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Virgin de la Candelaria Celebrations: Puno, Peru

A smiling faces travel photo of a Peruvian lady wearing traditional attire at the Virgin de la Candelaria Celebrations taking place in  Puno, Peru.

During the Virgin de la Candelaria celebrations in Puno, Peru there is a parade that goes down the street from 6am to 2am the following morning. Locals save for years to afford the detailed decorations and costumes that are shown during this time. Each costume can be hundreds of dollars and most families put away a bit of money every month towards making the next costume even better. All the performers are high energy, dancing or playing their instruments over a kilometer throughout town. This girl had a very large, ornate hat and was one of the most smiley people we saw that afternoon.

Erica is 1/2 of the team at Over Yonderlust. Photographer by trade, they are making their way through the world capturing their experiences. Their next big adventure? Iceland and Europe.

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Audrey July 10, 2012 at 12:46 am

Now that’s a smile! I really like her head piece – imagine how much fun it would be to twirl in that. πŸ˜‰
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Nomadic Samuel July 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

Oooooh yeah! πŸ™‚

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more info July 10, 2012 at 2:19 am

Can you tell us more about this? I’d care to find out more details.
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Nomadic Samuel July 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

I would like to know more about this celebration as well.

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Josie July 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Hey Erica,
This is a beautiful photo. It deserves to be a magazine cover! Just downright perfect!
~Josie
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Nomadic Samuel July 18, 2012 at 8:46 am

Thanks Josie, it’s a lovely shot for sure!

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Waegook Tom July 13, 2012 at 4:57 am

Love this photo from Erica – great shot! Will have to get a similar headpiece for when I attend my best friend’s wedding next year.
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Nomadic Samuel July 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

Hahaha, would like to see the pic of you wearing that Tom πŸ˜›

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kevin@southamericatours August 2, 2012 at 2:21 am

Great photo, you could tell in that girl’s face that she was having a good time at the festival. I also think the bright colors are a great way to celebrate

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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 5:47 am

Thanks Kevin, I agree with you it does look like she is having a fabulous time.

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Anita Mac August 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Great photo. Love the colour and festive spirit! What a crazy hat! Love her smile – it is absolutely glowing!
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Nomadic Samuel August 7, 2012 at 5:47 am

It’s such a cool hat! πŸ™‚

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