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Cusco Semana Santa

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Cusco Semana Santa

We are going to be in Cusco 2013 during the Semana Santa -- very excited!! I was in Seville for these festivities many years ago and loved it.

What should we expect? Any can't miss activities/processions? Any hints/advice to get the most out of our week there? We will be in the area for 8 days, but will use 2-3 days to visit Machu Picchu and other Sacred Valley sites. So I want to plan properly to maximize our experience for the festival.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Cusco Semana Santa

The procession of El Senor de Los Temblores on the Monday is a must.

Lots of other processions at many towns around Peru and lots in the Cusco area.

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2. Re: Cusco Semana Santa

I agree the El Senor de Los Temblores is a must!! The procession happens in the main square and is held in the evening, typically around 8pm. Be aware it is the Monday before the weekend festivities, so you need to be in Cusco the weekend prior to attend! However this should work with your itinerary as you can explore Machu Picchu during the week. Also make note, as with any holiday, bus and plane tickets as well as accommodations need to be booked in advance. Also be prepared for closures of some business as they are partaking in the celebrations, particularly on Friday, it should not be as much of an issue on Saturday. Semana Santa in Cusco is a great time and is a great opportunity to interact with the locals and partake in cultural festivities!

Enjoy your time in Cusco!

Katherine

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3. Re: Cusco Semana Santa

Thanks! Yes, I know it's the Monday prior to Easter. We have our accommodations booked already but not yet the flights. We plan to be in Cusco from Sat to Sat, leaving Cusco day before Easter.

Any other "must see" during the week besides the Senor de los Temblores?

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4. Re: Cusco Semana Santa

I would recommend you get in Nortons bar early for a great balcony view of things. They have also recently put some real ale in there, made here in Cusco which adds to the enjoyment.

Mark - Escaped to Latin America

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5. Re: Cusco Semana Santa

Checking back... does anyone have more details about the schedule of processions in Cusco and surrounding towns? I've googled quite a bit, and aside from Senor de Los Temblores, can't find much info about any of the other days during Holy Week.

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6. Re: Cusco Semana Santa

In Cusco:

On Palm Sunday/Domingo de Ramos, there is a procession up Av. El Sol to the main cathedral, where people go to get their palms blessed. This also happens in all other towns.

On Good Friday/Viernes Santo, early in the morning, there is the Via Crucis departing from San Francisco Plaza and going up the hill to Sacsayhuaman. In the afternoon, there is another procession (Santo Sepulcro) from La Merced Church.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Semana Santa in Cusco is the strong, visible presence of Andean rituals and beliefs. If you're interested, on Easter Sunday, Mass in given in Quechua in the Cusco Cathedral.

Another thing you shouldn't miss in the food - a very important element in Semana Santa celebrations across South America. Last year, there was a huge food festival in the Jardin de la Cerveza (on Av. de la Cultura). There is also a smaller food fair in front of San Pedro Market for most of that week.

In Ollantaytambo: processions almost every day of Semana Santa - la Virgen Dolorosa, Señor de Ocobamba, and Santo Sepulcro. (Don't have an exact schedule).

In Pisac: Last year, the Pisac muni govt posted a schedule of events on their website. munipisac.gob.pe/images/Noticias/Semana-Sant… As the date approaches, they might post something similar for this year.

Have a great trip!

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7. Re: Cusco Semana Santa

Wonderful! This is very helpful. Thanks much.

Another question, what is the best place to watch the Senor de los Temblores procession? I love the idea of being able to see it from Nortons. How early should we get there to have a spot?

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8. Re: Cusco Semana Santa

The procession starts at 2pm. There is limited seating at Norton's - in fact on any of the small balconies around the Plaza. If it's a sunny day, be sure to wear sunscreen, a hat, etc. The sun hits Norton's balcony at the perfect angle and I've seen many an unprepared tourist emerge from that balcony redder than the red ñucchu flowers that decorate el Señor de los Temblores (:

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Here's a link to the schedule of events in Pisac: munipisac.gob.pe/images/GDEL/Semana-santa-20…

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