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Saturday Morning Cartoons - Week 10

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Saturday, January 30, 2010 0 comments

The Bus Salesman

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Friday, January 29, 2010 0 comments

While slowing sweating under the bright summer sun in what can only be described as a mobile sauna, I was pried from my heat stroke induced slumber by a loud and vivacious portly green-eyed man. The middle aged man dressed of a business casual fashion with a black suitcase hanging heavily from his shoulder, did not hesitate one second in starting his pitch. 

His dialogue echoed loudly as it traveled down the aisle of the aged bus.  His voice was deep and strong making it hard to ignore,  we were all captives to his speech (all but a few lucky souls trapped in their deep sleep) and his poetic words held our attention as we listened with anticipation.  The man strutted up and down the moving bus handing out booklets as he continued to entertain our minds and sway our wallets.

When it was all over 15 minutes of our lives had been spent giving our undivided attention to this stranger and some of us had even bought his product.  In my experience moments like this one are rare, the man who stepped on our bus was a professional in my opinion with a true gift. 

In Lima, the bus salesman is all too familiar with the citizens of the city.  They come in all sizes, age groups and sexes with one goal in mind, to make money.  If you closely examine the layout of a bus you will see that for a salesman it is the perfect playing field.  It is an environment that allows you to sell not just to one potential buyer but to several all in one performance.  It does not matter whether your selling candy or the latest novel, all you need is a little charm and a convincing sales pitch. 

Most Limeñans would consider these individuals to be an annoyance, an argument which is understandable when you take into consideration the sheer volume of salesman who board the thousands of buses operating within and around the city.  It´s that all too common story we've all heard a thousand times before, "please help me, my mother is in the hospital...blah, blah, blah!"  It´s hard to want to give out my money to someone who seems to be lying.  How can you trust someone whose story is identical to all the others you hear?  It´s not hard to see why so many commuters are cynical towards the bus salesman. 

I myself admit that I find it hard to just hand over my spare change to a man whose story sounds dodgy from the start, needless to say there have been moments where I have genuinely been convinced about an individuals needy situation and have happily handed over a few cents. 

The bus salesman is just one of the many characters of Lima´s diverse urban culture and whose daily prose should never be taken lightly.

Well as we all might have suspected the thousands of citizens of Cusco have truly suffered from the damage caused by the heavy rains and to make the situation even worse they have had to practically go it alone with almost no assistance whatsoever.  The photos below are were taken from El Comercio and were originally photographed by Daniel Nakasone Santivañez and Maricarmen Valdivieso.

All over Cusco many citizens have been greatly affected by the unanticipated torrential rains which have struck the region.  Many people have lost their homes as the humidity from all the rain has made many of their adobe (a structure or home made primarily from mud and clay) homes unstable to inhabit, those who have lost their homes are without shelter or personal belongings.  There is an outcry by the public who fell that they have been left unnoticed by the state, as help has yet to reach towns like Urubamba, Yucay, and Pacarbamba. 

It should be noted that humanitarian efforts by government run organizations have been sending aid to the affected citizens of Cusco.  For example both PRONNA (National Program of Alimentary Assistance) as well as the National Institute of Civil Defense have both been providing aid to the affected in the form of food, blankets, tarps, etc.  What is uncertain is how many citizens are actually receiving that aid.

Meanwhile, the local authorities have been hard at work trying to restore the rail system that has been either covered by rock and mud or has been totally destroyed in other parts.  The local government is in the process of sending in a replacement bridge for the one that collapsed in Ollantaytambo which is scheduled to arrive sometime tomorrow.  They also estimated that it would take approximately 30 days before the replacement bridge for Pisaq would arrive.  At first glance it would appear that the government is working hard to restore the infrastructure in the Sacred Valley region, especially since the rains have been responsible for loss of several millions of dollars in money earned through tourism.  

An estimated 25,000 citizens of Cusco have been left without homes and have lost literally everything to the horrible weather.  What is disappointing is all the support that is being rallied for the tourists who have been isolated in the town of Aguas Calientes (located at the base of Machu Picchu), while the people of Cusco have received minimal support and coverage.  It causes one to wonder just how long it will take the department of Cusco and the Peruvian government to step up their efforts in aiding those affected? 

Cusco and Machu Picchu in Worse Conditions!

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Thursday, January 28, 2010 0 comments

Well it would appear that the situation in Cusco and Apurímac is worse than what it has been shown by the media.  Bloggers all over the internet have been posting articles about the situation in Machu Picchu and Cusco like wildfire!  As the information continues to flood in (no pun intended) from actual victims and tourists currently in Cusco, updates on many blogs like this one are coming in literally around the minute. 

