With this 5 Days Tour in Cusco Perú, you will know the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, you will be able to visit the beautiful sacred valley, spend the night in the famous town of Aguas Calientes before visiting the City of Machu Picchu, finally you will visit the andeneria of Moray and Salineras de Maras.
Cusco is a beautiful and fascinating city with well preserved colonial architecture, also Cusco was the capital of the Inca empire, nowday is an evidence of a rich and complex history. In 1983 Cusco was named by the Unesco Humanity cultural Heritage. Cusco is probably the most visited cities in Peru and most comfortable city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu, The salt mine Salineras, the unique and Amazing Moray. If you want to visit the city named twice cultural heritage of the world – Cusco and one of the new seven wonder of the world – Machu picchu, this is the package for you.
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Peru tourism package
Traveling to Peru is synonymous of adventure, nature and history. I am happy to tell you that you have chosen your next destination very well since this country leaves everyone who visits it speechless. You will marvel at its landscapes, from the coast to the jungle, passing through the mountains.
You will hallucinate with the intelligence of the Incas when you discover everything they built years ago. Your appetite will be lucky to be well served, since gastronomy is another strong point of the country. You will die of love every time you see an alpaca to the point of wanting to take one home. Not to mention the beautiful walks that you can enjoy in the cities of Cusco and Arequipa.
How many days for Peru tourism package?
My short answer to this question would be “as long as you can.” Peru is a country with many impressive places to see. However, time is often a limiting factor in our travels. Therefore, my recommendation if you want to visit several of the most fascinating places that this country has is that you take a trip of around 3 weeks in Peru.
If you have more travel days, you can spend 1 month or more in Peru without getting bored and without missing places that are worth seeing. If, on the other hand, you do not have that much time, a 2-week trip to Peru will be enough if you want to know the most touristic places, although it will be a fairly intense trip.
- Recommended 2 weeks route through Peru:
- Lima (2 days) – Iquitos (2 -3 days) – Paracas (2 days) – Nazca (2 days) – Cuzco and Machu Picchu (4-5 days) – Lima (1 day)
- Recommended 3 weeks route through Peru:
- Lima (3 days) – Iquitos (3 days) – Paracas (2 days) – Huacachina (1-2 days) – Nazca (2 days) – Puno (2 days) – Cuzco and Machu Picchu (7 days) – Lima (1 day)
- Recommended route of more than 3 weeks through Peru and Bolivia:
- Lima (3 days) – Iquitos (3 days) – Paracas (2 days) – Huacachina (1-2 days) – Nazca (2 days) – Puno (2 days) – La Paz (2 days) – Uyuni (4 days) – Cuzco and Machu Picchu (7 days) – Lima (1 day)
Essentials of Peru package to visit
Peru has many impressive places to see. In this list you will find the most popular places and some not so popular but that I think are worth visiting.
- IQUITOS. Located in the north of the country, it will be the city you will have to travel to if you want to visit the Peruvian Amazon. Iquitos is the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road!
- HUARAZ. Huaraz is the starting point for some of the most incredible treks you can do in Peru, such as the one to Santa Cruz or Huayhuash. If you are looking for day trips, you can visit Laguna 69, Laguna Aguac or Laguna Paron.
- LIMA. Enjoy walks through Barranco and Miraflores, don’t miss the sunset from the Parque del Amor, get to know the beautiful Plaza de Armas and its surroundings, and enjoy the great variety of restaurants.
- PARACAS. You can visit the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve.
- ICA AND THE OASIS OF HUACACHINA. The reason why thousands of tourists come to Ica is due to the immense dunes that surround it and, especially, the oasis of Huacachina.
- AYACUCHO. These natural pools are becoming more and more known and the reason is in plain view. It is a different and unique place to see in Peru.
- CUSCO. The capital of the Inca Empire. The moment when you will finally know Machu Picchu. Both the city and everything that surrounds it is pure wonder. Apart from the lost city of the Incas, you can visit the Sacred Valley, the Humantay Lagoon, the Mountain of 7 Colors, Ausangate, Palcoyo, to name a few places.
- PUNO. In the south of the country, near the border with Bolivia, you will find the city of Puno, from which you can visit the famous Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of the Uros.
