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Peru is home to lots of colourful festivals. If you fancy getting into the spirit of things during your Peru holiday, we definitely recommend looking at the best time of year to travel, and what’s going on where. It’s also a good idea to plan your travels as far in advance as possible before the best accommodation gets snapped up. Not sure where to begin? We’ve put together some of Peru’s top festivals to help you on your way.
March: Fiesta de la Vendimia
On the South Coast of Peru you’ll find Ica, a small city which celebrates a fruity annual tradition, Fiesta de la Vendimia! This traditional wine harvest festival is celebrated with processions, dance and most importantly, wine. Expect parades, contests and plenty of grape stomping.
March/April: Semana Santa
Semana Santa is one of Peru’s finest religious festivals, attracting visitors across the country. It is celebrated the week before Easter Sunday with spectacular daily processions across many parts of the country, including Cusco, Ayacucho, Arequipa and Huancayo.
June: Fiesta del Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun)
This ancient festival is held in Sacsayhuaman, north of Cusco with authentic Inca rituals, processions, folk dancing and competitions. It’s a must-see if you happen to be in the area during this time. If you are planning to visit Cusco during this time, we recommend to secure accommodation and trips in advance as things a getting a busy during this time a year.
November: Puno week
This is a celebration of the founding of the city by the Spanish and involves a fascinating re-enactment of the appearance of the founders of the Inca Empire, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, from Lake Titicaca. Some of the most beautiful traditional fiestas are held here during this week