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Surprising Puno, Peru

sunny 15 °C

The Blissful Adventurers re-united in Lima on Friday and flew to Puno to begin their trek to the southern tip of Patagonia.

The small Peruvian city of Puno on the north shore of the world's highest waterway, Lake Titicaca, is more than twelve thousand five hundred feet above sea level and is often shrouded in cloud. On our last visit in 2015 we had several days of cold rain and saw little of the lake. We therefore decided to try again and, so far, luck has been on our side. It's our first day and the sun has shone since dawn. However, that is not the lucky part – this is...
By pure coincidence we arrived in Puno on the eve of one of the most incredible spectacles in all of South America – La Festividad Virgen de la Candelaria. Here's a group of dancers decked out in skeins of alpaca wool - the yarn for which this part of the world is famous...
Every year on this day some sixty five thousand costumed dancers and musicians dance and sing their way through the streets of Puno from the Church of the Virgen de la Candaleria to the main stadium where they perform in front of a crowd of thousands from all over the world...
Our hotel is just a few yards from the parade route and the 102 cultural groups composed of bands, dancers and singers in this year's festival have been entertaining us from 8am this morning and will continue until late tonight. The festival is classed in the top three of South American events alongside the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro and the Carnaval of Oruro in Bolivia. Words cannot describe the beauty, the exuberance and the sheer emotion of watching tens of thousands of gaily costumed people taking part in such an amazing event. All we can do is show you some snapshots...
The many beautiful young girls loved being photographed in their bright costumes...
And the older women looked resplendent in their colourful hats...
There were thousands of men in masks and costumes...
And more than 2,500 musicians playing drums and traditional Peruvian pipes...
We will leave you with these traditional stick dancers as we return to watch more of the procession...
Tomorrow we will take to the water to visit the floating Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca.

Posted by Hawkson 12:52 Archived in Peru

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What great timing. Glad you two are on your journey together again. Wonderful photos and I cannot imagine how thrilling this must have been for you.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Perfect temperature, cloudless skies and all that colour! Your luck has indeed returned. Loved that fearsome mask in third from last photo.

by R and B

You truly are the luckiest ducks around, what a feast to witness, great pictures, it must be an awe inspiring emotional experience, besides the beauty of it...
Thank you for this.


by gottfried

Scary masked men . Great photos.
Love from chilly London
Christine x

by Christine Lloyd

wonderful thing to just come out of the blue.

by keith and helen

Our favorite island on the lake was Taquile, but if you want to stay forever, you need to be able to knit Jim....all the men knit!!
I hope you have plans to tour the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. By far, one of our most spectacular trips! Safe travels and happy to be reading you again!

by maxine stewart

And so your luck continues. From chocolate festivals in Perugia, to clouds parting over alps and Mt Fuji and on ....

by Tom Whalley

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