People and Costumes from Peru: A Photo Essay

People and Costumes from Peru: A Photo Essay


Musicians in their Traditional Costumes

Peru is an amazing country for culture, dramatic landscapes, variety, colors, handicrafts and people.

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I was so fascinated by their traditional costumes, an important part of Peruvian culture as they mark the differences between regional areas and how influences melted over time.


Women at the Market

The market is one of the most interesting places for observing people, and you won’t get short of them while crossing Peru. Here I got my eyes caught by the lovely big hats and the awesome decorations on the sleeves. And Peru also provides a large number of awesome handicrafts: beautiful and brightly colored cloths, carved seeds with scenes of daily life, lovely knitted woollen sweaters and hats with the traditional peruvian designs, and lots more.


Colorful Dancers

In the Colca Valley, I stepped in this group of dancers wearing amazing traditional costumes with wonderful colorful embroideries.

Despite being a poor country, Peru distinguishes itself for its beautiful handicrafts, first of all textiles.

A lovely little dancer waiving at me…


A Colorful Peruvian Little Child


More reading: Narni, Medieval Costumes and the Fascinating Corsa all’Anello


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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

  • Peru: Women in Costumes at the Market
    Posted at 01:26h, 12 February Reply

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  • Brigithe Alvarez
    Posted at 16:53h, 13 November Reply

    Hi everybody! Thanks for wanting to visit Peru, I’m from Peru…
    and I’m very proud of my country… if you want to come here or ask me something about Peru just tell me.
    I’ll be happy to help you .

  • The World Wanderer
    Posted at 23:33h, 09 December Reply

    I am thinking about where in South America I should be spending my summer, and Peru was where my head was at today. Thanks for more inspiration!

    • Simon
      Posted at 23:37h, 09 December Reply

      Erin, Peru was one of the most beautiful countries I visited. So diverse and so interesting. I’m sure you’ll love it. And there are a few more pictures across the website if you’re interested in seeing a little more.

  • Laura in Peru
    Posted at 23:02h, 02 November Reply

    Beautiful photos! One of my favorite parts about living in Peru is its dynamic culture and abundance of colors.

    Just the other week I wrote an article about the colors and culture in Lima, a place in Peru many visitors overlook. In case any of your readers are interested:

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 23:26h, 02 November Reply

      Thank you Laura. Lovely photo yours!

  • Mac
    Posted at 09:08h, 21 October Reply

    I like to travel to different places to know about the history and culture. The vivid images presented here are very colorful and I should appreciate how beautifully they have been snapped. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Camden Luxford
    Posted at 14:58h, 22 July Reply

    Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing. Peruvian festivals are my favourite part of living in the country and you’ve captured them very well – little dancer’s my fave.

  • Camden Luxford
    Posted at 14:57h, 22 July Reply

    Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing. Peruvian festivals are my favourite part of living in the country!

  • Mark
    Posted at 08:04h, 19 January Reply

    Peru has been on my “hot” list of countries to visit for a while! It now became even “hotter”, after seeing this beautiful spread of photos you’ve shared with us! The colors are fascinating, but beyond that, I love the way you set up and framed the shots! My favorite has to be the one of the young ladies with the large hats….very, very nice Simon!

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 09:55h, 27 December Reply

    What a great job of capturing the culture and people! I love these photos! My sister-in-law is from Peru and so many people write about places like Lima and Machu Picchu. This shows a very different and personal side of the country. Without connecting with the culture, the sites don’t matter.

  • Cam
    Posted at 21:20h, 17 October Reply

    Great pics! We’ve got a similar one with the white church and the snowcapped Andes in the background. Although quite touristy, we really liked the little children dancing. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s where we purchased our Peruvian knitted hats. We were surprised when we learned that many of the “girl” dancers were actually little boys in dresses. Kinda funny 😉

  • Jen Laceda
    Posted at 20:47h, 10 October Reply

    These photographs are so inspiring, Simon. It gives me a sense of urgency to visit Peru soon!!!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 08:07h, 11 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Jen. Peru is a wonderful country, where you never stop being surprised. I bet you’d fall in love with Peru! 🙂

  • Trans-Americas Journey
    Posted at 20:00h, 08 October Reply

    Great photos. I can’t wait till our Journey takes us down that way.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 00:40h, 10 October Reply

      Thank you so much. Peru is indeed an amazing country. I’m sure you would love it!

  • The Girl In Orange
    Posted at 21:52h, 16 June Reply

    So colorful, I really like them. I guess the differences alway melt away when we look at the bigger picture. We have more thigs in common than differences.

  • Barbara Weibel
    Posted at 16:14h, 16 June Reply

    Hi Simon: Beautiful photos that were of great interest to me, since Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia are on my list for next year. I would love to know where these photos were taken. Would help me greatly in my travel planning, since my site is all about culture. Thanks, Barbara

  • Juno
    Posted at 10:05h, 27 April Reply

    Beautiful color, people, photo!

    First time I saw traditional Peruvian clothes.. fascinating.
    We have wonderful peruvian restaurant near where I live. Food is amazing too! Just Gorgeous…

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 10:48h, 27 April Reply

      Thank you Juno. Indeed, colors are among the loveliest and most impressive things in Central/South America (at last to me). It’s amazing to see how such poor countries developed a fine taste and awesome handicrafts.

  • ciki
    Posted at 10:04h, 27 April Reply

    totally riveting! so beautiful i cannot peel my eyes away from the photos:) great job simon – rock on:)

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 10:53h, 27 April Reply

      Thank you! I take it like a great compliment because you do amazing photos (the ones you took in Borobudur are among my faves!). Hugs!

  • lechua
    Posted at 19:19h, 21 April Reply

    the people, culture, tradition – really interests me. those who still carry on their tradition and here seeing them in their traditional costumes – always an eyeopener. thanks for sharing!

  • Britt-Arnhild
    Posted at 17:36h, 06 April Reply

    Your new design looks great. Good luck Simon.
    .-= Britt-Arnhild´s last blog ..How to party……how to pizza party! =-.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 18:01h, 06 April Reply

      Hi Britt, thank you so much! You’re the first one to comment. That’s amazing! There’s still lots of work to be done, but it will come, day after day. I’m glad you like it. And if you have suggestions, they’re more than welcome! A big big hug!

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