Continuing with the festive itinerary when stepping on Peruvian land, we cannot leave out the celebrations of the second half of the year.
A variety of events of various kinds were chosen: religious, gastronomic, festive… Well, that’s Peru! A conglomerate of friendly smiles and vast culture where you will always be welcome.
Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen – July
The Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen is celebrated every year in the Peruvian Andes, mixing native culture and Catholicism. The town of Paucartambo serves as the venue for this solemn date during four days of a religious holiday.
It is a great tourist attraction of Peru that annually carries thousands of tourists. Costumes, songs, dances, and dramatizations with characters representing anecdotes of African slaves brought to America during the colonial era.
Santa Rosa de Lima – August
Santa Rosa de Lima was the first native American saint canonized by the Catholic Church, and her legacy is celebrated throughout the world. However, it should not come as a surprise that the most magnificent festivities take place in her native country, Peru.
On August 30, the anniversary of her death, celebrations, and memorials take place throughout the country, being the most famous in Santa Rosa de Quives, just outside the capital city.
Mistura Culinary Festival – September
Peruvian cuisine is a delight known worldwide; as a whole, it stands out for being one of the best. Lima, above all, constitutes a destination that impresses with the culinary variety that places tourists and residents on a tray.
As if this were not enough, in September the Culinary Festival of Mistura takes place. The streets are filled with color and flavor for ten days, with the participation of more than 200 restaurants and bars. Among outdoor vendors and food carts, music and a large banquet this festival attract the attention of more than half a million visitors a year.
Procesión del Señor de Los Milagros – October
The earthquake in the eighteenth century devastated a considerable area of the city, leaving only the emblematic image of Jesus Christ, which was seen at that time as a miraculous event.
Over time, the worship of this religious stamp deepened, becoming the largest celebration of believers in Peru with the most numerous and extensive processions in Peru and the world. It is a solemn and spiritual ceremony, crucial for the Peruvian people.
Semana Puno – November
Like the Candelaria Festival, the Puno week (as the name implies) is celebrated in Puno in early November. All week the town joins the party to commemorate the birth of a historical figure: Manco Capac, the first Inca. According to indigenous tradition, he rose from the waters of Lake Titicaca to found the Inca Empire.
It is celebrated with a procession from the shores of the lake to the city stadium. Dances and music invade the streets at the end of the night — the perfect excuse to spend a week of total fun.
Santuranticuy – December
Santuranticuy is an exclusive annual ceremony of the city of Cusco that means “sale of saints,” it’s held on December 24 during Christmas Eve. Thousands of people gather on vacations to make purchases in the outdoor markets.
It is a magnificent event to acquire a special gift or figure to decorate the Christmas cribs. If you are not very religious, you can still have fun attending the festival because you will surely get something to your liking.
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