All About Peru


The San Juan Festival

Posted in Culture,Travel by Tony Dunnell on June 6, 2010
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Juanes prepared for the San Juan Festival, Peru

While Inti Raymi is celebrated in the Andean highlands, particularly in Cusco, the people of the Peruvian jungle celebrate the San Juan festival. Both Inti Raymi, the Inca “Festival of the Sun”, and the Festival of San Juan take place between the 21st and 24th of June.

Both are great celebrations to attend, although they are very different in nature.

San Juan Festival, Peru

The San Juan Festival is celebrated on the 24th of June, with the days either side being set aside for more festivities. Whole families head down to the river side, taking their previously prepared juanes with them.

Everyone swims in the river; as the day advances, dancing and drinking continue through the night (and often well into the next day).

For more information about the festival of San Juan, have a look at The Festival of San Juan, Peru over at HowtoPeru.com. If you are travelling in Peru at this time, the San Juan Festival should not be missed – just get some sleep beforehand, as it can be a very long day….

Playing Football (Soccer) in Peru – Essentials!

Posted in Culture,Language,Sport by Tony Dunnell on September 20, 2009
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An invitation to play football in Peru is a great opportunity to meet people and experience some Peruvian culture. Being a country of the ‘macho’ persuasion, it is more likely that a male traveler will be invited to play, but female travelers should not be afraid to join in.

Learning the lingo is a great way to engage with the locals to a greater extent, be it a serious game of fútbol or a friendly kick around known as a pichanga.

Read Learning Spanish Soccer Vocabulary and Phrases to get a head start.

Peruvian Pima Cotton

Posted in Culture,History - Inca by Tony Dunnell on September 18, 2009
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Gossypium Barbadense, more commonly known as Pima cotton, is a highly valued, long fiber cotton cultivated in many of the world’s cotton growing regions.

Peruvian Pima cotton is especially valued. Not only is this species of cotton native to Peru,  it also has a rich history of cultivation spanning millenia. The Incas cultivated cotton and were highly skilled in cotton weaving. Many of their skills died alongside them during the Spanish conquest.

Today, Peruvian Pima cotton is still cultivated in the traditional growing regions of the Peruvian north coast. Often harvested by hand, which itself leads to an even finer finish, Peruvian Pima cotton is regarded as one of the finest luxury cottons on the market.

Take a look at Peruvian Pima Cotton – Gossypium Barbadense for more information.

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Famous People from Peru

Famous Peruvians…. maybe not many spring to mind. History buffs will probably reel off some Incas, and maybe a few generals or admirals. But what about some famous Peruvians who are household names not just in Peru but worldwide?

Footballers (soccer players) are among the more famous Peruvians today. Nolberto ‘Nobby’ Solano is a Newcastle United legend and a popular figure in the English Premier League. Claudio Pizzaro is another ex Premier player, though his success was minimal. Juan Manuel Vargas is arguably the hottest property from the Peruvian market, and the best player in the struggling national team.

However, Peru is also a volleyball nation, while the long coastline has provided a few surfers along the way. Kina Malpartida, meanwhile, is currently the toast of Peru after claiming her women’s boxing title in 2009.

Famous Peruvians also appear on the silver screen. Benjamin Bratt and Nathalie Kelley (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) were both born in Peru. Many Peruvian telenovela (soap opera) stars are famous throughout Latin America, but often unheard of in the rest of the world.

Take a look at these articles for some more famous Peruvians: