Carnaval Andino Con La Fuerza Del Sol

27th January 2016

Every January, Arica plays host to the biggest carnival in Chile and one of the largest in South America. It attracts some 10,000 dancers and musicians from the Andean regions of Chile, Peru and Bolivia; as well as thousands of "groupies" and spectators, most are also from the Andean regions. This year the carnival included 62 different dance groups; each accompanied by their own band. Most of the dances are traditional dances of the region that either have their roots going back many centuries or which depict events from the history of the area.

The carnival is spread over 3 days and on each day all of the groups parade through the city streets, finishing on the edge of Plaza Vicuña Mackenna at the base of Al Morro. On the Friday and Saturday the parade starts at 14:00 and finishes at around 04:00. On Sunday the parade starts at 12:00 (noon) and finishes a bit earlier; to allow the city to return to normal.

Some of the many photographs I took during the 3 day carnival can be found in a new Portfolio: Carnaval Andino Con La Fuerza Del Sol