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26 THINGS TO DO FOR SELECTED DATES

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

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

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?

Pisco Sour

March–May • food

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

Titicaca and other Mountain Lakes

May–September • activity

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

5P or Peruvian Pomegranate Pineapple Party Punch

March–June • food

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

Cielo de Brujas or Sky of Witches

December–April • nature

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

Ice Climbing

March–October • activity

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

Avocado

January–June • food

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

Hot Springs

May–October • activity

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

Huacachina Oasis

All year (best in May–November) • nature

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

Rafting the Urubamba River

May–October • activity

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

Pink Dolphin Breeding Season

May–June • nature

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

Sandboarding in Huacachina

May–November • activity

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

Surfing

November–February | May–August • activity

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

Peruvian Paso Horse Competitions

April–May | September–October • event

These horses are born not trained

Mango

November–April • food

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

Dry Season in the Andes and Amazon

April, May, June, July, August, September, November • weather

Warm weather and long sunny days provide us with an ideal opportunity to reveal the gems of Peruvian nature

Dry Season on the Coast

November, December, January, February, March, April • weather

Beautiful sunsets and a warm ocean breeze make every experience ideal

Low Season on the Coast

May–October • crowdedness

Moderate crowds are centred around surfing spots and in big cities with occasional loud festivals

Rainy Season on the Coast

May, June, July, August, September, October • weather

Some rain, some fog, some sun — the weather is perfectly balanced, even in winter!

High Season on the Coast

November, December, January, February, March, April • crowdedness

This time and area in Peru is probably the most crowded after Machu Picchu

High Season in the Andes and Amazon

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November • crowdedness

It's still possible to "get lost" and enjoy the mountains just for yourself during the peak season

MORE THINGS TO DO

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 rangeJune 08–14, 2017 • 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 range • 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

Macaw Clay Lick

not in rangeAugust–March  • nature

A colorful army comes to eat the minerals

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

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

Marine Fauna of the Ballestas Islands

not in rangeJanuary–March • nature

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

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

Flying over the Nazca Lines during the Dry Months

not in rangeNovember–March • nature

Be prepared to meet two thousand year old art

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

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

Guinea Pig Festival

not in rangeOctober 13, 2017 • event

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

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

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

Yawar Fiesta or Festival of Blood

not in rangeJuly 28 • event

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

Takanakuy—the Fighting Festival

not in rangeDecember 25 • event

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

Hiking in National Reserve Lomas de Lachay in its Greenest Months

not in rangeAugust–Ocotber • activity

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

Fresh Chili Peppers

not in rangemid-December–March • food

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

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!

Lucuma

not in rangeJanuary–March • food

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

Juanes

not in rangeJune 24 • food

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

Birdwatching

not in rangeOctober–November • nature

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

Titan Beetle

not in rangeSeptember–October • nature

One of the largest beetles on Earth inhabits Peruvian rainforests

Low Season in the Andes and Amazon

not in rangeDecember, January, February, March • crowdedness

You may get soaked and dirty due to the abundant rain and clay country roads, but this period has so many pros that will make you forget all about it

Rainy Season in the Andes and Amazon

not in rangeDecember, January, February, March • weather

Rain brings exceptional beauty and power to the mountainous landscapes and wild Amazon jungles

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