Photo Below by Diario Chaski:

Peruanista, a Peruvian blogger living in the US, has been hard at work for the past couple of days shedding light on what is really going on in Cusco, as his site provides real testimonials from those effected in the region.  Statements from Americans trapped in Aguas Calientes provide the ugly truth about the rescue operations that are being conducted.  You may have remembered earlier from my posts that I commented about the evacuation efforts that were being put in place by the Peruvian government and their 10 helicopters that were being sent in to evacuate the stranded.  Well, testimonials like the one on Peruanista's blog describe the reality of the situation and how in one day only 3 helicopters came to evacuate people. 

Talks about bribes to pilots, special preference by the US government helicopters to US citizens only, possible riots, are just some of the issues that are being presented by the stranded on the ground in Aguas Calientes. 

En Peru's Blog has been posting frequent updates as they unfold and has also been working hard to bring the news to those unaware of the situation.

Photos like the one's below from El Caminerito's blog (a photographer in Cusco) illustrate the harsh reality of the damage that has been caused from the flooding and landslides.

Here are some other sites that have updated information on the situation in Cusco:

  • En Peru - A guide for Peru - in English
  • Living in Peru - A guide for Peru - in English
  • Peruanista - Spanish and English
  • El Caminerito - A Peruvian Photographer living in Cusco (in Spanish)
  • El Comercio - A National Peruvian Newspaper (in Spanish)
  • La Republica - Another National Newspaper (in Spanish)
  • RPP - A Peruvian Radio Station that has been covering the situation (Spanish)

Bad Weather in Cusco, Peru Continues

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza 0 comments

The tremendous amounts of rain which caused various land and rock slides as well as flooding in several areas of Cusco and Apurímac remains a problem for many citizens and tourists.  Many roads remained closed off, in Aguas Calientes the road leading to the hydroelectric plant has been blocked.

In the city of Aguas Calientes (the town located just at the foot of Machu Picchu) it is estimated that about 1,600 tourists remain stranded as they await extraction by helicopter from the area.  Since the heavy raining let up earlier this week several helicopters from the Peruvian military, police, as well as private helicopters have been conducting flight evacuation runs in the Sacred Valley region.  Many towns like Pisaq and Ollantaytambo have also had their roads blocked off and their bridges damaged.  Electricity to the region has been severed as many towns in the Valley are without electricity.  Such is the situation in Aguas Calientes where the remaining tourists have found themselves in a difficult situation, price gouging ($3.50 for a bottle of water, 5 times what it actually costs), low food rations, loss of electricity are but just a few of the problems they currently face.

The number of stranded in Aguas Calientes has grown during the week as more tourists continue to enter the town via the Inca trails.  On Wednesday it was reported that some 250 tourists entered Aguas Calientes via the trails.  Meanwhile the helicopters continue to extract people out of the town but it is a slow process as only 20 people can fit within the helicopters (the Russian MI-17, a cargo helicopter currently in-service in Peruvian Army).  Currently there are roughly 10 helicopters operating in the evacuation of tourists.  The Tourism Minister stated to the press that it takes an estimated 1 hour to evacuate 120 individuals via helicopter.  The rescue operations are scheduled to continue throughout the week as they ferry tourists back to the city of Cusco.  According to Peruvian officials the mountainous and sub-tropical terrain of the region where Machu Picchu is located has also made it difficult for helicopters flying in and out of the area, not to mention the altitude (Machu Picchu stands at nearly 8,000 ft - 2,340 meters).  CNN has updated info on their page here: Link.

Reports indicated 8 deaths including 1 foriegn tourist, as well as thousands of people homeless.  Many people continue to wonder just how much longer they will have to endure the bad weather.

Heavy Rains Close Machu Picchu

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Tuesday, January 26, 2010 0 comments

Bad news for any tourists currently in Cusco with plans of visiting Machu Picchu, due to heavy rains the world famous sanctuary and tourist attraction has been closed for the next three days.  Rain isn't an uncommon occurrence in Cusco especially during this time of the year where Cusco receives its highest percentage of rainfall (January and February receive the most rainfall).  The "rainy season" (which typically lasts from October to March) as it is referred to by most Cusqueñans has always been hard on tourism with the department usually seeing a significant decrease in tourists during this time. 