- AREQUIPA. The white city of Peru. Surrounded by volcanoes and with a Plaza de Armas that will captivate you. In addition, on an excursion of one or more days you can visit the Colca Canyon, where you will be lucky enough to see the impressive condors.
Peru vacation packages to Machu Picchu
One way to discover the magic during a Peru vacation is through tourist packages designed for those who want to enjoy culture, variety, history, archeology and beautiful landscapes, especially with the Tourist Packages.
Cusco is one of the most visited tourist departments in Peru by Peruvian and foreign tourists in view of having been the capital of Tahuantinsuyo and having one of the wonders of the modern world, such as Machu Picchu.
What places to visit in vacation packages to Peru and Machu Picchu?
So, for the adventure to be unforgettable, it is recommended to put yourself in the hands of professional travel agencies to obtain the best travel discounts with the Tourist Packages and to know several must-see destinations, in addition to Machu Picchu.
For example, in the city of Cusco, Full Day tours are organized to see its main attractions such as the Plaza de Armas, which was the administrative center of the Inca empire; the Temple of Coricancha, the religious and political center of the city and it is believed that its interior was covered by gold plates.
To this is added a visit to Sacsayhuamán, the Inca ceremonial fortress considered one of the greatest architectural works of the time and then visit nearby runes, such as Choquequirao, which are known as the sister city of Machu Picchu.
Then these travel packages offer an unforgettable tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is a mix of archaeological remains, beautiful landscapes, indigenous peoples and varied mountain landscapes.
For example, you visit the traditional market of Pisac, the town of Chinchero, the city of Urubamba, the Salineras de Maras, the Archaeological Center of Moray, the archaeological zone of Ollantaytambo until you go canoeing on the Vilcanota river.
Finally, these tour packages to Cusco include the Full Day to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu that has many attractions such as the Puerta del Sol, the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana sundial, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacred Plaza , among other tourist attractions.
If you have a trip to Cusco planned, these tour packages are perfect for your dream trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Cost of Peru tour package
Peru is one of the most beautiful countries in South America, home to one of the wonders of the modern world, the Inca empire and a vast cultural and historical legacy to discover. If you plan to visit it but have questions such as: How much is the price of a Peru tour package? or What is the budget to travel to Peru?
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- Round-trip Cusco arrival and departure airport transfers
- Four hours Cusco City tour and Archaeological Parks
- Train ticket round trip to Aguas Calientes Machu picchu.
- Bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu
- Excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Excursion to the salt mine Salineras and the unique and Amazing Moray
- Machu Picchu Guided tour
- Three nights accommodation in Cusco. Hotel varies by option selected.
- One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes town (Machu picchu)
- Traveland Representatives in Cusco – Machu picchu
- Group experience
- All transfers, tours and excursions specified on the itinerary
- International air tickets and associated taxes
- Domestic Flights in Peru
- Meals not specified on the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
- Travel Insurance
Peru vacation packages cost
Below you will find 3 examples of cost of Peru vacation packages per day, calculated taking all of the above as a reference and thus help you calculate yours.
What to pack for VACATION PACKAGES TO PERU AND MACHU PICCHU?
When is the Best time for VACATION PACKAGES TO PERU AND MACHU PICCHU?
If you are still not sure when you are going to book your Peru package and you have the freedom to choose the dates, surely you are interested in knowing the best time to organize your trip to Peru. Peru is a fairly large country and has desert, mountains and jungle, so the climate changes depending on the area where you are. In general, we can say that there are 2 seasons: SUMMER AND WINTER.
- SUMMERS. From December to March, it is hotter but it is the wettest season due to frequent rains.
- WINTER. From May to September, it is a little colder but it is also the dry season with little rain. April and October are more unpredictable months.
Taking this into account, the best time to visit Peru would be from May to September in order to avoid the rain in Cusco and its surroundings. I personally was in Peru from the end of April to the beginning of June and we saw little rain.
Is a visa necessary to book a Peru tourism package?
People with a passport from Spain and the European Union do not need a visa to visit Peru, as long as the visit is exclusively tourist and they stay up to a maximum of 90 days. We always recommend checking with your embassy to avoid problems upon arrival.
