A Colourful Festival in Peru

15 Jul

I decided to go to Huaraz in Peru on a whim. A friend on the archaelogical dig I was working on wanted to go one weekend for a festival she had heard of. She didn’t really know anything about it, but it was enough justification for a small group of us to take Monday off so we could spend a few days there.

Even if we hadn’t stumbled upon a festival when we were there, I would’ve loved it anyway because I found there was so much to do other than trekking, which is what ultimately draws tourists to Huaraz.

Anyway, once we got there we couldn’t find any signs about a festival. It seemed as if there was no festival.

Then, one fateful morning, as we got out of our taxi in front of California Café, we hear a huge ruckus coming from around the corner.

We decide to check it out and, sure enough, there was a parade processing down the main street.

It was wonderful. Such a great way to experience the culture of the Peruvian Ancash region. And we finally did find a sign.

Another thing we heard about Huaraz was that it was very cold due to altitude and after experiencing so much cloudiness in Lima, we expected the same in Huaraz. But the day was absolutely perfect. Sunny and clear and warm. We could even see the beautiful Cordillera Blanca in the background.

The costumes were bright and colourful and each group of people represented a different part of the Ancash region in Peru; Huaraz being the capital.

There were tons of opportunities for funny photos like this one:

It wasn’t anything like a parade procession back home where everything is so perfectly planned out. Everyone seemed so happy and carefree. It was so unifying.

The parade didn’t last more than an hour or two, but little events went on in the Plaza de Armas throughout the day.

Some of the parade-goers would do synchronized dances.

Others would show off their skills as a puppeteer.

So much variety and so many things to see.

If you want to see this festival when visiting Huaraz, make sure to go in August. For us, it occurred on August 22nd.

Huaraz in August also brought us amazing weather.

Huaraz was one of my favourite cities in Peru.

It was the perfect day soaking up culture and witnessing a city surrounded by happiness. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

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4 Responses to “A Colourful Festival in Peru”

  1. Capital of Peru August 14, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Festivals in Peru never disappoint.

    • Kristy December 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      They never do 🙂

  2. Dan December 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Wow, I’d love to visit Peru some day. Or any other country in South America come to think of it.

    • Kristy December 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

      Peru is amazing 🙂

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