Machu Picchu was closed this week by local government officials in response to several landslides that have occurred in the region.  The landslides caused by the massive amounts of rain caused the damage of several bridges in and around the surrounding areas as well as making the roads unsafe for travel.  The roads that lead up to Machu Picchu have also been affected by the torrential downpour as land and rock slides have left them damaged.  It is estimated that it will take about 3 to 5 days to repair.  The government and local authorities realizing the danger the weather posed to people and tourists in Aguas Calientes conducted emergency evacuations.  In fact, the weather and rain has been so bad that the authorities in Cusco as well as Apurímac have declared a state of emergency in response which will be in effect for a total of 60 days. 

Here are just a few videos from various sources that show the reality of the situation in Cusco.

At the moment it is estimated that some 40% of the population in Cusco are without drinkable water.  While it is certainly unfortuante for the thousands of tourists currently in Cusco, it is just as unfortunate if not more for the citizens and residents of both Cusco and Apurímac

When I had traveled to Cusco this last December with my family I recall it raining nearly everyday and the rain would literally pour, it reminded me alot of Portland, a city which also sees lots of rain yearly.  The worst it got during my trip was during our last day in Aguas Calientes.  It had rained twice that day, once around noon when my brother and I were climbing down this small mountain called Putucusi (2,500 mts.) and the second was around 2pm will my brother and I were trekking along the railroad returning from a nearby waterfall.  It was the second downpour that was the worst.

Cheap Eats in Peru - Menú

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Saturday, January 23, 2010 1 comments

One of the great perks about living in Peru is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to eat great Peruvian food.  Those living in Peru eating fairly healthy in comparison to what most Americans consume.  For the past years the US has tried very hard to encourage Americans to eat healthier as it's population's obesity levels continue to rise (somewhere around 65%).  Granted eating healthy is only one aspect that contributes to obesity but it is one that has a larger impact.  While fast food franchises like Mcdonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino's, Papa John's, Tony Romas, TGI FRIDAY'S, Chili's, and Burger King continue to invade the country most Peruvians still can't afford to eat regularly at such establishments.  For the large majority of the population their daily diet consists of eating meals made from scratch.  Whether prepared at home or eaten at a market or restaurant, the most common preparation of meals in Peru is done with raw and fresh ingredients that are purchased locally.  The overall quality of a meal may vary from cook to cook but the concept remains the same, fresh ingredients. 

In Lima, like most other places in Peru lunch is the dominant meal for Peruvians with breakfast and dinner playing smaller roles.  From noon til 2pm it isn't uncommon to see restaurants and markets crowded with hungry patrons, as the lunch hour is the time where most Peruvians head out for lunch.  The economical choice for lunch in Peru is to order from what is called the menú in Spanish which means menu.  The menú is a predetermined list of lunch options for the patron to choose from and is commonly divided into two sections.  The first section being the starter menu or entrada, this portion of the menu consists of a small starter usually a soup of some kind and/or a dish like Crema de Rocoto (sliced potatoes served with a spicy rocoto pepper sauce).  The second portion of the menu consists of the main courses or segundo.  The segundo can vary from many different Peruvian staples like Cau Cau (made from the small intestine) to Arroz a la Cubana (a very simple criollo dish made up of rice, fried eggs, and fried plantain bananas) or Lomo Saltado to Tallarin Verde (Spaghetti with Spinach sauce).  When a person orders from the menú their meal isn't completed until they are offered their beverage or refresco.  A refresco is a drink made using herbs (like yerba Luisa), fruits (like apples, star fruit, maracuya, or granadilla), or spices (cinnamon), and boiling them in water allowing the heat to extract the flavors of the ingredients used to create a wonderful and refreshing drink (which is usually served room temperature).

If it sounds like a lot of food to eat it's important to take into consideration that very little food is eaten during both breakfast and dinner, therefore a hardy and plentiful serving of food at lunch is crucial for Peruvians returning to work (most Peruvians work from 9am to 6:30pm, sometimes later).  One might also expect to pay quite a bit for such a meal but in Peru the menú is one of the most economical lunch options with the cheapest being S/. 3.00 (roughly $1 USD, take THAT McDonald's Dollar Value Menu!).  It should be considered that the price of a menú may vary in price depending on the location of the restaurant or market (in Miraflores and San Isidro the menú is roughly S/. 7.00). 

A quick note, most restaurants and markets in Lima offer a menú during the lunch hour, but it is crucial that you show up early since the better menú options disappear quickly. 

Saturday Morning Cartoons - Week 9

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza 2 comments

It's Saturday and that means another wonderful installment of the Internets best animation.  I hope you enjoy the cartoons I have picked and please leave a comment letting me know what you think.

