Paucartambo, near Cusco and Pisac, Urubamba Valley
Virgen del Carmen “Mamacha Carmen”, as she is commonly known, defeats the demons who climb up on rooftops and balconies during her procession around the streets of Paucartambo. Non-stop masked dancing carries on for three full days. Crowded with locals and limeños alike, the festivity of the Virgen del Carmen can involve some heavy drinking and partying in Paucartambo, but it is an enjoyable experience and worth a stop, especially in Pisac where visitors can see a milder but equally colourful version of the Paucartambo processions and festivities.
Saturday, 28, Sunday, 29
Fiestas Patrias (Peruvian Independence Day) July 28th and 29th, national holidays, with various events taking place around the Plaza de Armas and nearby parks, in the historic centre of the city. Expect to find folk music, flag raising and even a 21-cannon salute.