The main day, the 2nd of February, the virgin is carried towards the city in a very colorful procession. This is the moment that all musicians are going to play and all dancers are going to dance through the streets of Puno. The festival is linked to the pre-Hispanic agricultural cycles of sowing and harvesting, as well as mining activities in the region. It is the result of a blend of respectful Aymara gaiety and ancestral Quechua seriousness.
The dance of the demons, or diablada, the main dance of the festival, was allegedly dreamed 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 zampoña pan-pipes and clad in spectacular costumes and outlandish masks, make their offerings to the earth goddess Pachamama. The most impressive masks, for their terrifying aspect, are those of the deer fitted with long twisted horns similar to the Devil, and Jacancho, the god of minerals. During the farewell, or cacharpari, the dancers who fill the streets finally head to the cemetery to render homage to the dead.
Day 1, February 6: At 8:00 p.m. pick up at our school to go to the bus station to go to Puno.
Day 2, February 7: At the top of the city Puno, at approximately 4:30 a.m. we go to our hotel to take some rest. We will have the morning free to walk through the city and to see the preparatory and processions. At 2:00 p.m. we leave to Sillustani. You will be picked up at your hotel. Sillustani is an archeological site that is one of the most important churchyards of South America. It is a churchyard with a height of more than 12 meter. At 8:00 p.m. we will enjoy a delicious dinner with a show.
Day 3, February 8: Excursion to the islands Uros, Amantaní and Taquile (overnight in Amantaní).
Day 4, February 9: Towards Taquile. First option: Return to Cusco at 8:00 p.m., (at approximately 4:30 a.m. we arrive in Cusco). Second option: We go back to our hotel in Puno where we will spend the night.
Day 5, February 10: At 8:00 a.m.. we leave towards Copacabana by tour bus where we arrive at around 12:30 p.m. (Bolivian time). Immediately we are going to make a tour at 13:30 p.m. to Isla del Sol. At approximately 5:30 p.m. we will be back and we will go to the bus station to return to Puno. In Puno we overnight in a hotel.
Day 6, February 11: At 7:30 a.m. we arrive in Cusco.
- Leaving every 6th of February.
- Transport: by bus and by boat.
- Bring with you:
* Money for food
* Photo camera
* Film camera
- First option: To return to Cusco at the fourth day.
- Second option: Continue to Copacabana and return the sixth day.
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