This first cartoon was sent in to me by my friend jusherjusher in the US.

Black Lake from David OReilly on Vimeo.

The Revolution Will Be Animated from Marine Lormant Sebag on Vimeo.

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Alaska Nanooks 2010 Hockey Intro from Szymon Weglarski on Vimeo.

The Little Boy and the Beast from mic hic on Vimeo.

3 MONKEYS from Paulo Mosca on Vimeo.

Triangular (2005) from Bruno Simões on Vimeo.

Travel Resources and Guides for Peru

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Thursday, January 21, 2010 0 comments

 Travel Resources

* Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Peru
* Working in Peru

Guides for Peru


Foriegn Embassies and Consulates in Peru

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Embassies and Consulates in Peru

* Embassy of Algeria in Peru

    Calle Miguel De Cervantes
    N- 504/510
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: 551 962 995 54
    Fax: 511 421 75 80
* Embassy of Argentina in Peru

    Av. Arequipa 121
    28 De Julio 828
    Cercado de Lima, Lima 1, Peru
    Telephone: (+51) 1 433-9966 /3381/4545
    Fax: (+51) 1 433-0769

* Australian Consulate-General in Peru

    Av. Victor Andres Belaunde 147
    Via Principal 155
    Torre Real Tres, Of. 1301, San Isidro
    Phone: 51 1 222 8281
    Fax: 51 1 221 4996
    Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm 2:00pm to 5:00pm
* Embassy of Austria in Peru

    Edificio 'De las Naciones'
    Avenida Central 643, piso 5
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Apartado 853
    Lima 100, Peru
    Telephone:  (+51) (1) 442 0503
        (+51) (1) 442 1807
        (+51) (1) 442 0343
    Fax: (+51) (1) 442 8851

    Hours of Operation: 09:00am-12:00pm

* Consulate of Austria in Cusco, Peru     
    Urb. Magisterio K-1, 2a.Etapa
    Casilla 14
    Cusco, Peru
    Telephone: (+51) (84) 227 339
        (+51) (84) 246 595
    Fax: (+51) (84) 262 832

    Hours of Operation: 10:00am-12:00pm

* Consulate of Austria in Iquitos, Peru     
    Carretera Quistococha 208
    Apartado Postal 164
    Iquitos, Peru
    Telephone: (+51) (65) 261 139
    Fax: (+51) (65) 261 139

    Office Hours: Tue, Fri: 11.00am-14.00pm

* Consulate of Austria in Trujillo, Peru     
    Avenida Cacanueces 120-104
    Urbanizacion Las Palmas del Golf
    Distrito Victor Larco
    Trujillo, Peru
    Telephone: (+51) (44) 263 034
        (+51) (44) 263 017
    Fax: (+51) (44) 224 601

* Embassy of Belgium in Peru

    Avenida Angamos Oeste, 380
    Miraflores - Lima 18, Peru
    Telephone: + (51) (1) 241.75.66
    Fax: + (51) (1) 241.63.79
    Web Site:
    Email:, (sect. cons.)

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Friday 8.30 AM to 4 PM
    Consular section : from 9 AM tot 11 AM

* Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Arequipa, Peru     
    Francisco La Roza Mz I - Lote 2
    Parque Industrial - Arequipa
    Telephone: + (51) (54) 28.55.08
        + (51) (54) 28.83.05
    Fax: + (51) (54) 28.55.08
        + (51) (54) 28.83.05

*Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Cuzco, Peru     
    Jose G. Cosio 307,
    Urb. Magisterial, Cuzco
    Telephone: + (51) (84) 26.15.17
    Fax: + (51) (84) 25.12.78
    Web Site:

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 9am. to 5pm.

* Embassy of Bolivia in Peru  
    Los Castaños 235,
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (511) 440-2095 or 441-0738
    Fax: (511) 440-2298

* Embassy of Brazil in Peru     
    Av. Jose Pardo 850
    Miraflores, Lima 18 - Peru
    Apartado Postal 2405
    Telephone: (511) 421-6763
             (511) 241-4066
    Fax: (511) 445-2421

* Embassy of Canada in Lima, Peru     
    Bolognesi 228,
    Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru
    Telephone: 51-1-319-3200
    Fax:     51-1-446-4776 (Trade and Public Affairs)
        51-1-446-4912 (Administration)
        51-1-446-4775 (Immigration)
        51-1-446-4949 (Political)
        51-1-446-4985 (CIDA)

