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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Peru? Here’s Advice on What to Do

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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

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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

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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

Lima

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: lavista.lima@marriott.com or call 217 7009

 

Papi Carne

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

 

Corner Bar

If you are looking for a Thanksgiving dinner that is more affordable, maybe you’ll want to make a trip to the Corner bar.

Hours: 12p-1am

Price: 40 soles

Location: Avenida Larco 1207, Miraflores

More Information: Visit their website

Reservations: 51 (1) 363-4680, reservas@thecornerperu.com

 

Cusco and the Sacred Valley

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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

“Come celebrate Thanksgiving with Proyecto Peru! We’ll be gathering with our friends from the English department to make this Thanksgiving a multicultural one! Just bring food to share. Come to practice your Spanish and get to meet fellow travelers!”

Time: 7-9pm

Location: Proyecto Peru Center, Siete Cuartones 290, Cusco

Contact: (084) 240278, info@proyectoperucentre.org

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:
Anthony Alcalde

Time: 6pm

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!”

Time: 6pm

Cost: 25 soles

Directions: 555 Qanchipata, San Blas

More information: Facebook event page

Contact: 51943729368

 

Sacred Valley

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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

Reservations: reservations@elalbergue.com

Do you have a suggestion for a great Thanksgiving activity? Please share with us in the comments below.

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Scott Montgomery is a multi-medium storyteller and holistic creative, a travel guide and transformational coach, whose core mission is to help others to live authentically with purpose and intention in order to make an impact in the world. After earning his masters degree in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2013, he made the move to Peru in order to write about indigenous communities of the jungles and the Andes, and to explore what this might have to do with his own life path. These years of traveling and living across the country have helped him to embrace a more purposeful lifestyle that's guided by the values of collaboration, creativity, and transformation. To find out more about what Scott's up to and how you can get involved, visit his personal website www.voyagewithscott.com