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5 Must See Places When Traveling To Peru

For the nature lover at heart, Peru features many landscapes to be explored. From jungles and deserts, to mountains and beaches, the South American country is rich in archaeological sites and biodiversity. It’s also commonly referred to as a bird watcher’s paradise, with over 1,800 species of birds across the country. Additionally, both the colonial city of Cusco and the capital city of Lima are full of night life and delicious local dishes.

However, if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path don’t miss these 5 sites:

1. Machu Picchu

Considered one of the 7 Wonders of the World and the post popular tourist destination in all of Peru, Machu Picchu sits atop the Andes Mountains. Built in 1450 A.D. these ancient Inca ruins were home to more than 500 South American Indians. While there are many ways one can access Machu Picchu, the Inca trail is the most famous. It takes 4 days of hiking and features a stone stairway known as the “Stairs of Death.”

2. The Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon is commonly described as the most biological diverse section of the Amazon Jungle and takes up 60% of Peru. It’s also the 4th largest rain forest in the world and is teeming with exotic animals. Whats more, the Amazon Basin is part of the largest jungle in the world and home to many indigenous tribes, making it one of the most unique places to visit in Peru.

3. Huascaran National Park

Known as the highest tropical mountain range in the world, this protected area is home to many snowy peaks, glaciers and lagoons. Though Huascaran National Park has many hidden gems, the most popular hiking destination is Laguna 69, a breathtaking crystal lake and 1 day trek.

4. Paracas National Reserve

Paracas National Reserve is the only marine protected area in Peru. It’s vast landscapes feature a striking coastal desert, dramatic shoreline, as well as many cliffs and rock formations. Known for it’s wildlife, travelers are likely to see sea lions, seals, penguins, and birds galore.

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5. Rainbow Mountain

Officially named Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountain is a colorful hillside of the Andes. It is the most recent tourist spot on this list as the mountain’s colors actually remained hidden until 2016 when snow melted away to reveal a rainbow. The vivid colors are formed by weathering and sedimentary mineral layers exposed by erosion.

At Number8, our development team travels throughout Peru for both business and pleasure.  If you are interested in learning more about our company, and what we do in Peru, give us a call at (502) 890-7665 today!

Fruits of Labor

Costa Rica's important cropsCosta Rica declared a national emergency in December of 2013 due to a plague of cocchineal scale bugs. Costa Rica is one of the world’s top producers of bananas, and the army of insects put over half a billion dollars of exports at risk.

We at Prosoft Nearshore are pulling for the farmers, landowners, and people of Costa Rica to recover. It has been reported by the Costa Rican Phytosanitary Servce that up to 20% of their crop for the coming year is at risk.

It’s unfortunate that Costa Rica’s own proactive measures may have encouraged the infestation. Recognizing the risk to their gorgeous indigenous ecosystems, Costa Rica clamped down on the use of insecticide in 2012. By trying to be environmentally responsible, the Costa Ricans may have courted an economic problem. But trade officials claim that there is no intention of resuming the dangerous use of heavy insecticides.

It is important to know that the bananas themselves aren’t compromised, merely their appearance. But foreign consumers are reluctant to purchase crops of bananas with unsightly brown peels. It is short-sighted, but the fact remains that Americans in particular are hesitant to purchase anything that doesn’t look familiar. Even when the product itself is perfectly normal.

Bananas and coffee are Costa Rica’s two biggest exports. But more and more, the nation is importing business. By having multiple universities specializing in software development, many companies like Prosoft Nearshore are recognizing the value of outsourcing software development positions to Central American countries like Costa Rica.

Prosoft Nearshore wishes all the best to the wonderful people of Costa Rica as they deal with this environmental issue. We also salute the government and economic officials who are dealing with the problem quickly and responsibly. Hopefully, the financial benefit of nearshore outsourcing will help them weather this storm of insects.

2014 World Cup in Brazil

World CupWith Brazil hosting the World Cup this summer, the eyes of the international soccer community will be focused on South America. The greatest “football” teams in the world will be on display as they battle for supremacy. Stars from the nations of Europe, Asia, and Latin America will battle perennial South American contenders like Columbia, Argentina, Uruguay and host nation Brazil for the right to hoist the Cup.

There has been a great deal of controversy about whether the Brazillians have the necessary infrastructure to host the tournament properly. Fears that South American nations lack the type of development that wealthy sponsors and fans expect have run rampant. Hotels, stadiums, and even roads have all been reported behind schedule. Software projections show many necessary building sites need to drastically speed up the pace of construction. With the event fast approaching, some experts expect the tournament to be marred by disappointing conditions.

The World Cup hasn’t been held in South America since 1978 in Argentina and it seemed like a positive development when FIFA chose Brazil to host in 2014. It could be seen as a black eye for the entire continent if the tournament is deemed a failure. The World Cup hosting hopes of Argentina, Uruguay, or even North America’s Mexico could be materially damaged.

The eyes of the world will be on Brazil as they welcome the world into their backyard. We here at Prosoft Nearshore have learned a lot about soccer since we opened our office in Costa Rica in 2008. We now have 50 associates in Costa Rica, Honduras and Bolivia who will be cheering on their respective national teams this year, in addition to us in the U.S.. Good luck in 2014!