    Hours of Operation
    Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

* Embassy of Chile in Peru

    Avda. Javier Prado Oeste 790,
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: 51(1) 710 22 11
    Fax: 51(1) 710 22 23

    Hours of Operation:
    monday to thursday 9:00 to 17:00 
    friday 14:00 to 17:30
* Consulate General of Chile in Tacna, Peru     
    Presbitero Andia Esquina Saucini S/N
    Tacna, Peru
    Telephone: 51(52) 7423 063 - 423 081 - 421846
    Fax: 51(52) 424391

* Honorary Consulate of Chile in Arequipa, Peru     
    Mercaderes 212, Galerias Gameza,
    4to. Piso, Oficina 402
    Telephone: 51(054)223947

* Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China  
    Jiron Jose Granda 150
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Apartadado Postal: 375
    Telephone: 00511-2220841
    Fax: 00511-4429467
    Web Site:

* Embassy of Colombia in Peru
    Avenida Jorge Basadre 1580
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (511) 4429648 - 4410954 - 4410530 - 4414594 - 2211991
    Web Site:

* Embassy of Costa Rica in Peru 
    Baltazar Street Tower 828
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (00511) 264-2999 and 264-2711

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday 08:00am - 14:00pm

* Consulate of the Republic of Croatia in Peru
    Av. San Felipe 568,
    Jesus Maria, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: 0051 1 460 4506
    Fax: 0051 1 460 4615

* Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Santiago, Peru     
    Ezequias Alliende 2370
    Santiago, Peru
    Telephone: 0056 2 269 6141
    Fax: 0056 2 269 6092

* Embassy of Cuba in Peru
    Coronel Portillo No. 110
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (511) 264 2053
    Fax: (511) 264 4525
    Web Site:

* Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Cyprus
    Avenida Arequipa 2450, office 1501
    Edificio El Dorado
    14 Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (00511) 6195000 Ext. 1202, Ext. 1520
    Fax: (00511) 4428292

    Hours of Operation: 09:30am - 13:00pm, 14:00pm - 18:00pm

* Embassy of the Czech Republic in Peru

    Baltazar La Torre 398
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: 00511/264-3374,br>00511/264-3381
    Fax: 00511/264-1708
    Web Site:

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday  8:00am - 12:00pm, 12:30pm - 16:30pm

* Royal Danish Consulate General in Peru
    Bernardo Monteagudo 201
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: +51 (1) 264 4040
    Fax: +51 (1) 264 4050

* Embassy of Ecuador in Peru
    Las Palmeras N 356
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Telephone: (00511) 212 4161; 212 4171; 212 5502; 212 5481
    Fax: 421 5907 422 0711
    Web Site:

    Hours of Operation: 9 am - 1:30 pm; 3pm - 6pm

* Consulate of Ecuador in Peru

    Las Palmeras 356
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Phone: (00511) 421-7050

* Consulate of Ecuador in Piura, Peru     
    Avenida Chirichigno N 505 y
    Urbanizacion El Chipe
    Provincia y Departamento de Piura
    Casilla Postal 440
    Telephone: (005173) 30 8027
    Fax: (005173) 30 9959

* Consulate of Ecuador in Tumbes, Peru     
    Jiron Bolivar 129
    Plaza Armas
    Tumbes, Peru
    Telephone: (005172) 521739
    Fax: (005172) 525949

* Embassy of El Salvador in Peru

    Tomas Ramsey No. 965
    Magdalena del Mar, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: 0511 460-2239 or 0511 460-2323
    Fax: 0511 461-9327
* Embassy of Finland in Peru

    Av.Victor Andres Belaunde 147
    Edificio Real Tres Oficina 502 (5th floor)
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Postal address: Apartado Postal 270155
    Telephone: +51-1-222 4466, 222 4480
    Fax: +51-1-222 4463
    Web Site:

    Office Hours:
    Customer service (visas): Mon - Fri 8.30 - 12.00
    Opening hours: Mon 8.30-16.45, Tue-Thu 8.30-16.30, Fri 8.30-14.00

* Honorary Consulate of Finland in Arequipa, Peru     

    Consulado honorario de Finlandia
    Bolognesi 301
    Telephone: from abroad +51 54 255 858, from Peru 054 255 858
    Fax: +51-54-252 221

* Honorary Consulate of Finland in Cusco, Peru     
    Consulado honorario de Finlandia
    Avenida Pardo 1046
    Telephone: (51-84) 252 721
    Fax: (51-84) 234 793

