1. Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music, Bolivia: 29 April-1 May
The Jesuit Missions in Bolivia are of huge cultural significance: a tour of these gold-leaf-covered churches is fascinating and offers an insight into an interesting part of Bolivia’s national heritage. The music that was produced during this period (between the 17th and 18th centuries) remains an important aspect of the region’s culture and the Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music takes place from 28 April – 1 May (2016) in San Javier and Concepcion Missions to keep this musical tradition alive.
You can visit the Jesuit Missions as part of our Signature Bolivia: The final frontier holiday.
2. Chocolate Festival, Belize: 20-22 May
The Mayans left behind many great things – the greatest of which is probably chocolate… For that reason, people from all over the world descend upon Punta Gorda in Belize to celebrate the wonder of chocolate. From 20 – 22 May, you can enjoy chocolate-tastings, street fairs, and traditional music, including Garifuna drumming and Mayan harp performances.
3. International Cajón Festival, Peru: 28 April-1 May
For the last 8 years Peru has celebrated the cajón: the most international of all Peruvian instruments, this percussion box has inspired various interpretations all around the world and from 28 – 1 May (2016) the International Cajón Festival takes place in Lima. It includes workshops, classes, concerts and even mass performances: in 2015, the Guinness World Record broken as more than 3,500 people joined together to play the cajón in the city’s Plaza de Armas.
4. National Potato Day, Peru: 30 May
30 May marks Peru’s National Day of the Potato. In an effort to preserve and promote one of the world’s most important food crops, the Peruvian government introduced the celebration which sees restaurants, markets and villages around the country putting on events to pay homage to the humble potato.
5. San Pedro Lobster Fest, Belize: 15 June
To celebrate the start of the lobster season, Belizeans hold the annual Lobster Fest. While events take place in other parts of the country, the most important is in San Pedro at Ambergris Caye. The week-long festival glorifies the lobster with food stalls serving the crustacean in every way imaginable, and live music and parties on the beach to ensure everyone can get involved in the festivities.