Celebrations for the New Year in Peru

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Date: Saturday, 31 December 2022 - Sunday, 01 January 2023

Just like in many other countries around the globe, the New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Peru and celebrated on January 1. Festivities to welcome the New Year start on the evening of December 31.

While many associate New Year’s Eve only with fireworks and heavy partying - and there is a lot of wild and crazy partying going on especially at the beaches from Mancora in the north, to Punta Hermosa, Asia and Paracas in the south and in larger cities such as Lima and Cusco, in Peru there are additionally countless local customs and traditions around to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the New Year.

January 1 is usually a quieter day in Peru. Quite a few attractions and museums are closed; while some shops and markets don’t open at all, others welcome customers only after around noon. People stay at home and relax, visit a park or have a walk in town.

Find more information about Peruvian New Year’s Eve Customs and Traditions and New Year's Day in our article "New Year in Peru"

New Year in Peru

Peruvian Public Holidays & Festivities
Just like in many other countries around the globe, the New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Peru and celebrated on January 1. Festivities to welc...

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    Zara · 06/12/2022
    Hi , we are planning to go to Sacred valley on the 1st of January for couple of days this year , after spending 4 nights in Cuzco, is there any public transfer to go there or any where open when we got the valley ? So we can see some attractions.
    What is best to do ?
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      • LimaEasy
      · 06/12/2022
      @Zara Hello Zara,

      January 1 is a public holiday in Peru, so banks and public authorities are closed. Additionally, quite a few attractions and museums are closed as well. And while some shops and markets don’t open at all, others welcome customers but mainly only after around noon. Public transport should be available everywhere, however, most probably with a reduced schedule and more expensive than usual. Which attractions, museums, shops, restaurants are open or closed in the Sacred Valley I honestly don’t know. Probably booking a tour might be a good idea on a day like this to make sure you enjoy your day and not end up in front of closed doors.

      If you are interested, in Ollantaytambo a lovely tradition is celebrated on New Year’s Day (at least it was before Covid). The mayors of each community in the region, including their entourage and citizens, come to the main square of Ollantaytambo where they are greeted by the head mayor. Then the so-called “Sinkuy” celebrations start which comprise a bowling like game, traditional dances and costumes as well as regional food and drinks. If you are around, you shouldn't miss the Sinkuy.


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