Every June, my region of Amazonas hosts a cultural festival called Raymi Llaqta de los Chachapoyas which basically means “Festival of the Towns.” Each year the different and very diverse communities of Amazonas descend upon Chachapoyas, my sleepy mountain town of a regional capital, in a display of their traditional dress, food, and other cultural elements. Of course I couldn’t miss it, so I sat out in the blazing sun for a few hours just to see the main parade in the plaza. And you know the deal – sharing is caring so here are some of the best pics!
Although they try to market Raymi Llaqta as a tourism festival, the overwhelming majority of the people there were people from Amazonas. It seemed more like a display of pride among themselves than a show for tourists. Needless to say I felt pretty lucky because not a lot of travelers get to make it up there. And now that you’ve seen these pictures, consider yourself lucky too!