Peru’s Junin region to attract thousands of visitors for Huaconada festivity

Published on : Wednesday, January 4, 2017

huaconada-festivityJunin region’s La Concepcion province in Peru expects to welcome thousands of visitors from Jan 1-4 for the traditional Huaconada, an ancestral dance included in UNESCO’s National Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010.

 

According to UNESCO, Huaconada is a ritual dance performed in the village of Mito, Concepcion province, in Peru’s central Andes. Every year, on the first three days of January, masked men known as ”huacones” perform a choreographed series of dances in the centre of the town. The ”huacones” represent the former council of elders, and for the duration of Huaconada they become the town’s highest authority.

 

The ”tronador” (whip) they carry and their masks emphasize this role, the latter characterized by accentuated noses that evoke the beak of the condor, creature that represents the spirit of the sacred mountains.

 

In addition to the cultural performance, visitors will have the chance to take in Junin’s splendid landscapes and gastronomy.

 

The region boasts of waterfalls, pristine valley landscapes, deeply religious peoples and a national reserve in addition to adventure sports. Visitors can go rafting in Chanchamayo River or trekking in Huaytapallana snow peak.

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