Pisco, a Peruvian alpaca, is seen at San Bartolo Beach in Lima, Peru, on March 16. Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi has spent a decade training dogs to ride on the nose of his surf board, and now is the first to do so with an aplaca. Alpacas, which resemble llamas and have been domesticated for thousands of years, are typically kept in herds in the Andes.
He opened Posada Amazonas to tourists in 1996. By 2016, Peru's indigenous Eseeja community will operate the business by itself.
About 400 Americans and 700 Argentines were among some 2,000 travelers stranded after mudslides cut off train service from Machu Picchu, the mountaintop Incan ruin. US authorities sent four helicopters to bolster rescue efforts.
Men ride a motorcycle and sidecar along a road near Reinosa, northern Spain on Friday. Spain's weather authorities have put out alerts of cold temperatures and snowstorms for several regions in the country.
Peru's growth rate – 9.8 percent – was one of the fastest last year. It's poised to break with neighbors Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador with its center-left but pro-business governments.
On April 26, weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline that resulted from an explosion on a Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Crews are working with robot submarines to activate a shutoff device known as a blowout preventer to close off the flow of oil at the sunken rig's well head. Hundreds of miles of marshes, barrier islands, and white sand beaches are threatened by the approaching oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
A cleaner fish swims out of the mouth of a green moray at the tropical aquarium of the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on Dec. 29.
In recent and upcoming races across Latin America, candidates have dropped a combative left-right discourse, and instead are appealing to a growing ideological center.
Peru lawmaker Keiko Fujimori strongly suggested Wednesday that if she is elected president in 2011, she would pardon her jailed father, former president Alberto Fujimori.