Cusco explodes with joyous celebration of both its Amerindian roots and Christian influences during festivals. There are very crowd but is the splendid time to be in the city if you can find accomodations.
It’s worth planning your trip around one of the following festivals, if possible. Let’s see the best list of Cusco Festivals:
The feast of the winter solstice (June 24 but lasting for days before and after), is certainly the star attraction. It’s an eruption of Inca folk dances, exuberant costumes, and grand pageants and parades, including a massive one that takes over the stately Sacsayhuaman ruins overlooking the city.
Inti Raymi is one of the finest expression of local popular culture on the continent , a faithful reenactment of the traditional Inca Festival of the Sun. Ultimately, there is the sacrifice of two llamas, one black and one white, by high priest. Enjoy lot of cultural music, typical dance is just a little part of the main festival of cusco “Inti Raymi”.
It takes place at late of March or early April (depend). It is an exciting traditional expression of religious faith, with stately processions through the streets of Cusco. On this week you can appreciate the traditional procession of the “Taytacha de los Temblores”. Been jury pattern of Cusco, Lord of the Earthquakes gives his blessing every Holy Monday of the easter week. On good friday, booths selling traditional Easter dishes are set up on the streets.
Festival of the Crosses:
It takes place in the month of May. A celebration popular throughout the highlands, communities decorate large crosses with the best of each community to then delivere them to the churches. Crusifix vigils are held on all hilltops that are crowned by crosses.
Festivities, as always accompanied by lively dancing, give thanks for bountiful harvests.
Corpus Christi Festival:
It takes place on June. Is another momentous occasion, with colorful religious parades featuring 15 effigies of saint through the city and events at the Main Square “Plaza de Armas” and the Cathedral (where the effigies stay for a week)
Origin of the Cusqenian Corpus:
When the Spaniards arrived in Cusco, they were surprised to learn that the children of the Sun were prosecuted to the mummies of the Incas; Then, brandishing the gospels, they decided to end the pagan festival forever. The solution of the missionaries who accompany the conquerors was very simple: to replace the venerated remains of images of the virgin and the Catholic saints. Thus Corpus Christi was born in the ancient capital of Tawantinsuyo, a Catholic celebration that was impregnated with Andean nuances.
As you can see there are many reasons to visit Cusco in the months of festivals.