Psychometric profile reveals expected performance of major party candidates
London, UK, 27 March 2015: Clegg and Farage are likely to come across as the least trustworthy in the upcoming TV debates, according to a psychometric and qualitative profiling study from Praditus, the online self-assessment platform. Data revealed that Cameron is likely to come across as too aggressive, with Miliband being one of the most honest, but unable to think on his feet.
Praditus analysed the personality and expected performance of seven candidates, finding that in the highly competitive, live televised environment, individuals are likely to display characteristics previously unseen.
Each candidate’s performance was analysed using the Praditus Motivation Archetypes Model, with the 7 party leader’s data fed in to a sophisticated online algorithm. Communication strategies of each candidate were analysed using data from personal discourses collected throughout the Election campaign.
The full results revealed:
David Cameron (Conservative) – The Challenger
Will do well by frontally challenging his opponents, driven by his belief of being a strong and capable leader
However, his drive to win may be seen as aggressive and off putting to audiences when challenged by other candidates
Ed Miliband (Labour) – The Peacemaker
Will struggle to maintain his audience, due to a difficulty to think on his feet during the live TV debate
Strong tactic will likely be focusing on the needs of ‘ordinary people’, which may win him supporters
Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats) – The Diplomat
Most likely to bend the truth and manipulate others to win votes
Can appear as an eccentric, however will come across as one of the most persuasive and diplomatic
Nigel Farage (UKIP) – The Average Joe
Will be on inconsistent on policy issues due to his desire for acceptance, belonging and recognition amongst audiences
Will present himself as a ‘straightforward’ guy with strong beliefs and will draw on popular analogies to engage audiences
Yohan Ruso, CEO at Praditus said: “The platform looks at the reasons behind the decisions we all make every day, using psychometric principles to assess any individual’s ability to respond to certain situations. Applying this to the biggest event of 2015 allows us to assess Britain’s prospective leaders on a scientific basis for the first time”.
Andres Davila, Research Director continues “With just a few weeks to go until the first TV debate, the data allows us to assess each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses in all manner of political scenarios, including the upcoming election debates.”
Take the full test at the Praditus website.
About Praditus Praditus is one of the leading international career development platforms, founded in 2014 by Yohan Ruso, previously Managing Director of eBay France. The platform raised 1.3 million Euros in start-up funding from the venture capital fund Quadrivium-1, managed by Seventure Partners. The web-based platform helps individuals identify their talents and areas of development, through a series of tests, based on the latest psychometric profiling data and scientific analysis. Headquartered in France, Praditus currently operates worldwide with staff in Paris and New York.
Enables patented sound sensing technology to be quickly integrated into new wave of connected home products
Cambridge, UK, 25 March 2015, To help telecoms operators address the growing connected home market, intelligent sound sensing leader Audio Analytic (www.audioanalytic.com) today launched its Global Telecom Partner Programme (GTPP).
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The program is designed to make it simple for telecoms operators of all sizes and their hardware suppliers to integrate Audio Analytic’s patented sound sensing and classification technology into home automation, monitoring and security products, such as cameras, microphones, thermostats, home hubs and baby monitors.
Consultancy Berg Insight predicts that 100m homes, split equally between Europe and the US, will install connected home systems by 2017, with the market expected to be worth $17 billion. Due to their close, existing relationship with subscribers and networking strengths, telecoms companies, including cable operators and broadband providers, are well-positioned to target this market by adding new services that increase revenues and enable differentiation from rivals.
Audio Analytic’s award winning sensing software is built on a unique understanding, and database, of the home acoustic environment. This makes it simple to monitor sounds, such as smoke alarms, breaking glass, baby cries or car alarms within the connected home, business and high security scenarios. Products incorporating its technology can automatically detect common sounds such as smoke alarms, breaking glass, baby cries, car alarms, gun shots or aggression.
“The connected home presents a huge opportunity for telecoms operators to build on their existing customer relationships and introduce new, innovative products that enable home automation, security and monitoring,” said Chris Mitchell, founder and CEO, Audio Analytic. “It promises to unlock a combination of new revenues and provides the chance for operators to differentiate themselves in increasingly competitive markets. Our Global Telecoms Partner Programme provides full support, across the product lifecycle, to enable telecoms operators to target this fast-growing market opportunity.”
