Local traditions and culture in Peru

  • Ceviche
    Ceviche
    by AVSENT
  • Local Customs
    by starship
  • Parking warden?
    Parking warden?
    by grandmaR

Most Viewed Local Customs in Peru

  • hartti's Profile Photo

    Nacimiento

    by hartti Written Dec 25, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    "El Nacimiento" is a construction at Xmas time in every home, and other places, too. It's a show about Betlehem when Jesus was born. There are dolls, or small stetues, representing Maria, Josef, and other people there around Jesus baby. Jesus is added there in the midnight of the Holy Night.

    Nacimiento in Tupac Amaru Plaza, Madgalena, Lima Private Nacimiento
    Related to:
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • hartti's Profile Photo

    Xmas Food

    by hartti Written Dec 25, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In the Holy Night, 12 o'clock the Xmas food is served. It´s not much plentyness as in Finland, rather quite simple. But it's good, because it's middle of night. Only turkey with vegetable salada, pieces of ananas, apple jam and majones is served. Drink is champagne. After the food the presents are opened.

    Xmas Table Xmas Vegetable Salata
    Related to:
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

  • hartti's Profile Photo

    Ceviche

    by hartti Written Dec 19, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ceviche or cebiche is fresh white fish with onion, paprika and lime juice. Some other spices also possible. It is offered soon after prepairing, beacuse it does not have salt. The fish can be tuna, for instance.

    Ceviche is Offered Right Away
    Related to:
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

  • ThiagoRamos's Profile Photo

    Coca Tea

    by ThiagoRamos Written Nov 27, 2006

    "La hoja de coca no es droga" ("the coca leaf is not a drug"). You´ll find T-shirts with this sentence wherever you go in Peru.

    Drinking coca tea or chewing the leaf is a historic custom in andean countries (also to minimize the effects of soroche, the altitude sickness).

    I drank the tea when I arrived in Cuzco. Don´t know if it has helped me though, because I´ve had strong headaches on the first 2 days. The taste of the tea is very soft (at least the one was given at the hotel)... it´s almost like drinking hot water with little bit of sugar...

    Coca Shop Coca Tea
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • ThiagoRamos's Profile Photo

    Lhamas and Alpacas

    by ThiagoRamos Written Nov 27, 2006

    Lhamas and alpacas have been part of peruvian culture for centuries. Nowadays they´re created basically for wool extraction. You´ll find woollen clothes of all qualities and prices, so you can buy some nice stuff over there.

    In Cuzco and Machu Picchu, you´ll also find some lhamas walking around for the delight of the tourists that can help taking some pictures. At least I couldn´t help it...

    Lhama walking around Machu Picchu Cute little girl in traditional clothes Lhamas in Machu Picchu
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • thebeatsurrender's Profile Photo

    Different Ways of Harrassing the Opposite Sex

    by thebeatsurrender Written Sep 29, 2006

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When we went to Aguas Calientes, some dude clucked at us (like clicking his tongue) in the way that dudes usually whistle at girls. Does anyone know if that is some sort of Andean thing?

    This picture, on the other hand, is an example of how Americans (us) hit on Peruvians (our adorabe little bellboy at the Hotel Stefano)

    Was this review helpful?

  • coolswizzle's Profile Photo

    hugging

    by coolswizzle Written Jul 16, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    i`m catholic so i attended a service one day in their cathedral.....when giving each other the sign of peace people hug each other! back home we just shake hands! i think i got hugged twice then they noticed i was uneasy so they just shook my hand.

    look for the painting of the last supper inside

    Was this review helpful?

  • gonzo747's Profile Photo

    coca tea the local medicine

    by gonzo747 Written Jan 26, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Coca tea really helps to get used to the altitude.
    It's perfectly legal in Peru (as is chewing the leaves)
    The people in the andes chew a lot of leaves. You can try it. Just chew it don't swallow it, it's heavy on the stumac. The locals had a good laugh when i said I swallowed it in the beginning.
    Remember that coca tea and coca leaves isn't cocaine.
    Cocaine is very illegal, don't do it you might get in serious trouble.

    Coca tea

    Was this review helpful?

  • darthmilmo's Profile Photo

    Can a tourist blend in as a Peruvian?

    by darthmilmo Written Nov 4, 2005

    Recent posts in the forums prompt me to write this tip. The question was simple, what can I wear to blend in as a Peruvian? I have posted my reply below in hopes that it may help others better understand what it means to be Peruvian.

