Every year, Peru carries out the chaccu, when vicuñas (wild relatives of the llama) are sheared for their wool. It happens in the final week of June at Pampa Galeras-Bárbara d'Achille Natural Reserve, in Ayacucho. This traditional hunt for the vicuna dates back to pre-Hispanic times.
With the cry of “¡Chacutay jayaycusa!” (Let's start chaccu!), followed by the answer “Chaccu!” this annual event starts.
The air is festive and smells of free juanes in Peru today. To add to the festivities, Peru also celebrates Día del Campesino on this same day, June 24.
You might have already known that today Peru celebrates San Juan and the festival of the Sun, Inti Raymi. But did you know that it is also Día del Campesino?
Since June 24, 1969, when President Juan Velasco Alvarado established the Agrarian Reform Law, what used to be Día del Indio became replaced with Día del Campesino, according to Andina news agency.
With this holiday the regions of the jungle for San Juan, Cusco for Inti Raymi and the rest of the country for Día del Campesino are united in celebration for the work that the country’s farmers contribute to the growth of the country.
Want somewhere to celebrate the feast of San Juan? Head over to Invita Perú to eat free juanes and enjoy music from the Amazon.