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Peru

11Peru Christmas

Spending the holidays in a warm climate can always make it difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Luckily when spending the Holidays in Peru there are so many places you can have a great time and enjoy the festivities with family and friends. Here’s the best things to do when spending the Holidays in Peru.

Around the Holidays take advantage of the many malls in Lima to get into the Christmas spirit. During the Holidays in Peru small concerts and events are regularly planned as well as the classic mall Santa. Take some time to get your own shopping down or enjoy the decorations and some hot chocolate. We would recommend a visit to LarcoMar or Jockey Plaza in Lima to enjoy the atmosphere.

Holidays in Peru

Around all corners of Peru, families will be getting together for Christmas Dinner on December 24th. The local markets will be full with colorful stalls of all the fruits and veggies from all parts of Peru. Restaurants are typically open until around 9pm allowing you to taste some great Peruvian Cuisine with your loved ones. Hotels often also arrange for their own Christmas Dinners so make sure you plan ahead of time. For restaurant recommendations and city maps we recommend a good guidebook, and lucky for you Lonely Planet is releasing their newest addition November 2021.

Holidays in Peru Lima
Lima’s Plaza de Armas

The Holidays in Peru bring out the best in Peruvians, and we are social people. One of the best places to enjoy a Christmas or New Years Eve are our Plaza de Armas. Each city or town in Peru has a main plaza where the locals congregate. Expect to find lively celebrations around these areas. They are normally centric and most of the towns best restaurants and hotels are usually located in close proximity. They are also a great place to take pictures as they are decorated to fit the season.

If you are in Peru visiting Machu Picchu then you are likely in or around Cusco, we recommend their lively celebration at the main Plaza de Armas where you will be able to enjoy a drink and dancing through the night. Due to the sheer amount of travelers most of the night clubs are also open where you will be able to enjoy the midnight celebrations if you are more of a night owl. Even during the day there will be parades and more vendors around then usual selling their wares and tempting you to try some of the tastiest local snacks.

Fireworks are the Highlight of the Holidays in Peru

Regardless of where you are in Peru there will be fireworks at midnight. If spending the Holidays in Peru try to book a hotel with a view or book a room at higher floors. It is best celebrated in Lima where the amount of fireworks can truly be overwhelming. The noise begins to die down at around 1AM so try to be active and enjoy Peru as us locals would with good food, Christmas music, your loved ones and some hot chocolate and Panettone.

Here at Karikuy Tours we know it can be daunting planning a trip to a foreign country especially during the holidays when there is so much going on. The Holidays in Peru can see an increase in travel prices and limited availability for flights, hotels and even some tours. Surely you don’t need this added stress in your life. Let us take care of all the planning and create an itinerary to suit you or your families sense of adventure and curiosity. To plan a vacation to Peru for the Holidays or more information on travel contact us at booking@karikuy.com or Visit our website and our current Holiday Tour Package.

11Peru, Nebraska

PromPeru travels to Peru Nebraska with Peruvian Celebrities to show it’s citizens the meaning behind being Peruvian.

English Subtitles provided by Karikuy Tours, come explore Peru, Land of the Incas.

On the eve of Peruvian Independence, we remember the documentary “Peru Nebraska”, by the Peru Brand, which was released just over 10 years ago. Under a different context today, the audiovisual piece continues to excite thousands of Peruvians around the world.

In 2011, the Peru Brand found a way to take Peru further. This is how “Peru Nebraska” was born, a documentary filmed in a town that was named after our country in Nebraska, United States. The initiative was for US citizens to feel as Peruvian as we do.

In this way, Carlos Alcántara, Magaly Solier, Dina Paucar and more Peruvian personalities prepared their suitcases to travel to the small town “Peru”, in the US Upon arrival, they offered knowledge of Peru and the customs that characterize us, from the meals even the music.

Peru Nebraska

The North Americans dared to try the typical dishes of our country, they danced to the music and surfed the waves (although very different from those of the national beaches). The documentary “Peru Nebraska” caused a growth in the feeling of Peruvians, moving many Peruvians to tears.

