Approximately 60 thousand tourists are set to arrive in Puno for the Virgen de la Candelaria festivities
February is just days away and with it comes Puno’s infamous Virgen de la Candelaria festivity, which is considered one of the biggest celebrations in Peru. This year, according to the Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism (PromPeru) and Puno’s DIRCETUR (Regional Management of Exterior Commerce and Tourism), the region of Puno should expect approximately 60 thousand tourists to attend the celebration.
The event was declared part of Peru’s Cultural Heritage in 2014, and one of its most outstanding and popular aspects is the traditional dance contest. This year, the festivities will be held from the 1st to the 15th of February.
If you are traveling to Puno for the fiesta, we suggest that you take the time to also visit the Puno’s Cathedral’s Basilica Menor (declared National Cultural Patrimony) and/or the Huajsapata Mountain (a natural lookout point from where you can appreciate privileged views of the city of Puno and Lake Titicaca).
It is worth noting that, according to PromPeru’s 2018 National Tourist Profile, 89% of the people who vacationed in the Puno region enjoyed outdoor, nature-based activities, while 70% enjoyed cultural excursions. While traveling, visitors spent an average of 573 Soles during their stay.
Pack your bags and prepare to experience unforgettable moments as you revel in the magic of this year’s Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria.