Amazon Feast of Saint John
Date: 23 – 25 Jun
The Feast of Saint John is proof of the Spanish influence in the Peruvian Amazon. It is the most important festivity in the whole Jungle because it symbolizes faith renewal by the figure of John The Baptist (he baptized Jesus on the Jordan river and he preached his gospel) and the power of water as the main element in the area.
In cities like Iquitos, located in the department of Loreto, and Pucallpa, located in the department of Ucayali, inhabitants go towards the nearest river or lake in order to purify themselves in the water. During this celebration, we can appreciate unique musical festivals and typical dances, as well as agro-industrial and handcrafted expositions. You can also find typical dishes as the famous juanes (rice tamales) that represent the saint’s head.
Here is a great opportunity to enjoy the Amazon Jungle and the warmth of its people!