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.
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