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5 Things to Know about Independence Day in Peru

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5 Things to Know about Independence Day in Peru

Independence Day in Peru – Most countries who celebrate their independence from another nation will do it in one single glorious day. Well, not in Peru! That´s right, Peru will celebrate their upcoming independence from Spanish rule over the course of two days, on July 28th and 29th. As the Spanish conquest and subsequent rule is such a big part of Peruvian history, it made sense that one day would not be enough. The second day (July 29th) is actually meant to pay respect to the armed forces and national police of Peru. Together, the two days comprise the “Fiestas Patrias”, or national festivities.

All national festivities and celebrations are always mayor events in Peru. But no tourist, or Peruvian, should miss out on celebrating Fiestas Patrias. Having said that, here are five things you need to know about Peruvian independence and the festivities surrounding the celebrations on those days.


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  1. The Fight for Peru´s Independence Was the Last of the Spanish American Wars of Independence

    Peru´s battle for independence can be said to have begun many years prior with the rebellion of Tupac Amaru II in the late 1700s, but the official battles were led by two men, José de San Martín from Argentina who was the initial leader of the campaign, and Simón Bolívar from Venezuela who eventually took over. Both men believed that for there to be true stability and independence from Spain in their home countries, they needed to secure freedom for the entire continent of South America. José de San Martín, An Argentine general, declared independence for Peru on July 28, 1821, but it was not until the decisive Battle of Ayacucho in 1824 led by Antonio José de Sucre that Peru had successfully secured their independence, as well as that of the whole continent.


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  2. The President of Peru Delivers a Message to the Nation Every Independence Day

    Every year on July 28th, the president of Peru issues a message to the people and, if it is an election year, is also sworn in as president. In this message, deemed the “Address to the Nation for the National Holidays,” the president describes the economic, social and cultural achievements made by the country over the previous year and then delivers the projections for the achievements to come. The president first attends Te Deum Mass, an important part of the festivities that is held by the Archbishop of Lima.


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  3. Parades, Or “Desfiles,” are a Common Sight As a Way To Celebrate Throughout Peru

    Parades occur frequently on Peruvian streets on every major (or sometimes minor!) holidays, and those of Independence Day are some of the best of the year. The most famous parade in Peru on July 28 is called the “Gran Corso” and consists of live bands, long dragon ensembles and costumed performers that make their way down the streets of Lima. The next day, the Great Military Parade of Peru celebrating the anniversary of the country´s declaration of independence is held in Lima, as members of the Peruvian Armed Forces and the National Police of Peru march through the city. The parade is presided over by the President of Peru, the Congress of the Republic of Peru, members of the Council of Ministers of Peru, and other invited guests. The parade formally marks the end of Independence Day festivities nationwide.


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  4. “La Causa a la Limeña” A Typical Peruvian Dish, Played a Major Role in the Fight For Independence

    José de San Martín, in an attempt to raise money to fund the fight for independence, encouraged people to cook what they could find in their kitchens and sell their dish. What they came up with became known as “la causa a la limeña” with “la causa” meaning the cause for independence.  The dish, now a popular one in the Peruvian cuisine, consists of things that were found in almost all Peruvian´s homes during this period in history (and still today): potatoes, vegetables, salt, pepper and lemon.

    Today´s causa a la limeña typically consist of these same staple ingredients along with avocado, tomato and a touch of chicken or seafood is normally thrown in.


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  5. A Brief Explanation Of The Three National Symbols Of Peru That Highlight Several Aspects Of Their Independence

    Coat of Arms (Escudo de Armas) – The first version of the coat of arms was designed by José de San Martín. In this version, the sun was shown rising over the Andes Mountains, an allusion to the natives´ worship of Inti, the sun god, and the importance of the mountains, or apus, which also acted as gods. A later version was designed by Simón Bolívar and Congress and is very similar to the version used today. In this version, the national animal of Peru, the vicuña, is featured on a light-blue background representing the fauna of Peru. The vicuña is followed by a cinchona tree, whose quinine served as a powerful anti-malaria drug. Both of these symbols sit above a cornucopia of gold, a symbol of the rich mineral resources of the Peru.

    National Flag (Bandera Nacional) – While the flag of Peru has undergone several changes throughout the years, the current flag of Peru is somewhat of an amalgam of several designs used previously. The current flag contains two vertical red stripes on the outer edges, representing the blood shed by those who fought for the country´s independence, and one white vertical stripe in the middle that represents peace and bravery. In the middle is the coat of arms, as described before, that embodies the rich mineral resources, national animal and cinchona tree. The first design, just like the coat of arms, was conceptualized by José de San Martín while later versions were created by other important members of the army, including Bolívar. At one point, the Peruvian flag resembled the Spanish flag to such an extent that it created confusion and made distinction between the two armies difficult!

