Tuesday June 21, 2016
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Inti Raymi, or Festival of the Sun, will take place this Friday, June 24th in Cusco, Peru. This is a celebration that the Incas observed every year, and the Cusco locals continue in their tradition.

As Cusco was the capital of the Incan Empire, the city held much significance, so this important festival was practiced here. The Inti Raymi festival is very similar to the New Years celebrations that we have at the beginning of January.

The Incas chose to celebrate at this time of the year because it marks the end of the harvest period and the start of the vernal equinox. (more…)

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Peru Celebrates Labor Day

Tuesday May 03, 2016
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The National Institute of Statistics and Information announced that approximately 15,918,900 Peruvians participated in the celebrations of Labor Day on Sunday, May 1st.

A survey was recently taken to examine the expansion in the working population in the past 5 years. It was discovered that the male working population increased by 6.5% and the female working population increased by 4.2%.

Particularly in urban areas, the working population has greatly increased. In fact, it expanded by 9.6%. (more…)

Gran Teatro Nacional to honor Mother’s Day and Pachamama

Tuesday April 26, 2016
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On May 6th, 2016, the Gran Teatro Nacional will be hosting an event called, ‘’Pachamama: Canto y Rito a la madre’’ (Pachamama: Chant and Rite to mothers) in Lima. More than 40 talented artists will participate in this production with the intent to honor Pachamama and the many mothers around the world.

Violinist Ándres Chimango Lares, one of Peru’s most famous musicians, will be leading the event. Other musicians include Jaime Guardia, Manual Silva ‘Pinchincucha’, Porfirio Ayvar, Riber Oré, and numerous Andean artists.
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Pisco sour festival

Wednesday February 10, 2016
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Every first Saturday of February Peru celebrates the official Pisco Sour Day. And on this occasion the ‘Pisco Sour Fest Costa Verde’ took place in Lima at Marbella beach. During this festival over 3000 people participated.

This festival is all about the possible different mixes of the popular Peruvian drink Pisco Sour. Barmen from the best discos and the best bars in Peru come to the festival to show their varied mixes.

Spicy Sour, Sami Sour, Green Tea Sour and Limo Sour were the most popular fusions; those drinks stood out because of their uniqueness and originality. (more…)

Careful with Carnaval!

Tuesday February 09, 2016
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Carnaval is probably the only festival on earth where it is acceptable to launch water balloons at random strangers and spray them mercilessly with shaving cream.

This type of behavior can be found in numerous places around Peru, such as Cajamarca, Huaraz, Iquitos, Cusco and Puno during the month of February as Peruvians celebrate Carnaval with all sorts of festivities.

In the past, water balloons have been prohibited by authorities during Carnaval. However, people seem to ignore such prohibitions and continue to use the water bombs as ammunition. (more…)

Festival of the Virgen Asunta of Coya

Friday August 07, 2015
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The festival of the Virgen Asunta takes place next week on the 15th of August. And as Peru continues work to honor and preserve its cultural heritage, it has been announced that among others, the festival of the Virgen Asunta has been declared a national heritage. It is been given the title as it involves the whole population of the district of Coya, who express profound devotion to the festival, which in turn strengthens community ties.

The origins of the festival of the Virgen Asunta can be traced back to 1753 when three images of the virgin were sent from Spain one for each of the three towns of Coya, Calca and Pisac. (more…)

Festival de Vicuñas in Peru

Tuesday June 23, 2015
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This week, the Chaccu National 2015 or the Fiesta de la Vicuña will be held in the Pampa Galeras National Reserve, that hosts the biggest population of vicuñas in Peru.

One of the objectives of the festivities is to seek protection and to promote the conservation of the camelid.

Once the vicuñas were used for production of cloths of the elite Incas and they were capture by the ancestaral “Chaccu”, technique: a big group of people would corral the vicunas and storn them to use the fur. Afterwards they were released back in nature. (more…)

Holy Week in Ayacucho

Thursday April 02, 2015
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Lots of Peruvians and tourists visit the Andean town of Ayacucho to celebrate Holy week. Ayacucho is famous for putting on an extra special celebration for the week of Semana Santa by carpeting the streets with flower art. There are massive street processions with the icons of saints being carried over the carpets of flowers. The festivities reach their peak with a candlelit procession followed by a firework display on the Saturday before Easter but besides this there are also many other things going on like art shows concerts and even cookery competitions.

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Peru promotes Ecotourism

Tuesday February 10, 2015
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Since the 4th of February until the 12th of February, the municipality of Marcona is hosting the 15th edition of the Marcona’s Tourist Week.

Marcona is situated in the Ica Region and with this tourist campaign; the town gives tourists the chance to get to know the Guano Islands and Capes National Reserve System. Their objective is to promote these natural protected areas as the perfect destination for nature, adventure and culture.
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Peruvian cuisine highlight in China-Peru Food Festival

Friday November 14, 2014
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On Wednesday Ollanta Humula, Peru’s President, officially opened the Gastronomic Festival “Los Sabores y Colores del Perú” (Peru’s Flavors and Colors) in Beijing. Traditional Peruvian dishes and desserts were served.

At the event, Humula said: “The gastronomy is another of Peru’s strengths. Food unifies us. It is one of mankind’s most ancient elements for socializing. Peru provides the best of his cuisine to share with the whole world.”

The trip was also organized to strengthening bonds between Peru and China. (more…)

Traveling Festival of Indigenous Film in Lima

Thursday November 13, 2014
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Mid November the traveling Festival of Indigenous Film will come to Lima. It has been on the road since August and visited various cities. Now it is coming to Lima in the light of the upcoming COP 20 and COP Indigena conferences.
The festival will feature films, music and forums from indigenous organizations.

The indigenous film festival starts with a film produced by the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest organization (AIDESEP). Also films from Nicaragua, Honduras, Brasil, Perú, Indonesia, Ghana and Liberia will be shown. (more…)

Rock band U2 to Peru in 2015

Tuesday September 16, 2014
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After visiting Peru in 2012, lead singer Bono of U2 is coming back in 2015. This time he is bringing the other band members with him. The Irish rock band is planning a concert in Peru.

The Universal Music Group made the announcement that the band will go on a world tour next year. U2 will also appear in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. The three countries mentioned were visited by the band before in 2011. This time Peru is added to the list. No exact dates or locations have yet been announced.
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