On my travels to Peru I always enjoy the opportunities of absorbing the cultural traditions of my husband’s native country. I visited Trujillo to attend the Festival Nacional de Marinera which is an event that is held every January in celebration of the Peruvian national dance. The centerpiece of this festival is the national competition that showcases some of the country’s best Marinera dancers.
Peruvian Marinera is an elegant and romantic couple’s dance with graceful moves and gestures that are augmented with the use of handkerchiefs and other props. It is a celebration of courtship that is a blending of the cultural influences of Peru. Its rhythms have Spanish, Moorish, Andean, and Gypsy origins, while the accompaniment is played on guitars, bugles and an African drum called a cajon.
You can enjoy this beautiful and romantic dance without the need to travel to the North; Lima has several opportunities to see the folkloric dances of the many regions of Peru. The one that many tourists enjoy is the buffet dinner and dance show of the restaurant “La Dama Juana” located at Larco Mar in Miraflores.