Archive for January, 2011
from 24 January until February 13, 2011, dates on which various acts developed both religious and folklore, with which once again confirm that the devotion to the Virgin of the Candelaria , the capital of Peruvian Folklore.
Year after year the people of Puno, located in southern Peru and sheltered by the legendary Lake Titicaca, is divided into two groups: one part consisting of a number of dancers that are moved at morenadas , diabladas, sicuris, etc. and a crowd that enjoys the beauty as viewers. The show is known as “Festival Virgen de la Candelaria” is the largest and most important of the Andean country and one of the most significant in South America along with the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the Carnival of Oruro in Bolivia.
In February, the Quechua, Aymara and mestizo join to dancing and drinking in musical troupes and pay homage to the miraculous Virgin of the Candelaria, patron of the lagoon city.
This place is ideal for taking pictures of colorful dresses, movements of the dancers, everything a tourist wants to see at a party.
The typical dishes are an important part of the party, your palate also has a chance.
Reserve now : Pirwa Hostel Puno
As I imagine you have gathered from the previous blog post Pirwa hostels went all out to bring in 2011 with a bang. My time as an employee of the hostel began on new years eve and I can safely say there is no better way for one to be introduced to Cuzco, Peru and South America as a whole than the events that transpired that evening. Simply put, it was complete and utter insanity in the greatest way possible. The party began shortly after sun down for most with a few exceptions who decided to get things going a shade earlier around 11:00 AM and last until the sun first shone on 2011. It was quite a spectacle to bare witness to. The bar at Pirwa Colonial was overflowing with revelers from all four locations here in Cuzco and the quantity of energy was inexplicable. Hundreds of people poured in to welcome the new year at 3,300 meters above sea level.
At around 15 minutes before money there was a mass exodous from the bar and hostel where nearly, if not all guests ventured out into the Plaza De Armas along with thousands and thousands of Peruvians and foeigners alike to stage the annual tradition of running around the exterior of the plaza, one rotation for each month of the year. While running twelve roations around a central square at outrageously high altitudes may not sound like the liveliest of new years rituals try tacking on thousands of individuals who have been embibing copious amounts of alcohol for the last 13 hours and fireworks shooting up from every patch of open ground in the plaza while often times exploding before leaving the ground. It was absolutely incredible. The entire city sprung into action with the common goal of making 2011 the best year to date.
Once the festivities at the plaza either wound down or people were feeling an inclination to change the local the vast majority of us retired back to the bar at the colonial hostel to continue the festivities in a familiar environment with all of our newfound friends and acquaintances. It was a truly incredible experience to see so many people from all over the world come together and do nothing more than have a good time together. The amount of positive sentiment floating between everyone was remarkable and has definitely become a trait that has been carried on at both Pirwa and in Cuzco as a whole since that night. If you want to come get a taste of this incredible city with the people who know it best come stay with us in any of our four locations!
Hoping to see you soon,
-The Pirwa Staff