    National Anthem (Himno Nacional) – After declaring independence, José de San Martín called on all professors of poetry and composers to submit their ideas. Upon hearing the version created by José Bernardo Alcedo and José  de la Torre Ugarte, de San Martín stood up and exclaimed, “without a doubt, this is the National Anthem of Peru!” Many years later at the turn of the 20th century, the lyrics went through a slight alteration as some viewed them as antagonistic towards Spain, then an ally of Peru. This change was later reversed, and today´s version is similar to the first with minor differences.

    Now you know all about Fiestas Patrias in Peru, the National Independence Days and you’re ready to celebrate. Wherever you are in Peru, during the Independence Celebrations, you will have a great time with full of music, fireworks, food and drink. Don’t miss out!

 

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If you happen to be in southern Peru, both Cusco and Arequipa are great places to celebrate Fiestas Patrias. The White city of Arequipa, once the capital of Peru, is considered the seat of traditional Peruvian Criollo culture and was the original home of the Independence movement against Spain, while at first, Lima remained fairly loyal to the Spanish Empire until its liberation.

For more info about Tours in Arequipa  or contact our trip advisors for more information to plan your time in Peru.

 

What’s best: Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) or Palccoyo?

14 Jun
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What’s best: Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) or Palccoyo?

Many travellers in Peru have heard about the famous Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, but a new tour name is emerging on the market radar: Palccoyo, also known as the Alternative Rainbow Mountain. If you are wondering what’s the best option for you and you question the differences and the pros and cons of each tour, this article is for you!  In this blog, we would like to explain some of the differences between the two tours and what you can expect. This will help you to decide what tour to check off your bucket list and see what’s best: Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) or Palccoyo?

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21 Best Things to Do On Your Next Trip To Lima

27 Feb
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21 Best Things to Do On Your Next Trip To Lima

Of all the places to visit in Peru, Lima has to be somewhere near the top of your list – if only because you’ll definitely be passing through its airport. But it’s well worth a stopover, particularly as there is a wealth of things to do in Lima, Peru’s capital city. Join us as we run through the top 21 Best Things to Do on your Next trip to Lima; they will allow you to experience this multifaceted city from all different angles, starting with its elegant colonial heart and even older Inca ruins, through to its modern side full of delicious cuisine and unmissable nightlife Those are Lima’s 21 best tourist attractions.

 

  1. Explore Lima’s picturesque heart in the Plaza Mayor

    This is where it all began: Plaza Mayor, in the city’s old center. It’s not hard to notice that the buildings surrounding the square are pretty old. The Cathedral was built in the 18th-century, although the original building here dated back to 1535. (more…)

The Peru Rainforest: 6 Amazing Reasons to Choose the Amazon

04 Feb
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The Peru Rainforest: 6 Amazing Reasons to Choose the Amazon

When you think of the Amazon jungle, Brazil probably springs to mind. Containing around 60% of this rainforest, this South American country might seem like the obvious choice for a trip to discover the secrets of the jungle. But the Peruvian rainforest actually makes a compelling alternative. Not only is it far more accessible, but it’s also home to an incredible array of wildlife and indigenous culture. Find out why the Peru rainforest should be your introduction to the Amazon jungle by reading:

 

6 Amazing Reasons to Choose the Amazon in Peru

1. Peru has little competition when it comes to biodiversity

In global terms, Peru is considered a megadiverse country. This stems from its extraordinary richness of flora and fauna, containing approximately 10% of the world’s flora species – despite covering only 0.9% of the world’s territory. (more…)

How to NOT be a Typical Tourist in Cusco

06 Dec
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How to NOT be a Typical Tourist in Cusco

The beautiful city of Cusco received over 3 million tourists in 2018 and can thus call itself a booming tourist destination in Peru. In the city center you can visit many restaurants, cozy cafes, travel agencies and clubs to meet the needs of the travelers. However, this is not the life that the local people of Cusco live. The local life can be more intriguing, more authentic and best of all: it’s cheaper. This blog will help you to see Cusco through the eyes of the locals and will show you How to NOT be a typical Tourist in Cusco.

Ever Seen a Local Eating in the Historical Center of Cusco?

If you are traveling in Peru, you have plenty opportunities to eat and drink amazing Peruvian food. In the historical city center of Cusco you find amazing and trendy restaurants for different budgets. However, even in the cheaper places you find prices adjusted to the tourists instead of to the locals. Therefore, you won’t see many locals eating in these downtown restaurants. (more…)

Perfect Peru Itineraries for One Week or Ten Days Travel

29 Nov
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Perfect Peru Itineraries for One Week or Ten Days Travel

With its dramatic ruined Inca fortresses, golden coastline and rugged mountains aching to be hiked, Peru has plenty to keep you busy on a backpacking trip or vacation. Whether you’re planning on spending one week in the country, ten days or more, we’ve got the perfect Peru itinerary for you.

