The 2021 Puno Carnival in honor of the Virgen de la Candelaria is suspended. We make the clarification immediately, since the information on the internet is quite confusing, in fact, many of the pages that deal with the subject have published information, such as it would be shown if the holiday was taking place normally; However, the festival, and even the virtual festival that was going to take place, are suspended.
This does NOT prevent us from being able to observe on the different YouTube channels and even on web pages, images and videos “tribute” to the Festival of the Virgen de la Candelaria 2021, images and videos from past years, of the beautiful Candelaria Carnival.
In a statement from the “Regional Federation of Folklore and Culture of Puno”, of January 20, 2021, it clarifies that the Dance Contest in Honor of the Virgin of Candelaria Festival 2021, had been suspended. It even clarifies the suspension of the Virtual Blended Activity called “Virtual Tribute in Honor of the Blessed Virgin of Candelaria 2021”.
It is an occasion to remember this beautiful festivity full of color and joy, and that if the conditions are met, it can be done again in the coming years. This is the most important festival in the Puno Region in Peru and we know it will soon return to the world scene. For this year, let’s keep our distance and follow the instructions of the authorities to avoid infections.
One of the largest and most beautiful lagoons in Peru is the Pacucha lagoon, located 17 kilometers from the city of Andahuaylas in the Apurimac region. The particularity of the Pacucha lagoon is that it is a local tourist destination in the area, due to its majestic landscapes and its proximity to the Sondor Archaeological Complex. However, it is also important because trout and silverside fish farming is carried out here.
One of the main characteristics of the Pacucha lagoon is the temperature of its waters, which reach a minimum of 15 ° C during the coldest months (June and July) and a minimum of 17 ° C during the months of March and April, which which is considered a very pleasant temperature, considering where it is located. On the other hand, the water is almost sweet.
Another thing that draws the attention of this wonderful place is the legend that is told about the Pacucha lagoon.
Legend of the Pacucha lagoon
The legend of Pacucha or the legend of the Pacucha lagoon is told in different ways, but basically it is as follows, this text is extracted from Wikipedia.
In those days, before this lagoon there was a beautiful city considered as the “heavenly paradise” due to the natural beauty of its landscapes, inhabited by people in solidarity with humanistic and spiritual principles. Over time, people from other places appeared, bringing strange customs, forming a society of corruption, injustice, evil and one day an old man appeared asking for charity in a house where a marriage was celebrated with great pomp. Seeing him ragged and dirty, he was thrown out by force and with insults.
At the end of a street the old man is cared for by a humble and modest peasant woman called “Mama Petecc” who provided him with food. In gratitude, the old man asks him to leave the place immediately, taking his son and his lamb, instructing him not to look back for any reason. The woman, already being on the top, heard thunder and lightning, she could not with her curiosity and, frightened at hearing screams and collapses, she turned to see what was happening, remaining petrified as she is seen by the human statue that is in front of the legend.
The Sondor archaeological complex is an archaeological group located in the town of Andahuaylas in the Apurimac region of Peru. This archaeological center belongs to the Chanka culture. We visited it at the beginning of 2021 and it was a fabulous experience, although it is not very visited today, due to the current situation in the world, and due to lack of publicity, it is a good time to get to know places of recreation like this.
What is the archaeological complex of Sondor?
To begin with, what is Sondor ?, well according to Wikipedia: Sondor is a monumental archaeological complex of the Chanca culture, predecessor to the Inca Empire. The Pacucha lagoon is located in the valley, in the central Andes of Peru, 21 kilometers northeast of Andahuaylas. It belongs to the district of Pacucha. Sóndor is 2,000 years old BC. They attended Sóndor on key dates of the agricultural calendar, that is to say at each of the solstices and equinoxes, in which they developed a series of ritual festivals, and the reunion between distant communities was also celebrated. The sanctuary is therefore an Andean ceremonial center, in which there is a high concentration of energy from the earth. To which until today the locals attend to perform a series of rituals called: “pagapus”. In addition, Sondor was part for years of a great hacienda also called; This had an area of 50 thousand hectares, encompassing the Puna and the jungle, being the largest in all of Apurímac, the last owner of this gigantic Hacienda was Don Bernardino Ibáñez Altamirano.
How to get to Sondor?
