Welcome to Cusco! We wish you an unforgettable experience sharing the magical charm of our parties and traditions - their culture and beauty - all at the same time. Slide down and look at the Cusco Holidays Calendar 2019 to be held throughout this year in the Imperial City.
We invite you to enjoy Cusco holidays. Most of them are celebrated in homage to a patron saint and are part of the Christian calendar adopted in the colonial era, although they have been mixed with the magical beliefs of ancient forms of worship. The celebration of Holy Week, Carnival, Corpus Christi and the feast of the "Lord of the Earthquakes", have a special meaning for the people of Cusco, becoming a great folkloric expression of their people.
The highest expression of the folklore of the people of Cusco occurs in the Cusco Sun Festival Inti Raymi (June 24).
The carnivals is a celebration that is celebrated in generally in February (or principles of March) in all the Cusco and Peru. The central days are Sundays in which the population plays with each other spraying water and talcum powder. Another tradition is to dance around the tree or 'yunza', adorned with different gifts that people collect when cutting and falling. The carnivals are characterized by the overflowing joy during which you can taste the delicious traditional dishes of the region.
One of the most fervent and ancient religious celebrations (more than 2 centuries) of the Cusco region is celebrated in the village of Ocongante (province of Quispicanchis) at the end of May or beginning of June. The pilgrimage of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit'i (Brilliant Snow) is a religious ritual that gathers thousands of inhabitants and visitors who travel several kilometers on foot towards the Sanctuary of Sinakara at 4600 m.s.n.m. and at the foot of the snowy Ausangate. During the pilgrimage the Christ of that town is worshiped with dances, music and artificial games. On average this takes 5 hours of walking and reaches temperatures of -4 ° C.
The most important religious Cusco holiday is celebrated in June or the end of May but always on a Thursday. The Corpus Christi Cusco 2019 consists in the procession of the fifteen principal saints and virgins in the city. It is part of the jubilee festivities of the city. This celebration had its origins in the Incas, when the Indians walked the mummified remains of the deceased Inca rulers. Upon the arrival of the Spaniards, they replaced the deceased Inca rulers with the most representative images of Catholicism.
The Cusco Festival of the Sun 2019 (Inti Raymi) is the festivity that worships the sun, the Inca god, every June 24th during the beginning of the winter solstice. This celebration is characterized by vindicating the ancient Inca tradition by representing their ancestral rites in the sacred places by these, such as Sacsayhuamán, Coricancha and the Main Square of Cusco. In addition to this ancestral representation, the population also celebrates with music, dances and typical food. The sun was one of the greatest Inca divinities.
The worldwide celebration of Christmas acquires a traditional nuance in Cusco. On December 24, homage is paid to the baby Manuelito (Andean representation of the baby Jesus) with the Santurantikuy festival, the largest crafts fair in the region. In addition, the streets of the city are tinged with the Christmas atmosphere. On the central day, December 25, families gather around the table, tasting the typical cuisine of the region.