feet long and includes the longest documented sperm whale teeth, measuring more than 14 fearsome inches.

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Avid traveler Wayne Zanardelli has chronicled his adventures to 83 countries in a series of more than 30 journals. Highlights of Mr. Zanardelli's travels include meeting the sons of both Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay; a private train trip between Beijing and Moscow; and sleeping in a tented oasis in Tunisia. Now Mr. Zanardelli shares journal excerpts from his Amazon River cruise with IE.

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