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Ways to Welcome 2019 in Peru

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Peru is a great place to welcome the new year. There are many ways that you can embody the spirit of transition and change by embracing all that the country has to offer. Here are some ways that you can bring your best self forward in the coming days and weeks.

Douse yourself and everything you own in yellow flowers. Also, buy yourself a pair of yellow underwear.

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Don’t be surprised to wake up on New Year’s day to find yellow flowers and bits of confetti all over the place. And embrace this rich Andean tradition of honoring the New Year by bathing yourself, your friends, and everything you own in yellow.

Go on a jungle retreat

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If you haven’t yet noticed, Peru is filled with retreat centers. Take advantage of this by giving yourself the most precious gift that you can give: by going on retreat in order to align with your deeper self, and to emerge into the new year with clarity, focus, and intention.

If you are wondering where the best place is to find out about great retreats that are happening within Peru, a great place to go is Retreat.guru, where you can learn about upcoming retreats, as well as read reviews about retreat centers and for retreat facilitators.

Give away something special to those in need

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Why not ring in the New Year by playing a small part in order to make the world a better place? Even though Peru is rich in abundance beyond measure, it is also a country plagued by poverty. And since there are many great NGOs active within the country, it is not so difficult to do your small part to make a difference.

Embrace the abundance and liveliness at a local market

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This is the best time to visit local markets. Since the rainy season is in full swing, the produce is ripe and abundant. Browse your way through local markets and let curiosity lead you to fruits, fragrances, herbs, foods, or juices that you’ve never tried before. Be adventurous and try something new.

Get off the beaten path and celebrate carnival

Though it’s still a few months off, Carnival still arrives during the first months of the year, and it’s a great way to celebrate community, abundance, happiness, and tradition. Some of the best areas to celebrate Carnival are in the Sacred Valley. During the two weeks leading up to the peak of carnival, there are many celebrations taking place within indigenous communities in the heights above the Sacred Valley.

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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