I swear that there is always a celebration or a holiday no matter where we go in Latin America. I can say without a doubt that these people love to party. There are so many festivals in Peru!
We arrived in Puno, Peru while the the Virgin de la Candelaria celebrations were in full swing, completely by accident. I swear it is like we are just *randomly finding traditional celebrations in Latin America*. I’m not complaining, the colors and energy that can be found here are insane. The parades were going from about 8am to 1am the next morning… and even as the evening came to a close and freezing rain was pelting down on them, they continued.
Did the parades stop? Hell no!
Did the revelers go home? No! They grabbed more beer and an umbrella!
The Virgin de la Candelaria is considered one of the top three biggest celebrations in South America along with Carnaval in Rio and in Oruro (which we attended, post coming soon). Luck has been on our side for sure. And while we would have loved to stay out, the sun at that altitude feels like our skin was melting and Shaun’s delicate, porcelain skin needed to hide out. So enjoy the pictures we have of the parade. It was so beautiful.
*****Please note that these were taken on my point and shoot as any celebration involving water balloons and foam take out my DSLR from seeing the light of day.****