Abancay is the capital of the Apurimac Region, a beautiful city, from which, on a road in very good condition, you can drive for approximately three hours to the city of Andahuaylas, however, before arriving, take a detour along an established track. which leads to the Pacucha lagoon. You must drive along the shores of the lagoon along a dirt track that leads to the archaeological group of Sondor.
Upon arrival you will find a parking lot a sentry box to pay the 3 soles (less than a dollar) to be able to enter and get to know this archaeological group.
Points against visiting Sondor
There are no guides or much information in the area, so it will be convenient to get information before the trip. Another point against is that there is nowhere to eat near the archaeological group, so after your visit you will have to drive to Andahuaylas, where there are very good restaurants.
Enjoy the trip to this beautiful place, since access is by car to the same area, so that people of any age can visit and enjoy it.
For a long time, we wanted to show some images of a trip we made to Tacna; However, in this current situation we live in and since trips will soon resume, we are sure that the city of Tacna will be one of the most chosen destinations, as we will tell you about Alto de la Alianza.
The monumental complex “Alto de la Alianza” and the Campo de la Alianza Site Museum are located on the Intiorko hill, eight kilometers from the city of Tacna in Peru. The Campo de la Alianza site museum is located at the base of the monument erected in honor of the combatants of the 1880 Battle of Alto de la Alianza.
The museum is part of the Alto de la Alianza Monumental Complex, which is a complex inaugurated on May 26, 1983, and whose construction began in 1979, promoted by the military government of Francisco Morales Bermúdez. The monument shows eight white obelisks whose inclination towards the south denotes the fighting spirit of the heroic city of Tacna.
On the sculptures placed on the obelisks, in Wikipedia, you can read: Eight stainless steel sculptures created by the artist Holguer Caprio Dextre accompany the monument, with the aim of resisting the environment of the area, and as a modern technique that has allowed advances and sculptural displays. The set summarizes actions and attitudes in the history of the city of Tacna, heroism, resurgence, and projection into the future.
Here are some images of this place, if you want to see more, visit our website of images, clicking here.
There is a set of lithic monuments in Cusco that observe the horizon … a place full of giant faces that seem to have been there forever; However, these giant faces that fill the mountain spaces have little time to be there. Apukuna Tianan is a Quechua (Inka language) word that means “The abode of the gods”, is located in the Poroy district in the Cusco region in Peru, and is a set of monolithic works by the artist Michael Monteagudo Mejía (From Titan). This colossal work, which, remains unfinished, is already attracting the visit of own and strangers, who marveled observe the one of the greatest works of contemporary art that have been seen in the area.
On Sunday, February 23, 2020, on a Facebook site called “Apukunaq Tianan”, the same creative artist of this impressive work, he uploaded the following description:
Two hundred years ago Peru freed the feat of independence, all this feeling of emancipation had been initiated by the great Tupac Amaru II. José Gabriel Condorcanqui 50 years earlier in lands of the Cusco region; we are at the gates of entering the third century of independent life, and for the Monteagudo corporation, a group made up of artists, cultural researchers and professionals sensitive to events of this transcendence, we feel alluded to the call of the bicentennial council, and we join the commemoration of this historic milestone with the realization of a sculptural ensemble that reflects the pride of our identity as well as the strength of the diversity that constitutes us as a nation this sculptural ensemble we have called APUKUNAQ TIANAN, “the abode of the gods”, this The site is dedicated to the memory of the ancient conception of the Andean-Amazonian man: Balanced with its natural environment, and an eternal observer of the cosmos, a dwelling place to feel the APUS and to become infected with its everlasting and vital Stone existence.https://www.facebook.com/ApukunaqCusco/
Apukunaq Tianan is an impressive artistic work conceived by Michael Monteagudo Mejía best known with his pseudonym De Titan. This beautiful place is already starting to be searched on the internet from several places like “the park of the giant heads in Cusco”.
So far it has been 5 years of work and is not yet completed; however, daily receives a large number of visitors, who stunned observe De Titan’s work. This immovable and everlasting work consists of a journey that begins with a face that emerges from the mountain and represents the Pachamama, which means Mother Earth. Following the route you can see the face that represents Wiracocha, supreme god and shaper of the universe. You can see the face of a Puma and other lithic representations.
This we leave below is a set of images that can be found on the Apukunaq Tianan Facebook portal, and on other websites. Soon we will be making a photographic exhibition of this impressive work that is worth visiting. If you are visiting Cusco, take time to visit the place.
At some time in life they have found it impossible to be able to stay or rent a room around sharks or hanging from a tree. Nowadays it is possible to fulfill those dreams because several hotels in different parts of the world offer lodging in the least thoughtful places.
To learn more about it, Inca Rail has created a list of the most eccentric hotels in the world:
Hotel Kakslauttanen & Igloo Village – Finlandia
If you are a winter lover, you should know this hotel known as “La igloo village”. It has glass igloos to enjoy the sky, and authentic snow igloos to live a true experience. In addition, safaris with huskys and reindeer are organized, motorcycles and ski equipment are rented.
As a curious fact, you can see Northern Lights between the end of August and April for several nights.
Hotel Karosta – Latvia
Have you ever thought about staying in a jail, today if possible. This hotel is installed in the former Karosta military jail, has rooms with thin mattresses on cots and others with mattresses on the floor, the showers have only cold water and depending on the service you can receive military penalties.
The curious fact, this hotel offers programs such as: “behind bars” and “escape from the USSR” that last a couple of hours.
Poseidon Undersea Resort – Fiji Islands
It is a hotel for sea lovers, located 30 meters deep from the Pacific Ocean, each suite has its own coral garden with a view of underwater life. In addition, it has 2 restaurants, cinema, library, gyms, golf course, tennis and swimming pools.
Fun fact, if you want to marry under the sea this hotel has an underwater chapel perfect for a wedding.
Natura Vive Skylodge Adventure Suites – Cusco, Perú
This hotel is unique in the world! And with a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley.
It consists of only 3 capsulated glass suites suspended on a mountain, to get to the room you must trek, canopy or climb 120 meters. The dimensions of each suite are 7.5 m long x 2.60 high and wide, with 4 beds, dining room and bathroom.
The curious fact, offer adventure activities and extreme sports in the region.
Montaña Mágica Lodge – Chile
This hotel simulates a mountain with a “green design” atmosphere, it has an artificial waterfall that falls from the summit, you can practice canopy, cycling, trekking or hiking. In addition, you have access to the Mocho Choshuenco volcano.
Fun fact, if you go with children there is a reading room, minigolf and bathrooms with heated water called magic carpenter.
Free Spirit Spheres – Canada
Would you stay in a hotel suspended in the air? This hotel offers you this magnificent experience. They are 3 spherical wooden rooms that are hooked to the trees, have electricity and running water. Only the bathrooms, the shower, the barbecue area and picnic are located at the bottom.
Fun fact, its materials and the heating system allow the rooms to withstand up to -20 degrees.
Dare and enjoy a different vacation! Source: www.incarail.com
Many people today like to go for a bike ride, but they have once thought about how fun it would be to know the world by bike. Next, Inca Rail has created a list of tips on how to prepare for a trip with this means of transport.
What type of bicycle is suitable for a trip?
- Hybrid Bicycles
Strengths: They are functional, fast and manageable
Disadvantages: Not all have a luggage rack.
- Trekking bicycles
Strengths: They are robust and with durable components, additionally they are comfortable and stable.
Disadvantages: They are heavy.
What kind of clothes should I wear for the trip?
- Helmet: Polycarbonate with impact foam and ventilation.
- A windbreak: Basic for trips through desert or cold areas.
- Accessories: Gloves, multipurpose scarves and lenses to protect you.
- Shirts: Cotton, breathable or jerseys.
- Pants: For rain, mountain or detachable pants.
- Footwear: Mountain boots, waterproof shoes and rain boots.
How do I start training?
- Stretch the muscles when you start and finish your routine, bring water and fruits.
- Cycle 1 hour a day, for a minimum of 3 times per week.
- Start slowly, heat up and increase your demand up to 80%.
How to assemble the best saddlebags for bicycles?
First you must consider the balance when distributing the weight for your pedaling.
- Rear bag: It is placed on the grill and maximum with 30 liters capacity.
- Bag under the seat: Small and can be used to carry tools.
- Front bag: It is placed in front of the helm and serves to carry things by hand.
- Rear saddlebags: The minimum is 40 liters of capacity between the 2 saddlebags.
- Front saddlebags: The maximum is 20 liters of capacity between 2 saddlebags.
You just have to take the first pedaling and the journey will begin.
The Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Export and Tourism (PromPerú), informed that in September the National Geographic Traveler magazine, a UK version, will publish a special edition where it will have the benefits of Peru as the star of the edition.
