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Carnaval Andino Con la Fuerza del Sol, Chile

Carnaval Andino Con la Fuerza del Sol, Chile

The Carnaval Andino Con la Fuerza del Sol, or "the Andean Festival with the Strength of the Sun," is one of the most influential and entertaining of a string of festivals that take place in February in Chile's northern region. Hosted in the city of Arica, Con la Fuerza del Sol is a three-day festival that celebrates the peaceful blending of Spanish and indigenous cultures in the Andes, as well as Catholic and indigenous traditions.

Chilean, Peruvian and Bolivian participants come together to celebrate with lavish costumes, dance groups and brass bands, which compete for the favor of the audience.