The Vice Guide to Travel: Takanakuy

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Do you think you’re tough? Let’s take a trip to the mountains of Peru and see how these hypermasculine folks bottle up their personal grudges all year long and then on Christmas day battle it out in the middle of town. A sharp contrast from the way of life in Lima, the residents of Santo Tomas settle their scores in the old fashioned way, with their fists.

This may seem barbaric or uncivilized but we do learn that there are some social reasons and benefits to this strange event. We learn of the festival’s significance and see the how the residents build up towards the special day.

This is the yearly festival, called Takanakuy. Could your city or town benefit from a yearly day like this?

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