Peru is a country of dramatic geographic contrasts and a long history. Its diverse ethnic makeup and regional customs has produced a rich array of Peru festivals nationwide – though with a particular concentration in and around Cusco – which can be enjoyed during a tailormade trip Peru.
Peru Festival Culture
With regards to religion, the blend between pre-Hispanic religions and Catholicism is very much alive: people celebrate the religious and natural cycles of their age-old calendars with striking fervour during peru festivals. Most religious celebrations and peru festivals have a pagan undertone: the shrines to the Virgin are often the same as those to the Mother Earth and those to Christ are often related to mountain worship, or Apus, as they are called.
Furthermore, Peru boasts deep traditions of folk music and dance. There is Creole music on the coast, based on guitars. Andean music and dance is found in the mountains, with the world famous panpipes. There is also Afro-Peruvian music, which is a mixture of Latin American and African beats and instruments.
You can download our full festival calendar here:
Peru Festivals: When to Travel
From March to September there are many Peru festivals in villages and towns throughout the country because this is the time when the rains have ended and communities give offerings and say prayers for a good season ahead. It is the time when irrigation channels are cleaned and thanks are given to Patron Saints, to Jesus and the Madonna, or Pacha Mama.
Visiting within those months will most likely coincide with some sort of celebration, which you can choose to experiences as part of a tailormade luxury travel peru trip.
Peru Fesitvals Calendar
Our Peru festivals calendar is free to download and lists important Peru festivals and their dates.
We have included the major Peru festivals that will appeal to visitors, as well as the most significant religious dates. Some of the religious dates may be celebrated with less colorful spectacle, but to see and understand the devotion with which they are celebrated is nontheless a fascinating culutral experience.
There are far more festivals than the key ones included on our calendar – some are richer in culture and celebration than others.
Peru Festivals with an Expert Guide
The best Peru festivals are appreciated best with expert guiding in Peru. A knowledgeable guide can explain the cultural, historical and religious context of often lively and colourful performances and processions. With the best guiding in Peru, you can also reach the best vantage points to view peru festivals at their best.
We also work an exclusive nextwork of top Peru specialists, including academics in Cusco, who can also accompany you during peru festivals for the best insider experiences in Peru to allow you a deeper understanding of the richness of Peru.
Peru festivals in context
For centuries, dating as far back as 2000 B.C., Peru was settled by developed societies with their own complex religions and administrations. Diverse ethnic groups lived scattered throughout the Andes, the jungles and the coast, organised in city-states, regional centres and even empires. The mixture with the Spanish, and subsequent immigration from Africa, the Far East as well as Europe, has created a society that is immensely rich in culture, folklore and Peru festivals.
Bespoke Travel Peru: Seeing the best Peru Festivals
Experience and enjoy the Peru festivals and folklore as part of a tailormaed trip Peru. Our expert travel planners will arrange your visit to be expertly guided and can advise you how best to plan your trip to take into account Peru festivals.
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