For United States visitors who fret that you’ll be missing out on the feasts and company of this special day, here are some options to help you to bring Thanksgiving to Peru.
Start making a tradition with the non-traditional
If you decide to go out on your own in order to put together a Thanksgiving meal of your own, you’re likely to come into roadblocks if you’re aiming to put together a traditional meal. It will be difficult to make many of the traditional North American Thanksgiving dishes since the base ingredients are often hard to find in Peru.
That’s why I suggest that you go with the flow, and be ready to improvise when you need to. It’s going to be difficult to find sweet corn within Peru, but the typical large-grained Andean ‘Choclo’ is plentiful in supply. Wild rice blends might also be difficult to come by, but you can always substitute this for a quinoa dish instead. And it’s not likely that you’re going to be able to find canned cranberry sauce, but if you can find dried cranberries at a local market, you can always follow a recipe such as this one in order to put together a unique cranberry dish.
Forget about the perfect meal, and instead focus on spending time together with loved ones, while offering gratitude
Or maybe you can simply forget about putting together a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and instead focus on what for many is the essence of the holiday: getting together with people who you love, and creating a space for gratitude in your life.
Share what Thanksgiving means for you with others who might not understand
Living in a country that does not celebrate the holiday can also give you the opportunity to share what meaning the holiday has for you for others who might not know. Even those who understand the fundamentals of this holiday might not understand the nuances, nor the history behind it.
Go out to eat at a restaurant serving up a traditional Thanksgiving feast
Unless you’re in a city frequented by foreigners, this might not be an option, but if you find yourself in Lima or in the Cusco area, you’ve got some options
Thanksgiving at the Marriot
The Mariot has been putting together Thanksgiving feasts for the last several years, and many people say good things about their Thanksgiving meal.
Hours: from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Price: S/ 169.00 per person
Location: Malecón de la Reserva 615, Miraflores 15074
More information: http://expi.co/01mrmh
Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217 7009
If you can get your way to Surquillo, then maybe you’ll be interested in having a Thanksgiving dinner at Papi Carne. But make sure to call ahead for reservations.
Hours: 12p-4p; 6;-10p
Price: 85 soles
Location: Leoncio Prado 601, Surquillo 34
More information: Facebook page
Reservations: 994 763 198
If you are looking for a Thanksgiving dinner that is more affordable, maybe you’ll want to make a trip to the Corner bar.
Price: 40 soles
Location: Avenida Larco 1207, Miraflores
More Information: Visit their website
Reservations: 51 (1) 363-4680, email@example.com
Cusco and the Sacred Valley
In Cusco, there are several events for those who are seeking to celebrate Thanksgiving more mindfully. You can attend an acro yoga class and participate in a gratitude ritual, or you can go to The Healing House and connect with like-minded people in order to share a vegan Thanksgiving dinner. If you are in the Sacred Valley, you can attend a dinner there as well.
Projecto Peru’s Thanksgiving celebration
Location: Proyecto Peru Center, Siete Cuartones 290, Cusco
Community Acro Yoga Class with Exhala Yoga
“Come to CONNECT and PLAY as we give THANKS for all the things we are GRATEFUL for. The practice of AcroYoga blends the WISDOM of Yoga, STRENGTH of Acrobatics and LOVE & COMPASSION of Thai Massage. Come alone or come with a friend. No experience needed.”
Led by certified AcroYoga International professor:
Location: Calle Carmen Bajo 243, San Blas
More information: Facebook event page
The Healing House Vegan Thanksgiving
“Join us for an evening of thanks on November 22nd at 6pm! For just 25 soles, we will have a delicious Vegan meal prepared for you, as well as good company. This event is about bringing people together and sharing our cultures.
We hope to see you there for this scrumptious dinner!”
Cost: 25 soles
Directions: 555 Qanchipata, San Blas
More information: Facebook event page
El Albergue Ollantaytambo Farm Menu Thanksgiving
“This Thursday, on the 22nd of November, come to enjoy our dinner and offering of gratitude, produced from our garden of local ingredients.”
Location: Ollayntaytambo train station
More information: Website
Do you have a suggestion for a great Thanksgiving activity? Please share with us in the comments below.
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