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Popular weekend destinations are peñas, bars that offer música criolla, rhythmic ballads performed with guitars and cajones (wooden boxes used for percussion). Peñas that cater to tourists, however, offer a more varied show that includes folk music and dancing from the country's coastal and Andean regions.
Junius. In the DoubleTree Hotel, Junius has dinner shows featuring traditional music and dances of the coast and the mountains. It's geared mostly to tourists, with shows nightly from 8 to 10:30. DoubleTree Hotel, Av. Independencia 125, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 1/617–1000. www.junius.com.pe.
La Candelaria. Vying for both the local and tourist markets, La Candelaria is located in a lovely old building in Barranco. Shows combining the folklore of the coast, mountains, and jungle start at 10:30 on Friday and Saturday night. There's a cover charge for the show, and food and drink are à la carte. Av. Bolognesi 292, Barranco, Lima, 04. 1/247–1314. www.lacandelariaperu.com.
La Dama Juana. The most tourist-friendly peña, La Dama Juana offers 90-minute shows in an atmospheric Spanish colonial-style building in Barranco. Performances start at 8:30, and the traditional Peruvian buffet is presented at 7:30. Av. República de Panama 230, Barranco, Lima, 04. 1/248–7547. www.ladamajuana.com.pe.Updated: 06-2013
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