Starting October 30 and November 1 respectively, Air Canada will resume flights to Lima (LIM) from Toronto (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL), replacing its subsidiary airline, Air Canada Rouge.
The Canadian carrier will resume flights from Toronto (YYZ) as of November 1, with one to three flights per week, and from Montreal (YUL) on October 30, with one to two flights per week depending on the season. Both routes will be operated on Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with a capacity of 298 passengers (2,980 seats per week). Photo credit: Carlos Ibarra / PROMPERÚ A Marinera dance in the Plaza de Armas in LimaAnnual Día de la Canción Criolla Celebrates Nearly Eighty Years of Music and Dance on October 31 While many of us in North America prepare to dole out candy and dress in costumes this October, another time-honoured tradition lives on in Peru. Día de la Canción Criolla (‘The Day of Creole Song’ in English) is a performance event hosted by the Ministry of Culture every year on October 31. First celebrated in 1944, the event is hosted along the Peruvian coast and Andean highlands and brings together a medley of provincial music while also providing a platform where musicians feel free to showcase their skills. The music was created as a result of the history of Spanish influence and African communities in Peru and is typically created using instruments such as the guitar and Peruvian cajón. The music is accompanied by an array of cultural dances such as the Peruvian national dance, the Marinera, and Vals Criolla, also known as the Peruvian Waltz. Locals can be found in main squares throughout the country celebrating this special occasion.
Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) in LimaPeruvian Art Galleries & Museums Offer Immersion into Country’s Unique Culture Thanks to the rich and diverse history of Peru, there are many incredible galleries and museums throughout the country for visitors to peruse and enjoy. Here are just a few ideas of places for art and history lovers to explore:
Museo Larco, Lima Founded in the 1960s by Rafael Larco, a pioneer of Peruvian archaeology, Museo Larco is surrounded by a lush garden in a beautifully restored 18th-century house. Visitors here can explore more than 30,000 catalogued ancient pottery artifacts and pre-Columbian erotic art.
Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Lima This museum showcases the past 3,000 years of art in Peru in a permanent collection of over 18,000 pieces. Dedicated to conservation and restoration, works from pre-Columbian, Colonial, Republican and Modern eras can be found throughout the museum. It is also housed in an incredible space that once served as Peru’s National Exhibition in the 19th century. In addition to the impressive collection, MALI also houses a library, shop, and cafe, and offers courses and workshops.
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Museum of Contemporary Art), Lima The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, or MAC, offers a spacious outdoor area as well as interactive exhibits. It is the only institution dedicated exclusively to researching and promoting contemporary, artistic practices of Peru. Both emerging Latin American artists and international names have shown their work at MAC. Guests to the museum can tour three rooms in this glass structure and then enjoy some time outdoors to contemplate the work.
Museo Carlos Dreyer, Puno Named after famed Puno painter and antiques collector Carlos Dreyer Spohr, whose oil-on-canvas works can also be viewed here, the museum is one of the most important regional archaeological museums in southern Peru. The collection exhibits 501 gold pieces called the "Great Treasure of Sillustani". It also houses a collection of over 1,800 Puno-related archaeological artifacts and art from pre-Inca, Inca, colonial and the Republic periods.
Museo Nacional Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Lambayeque Considered the pride of Northern Peru, the museum was designed to resemble ancient Moche tombs. Visitors here can explore exhibits of many of the artifacts found at Sipán, including the Lord of Sipán and his entourage. The Lord of Sipán was one of the most emblematic figures of the Mochica culture. The discovery of his tomb was the first royal burial site found intact in South America, and belonging to a Peruvian civilization prior to the Inca Empire. This was a significant discovery in the world of archaeology.
Museo de Arte Popular Andino, Ollantaytambo The curators of this museum believe pieces of Andean ethnographic art, if they are produced in the respect of traditional techniques and materials, are pieces of great cultural, educational and aesthetic value. The museum aims to acquire, preserve, investigate, communicate and exhibit, for purposes of study and education, the pieces belonging to its art collection. The organization also aims to be an entity with a multicultural perspective and one that promotes social inclusion practices, establishes the foundations of a genuinely Peruvian art, promotes efforts for the conservation of popular arts and much more.
Belmond Invites Train Travellers on Culinary Adventure Travellers to Peru can explore Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machupicchu, Cusco, Puno and the Colca Valley on an 11-day food adventure with Belmond. Journeying from city to mountain, lake to canyon, guests on this excursion explore the rich culture of Peru through architecture, adventure and, ultimately, their taste buds. Travelling aboard the Hiram Bingham, a luxury train unlike any other in the world, activities on this journey include visits to markets across the country to learn about Peruvian food culture, dining at incredible restaurants, strolls through charming villages and, of course, world-class cuisine aboard the train itself. Some highlights include:
Sightseeing through the vibrant residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores in Lima
Two nights at Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel plus a special river-side lunch, including a variety of dishes featuring local ingredients
A visit to Písac, a small Andean village located in The Sacred Valley
A trip to the amazing Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, the dazzling Maras salt pans and Moray agricultural terraces
A two-hour guided tour of the legendary citadel of Machupicchu
A trip to a local market in Cusco
Witnessing a sunrise at Lake Titicaca before sailing to the Uros floating islands
A mise en place at Lima’s Central restaurantThree Lima Restaurants Included on World’s 50 Best Restaurants List Peru’s culinary scene has received another boost, with three restaurants in the capital being named to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List, making Lima a must-visit destination for foodies. The three restaurants were Central (#2) – owned and run by Virgilio Martínez and Pía León, last year’s World’s Best Female Chef; Maido(#11), a perfect expression of Peru’s Nikkei cuisine; and Mayta (#32), which focuses heavily on sustainable Peruvian ingredients. Another Lima spot, Kjolle (#68) was named on the expanded list of the top 100, and is also owned by Chef Pía León.
The ancient citadel of MachupicchuWorld Travel Awards Name Machupicchu South America's Top Tourist Attraction in 2022 Peru’s top tourist destination, Machupicchu, has been named “South America's Leading Tourist Attraction” by the World Travel Awards. This is the fifth consecutive year the Inca citadel has received this international recognition. Peru was also named South America's Leading Culinary Destination 2022 and Leading Cultural Destination 2022 in the region. Photo credit: Daniel Silva / PROMPERÚ Keeping Safe in Peru: COVID-19 Updates for Travellers Before boarding their flight to Peru, travellers 12 years and older are required to present a valid vaccination certificate, showing a full schedule of vaccinations according to their age and country of origin. Full vaccination is also required for all domestic flights, bus journeys and in enclosed spaces in Peru for those 12 years and over. Unvaccinated visitors can show proof of a negative PCR test from no more than 48 hours prior for both travel into Peru and domestic activities. Children under 12 are only required to be asymptomatic to board or enter. All travellers must also sign an affidavit, and comply with all of Peru’s health and safety measures including wearing a KN95 mask or double-masking with a cloth and surgical mask when in enclosed spaces. Like other countries, the current entry requirements for Peru are changing on an on-going basis. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, please visit Peru.Travel.