FESTIVAL OF THE CANDELARIA VIRGIN – FROM JANUARY 29th TO THE 6th FEBRUARY.
One of the most impressive celebrations of South America and Peru takes place in the city of Puno, “La Fiesta de la Candelaria”. This is more than a festivity, this is a sacred event for all the region! The Virgin of Candelaria, patrona of Puno city, is a manifestation of religious syncretism that links the Catholic faith with the Andean spirituality. The celebration to the Virgin is associated with the celebration to the pachamama, (Mother earth). The Festival takes place every day during the first two weeks of February. In these celebrations more than 40,000 dancers and 9,000 musicians from throughout the department, brighten and adorn the streets of Puno. They are dancing and dancing to the Virgin Maria!!! You cannot miss it!