Native Festivals in Peru

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria

Created on November 4, 2011

Uploaded by Darren Alff

Festival of the Virgin of Candelaria

This is a festival honoring the Virgin of Candelaria who is the patron saint of Puno, Peru, where this festival is held. It is one of the largest festivals of culture, music, and dancing in Peru and one of the largest festivals in South America. Puno is a lakeside city, and about 40,000 people congregate here for the week long festivities of dancing, music, drinking, food, and fun. This video gives you insight to all of that for a tourist, but unfortunately it is not in English.


The purpose of this video is to help people plan and prepare for their own tours of Peru by leading by example and sharing his own experiences.

Darren Alff is a bicyclist who started his company and website Bicycle Touring Pro since 2001. He has been travelling the world on his bike and teaches people through his own experience on how to create their own cultural touring adventures.

It is standard YouTube licensing and copyrighted to Bicycle Touring Pro

Alff, D. (2011, November 4). Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria – Puno, Peru. Retrieved February 21, 2017, from

The Pukllay Carnival-Promperu

Created on May 16, 2016

Uploaded by Alan Brian

The Pukllay Carnival

This video is about the Pukllay Carnival in Andahuayalas, Peru and is Quechua for “to play”. It shows the clothes, music, and dancing that is indigenous to the Quechua people. This national carnival video gives you some insight of what the festival would be like for tourists but it is not in English.

Purpose of this video was to be made for the Peru Export and Tourism Promotion board to promote the traditional Carnival of Pukllay.

Alan Brain is a filmmaker who has produced over 20 films on many different cultural topics.

This copyrighted 2016 All rights reserved to Promperu/Centurión Producciones

Brain, A. (2016, May 16). The Pukllay Carnival-Promperu. Retrieved February 21, 2017, from


Quechua Tourism: From the Internet to Traditional Healers

This article is about how traditional Quechua healers or Shamans are using this plant called “ayahuasca” which induces spiritual visons or vision quests for tourist use. Traditionally, ayahuasca was only taken by the Shaman or healer. The opening marketability for tourism is helping bring in extra income. The question that remains is the moral dilemma of if it is right to charge the tourists for these spiritual ceremonies, what will happen if these healers become too preoccupied with tourists to help their own village, and will the traditional and cultural use of ayahuasca remain?

The author, Rachel Proctor’s, credentials seem to be valid. She works for a publication that has been working with indigenous cultures for over 44 years. I could not find an educational background for her, but the other articles she wrote all relate to the lands, resources, and environment of indigenous people. I would assume that this is her area of expertise and should be considered as a valid source.

The author is associated with a reputable organization. The work from this site is predicated on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Their core values and mission is to respect and honor Indigenous People’s inherent right and dynamic cultures worldwide by amplifying efforts, supporting, and raising awareness of self-determination for Indigenous communities.

This article was published in December of 2000, which makes it 16 years old. I would say that this data isn’t completely out of date, as it is still useful, because this market is growing at the present day, but since it is 16 years old we probably have more information on how this market has evolved.

The author’s focus is on a specialized audience towards people who are interested in the culture of the traditional Quechua healers and shamans and their role in cultural tourism.

This article is a mix of fact and opinion because she is using information from the healer she interviewed and background research on the subject and could definitely be backed up. It is valid and well researched, as the article is very in depth. There are not many other lines of work related to this topic, but the ones that I found are in line with it. I think it is an objective point of view because she does not put in her two cents at all but only uses her data and information. She also uses the indigenous names multiple times, but the author herself is not native.

Proctor, R. (2000, December). Tourism Opens New Doors, Creates New Challenges, For Traditional Healers in Peru. Retrieved February 14, 2017, from


This article is about the Inca nations international campaign “Peru, the land of hidden treasures”. It is a social media platform through Facebook and Instagram that has reached over 80 million people worldwide. This campaign is promoting all the natural beauty, cultural heritage, food, and destinations not as a place you discover but rather a place you discover yourself. The main idea of this article is about how social media can boost and open up the tourist market for indigenous people worldwide.

The credentials of Quiroz seem to be valid. He works for Andina, which is the Peru News Agency. This agency is owned and ran by the Peruvian government. He is the director of medias and since this article is about how social media effects the tourist market of Peru, I believe that he is qualified to write this article and trust what he is saying.

This site is associated with two reputable organizations. The first being the Peruvian government and these two organizations are closely related. Andina is also a member of the Latin American Union News Agencies, which is an alliance with large news agencies based in Latin America. Their mission is to provide the most up to date and accurate information and news that is going on in Peru and around the world.

This was published on February 14, 2017 so it is extremely up to date and pertains to life in the present day. This article is very relevant especially since we are emerging as the age of social media. It is good to understand the impact of social media on cultural tourism.

This audience is aimed for the generalized public. It is one short and concise news article on tourism in Peru, which is a large part of Peru’s economy. Anyone who lives in Peru or nearby could benefit from this information.

This article is fact. There is nothing but quotes of facts or data numbers that can be backed up. It is valid and well researched and in line with other articles on the social media advantage to Peru tourism. The point of view is completely objective with no emotional words or bias but just straight facts. The author is a member of the cultural group.

Quiroz, F. P. (2017, February 14). “Peru, Land of Hidden Treasures” Campaign Boosts Country’s Tourist Appeal. Retrieved February 14, 2017, from

The Continuance of the Incas

The group of indigenous people that I have decided to research are the Quechua people. This indigenous population is not limited by one country but spread throughout a large region including parts of Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, and throughout Peru. I will be focusing my research specifically on the Quechua people of Peru. This group has interested me for many different reasons. I have always admired their peaceful way of life. I love that their culture and living is based in the mountains and at high altitude. Quechua has such a rich culture from being descendants from the Inca Empire all the way to being conquered by the Spanish. I am interested in their religious views and beliefs as they come from a Catholic and Andean religious background. They are also the largest indigenous group in the Americas, which is fascinating to me as I would love to learn how they have kept their culture.

As for cultural tourism, tourism actually makes up the third largest industry. As I looked up all the tourist activity there I was overwhelmed with all the amazing sites to be seen and not only that but all the different types of tourism that is present in Peru. Some of the types of tourism that I have encountered in the brief research that I have done so far include but not limited to cultural tourism, voluntourism, ecotourism, adventure tourism, gastronomic tourism, and beach tourism. However, out of so many options three tourist sites caught my eye. The first being the most popular and well known tourist attraction in Peru, Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes mountains built in the 15th century and is also one of the seven wonders. Pisac Market is also another place for cultural tourism because it is a traditional and rustic Andean village located in sacred valley about an hour away from Cusco. It sits at the foot of an original Inca settlement. Pisac is a great place to visit for a look into traditional Quechua culture. Huacachina is another tourist location near Ica that happens to be an oasis town surrounding a small natural lake and surrounded by towering sand dunes. This used to be a playground for the Peruvian elite, but now it is mostly an international tourist attraction.

Map 1: This is a map of North and South America which is located in the western hemisphere.

Map 2: This map is of South America and shows all the countries in it.

Map 3: This is a map of Peru, which is in South America and it shows you all the different regions in it.