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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Visit our website and our current Holiday Tour Package.
Founder of Karikuy, an organization in Peru that brings travelers to visit and explore the country. Julio also runs the Karikuy Volunteer program and is the editor of this blog. Julio likes to write about his adventures in Peru as well as Peruvian folklore, mysteries and secluded locations.