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Best Places in Peru to Celebrate Christmas


Christmas in Peru: Gourmet food & Inca wonders

Christmas in Lima

Soak up the beauty of Lima this Christmas / Source

With the first recorded Christmas celebrations in Peru taking place in 1535, the country has a long and illustrious history of celebrating Christmas. Spend Christmas in the capital city of Lima known as, the City of Kings, where at about 10PM on Christmas Eve, the churches around Lima hold a mass called ‘Misa de Gallo’ before the night sky is filled with a shower of fireworks. This means that most families sit down to eat their Christmas dinner at midnight, meaning many of Lima’s best restaurants will be open late on Christmas Eve. As the capital of gastronomy in the Americas there’s nowhere better to have a Christmas dinner! Sit down to a special Christmas dinner with a Limeño twist as you feast on mouth-watering ceviche, fish dishes and wash it all down with a Pisco Sour. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more relaxed Christmas getting away from it all, you can escape to the breath-taking Sacred Valley. It’s a stunning area in the Andes that offers unlimited views to the horizon and is full of Inca history. There are fantastic, boutique lodges in the Sacred Valley that provide the relaxing yet indulgent atmosphere you are looking for while being in a peaceful, natural setting. Staying in the Sacred Valley also allows you to acclimatize to the high altitude of the region before setting off for the best Christmas present of all…watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu! See more of the best places to spend Christmas & New Year in South America…

Christmas at Machu Picchu

Watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu is better than any Christmas movie on the television / Photo by Chris Kolaczan

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