Cusco celebrates hundreds of festivals along the year. Most of them are held in celebration to a patron saint and are part of the Christian calendar and were adopted in colonial times from religious superstition, magical beliefs and other influences of ancient forms of worship.
The celebration of Easter, Carnival, Corpus Christi and the feast of the “Lord of the Earthquakes”, especially “Inti Raymi ” or Sun festival have special significance for the Incas and have become a form of expression of their people. The celebrations include exquisite programs of parades, dances, processions, pilgrimages, meals, crafts, , agricultural fairs and other events.
Inti Raymi or ” Sun Festival” is the main event of the celebrations for the month of Cusco. It evokes the magnificence of the Inca religious ceremonies. The staging begins in Koricancha, continuing to the main square of the city and ending on the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman. An international diverse crowd attends along with 1000’s of locals.
Moray Raymi or Festival of the Sun
During the month of October, hundreds of residents of surrounding communities attend the circular terraces of Moray to celebrate the Moray Raymi or Festival of the Sun The festivities include folk dances related to land, products and work agriculture.
The traditional competition between authorities of Ollantaytambo communities with games and fun.
01 to January 06
The churches and houses of Cuzco have an amazing array of nativity scenes. More popular than Christmas Trees home grown nativity scenes are a creative outlet for families and children.
Bajada de Reyes
This festival coincides with the change of authority or Mayor, was carried in his hand a silver handled cane symbolizing command. Feast of the Descent of Kings, Melchor Niño procession Marcacocha to Ollantaytambo, traditional dance presentations and street parties.
District of San Pablo, in the province of Canchis of the Cusco region
Declared “Cultural Heritage of the Nation”. On these holidays the locals express their joy and show their gratitude to the “Pachamama” (Mother Earth ) with typical regional dances.
The celebration of Holy Week. Monday Procession and Benediction in the main square Parades, floats, civic functions, parties. large meals and beer fill the streets of Cusco this week.
The origins of this festival date back to 1860 when a huge cross was placed in the snow to celebrate a mass opening of a stretch of road (Urubamba-Lares). Years later, the cross was taken to the town of Urubamba. Now the cross is carried in procession with all her jewels. The celebrations include fireworks, parade and dances.
May 26-Jun 07
Feast of the Lord of Choquekillka
Patron Saint of Ollantaytambo, declared Cultural Patrimony of the Nation. Dances and parties. Snack Masttay, Gallo T’hippy, Corrida de Toros.
Festival Corpus Christi Cusco
It begins with the entrance of the saints into the Cathedral, accompanied by stewards, faithful, musicians and dance bands. The main day is done with a lavish procession of the 15 images of saints and virgins from the same number of parishes of Cusco. This festival has its own gastronomy, the “chiriuchu” which is a unique viand. The festivities culminate with the “Octave of Corpus”.
Festival Folklorico Raqchi
On the third Sunday of June each year the community of Raqchi, famous for its pottery tradition, is the setting for a festival of folk dances characterized by its rich folklore, preserved mainly by farming communities.
Festival de Tarawasi Raymi
Commemoration of Peru Independence
Commemoration of the Independence of Peru. Parades and civic ceremonies
Festival Wata Qallariy
Ritual to celebrate the beginning of the Andean Agricultural year in recognition of gifts received from the Pacha Mama. Repayment to Mother Earth and Food Festival.
A citywide tourist program of cultural activities conferences, art exhibitions, competitions in adventure sports and sightseeing tours to rural areas. Congressional meetings with entrepreneurs, city officials, civic activities, presentation of artistic works cultural are amongst the touristic activities this month.
Sacsayhuamán – Cusco
Inca Warachikuy party: rite of passage from youth to maturity, is made through rigorous physical tests of skill, courage and skill, inca warrior dances and traditional music.
Cusqueñan artisans display and sell the best of their works in the main square of Cusco. Miniature animals, trees, bridges, grasses etc are all for sale to create lavish nativity scenes at home.
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