Countries that should not process a tourist visa to book a Peru tourism package: include those that are part of the European Union, Oceania, the United States, Canada and the following American countries: Antigua Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Peru Adventure Packages
Looking at the map, remembering adventures and reading experiences, the panorama to recommend adventure packages in Peru is quite overwhelming, so we better recommend several so that you can choose according to your time and preferences.
The 3 best routes for adventure packages to Peru
Mountain and jungle
Do you love remote destinations, surrounded by mystery, nature and protected areas with little intervention? So this is your route.
The first destination will be the Lake Titicaca, where several acclimatization walks are carried out in the surroundings and navigate its cold waters by kayak.
After two nights here, the next stop is the Sacred Valley, where you can venture into mountain tourism, get to Machu Picchu crossing the famous Inca Trail, get to know the Apurímac and Urubamba rivers by canoeing and cross some valleys by bicycle.
After about five days here, you will be ready to start the descent.
The first destination can be the Manu National Park, which can be visited on contracted tours from Cusco and which can last from two to several days (on site since the trip to get there takes at least one day).
Here the main adventure will be walks through the jungle to observe flora, fauna and birds, navigation on the river and even share with local communities and learn a lot from them.
Then continue to Puerto Maldonado, where you will end the trip flying through trees while hanging from a rope and touring the Madre de Dios River in a kayak.
Beach and desert
Do you prefer to walk light, enjoying the sun and heat while adrenaline and exotic cocktails adorn your days? Keep reading…
You can start both in the north and in the south, but in this case we decided to do it in Máncora, the mythical surf destination that the neighbors of Ecuador always want to come to.
Other water sports practiced here are diving, kitesurfing, and windsurfing, and on land you can do mangrove hikes, canopy, and horseback riding.
The next destination is the capital that, in addition to offering summer sports similar to what is found on any beach, has other more innovative options such as seeing the city from above flying on hang gliders or paragliding.
In addition, from here tours to the surroundings of Lima are coordinated in which activities such as bungee jumping, rappelling and rafting are carried out. And to have a fully urban adventure, there is nothing like taking a bike tour through the streets of the city and visiting its most popular attractions.
Finally, after having been in contact with the water for so many days, we recommend you go down to Ica to surround yourself with desert, dunes and an oasis full of life.
Here you can learn to surf sand mountains, but not before falling and rolling repeatedly, touring the area in buggies and, if you dare to see the mystery up close, flying over the Nazca Lines.
Besides being a beautiful, quiet city with all the facilities, Arequipa has in its surroundings fascinating natural attractions that lend themselves to adventure.
Let’s start with the volcanoes, like Chachani or Ubinas that can be easily explored by inexperienced tourists in mountaineering but, as always, in good physical condition. Can you imagine that in one day you can crown the snowy peak that you see from the Plaza de Armas? With responsibility and a good guide you can make it possible.
In addition, if you give a couple of days to the mountain adventure you will reach the crater of the most active volcano in Peru and visit other moving sites such as the Laguna de Salinas or the relaxing hot springs of Huarina.
Other highly adventurous tours are also coordinated from this city that are aimed at passionate athletes, since you will have to walk, bike, climb and camp, to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the Colca Canyon.
After enjoying these landscapes you can go down to the port of Ilo. It will take you about four hours to get there and, once there, you will enjoy activities such as surfing, spearfishing and walks through the Punta Coles Reserve, where you can see animals such as sea lions, pelicans, penguins, boobies and sea otters.
Other destinations for adventure packages to Peru
Nautical activities in Piura
Can you imagine going out to sea in search of whales? Or maybe catch a big swordfish, a tuna or a merlin? … and if you also like to surf we assure you that if you go to Piura you will be in the right place.
Piura offers you a wide variety of nautical activities that are the delight of any lover of the sea: deep-sea fishing, whale watching or surfing. Whatever your passion for the sea, in Piura you will find how to fill it.
Mountaineering in Huaraz
The challenge is set. The highest tropical mountain range in the world is at your fingertips. You just have to get there. The Huascarán, the Huandoy and the Alpamayo await you so that you can prove to yourself that everything is possible. For you to say: yes it can!
The views are spectacular, wherever you go. The experience of reaching the top is rewarding, no matter where you go. And although the world of mountaineering is not for everyone, we are sure that mountaineering in Huaraz is for you.
