Views 04 Feb Experience the Candelaria Festival in Puno, Peru!
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For the first half of February the highland town of Puno, Peru, near Lake Titicaca at an altitude of 3,870 meters above sea level, becomes the Folk Capital of the Americas. The festival gathers more than 200 groups of musicians and dancers to celebrate “La Fiesta de la Candelaria”. During the first week, the churches are decorated and there are banquets and fireworks displays. Later, the virgin is led through the city of Puno in an impressive procession, when troupes of musicians and dancers take the scene, performing and dancing throughout the city.

Experience the Candelaria Festival in Puno, Peru!

The Candelaria festival is linked to the pre-Hispanic agricultural cycles of sowing and harvesting, as well as mining activities in the region. The dance of the demons, or La Diablada, the main dance of the festival, was allegedly dreamt up by a group of miners trapped down a mine who, in their desperation, resigned their souls to the “Virgen de la Candelaria.” The dancers, blowing panpipes and clad in spectacular costumes and outlandish masks, make their offerings to the Earth, “La Pachamama”. Experience the Candelaria Festival in Puno Peru with Dos Manos Travel Agency this February. You can depart with us from Cusco, or meet with us in Puno! Contact us here or write for more information and to register! This is a cultural and fun experience that you do not want to miss.

Sample Tour Itinerary
February 8th¨ – 11th 

Day One – Travel Cusco – Puno
Friday 8th February

Overnight bus from Cusco to Puno departing at 10pm.

Day Two (9th February) – Lake Titicaca Uros & Taquile Islands
Saturday 9th February

Early morning pickup from the bus terminal on arrival in Puno and the port in Puno by boat at around 7 a.m.  for an visit to the floating reed islands of Uros and Taquila, where we will walk to visit the town, the artisan market, the museum, and to eat lunch at a local restaurant.  On the way back, we will walk down the opposite side of the mountain and return to Puno in the same boat.

Experience the Candelaria Festival in Puno, Peru!

Day Three (10th February) – Fiesta de la Candelaria
Sunday 10th February

Experience the festivities of La Candelaria: a special parade – “the parade of the costumes of light” – with traditional dresses and dances in the “Enrrique Torres Belon” stadium.  After this you can make your way back to the hotel at your own pace.

Day Four (11th February) – Fiesta de la Candelaria
Monday 11th February

Today there will be all manner of colorful parades throughout the main streets of the town. From here we can see the different typical dances, some with costumes reenacting folkloric stories such as La Morenada, La Diablada, Wacas, Tinkus, Tobas, Sicuris.. In the evening you can return to the hotel to pick up your luggage. Your overnight bus to Cusco will depart from the terminal at 9.30pm.

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5 Responses

  1. 1

    This is an amazing festival, I’ve been there last year and I LOVED it!

  2. 2

    Ohhh this looks so nice!! Such a pity that I will arrive in Peru just after Carnaval. Wish I could be there!

  3. 3

    I totally agree with Maria!! Been there last year as well. Such a pity that you cannot go there Anne.

  4. 4

    I will be there, yohooo! Tomorrow me and all my friends are leaving to Puno – am looking forward to it!

  5. 5

    This is an awesome festival – great dances, dresses and so colorful. Don´t miss it!

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