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  Calendar December 2012 - January 2013
Every Sunday  
  Event: Indian Marketplace
Locate: Pisac and Chinchero - Cuzco

Indian Marketplace, fair of craftsman. An excellent opportunity to take contact with the Andean natives and the best artists. Mass in Pisac in Quechua Language (Inca Language), multicolor clothes and beautiful dresses.


December 9  

Event: Anniversary of Ayacucho Battle
Locate: Quinua - Ayacucho

Week dedicated to Honor the Liberty of South America. It takes place in the town of Quinua. Agricultural Fair and craft sales.



December 24 and 25  
  Event: Andean Christmas
Locate: Pan Peruvian Andean area

The rural context of the arrival of the infant Christ allowed early Peruvians to identify immediately with the festivity, highlighted by artisan creativity, a sense of aesthetics and the religious devotion of Andean settlers. Andean Christmas began taking on characteristics of its own by adding elements from each region. These elements stand out for the extreme care with which highlanders put together Nativity scenes in churches and homes, perform dances and plays, cook typical dishes and produce a wide range of handicrafts such as Nativity scenes in Huamanga stone, retablos featuring images related to Christmas and pottery or carved gourds called mates burilados decorated with Yuletide scenes. In most Andean communities, the festival continues until la Bajada de los Reyes (the arrival of the three wise men), January 6, when traditionally people exchange gifts.


December 24  
  Event: Santuranticuy Fair
Locate: Cuzco

Saints for sale. The origin of this fair dates back to the Vice-regency, and today has become one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Peru. It is held in the main square of Cuzco, where artisans lay out blankets on the sidewalks, as is the custom in traditional Andean fairs. Santuranticuy, which means “saints for sale”, is a provisional market where image carvers and artisans sell a wide variety of figurines to liven up Christmas and fit out the Nativity scenes that are set up in homes and parish churches. The fair also sells a variety of ceramic objects brought from Pucará and Quinua. Here one can find all sorts of arts and crafts, such as wooden carvings, pottery and the boxed scenes called retablos. At night, street vendors sell a traditional hot and sweet rum punch called ponche, to warm up chilly visitors.


December 27  

Event: Virgen del Carmen Feast
Locate: El Guayabo and El Carmen - (Chincha) Ica

The little peon. The Virgen del Carmen is the most widely venerated image in Peru after the Lord of Miracles. Its worship dates back to colonial times when friars from the Carmeline Order arrived. In various communities in Ica (300 km south of Lima) as well as the areas of El Carmen and El Guayabo in Chincha (200 km south of Lima), home to most of Peru’s Afro-Peruvian population, the locals render a special homage to the virgin at the end of every year. What is unique about this festival is that here it is called La Peoncita (the little peon) for its link with teenagers who perform the dances called los negritos and las pallitas, in honor of the Virgin.


January 1st  

Event: New Year's Eve
Locate: Pan Peruvian (not workable day)


Event: Entrega de Varas (The power of a scepter)
Locate: Cuzco

At the start of every year, the elders of each community in the area (the yayas) come together to designate the candidates who are to become the highest authorities of their villages: the Varayocs. In a festival that features gallons of chicha (maize beer) and llonque (sugarcane alcohol), the mayor or Varayoc receives the scepter or vara that symbolizes his power. This pre-Hispanic custom has been glossed over with Occidental formalities. The varas are crafted from local wood varieties such as chonta palm, black hualtaco, huallacán or membrillo, measure around a meter in length and are inlaid with gold and silver (Cuzco’s Town Hall features a small museum that exhibits some superb examples). When a Varayoc steps down from his post, he ceases to hold any post in his community ever again, and becomes one of the venerable elders.


January 2 to 20  
  Event: Dakar Rally 2013
Locate: South coast of Peru, Chile and Argentina

Dakar Rally 2013
The first race against the clock for all European competitors in the Dakar is to get the vehicles loaded up in Le Havre. However, after three weeks at sea, their arrival in Lima is when things will really start to heat up, with technical and administrative checks, followed by the solemn yet festive Peruvian launch ceremony. Then the race will get underway.


The discovery of Peru fascinated those who managed to get to that stage of the rally in 2012. In the 2013 edition, all drivers and teams will be able to check it with your own eyes in the most impressive sand dunes that have crisscrossed the continent since 2009. Never before in history has started in the Dakar desert. While the dosage of difficulty allow tension gradually work your way up, it is clear that the 2013 Dakar leaves no room for improvisation. The Dakar 2013 starts on January 2 in Lima city and the official start will be on Jan. 4 and then continue the Peruvian desert routes through Paracas, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna, then continue to territory of Chile and Argentina and culminate in Chile.


More information:
Dakar Rally 2012 Photos

Dakar Rally 2013 Route Map (PDF)



January 18th  
  Event: Lima's 478th Anniversary
Locate: Lima

The city of Lima was founded January 18, 1535 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. In this date the anniversary is celebrated with diverse civic, cultural and artistic activities, as the "pasacalle", a great popular march, parade with dancers that represent diverse folkloric dances; music concerts and folkloric shows. Free visit to Parque de la Reserva and Magic Circuit of the Water.