Canopy in Loreto
Can you imagine walking in the middle of the treetops? That experience! truth? If you are in Loreto, this is an activity that you will love. These wonderful and safe suspension bridges are over 500 meters long and around 10 meters high, surrounded by dozens of the largest trees in the rainforest.
You do not need to have any special skills or suitable clothing … the experience is for everyone!
The Canopy in Loreto, and in general throughout the Peruvian jungle, is one of the best ways to know, live and feel the heart of the Amazon. Would you miss it?
Kayak in lagoons of Cusco
According to historians, kayak means “boat man”, since it only fits one person. The truth is that kayaking in Peru, and especially in Cusco, is a very common and rewarding sporting activity.
For example, you can go to the Huaypo lagoon and slide through the placid waters while you watch the local fishermen cast their nets to catch Rainbow trout.
Or if you prefer, you can go to the Piuray lagoon, in Chincheros, where the reflection of the mountains of the valley will be your great company.
Prepare your swimsuit, a good sunscreen and, if you like water, do not forget to experience Cusco by kayak!
Observe Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu
If you visit Machu Picchu and you are in excellent physical condition, you should definitely climb Huayna Picchu on foot. Thousands of tourists book this marvelous experience long ago that will allow you to see the sanctuary from a unique and exclusive point of view, as high as only condors can.
The visit to Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu takes around six hours and it is advisable to go with very light luggage, as the path of stairs sometimes becomes very narrow and steep.
To carry out this walk, you must first enter the Machu Picchu complex, cross the entire citadel and reach the entrance control to Huayna Picchu.
Book early because places are very limited.
Paragliding in Lima
Dare to look at Lima from the sky. Only then will you be able to understand, admiring its landscapes and colors, the real size of the only capital in South America that faces the sea.
Come and appreciate from the air the whole circuit of beaches known as Costa Verde and also the Miraflores neighborhood, where the tourist and commercial life of the capital bustles. The usual thing is to take off (paragliding or hang gliding) from Raimondi Park, located on the boardwalk.
In a few minutes you will be on the sea, with the cliffs and tall buildings as your only company; below, surprised tourists and residents of Lima will watch you go by, from the many parks overlooking the sea or from the famous Larcomar shopping center.
Trekking in Cusco
The Incas were a race of adventurers who dared to blaze trails throughout their empire. Can you imagine traveling all over Peru like them, on foot? It is not an impossible feat following the route of the Qhapaq Ñan or Inca Trail, which reaches Machu Picchu and is one of the most valued by modern adventurers.
Other paths to travel and discover the true heartbeat of Peru are those that lead to the mountains of Ausangate, Salkantay or Choquequirao in Cusco; and in Áncash, a must-see trail is Huayhuash, in the middle of the Cordillera Blanca.
There are walks for every step, rhythm and taste, but all of them, in Peru, invite the challenge and promise adventures that will remain in the memory forever.
Surf in Lima
The beaches of Peru are known by experts for being the best in the world for wave riding. The waves are permanent throughout the year with small, large, long, tubular waves, high peaks, bells and a large number of breakers very close to each other.
Lima offers more than 10 ideal settings for the practice of this wonderful sport, either 45 minutes from the capital, where you can challenge emblematic waves such as those of Punta Rocas, Señoritas, San Bartolo and Pico Alto, or 1 hour further south where you will find Cerro Azul beach, named in the Beach Boys song “Surfin Safari”.
If you don’t want to complicate yourself, just go down to the Green Coast of Lima and you will find several options. You can even take a class with a national champion!
Surf in Piura
Going up towards the equator and reaching Piura, the waters of the Peruvian coastline become warm and conducive to surfing. The waves of the beaches are permanent, with waves of all kinds: large, small, long, tubular, high peaks and a large number of breakers very close to each other, a variety highly appreciated by expert surfers from around the world.
Between the months of October and March, there are the famous “floods”, which allow not only to practice surfing but also its variants, such as kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Have you already dared to ride waves in Piura? Come then to the beaches Cabo Blanco, Lobitos, Máncora and Los Órganos. It will be an experience that you will never forget.
