Virgen del Carmen Festival, Aguas Calientes, Peru

Monday, July 16, 2012, 21:48 PM (GMT)

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Although Virgen del Carmen is actually the patron saint of Paucartambo, a town near Cuzco, many Andean towns celebrate a festival to honour her. As the last stop before Machu Picchu, the festival in Aguas Calientes draws a huge crowd from tourists. Masked and costumed dancers of all ages parade through the streets resembling ancient gods and rituals. The costumes are all handmade by locals and often financed by someone who believes they have been fortunate and the hands of the gods. After their dance around the plaza I got a snap of this group posing infront of the famous statue of Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui.

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