Celebrate the New Year in a New Way in Cusco

Thursday December 31, 2015
Celebrate the New Year in a New Way in Cusco

Long before Katy Perry was assuring us that we were Fireworks and could do anything we set our minds to, Cusco was celebrating life and potential with these colorful and exciting toys. Whether it’s an actual holiday or just happens to be an amazing weekend for somebody, the sound and sparks of fireworks are commonplace in the Andean nation.

In just a few weeks we will be welcoming the New Year with some of the biggest firework celebrations in the nation. While many Limeños will be heading to the beach to enjoy the show, end-of-the-year celebrations in the southeastern city of Cusco light up with more than fireworks as music and a communal energy ignites in the historic capital of the Incan Empire.

Like insects to a light, national and international travelers will be attracted by the opportunity to celebrate the oncoming new year in a new way.

Hours before the clock strikes midnight, Cusco’s Plaza de Armas will be filled with people of all ages and nationalities, lured by the ringing church bells and anxious to watch the firework show. A crowd of onlookers quickly forms in the main square and soon this mass of people will move as one counterclockwise around the square’s fountain, making seven rounds to bring good luck.

In the wee morning hours, after a raucous night of partying or a relaxing night in enjoying live jazz and a six-course dinner, those still awake can venture to the nearby Sacsayhuaman ruins that overlook the city. Those who choose to make the trek will be rewarded with a magnificent sun rise and (should the clouds part) a view of the Ausangate mountain. To witness the mountain is said to bring good luck – not a bad way to start off the new year.

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