Peru itinerary 10 days

With this 10 day Peru itinerary, it’s possible to explore the delights of Peru’s colonial capital, Lima, head down the coast to the wildlife reserve off the shores of Paracas, fly over the Nazca lines, watch Andean condors soaring over the Colca Canyon, explore the city of the Inca – Cusco – before dawn at the world-renowned ruins of Machu Picchu. (more…)

How to stay safe while traveling in Peru

27 Nov
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How to stay safe while traveling in Peru.  —-  From the friendliness of it’s people, to the natural beauty and range of activities — Peru captivates it’s travelers. To ensure you make the most out of your trip in Peru while exploring exciting destinations such as Cusco, Machu Picchu or the Amazon rainforest.  For people traveling in groups, couples or friends or (female) solo travelers, here are some tips to help you stay safe and enjoy the culture while traveling in Peru.

 

Be carefull on the streets

It is important to always be aware of traffic in Peru. When out in the streets of LimaCusco, or any other city, be careful and look both ways before crossing the street. Do not assume that vehicles will yield to pedestrians. In general, pedestrians are expected to yield to traffic. Be cautious: many vehicles follow their own rules.

 

Money in Peru

Small change in Peru is essential. Larger bills are not accepted in certain areas. There are many locations in the cities capable of breaking change or exchanging foreign currency.  Some credit and debit cards are not accepted. The most common credit or debit card accepted is Visa but there is a surcharge. Some places accept MasterCard. Additionally, hold on to your wallet especially when visiting the black markets like El Molino or el Baratillo, in Cusco.
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When’s the Best Time to Visit Peru? A Month-By-Month Guide

20 Sep
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When’s the Best Time to Visit Peru? A Month-By-Month Guide

The best time to visit Peru depends completely on which part of the country you plan on exploring. Peru can be divided into three main areas when it comes to the country’s average climate: the coast, the Amazon Jungle and the Andes Mountains – the latter of which being the location of Machu Picchu.

As a result, it’s hard to give an exact idea of the average weather in Peru as it varies significantly across the country; this country covers around 1.285 million square kilometres, making it just a bit smaller than the state of Alaska.

But there are distinct variations in weather and temperatures between the different parts of Peru, meaning there are certain months when it’s better to visit a particular region. (more…)

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Lake Titicaca

29 Aug
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Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Lake Titicaca

 

With its perfectly azure waters and affinity with the sky that seems so close above, Lake Titicaca has long enthralled those who live on its banks.

Considered the “birthplace of the sun” by the Inca and still regarded as a spiritual, sacred place, it’s a unique stop along the tourist circuit of Peru. Tours to Lake Titicaca allow visitors to learn more about the lake’s fascinating spiritual history and even meet the waters’ inhabitants, whose way of lives have changed little in the last millennia.

What exactly is Lake Titicaca?

Lake Titicaca (Lago Titicaca) is a lake in Peru and Bolivia that is the highest navigable body of water in the world. It’s home to a number of islands, both manmade and natural, where unique Peruvian cultures and traditions still flourish. (more…)

Choquequirao: trek to so-called Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu

04 Jun
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Choquequirao: Trek to so-called Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu

Only a 4-hour bus ride away from the city of Cusco you can find the amazing Inca ruins of Choquequirao, another “lost city of the Inca’s.” Choquequirao is bigger than Machu Picchu but almost “undiscovered” (like any other remote part of the Andes here in Peru). While the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is so popular that it is very hard to get Inca Trail Tickets, we could not join a group of hikers to do the Choquequirao Trek, simply because there were no groups available for the date we wanted to go. Unlike Machu Picchu, Choquequirao (or Choqueqirow) was not thoroughly explored and excavated until the 1970’s.

How it is possible that Machu Picchu has 1,4 million visitors every year and Choquequirao only 5,5 thousand? The answer lies in the remoteness of this archaeological site. Of course, this is what makes it so unique too. During the Choquequirao Trek, you will get a more intense feeling of achievement; and, at the same time, an immense appreciation of Peruvian nature. How it is possible the Incas have built this magnificent city here, at this incredible location in the saddle of a high Andean ridge, 3000, above sea level and 1,500 meters above the roaring waters of the Apurimac River? The Sacred or the Lost Sister City of Machu Picchu – as Choquequirao is often called – is only accessible through an (at least) 4-day hike through the beautiful mountains and valley passing over the wild Apurimac river. (more…)