Are there any famous traditional festivals in the west side of South America in March/April ?

I'm referring to Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Equador, maybe Paraguay.

For example, I've found out in Lima, Peru, there is the Huaylarsh in March.

  • South America is huge! Which part specifically are you interested in? Dec 12, 2012 at 19:47
  • There are 12-13ish (depends how you define) countries in South America, and it takes a week by bus to get from the top to the bottom. Could you be more specific? Are you visiting specific areas, perhaps?
    – Mark Mayo
    Dec 12, 2012 at 20:08
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    @MarkMayo I actually need to decide which countries to visit, and festival/traditional events, are a good criteria
    – aneuryzm
    Dec 12, 2012 at 20:14
  • @AnkurBanerjee I've updated my question
    – aneuryzm
    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:12

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As we pointed out in some comments, there really are tons out there. It being mostly a Catholic (historically) and Spanish-Portuguese continent, a lot of the festivals tend to be related to dates at similar times, as well as historical dates (independence days and the like).

For this, I'd recommend a site like Festivals in South America - which lists around 70 well-known festivals. Then they have a sorting tool on the right which will let you sort by country, month and the like.

Unfortunately you're a bit late for Carnaval and a bit early for Boi Bumba, but there are plenty others in that list in South America in the months you mention!

  • I've actually already gone through the list you posted, and beside Brazil I could only find the Huaylarsh in Lima, Peru in those months. (Beside the Semana Santa and Dia del Trabajador. Beside these ones, I haven't found any.
    – aneuryzm
    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:10
  • By the way, I've better ideas about my trip now, and I'm focusing on west side of South America. I've updated the question. thanks
    – aneuryzm
    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:11
  • In your comment you say "west" but in your edited question title you say "east" \-: Dec 13, 2012 at 8:20
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    @hippietrail Sorry, west side. In my question I wrote East but all the countries I've listed are in the west side
    – aneuryzm
    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:37

Most festivals are in spring and summer over here (Chile), starting in September until early in the next year (Jan/Feb).

March and April are the first off-season months (all schools are open again and tourists have left). The weather is still very good (speciaal voor ons Nederlanders hehe), and another positive thing is that the prices of Hotels or Hotel Apart, or Cabañas are at their lowest.

But for festivals you're pretty much in the wrong season of the year!

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