Trip Report Peru: Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria

Puno, Peru is known as the folkloric capitol of the Andes and for good reason. The Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria is celebrated here in style with days of raucous parades, elaborate costumes, and dancing.

Andean Adventures, a local tour operator, was in Puno this year to attend the festivities and photograph this colorful event.

Puno is right on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, which is dotted with islands. Indigenous people still live on these islands, carrying on ancient traditions of weaving, dress, farming, and agriculture. Lake Titicaca is noted as a top destination to visit in the world, not least because of the amazing cultural highlights. You can find out more about Andean Adventures and their tours here: