Festivals in South America

South America Festivals

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Events & Festivals in South America

All our holidays in South America can be 100% tailor-made, so if you'd like to plan a trip to tie in with one of the many fantastic events and festivals taking place throughout the year, you just have to ask...

We can help arrange tickets, transfers and even VIP packages to many of South America's biggest events. And, of course, if you want to arrange a wider holiday but make sure you get your dates right to fit in with a particular festival in South America, just get in touch with one of our specialist consultants and we'll let you know the best way to go about it!

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Festivals in Argentina


There's plenty to keep you busy in Argentina, no matter what time of year you visit, from Bariloche's huge snow festival in the winter, to South America's largest arts festival in May.

Snow FestivalSnow Festival - 03-12 Aug, Bariloche

The Bariloche Snow Festival takes place in August, which is the peak of Argentina's ski season, so wrap up warm and hit the slopes!

Tango FestivalTango Festival - 03-23 Aug, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the tango, and every year the Buenos Aires Tango Festival celebrates that history with week-long events and competitions.

OktoberfestOktoberfest - 04-14 Oct, Gral. Belgrano

Like many countries in South America, Argentina has a rich German heritage, among many other nationalities, and this is celebrated each year at the huge Oktoberfest festival in Villa General Belgrano...

Fiesta de la VendimiaFiesta de la Vendimia - 06-09 Mar, Mendoza

Argentina is one of the world's leading wine producers, and the annual Mendoza Vendimia festival celebrates everything that's fantastic about Argentinian wine.

Festivals in Bolivia


Bolivia is rich in indigenous traditions and festivals, often merged with Catholic festivals with some weird and wonderful results, like the freaky devil dancers at the Oruro Carnival...

Fiesta Gran PoderFiesta Gran Poder - 21-22 May, La Paz

Bolivia's largest single festival, the Fiesta del Gran Poder takes over the whole of La Paz for two days in May, as 30,000 dancers and 400,000 spectators take to the streets...

Festivals in Brazil


Carnival is an obvious high point of the year in Brazil, but did you know that New Year's Eve in Rio is an even bigger party? Or that in the north-east Bumba Meu Boi and the Sao Joao festivals are a chance to see the real Brazil?

Bumba Meu BoiBumba Meu Boi - 26-29 Jun, Parantins

If you missed out on the Rio Carnival, why not join millions of Brazilians instead at the huge Amazon festival of Bumba Meu Boi? It might not be that well-known but it's one of the biggest annual events in South America...

Reveillon in RioReveillon in Rio - 31 Dec, Rio de Janeiro

New Year's Eve is a VERY big deal in Rio - in fact it's a bigger party than the annual Rio Carnival. Glamorous masked balls, beach parties, street music, a colossal firework display... it's a once in a lifetime experience!

Festivals in Chile


Chils isn't famous for its festivals but the indigenous Tapati festival on Easter Island is one of our favourites in South America.

Fiesta de La TiranaFiesta de La Tirana - 16 Jul, La Tirana

Sometimes Chile seems very European and sometimes it's VERY South American. The Fiesta de la Tirana, when 200,000 party-goers descend on this tiny town is definitely the latter ...

TapatiTapati - 01-15 Feb, Easter Island

Tapati Rapa Nui is one of those rare joys: a traditional festival that manages to be welcoming to tourists while making no concessions to them whatsoever. Just come along and get stuck in!

Festivals in Colombia


Colombia's festivals might not be as well-known as those of Brazil or Peru, but the Barranquilla Carnival is every bit as much fun as Rio or Salvador, and they also do a good line in modern music festivals.

Flower FestivalFlower Festival - 01-10 Aug, Medellin

Colombia produces some of the most beautiful flowers on the planet, and they're very proud of it! So every year for the last 57 years, Medellin has hosted one of the world's biggest flower festivals...

Festivals in Ecuador


Ecuador has many of the same religious and indigenous festivals as its neighbour, Peru, but also some intriguing traditions of its own, and the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations outside of Rio.

Inti Raymi EcuadorInti Raymi Ecuador - 24 Jun, Otavalo

The most famous Inti Raymi festival takes place in Cusco, Peru, but the Inca Empire stretched all the way to the very north of Ecuador, and the yearly Festival of the Sun is celebrated here too...

Fiestas de QuitoFiestas de Quito - 06 Dec, Quito

Every 6th December, Ecuador's capital city marks its foundation with the week-long street party that is the Fiestas de Quito.

New Year in QuitoNew Year in Quito - 31 Dec, Quito

New Year in Quito is huge fun, with huge firework displays, enormous dummies which are ritually set ablaze, and men dressed in miniskirts... see it for yourself!

Festivals in Peru


From traditional Inca festivals like Inti Raymi, to culinary events such as the annual Mistura or South America's largest film festival, 2020 is an action-packed year in Peru...

Inti RaymiInti Raymi - 24 Jun, Cusco

Inti Raymi was the major festival of the Inca Empire and falls on the Winter Solstice, celebrating the return of the Sun to the lands of the Inca...

Fiestas PatriasFiestas Patrias - 28-29 Jul, Nationwide

Peru's annual Fiestas Patrias celebrations to mark Peru's independence from Spain take place on the 28th and 29th of July and many Peruvians head to the coast for a long holiday weekend...

Señor de los MilagrosSeñor de los Milagros - 18-19 Oct, Lima

Every year in Lima, Peru, the Señor de los Milagros procession fills the streets with thousands of people in one of the world's largest Catholic festivals.