Cusco and Machu Picchu are spectacular destinations 365 days a year. However, there are unique holidays to Machu Picchu that make the trip to the Capital of the Incas a magical experience: Carnivals, Holy Week, Corpus Christi, Inti Raymi, Christmas, New Year, are just some of the most important festivities that celebrates the population Cusco. Know the tradition and joy that radiates the city 'Navel of the World' during those days. Cusco is the best destination in South America and Machu Picchu is one of the best destinations in the world.
Carnival is a celebration that is celebrated in generally in February (or early March) throughout Cusco and Peru. The central days are Sundays in which the population plays with each other spraying water and talcum powder. The carnivals are characterized by the overflowing joy during which you can taste the delicious traditional dishes of the region.
Visiting Cusco holidays to Machu Picchu during this season will allow you to enjoy the colorful festivities of the carnivals and visit a wonder of the modern world.
Holidays to Machu Picchu in March and live the faith of Peruvians during Holy Week. See the processions of the saints in the main squares and taste the delicious sweets of the season.
One of the most fervent and ancient religious celebrations (more than 2 centuries) of the Cusco region is celebrated in the village of Ocongante at the end of May or beginning of June. The pilgrimage of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit'i (Brilliant Snow) is a religious ritual that brings together thousands of settlers and visitors who travel several kilometers on foot to the foot of the mount Ausangate. During the pilgrimage the Christ of that town is worshiped with dances, music and artificial games. On average it takes 5 hours of walking and reaches temperatures of -4 ° C.
The most important religious festival of the city of Cusco is celebrated in June or the end of May but always on a Thursday. The Corpus Christi consists of the journey in procession of the fifteen principal saints and virgins in the city. It is part of the jubilee festivities of the city.
On June 24, as part of the celebrations of Cusco is celebrated the "Inti Raymi", in this emulates the most important celebration for the civilization of the Incas. During the Inti Raymi festival Cusco Peru, the Incas celebrated what we know today as the winter solstice, day in which the Sun (the main god of the Inca civilization) reaches its greatest height. This ancestral festival begins in the Qoricancha or temple of sun and ends in the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman.
If you want to come to Machu Picchu holidays, the first thing you have to do is book the Machu Picchu tickets in advance; we recommend doing it three months before to find availability.
If to your experience Machu Picchu holidays you want to add the Huayna Picchu mountain; 4 months before you must have booked the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu, it is the only way to get one of these tickets during the festivities of Cusco.
Peru celebrates its independence on July 28 and 29. During these days the streets of each city are dressed in red and white to celebrate the pride of being Peruvian. In the course of the month of July and especially the week of Independence day there are colorful parades, gastronomic fairs and diverse samples of popular art.
All Saints Day in Cusco, the first of November, is celebrated with traditional wawa bread and horse bread, as well as visits to the cemetery.
The last month of the year, December, offers a tender and warm view of the city of Cusco and its welcome to Christmas parties. Beautiful representations of the birth of Jesus in the visit to the Cathedral and other churches, in addition to the ornaments that embellish the main streets of the city and the traditional craft fair on December 24 in the Main Square, the Santurantikuy.
Also, on the last day of the year, the Main Square is the setting for the New Year's Eve party. In Cusco, the gastronomy is tasted in family with characteristic stews where the piglet predominates. Among the characteristic features of the region is the anti-clockwise route around the Main Square. Tourists and locals celebrate with artificial games and spinning hand in hand in large groups in the square. At midnight, the Cuzco nights are some of the most fervent and memorable in Peru.