Trekking in the jungle
Can you imagine walking through the heart of the Amazon? And travel paths protected by hospitable native communities that are not zealous to share their secrets; or advance along trails that cross the Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve in the company of exotic birds that cross the sky and mischievous monkeys that spy from the trees while you cool off in the waters of a lagoon; or find giant paths where you will find Amazonian ceiba trees that touch the sky and Amazonian victories that adorn the lakes like immense carpets of incredible beauty.
In Loreto there are several options, yes, they must be traveled in the company of an expert guide.
Get ready for one of the best experiences of your life!
Peru Amazon package
For a Peru travel package to be complete, you cannot miss the Amazon rainforest. Entering the lungs of the world and seeing life overflow is one of those experiences that you have to live at least once in your life.
Let’s go with it!
Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado?
The Amazon River and its tributaries are a great place for excursions. They are usually done both during the day and at night, looking for animals with different habits.
The Amazon from Iquitos:
- It is the gateway to the Amazon River. You can navigate it and observe life in this unique place.
- It is one of the most remote cities in the world, with all that this adds to the experience.
- It does not receive as much tourism as Puerto Maldonado, so it may happen that you are the only person in the lodge (we attest!).
- Iquitos is not connected by road, access can only be by plane or boat.
- The flights necessarily depart from Lima.
The Amazon from Puerto Maldonado:
- It is closer to hand. Iquitos in no case will catch you on the way. Nor is Puerto Maldonado going to do it, but it is closer to the heart of Cusco and its surroundings.
- It is better connected. You can get there by bus (about 11 hours) from Cusco and by plane from various airports.
- You will not see the Amazon River, but the Madre de Dios.
- It receives much more tourism.
- It is said that the true experience in the Peruvian jungle is in the Iquitos area, although this is like everything: it depends on who says it, right?
Peru packages through the Amazon rainforest
A Peru Amazon package to Iquitos is to see the highest biodiversity. This comment is due to the fact that most of the tourism travels to Puerto Maldonado or to the Manu National Park, due to the proximity to Cuzco and thinking that they will see the great river. Nothing is further from reality. What you will find there is the Madre de Díos River, a tributary of the Amazon that in a way is very similar. In fact, there are those who say that Manu is better than Iquitos or the other way around, but visiting either of the two places will enchant you and it will never disappoint you.
Iquitos is a city with more than 400,000 inhabitants, which makes it one of the largest cities in Peru. But the title it holds most proud is being the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road. Only by plane or river.
It is a safe city, although you always have to have common sense in your actions and spending a day can be a lot of fun. Iquitos is the most shocking city in all of Peru, mainly because it does not seem Peruvian but extracted from somewhere in Southeast Asia. The motorcycle is the king of the city, where the number grows in an exorbitant way and of course the main public transport is this means but in tuk-tuk format.
Since Iquitos is on the banks of the Amazon River, numerous tours and ways to travel through the Amazon depart from here. In my opinion, many excursions are decaffeinated, especially those that visit the tribes that live in the jungle. They are very used to tourism and we will hardly ever meet those we see in typical documentaries. It has its logic due to its isolation and its high level of protection, which does not always end up being fulfilled.
The city has a couple of squares to visit. The Plaza de Armas and the Plaza del 28 de Julio, as well as several very picturesque markets such as the Barrio de Belén, which is not recommended to go at dusk. We can find all kinds of unusual food such as worm larvae, turtle eggs, fried crocodile, …, etc.
Other tourist places in the Peruvian amazon that you can include in your package
Magic, fauna and flora together, cool nights and sunny days. The Peruvian jungle is one of the most interesting and beautiful regions that everyone should know.
Traveling through the jungle region is quite a challenge. When we arrive there, from the first day, we will find unique sounds, a great ecology, beautiful natural areas, areas to explore and observe. Know here the tourist places of the Peruvian jungle that you should know:
The most important tourist attractions in the Peruvian jungle are:
- TAMBOPATA. The Tambopata Nature Reserve is a paradise for those who enjoy natural activities. In the place you can see the macaw clay licks, take walks and meet a large number of animal and plant species or navigate the Valencia, Tres Chimbadas, Sachavacayoc or Sandoval lakes.
