Day 1: Festival de Candelaria in Puno. Why go?

Two factors coincided this week to prompt me to make my first big excursion from Cusco in months: a friend is headed to Puno for the Festival de la Virgen de la Candelaria, a massive folkloric celebration (paying homage to, yes, the Virgin) with 9 days of dancing, and general partying in the Andean style. […]