Cultural Getaways throughout Peru
(Lima, Peru) - When one thinks of Peru, the first thing that springs to mind is the wealth of its age-old cultures and the legendary Inca Empire. The significance of Peru, however, continues past the Spanish Conquest and into colonial times, into the Peru where the past and the future visions of the world, time and of all things sacred came together.
Culture and Traditions
Folk art: Peru boasts one of the largest varieties of arts and crafts in the world. The diversity, color, creativity and multiple representations of Peru's folk art has made it a fundamental activity not just for Peru's cultural identity, but also as a way of life for thousands of families and even entire communities.
Festivals and rituals: Peru celebrates over 3,000 festivals a year. Most of them are held in homage to a patron saint and are part of the Christian calendar adopted in colonial times, but they have blended with the magical beliefs of ancient forms of worship.
Traditional dress: In Peru's rural areas, the way people dress makes an important distinction, as a result of the blend of pre-Hispanic influences with the European clothing that the natives were forced to wear during the colonial era.
Music & Dancing: Due to the recent archaeological discoveries of musical instruments, experts now know that in Peru, music has been played at least as far back as 10,000 years ago.
Gastronomy: Peru boasts one of the most exquisite and varied cuisines in the world, as local chefs have succeeded in adapting a diverse variety of native ingredients while remaining open to outside influences. Peru's cooking is an invitation to discover flavors and fragrant smells which are as authentic as they are ancient.
Peru is all this and more, it is celebration of fascinating and splendid nature and breathtaking landscapes including protected natural areas and parks, rivers and canyons, lakes and lagoons, waterfalls and of course native flora and fauna.
The Sonesta Posadas del Inca Cusco is a 22-room property in the heart of the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, just a few steps from the city's Main Square and offers first-class lodging, and authentic Peruvian hospitality. Located just minutes from the airport, Cusco is the center of the Inca and Spanish colonial cultures. Koricancha Temple, Sacsayhuamán, Kenko, Puca Pucará, Tambomachay and the Sun and the Moon Temple are walking distance from the hotel. Guest room amenities include cable television, individually climate control, direct-dial telephone for domestic and international calls, hair dryer, in-room safe and 220 volt power supply. Amenities at the hotel include: Inkafe restaurant, business center with Internet access, room service, laundry service, luggage storage, medical assistance, public telephone and gift shop.
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