Tremors – Last week of march first week of April
festival that celebrates the merge of Peruvian and Christian religions. It
honors the traditional idea that in 1650 a Christ of the Good Death stopped an
earthquake that threatened to level
of variable date on which the faithful visit the main colonial churches in the
Peruvian Pace Horses National Competition (April)
An occasion to appreciate the spirited specimens and the characteristic pace of the Peruvian horses at Mamacona (Lurín).
Peruvian Pace Horse Festival
Place: Pachacamac (
Date: April the 15th - 20th
The Spanish horse crossed with the Arabian, and bred in a desert geography that outlined its gait and its format, gave place to the Peruvian Pace Horse. For 300 years the blood of this new breed begun to positively filter, until developing the characteristics that have turned it into one of the most beautiful and elegant specimens of the world. On the other hand, breeders, riders (chalanes) and artisans, have known how to sift the art of ambling - synchronised movements of the hind and forelegs in a parallel manner - throughout the years. This gait in its turn originated the peculiar steps and the jauntiness of the marinera dance.
The gear - comprised by the mantle, the saddle and the linings - and the garments of the chalan (rider) - plain white pants and shirt, straw hat, a poncho made of vicuna fibre, scarf, boots and spurs - are part of this attractive whole.
This tradition, which has been exported to several parts of the world, is driven through different contests taking place in the coastal cities and in the Peruvian Sierra as well, being the Peruvian Pace Horses National Contest the most important one; it is realised annually at the exhibition field of Mamacona, in the historic locality of Pachacamac, located at about 30 kilometres south of Lima.