Tharpaling Thongdrol

Tharpaling Thongdrol festival is held annually at Tharpaling Monastery. Tharpaling festival is mainly a display of the giant thongdrol (appliqué silk work with Buddhist images), preceded by prayers and ceremonies. It is a very popular festival in Bumthang.

San Juan Bautista

This festivity is held on the 24th of June in the Otavalo valley and it lasts a whole week. A unique celebration, it is a ritual to honor “Pachamama” (Mother Earth) that involves local men, who dress up with varied costumes and start dancing from one house to another, until they reach the chapel of San […]

Corpus Cristi

Corpus Cristi is held on Thursday after Trinity Sunday. The celebration is much more popular in the highlands, in the provinces of Chimborazo, Tungurahua, Cotopaxi and in Loja. The Corpus Cristi is celebrated in different ways according to the tradition of each town. For example the average Corpus Cristi in most of the highland towns […]

Pase del Nino Parade

Cuenca’s Christmas Eve Pase del Niño parade, or Passing of the Child, is a colorful, often bizarre, mixture of the religious and the profane. It is a festival of thanksgiving and homage that combines Catholic and indigenous traditions and it is a lot of fun. The procession, of over eight hours, features floats and cars […]

Cuenca’s Independence Day

Cuenca hosts a citywide party celebration to celebrate its Independence Day on November 3. The usual array of parades, fireworks and concerts fill the streets with lots of things to see and do. The three day festival is Cuenca’s biggest celebration, attracting artisans and visitors from all over Ecuador and neighboring countries.

Fiestas de Quito

An eclectic mix of events marks “Fiestas de Quito”, which runs from November 28 to December 6. Notable elements include Nativity reenactments, bullfights, traditional dancing and carnivals in the Old Town. Quito’s streets are filled with music and people celebrating the city. The celebration of Quito, the Spanish foundation, which occurred on Dec 6. 1534, […]

Santo Ranticuy

This is a traditional toy fair in Cuzco. People flock here from all over to buy and sell nacimientos (Christmas decorations). Its the Peruvian equivalent of a European Christmas market.

Puno Week

This week celebrates the founding of the city by the Spanish and hosts a fascinating re-enactment of the appearance of the founders of the Inca Empire, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, from Lake Titicaca. Some of the most beautiful traditional fiestas are held here during this week.

Festival of Santa Rosa

Each year in Lima on the 30th of August there is a big procession to honor Santa Rosa de Lima, the patron saint of Lima. The procession leads to Santa Rosa’s hometown Santa Rosa de Quives near Lima. Many thousands of believers, who worship Santa Rosa de Lima, the church and convent she founded, participate […]

Festival of the Sun

Fiesta del Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) is an ancient festival held in Sacsayhuaman, north of Cusco with authentic Inca rituals, processions, folk dancing and competitions.