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Lake Titicaca and the Party of Candelaria, Puno, Peru

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 - 6 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 25 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours  
Season: February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 300 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 600 US Dollar (USD)

The city Puno which is located at the banks of the Lake Titicaca at 3870 meters above sea level and is during 18 days (from the 1st of February till the 18th of February) the folkloric capital of America. In the festival participate around 200 music groups and dancers. The first 9 days the butlers (that are ordered to organize the festival) decorate the church and listen to the mass. Afterwards they go to different banquets and to fire displays.

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.

Tour Itinerary:

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:
* Raincoat
* Money for food
* Photo camera
* Film camera
* Clothes.
- First option: To return to Cusco at the fourth day.
- Second option: Continue to Copacabana and return the sixth day.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transport for the round trip
- Bilingual guide for the excursions
- All meals at the islands in Puno
- Dinner show
- Accommodation in Puno and Copacabana
- 2 nights in a hotel in Puno (first option)
- 4 nights in a hotel in Puno (second option).

Price Excludes:
- Breakfast
- Lunch.

About This Supplier
Location: Peru
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2008

M17546 offers the enthusiasm of a relatively young agency, with the experience of our capable and professional staff. With our own offices in Cusco (Peru) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the Netherlands, we have been arranging every imaginable excursion and tour in South America, as well as Spanish Courses and...

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