The month of April is an important one for horse breeding in Peru, especially in Lima, as the archeological site of Pachacamac outside the city holds an annual horse breeding show.
The tournament has taken place at this site for many years and is considered highly traditional by many Peruvians. The special breed of horse highlighted here sprouted centuries ago, the Peruvian Paso, and has maintained its status as a world-class breed of horse. This competition style show has centered around this special breed, and people come from all over the world to look at the selection of fine Peruvian Pasos, as well as partake in feasts and festivities.
What can you expect from the festivities?
Pachacamac is an archeological site that is approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Lima and continues to hold this nationwide festivity to this day. Upon finding your way to the area, you will notice the live music, folkloric shows, and Peruvian food inspired by centuries of specialized cuisine. Top that with some trick riding, costumes, and other Peruvian customs, and you will find yourself knee deep in the local culture.
What is so special about the Peruvian Paso?
To say that the Peruvian Paso is only “well-known” across the globe could be seen as an understatement in the eyes of the locals. World famous equestrians come from other countries to purchase this breed of light saddle horse because of its smooth gait, and equally smooth ride. The Peruvian Paso is distinguished by a lateral, four-beat gait called the paso llano, which is completely natural to this breed.
The Peruvian Paso has even been protected by the government and has been declared a cultural heritage of the nation by the National Institute of Culture.
Why should you care?
Peru is backed by years of tradition that transcends time. It’s as if the entirety of Peru steps back in time to become one with their ancestors in more ways than one. These horse shows are one of those highly regarded traditions, and with the Peruvian Paso being such a sought-after breed, these annual shows are likely to continue for a long time.
One thing that makes Peru so unique is how easy it is to get caught up in the past, even if you are a visitor to the country.
Supporting these traditions continues to send clear messages to the people of Peru that events such as these are respected, even by those on the outside looking in. Find your way to these types events when you visit Lima, you won’t be disappointed!
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