Cusco, Peru, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known as the jumping off point to Machu Picchu, capital of the Inca Empire and home to a beautiful architectural heritage.
Typically, the peak tourism season is from May to October coinciding with drier weather, however, according to Frommer’s a visit to Peru during the holidays will likely cost just as much as during the peak tourism season. Don’t let that deter you though. Peru is a terrific country to visit on a budget or with more wiggle-room in your wallet.
Here are a few suggestions and tips for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Cusco, Peru!
Where to Go
It’s no surprise that Plaza de Armas is the place to be for the midnight countdown. Always a tourist-friendly location, expect the main square to be packed to the brim.
What to Do
- Wear yellow! Yellow is considered a color of luck and during New Year’s Eve revelers wear yellow underwear, sometimes even on the outside of their pants, in the hopes of being lucky in love all year around…and of course, getting lucky.
- Bring your suitcase. Another tradition is to circle Plaza de Armas three times with your suitcase in hand to and you’ll travel all year long.
- Eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight and run around the plaza 12 times to bring good luck.
Plan for rain. Expect 60 – 70 degree weather with showers during the month of December. Rainy season in Peru runs from November to April.
What to Read
Check out these great blog that share details from past New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cusco, Peru. These are a few great resources to use for planning your trip to this amazing county.