- IQUITOS. Iquitos is one of the favorite destinations for national and foreign tourists. Here you can take the cruise for several days through the Amazon, walks through the most representative places of the city of Iquitos, visit the Belén neighborhood, the Amazon Rescue Center (rehabilitation of local fauna), the Quistococha tourist complex, share with indigenous communities, as well as the Museum of Amazonian Indigenous Cultures and the Iquitos Amazon Library.
- MANU. The Manu National Park is divided into two zones: the cultural and the reserved. In the cultural zone, you can enjoy the native populations and do not have access to the areas where their biodiversity stands out. In the reserved area, you can enjoy the fauna and flora of Manu. These include being able to closely observe jaguars, turtles, alligators, giant river otters, as well as delight in the wide natural biodiversity that it offers in plant species.
- PUCALLPA. Pucallpa, the capital of the department of Ucayali, is one of the best options to visit the jungle with the whole family. Some of the attractions that you can visit in Pucallpa are: the Yarinacocha and Coshibococha lagoons, Pucallpa Natural Park, Botanical Garden, the Jungle Ecolodge, Bio-kuka Botanical Park, Shanay TImpishka, Lupuna Park.
- TARAPOTO. Tarapoto is located in the department of San Martín. You can visit tourist attractions such as Lake Lindo, Laguna Azul or visit the Ahuashiyacu waterfalls, located 15 km from the center.
- CHACHAPOYAS. If you plan to tour the Peruvian jungle, you cannot miss Chachapoyas. It is about the thirst of the Chacapoyas civilization, a warm place, with nature and a lot of history. The best of the attractions you can visit in Chachapoyas is the Kuélap Fortress, in the middle of the Andes Mountains.
- AHUASHIYACU WATERFALL. The Ahuashiuyacu waterfall is one of the tourist places in the jungle that you cannot miss. It is located 25 minutes from the town and the way there is completely safe. While there you can take a bath in its waters and enjoy its warm climate. In addition, it has a viewpoint from where you can appreciate even more all the beauty of nature. It is a place very visited by families and also by romantics, as there is much to admire and that can serve as inspiration.
- GOCTA FALL. The Gocta Waterfall is another of the great tourist places in the Peruvian jungle. Without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful destinations in the jungle region. And it is that during the tour, visitors will be able to contemplate up to 22 waterfalls that grow in size until they reach the Gocta Waterfall, the largest waterfall.
- LAKE SANDOVAL. Lake Sandoval is a tourist place in the jungle that should be on your list yes or yes. Visitors will find many scenarios. Wherever you look, biodiversity will be present and you will be able to immediately connect with nature.
- QUISTOCOCHA. Quistococha is another beautiful lagoon in the jungle region. It is located southeast of Iquitos and is ideal for lovers of ecotourism. Without a doubt, it is one of the best tourist places in the jungle and very frequented by those who enjoy boating. In addition to the lagoon, there is a zoo in the park that has endangered animals.
Peru Package Holidays
The holidays in the Peruvian highlands are something worth appreciating, both for the different dancers who participate in them, and for the sumptuousness of the litters of the Saints and Virgins that they take out in procession. With centuries of tradition, these festivities are visited by people from various countries in America such as Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador, who are fervent believers in them. They are many and diverse and, it should be noted, the mix between religious and Andean festivals are a great example of the country’s cultural richness. The celebrations include dances, food, drink, processions and rituals that impress with the excitement and joy that their participants spread.
Book a package during theholidays in Peru allows you to appreciate the customs, culture and beauty of this country. On these special dates, the charm of many tourist destinations is enhanced and allows you to enjoy the exquisite cuisine.
In Peru there are events that you cannot miss!
Holidays in Peru
- Virgin of Candelaria: Also known as Mamacha Candelaria. Patron of the city of Puno, her devotees pay her a well-deserved tribute for 18 days, within which more than 200 dances are performed.
- Holy Week in Cusco: Holy Week is a central commemoration in the Catholic world as the death and resurrection of Christ is remembered.
- The Lord of Tremors: Since that earthquake of August 31, 1960, when the miraculous saint stopped the earthquake, it was impregnated in the memory of the Cusco people, receiving the name of the Jury Patron of Cusco.
- Holy Week in Ayacucho: Ayacucho’s Holy Week is one of the most important religious festivals at the national and world level, characterized by maintaining its own peculiarity and the predilection with which they carry out their fervor and deep religiosity that make it unique and different.
