Christmas Traditions in Peru

Christmas in Peru like in most countries it is a very special moment for the families to get together and celebrate. For some are cooking a super special dinner using ingredients depending on the region (Andes, Coast, Amazon), the cultures and the social-economical backgrounds they have their own tradition Christmas dishes, and for others follow the Christian Traditions celebrating it day by day with Misas de Gallo (Rooster Mass)

Christmas Traditions and Christmas Celebrations in Peru:
On December 24 it is the main day, whilst on th 25th it is an opportunity to visit family and eat leaftovers from the day before, open presents or a family day out.

One of the most common traditions is the revelation of Christ. For this event, it is a small baby statue of Jesus covered with a blanket and the take out at midning that means te birth of Jesus Christ then have an special Christmas dinner. Then at nigh Santa Claus leaves the presents and very early in the morning open their presents and have a traditional hot chocolate with paneton.

Prepare yourself to a Hot Peruvian Christmas this year, with temperatures raising 30° C and over in the Coast and 22C in the andes, this is a perfect opportunity to celebrate on Machu Picchu or Titicaca Lake or Colca Canyon, the Amazon Jungle or the Peruvian Beaches. If you require more information about our Christmas Tour Packages just visit 

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This is your guide to celebrate Christmas in Peru and Machu Picchu, all traditions, celebrations, tour ideas, activities and more.

Marine Reserves of the Americas

The Galapagos National Park is perhaps the most famous marine reserve in South America and was established in 1959. It was Ecuador’s first national park and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Galapagos Islands are in fact an archipelago made up of 13 main volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets lying approximately 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador. As a marine reserve it has legal protection against fishing or development and helps sustain the many species of plant and animal that inhabit its area as well as help protect marine habitats including coral reefs, cold ocean currents and mangrove swamps. The waters around the Galapagos Islands are home to over 3000 different plant and animal species and on the islands the world famous giant tortoises rule the scrubland.

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Amazon Cruises in Peru

Imagine experiencing the Peruvian jungle and its rich ecosystem from the comfort of your own luxury cabin. So pick your favorite cruise and go explore the immense Amazon Rainforest where you can observe several hundred different endemic plant and animal species. There is simply nothing left to do but to pack your bags and make your pick. The most popular cruise is along the Amazon River which has its point of origin in Peru where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers come together. It is one of the longest rivers in the world and contains around 20% of the world’s fresh water, which means that it holds more water than any other river in the world. Seguir leyendo Amazon Cruises in Peru

Peru, A Paradise for Bird Watching

Peru is a country of great diversity, possessing 87 out of the world’s 104 climate zones, including the world’s most rich oceanic current and most extensive tropical mountains. The country reaches from dry deserts to the second wettest area of the earth, making Peru a natural and nurturing breading place for birds. With over 1,804 registered species (approximately 20% of the world’s total), 300 of which are endemic, the country is home to more bird species than North America and Europe combined, making it an unparalleled paradise for birdwatchers. Seguir leyendo Peru, A Paradise for Bird Watching

Peruvian lost cities among the top 8 in the world

The top 8 most interesting and fascinating lost cities of the world have recently been selected and published by, an international news portal for travel trade professionals. Included in the list are 3 remarkable Peruvian archeological sites, counting the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu characterized by the website as the worlds’ most famous lost city, followed by the city of Chan Chan located in Northern Peru and described as the largest pre-Colombian city in the Americas.
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Peruvian Gastronomy for social development

Peru has in recent years become world famous for its unique cuisine consisting of interesting fusions that excites and spoils your pallet. However, not only has the cuisine secured Peru the award as the number one culinary destination in the world in 2013, but it also helped create social development. One of the men aiding the promotion of the culinary arts as a social development tool is the famous Peruvian chef, Gastin Acurio who explains his motivation as follows: “In Peru, one out of ten young people have the good fortune to receive a great education. Seguir leyendo Peruvian Gastronomy for social development

Arequipa – The White City

The second largest city in Peru is Arequipa, but even with a population of about 700,000 people it still has the feel and charm of a small town. It was founded in 1540 close to the coast in order to enable the citizens to trade products from Cusco with Lima. Since the beginning, Arequipa has been commonly referred to as “The white city”, as most of the city is constructed from white volcanic rocks, sillar originating from one of the spectacular surrounding volcanos, the Misti, which is still active at 5822m, the extinct Chachani at 6075m and the Picchu Picchu at 5557m. These white rocks give the city a majestic aspect which has earned it another nick name as the “The beautiful city”. Seguir leyendo Arequipa – The White City

