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Gap year in Peru

PERU


CULTURE AND CUSTOMS

To make the most of your volunteer travel in Peru, you should familiarise yourself with local culture and customs before you begin your gap year. This will help you to understand and appreciate the people and places and can help you avoid unnecessary embarrassment or offence. Though any disrespect caused by gap year travellers is often unintentional, in some cases it can get you in trouble so it’s a good idea to be prepared.

People

However, Peruvian people are polite and friendly and despite appearing fairly quiet and reserved are enormously patriotic. July 28th celebrates Peruvian Independence and you will see the Peruvian flag flying from homes, restaurants, schools and offices. Family is sacred and it not uncommon to see grandparents, married daughters, sons and their children living together in the same house.

The national sport of Peru is football and you will regularly see local teams practising in the evenings and at the weekends. The local women of the Sacred Valley also enjoy a game of football even whilst wearing their traditional Peruvian clothes. 

Festivals

There are over 3,000 festivals celebrated in Peru; including parades for patron saints; many processions and carnivals; as well as celebrations of Pachamama (Mother Earth). The fusion of pre-Hispanic and Catholic culture make for a fascinating time spent in Cusco.

Peru has a rich and varied folklore and a wide diversity of both music and dancing that combine indigenous genres and spirit with Hispanic influence, as well as modern styles that have adapted to the changes and tastes of Peru's larger social groups.


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