* Honorary Consulate of Finland in Lima, Peru    
    Santa Margarita 350
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Telephone: + 511 - 211 0606

* Embassy of France in Peru
    Avenida Arequipa 3415
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Telephone: [51] (1) 215 84 00
    Fax: [51] (1) 215 84 41
    Web Site:

* Embassy of Germany in Peru

    P.O. Box. 18-0504
    Lima 18
    Telephone: (00 51 1) 422 49 19
    Fax: (00 51 1) 422 64 75

* Embassy of Greece in Peru

    Av. Principal 190
    Urbanizacion Sta. Catalina
    La Victoria, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (00511) 4761548, 4760798
    Fax: (00511) 2232486

    Hours of Operation: 09:00 - 15:30

* Greenland Greenlandic Consulate - Royal Danish Consulate General in Peru     
    Bernardo Monteagudo 201
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Telephone: +51 (1) 264 4040
    Fax: +51 (1) 264 4050

* Embassy of Guatemala in Peru

    Calle Inca Ripac 309,
    Jesús María, Lima 11 Perú
    Telephone: (511) 460-2078 / (511) 462-0920
    Fax: (511) 463-5885
    Web Site:

* Consulate of Guyana in Peru

    Av. José Pardo 231 piso 4 -
    Miraflores Lima 18 Peru
    Telephone: (511) 4476688
    Fax: (511) 4455399

* Embassy of Honduras in Peru

    Ave. Las Camelias 491
    Oficina 202
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (511) 422-8111; (511) 422-8112
    Fax: (511) 221-1677

* Embassy of India in Peru

    Av. Salaverry 3006
    Magdalena del Mar, Lima 17, Peru
    Telephone: 00-51-1-2616006, 4602289
    Fax: 00-51-1-4610374
    Web Site:

* Embassy of Indonesia in Peru

    Avenida Las Flores
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Telephone: (511) 222-0308, 222-0309, 222-2822
    Fax: (511) 222-2684
    Web Site:

* Honorary Consul of Ireland in Peru

    Av. Paseo de la Republica 5757 B
    Urb. San Antonio
    Miraflores, Lima 8, Peru
    Telephone: 00511 2429516
    Fax: 00511 242 2640
    Web Site:

    Office Hours:
    Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 1 pm Mondays to Fridays

* Embassy of Israel in Peru

    Natalio Sanchez 125, Piso 6
    Edificio Pacifico Washington
    Santa Beatriz
    Lima, Peru
    Telephone: 51-1-4180500
    Fax: 51-1-4180555
    Web Site:

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Thursday: 10:00am - 13:00pm.
    Friday: 10:00am - 12:00pm.

* Italian Embassy in Peru

    Avenida Gregorio Escobedo 298
    Jesus Maria, Lima 11, Peru
    Telephone: 0051-1-463. 2727
    Fax: 0051-1-463. 5317 / 0051-1-461. 6162
    Web Site:

* Jamaican Consulate in Peru

    Av. Jorge Basadre 255, Of.501
    San Isidro, Lima 27
    Telephone: (511) 442 8828
    Fax: (511) 442 0504

* Embassy of Malaysia in Peru

    Av. Daniel Hernandez 350
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    P.O. Box 41-126
    Telephone: (511) 422 0297 / (511) 441 1939 / (511) 441 0795
    Fax: (511) 221 0786
    Web Site:

    Hours of Operation:
    Work day: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Holiday
    Weekends and Public Holidays

* Honorary Consulate of Malta in Peru

    Avenue 28 De Julio
    818-Ap. 401
    Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru
    Telephone: 0051 (1) 446 0434
    Fax: 0051 (1) 446 0434

* Embassy of Mexico in Peru

    Ave. Jorge Basadre 710
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (51-1) 612-1600
    Fax: (51-1) 612-1627
    Web Site:

    Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

* Embassy of Morocco in Peru

    Calle Tomas Edison 205
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    P.O. Box 16 San Isidro, Lima
    Phone: (+51) (1) 440 31 17, (+51) (1) 421 77 89
    Fax: (+51) (1) 440 43 91

    Hours of Operation: 09.00 - 14:30

* Consulate of Netherlands in Cusco, Peru     

    Av. Pardo 827
    Cusco, Peru
    Phone: 00-51-84-224322/ 264103
    Fax: 00-51-84-222 122

* Embassy of Netherlands in Lima, Peru     
    Torre Parque Mar
    Av. Larco 1301 - piso 13
    Miraflores - Lima 18, Peru
    Telephone: 00-51-1-2139800
    Fax: 00-51-1-2139805 (public)

