Any time is a great time to be in Cusco, Peru in my opinion, but the dry months of May through September are the most popular for a reason. If you’re lucky enough to be in the area in mid-June, you may get to witness the Inti Raymi Festival. If you want to be sure of it, book a tour through our partner Southwind Adventures. They run a variety of in-depth tours in Peru.
Although I’ve been to Cusco a couple times and I’ve caught a Peruvian festival here and there (like this festival in the Colca Canyon), I haven’t witnessed this grandest one of them all. The spectacle takes place on June 24, around their winter solstice, in honor of the sun god. A procession of Inca-costumed participants starts at the Sun Temple, makes its way through Cusco, and ends at the impressive hilltop fortress Sacsayhuaman. Imagine the gold flashing in the sunlight and all the colors of Peru next to walls that appear to be built by superheroes. Here’s a bit more about it on Southwind’s Inti Raymi Festival page.
On these group tours you’ll be staying in the kinds of places you would book yourself. Southwind guests can stay at some of the best hotels around in Peru, ones we’ve reviewed in detail such as Hotel Monasterio, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Luxury Collection Hotel Paracas, and Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa.