List of Festivals in Peru

MAYVirgen de ChapiMay / 1Arequipa RegionLocation: Chapi (2420 masl / 7940 fasl).DESCRIPTION: Pilgrimage crossing the Arequipa desert to worship the Virgin of Purification or Virgin of Chapi. The pilgrims carry rocks of different sizes they will leave before Chapi, making the so-called apachetas, symbolizing the devotes’ sins. In a night-long wake, the image of the miraculous Virgin is surrounded by candles to then leave in procession. There are also fireworks and typical foods.HOW TO GET THERE: By road: Chapi, 76 km / 47 miles southeast of Arequipa. There is bus access, but some pilgrims prefer to go on foot (1 hour walk approx.)Lord of MuruhuayMayJunín RegionLocation: Shalacoto hill (2959 masl / 9708 fasl), Acobamba, 12 km from Tarma.DESCRIPTION: The image of the Crucified Lord, painted on the skirts of the Shalacoto hill, is worshipped on this date by thousands of pilgrims. Some old rites to worship water, earth and rocks have survived in this celebration. On the central day a solemn Mass is celebrated in Quechua and then the believers drop their “Letter to God”, requesting miracles or thanking favors granted. The organizers usually offer a typical lunch to visitors and dancers.HOW TO GET THERE: By road: by the Central Highway following the Lima - Ticlio - Huancayo route (310 km / 193 miles), in 5:30 h.JUNESaint JohnJune / 23 to 25Loreto, and Ucayali RegionsLocation: Iquitos (104 masl / 341 fasl) and Pucallpa (154 masl / 505 fasl).DESCRIPTION: The most important festivity of the Amazon symbolizes the renewal of faith under the figure of Saint John the Baptist and the power of water, a vital element in the entire Amazon region. This is why, in Iquitos and Pucallpa (Yarinacocha), the people get purified in the waters of rivers or lakes. On this date, there are also music festivals and typical dances, produce and crafts fairs, and typical dishes, such as the famous juanes (rice tamales) representing the Saint’s head.HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights from Lima to Iquitos and Pucallpa.Inti RaymiInti Raymi, CuscoJune / 24Cusco RegionLocation: Sacsayhuaman (3600 masl / 11811 fasl) esplanade 2 km / 1 mile from Cusco cityDESCRIPTION: Inti Raymi is the Sun’s festivity. It coincides with the winter solstice and the harvests season. The Sacsayhuaman fortress is the stage for the ceremony, following a detailed script, including the sacrifice of two llamas to tell the future. The Inca, who urges the authorities in Cusco’s main square to govern well, presides over the ceremony. At dusk, the Inca announces the end of the day’s ceremonies and merry-making starts.HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Cusco (1 h). By road: Lima - Cusco (through Arequipa), 1650 km / 1025 miles (24 h).Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi, CuscoMay - June / movableCusco RegionLocation: city of Cusco (3400 masl / 11155 fasl).DESCRIPTION: Fifteen saints and virgins from different Cusco districts arrive at the cathedral in procession to salute Christ’s body in the form of a consecrated wafer kept in the fabulous 26-kg massif gold custody. During the night wake, typical dishes, such as chiriuchu (guinea pig and hot peppers), chicha and corn bread, are served. As soon as the sun rises, the parade starts around the main square, and then the images enter the cathedral to salute each other. Finally, the delegations go back to their churches in the midst of songs and prayers.HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Cusco (1 h). By road: Lima - Cusco (through Arequipa), 1650 km / 1025 miles (24 h).Qoyllur Rit'iQoyllur Rit'i , Cusco RegionJune / first weekCusco RegionLocation: Sinakara (4700 masl / 15420 fasl), district of Ocongate,province of Quispicanchi.DESCRIPTION: The largest pilgrimage of all indigenous nations of the Americas. More than 10 thousand people arrive in Sinakara, at the foot of the Ausangate mountain (6362 masl / 20873 fasl), to pay homage to a painting of Child Jesus. The ascent of a group of strong Queros to the snow-capped summit to seek the Star of the Snow (Qoyllur Rit’i) in the mountain’s heart is full of symbolism. They will take large blocks of ice on their shoulders back to their Quechua communities to water their lands with sacred water.HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Cusco (1 h).By road: Lima - Cusco (through Arequipa), 1650 km / 1025 miles   (24 h).Chaccu in Pampa GalerasJune 24thNational Reserve at Pampa Galeras. AyacuchoThis traditional festival consists of creating a human fence to surround and trap the vicuñas that will be sheered. Before the chaccu, the local people perform the pagapu, an ancient ceremony of giving thanks to the Pachamama or Mother Earth and the Andean gods for protecting their animals. Vicuña fur is extremely sought after for its high quality and value in the international market.JULYThe Virgin of El CarmenVirgen del Carmen, CuzcoJuly / 15 and 16Cusco RegionAverage temperature: 12°C (54°F).DESCRIPTION: The Virgin of El Carmen or Mamacha Carmen, patroness of mixed-blood people, is worshipped in a colorful procession of her image along the village streets. Music and singing in Quechua, and groups