Photo of the Week: A Puno-infused Celebration

Dance the night away in the sparkling streets of Puno during its annual celebration of the Virgin de Candelaria.

Virgen de la Candelaria, Puno, Peru For LessDance in the sparkle-infused streets of Puno during its annual celebration of the Virgin de la Candelaria.
Photo by Paul Vallejos/La Ceguela

Photographer Paul Vallejos traveled to Peru’s shore-side city of Puno on Lake Titicaca in February 2011. During the festivities to honor the Virgin de la Candelaria, Paul hit the streets of Puno with his camera to document the party.  We’re able to follow along on his experience in this week’s photo, documenting three dancing silhouettes; sparkles serving as their celebratory backdrop.

The festival of the Virgin de la Candelaria – the patron saint of Puno – is one of the largest and most important religious events that’s celebrated in South America. Music and dance are abundant and reflect cultural expressions of the Quechua, Aymara and the Andean highlands.

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