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The Best Ways to Spend New Year's Eve in Peru

Picture of Brandon Dupre
Updated: 30 October 2017
If you decide to spend your New Year’s Eve in Peru, you have plenty of options to choose from. You can spend your night getting crazy in one of Peru’s large cities such as Cusco or Lima, or you can take it easy and spend your time enjoying Peru’s beautiful landscape and ruins. No matter how you want to spend your New Year’s, Peru has something for you.

Cusco

Cusco is the perfect place to be for any celebration, but especially for Christmas and New Year’s. The city has an interesting mix of Catholic and Incan traditions that are mixed together to spectacular effect during the holiday season. For New Year’s, Cusco comes to party. There are fireworks that go off all day – literally all day – and everyone heads to the Plaza de Armas and the surrounding clubs. Prepare to party all night.

Fiesta del Cruz Velacuy, Cusco, Peru
Fiesta del Cruz Velacuy, Cusco, Peru | © Dimitry B./Flickr

Mancora

Mancora is one of the party capitals of Peru, and is the place where most Peruvians go on holidays. No matter the holiday, Peruvians head to the warmer waters and weather of the north coast, where the grey skies of Lima give way to bright sunshine. If you plan on being in Mancora on New Year’s, you have to book a pace to stay in advance, because most people in Peru will be trying to head there. If you want to lie out on the beach, sunbathe, surf and then party on the beach, Mancora is your place.

Machu Picchu

If partying on New Year’s isn’t your thing, Machu Picchu definitely will be. There are already a seemingly infinite number of reasons to go to Machu Picchu, but is there any better way to start the year than a day here? The sacred site is the best way to have a New Year’s Eve that you never forget. Also, it will be the down season at Machu Picchu, so there will be more rain, but fewer tourists.

Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a holy land, and a great place to begin the New Year. You’ll be able to relax in the grassy valleys, hike mountainsides, and see snowy mountain peaks. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but you’ll also be able to find Inca ruins such as citadels and temples in the countryside. It won’t be a party, but it’ll for sure be the most you ever do on a New Year’s Day.

Lima

It is the capital of Peru, so there are going to be some huge parties. Lima has a large number of clubs and cool bars to head to, and the people of Lima will take to the streets to hangout and celebrate the New Year’s. If you want to get real fancy, Lima is definitely the place for you. You can begin the night at some of the best restaurants in the world, eating food from world-renowned chefs, and then go clubbing in Miraflores or Barranco.

Punta Hermosa

If you’re in Lima and want to escape to the beach for the New Year, head to Punta Hermosa where, during the summer months of December, you’ll get sunny skies and warm weather; even better if you’re a surfer, because Punta Hermosa is home to some of the best waves in Peru.

Champagne
Champagne | © Yi Wang/Flickr

Arequipa

One of Peru’s largest and most beautiful cities, Arequipa is a perfect place to spend your New Year’s. You can either party in the beautiful, all-white Plaza de Armas, head to the Canyon Colca, one of the largest canyons in the world, or hike the Misti Volcano that looms over the city.