Concluding this religious month is Día de los Santos, or All Saints' Day, every year on November 1. This year, the date falls on a Sunday which is usually a family-focused day every week in Latin American lives. In Peru on this day, people visit their deceased loved ones in the cemetery, spending the day cleaning their final resting places, eating, singing, dancing, praying, talking with, and enjoying the company of the passed. This is similar to but not the same as Day of the Dead in other countries in Latin and South America. Despite the theme, it is a very lively and vibrant holiday.
Lima te Llena is organizing a very special outing to the Nueva Esperanza cemetery this year for Día de los Santos! In the morning, we will visit our local market to grab some snacks and enjoy tasting some traditional Peruvian dishes and drinks. In our exclusive Tasting Station, we will also be trying the famous turron de Doña Pepa pastry!
In the afternoon, we will visit the second largest cemetery in the world: Nueva Esperanza. This began as an illegally settled cemetery but was soon claimed by the city of Lima as part of the greater metropolitan area. Over a million people visit this unique cemetery in the foothills of the Andes every year on All Saints' Day to visit and spend time with loved ones, current and passed. We will enjoy the sights, music, smells, and overall atmosphere of this familial holiday and learn about the attitudes, beliefs, and customs regarding life and death from the immigrant Andean communities.
- Who: Up to 9 curious and adventurous travelers
- What: AM- Peruvian Food & Market Tour, PM- All Saints' Day festivities
- When: Sunday November 1, 2015; 10:00am to approximately 5:00pm (about 7 hours)
- Where: AM- local Peruvian market, PM- Nueva Esperanza cemetery in Villa Maria District