On July 28th, 1821 the Argentine general José de San Martín, declared the territory of Peru independent from Spanish rule right in the middle of Lima’s Plaza de Armas. San Martín was the primary leader in the battles for independence in Central and South America.
The definitive defeat of the Spanish, however, came during the Battle of Ayacucho in 1824, with the help of Simon Bolivar and General Antonio José de Sucre. Because San Martín began the liberation of Peru, you will likely hear his name much more often than during the celebrations.
Whereas in other countries independence day celebrations are just that, a single day of celebrations, Peru finds a way to make it last for days. In Lima, the Plaza de Armas becomes the central stage for some of the best Fiestas Patrias festivities in the entire country.
You might be thinking in a city of 9 million people it might be impossible to get around the city but fear not, the crowds are actually quite easy to navigate; it might even be a welcome and unexpected change from experiences you may find in your own country.
Peru’s Fiestas Patrias celebrations include fireworks, live music, and plenty of tasty food enjoyed in public gathering spots. Pair that with the fact that Lima is considered the food capital of the world by many and you can only imagine how delicious this day can be.
But, no matter where you find yourself in Peru, your taste buds will experience whole new sensations. Expect extravagant fireworks displays and live music to bring the whole experience full circle. You’re bound to meet people from all over the world whether in the coast, Andes or jungle. The prevailing atmosphere of fun and enjoyment carries through the entire week.
If you’re looking for new things to experience, and new people to meet, there is no better time than during Fiestas Patrias in Peru.
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