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Important dates

This date should take them into account to enjoy the festival of Candlemas

February 04st 2018 Sunday – Contest of native dances

Description:

With this activity the feast of the Virgin of Candelaria is initiated; on this day many people from various communities in the Puno region, come and dance their dances of their people in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria.


Schedule:

Start: 6:00

Ends: 18:00 Approx.


Location:

Estadio Enrique Torres Belon and main avenues of the city

Where to see?

The event starts very early, from 6am with the participation at the local stadium of Puno until afternoon about 6pm.


How do I buy my tickets?

Tickets are sold the same day from 4am in the stadium box office, sometimes often sell the day before, but we can ensure the sell of tickets, within 1 week before the event.

The most common is that people buy tickets the day of the event, the ticket value ranges between 20 to 50 soles, depending on the location of seats: south, east, west and north.


2nd February 2018 – Religious Veneration

Description:

It is celebrated with a mass that occurs in the San Juan Church, located in the Pino park in the city of Puno. Mass usually begins in the morning, and several faithfuls accompanying at Mass and then accompany the procession of the Virgin. Similarly, most local bands, dance behind the image of the Virgin.

Schedule:

Start: 5:00 approx.

Ends: 20:00 Approx.


Location:

San Juan Bautista Church (Pino Park)


Price:

There is no Price to pay, the only payment is the effort to get up so.


11th February 2018 – Dance Contest at the stadium

Description:

On this date, along with the next day, are the most important in terms of party dates. After months of hard dance training, the most renowned dance groups of Puno compete in the stadium making very beautiful choreographic scenes.

Keep in mind that the groups participating in the competition after their presentation, they wait in the exterior of the stadium, where they wait for 1 hour or more to dance later in the main avenues of the city.


Schedule:

Start: 6:00 approx

End: 18:00 Approx.


Location:

Stadium Enrique Torres Belón and avenues.


Where to buy tickets?

Tickets are sold at the stadium the day before the contest, likewise, the same day can be purchased at very early hours of the morning


Price:

The most common is that people buy their tickets before the event day, the ticket value ranges between 30 to 100 soles, depending on the location of seats, south, east, west and north.

If you have missed tickets, do not worry, usually the local people (including me), we are able to find somewhere outside the stadium and watch the dancers in the streets of Puno, it's free and you can move around with ease.

Do not miss:

Usually groups that has better reception and they have the best choreography are performed by:
  • Caporales – Sayas:
    • Caporales Centralistas
    • Caporales Huascar
    • Caporales San Carlos
    • Afovic de Juliaca
    • Caporales Cultural de Juliaca
  • Diabladas Dance of the devils :
    • Diablada de la policía
    • Diablada de bellavista
  • Morenada (Dance of the morenos/slaves) :
    • Morenada Bellavista
    • Morenada Orkapata
    • Morenada Laykakota
    • Morenada Galeno

I apologize to the reader of Puno, if I do not mention their groups, this is my personal opinion, as I saw during my life in Puno


Cautions

At this time many thieves of houses and pockets come to Puno. Whenever you are on the street put your phones/wallet in front pockets. Never be so late in the up to 8pm (if you are near the stadium) or 10pm in some central areas of the city. After these hours it is common to see drunk people urinating in the streets or in prohibited places. Try to take advantage from morning until evening to see, then we recommend to be careful.


12th February 2018 – Main Parade

Descripcion:

This date is the central day of the entire celebration. As with the competition make the final score to know that group which won the festival. It is also the date on which all contestants wear their best costumes and dance through the main avenues of the city.

The start time is usually between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Ending the next day to average 1 in the morning.


Schedule:

Start: 09:00 approx.

Ends: 01:00 am (9th Feb) can vary


Location:

The parade route begins at the bus station, following the. Costanera Av., turning left to get Lampa st. then to reach La Torre av.

Once in the central market of La Torre av., then will go to Pino Park and continue to the Plaza de Armas where will be the end of the parade.


Tips

Try going to the Costanera av. or La Torre Av. These avenues are places where you can better appreciate the dance of the dancers.
If your budget is low; buy a small portable chair (S / 15 Soles) Find an empty place and be ready to enjoy the party. It's what we usually do.

Precautions

Whenever you are on the street put your phones/wallet in front pockets. Never be so late in the streets, we recommend not to be more than 10pm in some central areas of the city. After these hours it is common to see drunk people urinating in the streets or in prohibited places. Try to take advantage from morning until evening to see, then we recommend to be careful.

Beware of people who can throw something to you, or spit in the face or throw water/spray, these are some techniques to remove the phone or wallet.

Always walk with caution, avoid using headphones, this show thieves where you have your phone.

Use common sense.


Chairs or boxes:

It is common for neighbors or local people draw many chairs on the route of the parade to sell these places and you enjoy better the show.

Prices range from 30 to 150 Soles in the best places

Inquire, look at the types of seats and negotiate with people.