* New Zealand Consulate in Peru

    Los Nogales 510, Piso 3
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Telephone: +51 1 422 7491 / +51 1 9940 0353
    Fax: (+51) 1 422 2999

* Embassy of Nicaragua in Peru
    Calle UNO, No. 1064, Dpto. 202
    Urbanizacion CORPAC
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (+51-1) 4459274
    Fax: (+51-1) 4459274

* Consulate of Paraguay in Peru

    Avda. La Paz Nº 596 Piso 2,
    Miraflores, Lima, Peru
    Teléfono/s:    (+51-14) 4441310
    Fax:    (+51-14) 4442391

* Consulate of Philippines in Peru

    Calle 13 #176 Riconada Baja
    La Molina, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (+51) (1) 368-2648   
    Fax: (+51) (1) 368-0423

    Hours of Operation: 09:00am - 17:00pm

* Embassy of Portugal in Peru

    Av. Central, 643 - 4u piso,
    San Isidro, Lima 27 - Peru
    Telephone: (00 511) 440 99 05
    Fax: (00 511) 442 96 55

* Embassy of Romania in Peru

    Avenida Jorge Basadre no.690
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Phone: (00) (51) (1) 4224587
    Fax: (00) (51) (1) 4210609

* Embassy of the Russian Federation in Peru

    Avenida Salavaerry, 3424
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (00 511) 264 0036 - 264 0038
    Fax: (00 511) 264 0130

* Embassy of Serbia in Peru

    Carlos Porras Osores 360
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: +51-1-4212423
    Fax: +51-1-4212427

* Consulate of Singapore in Peru

    Av. Saenz Pena 284 Of. 706
    Callao, Peru
    Telephone: +511-4538823
    Fax: +511-4530047

* Consulate of Slovakia in Peru

    Angamos Oeste Nro. 1626
    Miraflores, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (+51-1) 2212585, 2212586
    Fax: (+51-1) 4222249

* South African Embassy in Peru

    Av. Victor Andres Belaunde 147
    Edificio Real Tres '3' Office 801
    San Isidro, Lima-Peru, 27
    Telephone: + 511 440 9996
    Fax: + 511 422 3881

* South African Honorary Consulate in Peru

    Avenida Camino Real 1252
    Oldeina 2 'R'
Postal Add:
Consulado Honorario de Sudàfrica
P O Box 27-013, L27 Lima, Peru

    Telephone: + 511 422 2280
    Fax: + 511 442 7154

* Embassy of Spain in Peru

    Av. Jorge Basadre, 498
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: +51-1-2125155
    Fax: +51-1-2121909 / +51-1-4402020
    Web Site:

* Honorary Consulate of Sweden, Arequipa     
    Quezada 107
    Yanahuara - Arequipa, Peru
    Telephone: +51 (54) 251499
    Fax: +51 (54) 252499

* Honorary Consulate of Sweden, Lima     
    Pje. La Santa Maria 130
    San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru
    Telephone: +51 (1) 442 8905
    Fax: +51 (1) 421 3295

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 12 noon

* Representative Office of Taiwan in Peru

    Calle Morales Duarez No. 214
    Urbanizacion Chacarilla
    San Borja, Lima 41, Peru
    Telephone: (002-51-1) 2554379
             (002-51-1) 3725067
    Fax: (002-51-1) 3726506

* Royal Thai Embassy in Peru

    Av. Los Incas 255
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (51 1) 221 6442
    Fax: (51 1) 422 9895

* Embassy of Ukraine in Peru

    Calle Juan Dellepiani, No. 470
    Telephone: +51-1-2642884
    Fax: +51-1-2642892
    Web Site:
    Email: /

* British Embassy in Peru

    Torre Parque Mar (Piso 22)
    Avenida Jose Larco, 1301
    Miraflores, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (51) (1) 617 3000
    Fax: (51) (1) 617 3100
    Web Site:

    Hours of Operation:
    (GMT) Mon - Thurs: 1300-1800 & 1900-2200
    Fri: 1300-1800
    (Local Time) Mon - Thurs: 0800-1300 & 1400-1700
    Fri: 0800-1300

* U.S. Embassy in Peru

    Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
    Surco, Lima, Peru
    Phone: (51-1) 434-3000
    Fax: (51-1)618-2397
    Web Site:

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

* Embassy of Uruguay in Peru

    Jose D. Anchorena N 084 
    San Isidro, Lima, Peru
    Telephone: +51-1-2640099 / +51-1-2641286
    Fax: +51-1-2640112

* Consulate of Uruguay in Peru

    Quezada N 110 B Yanahuara
    Arequipa, Peru
    Telephone: (+51-54) 272512
* Embassy of Venezuela in Peru

    Avenida Arequipa, 298
    Lima, Peru
    Telephone: (51 1) 433 4511, 433 0280
    Fax: (51 1) 433 1191.