- Inti Raymi: Also called “Fiesta del Sol”, it is one of the most important and largest celebrations in the city of Cusco, it occurs between the final harvest period and the beginning of the winter equinox in the Andes.
- San Juan Bautista festivity: On June 24 of every year, the festival of San Juan Bautista patron of this region is celebrated throughout the Peruvian Amazon, a festival that has a symbolic nature, due to the importance of water, an element synonymous with life throughout the Amazon.
- Corpus Christi: It is a festival where saints and virgins (15) from different districts of Cusco, arrive in procession to the Cathedral to greet the body of Christ, or the consecrated host, this ceremony is held in the Plaza de Armas.
- The Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i: It is a pilgrimage that devotees make to the Ausangate mountain. It is held every year in the month of May or June, the date is not exact due to the Andean calendar, it is a Catholic festival fused with the Andean one, that makes it colorful, happy and mystical.
- Virgin of Carmen: It is a festival in Paucartambo-Cusco, several visitors from all over the world attend and witness the 12 dances that radiate faith, charm, color and joy to Mamacha Carmen, all of them receive her blessing and protection.
- The Lord of Miracles: This festivity is celebrated in various departments of Peru, Cusco being one of them, here the Catholic faith of the devotees makes it very special.
- Mistura: It is the most important gastronomic fair in Peru, Peruvians of different genders, ages, social sectors, celebrate their culinary tradition, in order to show the great variety of tasty and colorful foods from the Peruvian Coast, Sierra and Jungle.
- The Lord of Huanca: September 14 is the central day of the Lord of Huanca. For several days, hundreds of parishioners will come to this beautiful sanctuary, to worship the martyred Christ. Santurantikuy It means “sale of saints” in small sizes, made with artisanal materials, they are clay figurines that represent the birth of the child Jesus, it is sold all day and until late at night, on December 24 in the Plaza de Weapons.
Book a Machu Picchu package during the Cusco holidays
Despite being high season,book a Machu Picchu package during the Cusco holidays is one of the best experiences you can have in life. Carrying out your trip in the month of June during the festivities of Cusco, offers you an incredible and unique experiential experience. Cusco is the best destination in South America and Machu Picchu is one of the best destinations in the world. If you come to Machu Picchu in June; Besides seeing the jewel of the Inca empire, you can also enjoy the festivities of Cusco. The central day is celebrated on “June 24” but there are celebrations throughout this month, parades, comparsas, competitions of typical dances, allegories, concerts and fireworks. You can choose to make your trip to Machu Picchu before or after the Cusco festivities, although we recommend doing them later, so you will understand why it is believed that Machu Picchu was considered a sacred city.
Machu Picchu package and the holidays of Cusco
On June 24, as part of the festivities of Cusco the “Inti Raymi” is celebrated, in this the most important celebration for the Inca civilization is emulated. During this day the Incas celebrated what we know today as the winter solstice, the day on which the Sun (main god of the Inca civilization) reaches its highest height. This ancestral festival begins at the Qoricancha or temple of the sun and ends at the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. This colorful celebration is one of the best things you can do during your trip to Machu Picchu, a city dedicated entirely to the Sun.
Get a ticket to enter Machu Picchu during the festivities of Cusco If you want to come to Machu Picchu and see the Sun Festival in Cusco, the first thing you will have to do is book the Machu Picchu tickets in advance; We recommend doing it three months before to find availability.
If you want to add the Huayna Picchu mountain to your experience in Machu Picchu and the festivities of Cusco; 4 months before you must have reserved the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu, it is the only way to get one of these tickets during the festivities of Cusco.
June 24 in Cusco
Although we recommend you be days before, on June 24, the Inti Raymi celebrations begin at the Qoricancha temple in the historic center of Cusco, arrive early to have the opportunity to see up close how an ancestral festival dedicated to the sun is celebrated. The Inti Raymi takes place in the Qoricancha (golden fence), the main temple of Cusco dedicated to the sun, then in the Plaza de Armas and finally in Sacsayhuaman.
