Perhaps you’ve read somewhere or other that there are over 3,000 traditional Peruvian festivals held throughout the year? It’s a popular claim that pops up time and again in guidebooks and on websites, and though we ourselves haven’t verified the number, it certainly wouldn’t surprise us! Peru is a country that holds onto its traditions while increasingly embracing innovation as well, a perfect storm for festivals and fiestas of all types to flourish and to grow.
If you’re planning to visit Peru, you might find yourself intrigued by the prospect of observing, or even participating in, one of these many different Peruvian festivals. If that’s the case, you’re in luck–we’ve taken the liberty to compile a list of some of our favorite Peruvian festivals, including one for each month of the year in hopes that you’ll find something that corresponds with the dates of your trip. Keep in mind that this is very much just the tip of the iceberg–all of these Peruvian festivals are fantastic, but there are many more that we’ve had to leave out simply due to the nature of our list. If we haven’t included any options that work out with your travel itinerary, don’t fret–get to researching and we’re sure you’ll find the festival for you.
So without further ado, let’s get to it! Here is our list of twelve awesome Peruvian festivals, one for each month of the year:
1. January–Trujillo Marinera Festival
Trujillo, a coastal city in northern Peru, is the traditional home of the marinera, an elegant couple’s dance making use of handkerchiefs as props. Since 1986 it’s been the official national capital of this dance, a status celebrated annually in a month-long marinera festival held throughout the city! The Festival de Marinera, as it’s known in Spanish, features dance competitions, parades, and even exhibitions of the Peruvian Paso, a breed of horse also recognized as part of the cultural patrimony of the Trujillo region. One of our favorite Peruvian festivals, this one is a can’t miss if you find yourself in the area during January.