June Festival Calendar

FEATURE

Qoyllur Rit’I – June 1st
Quispicanchi, Cuzco

The biggest indigenous pilgrimage in the Americas, Qoyllur Rit’I sees upwards of 10,000 people walking to the foot of the Ausangate Mountain (6,362m, or 20,870 feet) to pay homage to a painting of the infant Christ. The ceremony commemorates an Inca festival.

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Chachapoyas Tourist Week – June 1st to 7th
Chachapoyas

An array of cultural activities are programmed for the week, featuring festivals, traditional foods, and the local Raymillacta folk dance.

Corpus Christi – June 7th
Cuzco

Effigies of saints are paraded through the city’s streets to the cathedral, where they are brought to the consecrated host in an 18kg gold “macizo”. The traditional food for the festival is chiriuchu.

Sondor Raymi – June 16th
Andahuaylas, Apurimac, near Cuzco

A pre-Hispanic ritual that commemorates the history of the local Chanka people. It takes place at the Pacucha lake, and continues at the site of Sondor, where the Quechua ceremony reaches its peak.

Catacaos Jubilar Week – from June 21st
Catacaos, near the city of Piura in the north of Peru

The annual festival of Catacaos, the Piura town famous for its traditional foodstuffs and handicrafts. Catacaos is the center of modern production for traditional colonial silver filigree work.

Saint John the Baptist – June 24th
All over the eastern jungles of Peru; Canchaque, Piura; and other locations

A carnival atmosphere accompanies this festival all over the country, particularly in the jungle provinces and cities such as Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos and Pucallpa. The small town of Canchaque, 5 hours from Piura, also holds a charming local festival that is well worth the trip.

Inti Raymi – June 24th
Cuzco

What was the key festival of the Incas is now transfigured into a shameless tourist spectacle featuring fake Incas, fake gold, and fake ceremonies. Expect Cuzco to be even more full of tourists and pickpockets than is usually the case.

Chaccu de Vicuñas – June 24th
Pampa Galeras, Ayacucho

The Chaccu is an ancient ceremony to give thanks to Pachamama, the female Earth spirit for protecting the Vicuña, Peru’s graceful wild camelid and source of the finest fiber in the world. The festival, similar to that described in the early days of the conquest, consists of forming a human circle around the vicuña, trapping them inside as the people approach each other.

Day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul – June 29th
Peru’s coast

Centered in the city of Chimbote, the festival features a religious procession in fishing boats decorated with flowers. Smaller ceremonies take place in other coastal towns, commemorating the disciples who were fishermen.

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