Festivals and Events to Check Out on your Overland Trip
You don’t require your own overland vehicle to see these festivals and events, but some are easier to access when you have your own transportation, such as a remote Nadaam Festival in Mongolia. And to join a car rally, well, you need a car.
Here are among the favorite festivals and events we enjoyed on our ongoing overland journey. Pick the ones you like and at them to your bucket list.
For other sightseeing and activities, take a look here.
There are lots of things to do in Hokkaido all year, but winter in Hokkaido is special: snow festivals, snow hikes, and wildlife viewing.
Q’ollor Ritty is a religious festival in Peru. We caught up with a small version of this religious celebration high in the mountains.
A flashback to the first Dakar Rally in South America. In the company of Argentineans we found a perfect spot to watch the spectacle.
Fire works, driving around with effigies and burning them at night, having your body cleansed with herbs and an egg – all is part of New Year’s Eve in Ecuador.
Mongolia’s most important celebration, the Nadaam Festival is a summer event held throughout the summer and in every corner of Mongolia.
During a weekend-long festival monks chant for enlightenment in the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, one of Mongolia’s top three monasteries.
One of Peru’s most authentic, dramatic, fun and spectacular festivals: the Paucartambo Festival, with 17 traditional troupes honoring the Virgin of Carmen.
What better announcement of spring is there than sakura – the cherry blossom season?
The cherry blossom in South Korea is the announcement of spring. People go out, join the crowds, have fun, and take selfies!
A great reason to visit Japan in winter: the snow festivals. Among the best known is he Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido.
Suriname’s Owru Yari in photos, a unique event in the world.
Saraguro is the centre of an indigenous community in Ecuador. Check out its annual Three Kings Celebration on January 6.
The 18-hour SOL Adventure Rally and the 4-day Savanna Rally focus on the savanna of Suriname. We joined the dozens of teams and conquered our own challenges.
Being invited for a local sampula party not only is an honor; it’s fun.
One of the big events in São Paulo is the Adventure Sports Fair. We not just checked it out, but joined with a display of the Land Cruiser and our journey.
Would you hurl sheep around for fun? During a religious festival in Bolivia we saw it’s a regional tradition, part of a celebration to honor San Santiago.
After the Land Cruiser’s overhaul we take it to Copacabana, Bolivia. There, right along Lake Titicaca our overland vehicle gets is blessing.
Carnival in Argentina, can it compete with Brazil? Maybe not, but it does come close.