Cajamarca Carnival 2023

10:00am 18 Feb - 12:00am 22 Feb, 2023

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Cajamarca, Peru

Cajamarca Carnival 2023: The Capital of Peruvian Carnival 

Cajamarca Carnival is the annual celebration of Carnival in Peru and one of the most famous carnivals in the entire country. The city of Cajamarca is known for celebrating carnivals with more enthusiasm than any other Peruvian city. Each year, the celebration attracts more than 60,000 visitors from all over the world to the wildest event in the country. 

Throughout the carnival period, you can find a range of activities and events throughout the city. One of the most popular events is ‘Concurso de Coplas’, the popular songs contest. Contestants compete for two prizes; one for the singer and one of the composer. Representatives from neighbouring towns all participate in this event.

“Cajamarca is the city that celebrates carnivals with more enthusiasm”

Celebrated on Monday, the ‘Corso de Carnaval’ translate to the decorated cars contest, where beautifully decorated cars travel around the city. Other popular events include ‘Unsha’ (dance around a tree), ‘Jueves de Compadres (friendship contest), ‘Velorio del Ño carnavalón’ (wake of the baby doll) and ‘Entierro del Ño Carnavalón (burial of the boy doll). 

Where to view Cajamarca Carnival

Cajamarca Carnival takes place in the Peruvian city of Cajamarca. Parades and celebrations take place throughout the entire city centre. 

How to get around Cajamarca

Located in Peru’s northern highlands, the city of Cajamarca is easily accessible by car and public transport. The easiest way to travel to Cajamarca is via Lima. The nearest major airport is Jorge Chávez International Airport.

Many direct and indirect flights operate from the USA, Europe and the main cities in Latin America throughout this airport. Upon arrival in Peru, you can also fly into General FAP Armando Revoredo in Cajamarca. Daily flights operate to Cajamarca from Lima and the journey takes around 90 minutes.

There are also a number of ground transportation services. Local bus services include Royal Palace, Transportes Linea and Turismo Dias. The journey from Lima takes approximately 15 hours and fares start at around $20.

If you are travelling by bus, you must travel to Trujillo first, followed by another bus from Trujillo to Cajamarca. Car rental options are also available throughout the airport and driving to Cajamarca takes around 13 hours. 

Where to stay in Cajamarca

The city of Cajamarca offers a number of accommodation options from hostels to hotels, Airbnbs and more.

The nearest options include Wyndham Costa del Sol Cajamarca, Hotel Continental Cajamarca and Pacha Qori Backpackers; located in the heart of the city and close to the festivities. 

Things to do in Cajamarca

The city of Cajamarca features a range of activities and attractions. One of the most popular attractions is the ‘Ransom Room’, a small building considered to be the place where the Inca Empire came to an end with the capture and execution of the Inca.

Other popular historical attractions include the St. Catherine Cathedral, San Francisco de Asis, Iglesia Belén and Conjunto Monumental de Belén. Cajamarca is also home to many archaeological sites such as Cumbemayo and Ventanillas de Otuzco.

You can also enjoy panoramic views of Cajamarca from the Colina Santa Apolonia or the Cerro Santa Apolonia mountain peak. 

Cajamarca Carnival 2023 Dates

Cajamarca Carnival will take place from February 18-22, 2023. 

Peru Travel Tips:

Plan ahead: Book your perfect trip with our Peru travel guide and destination information. Does Peru require a visa? Check the visa requirements before you get caught up during your travel.

Spend money wisely: Take public transport and dine in from time to time are common saving tips during traveling. How to spend money wisely in Peru? Make use of technology. There’s an app for everything.

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