Stumbling on Virgin de la Candelaria Celebrations in Puno, Peru

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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.

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Did the parades stop? Hell no!

Did the revelers go home? No! They grabbed more beer and an umbrella!

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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.****

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20 Responses to “Stumbling on Virgin de la Candelaria Celebrations in Puno, Peru”

  1. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) March 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    These are great photos! We were in Puno at the beginning of November, and they were celebrating “Puno Day.” Turns out, they celebrate it for like a week before the actual day! So every day, the scene was pretty much the same as above. But we’re like you — we’re not complaining either 😉

    • Erica March 15, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      @Ellen: A week of celebrations?! Somehow that doesn’t surprise me. They are amazing peeps!

  2. Amanda March 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    It’s all so colorful!!

    • Erica March 15, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      @Amanda: It makes your brain explode in a good way…

  3. Anji March 8, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Your photographs describe the parade so beautiful! It’s just amazing how each country, city, region, town has their own culture! And how proud they are about celebrating and sharing their tradition.

    • Erica March 15, 2012 at 10:22 am #

      @Anji: Thank you! The hardest part was picking which photos to post!

  4. Ayngelina March 14, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    I wouldn’t take my DSLR out either but it’s not the camera that makes the photographer, you have a great eye and these photos are great.

    • Erica March 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      @Ayngelina: Thank you lady! I’ve been happy with the PnS but I now need something FASTER lol!

  5. Pete March 14, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    I love myself a good Latin American parade. The fireworks, the costume, the people, the atmosphere, all makes for an incredible experience. Great photographs!

    • Erica March 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      @Pete: There is nothing else like it in the world for sure!

  6. dtravelsround March 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    So vibrant and beautiful. Amazing job, as always!

  7. Stephanie - The Travel Chica March 15, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Like to party and/ or don’t like to work… Either way, I like their style 🙂

  8. Federico March 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Great pics, these festivals are always so colorful!

  9. Raymond @ Man On The Lam March 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    It’s photos like this that make me think I would look good in hats.

    • Erica March 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      @Raymond: I’m really going to try and avoid doing a photoshop job for you.

  10. Claire March 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Beautiful! Really makes me want to go back. Now I’ll be dreaming of Peru instead of working for the rest of the day!

    • Erica April 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      @Claire: Sometimes it is good for you to do a bit of daydreaming.

  11. Green Global Travel March 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    What an awesome festival! This would be awesome to be apart of 🙂

  12. Abby March 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    LOVE the movement and colors in these photos! I never quite get them at parades and such — I need to learn how to move people out of the way lol.

    • Erica April 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

      @Abby: Thank you. This has to be one of my favorite Carnaval-esque parades we had been to. Everyone was super laid back and yeah… the colors!

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