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5 Things to Know about Independence Day in Peru

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Thursday July 25, 2019 - Posted by

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.

 

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…)

12 ways to travel responsibly in Peru

23 Apr
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12 ways to travel responsibly in Peru

At Dos Manos Peru Travel, we like to share 12 tips with you: 12 ways to travel responsibly in Peru. We hope this will help you to practice sustainable tourism, not only in Peru but wherever you go.

Because regardless of where we go, we should always have a responsible attitude. Responsible Travel means traveling in a way that you respect local people of Peru and their culture, economy, environment, and way of living. Check out our tips on how to travel in a responsible, sustainable way in Peru.
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Inside Scoop on Booking Inca Trail Peru

18 Feb
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Inside Scoop on Booking Inca Trail Peru

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular trekking routs in Peru. This is not only because it leads to one of the most visited and renowned Incan sites, Machu Picchu. But also because it lets the trekker discover a landscape full of wonders and beautiful Peruvian nature.

The 43km Inca Trail trek starts in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near the beautiful city of Cusco. From here, the trek to Machu Picchu continues in the magnificent Andes along ancient Inca ruins. While on this incredible journey, trekkers will experience Peruvian biodiversity first-hand as they dive into a variety of microclimates, flora and fauna, typical Andean highlands, as well as the cloud forest of the Amazon.

There are, however, some challenges! Before reaching the site of Machu Picchu, the traveller has to ascend an altitude of 4600 m, climbing over three Andean passes. (more…)

Most Romantic Places in Cusco

13 Feb
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Most Romantic Places in Cusco

for Valentine’s Day, Honeymoon or any other Special Day

Most Romantic Places in Cusco

The old Inca Town Cusco is nowadays a charming city, full of romanticism. It is the perfect destination for couples who are traveling in Peru and who want to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day during their trip, or a Honeymoon, or any other special anniversary or celebration. Due to the wide variety of cozy and nice restaurants, the picturesque, narrow streets, the colorful local people and the amazing scenery, Cusco can be called one of the most romantic cities in South America, without a doubt.

But, where to go in Cusco to make the most out of that amazing romantic event?

Here are the best tips for travelers in Peru staying in Cusco during Valentine’s Day: most romantic places in Cusco. (more…)

Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit

30 Oct
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Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit

If you are traveling in Peru or preparing your trip to Peru, you must have heard about Rainbow Mountain. To many, Rainbow Mountain is, without any doubts, one of the highlights of Peru and one the most beautiful 1-day hikes in the Cusco region. A tour to Rainbow Mountain should definitely be on your Peru bucket list!

However, there are some interesting issues you want to read, before booking the Rainbow Mountain Tour.  In this article, we have listed several pro’s and contras and listed Why Visit Rainbow Mountain and Why NOT Visit Rainbow Mountain.  So, to make the right decision – and, to make the most out of your Rainbow Mountain tour if you decide to go! – read this blog: Rainbow Mountain: To Visit or Not to Visit. (more…)

Six Tips on How to explore Cusco when you’re 55+ or more

03 Oct
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Six Tips on How to explore Cusco when you’re 55+ or more

The stunning city of Cusco in Peru is a place for all kind of travelers!

Many younger travelers enjoy the adventure tours that are offered in Cusco and the nearby the Sacred Valley. Some decide to learn Spanish in Cusco or to do volunteer work in Peru. Most of them enjoy the bars, the cafes and the nightlife of the former Inca Capital.

However, if you want to explore Cusco, you don’t necessarily need to jump off a hill to paraglide over the Sacred Valley or sleep in an overnight bus-seat to make your tight time plan (as many backpackers do….).

Because Cusco is for everyone! So when you are 55+ or more, Cusco is for you! The city and the tourist attractions of Cusco are certainly not only for younger people.

Cusco’s travel industry is prepared for different travelers and time plans. Regarding accommodation, Cusco offers a wide variety! There is an excellent selection of low-budget hostels for the younger crowd, but for the more experienced traveler, there is beautiful high-end international (luxurious) chain hotels as well as charming Bed and Breakfasts and other options to choose from.

So for all of you who are not 18 anymore… here comes the guide with tips to explore Cusco YOUR way or: Six Tips on How to explore Cusco when you’re 55+ or more…
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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Arequipa

04 Sep
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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Arequipa

A few weeks ago, my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip to Arequipa to experience the city and to hike down into the Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world! It was just after the 477th anniversary of the founding of the city by the Spanish and the city was still buzzing from the festivities.

Our time in Arequipa and the surrounding area was remarkable, and we came back with many recommendations. Here are the things you must see and do while in the “white city” of Peru: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time in Arequipa.

1. Explore the Historic Center and Take in the View of the Surrounding Volcanoes

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The 13 Unique & Unmissable Souvenirs to Buy In Peru

29 Jun
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The 13 Unique & Unmissable Souvenirs to Buy In Peru

Peru might be best known for its world-class Inca ruins and picturesque colonial towns, but it’s also a haven for shoppers hoping to find a unique – and affordable – souvenir to take back home.

Traditional Peruvian markets and souvenir shops in cities as far ranging as Lima , Cusco , and Arequipa are excellent places to pick up an all-important keepsake or unique gift for loved ones at home who didn’t have the luck of joining you on your trip.

From traditional Andean textiles to totora reed ornaments, and even a bottle of Peru’s famous brandy liquor, an overwhelming array of Peruvian souvenirs are available. Let us help you narrow down your options with our list of our ultimate favorites.

1. Traditional Alpaca wool clothing

When you first step foot in a Peruvian market, these are likely the thing that immediately catches your eye: elaborately spun textiles made from Alpaca wool dyed in a splendid kaleidoscope of colours.
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6 Practical Tips For Visiting the Best Cusco Markets

16 Feb
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6 Practical Insights to the Best Markets in Cusco

A significant feature of Peruvian culture is its markets and those in Cusco are no exception. If you’ve never visited any of Cusco’s markets (or any in South America for that matter), then you won’t know quite what the assault on the senses they can be.

In places such as the famous San Pedro market in Cusco, expect rows upon rows of stalls and tiny shops filled with everything from fruit and vegetables to special potions for any possible ailment. Against this fury of sights and smells, there’s the constant backdrop of roaring sellers keen to shout you over so that you’ll buy their wars. Many markets also expand to a whole outside shopping center where you can buy various items, have breakfast or lunch, or shop for typical souvenirs. (more…)