Travel to Machu Picchu during the most important festivals of Cusco Cusco and Machu Picchu are two tourist destinations open to tourists every day of the year. However, there are unique dates that make the trip a magical experience. Some of them are: carnivals, Easter, Corpus Christi, Inti Raymi, the New Year and more. Learn about the tradition and joy that Cusco radiates during those days.
Carnivals are the most symbolic expression of hubbub in the Cusco calendar. Although it is celebrated in all the Andean towns, in Cusco it acquires a particular characteristic due to the colorful clothing and the choreography of its inhabitants. Carnivals are held on Sundays in the streets of the city of Cusco. However, they are also celebrated in the towns of the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisac, Chinchero, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, etc.
- Date of the party: Every Sunday in February.
- How to go? Visiting Cusco or any town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Religious festival in honor of the Lord of the Tremors of Cusco
The Lord of the Earthquakes is considered the ‘Jury Patron of Cusco’. The image stopped a plague in the city after being carried in a procession. Likewise, when the city was devastated by earthquakes, the inhabitants of Cusco begged the image to stop the misfortunes. It was thus that he was known as “The Lord of the Tremors.” Since then and for many years, the image is venerated in the Cathedral of Cusco. It is carried in a procession every ‘Holy Monday’ in the midst of a large crowd of parishioners.
- Date of the party: Every ‘Holy Monday’.
- How to go? Visiting the city of Cusco.
Corpus Christi festival
Corpus Christi is a Christian festival with indigenous roots that takes place in Cusco every year nine weeks after ‘Holy Thursday’. It is characterized by the massive procession of the 15 saints and virgins from the main temples of the city.
- Date of the party: Every year 9 weeks after ‘Holy Thursday’.
- How to go? Visiting the city of Cusco.
Feast and pilgrimage of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i
The pilgrimage of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i is the most massive in the Peruvian Andes. It brings together more than 10,000 people to the nearby snows of Ausangate, more than 5,000 meters above sea level (16,400 ft.). The religious festival characterized by dances, songs and fervent religiosity takes place there.
- Date of the feast: Every year on Christian Ascension Day.
- How to go? Hire a tour on the day of the party or go on your own by taking public transport to the town of ‘Ocongate’.
The Inti Raymi is the Inca festival that worships the sun, the highest Inca deity. It takes place every June 24 during the start of the winter solstice.
- Date of the party: Every year on June 24.
- How to go? Visiting the city of Cusco.
Annual festival of the Q’eswachaka Bridge
The reconstruction of the Inca bridge is a very popular tourist event. Many visitors are encouraged to cross the Inca suspension bridge suspended 30 meters above the Apurímac River.
- Date of the party: Every year on the second Sunday of June.
- How to go? With a tourist package or visiting the place on your own through a bus trip to the town of Combapata.
Feast of the Virgen del Carmen de Paucartambo
This religious festival is characterized by the different groups of dancers who worship the image of the Virgin through difficult dance steps and music. The celebration lasts 5 days where the hubbub is general. The central day is July 16, in which all the troupes of dancers take to the streets and squares mingling with the general public.
- Date of the party: July 16 (Central Day).
- How to go? Through a tourist package or visiting Paucartambo on your own through a bus trip.
The day of the Pachamama
In Cusco that day the so-called “Payments to the land” are made. These ceremonies have their origins in Inca times. It is a ritual of gratitude to the ‘Pachamama’, in which coca leaves, chicha, corn and other Andean products are offered.
- Date of the party: Every year on August 1.
- How to go? Visiting the city of Cusco or hiring a tourist package that includes a ‘Payment to the land’ ceremony.
This festival is celebrated every December 24 through an art fair where images of virgins, saints and other Christian figures with Andean characteristics are sold. This traditional celebration takes place in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, which is filled with people including artisans, local people and tourists.
- Date of the party: Every year on December 24th.
- How to go? Visiting the city of Cusco.
New Year in Cusco
The New Year in Cusco and Machu Picchu is a festivity full of joy. Although it has similar characteristics to the celebration that takes place all over the world, it has its peculiarities in gastronomy and kabbalah. After midnight, the nightspots fill with foreigners and locals celebrating the new year. Cuzco nights are some of the most fervent and memorable in Peru.
- Date of the party: Every year on December 31st.
- How to go? Visiting the city of Cusco.