A Look back at Peru Nebraska during the Pandemic

In times of pandemic, without the possibility of a regular celebration of the National Holidays, many Peruvians take refuge in this good memory of the Peruvian ambassadors who brought national wealth to a place that had fallen in the forgotten years of United States history. . After that experience, the villagers of Peru, in Nebraska, felt as Peruvian as we do.

With more than 2 million views on YouTube, the 15-minute documentary by Marca Perú continues to be present to this day despite the fact that almost a decade has passed since its premiere.

11Zampoña

The Zampoña – I had never even heard of the instrument before Peru, so if you are like I was and hadn’t heard the beautiful sound of a zampoña before, you are in for a treat.  In addition to the guitar and charango (a guitar-like instrument), the zampoña is a marked instrument of Peru and the Andes region. 

The Zampoña dates back to at least the Incas and possibly even further. 

The only examples I can think of that anyone might know is that reoccurring flute-like melody in the beginning of the Lion King’s “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” or in the interlude of “The Circle of Life”.  Yeah, that’s right – I listen to the Lion King soundtrack. 

Actually, it was mostly arranged by Elton John and musically it is quite amazing.  I’m not entirely sure what instrument was used for those, but that is as close as it comes to the sound of the zampoña out of any popular examples that I can think of.

Zampoña
Zampoñas

Check out this YouTube link as an example of a guy playing the charango and the zampoña at the same time.  You can get a taste of what both instruments sound like:

It is also known as a type of panpipe or panflute, but there are other local wind instruments that fall into that same category which are pretty much just variations of the basic structure.  They are constructed with one or two rows of small bamboo pipes held together by wood and thin string of some kind which in its history I have heard to be llama wool, but I’m not entirely certain. 

Each pipe is about ¾ inch in diameter, each with different lengths depending on the pitch you are going for; and the deeper the tube the deeper the sound.  The pipes are all lined up next to each other, usually in two rows, so you just blow from tube to tube in a flute-like manner to create a wonderful and unique wind-instrument sound.  They are usually tuned to the key of G Major and the scale is divided between the two rows of pipes.  They are typically played in at least pairs so the melody can continue during breaths, and also to be able to make harmonies.

Zampoña Notes
Zampoña Notes

The sound and the instrument both seem so pure, unique, and genuine, which cannot be matched by any other flute that I have heard up to this point.  I picked up two types of Zampoñas the other day in a strip of music stores in downtown Lima for a total of 25 soles between the two (a little under $10 USD).  Talk about a steal. 

The instrument is nowhere to be found in the United States, and here it is among the most popular instruments.  I didn’t pick up a professional one or one of too much value I imagine, but I’ll practice for a while and see where I get.  They do seem quite delicate though, so I will have to be careful during transportation.  We’ll see if it can make it to the United States and through customs (I assume that wouldn’t be an issue, but with the complete lack of the instrument in the US, who knows).

My practice time has been limited, but it will be a nice little instrument to add to the repertoire.  If I can get the sound accurate, it can sound very mystical and spiritual when actually played right.  Until then, I will have to work around siestas and annoy the other volunteers until they are ready to sleep.  Then I will play it twice as loud.

11

While many Americans were caught up in the media frenzy that was the Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama, only a few were really paying attention to the actions of the man who would become President. This side of the equator actions speak louder then words and Barack Obamas support of the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Peru has kicked up a hornets nest of problems. Now I do not intend this to be an anti-Obama article, just for my readers to open up their eyes and realize that the actions of men stand as their ultimate legacy, defining them throughout history.

To understand the North American Free Trade Agreement and how it has impacted Latin American Countries, we must first look to our own shores and how it has profoundly impacted Americans in the United States. In Massachusetts alone it is estimated that 100,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the last decade and 3 million jobs at the national level sent oversees due to NAFTA. Perhaps this “free trade” agreement can hold some responsibility for our current economic crisis, as it seeks to set up trade deals that benefit corporations and profit rather the workers and progress.

NAFTA

The Birth of NAFTA

NAFTA was created on December 8th, 1993 by the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States, it is one of the most powerful, wide-reaching treaties in the world. Its two supplements, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) and The North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation (NAALC) make up the bulk of the document.