Disney's Donald Duck in Peru

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Tuesday, January 19, 2010 0 comments

The other day I found a video on YouTube of Disney's very own Donald Duck visiting Lake Titicaca, located in Southern Peru along the border with Bolivia.  The first clip is taken from the 1943 Disney film "Saludos Amigos" which is a very entertaining, educating and cultural video.  In the film Disney offers some live footage of Peru from the 1940's which I found to be quite interesting and amazing to see.  The film has some great fun and important facts included about the Lake Titicaca Region and it's surroundings. 

This clip is in Italian I believe but has an english translation included:

Here is the English version of the above clip for those who don't want to hear Donald speaking Italian.

 Here are some other clips from the Disney movie that include some other recognizable characters, here is an interesting comparison by Disney of the differences and similarities between US cowboys and Argentinean Gauchos:

Finally one about Brasil, featuring Donald.  You may need a Portuguese-English Dictionary for the first part of this film! I can honestly say there are few Disney films these days that portray intoxication, smoking and alcohol consumption, Aww the good ole' days! :

Aji Limo

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza 0 comments

Ají Limo is a Peruvian chili that is vibrant in color and varies from yellow, green, red, or purple.  The chili packs quite a punch and can be quite hot, in fact it registers in on the Scoville scale as 5,000 to 30,000 Scoville units or just plain HOT!  The chili itself is a unique species of the chili pepper, known scientifically as Capsicum baccatum of which other popularly known Peruvian ajís belong to. 

Ají limo is the fruit that grows on the South American plant called Capsicum Baccatum var. Pendulum (which belongs to the family of Magnoliopsida: Asteridae: Solanales: Solanaceae), a plant identifiable by it's cream coloured floweres w/ green/gold corolla markings on them.  The ají limo is typically elongated but also can be found in it's short and stubby size as well.  Common to the Andes region the ají limo grows at mid-elevation altitudes, but is also grown along the coast and in the northern Amazonían jungles of Peru.  Ají limo along with all other baccatums are credited for their great resistance to cold temperatures and weather, making them great candidates for cultivation in the many parts of the US.   

The Ají was discovered by archeologists and historians to have been a principle food ingredient of many Peruvian indiginous groups, with several ceramics created in the spicy fruit's honor.  In Perú, the ají limo is a staple ingredient along with all its other varieties among the people of the Sierra (highlands/andes region) and Costa (coast).  In Quechua, the word for ají is "Uchu".  Ají limo is most commonly used in fresh form but can also be found dehydrated, dried, diced, frozen, canned, jarred, in many markets in Perú.  Eat in a cebicheria in Lima and you will soon find that ají limo is used with great frequency in many seafood dishes like choritos a la chalaca, sudado, tiraditos, just to name a few.     

Today like with other ají's, the ají limo is exported to markets, restaurants, and homes all over the world as the spicy chili continues to gain popularity and awareness.  In the US ají limo can be purchased in many markets for those looking to purchase the chili in whole form.  Those interested in growing ají limo can purchase it through several seed companies who market it under the following names: ‘Aji Limón,’ ‘Lemon Drop’ and ‘Peru Yellow.’ 

For those interested in purchasing ají seeds here is a link to an author who provides a few reliable sources as well as planting tips/advice for growing the chili. 

Saturday Morning Cartoons - Week 8

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Saturday, January 16, 2010 0 comments

Crocodiles and Small Children?

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Friday, January 15, 2010 0 comments

Today's randomness is brought to you by YouTube and it's wonderful and eccentric users with special recognition awarded to Blogtown (The Mercury Blog) for posting this crazy video on their blog.

The below video is of a 4-year old playing with two crocodiles, sounds safe, right? 

Saturday Morning Cartoons on Wednesday!? - Week 7

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Wednesday, January 13, 2010 0 comments

Well I apologize for no posting this on well....Saturday, but without further delay I present a new collection of new and old favorites.  Enjoy!

BBC Knowledge from Grandchildren on Vimeo.

Light Forms from Malcolm Sutherland on Vimeo.

Moonboy from MoreFrames on Vimeo.

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