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Festival of the Virgin of Carmen
From: 2014.07.16 To: 2014.07.16
The tiny, 800-soul village, tucked away in Tarapacá Region of northern Chile, hosts Chile’s No. 1 religious fiesta. Honoring a heroic Incan princess who converted to Christianity and staged a rebellion against the Spanish colonizers, the carnivalesque festival attracts over quarter a million people, filling the whole area to the brim. A fascinating mix of native and Christian traditions, the rowdy parade features masked dragon dancers and costume-clad revellers performing wonderfully synchronized dance routines.