representing passages of the history of Peru. On the central day, the Virgin blesses the attendants and casts off demons that perform risky acrobatics on roof tops. The grand finale, is a war against demons in which the faithful triumph.HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Cusco (1 h). By road: Lima - Cusco (through Arequipa), 1650 km / 1025 miles (24 h). From Cusco to Paucartambo (through San Salvador and Huancarani) 109 km / 68 miles (4h)Independence Day28th and 29th JulyLimaThe celebration includes a military parade in the Campo de Marte and a Te Deum in the Cathedral attended by the main governmental authorities. In Miraflores, the days before 28th July, there is colorful parade with floats and fireworks.AUGUSTPachamama Raymi or Earth Mother Day1st AugustThe entire department. CuscoOn this day, the following festivals takes place: Pachamamaraymi in the District of Ccatca, Wataqallariy in the District of Maras, and Kinturaymi in Huasao in the District of Oropesa. This is an Andean ritual that worships and gives tribute to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) in a special ceremony called “payment to the earth” with offerings of coca leaves, chicha de jora, and huayruro seeds (mystical jungle seeds). The rite marks the beginning of the Andean New Year.Saint Rose of Lima / Santa Rosa de LimaAugust / 30Metropolitan LimaLocation: downtown Lima (154 masl / 505 fasl).DESCRIPTION: Saint Rose of Lima is the name that made Isabel Flores de Oliva famous. She was a pious Lima woman of the XVII century with great religious inclination and given to serving the sick. The Vatican named her Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines. Her sanctuary in downtown Lima is visited by the faithful asking for a miracle. On this date, visitors to the hermitage she built is visited and drop letters into the well where she dropped the key to her cilice.HOW TO GET THERE: Sanctuary in downtown Lima, Tacna Ave., block 1.SEPTEMBERInternational Spring Festival.September / OctoberLa Libertad RegionLocation: city of Trujillo (34 masl / 112 fasl).DESCRIPTION: Colonial Trujillo streets and houses are decorated for the floats parade led by the Queen of Spring, followed by foreign and Peruvian beauty queens. Skillful cheerleaders from abroad also catch the bystanders attention.HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Trujillo (1 h). By road: to Trujillo, from Lima, 560 km / 348 miles (8 h),through the North Pan-American Highway.OCTOBERThe Lord of the MiraclesLord of the Miracles Procession, LimaOctober / Second halfMetropolitan LimaLocation: downtown Lima (154 masl / 505 fasl).DESCRIPTION: This image gathers around it the largest numbers of devotees in South America. It dates back to colonial times, when a black slave painted it on the walls of a run-down property. In spite of earthquakes and attempts at erasing it, the miraculous image has remained intact. Thousands of believers dressed in purple habits sing and pray to accompany the image in procession. It is a date to enjoy “turrón de Doña Pepa” (a nougat) and delicious “picarones” (ring-shaped fritters). To honor the Black Christ, bull fighting at Plaza de Acho, gathers the most prestigious bullfighters of Spain and the Americas.HOW TO GET THERE: Processions in downtown Lima. Plaza de Acho: Rímac district.Peruvian Music Day31st OctoberLimaSince the 1940’s, this celebration highlights the importance of the Peruvian Creole music with remembrances, concerts, and parties in private and public locations. The “peñas” are the most frequented public establishments.NOVEMBERAll Saints Day and Day of the Dead.November / 1 and 2Piura and Cajamarca RegionsLocation: Granja Porcón (Cajamarca, 2720 masl / 8924 fasl) and La Arena (Piura, 29 masl / 95 fasl).DESCRIPTION: In Cajamarca and the Porcón and Huambocancha villages, the people visit cemeteries carrying paper flower crowns for their dead and clean the tombstones under which they are buried. Then they share food and drinks with their souls. This rite is the continuation of a pre-Hispanic practice combined with Christian elements.In La Arena (Piura), the people go to the Main Square taking their children dressed in their best clothes. Those who have lost a child give children who resemble their own some sweets and rolls in bags called "little angels". At night, families hold a wake at the cemetery, lit with candles until dawn.HOW TO GET THERE: By road: Granja Porcón, 30 km / 19 miles (55 min) from Cajamarca by the road to Bambamarca. La Arena, city of Piura, 978 km / 608 miles north of Lima).DECEMBERImmaculate ConceptionDecember / 7 to 10Arequipa RegionLocation: city of Chivay (3633 masl / 11919 fasl), province of Caylloma.DESCRIPTION: On the central day (day 8), in a colorful dance after the procession, men dressed in women’s clothes approach women and abduct them. This is a good time to visit the 16 baroque churches of the ColcaValley, its hot springs (La Calera), and the beautiful terraces of one of the deepest canyons in the world, and to see the marvelous flight of condors. (See Health and Mysticism and Adventure Sports).HOW TO GET THERE: By road: Chivay is 164 km / 102 miles north of Arequipa (3:30 h)