The Global Telecoms Partner Programme combines access to Audio Analytic’s technology with full support, enabling sound sensing to be incorporated within products quickly, seamlessly and cost-effectively. Integration takes from just two weeks while the sensor software has no special hardware requirements and can work with any low quality microphone. Tens of thousands products containing Audio Analytic’s technology have been provided by partners in the consumer electronics and professional security markets.
About Audio Analytic Audio Analytic (www.audioanalytic.com) provides the most intelligent sound sensing, making it simple to monitor the connected home and beyond. Built on a database of thousands of hours of sounds, its proven, easy to integrate technology improves awareness, increases security and delivers peace of mind to consumers and businesses.
With no additional hardware required and a small device footprint, Audio Analytic’s patented technology is simple to integrate into consumer and professional security products. Products that include Audio Analytic’s software have been sold across the globe by partners including Swann, Cisco and Zenitel.
Audio Analytic is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, and operates globally. In November 2014 it won the prestigious Consumer Electronics Technology award at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Awards 2014.
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So you’ve decided to hike Machu Picchu? Well great! There’s no doubt that you’re in for the experience of a lifetime. However, the truth of the matter is that now you’ve got some additional decisions to make. You see, there’s more than one route to arrive to the world-famous Inca site, and even once you’ve arrived there are a few choices to make as well.
But don’t fret! If you’re looking to hike Machu Picchu, we’ve got the information you need to start planning your trip.
Hike Machu Picchu: Arriving to the Site
1. Classic Inca Trail
The Classic Inca Trail is a four-day trek stretching some 42 kilometers along an ancient road built by the Incas themselves. This is undoubtedly the most famous route to Machu Picchu, and it’s the one way that offers the opportunity to enter the city through its storied Sun Gate. Frankly, we’ve got tons of information on the Inca Trail on other pages of our site, so we won’t waste too much space being redundant here. Check out these pages for more information on the trail’s itinerary as well as for access to an Inca Trail map.
2. One-Day Inca Trail
Whether you’re crunched for time or simply don’t feel physically up to four full days of trekking, don’t fret–a small taste of the world-famous Inca Trail is still available to you! A number of tour companies offer an abridged version of the trek, either one full day of hiking or a shortened day followed by a night of camping and a dawn arrival at Machu Picchu. Besides the Inca Trail’s famed destination, the one-day version of the trek also takes you past Wiñay Wayna, another favorite ruins along the trail. The bad news here is that you’ll still need to reserve one of only a few hundred daily Inca Trail passes, meaning that, just like the full Inca Trail, you’ll need to book this trek months in advance.
3. Lares Trail
Just north of the world-famous Sacred Valley sits the comparatively lesser-known Lares Valley, and whereas the former can be swarmed with tourists especially during the high season, life in the Lares Valley continues humming along relatively unchanged. So whether you’re looking for a simpler, more culturally-immersive experience or if you just didn’t book an Inca Trail pass in time, the Lares Trail is an excellent option! Lucky for you, we’ve already gathered plenty of information on the Lares Trail including the trek’s daily itinerary and a side-by-side comparison of the Lares and Inca Trails if you’re struggling to decide how to hike Machu Picchu.
4. Vilcabamba Traverse Route
Warning–this option is neither for the faint of heart nor the out of shape! The Vilcabamba Traverse Route is one of the newest on the Peru trekking circuit, clocking in at nearly 100 kilometers over the course of a week of trekking. Though very difficult, the route is especially rewarding–think a variety of diverse biomes and the ruins of Choquequirao, often compared to Machu Picchu although less than 40% of the site has been excavated (pictured above). Though visited by only 5,000 or so brave trekkers last year, be warned–the local government is pushing a plan to build a cable car to the site! If you want to see the ruins in their current, undisturbed state, it would be best to go sooner than later.
Hike Machu Picchu: Once You’re There
5. Huayna Picchu
Just because you’ve finally arrived at Machu Picchu doesn’t mean your hiking experience has to end! The famous mountain soaring in the background of most iconic Machu Picchu photos is possible to hike, and the experience is certainly recommended. The views from the top are great, and on the way down you can even take a back route to the storied Temple of the Moon. For more information on Huayna Picchu, you can check out this past post on our site.
