Travel Tips

La Diablada: The Colorful Dance Of The Devils

by Shruti Botadra
on 2017-01-24 17:17:43

Lake Titicaca located between Bolivia and Peru is where you should be on 4th November.

Amidst so much of work pressures and Christmas Holidays yet a bit far it’s a good idea to have short value along dead and dance with the devils.

Lake Titicaca is one of the most fascinating lakes in the world. In Andean belief it is the birthplace of the Sun. In addition it’s the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. Banner blue skies contrast with bitterly cold nights. Enthralling and in many ways singular, the shimmering deep blue Lake Titicaca is the longtime home of highland cultures steeped in the old ways.

Pre-Inca Pukara, Tiwanaku and Collas all left their mark upon the landscape. Today the region is a mix of crumbling cathedrals, desolate altiplano and checkerboard fields backed by rolling hills and high Andean peaks. In this world, crops are still planted and harvested by hand. Campesinos wear sandals recycled from truck tires, women work in petticoats and bowler hats, and llamas are tame as pets.

It might first appear austere, but ancient holidays are marked with riotous celebrations where elaborately costumed-processions and brass bands ripcord a frenzy that lasts for days.

Yes this is the best time to visit Puno (Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca)Puno is known as the capital folklore for La Diablada.

This features a masked dance, which tells the tales of trapped miners who battled the army of demons. It is a festival in which men dressed as demons parade through Puno. It depicts the local incarnation of the Dark Lord himself leading the procession, accompanied by dancers shaking it like Peruvian possessed. A sure sign that there’s nothing unholy afoot.

During a 5days-long stay at Puno, the first stop on Lake Titicaca should be floating islands of the Uros people, plan half a day hiking at Ichu and stop by for a wonderful meal at Mojsa.


Just 7km east of Puno, these unique floating islands are Lake Titicaca’s top attraction. Their uniqueness is due to their construction. They have been created from nothing; built entirely with the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. The lives of the Uros people are interwoven with these reeds.

Some islands also have elaborately designed versions of traditional tightly bundled reed boats on hand and other whimsical reed creations like archways and even swing sets. Be prepared to pay for a boat ride or to take photographs.

Getting to the Uros is easy – there’s no need to go with an organized tour. Ferries leave from the port for Uros (return trip S12) at least once an hour from 6am to 4pm.


Get adventurous and go hiking at Ichu with scenic beauty and rocky roads all the way. Ten kilometers out of Puno, this rural community spread across a gorgeous green valley is home to a little-known ruin with superb views. 

Leave the Panamericana at Ichu’s second exit (after the service station) and head inland past the house marked ‘Villa Lago 1960’. Walk 2km, bearing left at the junction, aiming for the two small, terraced hills you can see in the left of the valley. After bearing left at a second junction (you’ll pass the school if you miss it), the road takes you between the two hills. Turn left again and head straight up the first one. Fifteen minutes of stiff climbing brings you to the top, where you’ll be rewarded with the remains of a multilayered temple complex, and breathtaking 360-degree views.

This can be done as an easy half-day trip from Puno. Take plenty of water and food as there’s no store.


The go-to place for locals and travelers alike, Mojsa lives up to its name, Aymara for ‘delicious.’ It has a thoughtful range of Peruvian and international food, including innovative trout dishes and a design-your-own salad option. All meals start with fresh bread and a bowl of local olives. In the evening, crisp brick-oven pizzas are on offerThis is the best place to get away in the first week of November from sprint speedy clock where finding a group or time for a holiday is quite difficult. The scenic beauty at Lake Titicaca will get you all the freshness and memories to keep running until the Christmas arrives.

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Article By Shruti Botadra

A traveler and a writer. Perhaps travel for her is her journey to finding self, being with the world and understanding nature. For she will burst open the oyster of world with her adventure.