The Inca Trail is closed all month. Many Peruvian festivals echo the Roman Catholic calendar and are celebrated with great pageantry, especially in indigenous highland villages, where Catholic feast days are often linked with traditional agricultural festivals.

La Virgen de la Candelaria

Held on February 2, this highland fiesta, also known as Candlemas, is particularly colorful around Puno, where folkloric music and dance celebrations last for two weeks.

Carnaval

Held on the last few days before Lent (in February or March), this holiday is often celebrated with weeks of water fights, so be warned. It’s popular in the highlands, the Cajamarca festival is one of the biggest. It’s also busy in the beach towns.

Lunahuaná Adventure Sports Festival

Lunahuaná has an active and growing adventure sports scene, especially river running. Check out this festival in late February/early March.