A different experience: Christmas in Peru!
Undecided still, about where to spend this year’s Christmas or New Years’ Eve? Why don’t you come and visit Peru? Wouldn’t it be fabulous to wake up on Christmas morning to see the amazing sunrise at the old Inca ruins of Machu Picchu? Booking your tour to Peru and to Machu Picchu in December, this becomes a reality.
The amazing town of Cusco
The city of Cusco, capital of the old Inca Empire, is an amazing experience at only an hour flight from the Peruvian capital Lima. While you get acclimatized to the altitude of the Peruvian Andean highlands, you enjoy the magical Christmas atmosphere in the cobble stoned streets of Cusco full of restaurants, shops and cafes. The Christmas atmosphere in Cusco is cheerful and magical. The highlight is definitely the Santurantikuy Christmas Fair held yearly at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, the main square and the heart of the city. Here you will find the local people selling their typical Peruvian Christmas decorations. Well worth a visit! And of course there is much more to do for Christmas in Cusco.
Machu Picchu: treks around Christmas and New Year
Probably the best known trek to Machu Picchu is the famous Inca Trail: a four day hike following the footsteps of the Incas to the magical Inca ruins. This trip tends to sell out quickly, but don’t worry, there are great alternatives to this hike.
The most popular one is the Salkantay Trek. This five day hike reaches heights up to 4,600 meters above sea level from where you go down to the cloud forest, where Machu Picchu is located. Another option Dos Manos Peru Travel offers is the Inca Jungle Trip: a fun and entertaining combination of hiking, mountain biking and zip-lining through the Peruvian cloud forest. The last day is spent at the Machu Picchu ruins.
Special departure dates
If you book your trek to Machu Picchu with departure on one of the following dates, be assured a special discount and a special price:
Salkantay Trek – only USD $ 315!*
Start: 21/12 – spend December 25 in Machu Picchu
Start: 28/12 – spend January 1 in Machu Picchu
Inka Jungle Trek – only USD $ 299!*
Start: 22/12 – spend December 25 in Machu Picchu
Start: 29/12 – spend January 1 in Machu Picchu
Min. 2 participants; book and pay before December 15th.
On Christmas morning the standard breakfast will be accompanied by the traditional Paneton, a special Peruvian Christmas cake. And on Christmas evening, as well as on New Year’s Eve, there will be hot wine, cookies and much more! Our guides, porters and cooks in the field will make something special out of this day, to make your Christmas in Peru unforgettable!
Machu Picchu: train tours around Christmas and New Year
If you don’t want to go hiking, no problem, you can just jump on a Train to Machu Picchu. Be aware, you can jump on, but you actually do need to book the train in advance. There are different trains to choose from (Expedition, Vistadome or the totally luxurious Hiram Bingham Train). At the moment of writing, all trains still have availability for any date in December or January.
If you book with the Discount Code NWSL, you get a $ 15 off the official prices on train tours to Machu Picchu.
Other Tours in Cusco
Join our Cusco City Tour during the holidays. Note that the tour will be a bit different than usual on Christmas days. On the 24th of December you will only visit the Cathedral and the archaeological sites, as Ccoricancha (the Temple of the Sun) will be closed. And on the 25th you will only visit the archaeological sites (Cathedral and Ccoricancha are closed). On New Year’s Eve the tour will be as usual. Visiting these religious places during this time of the year brings you back into colonial times with heavily attended masses and processions.
Special! Spend Christmas Eve with a Peruvian family
Interested in spending some time with local Peruvian people and celebrate Christmas Eve with them? Dos Manos Travel Peru organizes a special Peruvian Christmas Dinner with a Peruvian family in Cusco, a truly unique experience with people that are happy to share this night with you and to make new friends. Max 15 people – USD $ 50*. For more information contact Dos Manos Peru.
Min. 4 participants; book and pay before December 17th.
New Year in Cusco
Spending New Year’s Eve in Cusco means fun, music, dinner, many new friends. At the turn of the year for sure you’ll be witnessing massive fireworks at the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.