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The Chocolatada: A Peruvian Christmas Tradition

Christmas in Peru is full of fascinating cultural traditions, from paneton to the Santirantikuy to the Christmas Chocolatada. The Chocolatada in Peru is a wonderful way to spread Christmas cheer. Businesses and individuals bring cups of steaming hot chocolate, treats and gifts to those in need.

For Apus Peru, the Chocolatada is one part of our commitment to giving back to the communities we trek through. We’re not just adventure travel specialists! Each year, Apus Peru’s staff and guides – as well as some special guests! – make the trek out to Chaullacocha to give hot chocolate and toys to the children of this community at Christmastime.

You can trek too!  Join us on our Christmas Chocolatada Trek, with departures every December 20th.

Our social commitment to communities is not just about giving at Christmas. We work locally and sustainably with community groups in rural, high Andean communities year round, primarily through our work with and support of our partner NGO Threads of Peru. Threads of Peru works in remote communities, specifically Rumira Sondormayo and Chaullacocha, helping to promote the weaving tradition and provide economic support.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so enjoy our photo essay below! It was a lovely day, and happily and the rain held off.

Truck ride from Chupani bringing the chocolatada to Challaococha


Playing games whilst waiting for the hot chocolate


Apus Peru team assembling gifts for the kids


Children waiting patiently outside the classroom to receive their Christmas treats!


Children lining up ready for a game of tug-o-war.


Apus Peru team member Ruth shouts encouragement as the kids battle during the tug of war!


A good old fashioned game of “British bulldog” or “Sharks and Fish” or simply just “run for your life”! 🙂 Great fun!


Erika and Fely from Apus Peru working hard, handing out hot chocolate.


Our guides Joel and Mari (background) giving a helping hand


Beautifully colourful!


Delicious hot chocolate!


Kids in the community posing with their hot chocolate


Everybody say, hola!




The Apus Peru team enjoys the last of the hot chocolate! L to R: Adrian, Ruth, Sergio, Fely, Mateo, José (sitting), Erika, Emily, Joel (sitting) and Maribel.


The team at Apus Peru would like to thank the communities in Chupani and Chaullacocha for their welcome and cooperation and a great day! We look forward to continuing to work with and support your communities in 2015. See you next year!

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This post was first published on 29 December, 2014; updated on 28 October 2019.

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