During Candelaria Fiesta people from the town and all around the country and from neighbouring contries gather for 2 weeks in February to Puno. Altogether the fiesta may take for the participatants whole the year sewing their dresses, but acutally it takes one month main time from everybody. That is true because they have to travel far, to have messes when leaving their homes, and again when going back home. And taking apart to premiliary contestes, because it is not possible to only go there, but you have to show your skills and level for knowing all the dances and other necessities.
When we were in Puno, I jokingly dubbed it the 'Unfinished City'. It seems everywhere you turn in Puno there are unfinished buildings. They build the first floor or two and inhabit them, then as funds permit, keep expanding upwards.
It's not really that it's such an uncommon site, I've seen this practice elsewhere, but never to the magnitude that I did in Puno. It seemed that outside of the main drag and around the squares, every building in Puno was 'unfinished'.
These pictures taken from the roof of our own 'unfinished' hotel.
From the tour guide to Chullpas de Sillustani, I learned that there are two native languages on Lake Titikaka (the correct spelling). The prominent one is Aymara. However, the Spaniards brought tons of Quechua speakers to work the fields.
The married women here wear bowler hats. (Single women wear knit ones.) The British were here in the 1800s building a railroad--the local women loved their hats and adopted the style.
Father is teaching his son to dance at Parque Pino. During Candelaria Fiesta there are lots of private show in the street.