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MAY
Virgen de Chapi
May / 1
Arequipa Region
Location: Chapi (2420 masl / 7940 fasl).

DESCRIPTION: Pilgrimage crossing the Arequipa desert to worship the Virgin of Purification or Virgin of Chapi. The pilgrims carry rocks of different sizes they will leave before Chapi, making the so-called apachetas, symbolizing the devotes’ sins. In a night-long wake, the image of the miraculous Virgin is surrounded by candles to then leave in procession. There are also fireworks and typical foods.
HOW TO GET THERE: By road: Chapi, 76 km / 47 miles southeast of Arequipa. There is bus access, but some pilgrims prefer to go on foot (1 hour walk approx.)
Lord of Muruhuay

May
Junín Region
Location: Shalacoto hill (2959 masl / 9708 fasl), Acobamba, 12 km from Tarma.

DESCRIPTION: The image of the Crucified Lord, painted on the skirts of the Shalacoto hill, is worshipped on this date by thousands of pilgrims. Some old rites to worship water, earth and rocks have survived in this celebration. On the central day a solemn Mass is celebrated in Quechua and then the believers drop their “Letter to God”, requesting miracles or thanking favors granted. The organizers usually offer a typical lunch to visitors and dancers.
HOW TO GET THERE: By road: by the Central Highway following the Lima - Ticlio - Huancayo route (310 km / 193 miles), in 5:30 h.

JUNE
Saint John
June / 23 to 25
Loreto, and Ucayali Regions
Location: Iquitos (104 masl / 341 fasl) and Pucallpa (154 masl / 505 fasl).

DESCRIPTION: The most important festivity of the Amazon symbolizes the renewal of faith under the figure of Saint John the Baptist and the power of water, a vital element in the entire Amazon region. This is why, in Iquitos and Pucallpa (Yarinacocha), the people get purified in the waters of rivers or lakes. On this date, there are also music festivals and typical dances, produce and crafts fairs, and typical dishes, such as the famous juanes (rice tamales) representing the Saint’s head.
HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights from Lima to Iquitos and Pucallpa.
Inti Raymi
Inti Raymi, Cusco

June / 24
Cusco Region
Location: Sacsayhuaman (3600 masl / 11811 fasl) esplanade 2 km / 1 mile from Cusco city

DESCRIPTION: Inti Raymi is the Sun’s festivity. It coincides with the winter solstice and the harvests season. The Sacsayhuaman fortress is the stage for the ceremony, following a detailed script, including the sacrifice of two llamas to tell the future. The Inca, who urges the authorities in Cusco’s main square to govern well, presides over the ceremony. At dusk, the Inca announces the end of the day’s ceremonies and merry-making starts.
HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Cusco (1 h). By road: Lima - Cusco (through Arequipa), 1650 km / 1025 miles (24 h).
Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Cusco


May - June / movable
Cusco Region
Location: city of Cusco (3400 masl / 11155 fasl).

DESCRIPTION: Fifteen saints and virgins from different Cusco districts arrive at the cathedral in procession to salute Christ’s body in the form of a consecrated wafer kept in the fabulous 26-kg massif gold custody. During the night wake, typical dishes, such as chiriuchu (guinea pig and hot peppers), chicha and corn bread, are served. As soon as the sun rises, the parade starts around the main square, and then the images enter the cathedral to salute each other. Finally, the delegations go back to their churches in the midst of songs and prayers.
HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Cusco (1 h). By road: Lima - Cusco (through Arequipa), 1650 km / 1025 miles (24 h).
Qoyllur Rit'i
Qoyllur Rit'i , Cusco Region

June / first week
Cusco Region
Location: Sinakara (4700 masl / 15420 fasl), district of Ocongate,province of Quispicanchi.

DESCRIPTION: The largest pilgrimage of all indigenous nations of the Americas. More than 10 thousand people arrive in Sinakara, at the foot of the Ausangate mountain (6362 masl / 20873 fasl), to pay homage to a painting of Child Jesus. The ascent of a group of strong Queros to the snow-capped summit to seek the Star of the Snow (Qoyllur Rit’i) in the mountain’s heart is full of symbolism. They will take large blocks of ice on their shoulders back to their Quechua communities to water their lands with sacred water.
HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Cusco (1 h).By road: Lima - Cusco (through Arequipa), 1650 km / 1025 miles   (24 h).
Chaccu in Pampa Galeras

June 24th
National Reserve at Pampa Galeras. Ayacucho
This traditional festival consists of creating a human fence to surround and trap the vicuñas that will be sheered. Before the chaccu, the local people perform the pagapu, an ancient ceremony of giving thanks to the Pachamama or Mother Earth and the Andean gods for protecting their animals. Vicuña fur is extremely sought after for its high quality and value in the international market.

JULY
The Virgin of El Carmen
Virgen del Carmen, Cuzco
July / 15 and 16
Cusco Region

Average temperature: 12°C (54°F).
DESCRIPTION: The Virgin of El Carmen or Mamacha Carmen, patroness of mixed-blood people, is worshipped in a colorful procession of her image along the village streets. Music and singing in Quechua, and groups representing passages of the history of Peru. On the central day, the Virgin blesses the attendants and casts off demons that perform risky acrobatics on roof tops. The grand finale, is a war against demons in which the faithful triumph.
HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Cusco (1 h). By road: Lima - Cusco (through Arequipa), 1650 km / 1025 miles (24 h). From Cusco to Paucartambo (through San Salvador and Huancarani) 109 km / 68 miles (4h)
Independence Day
28th and 29th July
Lima
The celebration includes a military parade in the Campo de Marte and a Te Deum in the Cathedral attended by the main governmental authorities. In Miraflores, the days before 28th July, there is colorful parade with floats and fireworks.

AUGUST
Pachamama Raymi or Earth Mother Day
1st August
The entire department. Cusco
On this day, the following festivals takes place: Pachamamaraymi in the District of Ccatca, Wataqallariy in the District of Maras, and Kinturaymi in Huasao in the District of Oropesa. This is an Andean ritual that worships and gives tribute to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) in a special ceremony called “payment to the earth” with offerings of coca leaves, chicha de jora, and huayruro seeds (mystical jungle seeds). The rite marks the beginning of the Andean New Year.
Saint Rose of Lima / Santa Rosa de Lima
August / 30
Metropolitan Lima
Location: downtown Lima (154 masl / 505 fasl).

DESCRIPTION: Saint Rose of Lima is the name that made Isabel Flores de Oliva famous. She was a pious Lima woman of the XVII century with great religious inclination and given to serving the sick. The Vatican named her Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines. Her sanctuary in downtown Lima is visited by the faithful asking for a miracle. On this date, visitors to the hermitage she built is visited and drop letters into the well where she dropped the key to her cilice.
HOW TO GET THERE: Sanctuary in downtown Lima, Tacna Ave., block 1.

SEPTEMBER
International Spring Festival.
September / October
La Libertad Region
Location: city of Trujillo (34 masl / 112 fasl).

DESCRIPTION: Colonial Trujillo streets and houses are decorated for the floats parade led by the Queen of Spring, followed by foreign and Peruvian beauty queens. Skillful cheerleaders from abroad also catch the bystanders attention.
HOW TO GET THERE: By plane: daily flights Lima - Trujillo (1 h). By road: to Trujillo, from Lima, 560 km / 348 miles (8 h),through the North Pan-American Highway.

OCTOBER
The Lord of the Miracles
Lord of the Miracles Procession, Lima
October / Second half
Metropolitan Lima
Location: downtown Lima (154 masl / 505 fasl).

DESCRIPTION: This image gathers around it the largest numbers of devotees in South America. It dates back to colonial times, when a black slave painted it on the walls of a run-down property. In spite of earthquakes and attempts at erasing it, the miraculous image has remained intact. Thousands of believers dressed in purple habits sing and pray to accompany the image in procession. It is a date to enjoy “turrón de Doña Pepa” (a nougat) and delicious “picarones” (ring-shaped fritters). To honor the Black Christ, bull fighting at Plaza de Acho, gathers the most prestigious bullfighters of Spain and the Americas.
HOW TO GET THERE: Processions in downtown Lima. Plaza de Acho: Rímac district.

Peruvian Music Day
31st October
Lima
Since the 1940’s, this celebration highlights the importance of the Peruvian Creole music with remembrances, concerts, and parties in private and public locations. The “peñas” are the most frequented public establishments.

NOVEMBER
All Saints Day and Day of the Dead.
November / 1 and 2
Piura and Cajamarca Regions
Location: Granja Porcón (Cajamarca, 2720 masl / 8924 fasl) and La Arena (Piura, 29 masl / 95 fasl).

DESCRIPTION: In Cajamarca and the Porcón and Huambocancha villages, the people visit cemeteries carrying paper flower crowns for their dead and clean the tombstones under which they are buried. Then they share food and drinks with their souls. This rite is the continuation of a pre-Hispanic practice combined with Christian elements.
In La Arena (Piura), the people go to the Main Square taking their children dressed in their best clothes. Those who have lost a child give children who resemble their own some sweets and rolls in bags called "little angels". At night, families hold a wake at the cemetery, lit with candles until dawn.
HOW TO GET THERE: By road: Granja Porcón, 30 km / 19 miles (55 min) from Cajamarca by the road to Bambamarca. La Arena, city of Piura, 978 km / 608 miles north of Lima).

DECEMBER
Immaculate Conception
December / 7 to 10
Arequipa Region
Location: city of Chivay (3633 masl / 11919 fasl), province of Caylloma.

DESCRIPTION: On the central day (day 8), in a colorful dance after the procession, men dressed in women’s clothes approach women and abduct them. This is a good time to visit the 16 baroque churches of the ColcaValley, its hot springs (La Calera), and the beautiful terraces of one of the deepest canyons in the world, and to see the marvelous flight of condors. (See Health and Mysticism and Adventure Sports).
HOW TO GET THERE: By road: Chivay is 164 km / 102 miles north of Arequipa (3:30 h)

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