Christmas in Peru
Like the rest of the Catholic world, Peru celebrates Christmas on December 25th. In the Southern Hemisphere, this date falls on the calendar summer, and therefore, going to Peru for Christmas, you need to be prepared for the warmth, unusual pictures of dressed up Christmas trees on the ocean beaches and opposite to the naked Santa in traditional, however, red caps.
Adults like children
Peruvians are very spontaneous and open people, and most of them have retained the spirit of childhood. They love holidays, but they do not always have the opportunity to celebrate them on a grand scale - this country is not rich. Therefore, any gift for them is a great joy, and even the most modest table seems luxurious..
For the holiday, a model of a manger is being erected in every home, in which the Savior was born. His figure is solemnly laid in the cradle by the most respected woman in the family, and the rest are singing songs for the baby and will certainly wait until midnight on Christmas Eve to congratulate Jesus on his birth..
For the celebration of Christmas in Peru, it is customary to cook a turkey stuffed with raisins and dried apricots, which is completely replaced by chicken or even simple sweet bread. The main Christmas drink is hot chocolate, and for dessert, the hostesses offer a fragrant and soft cake with fruits. It is customary to give gifts to those closest to you, but if there is an opportunity, distant relatives do not remain forgotten either..
The land of the ancient Incas
A trip to Peru for Christmas is a unique opportunity to get acquainted not only with the ancient traditions of the indigenous people of the country, but also to see the famous ruins of buildings of the Indians who once inhabited this land. The abandoned city of Machu Picchu is one of the places on the planet visited by millions of tourists every year. Built at an altitude of several thousand meters in the mountains, this temple complex is amazing and represents one of the main mysteries of the modern world..
No less interesting is the flight on an airplane over the Nazca desert, which unknown ancient artists decorated with giant images of animals, birds and strange lines, reminiscent of the runways of alien ships.
You can also have a wonderful time at Christmas in Peru by walking along the shores of Lake Titicaca, known for every geography lesson. As a gift, relatives should buy here warm hats made of llama wool, or ponchos knitted from alpaca by the caring hands of Peruvian women. Then the most dear people will be able, together with you, to appreciate the warmth of the distant hearts of ordinary people who proudly carry through life the right to be called the descendants of South American Indians..