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Ceviche

National Ceviche Day

28 - 28 Jun 2019

If you are partial to a bit of fresh ceviche - marinated raw fish - head to Peru for la Día Nacional del Cebiche on June 28th next year.

Ceviche is virtually a national obsession and National Ceviche Day is an annual event celebrating Peru's simplest, but most delicious dish. Lima and Callao are two of the best places to spend the day - but remember, Ceviche is a lunchtime dish so build your appetite from the previous night!

solar eclipse

Total solar eclipse north Chile and Argentina

2 - 2 Jul 2019

The next total solar eclipse will take place on 2nd July 2019, and will best be viewed from the north-central region of Chile and Argentina. For totality, the best chance to see it is in the Elqui Valley in Chile, as it has a sunny climate. Other potential good spots to observe this phenomenon are the Andes of San Juan province or Rio Cuarto in Argentina. 

Santiago de Cuba

Fiesta del Fuego

3 - 9 Jul 2019

The week-long raunchy street party known as the Fiesta del Fuego takes place in Santiago on Cuba's east coast. Celebrate Caribbean culture by dancing all night long, fuelled by a steady supply of the delicious Cuban Havana Club rum.

Santiago de Cuba, "the first city of the revolution", is a town with a history of popular insurgency that long predates Castro's revolution. Like all good revolutionaries, the Santiaguerros know how to throw a good party.

Venezuela Independence Day

5 - 5 Jul 2019

The people from Venezuela celebrate Independence Day on 5 July. Major towns and cities organise live events on the streets, including music concerts and huge fireworks displays.

Cartagena

Colombia Independence Day

20 - 20 Jul 2019

Colombia celebrates Independence Day on 20 July. Parades and marches are held throughout Colombia. Other popular activities on this day include watching sports and listening to traditional folk music.

cusco dancers

Peru Independence Day

28 - 28 Jul 2019

On 28 July annually, Peruvians throw patriotic parties and attend both military and civilian celebrations to commemorate  the Declaration of Peru's Independence (1821) by the liberator José de San Martín: Fiestas Patrias. Even in the most remote communities throughout the country houses and businesses fly the Peruvian flag from the start of the month.

On the night of July 27th, Peruvians fill plazas and public parks and thrill to performances of folk and Creole music.  At dawn on July 28 there’s a salvo of 21 cannons, to herald the ceremony of the raising of the flag. On the following day, before a military parade is held in downtown Lima, the Te Deum ceremony, attended by the president, is celebrated in the Lima Cathedral.

In various parts of the country, Peruvians also hold agricultural and livestock fairs alongside events which are the soul of Creole culture: cockfighting, bullfighting and exhibitions by Peruvian pace horses.

Colourful street in La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia Independence Day

6 - 6 Aug 2019

On 6th August, the people from Bolivia commemorate the Declaration of Independence by Simon Bolivar on 6th August 1825. It’s celebrated featuring colourful military parades, gun salutes, street dances, food, music and fireworks.

Brazil flag

Brazil Independence day

7 - 7 Sep 2019

Thousands of people get together throughout Brazil to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day every year. The date celebrates Brazil's Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves on September 7, 1822.

People gather in the streets celebrating with banners, balloons and streamers. Students take part in the parade held on the morning waving their Brazilian flags. Military parades take place in many towns and cities but there’s a carnival atmosphere throughout the day where people of all ages take In the evening people gather to see firework displays. 

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