In the magazine, 16 pages will be dedicated with the best of the attractions that Peru has, as well as culture and nature, the Amazon region will be highlighted along with the famous Lares trek, highlighting the wonderfulness in unique landscapes that this route has, ending in the imposing Machu Picchu.
For this edition you could not miss the attractions of Cusco, both in what it offers as a city, the magazine considers it a very attractive place that combines Inca heritage, colonial history and contemporary creative sensibility with style, and in regards to Nature the mountain of seven colors (Vinicunca), has a special mention, highlighting the route that is worthwhile to appreciate this gift of nature and its colors.
National Geographic Traveler plans to present to his British reader, also, some pages dedicated to archeology, pisco and Peruvian cuisine. The magazine has a circulation of almost 40,000 print editions and a reading community of its virtual version of 409,000 people.
This publication is a showcase of great importance to promote the attractions of Peru in the United Kingdom, even more knowing that last year they came from that island nation consisting of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 74,124 tourists, which represents 7% growth compared to the same period of 2017.
In the study called Profile of the Foreign Tourist, made by PromPerú, where it is sought to know what the tourist liked and disliked from his stay in Peru, he showed that the average expenditure of the British visitor is $ 1,849 during his stay.
And it does so in an average of 15 days, looking for more activities that have to do with culture, nature and adventure sports, eventually leaving gastronomic tourism.
Issued by Cartuc (Cusco Chamber of Tourism)
According to numbers from the study called, Profile of the Foreign Tourist 2018, prepared by the Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Export and Tourism (Promperú), in 2018 the country received a total of 4 million 198,051 foreign tourists, of which 65 % did it for vacations, and a total of 629,708 tourists came for business, which represented a 27% growth compared to 2017.
The origin of these without including Peruvians living abroad, gave South America with 60%, 18% arrived from North America, and 14% came from Europe. Chile 27%, United States 14% and Ecuador 7%, were the main tourist markets for Peru.
The study showed the departments that tourists visited the most, and these were: Lima 73%, followed by Cusco 37%, Tacna 28%, Puno 17% and Arequipa 17%. On average, visitors toured two regions during their stay in the country.
In turn, the numbers reported that the average residence time was ten nights, while the cost amounted to $ 932 per person, this does not include airfare round trip to the country of origin, however the expense is surprising made by Australian tourists, they almost quadrupled this figure and reached $ 3,573.
In terms of accommodation, 32% chose three-star accommodations, while 28% used hotels or hostels with one to two stars. On the other hand, 47% of Asian tourists and 35% of North Americans chose four or five star hotels, the PromPerú study says.
A story that has been published in a local environment of the City of Cusco in Peru which indicates possible changes in the climate of the southern regions of the country, by snow alert in the high areas. The journalistic note of the portal www.elheraldodecusco.com indicates the following:
The National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI in spanish), has issued the Notice N ° 098 (click here) of Level 4 , on July 12 ticked: Nevada in the Sierra; whereby they make the following known to citizens:
The SENAMHI informs that from Tuesday 16 to Friday, July 19, there will be solid precipitations (snow, hail and sleet) and moderate to high intensity liquids accompanied by electric shocks and wind gusts in the mountains. Snowfall will occur in areas above 3800 m.s. in the southern highlands and over 4000 m.s. in the central sierra. Maximum snow accumulations of more than 20 cm are expected. high between the night of Wednesday, July 17 at dawn on Thursday, July 18. In locations above 3200 m.s. the occurrence of rain and hail is expected. In addition, there will be an increase in wind mainly in the southern highlands, with speeds close to 40 km / h in locations above 3500 m.s. Likewise, the sensation of cold during the day will intensify.
The cities of Peru alerted are: ANCASH, APURIMAC, AREQUIPA, AYACUCHO, CUSCO, HUANCAVELICA, HUANUCO, ICA, JUNIN, LIMA, MOQUEGUA, PASCO, PUNO, TACNA,
- Start of the event: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (local time)
- End of the event: Friday, July 19, 2019 at 06:00 (local time)
- Notice period: 60 hours
Therefore, the population of the high regions of Cusco, Apurimac, Arequipa, Puno, among others, is asked to take precautions during the warning period.
 Level 4. Be extremely cautious; large-scale meteorological phenomena are predicted. Be aware at all times of the development of the situation and comply with the advice and instructions given by the authorities.SENAMHI: Levels of Danger.