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Perus Colonial Icons Marinera Dance & Paso Horse

´╗┐The Colonial era in Peru had many effects on the country as a whole: the Paso horse and Marinera dance are just two of those. These cultural icons are great for the South American country, and give northern Peru a rather distinct heritage. The Paso Horse The Peruvian Paso is a truly beautiful breed distinguished most by its very individual gait. They are sometimes nicknamed the dancing horse as they truly prance when they move. They are known to offer an extremely smooth ride. The Paso horse has been developed for over 500 years from those brought by the Spanish conquistadors. The most distinctive of their characteristics is their gait, which is a four-beat one. This means that each foot falls in sequence, rather than the two at a time gait of the typical horse. The result is an extremely smooth ride. What's even more interesting about this gait is that the horses are born with it, rather than having to be taught. Another aspect of their gait is that they raise their forelegs extremely high while they walk so that they seem to be dancing. When in traditional competition, the rider is called a chal'n and there is a complete costume for both horse and rider. This includes the saddle and how it's trimmed as well as the white shirt, trousers, straw hot, wool poncho, handkerchief, boots and spurs of the chal'n. The tradition has been taken to other parts of the world but competitions can be found in particular along the coast of Peru as well as some areas in the highlands. The key competition each year is the National El Paso Horse Competition. This is held near Pachac'mac, at the Mamacona stables. The simplest way to reach this will be to hire a car from Lima to take you the approximately 30 km south of the city. The Marinera: National Dance of Peru Although there are a few theories about where the dance comes from originally, there is no doubt that the Marinera is all Peruvian and is often referred to as the National Dance of Peru. Coming from the coast, it is a couple's dance with one of its signature characteristics being the use of handkerchiefs.

For more than 50 years, there has been a National Contest of Marinera Norte'a held in Trujillo each January. While this is the most important competition, there are many others held at other times and in other locations. Popular opinion holds that the dance traces its roots back to the Zamacueca, a dance that was in existence in pre-Inca times. There is some evidence for this as there are ancient artifacts that portray dancers in zamacueca positions. There are different styles of the Marinera, depending on where they are from. The three main types are the Marinera Lime'a, the Marinera Norte'a and the Marinera Serrana. It is sometimes danced with a Chal'n riding on a Peruvian Paso, an especially entrancing sight. The Marinera Lime'a is attle slower than the other varieties and has been taken over in popularity by the Marinera Norte'a. It can be seen during festivals in October or for Lima's anniversary. The Marinera Norte'a comes from Piura as a variation of that from Lima. It's faster than the Lime'a and an interesting characteristic is that the men wear shoes while the women dance barefoot. Although it originated on the coasts in the north of Peru, it is now danced all throughout the country. The Marinera Serrana is specifically from the mountain regions of the country. If you can't make it to Trujillo in January, you can go to a folkloric dance show at the cultural association, Brisas del Titicaca, where you have dinner and enjoy many Peruvian dances include the marinera. Machu Picchu luxury tour agencies can help you to have the most unique, and thrilling, vacation experience in South America. Be sure to find the best operators for your luxury vacations in Peru.

River Rafting Rishikesh will be a life time experience for you!

´╗┐Rishikesh, the holy city on the banks of river Ganges, in the foothills of Himalaya, the northern boundary of India, beckons all peace-loving as well as sports-loving people alike. You cannot find a place of peace and serenity, to practice Yoga for complete health care of your mind and body, better than this. In the same breathe, it also offers abundant opportunities for adventure travel, and white water rafting of thrill and fun on the Ganges River. Just think ' we areving in a world of metropolitan cities filled with noise, air pollution, hectic activities and choking traffic everywhere. The itch to get away from all these and spend your time calmly in the laps of Nature is irresistible. That's why people fly to such places, here Mother Nature has everything contrast to the city-life, taking a spell of holidays or vacation. Rishikesh is undoubtedly one such place, where you can enjoyving with Nature. Forget that it is a holy city of temples for Hindus, one that they consider for afe-time pilgrimage, to worship Lord Vishnu. Once visiting this place, they can easily embark on travel to similar other placeske Haridwar, Manasa Gangotri, Ram Jula, Lakshman Jula etc. You will be amazed to know how Rishikesh has been developed into a tourist-paradise in the recent years. The Great Himalayan Mountains with snow-clad peaks, as well as crystal-clear water of River Ganges flowing from it, offer a lot of scope for indulging in camp-life inside tents, trekking, walking, rafting and just lying idle and bathing in the Sun all day long. Yourfe-style will be a completely changed one. You canve in first-class Swiss-make tents, erected all over the place ' away from the city of Rishikesh ' and yet avail all the modern facilities. Camp-fire during nights, lanterns and bamboo chairs, scenic beauty ' all these will take you to a world of totally different medieval style. Particularly for white water rafting, Rishikesh has become most popular world-wide. While providing the same thrill and excitement, rafting will not be that dangerous and hazardous, as in the case of rivers in Africa, Sweden or USA. The reason is rafting is facilitated in the River Ganges, which is flowing along the rocks very smoothly. You only need basic level paddling experience, to enjoy rafting here. Completely safe rapids are provided for your use and you have very wide choices to choose from, in respect of rafting distances ' long or short. Thest of camps you can select for your rafting at Rishikesh is long. However, here are a few important ones ' Rafterz Camp at Shivpuri; All Adventure Camp ' Kaudilya; Bhrumpuri Beach camp; Byasi Beach camp; The Jungle Camp Resort; Hut Cottage Resort; and the Ganga Camp at Kaudilya. All these expeditions will be inexpensive, compared to other places for rafting around the world. Best part is you get all the facilities that are 100% equal to these placeske 'parking, restaurants serving North Indian and Chinese cuisine; Doctor on call; all sports from cricket, football to badminton etc. and a lot more. Rishikesh is well-connected from the nation's capital Delhi by road. a target=_new Rishikesh rafting - offer River Rafting in Rishikesh with cheap & Affordable prices, for more information kindly visit us at a target=_new Rafting in Rishikesh

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