Easter is an important moment in the spiritual and touristic aspects of each country that constitutes South America. For this reason tourists can use the options the countries offer for these days to enjoy this part of the world. These options combine tradition and originality, usually at a low cost.
This year the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, announced that every day of Holy Week would be a holiday in order to save electricity, due to the current energy crisis in Venezuela. For this reason, the country´s tourist travel will be atypical.
Two destinations that we recommend during these days:
Situated just 45 minutes from the capital, Barlovento has numerous beautiful beaches bathed by the warm Caribbean sun and entertainment for the whole family.
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Mochima´s waters were declared a national park in 1973. Here you can enjoy both the wonders of the islands and islets and close contact with wildlife, in a protected area of nearly 95 thousand hectares. The most popular beaches are Arapito and Colorado.
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Iquitos is the most important city in the Amazon, a mythical area, full of stories, legends and ecological sites in the Peruvian jungle.
Highlights for visitors include: the Obelisk of Heroes and Kisth Pool, in the Plaza de Armas, La Casa de Fierro, built in 1887 by Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower, and the Malecón Tarapacá, a boulevard along the Amazon River.
You should not miss the beaches in south Lima that can hold a million bathers on Thursday and Friday. In Peru, the mixture of Catholicism and pagan religions creates some of the most colorful celebrations of Holy Week.
A visit to Christ the Redeemer, 709 m. a.s.l., in the heavenly city of Rio de Janeiro, should be on the top of your list for Holy Week in Brazil. This statue was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 2007.
Brazil has the largest number of Catholics in the world. In this country, the most important day of Easter is Good Friday, when 50 thousand faithful make a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Nuestra Señora Aparecida, which is located 167 kilometers from Sao Paulo.
The celebration of Holy Week in Brazil is very interesting, because the Brazilian people are very faithful and their traditions combine Catholic rituals with African religions.
During Holy Week thousands of pilgrims walk 150 km from the city of La Paz to Copacabana. The celebration lasts three days in which people of all ages come to the sanctuary due to their devotion to the Virgin of Copacabana.
This is a custom that dates from before the arrival of the Spaniards and is surrounded by interesting myths, legends and beliefs.
On Ash Saturday, the people of La Serena walk down the Avenue of the Sea, participating in the traditional Via Crucis. Its organizers expect about 200 people to take part in the Via Crucis. On Easter Sunday, a public holiday for Christians, a Mass of Resurrection will take place in this same wonderful natural environment.
Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay is a very good option to escape for a few days of Holy Week. Enjoy the tranquility of their streets, the historic center and the coast of the Rio de la Plata. During Holy Week various activities are carried out that reflect the rich multicultural history of the place: the indigenous legacy and the Spanish and Portuguese presence.
Today we seek rest in these paradisiacal places, which previously were thought to be El Dorado. Each year this country offers more infrastructure for tourists. Holy Week is an excellent opportunity to experience the customs of the only South American country that still continues to speak English, a fact which is an expression of the culture in this place.
Easter is celebrated with music and a hearty family meal. Easter in Ecuador is lived intensely with strongly held religious traditions that have developed over the years. Those who visit this country during this time may participate in these rites in the depths of the jungle, the mighty Andes or along a blue sea.
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