Virgen de la Candelaria in Puno

On the central day, the Virgin parades the city in a colorful procession, followed by more than 200 bands of musicians and a similar number of groups who dance around the city and compete for prizes in the local stadium. The festivity is related to the pre-Hispanic farming cycles of planting and harvesting (worshipping Pachamama or Mother Earth), as well as with the region’s mining activity.

Puno Region. Location: city of Puno (3808 masl / 12493 fasl).
February / first half

Climate: dry and cold.
Average temperature: 10ºC (50ºF). During 18 days the city of Puno, on the shores of lake Titicaca, becomes the folklore capital of the Americas.

By plane: from Lima and Arequipa to Juliaca (Puno).
By train: Cusco – Puno train (10 h).
By road: from Cusco, Arequipa and Lima.

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