For Peruvians, and many other that celebrate Christmas, we believe is a time to share, to disconnect from the hectic world and connect more deeply with our loved ones and our spiritually.
Being that Christmas is a huge celebration, we wanted to share with you 5 options on where to spend this Christmas and New Years if you are planning to visit Peru:
1. Huaraz: The Plaza de Armas is ideal to receive Christmas Eve while enjoying Christmas carols. The days before, shop around the fairs where they sell handmade nativity scenes, small works of Christmas art.
You can also go to the Misa de Gallo in the Sanctuary of the Lord of Solitude and catch a glimpse of the fireworks during New Year’s night at the Rataquenua Lookout.
There is a nice place, quite close to the city, called Wilcacocha. There you can see the beautiful Wilcacocha lagoon, whose crystal clear waters reflect the snow-capped mountains.
2. Vichayito in Piura: Between concerts, activities and beautiful beaches, Piura offers excellent ways to spend a magnificent Christmas.
Vichayito is a beach north of Piura, characterized by its calm, the blue of its waters and its beautiful sunsets. It is surrounded by other equally serene beaches such as Lobitos, Cabo Blanco, Los Órganos, Punta Sal and Zorritos. It is an ideal plan to have a romantic Christmas, on the beach, with the lighting of a campfire and a view of fireworks.
3.Puno and its islands:
Sailing Lake Titicaca and getting to know the islands that surround it can be an unforgettable and privileged option to celebrate this Christmas.
For the Misa de Gallo you can visit the church of San Juan Bautista or the Cathedral, and, during New Year’s night, it is recommended to watch the fireworks on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and nourish yourself with the energy of one of the best known lakes in the world.
4. Cañete in Ica:
An hour from Lima is Cañete, the cradle of black art in Peru. This city is synonymous with joy, rhythm and dance. Its climate is warm and temperate. In Cañete, specifically in the Lunahuaná Valley, you can practice adventure sports (rafting, kayaking, cycling, trekking, camping, paragliding, among others), enjoy its grape liquors (pisco, wine, cachina) and its delicious gastronomy.
Cusco is a must at any time of the year. Its concerts and activities for New Years in the Plaza de Armas are renowned. However, to spend a Christmas in permanent movement, you can visit three towns in the south of Cusco that leave anyone with their mouths open:
-Huasao: land of shamans and healers. The charm of this place lies in all the magic that surrounds it. For those interested, this a great place to practice NYE rituals, like tribute to the Pachamama (mother earth) or flower cleansing baths to remove bad energy.
-Oropesa: this town stands out for its proximity to the Huacarpay Lagoon and the Wari citadel of Pikillaqta. Here you can eat the best bread in Cusco, the wheat-based chuta bread, and visit its main church, rich in mural decoration.
-Racchi: this archaeological park has a gigantic wall that protects it, as well as underground tombs, aqueducts and pre-Inca culture precincts.
With the ideas of our blog you can spend the greatest Christmas and the best New Year. Start 2022 traveling through Peru! 😉 Which one would you go to?
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