So that’s it for today! If you’re planning to hike Machu Picchu and have any questions you’d like to ask us, feel free to reach out in the comments section below. And, if you’ve already done one of these hikes, feel free to share your experience as well. We appreciate all of your comments!
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Travel is fun, when you plan things properly. If you have visited many countries, then surely you have made many mistakes such as booking resorts at wrong places or buying costly souvenirs which are easily available in your country. We all make silly mistakes when we visit a new country and there is no need to feel ashamed. What you need to do is make sure that you don’t repeat those mistakes.
When it comes to mistakes, I am not talking about flight or hotel ticket booking blunders. There are many more small oversights that can ruin your vacation. Let’s explore some of the common mistakes that tourists make every year.
No research about the place: You may know the name of the country, its capital and its currency exchange rate, but do you really know the place you are visiting? For example, in India, there are many prepaid taxi booths that charge right amount for a trip, but if you just pick any cab from the road, the driver may charge you double because you don’t know the route to your destination. Similarly, it is important to know the things you can and can’t do in the place you are visiting. For example, taking pictures is prohibited in many religious places.
Over-packing: Never carry too many clothes, because you are going to carry your bags, and if those are too heavy, you will curse yourself. Besides, the airlines charge hefty amount if your luggage crosses the weight limit. Always pack only those things that are necessary for the place you are visiting. For example, if you are going to Tadoba tiger reserve forest and staying at Tadoba tiger resort, then you don’t need to pack a cocktail party dress. It is better to pack a few jeans and t-shirts.
Speaking English only: Try to learn a few sentences in the local language. For example, words of greetings, how to ask for road directions and how to ask the price of something. The more you communicate with the locals in their own language, the more confident you will feel.
Disrespecting the customs: India is a conservative county, and the culture of Indians is very different from Americans. However, that does not mean you can mock or disrespect their culture. For example, Americans enter churches wearing shoes, but in India, you can’t wear shoes in a temple. Respect the rule while visiting any temple in India. After all, you are visiting a new country to understand its culture.
Reading guidebooks only: Guidebooks are for references and they can’t give you all the information about the place. For example, a guidebook may tell you that Taj Mahal is wonderful, but unless you raise your face from the book, can you truly appreciate its beauty?
Booking hotels and flights separately: Take a look at the famous travel portals and you will find that they are offering great hotel + airplane deals. When you book return tickets and also hotel rooms, you can save a few hundred dollars. Besides, it is a hassle free process as you are getting everything from one site.
Interrupting the guide: You can be the history professor in a college, but if you interrupt the guide when he is talking about a historical place, then you are being rude. All the other tourists have paid for the guided tour and by interrupting the guide frequently you are making everyone angry.
So, when you visit a foreign country this year, make sure that you don’t make the mistakes mentioned above. Enjoy nature, history and culture of the place you are visiting and you will feel rejuvenated by the end of your vacation.
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When someone mentions Peru images of idyllic mountain pastures, ancient Incan ruins, and verdant Amazonian jungle are probably the first things that pop into your mind. But this beautiful South American nation boasts miles and miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, and it is also home to some amazing beaches. Let’s take a look at some of the best beaches Peru has to offer.
Cabo Blanco: Arguably the most famous beach along Peru’s 2,500 kilometers of coastline, Cabo Blanco is routinely hailed as one the best surf spots in the world. When Peruvian surfer Gordo Barreda was scouting the area for great waves, he randomly paid a visit to the village, where he stumbled upon the now famous Peruvian Pipeline. A hollow, powerful, left-hanging wave, it is arguably one of the best places to catch a wave on the continent’s entire Pacific coastline. Even before Barreda’s famous discovery, this fishing hamlet long enchanted visitors with its small-town charm and thriving fishing industry. In the 1950s and 1960s, fishermen routinely made the trek to Cabo Blanco in search of the area’s legendary large Marlin. The famous writer Ernest Hemmingway spent several months here during the filming of the movie adaptation of his novel “The Old Man and the Sea.” During his stay, he reportedly caught a 700-pound Marlin.
Mancora: Once a quaint fishing village, Mancora has exploded onto Peru’s backpacker scene in the last decade or so as a major hub. Located right in the middle of Peru’s sunniest and warmest region, you can relax on beautiful beaches during the day and then party the night away. Mancora is great for travellers on a budget, and cheap hostels abound.
Vichayito: If you want great beaches without a slew of rowdy partiers, Vichayito is an excellent option. Situated about 7 kilometers to the south of Mancora, this is an ideal spot for families. The water is ideal for swimming and kite surfing, and the beaches are clean and quiet.
Punta Hermosa: Just an hour drive from Peru’s capital, Punta Hermosa is popular with Limeños looking for a summer retreat from the city. While not as spectacular as the beaches of Paracas or Mancora, Punta Hermosa’s proximity to Lima makes it a great option for looking for a quick weekend escape from the city.
Asia: Peru’s most opulent beach, Asia is all about glitz and glamour. The upper echelons of Peruvian society have luxurious summer homes at this beach resort town, making it a hub of wealth. The beaches are great, but what really makes Asia stand out are its high-end restaurants, luxury shopping center, and dazzling nightclubs.
Paracas: The Paracas National Reserve boasts some of Peru’s most dramatic desert landscape. Here, enormous sand dunes and dramatic sandstone rock formations meet the azure waters of the Pacific. The reserve, which consists of a total of 335,000 hectares of tropical desert on the Paracas Peninsula, is intended to preserve the area’s rich marine ecosystem as well as protect its unique cultural heritage (the site was of great significance to the Paracas, a pre-Colombian indigenous group that inhabited the area between roughly 800 BC and 1000 BC). There are no formal hotels within the reserve, though there are many sites popular with beach campers.
If you are looking for accommodation at the more luxurious end of the spectrum they can certainly be found. Though beach destinations to the north of the country often attract the majority of tourist attention, it is Paracas where you will find the most luxurious beach vacations Peru has to offer. Just a few miles from the park’s entrance you will find Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort complete with 5-star accommodations, three pools, and a luxury spa.
Marcona: For those really looking to get off of Peru’s beaten tourist trail, we recommend a visit to the rugged, windswept beaches of Marcona, located roughly 8 hours south of Lima. The waters here can be quite cold year-round thanks to the Humboldt current, which brings water up from Antarctica along the Pacific coast of Chile and southern Peru. But the cold temperatures mean that waters are teeming with marine life. With a bit of luck visitors might catch a glimpse of one of the zone’s enormous seal colonies. The beaches are known for their dramatic rock formations and rough surf, but they are a great place for those looking for options totally free of tourists.
So there you have it; our pick of the best Peruvian beaches. Happy adventuring in Peru!
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12 Peruvian Festivals, One for Each Month of the Year!
London, 10 March 2015: Southall Travel received the “Best Overall Agent Award” for the year 2013-2014 from Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline. The award ceremony was held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London and was attended by senior representatives from a selection of the most popular travel companies and tour operators in the UK travel industry.
Collecting the award was the Managing Director of Southall Travel Group, Mr. Kuljinder Bahia, and was presented by the CEO of Jet Airways, Mr. Cramer Ball. Jet Airways’ General Manager UK and Ireland, Lydia Nazareth was also present at the ceremony.
Southall Travel Wins Jet Airways’ Best Overall Agent Award Yet Again
This is the seventh consecutive time the Buckinghamshire based Southall Travel has won the Jet Airways’ Best Overall Agent Award.
Mr Bahia expressed his delight at receiving the award. “We are proud of what our team has achieved. It is a special feeling to receive this award for the seventh consecutive time from Jet Airways. Jet is a major player in global air travel, and this award is a grand accolade for us”.
Along with Southall Travel, other noteworthy winners at the gala event were American Express Business Travel and Voyages Jules Verne; while Amex was adjudged the Leading UK TMC, Voyages Jules Verne was presented with the Leading Tour Operator award. Mr John Blackburn received the award for Amex, and Laura Kelly collected the trophy on behalf of Voyages Jules Verne.
As a customer focussed entity, Southall Travel has a business strategy to provide convenient, friendly and secure booking experience. With its buying power it is able to provide large discounts even during peak holiday seasons for top-rated destinations. The company, with its travel and technological expertise, also provides fast and reliable booking platforms for travellers, making it easy for people to navigate through its web and mobile sites.
About Jet Airways One of India’s leading international airlines, Jet Airways has an extensive global route network that includes destinations in Europe, USA, Asia, Far East, Middle East etc. Jet Airways is based at Mumbai International Airport and has secondary hubs at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru as well as a hub at Brussels, Belgium. Jet Airways operates from London Heathrow, with connections from UK airports and remains a choice carrier, particularly to destinations in Asia. Jet Airways is one of India’s most awarded airlines and has a young fleet of modern aircraft.
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Perhaps you’ve read somewhere or other that there are over 3,000 traditional Peruvian festivals held throughout the year? It’s a popular claim that pops up time and again in guidebooks and on websites, and though we haven’t verified the number, it certainly wouldn’t surprise us! Peru is a country that holds onto its traditions while increasingly embracing innovation as well, a perfect storm for festivals and fiestas of all types to flourish and to grow.
If you’re planning to visit Peru, you might find yourself intrigued by the prospect of observing, or even participating in, one of these many different Peruvian festivals. If that’s the case, you’re in luck, we’ve taken the liberty to compile a list of some of our favourite Peruvian festivals, including one for each month of the year in hopes that you’ll find something that corresponds with the dates of your trip. Keep in mind that this is very much just the tip of the iceberg, all of these Peruvian festivals are fantastic, but there are many more that we’ve had to leave out simply due to the nature of our list. If we haven’t included any options that work out with your travel itinerary, don’t fret – get to researching and we’re sure you’ll find the festival for you.
So without further ado, let’s get to it! Here is our list of twelve awesome Peruvian festivals, one for each month of the year:
1. January–Trujillo Marinera Festival
Trujillo, a coastal city in northern Peru, is the traditional home of the marinera, an elegant couple’s dance making use of handkerchiefs as props. Since 1986 it’s been the official national capital of this dance, a status celebrated annually in a month-long marinera festival held throughout the city! The Festival de Marinera, as it’s known in Spanish, features dance competitions, parades, and even exhibitions of the Peruvian Paso, a breed of horse also recognised as part of the cultural patrimony of the Trujillo region. One of our favourite Peruvian festivals, this one is a can’t miss if you find yourself in the area during January.
2. February–Fiesta de la Candelaria
The Fiesta de la Candelaria is not only the largest and most famous festival in Peru, but also one of the largest in South America as a whole, in fact, throughout the continent, it’s only dwarfed by the world-famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the Carnaval de Ouro in Bolivia. The first of many religious Peruvian festivals on our list, the Fiesta de la Candelaria celebrates the Virgin of Candelaria, the patron saint of the town of Puno where the festivities are held. Music and dance are at the core of this festival, all of it performed by elaborately-costumed participants numbering well over 40,000. An incredible two week-long synthesis of indigenous and Catholic traditions, this is one of the most iconic Peruvian festivals.
3. March–Festival Internacional de la Vendimia
Depending upon where Easter falls during a given year, the month of March can either be very busy or very quiet as far as major Peruvian festivals are concerned. That said, we figured we may as well take a break from the religious festivals to focus on something else with a different sort of appeal, wine! The Ica Region of Peru is famous for a number of things, the Nazca Lines and the desert oasis of La Huacachina among them, but those in-the-know also recognise it as the finest wine-producing region in the country. This role has been celebrated annually in March since the 1950’s during the Festival Internacional de la Vendimia, or the International Harvest Festival, in which a queen is famously chosen to ceremoniously stomp the first grapes of the season.
4. April–Festividad del Señor del los Temblores del Cusco
El Señor de los Temblores, or the Lord of the Earthquakes, is the patron saint of Cusco and the celebratory focus of this major Holy Week celebration. The story goes that during an earthquake here in 1650, a canvas image of Jesus Christ was held to the sky as prayers were offered, causing the tremors to subside and saving the town from ruin. Since then, this statue commemorating the original image has become the focal point of an important annual celebration. Each Easter Monday at 7 PM, the statue is removed from Cusco’s cathedral and paraded throughout the city. Amazingly, it’s said that the statue was not originally black, but rather that its colour is due to years of exposure to smoke from incense during religious ceremonies.
