The popularity of festivals in many countries, particularly the United States, has been one of the fastest growing segments of the travel market. People love festivals for their celebratory atmosphere and the collective appreciation of a mutually shared passion! Travelers today are definitely willing to plan an entire trip around a festival and are doing so more and more.
Latin America has some extremely unique festivals that grow in size each year and attract people from all over the world. The five festivals below are some of the most popular in the region, as well as the most interesting. From culture to music to religion, there is something for everyone who wishes to partake in a little festival magic in Central and South America in 2018!
1) Panama Jazz Fest: January 15 – 20, 2018. Founded and organized by world famous jazz pianist, Danilo Perez, the Panama Jazz Festival has music education sessions during the day, great concerts every evening and culminates the final Saturday evening with a free outdoor series of concerts open to the public in the main courtyard in the old U.S. military base Fort Clayton. World-class jazz musicians perform here, including Esperanza Spalding (4-time Grammy winner), who performed at last year’s festival. Panama Vacations can make sure you don’t miss anything you need to see in Panama before, during and after the festival by creating a custom itinerary with exclusive passes.
2) Oruro Carnaval in Oruro, Bolivia February 9-12, 2018. This carnival lures in visitors from all over the country and beyond. With 10,000 musicians descending to play and countless troupes of masked and costumed dancers stomping down the streets, it rivals the hubbub of Rio de Janeiro’s famed carnival festivities. What makes it stand apart from Rio, however, is the uniquely Bolivian nature of the festivities, which have earned it a place on UNESCO’s list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Kuoda Travel can book your private tour of Bolivia to coincide with the annual celebrations.
3) International Poetry Festival of Granada, Nicaragua: Mid-February, 2018. The 14th edition of this festival, which is held every year in Granada, will take place in 2018. The nearly 150 invitees hail from 50 different countries, and among them are several Pulitzer Prize winners. Nicaragua Vacations will customize an itinerary for travelers that will make certain they don’t miss a single thing at the festival!
4) Envision Fest in Costa Rica: February, 21-15, 2018. The Latin version of Burning Man, this festival is focused around 8 pillars: Permaculture, Spirituality, Movement, Art, Music, Community, Health and Ecobuilding. Festival-goers can partake in yoga, workshops and take in live musical acts, performances and art installations.
5) Inti Raymi in Cusco, Peru: June 24 – July 2, 2018. Inti Raymi, Cusco’s largest and most emblematic festival, has over 700 “actors” or participants that take part in the ritual, dance and ceremonies. It’s a religious reenactment ceremony from Incan time honoring the sun god of the Incas, “Inti.” The Inti Raymi marks the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere and a new year in the Andes. With Kuoda Travel, guests enjoy a backstage pass and insider access to the festival.