Often referred to as the Folkloric Capital of Peru, Puno hosts the largest cultural festival, Fiestas de la Virgen de la Candelaria, from February 2nd to 11th. Recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, it is a manifestation of religious syncretism that links the Catholic faith and Andean religiosity, such as honoring the Lake Titicaca, “Pachamama” or Mother Earth.

With regards to Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO states ” Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.”

This cultural and religious ceremony is represented mainly by the devilish dance.  Musicians play the Zampoรฑa (Andean musical instrument) and the dancers perform dances dressed in impressive, vibrant masks.

Performer Playing Zampona

Colorful parades, music and dance performances are part of the Festival, and every year our staff of Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno proudly welcomes visitors with the rhythm of folk dances and traditional colorful costumes.

Dancers in Masks

The festival takes place in the city of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where Sonesta Posadas del Inca is located.

Dancers in Masks 2
SPI Staff in Traditional Costumes
Dancers during Festival

Plan your trip now to come and enjoy the most cheerful and colorful party in Puno!

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