Every January, Arica plays host to the biggest carnival in Chile and one of the largest in South America. It attracts some 10,000 dancers and musicians from the Andean regions of Chile, Peru and Bolivia; as well as thousands of "groupies" and spectators, most are also from the Andean regions.
This year the carnival included 62 different dance groups; each accompanied by their own band. Most of the dances are traditional dances of the region that either have their roots going back many centuries or which depict events from the history of the area.
The carnival is spread over 3 days and on each day all of the groups parade through the city streets,...
Of the five species of penguin to be found on the Falkland Islands, my favourite is the beautiful King Penguin.
The main colony is at Volunteer Point on East Falkland, about 2-3 hours drive from the capital, Stanley. The colony is in good health and numbers are increasing. I understand there are now around 1,000 pairs and chicks.
King Penguins have an 18 month breeding cycle, which means they are present all year around. The chicks stay on land during the cold subantarctic winter, but are well protected by a thick coat of fluffy down. They also huddle together for protection and warmth.
The adults tend to go out to sea in the early morning in groups and return...
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