Visit the Folk Capital of the Americas

PUNO (January 16, 2009) - Puno is renowned for its colourful and spectacular festivals, rich expressions of traditional music, dance, and culture.  For 18 days (from February 1- 18), the highland town of Puno, nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca hosts the Festival of the Virgin of the Candles (Festival de la Virgen de la Candelaria).  In spite of its Catholic appearance, it's related to the pre-Hispanic farming cycles of planting and harvesting (worshipping Pachamama or Mother Earth).  The festival gathers more than 200 groups of musicians and dancers to celebrate.  Through the end of March, book 14 days in advance receive 10% off the best available rate, and with  21 days advance purchase you receive a 15% savings.  If you use the Virtual Concierge to add meals - choose $15.00 per person for lunch or dinner, or $8.00 per breakfast through March, 2009. Puno is the folklore capital of Peru for the variety and beauty of its music and dances (it has more than 300 different dances, including: La Diablada, La Morenada, La Llamerada, La Marinera Puneña and La Pandilla Puneña.  A melting pot of native culture: the two largest Andean ethnic groups - the Quechuas from the north, the Aymaras from the south - converge in Puno. This reflects in a folklore that takes its joyfulness from the Aymara and the ancestral soberness from the Quechua. 

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno is a 62-room property located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Just 8 minutes from Puno's train station and easy access to the cities of Cusco and Arequipa. The hotel is a six-hour drive from Cusco. Guest room amenities include cable television, sound-proof windows, individual climate control, direct-dial telephone for domestic and international calls, hair dryer, in-room safe and 220 volt power supply. The hotel offers Inkafe restaurant, business center with Internet access, function space for up to 40 people, room service, private pier for easy access to Lake Titicaca excursions, exclusive train stop at hotel, laundry service, luggage storage, medical assistance, public telephone, souvenir and sundry shops. The hotel offers a convenient location to floating reed islands of the Uros people, Taquile Island, the Chullpas of Sillustani, and Sun and Moon Islands.

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