For all of you lucky travelers headed on a Peru vacation this month or in June, check out some of these Peru events! The perfect way to spend a free afternoon, these events can be found throughout the different departments of Peru and provide a great way to indulge in the country’s culture and history.
Lima: The capital of Peru, Lima is often buzzing with festivals and exhibits. Enhance your Lima travel by attending one of these many events.
June 7th: The annual celebration of Corpus Christi takes place throughout Peru, but be on the lookout for celebrations throughout Lima!
June 19-29th: El OutfestPeru is Lima’s annual lesbian, gay, and transsexual film festival which will be held at the Centro Cultural de Espana and the Juliet Theater.
June 24th: The national holiday of Inti Raymi is celebrated throughout the country, most heavily in Cusco, however you may find yourself amidst the various Incan celebrations in Lima as well.
June 29th: A huge celebration throughout Lima and the rest of Peru, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is a great way to mingle with the locals and enjoy some of Peru’s festivities.
Cusco Region: With so much to do and see, Cusco travel is often jam-packed, but if you have a little extra time, be sure to check out one of these Cusco events.
May 27-30th: Enjoy the Pentecost Sunday celebrations of Señor de Choquekillka. The patron celebration of Ollantaytambo is a four day festival that includes endless processions and celebrations, a must see if in the Cusco region!
June 1st: An annual pilgrimage takes thousands from Sinakara to the top of Mount Ausangate in search of the sacred snow (holy water) during Qoyllur Rit’i. This hike takes tens of thousands to more than 15,000 feet (4,700 meters) above sea level to submit offerings to the church and many partake in traditional dance to celebrate the mountain spirits.
June 7th: The Corpus Christi celebrations bear resemblance to the Semana Santa festivals found in the month of April. Parades, music, and processions pass through the streets of Cusco. Enjoy the elaborate costumes and festivities of Corpus Christi, an added bonus to your Cusco vacation.
June 18-30th: Attend the traditional fair, Agropercaria Huancaro, where agriculture from around the world is highlighted. Of specific interest is the festival of Cusco’s thirteen provinces, where representatives of the region will share their typical food, culture, and music. This festival is the perfect way to gain a better understanding of the Cusco region as well as sample some delicious Peruvian cuisine.
June 24th: Celebrate the festival of Inti Raymi at Sacsayhuaman. Often visited during a Cusco city tour, Sacsayhuaman is of particular interest on June 24th as people flock to pay homage to Inti, the Sun god, on the occasion of the winter solstice. This is a must see celebration if you happen to be visiting the Cusco region at this time!
June 29th: A great opportunity to enjoy one of Cusco’s excellent festivals, the celebration of Ollantay Raymi brings people from all over to participate in dances, watch the Ollantay Drama, feast on local cuisine, and celebrate the great Inca Sun God.
Puno Region: Though most festivals celebrated in other parts of Peru are also celebrated in the Puno region, here are some specific festivals you won’t want to miss if you around the Puno area.
May 28th: Join the ‘Fiesta del Espiritu Santo’ outside of Puno in Llave, Capachica, Yunguyom, as well as many other towns.
June 21st: If you find yourself in the Puno area, check out the districts of Unicachi and Ollaraya in Yunguyo where you can celebrate the Aymaran New Year.
June 24th and June 29th: If you enjoy dance, be sure to check out the Dia del Campesino Capachica and the Fiesta de San Pedro y San Pablo. Both festivals are celebrated with folk dances and contests, and are a great way to experience the area’s culture.
Throughout Peru you are sure to find many great celebrations and festivals no matter when you are traveling. If you happen to be visiting this month or the next be sure to check out these great Peru festivals as an added bonus to your already exciting Peru travel itinerary.