What is wrong with this free trade agreement is that it hurts consumers in countries where it’s in effect and cripples the small farm or manufacturer who has to compete with monopolistic and massive corporations who sell their products cheaply. These same corporations hire cheap labor and despite all the legal paperwork that is supposed to be included in NAALC, companies would rather outsource their labor to cut costs and make more profit. All of this is at the expense of the workers from both countries in agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement in essence is government-directed, government-negotiated trade, which is mercantilism and not free trade.

NAFTA Political Cartoon

Real free trade is as easy as cutting tariffs on imports and exports, doing away with the International Trade Commission and a host of other restrictions that seem to favor monopolistic corporations instead of the start up small business owner, manufacturer, farmer etc. In all Obamas speeches about “Joe the Plumber” and “Main Street” and how he was going to try to work on the economy, Barack Obama did not at all seem to mention his opinions on the North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement that if dissected would reveal to be a major contributor to the United States current economic depression.

Or did he? On February 24th, 2008 while campaigning in Ohio, Obama said “I don’t think NAFTA has been good for Americans, and I never have,” So why skip a very important vote in the senate and not vote against an agreement that would damage so many economically in both the United States and Peru?

We can all hope that his skipped vote wasn’t politically motivated, after all it is Republicans who overwhelmingly vote for these trade deals to pass anyway, I am sure the trade deal had very strong support amongst liberals and Senator Obama would just vote among party lines. In fact the Peru deal was approved by an overwhelming vote of 285 in favor to 132 against. But its most striking aspect was that 109 Democrats voted yes and 116 voted no.

So what was the President-elects motivation behind skipping the vote for the NAFTA agreement with Peru after publicly supporting it along with Hillary Clinton? It’s safe to assume that he didn’t want to be labeled a flip flopper and lose his support among the majority of South Americans that view NAFTA unfavorably, however in a vote that gained very little media attention in the United States, would it really have been too much for Obama to stand by his principles and vote against the trade deal?

Would it have been too much for him to accept Peru’s invitations to the APEC Summit being hosted in Lima to discuss economic cooperation? Hey and what about the Peruvian hairless “Machu Picchu ” that was offered to him and his family as the new White House Dog?

Peruvian Hairless Dog

In a open letter to Obama from the Latin American Studies Association, they describe to the new President that “Latin Americans have often viewed the United States not as a friend but as an oppressor, the guarantor of an international economic system that works against them, rather than for them– the very antithesis of hope and change.” and that “While anti-American feelings run deep, history demonstrates that these feelings can change.

In the 1930s, after two decades of conflict with the region, the United States swore off intervention and adopted a Good Neighbor Policy. Not coincidentally, it as the most harmonious time in the history of U.S.-Latin American relations. In the 1940s, every country in the region became our ally in World War Two. It can happen again.”

Farm workers and manufacturers are bracing themselves in cities and rural communities throughout Peru. For the past couple of months Peruvians were told that the economic depression from the US would not impact them too severely, that our trade relations were deeply rooted worldwide and that our financial institutions independent. All of the rhetoric was taken lightheartedly as the reality of the signing of the new free trade agreement began to emerge.

Foremost is the unjust competition between Peruvian agricultural products and North American products which are subsidized by the US government, unlike the agricultural products of Peru. If that wasn’t enough new labor laws introduced by the agreement fail to address many key labor issues such as overtime, pay and social security.

It is expected that a privatized social security system similar to the proposal by President Bush will be implemented in Peru. The main beneficiary seems to be Citibank, the largest shareholder in ProFuturo AFP, a company authorized to compete against Peru’s national social security system. Protest against free trade deal in Lima

American mining companies who have made billions in profit in the last 30 years continue to abuse worker rights and continue to offer low wages to their workers , many of whom suffer from fatigue and bronchial infections. And what’s on the horizon? What can Peruvians and Latin Americans alike look forward to in the future due to the new free trade agreement?

NAFTA Protest Peru
Protest against free trade deal in Lima

Likely more American corporations who have just been handed the paperwork to let them consume foreign resources while maneuvering around labor and environmental laws. We can only hope the new American President stops ignoring his neighbors and his own citizens and draft a new real free trade agreement.