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“Cosechando mis mares, sembrando mis tierras
Yo quiero más a mi patria
Mi nación que luchando
Rompió las cadenas de la esclavitud
Esa es la tierra del inca
Que el sol la ilumina porque Dios lo manda
Y es que Dios a la gloria le cambió de nombre
Y le puso Perú”

Arturo “Zambo” Cavero

Perú, a country that reflects the love of culture and traditions,where many are happy to call their nation and home. With the magnificent flavors of the Peruvian kitchen, the outstanding landscapes full of historical tales, and the conservation of their culture, it is a marvelous travel location with unique memories.

La costa, the coastal land of Perú, is full of award winning Peruvian gastronomy, gorgeous parks, museums and the historical colonial Plaza de Armas. The coast is where the sea has its own soul and enjoys the traditional “Marinera Norteña”, a competitive national dance with an agile rhythm, flirtatious and elegant couple dance that represents a romantic conversation. As one of the most known and celebrated dances, it has become one of the national symbols of Perú.

Danza de la Marinera Norteña

From the coast we travel to “la sierra”, the mountain range of the country. This dance reflects the historical background of Perú, it is called “el festejo”, created in the time of the african slaves in the 17th century, for expresing rythims with the national peruvians of that time. The beauty of this dance has the main protagonist in the instruments, with national instruments including the “cajón”, “la quijada”, “la cajita”, etc. The dance signifies the historical origin of Perú, and it is danced in parties and social gatherings with its rhythm to the rite of love as an act of virility, youth, vigor and fertility.

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Traveling to the Peruvian rainforest, one of the most popular dances is the Buri Buriti. Originally from Ucayali it represents the native genres as its choreography is based on demonstrating energy and strength. In the olden times, it was used for activities such as hunting and fishing, but mainly for defending their tribes. Another dance is “La danza de la boa”, the dance of the boa, representing a cult to the sacred animal to dance for good harvests in the region.

Perú is a nation full of costumes and traditions, one of which music is one of the most important. Along with its traditional dances, it all compliments the Peruvian history and how its traditions are still ongoing. To this day, young Peruvians are also enjoying the wonderful and joyful music, dances, and many more national traditions. Perú is also the home of one of the wonders of the world, the “Machu Picchu”, and home to many tourist attractions. There is so much more to discover in this beautiful country! Hope one day you all will get to enjoy the wonders of Perú.

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