Happy Peruvian Independence Day!

Llamas. Ceviche. Machu Picchu. Do you really need more reasons to celebrate this day?

1. Give thanks to José de San Martín.

Many moons ago, Peru won its independence from Spain thanks to José de San Martín. Not only was he dreamy, but he was also one of the forefront leaders trying to get South America’s independence from Spain.

2. Celebrate with one of the greatest gifts Peru has to offer - ceviche!

Oh you don’t know what ceviche is? It is the greatest thing that will ever enter your body also known as a seafood dish made from fresh raw fish bathing in citrus, spices, and yummy seasonings like onions.

3. Or find a llama to cuddle with.

Oh what’s that? Yeah, Peru has one of the happiest* llamas populations in the world.
(*The happiest llamas are known to bite and spit).

4. Llamas not your thing? Try the next furriest animal of Peru - Alpacas!

Ever worn alpaca wool in the winter and thank the heavens? Try and thank Peru next time!

5. Or take a trip to Machu Picchu.

Voted as one of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu was once a hidden Incan city. Its breathtaking structure makes you wonder why you ever thought going to Europe was a better idea.

6. Toast Peru with a Pisco Sour!

Similar to all drinks that are delicious, a Pisco Sour uses pisco, lemon juice, egg white and Angostura bitters to create a hangover you’ve been waiting for your whole life. Forget Margarita Monday - Try Pisco Sour Wednesday.

7. Are you breathing? Thank the lungs of the Earth.

Get off amazon.com and take your life over to google maps and explore the Peruvian amazon that covers over 60% of the country. Enchanted yet?

8. The Nazca Lines > UFOs.

Area 51 is cool and all, but Peru’s got the Nazca Lines. Men in Black 4 anyone?

9. Fall in love with all that is Quecha.

One of the many native South American languages, Quechua is still spoken by over 8 million people in the Andes region. The Quechua people are known for still wearing their bright and colorful traditional costumes, bowler style hat included.

10. Take a break from Daft Punk and listen to the pan flute instead.

Think the metal flute is the best instrument? Try the pan flute. Known for its dulcet tones and peaceful melodies, the pan flute can make anyone think of Peru instantly.

11. ¡Que Viva Peru!

Let’s hope Peru never stops being the amazing country that it is!

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