The main local festival – National Pisco Day – takes place on the third Saturday in September, when things really get lively along this section of the coast. The area is also well-known for its traditionally rhythmic music and annual, athletic dance festival, Verano Negro, which happens at the end of February. In November, the Festival de Danzas Negras is an excellent spectacle, a vibrant dance event based on Afro-Peruvian traditions; in both cases the celebrations are liveliest in El Carmen, 10km southeast of Chincha.

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