We were missionaries in the Región de Arequipa whose capital city was Arequipa. That city is about one and a half miles up in the Andes mountains in southern Perú. In our second term there, I used to ride a mule to the small town of Choco. I have published other stories about it. The video shows a parade in the city that includes participants from various of the small Quechua towns way out in the outback. You can tell that they are not the dancers of Brazil, nor are they anywhere near their proficiency. It is not Carnaval, but a fiesta celebrating the Province of Arequipa.
No, it is not very professional in any way. The camera work is most certainly not up to “modern” reportage. But, my heart walks down that street in memory. My eyes cloud as I remember the difficult trips, the worn legs, the dried out body at the end of the trip. And yet, if I could make that trip again, I would. May God bless the inhabitants of the Province of Arequipa.