Anyone who has ever been to Peru before will know that if there is one thing Peruvians love it is a good dance. The variety of traditional dances is astounding and our volunteers are lucky that our camps are all in geographically and culturally distinct locations. This means that throughout their expedition a school will come across a whole host of costumes and music, all with unique and special significance. Below are just a few examples of what you can experience whilst on a Camps expedition to Peru.
Upon arrival at Camp Titicaca Pedro, Justa and the whole family treat the groups to a very warm welcome dishing out flowers and giving a performance of their favorite dance, the Qashwa or harvest dance.
One of the groups was fortunate enough to be at Titicaca during the anniversary of the community. The highlight of the festivities was a dance competition that included the Morenada, dance of the black slaves. This is a dance from the Altiplano region incorporating African and Indigenous elements.
In the village where Camp Colca is located the groups are often welcomed with a dance called Wititi or the dance of love. There is an explanation for why the guy in the picture below is wearing a dress and a hat that looks like a lampshade. The story goes that following a war in a distant land the young men of the Colca Canyon returned to their villages only to find that all the girls were hidden away by their fathers. In a ploy to get close to the girls a number of young men dressed up as women and managed to charm the chicas with their twirling dance. This dance is now an integral part of any fiesta in the Colca Canyon.
Even the smallest residents of Colca can’t resist a good dance.
If you like a dance, Peru is a top destination to get to know some new moves. Even if you have two left feet the vibrant colors of the traditional dress twisting to Andean rhythms is a sight to behold.