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5 Ways to Enjoy Peru’s Independence Holiday

5 Ways to Enjoy Peru’s Independence Holiday

On 28 and 29 July each year Peru celebrates Fiestas Patrias, the national holidays to commemorate the country’s independence. It’s the biggest holiday in Peru after Christmas and the whole country takes part in the lively festivities. 28 July marks the official day when Jose de San Martin declared Peru’s independence from Spain in 1821. Then 29 July is a day in tribute to the country’s national police and armed forces. If you’re in Peru during Fiestas Patrias, here are our 5 top picks to soak up the atmosphere and…

Corpus Christi in Cuzco: 5 Tips for Enjoying the Festival

Corpus Christi in Cuzco: 5 Tips for Enjoying the Festival

Corpus Christi, a Catholic holiday celebrated worldwide, is very distinct in Cuzco. It’s the city’s most important religious festival and a public holiday in Cuzco, which is celebrated with fervor. It is also the occasion that most exemplifies the synergy between Catholicism and traditional Andean beliefs and customs. The main procession takes place with 15 adorned statues each representing a different parish church. The procession is followed by thousands of people, carrying flowers and offerings. For more details on the nature of the festival, check out our previous blog….

Señor de los Temblores Procession in Cusco

Señor de los Temblores Procession in Cusco

In a country with a depth and complexity of history as Peru, ancient and deep-rooted religious beliefs vie with the official national religion of Catholicism. Add to this the dramatic physical and political impacts of the great earthquake of 1650 and the invasion of the Spanish Conquistadors – and you have the makings of a fantastic spiritual outpouring. Such spirituality manifests every year on the last Monday of March, when the people of Cusco depart from their daily lives for the procession of Señor de los Temblores (Lord…

Bajada de Reyes in Lima and Ollantaytambo

Bajada de Reyes in Lima and Ollantaytambo

Every January 6, Peruvians celebrate Bajada Reyes to conmemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men to the Nativity and the gifts they brought to the newborn baby Jesus from the East shortly after his birth. When Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, he baptized it with the name “City of Kings” because its founding coincided with the day the Three Wise Men set out for Bethlehem, which he viewed as similar to the way he and his crew of conquistadors set out for the colonial capital. In present-day Lima, the…

New Years in Peru: Traditions & Celebrations

New Years in Peru: Traditions & Celebrations

Some countries have one or two New Year’s Eve traditions, but New Year’s in Peru has traditions a dime a dozen. The night before welcoming the New Year, Peruvians stock up on champagne, flowers, and…potatoes? All the traditions are meant to bring good fortune for the upcoming year. Here’s a list of our favorite New Years in Peru traditions — try some of them out to bring luck for next year! New Years in Peru: Traditions Peruvians place three potatoes under a chair or sofa– one peeled, one half-peeled and…

Santuranticuy Cusco Christmas Market

Santuranticuy Cusco Christmas Market

The days before Christmas in Cusco are filled with equal parts excitement, holiday cheer…and crafts projects! Santuranticuy Cusco Christmas Market, one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Peru, is a temporary Christmas market that takes place every year in the Plaza de Armas. Local Festivals in Peru: Santuranticuy Cusco Christmas Market In years prior the event was only held on December 24, but this year the fair will be held on December 23 as well. The market attracts artists from the neighborhood of San Blas in Cusco with those from the…

Hay Festival 2015 in Arequpia

Hay Festival 2015 in Arequpia

Anything that former U.S. President Bill Clinton has described as “Woodstock of the mind” must be illuminative. If its global popularity is any indication, the Hay Festival has certainly lived up to its reputation. The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts began as an annual literary festival held in the town of Hay-on-Wye in Wales. The modern iteration includes a number of performances, film previews, and a children’s festival that runs alongside the main event. Since its inception in 1988, it has expanded internationally, including festivals in Bangladesh,…

The Festival of Cusco Festivals: Corpus Christi

The Festival of Cusco Festivals: Corpus Christi

On Thursday, June 4th 2015, Cusco will celebrate its most important religious procession, Corpus Christi. The oldest religious festival in the Americas is a majestic display of vibrant costumes and passionate ritual, and this year’s procession will mark the 468th uninterrupted Corpus Christi in the city. During this colorful and lively celebration, “Cuzequeñans” of all social and economic groups and classes flood the streets, carrying flowers and other offerings in their hands.  Central to the celebration are the 15 adorned statues representing saints and religious figures perched atop litters for…

Puno’s Extravagant Festival Pays Homage to the Virgin of Candlemas

Puno’s Extravagant Festival Pays Homage to the Virgin of Candlemas

The month of February is filled with festivities and carnivals in many corners of the world; Peru is no exception. The first two weeks of February are replete with colors, music and dancing as people flock to Puno, a city in the Altiplano on Lake Titicaca, to celebrate Puno’s patron saint during La Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria. Candelaria is often compared to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Carnival in Oruro, Bolivia, because of the sheer size of the event, number of participants and the…

Peru Festivals: 2012 Fiesta de la Candelaria de Puno kicks off

Aracari’s Weekly Insight The Question How many different types of dance are on display at this month’s Fiesta de la Candelaria? The Answer One of the largest festivals in South America, there are over 200 styles of dance on display at this months Virgen de la Candelaria festival, held annually in the first two weeks of February. Tens of thousands of dancers and musicians from the various regions of the Peruvian Altiplano descend upon the stadium of the city of Puno on Lake Titicaca to  take part in…