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16 THINGS TO DO FOR SELECTED DATE RANGE

Inca Trail High Season

April–October  • activity

One of the most popular trails in the world offers you stunning landscapes, natural beauties and ancient civilization’s ruins

Macaw Clay Lick

August–March  • nature

A colorful army comes to eat the minerals

Choquequirao

May–October • nature

Machu Picchu isn't the only "lost city" to visit in Peru. Discover Choquequirao too!

Trekking to Pongo de Mainique

May–October • activity

Check out this truly fantastic way with great nature, extreme views, and encounters with local culture—a great experience for all!

Salt Harvest at Salinas de Maras

May–October • nature

See thousands of salt terraces placed high in the mountains in the Sacred Valley of Incas

Scissors Dance or La Danza de las Tijeras

May–September | late December • activity

Head to the ground, one foot up, arms criss-crossed and blades right in front of your face—this is the ancient Dance with Scissors

Yawar Fiesta or Festival of Blood

July 28 • event

Though cruel and bloody, this event symbolizes fight for freedom in Peru

Titicaca and other Mountain Lakes

May–September • activity

Among high hills and ice glaciers, these lakes hide their stunning beauty

Hiking in National Reserve Lomas de Lachay in its Greenest Months

August–Ocotber • activity

This place is where magic and mystery comes together with no artificial intrusion

Hot Springs

May–October • activity

Take some time in your exploration to relax in healing hot springs between the green hills of the Andes

Ice Climbing

March–October • activity

Snowy peaks look cold and unappealing to some, but in fact they own a very unique and magical beauty

Surfing

November–February | May–August • activity

Find your wave and have a perfect ride near the coast of Peru

Sandboarding in Huacachina

May–November • activity

Have some twists, turns, falls, screams, and fun in a real desert

Rafting the Urubamba River

May–October • activity

This adventure is quite extreme, but its beauty is well worth it

Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears

All year • nature

Can you imagine a more beautiful symbiosis in nature than the one between wise turtles and tiny gentle butterflies?

Huacachina Oasis

All year (best in May–November) • nature

A lake in the desert—mirage or a sheer oasis?

29 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Inti Raymi

not in rangeJune 24 • event

This ancient religious ritual survived till today and represents the most famous festival in Cusco

Qoyllur Rit'i or Star Snow Festival

not in range • event

Thousands of pilgrims walk to the foots of Andes to welcome new circle of life or honor the Lord

Warachikuy

not in rangeSeptember 17, 2017 • event

Inspiring event when young sons of Incas show their strength and overcome different trials by fire

Carnival

not in rangeFebruary 07–13, 2018 • event

For those who like crowded and chaotic places with music, dance and other interesting activities, the right time to visit Peru is during the Carnival

Virgen del Carmen

not in rangeJuly 16 • event

Towns of Paucartambo and Pisac near Cusco are homes to a festival dedicated to Virgen del Carmen, a ceremony well worth attending

Ritual Dance Huaconada

not in rangeJanuary 01–January 03 • event

It is more than okay to receive a few lashes from the Mayor of Mito for a happy New Year

Paucartambo Festival

not in rangeJuly 15–July 18 • event

Learn about Peruvian history, pay respect to the dead, honor the Virgin, and try not to lose your head in the craziness of this event

Q’eswachaka Bridge Weaving

not in rangeJune • activity

This Inca bridge is a connection between the past and the present, and its renovation is a real tradition for locals

Marine Fauna of the Ballestas Islands

not in rangeJanuary–March • nature

Sea lions, penguins, and pelicans are good neighbours on the Ballestas Islands

Wititi Dance

not in rangeNovember–February | July 14 • event

Witi Witi means "making love," so how do you imagine this dance looks like? Colca Valley would be the right place to check it out

Flying over the Nazca Lines during the Dry Months

not in rangeNovember–March • nature

Be prepared to meet two thousand year old art

Guinea Pig Festival

not in rangeOctober 13, 2017 • event

Do you love guinea pigs or 'cuy' in the same way as Peruvians do?

Mistura Gastronomic Fair

not in rangeSeptember 08–17, 2017 • event

Picarones, anticuchos, lomo saltado... This is only the beginning of the list of Peruvian dishes you can try at the biggest food festival in Latin America

Takanakuy—the Fighting Festival

not in rangeDecember 25 • event

Any plans for Christmas? What about taking part in a traditional fight in Peru?

Bullfighting Season in Lima

not in rangeNovember • event

This show isn't for the faint-hearted, but for some, this tradition is a work of art

Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria

not in rangeFebruary 02–12, 2018 • event

This is one of the biggest carnivals in Peru, which combines both Christian and prehispanic rituals

Pisco Sour

not in rangeMarch–May • food

Every country has its own national alcoholic drink, and this one is truly Peruvian

Cielo de Brujas or Sky of Witches

not in rangeDecember–April • nature

Peruvian sunsets are worth a moment to stop doing everything and just enjoy it

5P or Peruvian Pomegranate Pineapple Party Punch

not in rangeMarch–June • food

Yes, you can make this punch outside of Peru, but that which comes from Peru tastes better in Peru!

Lucuma

not in rangeJanuary–March • food

Fresh, dried, or frozen—this fruit remains absolutely delicious

Rainy Season Trekking

not in rangeNovember–March • activity

Rain is not forever and even if it is, who said that rainy trekking isn't worthwile!

Fresh Chili Peppers

not in rangemid-December–March • food

Choose your level of "chiliness" and try as many kinds of peppers as you can

Avocado

not in rangeJanuary–June • food

Try not to miss the season of avocado in Peru, and try some signature dishes too!

Titan Beetle

not in rangeSeptember–October • nature

One of the largest beetles on Earth inhabits Peruvian rainforests

Mango

not in rangeNovember–April • food

There is no such Peruvian meal with mango that you won't enjoy!

Peruvian Paso Horse Competitions

not in rangeApril–May | September–October • event

These horses are born not trained

Birdwatching

not in rangeOctober–November • nature

About one fifth of all bird species on Earth can be found in Peru

Juanes

not in rangeJune 24 • food

These rice parcels symbolise the head of Saint John after his beheading

Pink Dolphin Breeding Season

not in rangeMay–June • nature

Believe it or not, but these dolphins do exist. Their skin is pale pink, and males are more pink than females

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