Peru’s largest festival is a cultural powerhouse that brings together music, dance, and religion beginning in February in Puno. Comprised of approximately 30,000 dancers and 8,000 musicians, passion and ecstasy lifts the huge crowds in a truly theatrical celebration that dates back to 1781.
What started as a show of force to the army of Tupac Amaru while Puno was under occupation, has turned into a yearly tradition that pays homage to the Virgen de la Candelaria of such magnitude that it attracts thousands of travellers around the world who want to experience something big, bold, and bombastic. The festival is a colourful artistic collage incorporating dance performances, decorated statues of the Candelaria (more affectionately known as ‘Mamacha Candelaria’)—who is the saint patron of Puno—and musicians over two fun-filled weeks of celebrations and good vibes!
Declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014 tells you everything you need to know about the scale, cultural significance, and importance of this festival not only to Peru, but the world at large: This is a festival not to be missed! But Lake Titicaca is not only the home of this festival and it is certainly not the only reason people come to visit. Filled with everything from floating islands made of reeds, which you can check out on our half-day Floating Islands of the Uros tour, to stunning cruises around the lake on our Catamaran Cruiser trip, the world’s highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca offers up all the serene, Zen feelings you’ll be searching for in the New Year as we exit the many travel restrictions imposed on us.
Join us in 2022 before or after attending the Virgen de la Candelaria Puno, and you’re guaranteed to round-out you festive excursion with all the nature, adventure, and fun to be had as we escort you around the floating islands and regional villages of Lake Titicaca.
Find out more about our tours here and get booking now for 2022. We look forward to meeting you soon!