- This commment is unpublished.· 06/12/2022@Zara Hello Zara,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.