Cusco, in addition to being a city of historical fame with a positively mystical reputation, is known for its fantastic nightlife. What do you get when you put those two things together? The best place on earth to spend New Year’s Eve. And tourists from around the world seem to have caught on: 300,000 tourists visited Cusco during New Year celebrations.
According to Andina news agency, Jose Altamirano of the Cusco Chamber of Commerce and Tourism credits Cusco’s magical reputation as attractive for year-end tourists: “[People] who come here will be able to enrich themselves with that energy, and that force is going to give them power,” he explained.
Altamirano added that many visitors go to Machu Picchu during their time in the Cusco region, and took the opportunity to make a call for improved infrastructure for easier and expanded access for tourists.
EFE writes that many people celebrate the coming of the new year in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, where fireworks displays take place and bands play festive music.
Wondering what you missed if you didn’t spend New Year’s Eve in Cusco? Take a look at our roundup of party options in the city.