5. May–Fiesta de las Cruces
First of all, let’s be clear: the Fiesta de las Cruces, or the Festival of the Crosses, is not a uniquely Peruvian celebration. However, the way the Peruvians celebrate it does make it one of the most important Peruvian festivals. You see, the Festival of the Crosses is not held in just one spot in the country. Rather, the festival is celebrated in towns and cities throughout Peru, each putting their own unique spin on things. Though the name may conjure up solemn images, don’t worry, festivals throughout the Peruvian highlands include music, dancing, and even events such as bullfighting as part of the celebrations.
6. June–Inti Raymi
Inti Raymi, the ancient Inca Festival of the Sun, is one of the most traditional Peruvian festivals on our list, indigenous in design and untouched by Catholic tradition. Held annually on June 24th, Inti Raymi is meant to celebrate the Winter Solstice – remember that we’re in the Southern Hemisphere here! Banned by the Spanish and the Catholic Church after 1535, the modern incarnation of the celebration began in 1944 based on the few historical records of the festivities that managed to survive. Since then it has grown in size and scope, and though sometimes derided as tourist pageantry by detractors, its historical and cultural significance definitely make it worth checking out among the many Peruvian festivals.
7. July–Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen
Another fine example of traditional Andean culture blended with Catholicism, the Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen is held annually around the 16th of July in the relatively small town of Paucartambo, some four hours outside of Cusco. This three or four day festival is nominally religious but also one of the biggest and wildest parties in Peru, drawing visitors from all over the country, many of whom pass the nights sleeping under the stars as there’s simply not enough space in town! If you know what you’re looking for, you’ll actually notice some serious Peruvian history depicted in the festival’s songs, costumes, and dance, for example, black-masked dancers represent African slaves imported to work the silver mines here during the colonial era.
8. August–Día de Santa Rosa de Lima
Santa Rosa de Lima was the first native-born American saint canonized by the Catholic Church, and her legacy is celebrated throughout the world. However, it should come as no surprise that the grandest festivities take place in her home country of Peru. On August 30th, the anniversary of her death, celebrations and memorials take place throughout the country, the most famous being in Santa Rosa de Quives just outside of the capital city itself.
9. September–Mistura Culinary Festival
As you should know by now, Peruvian cuisine is some of the world’s best and Lima in particular features what is probably South America’s most impressive culinary scene. And as if the food wasn’t enticing enough year round, the prospect of eating your way through Peru becomes even more appealing each September when the Mistura Culinary Festival rolls around. Featuring over 200 restaurants and bars not to mention plenty of outdoor vendors and food carts, well over half a million visitors stop by to enjoy the festival’s offerings over the course of some ten days in mid-September. Though certainly not one of the most traditional Peruvian festivals on our list, this is without a doubt the most delicious.
10. October–Procesión del Señor de los Milagros
The story might sound a bit familiar, an 18th Century earthquake destroyed a good part of town leaving only this iconic image of Jesus Christ standing. This was considered a miracle, the image became even more venerated, and with time the celebration of its feast day, became the largest religious celebration in Peru featuring one of the longest processions of any religious gathering in the world. If you’re just looking to have fun, this one probably isn’t for you however, this considerably more solemn celebration is one of the most important Peruvian festivals and we couldn’t leave it off our list.
11. November–Puno Week
Perhaps the name Puno rings a bell? If so, you’ve got a good memory – this is the same city where our February festival choice of the Fiesta de la Candelaria took place! Puno Week takes place during the beginning of November and centres around November 5th, also known as Puno Day. The purpose of Puno Day, and by extension Puno Week, is to celebrate the legendary birth of one Manco Cápac, said to be the first Inca. This involves a very interesting reenactment of his arrival on the shores of Lake Titicaca bordering the city, and it’s also just a great excuse to party the whole week long.
As we wind down our list, a few things should by now be obvious: the first is that Peruvians love their festivals, and the second is that many of these Peruvian festivals feature religious, and here that means Catholic, themes. The final entry on our list is of course no exception – Santuranticuy is held exclusively in the city of Cusco each year on Christmas Eve, December 24th, and is essentially a massive outdoor marketplace set up to celebrate the holiday. The festival’s name, which means “sale of saints,” is quite appropriate, as the primary draw here are dolls, sculptures, and figurines used to decorate the nacimientos, or Catholic nativity scenes, found in many Peruvian homes during the Christmas season. However, even if you aren’t religious, you’re sure to find something of interest at this most shopper-friendly of Peruvian festivals.