I chose to host this image as I have never been to Peru myself but I constantly find myself drawn to pictures of this lovely country, I think it is time to visit soon.
Photo Story: Dancing ladies, Arequipa, Peru
I just arrived in Arequipa, Peru the night before. I didn’t feel too well dealing with the altitude so I wanted to take things easy.
My plan was, to go out and try to find the Santa Catalina Convent and spend the morning there.
As soon as I walked down the steps of my hostel, I heard a noise from outside. When I reached the street, I saw a parade with a whole band and a lot of dancers.
They were slowly passing by. I acted quickly and rushed past the people watching, to try to get to the head of the parade.
They would be going to the Plaza de Armas which was close, so rushed there.
I sat in the middle of the plaza, right in front of the church, as the parade reached the square. I grabbed my camera and sat down.
As soon as I saw the swaying of the skirts of the ladies, I had this picture in my head.
The church in the background, the colourful dresses swaying from left to right and the Peruvian people dancing in the streets.
After the first wave of dancing was over, I looked for the shade. I didn’t take things easy at all as I was planning.
One of the dancing ladies came sitting next to me in the shade and she told me, they were from Chivay. Not far from Arequipa.
They were dancing because of the Virgin of Chivay. I was such a lucky encounter and I was very happy I left my hostel at the right moment, to catch the parade.
Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of Peru’s Arequipa Region. Framed by 3 volcanoes, it’s filled with baroque buildings constructed from sillar, a white volcanic stone.
The city was founded on 15 August 1540, by Garcí Manuel de Carbajal as “Villa Hermosa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción”.
After Peru gained its independence from Spain in 1821, Arequipa acquired greater political significance, and was declared the capital city of Peru from 1835 to 1883.
The historic center of Arequipa spans an area of 332 hectares and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is anchored by the Plaza de Armas, a stately main square flanked on its north by the 17th-century neoclassical Basilica Cathedral, which houses a museum displaying religious objects and artwork.
Historic heritage, natural scenery and cultural sites make the city a major tourist destination.
Its religious, colonial, and republican architectural styles blend European and native characteristics into a unique style called “Escuela Arequipeña”.
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