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The rural context of the arrival of the infant Christ allowed early Peruvians to identify immediately with the festivity, highlighted by artisan creativity, a sense of aesthetics and the religious devotion of Andean settlers. Andean Christmas began taking on characteristics of its own by adding elements from each region. These elements stand out for the extreme care with which highlanders put together Nativity scenes in churches and homes, perform dances and plays, cook typical dishes and produce a wide range of handicrafts such as Nativity scenes in Huamanga stone, retablos featuring images related to Christmas and pottery or carved gourds called “mates burilados” decorated with Yuletide scenes. In most Andean communities, the festival continues until la Bajada de los Reyes (the arrival of the three wise men), January 6, when traditionally people exchange gifts.

Christmas in Peru

Christmas is a wonderfull time to be in Peru and in Cusco, not only to visit the churches and the traditional Santirantikuy, the big Christmas Market, but also do participate in excursions as river rafting, trekking, mountain biking and others. Of course you can also chose to visit the lost Inca Town of Machu Picchu – what a magical way to spend this upcoming Christmnas in Peru.  It is not too late yet!

More information about the trips and tours we offer:

In Arequipa:
http://www.dosmanosperu.com/dosmanos/tours/arequipa/english/colca_canyon.php

In Cusco:
http://www.dosmanosperu.com/dosmanos/tours/cusco/english/river_rafting.php

Southern Coast:
http://www.dosmanosperu.com/dosmanos/tours/southcoast/english/nazca_lines.php

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