First Luxury Boutique Hotel to Open in Lima

The First Luxury Boutique Hotel in Lima has recently opened its doors. The hotel in question is the Arts Boutique Hotel B. On April the 20th 2013 this charming hotel opened up in the bohemian art district of Barranco, located by the coast. Based in a restored historic mansion from 1914, this hotel reflects the classic and the contemporary, thereby showcases the rich cultural heritage and interesting colonial architecture of Peru with a modern twist. Bringing the Belle Epoque Mansion back to life were the best Peruvian Architects and art dealers from the Fine Arts Academy as well as an Italian wood carver, who did an amazing job that the project have become a benchmark for historic restoration. Seguir leyendo First Luxury Boutique Hotel to Open in Lima

The 5 best Peruvian Forests

Peru is one of the richest countries in the world when it comes to Mother Nature’s unspoiled sceneries and rich diverse wildlife which is why it has been declared amongst the top 10 “megadiverse” countries in the world. Supporting this statement is the fact that the Andes divide Peru into 3 distinct geographic regions, the dry desert coast, the snow-covered highlands and the tropical jungle in the Amazon, all of which offer greatly varying climates and ecological sectors that put together make up 10 percent of the world’s flora and fauna. Seguir leyendo The 5 best Peruvian Forests

The Peruvian Paso Horse

The world famous Peruvian Paso Horse is as its name indicates inherent to Peru, in fact it is the Peruvian National horse. It descends directly from Spanish horses brought to Peru by the conquistadores and due to being isolated in Peru for over 500 years the Peruvian Paso Horse is one of the purest breeds in the world. Experts believe that the first horses to reach Peruvian ground was in 1493 on Columbus’s second voyage. Following that were the 62 horses that Francisco Pizarro brought with him when he along with his 160 men captured emperor Inca Atahualpa in Cajamarca. These different Spanish horses make up the original ancestors of the Peruvian Paso horse. Seguir leyendo The Peruvian Paso Horse

Peru: A Cradle for Fusion Gastronomy

Peruvian gastronomy has within the last couple of years gained international recognition for its interesting fusions, exotic ingredients and great diversity. Just this January,  Peru won the World Travel Award for Best Culinary Destination, the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar; beating renowned culinary destinations such as France, China, Italy, Spain and Thailand. Seguir leyendo Peru: A Cradle for Fusion Gastronomy

Cajamarca – The Lesser Known Highland City

Cajamarca is known for its large and colorful carnival celebrations that attract huge crowds from all over the country and the world. However this small charming city is also an interesting place outside of the carnival season. For starters the city is filled with colonial architecture and surrounded by breathtaking mountains. Moreover it holds a highly important place in the history of the Spanish conquest of South America and Peru, as the city for the setting of the famous encounter between Francisco Pizarro and the last Inca leader Atahualpa. Seguir leyendo Cajamarca – The Lesser Known Highland City

Lima, The Leading spawning ground for Ibero American culture

The Cultural Sector Committee of the Union of Ibero-American capital cities has declared Lima, the leading spawning ground for Ibero American culture in 2014. This nomination of the Peruvian capital was based on its ability to recover its archeological cultural heritage and provide public spaces for art, thereby reaffirming to the rest of the world, that Lima nurtures and supports its cultural scene and its many expressions. Seguir leyendo Lima, The Leading spawning ground for Ibero American culture

Trujillo – The City of Eternal Spring

The city of Trujillo is located in the north western part of Peru and is normally referred to as the City of Eternal Spring. Founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Diego de Almagro, Trujillo was the first important city to proclaim its independence from the Spanish colony in 1820. However, before anything else the region was home to the great civilizations of the Moche, the Chimus and the Incas, which means that the region today is a treasure chamber of amazing archaeological monuments. Seguir leyendo Trujillo – The City of Eternal Spring

6 Reasons why you should Travel to Peru

Within recent years more and more people have come to realize that Peru is a country with a lot to offer, so much in fact that it has grown to become one of the most popular travel destinations within Latin America. This is however, not surprising, considering that Peru is home to some of the richest bio diverse zones in the world, tasteful and innovative cuisine and an incredibly wide selection of archeological sites left behind by some of the oldest civilizations in the world. Seguir leyendo 6 Reasons why you should Travel to Peru