Peru is a country rich in celebration and tradition. With beautiful natural landscapes and terrain that encompasses vast deserts, oceans and mountains, there’s reason enough to toast and dance to this diverse country’s heritage. But narrowing down your ideal Peru festival may be difficult, as there are an estimated 3000 fiestas in Peru each year. Many include religious Roman Catholic affiliation, while others are based on indigenous traditions, where drinking and dancing are plenty. No matter your festival of choice, don’t miss out on our top festival picks during your next trip to Peru!
Last year, we sent three world-class foodies to Peru to get a taste of the place many now consider to be The Gastronomic. Capital of The Americas. Our three foodies were: Gaby Dalkin a chef, recipe developer and the mastermind behind www.whatsgabycooking.com. Adam Pearson is a renowned food stylist, and food photographer Matt Armendariz often shoots his work and is a go-to food photographer for major US brands. The three foodies–and friends–chronicled their Peruvian culinary adventure.
As the weather turns colder and Jack Frost begins nipping at your nose, there’s no better time to start planning your next great escape. If you’re stuck in a snowbird state of mind, one of the most enticing ways to beat the cold is to head south of the equator where the seasons are conveniently opposite the icy north. South America offers a number of intriguing retreats, but to really find forever summer, head to one of the desert regions for an epic warm weathered getaway.
When you’re ready to fly the coop, check out these South American deserts to help beat the winter blahs.
Congratulations to Annie H. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Grand Prize Winner of our Footsteps of The Incas sweepstakes.
The 28-year-old registered nurse, originally from San Francisco, is very comfortable with a backpack loaded on her back. She spent years trekking through the Rocky Mountains, first as a student at the University of Colorado in Bounder, then as a young professional living in Denver.
Photo: Mariano Mantel
If you’re in Peru for the holidays, while the lack of snow may not have it feeling like a magical winter wonderland (technically it’s summer there), Santuranticuy is one surefire way to get in the spirit. A Christmas market held in Cusco on December 24, the fair is the perfect hybrid of Andean culture and local traditions. Translating to “Saints for Sale,” artisans from all over the region gather to sell art, musical instruments, and food to eager customers looking to add some flair to their holiday celebrations. Come with me as we explore Santuranticuy and the Peruvian version of Christmas.