    One of the things that impressed me the most from Peru was its population. You mentioned you where half-Hispanic. I'm actually 100% Hispanic, born and raised in Mexico (hence, fluent in Spanish)... most of my ancestors came from Europe so I’m all white. The population in Peru though is more indigenous and less of a mix then you and I... so I’m afraid that as far as skin goes you will more then likely be tagged as a "gringo" (term used to denote a tourist, not just a person from the US). You can dress like a local (either wearing the cool tourist stuff or the more contemporary clothing), but in the end the color of your skin will give you off as a tourist. Trust me; they even called me "gringo," even after talking to them in perfect Spanish!!!

    So, what I’m trying to say is to just go with the flow. As someone said, it's best to wear comfortable clothes. You will stand up as a tourist no matter what... if it's not your language, it will be your skin color, or, as you mentioned, your hair color. The key thing is to do what you want... If you want to dress like a local... by all means do it.... but, don't expect preferential treatments :).

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Pete.Gibson's Profile Photo

    Eating Guinea Pig

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 15, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In Peru the Guinea Pig is eaten , unlike the UK where it is often a pet, Roasted with herbs known, localy as Cuy its a tasty dish not unlike rabbit its low in fat and high in protien

    In churches in Lima and Cuzco Indians depictions of the last supper with Jesus eating Guinea pig are still common

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Luxury Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • mad4travel's Profile Photo

    Cute Kids

    by mad4travel Updated Jul 24, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You'll see lots of very cute kids in their native costumes posing for photos.

    If you take a photo give them a sweet or 1 Sol in exchange. If you forget they will kindly remind you by holding out their hands - they are not backward in coming forward.

    With the poor standard of living in Peru it's the least you can do!

    cute kid

    Was this review helpful?

  • mad4travel's Profile Photo

    Hotly contesting weaving competition

    by mad4travel Written Jul 23, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This was in a village near the Colca Canyon.

    Purely for the locals and not put on for tourists, this was a hotly contested weaving competion.

    Each competitor had a number on her hat, there was much deliberation about the rules, much inspection from the adjudicators and bets taking place amongst the locals.

    They saw us looking out of our bus and invited us over, they were very friendly.

    We didn't have time to see who won but everyone seemed to be having a good time

    Weaving contest

    Was this review helpful?

  • mad4travel's Profile Photo

    Even the adults get in on the act!

    by mad4travel Written Jul 23, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Its not only the kids that dress up in local costumes .

    This was at 6oc on a Saturday morning at the colca canyon where the whole village turned out in costume for dancing for us Gringos. It was absolutely enchanting!

    Early morning dancing, Chimay

    Was this review helpful?

  • hartti's Profile Photo

    Secrets of Maca

    by hartti Written May 18, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Maca is a root that grows in the high mountains of Peru. Rich in nutritional content (potassium, and higher levels of calcium than in milk), maca is a natural hormonal balancer which provides great health benefits for both, men and women.

    The best way to get maca is inside liquer. Mixed with pisco and some other incredients maca liquer gives its extraordinary taste and effects, and hope for life going still strong!

    Maca Liquer Seller in Pueblo Libre
    Related to:
    • Food and Dining
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo

    Other languages

    by SirRichard Written May 7, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    But there are other languages spoken in Peru. Most of the people from Cuzco and north Titicaca speak QUECHUA, a language spoken by incas. If you go south of Lake Titicaca they speak AYMARA, and in the jungle the different tribes have different dialects.

    Quechua speaker in Isla Taquile
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Peru Hotels

See all 686 Hotels in Peru

Top Peru Hotels

Cusco Hotels
1078 Reviews - 2352 Photos
Lima Hotels
1198 Reviews - 2778 Photos
Machu Picchu Hotels
654 Reviews - 1833 Photos
Iquitos Hotels
136 Reviews - 306 Photos
Aguas Calientes Hotels
24 Reviews - 61 Photos
Huaraz Hotels
106 Reviews - 286 Photos
Cuzco Hotels
213 Reviews - 527 Photos
Puerto Maldonado Hotels
49 Reviews - 197 Photos
Miraflores Hotels
21 Reviews - 46 Photos
Colca Hotels
105 Reviews - 311 Photos
Chacarilla Hotels
See nearby hotels
Arequipa Hotels
315 Reviews - 746 Photos
Urubamba Hotels
19 Reviews - 94 Photos
San Borja Hotels
See nearby hotels
Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu Hotels
147 Reviews - 309 Photos

Instant Answers: Peru

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

81 travelers online now

Comments

Peru Local Customs

Reviews and photos of Peru local customs posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Peru sightseeing.
Map of Peru