Religious in Ayacucho

Semana Santa

Held the week before Easter, this is Peru’s finest religious festival and attracts visitors from all over the country. Each succeeding day sees solemn yet colorful processions and Catholic religious rites. Ayacucho’…
Cultural in Cuzco

Inti Raymi

This is Cuzco’s most important festival. Visitors from throughout Peru and the world join the whole city celebrating in the streets with dancing and parades. The festival culminates in a reenactment of the Inca wint…
Festival in Cajamarca


The Peru-wide pageantry of Carnaval is celebrated at the beginning of Lent, usually in February. Not all Carnavals are created equal, however. Ask any Peruvian where the wildest celebrations are, and Cajamarca will …
Fair in Lima


This weeklong event is one of South America's premier food festivals, attracting international visitors and well-known chefs, showcasing the culinary diversity of Peru. Many small Peruvian businesses have earned acc…
Traditional Dance in Huancayo

Año Nuevo

New Year's festivities in Huancayo are some of Peru’s most unusual. Dances performed include the huaconada, in which revelers dress up to look like quirky old men with big noses, representing village elders who, in …
Traditional Music in Iquitos

San Juan

This is the big annual debauch, a festival that has grown around the saint’s day of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist) on June 24 (the main party day). It’s celebrated in most Amazon towns but Iquitos honors th…
Music in Oxapampa


Held against the backdrop of Parque Nacional Yanachaga-Chemillén every June since 2010, this is one of Peru’s most talked-about festivals. A great showcase of Peruvian contemporary music: new rock, electronica, regg…
Religious in Tarma

Semana Santa

Many processions are held in Tarma during Holy Week, including several by candlelight after dark. They culminate on the morning of Easter Sunday with a marvelous procession to the cathedral along an 11-block route e…
Festival in Ollantaytambo

Señor de Choquechilca

Occurring during Pentecost in late May or early June, the town’s most important annual event commemorates the local miracle of the Christ of Choquechilca, when a wooden cross appeared by the Incan bridge. It’s celeb…
Cultural in Cuzco


Less well-known than June's spectacular Inti Raymi are the more traditional Andean rites of this festival, which is held at the foot of Ausangate the Tuesday before Corpus Christi, in late May or early June.