Today is Peru’s Independence Day I’m so excited.
There will/ is a parade in Miraflores. People don’t celebrate Independence Day here the same way that we celebrate the 4th of July – there aren’t any barbecues and I’ll find out about fireworks later. People here travel to visit family and friends and go on mini vacations. Why not they get Thursday and Friday off of work to celebrate. That’s a four day weekend! We need to catch up with this USA =).
At first everyone asked us what are we doing for the holiday, we’re like what do you mean – you’re not having a party/barbecue that we can go to? No, everyone is traveling. So when in Peru do as the Peruvians do. We’ve always been interested in visiting Chincha which is a city that is predominantly inhabited by Afro Peruvians. They have traditional Afro Peruvian food, Afro Peruvian Music and even a few Incan sites. Near Chincha is El Carmen – a small town that I’m told will have lots of partying and celebrations for the holidays in the penas which play Afro-Peruvian music. Unfortunately there’s not a lot written about Chincha, so I will have to stand out like a sore thumb and take a billion pictures and write something nice. This is one article that I have found http://nlip.myperuvianrecipes.com/travel-1392-ica-discovering-chincha-perus-afro-peruvian-culture-vineyards-inca-ruins
We are also going to go to Huacachina where you can either sand board or ride dune buggies! While staying in Huacachina we will visit museums in Ica and at least one winery. Click this link to see Huacachina – its a desert oasis like you would see in a movie: http://www.google.com/search?q=Huacachina&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=i17&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivnsm&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=kXQxTpHfJI_egQeBro35DA&ved=0CEQQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=562
We will get to these places by bus (a two hour ride to each destination) and we will look for hotels/hostals when we arrive. I’ve packed the dried fruit, crackers, cheese and water bottles. Now its time to pack our backpacks. So excited about our adventure =). I’ll post pics when we get back on Sunday. This is how you live!
Feliz Dia Peru!