If you are able to coordinate your trip to the Andes with the arrival of Carnival, you should take advantage of the opportunity. For nearly two weeks you’ll witness colorful and lively events that coincide with an abundant Andean springtime.
Move over Rio: Carnival in the Andes is amazing as well
Why is carnival important to people of the Andes?
Competing for pride and for money
Be prepared for water fights and mysterious white foam
In the morning the children run in small groups with spray bottles of foam. They eventually collect into larger groups: boys in groups of three or four wield bottles of foam. They usually target girls they may or may not know. Most of the girls stay close to their older siblings or their mothers. The ones who choose to fight back are usually singled out and attacked by groups of five or six roaming boys. I saw one girl huddle herself into the corner of a busy alley while boy after boy streaked past her with water balloons or with foam.
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