Music and dances of the Yampara culture

The Pujllay and Ayarichi performances in Bolivia are very important to the Yampara culture and its connection to nature. In the rainy season, the Pujllay ritual celebrates abundance and fertility of Mother Nature. An altar is built in the yards of the houses and is covered with leaves, fruits, and food. On the other hand, the Ayarichi dance is celebrated in the dry season and is dedicated to Catholic saints.

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South America’s only bear

andean_bear_thumbThe Andean bear can be found in Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia. It is the only bear species in South America and its numbers are dwindling. In Peru, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel has set aside land as a rescue and conservation center for the bears and their habitat, the forest.


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  1. How many names does the Andean bear have? Explain the origin of the different names.
  2. The Andean bear is an endangered species. How many bears can be found in the whole of South America? What are citizens and biologists doing in Machu Picchu (Peru)?
  3. Are there any endangered species in your home country? Do some research online if needed.

Come explore…South America

south_america_map_thumbWatch the following video and pay attention to some facts and highlights from South America’s countries and cities.




  1. Write down the names of all countries and cities mentioned in the video.
  2. Which place in South America would you love to visit? Explain why.
  3. If you had to work on a similar video about the United States, which ten unique places would you highlight and why?

Gastronomía solidaria

gastro_thumbClaus Meyer, maestro danés de la gastronomía, formará con el programa Manq’a (“comida”, en aymara) en tres años a alrededor de 3.000 muchachos y muchachas que cuentan con pocas oportunidades laborales en la ciudad de El Alto, una de las más empobrecidas de Bolivia.

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  1. ¿Cómo se llama el restaurante de Claus Meyer, y qué premio ha recibido?
  2. ¿A qué se refiere el dicho danés “quien tiene hombros más grandes, tiene mayores obligaciones con el resto”? ¿Cómo lo pone en práctica Meyer?
  3. Al final del artículo, Meyer menciona a una persona que ha contribuido a dar a conocer la cocina peruana.  ¿Quién y por qué?