January 20th  
  Event: Chiaraje (Ritual battle)
Locate: Canas - Cuzco

The tradition of staging ritual battles to ensure the fertility of the land lives on in a remote part of the department of Cuzco. The Pampa del Chiaraje, at an altitude of 4.700 meters above sea level, in the province of Canas, can be reached by a paved road from the old Inca capital and then via a dirt road. Here, every year the peaceful villagers of Checcas, Langui and Layo stage an impressive battle. Armed with hardened lambswool slings, leather whips and waistcoats decorated with flowers, young warriors taunt each other in the mist or amidst pelting hailstorms. This is pucllay, or war games, where the name of the game is to control as much territory as possible and force the enemy to retreat.



January 20 - 27  
  Event: Marinera Festival Dance - 53th Contest
Locate: Trujillo

The marinera is one of the most elegant dances in Peru. The dance involves a great deal of flirting between a couple, who each twitch a handkerchief in their right hand, while keeping the beat during what is fairly complex choreography. Dance steps, characteristic of the marinera include the coqueteo (with the couple dancing very closely together) and the skillful cepillado footwork (literally “brushing”). The daring marinera, danced in the department of La Libertad, features the man wearing a wide-brimmed hat and poncho and the lady dressed in an intricate Moche lace dress. From January 20-27, the Gran Chimú stadium in the city of Trujillo holds the country’s most important marinera festival. This competition, that draws couples from all over the country, is organized by the Club Libertad. During the festival, the city also hosts processions involving floats, and the whole town takes on a festive air. The people of Trujillo gather at the main square to dance and celebrate.



January 27 - 28  
  Event: Peruvian Paso Horse - XVI Contest
Locate: Trujillo

The Spanish horse, bred with the Arab stallion and reared in a desert environment, which formed its gait, gave rise to the Peruvian Paso horse. For 300 years, the blood of this new breed was improved upon until the Paso horse developed the characteristics that have made it one of the world’s most beautiful and elegant breeds. Breeders, chalán riders and artisans, over the years, have worked on the art of ambladura –the synchronized gait of the fore and hindlegs– which in turn gave rise to the elegant steps and dress of the marinera. The entire costume comprises the saddle and trimmings and the splendid outfit of the chalán himself (white shirt and trousers, wide-brimmed straw hat, vicuña wool poncho, handkerchief, boots and spurs). This tradition, which has been exported all over the world, has been spurred on by a number of competitions both along the Peruvian coast as well as in the highlands.




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  Lima's Nightlife and Entertainment
LarcoMar - Miraflores  
  Gathered in one of the nicest stops to hang around in Lima is the largest variety of entertainment oriented in services: You will find 12 cinemas, pubs, bars, discotheques, many restaurants and a bowling.


Creole and Peruvian Cuisine  
  • Brujas de Cachiche: Bolognesi Nº 460, Miraflores
  • Huaca Pucllana: General Borgoño, Block 8, Miraflores
  • El Señorío de Sulco: Malecón Cisneros Nº 1470, Miraflores
  • El Bolivariano: Pasaje Santa Rosa Nº 291, Pueblo Libre
  • Punta Sal: Conquistadores 948, San Isidro (Peruvian sea food)


Pubs & Bars  
  • Lola Bar: Bolívar Nº 197, Miraflores. Open Tu - Th 20:00 - 02:00 and Fr - Sa 20:00 - 04:00
  • Xcess Bar: LarcoMar, Miraflores. Open Mo - Sa 21:00 - 02:00.
  • Bar Ayahuasca: Av. San Martín Nº 130, Barranco. Open Fr - Sa 21:00 - 05:00.
  • Las Huaringas Bar: Ovalo Bolognesi N° 460, Miraflores. Open Tu - Th 20:00 - 02:00 and Fr - Sa 20:00 - 04:00


  • Gótica: Larcomar nivel 5 - Malecón Cisneros N° 610, Miraflores
  • Bartini: Larcomar, Malecón Cisneros N° 610, Miraflores. Daily 22:30 - 02:30
  • Delirium: Av. Grau Nº 721, Barranco. Open Th - Sa 21:30 - 04:00
  • Bizarro: Francisco de Paula Camino N° 220, Miraflores. Open Th - Sa 21:30 - 04:00


Live Creole and Peruvian Music - Peñas  
  • Brisas del Titicaca: Jr. Wakulski 168, Lima
  • Hatuchay: Jr. Trujillo 228, Rímac
  • Del Carajo: Catalino Miranda N° 158, Barranco


  Cuzco's Nightlife and Entertainment
Creole and Peruvian Cuisine  
  • Tunupa Restaurant Grill & Bar: Novo-Andean dishes; Andean Show - Portal Confitura 233 - Plaza de Armas (Main Square)


Pubs & Bars  
  • Fallen Angel:   Plazoleta Nazarenas N° 221
  • Macondo: Cuesta San Blas N° 571


  • Mama Africa: Espaderos N° 135




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