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Unique Two Day Tour: visit Qoyllur Riti Festival in Peru

21 May
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Única Excursión de Dos días: Visita el Festival de Qoyllor Riti en Perú
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Unique Two day Tour: Visit Qoyllur Riti Festival in Peru
Travelers in Peru have the opportunity to participate in a unique event that takes place from May 31 till June 2nd 2015. Come and climb to the shrine in the Ausangate Pass with approximately 10,000 local pilgrims to celebrate Qoyllur Rit’i! Ignore the low temperatures and the altitude (4700meters!) for this spiritual festivity with music, colorful costumes and dance. A group of Dos Manos Travel will be there. Join us!

Description Trip to Qoyllur Rit’i
On the first day of our Trip to Qoyllur Rit’i we travel by bus from Cusco to Mahuayani (a four hour drive), where the 8 kilometer hike or pilgrimage starts. While hiking up, you will see that the local people make their way up
with images of Jesus (and often, other icons) while they chant and drum as they forge higher on the glacier bowl. (more…)

Easter Sunday in Peru

03 Apr
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Easter Sunday in Peru

A Tour of Ayacucho and Arequipa

Easter Sunday in Peru is subdued in comparison to the grander celebrations and processions of Semana Santa, or Holy Week, which takes place the week before Easter Sunday. Most families attend a procession, mass, and then quietly spend the rest of the time at home with each other. Like many travelers in Peru note, the Semana Sata celebration in Peru a far cry from the commercialized Easter of chocolate bunnies and frantic egg hunts found in the U.S. and Europe. In Peru, Easter Sunday is a time to spend quietly with family.

In towns and cities across Peru such as Cusco, Arequipa and Ayacucho, you can find processions and different iterations of the Catholic celebration mixed with local cultures and traditions.
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Visiting Inka Museum in Cusco

09 Jan
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Visiting Inka Museum in Cusco: a great idea if you tired of visiting one Inca ruin after another. In Cusco this is very well possible as there are so many of them! In between ruins, we have a different idea if you want to learn more about the Inka and Pre-Inka cultures in Peru, how those people lived, and what they used for daily life?

We highly recommend a visit to the Inka Museum of Cusco, also called the Archaeological Museum of Cusco.

Located one block from the Plaza de Armas the museum is located in an old building from the early 17th century, built on old Inca foundations. The building gives you an idea of the beautiful colonial architecture in Cusco.  Back in time, the beautiful house was the palace of Admiral Francisco Aldrete Maldonado, therefore also called the Admiral’s House (Casa del Admirante). (more…)

Peruvian cuisine: Lomo Saltado

02 Jul
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Peruvian cuisine: Lomo Saltado
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When traveling in Peru you will be able to enjoy and try the amazing Peruvian cuisine. One of those very famous Peruvian dishes, next to the typical Peruvian fish-dish called “ Ceviche”, is the so called “ Lomo Saltado”. You will find this on the menu of the mayority, not to say all Peruvian restaurnants (with exception of the vegetarian ones). Lomo Saltado is also a dish people like to prepare at home, for their friends and families. The basic ingredient of this dish are slices of sirloin meat and it is served together with onions, fried potatoes, tomatoes and rice. The slices meat, mostly sirloin meat or beef tenderloin, are being marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and pepper. After this French fries, (red) onions, tomatoes and fresh parsley are added. It’s served with white rice and it’s the favorite dish of many people in Peru.
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Celebrating Semana Santa in Cusco, Peru

03 Apr
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Celebrating Semana Santa in Cusco, Peru
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Semana Santa or Holy Week is one of the celebrations you do not want to miss whenever you travel to Cusco, Peru. Cusco has a unique way of remembering this very important time of year. Semana Santa takes place from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It celebrates the week of Jesus´ death, burial and resurrection. While Cusco observes many of the same traditions as many other Latin American countries during this week, it also has its own customs.

On Monday, Cusco honors its city´s patron, El Señor de los Temblores or Lord of the Earthquakes . This patron is extremely important to the people of Cusco because of their belief that this statue of Christ calmed an earthquake in 1650. As the statue was being removed from the church to protect it, the earthquake stopped. From that point on the statue was called Señor de los Temblores. During the procession, the dark image is dressed in nice clothing and decorated in ñucchu flowers, which are said to symbolize the blood of Christ. As it goes through the main streets of Cusco, the people toss the ñucchu flowers at the image. (more…)

Feast of the adoration of the Magi

06 Jan
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The Catholic feast known as the “Epiphany of the lord – the adoration of the Magi” is better known in Peru as “The Descent of Kings“, “Easter of Kings” or “the Visit of Kings“. This Catholic feast day evoked the three wise men Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, who went from the East to Bethlehem, guided by a star, in order to honor and give offerings to the future King of the Jews (Jesus).

In Peru, formerly the feast of “Descent of Kings” had a different connotation. Originally, it was not at all related to gifts as it is now. In times past, on the 6th January each ornament and figure of nativities was dismounted to be saved until the next Christmas. During this celebration, a “Godfather” for each image was chosen, who, after waiting his turn in a row, had to take the sculpture of the nativity to be saved it, and then he had to give an amount of money. Especially the Godfathers of the main figures took pains to give a significant amount as the amount donated was announced aloud to the audience attending this rite. All this celebration culminated with a big family party.
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The Day of the Innocents In Peru

28 Dec
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The Latin American equivalent of April Fools’ Day is known as “The Day of the Innocents” and it is celebrated on December 28. “El día de los inocentes”, as it is called in Spanish, is originally a Catholic remembrance of a biblical fact: for many years the Church used to commemorate the killing of male infants under the age of two in the village of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16-18), in Judea.

The origin of what’s now the popular celebration of the “day of the (Holy) Innocents” on December 28 dates back to the middle ages, when the day of the mourning for the killing of innocent children remained intact until the people started to celebrate another rite called “feast of fools’. On this day everything was allowed and guilt could not fall on anybody. It is said that those celebrations were so chocking that the Church, in an effort to calm the eccentricities of its participants, decided to match the mourning with the fools’ day, on December 28. And thus began the pagan-religious union of these festivities as it is still known today.

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Typical Peruvian Christmas markets and “El Niño Manuelito”

20 Dec
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The child Jesus Manuelito
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Typical Peruvian Christmas markets and “El Niño Manuelito”

As you walk around in the streets of Cusco the days before Christmas visiting the typical Christmas markets, you will notice something that characterizes all Peruvian Christmas handicrafts: you will see many stands with the images of a baby, or a young boy, mostly with tears in his eyes and a sad expression. The boy is called “Manuelito”  – and there are many of them! It’s more, there are also stands that ‘repair’ “niños Manuelitos” and others, where you can buy different clothes for him!

According to the seventeenth-century chronicles, the Spanish priests taught the Indian people of the Peruvian highlands that the prophet Isaiah announced that a virgin would give birth to a child named Emmanuel (God with us). Throughout the years the phonetic degeneration was responsible for the transformation from Emmanuel to Manuel, a name which prevails until the present days.
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