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A-Z Guidebook: ‘Over The Top’ in Cusco, Peru

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Nothing says Over The Top like someone in a rainbow balaclava and matching fringed coat with a whip in their hand on a Tuesday morning. I spied this reveller whilst wandering through Plaza de Armas (Huacaypata), outside Cusco Cathedral in Peru.

A religious festival reveller in balaclava, fringed coat and whip in Cusco, Peru

Strike a pose…

This parade is one of the many feasts and festivities on the religious calendar that spring up on a daily basis in streets and plazas across this devoutly Catholic country. You never know what will be around the corner in Cusco.

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  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime August 15, 2016, 1:54 pm

    I would not want to encounter him in a dark alley at night!

  • sherry from sherrys pickings August 16, 2016, 2:32 pm

    i find this fella with the whip rather scary! he would give me nightmares for sure. but look at his funny sneakers. not so scary.:) One day I will get to Peru. Funnily enough, i was just saying that very thing to our friend who went there a few months ago. She said to me – yes you will get there – like the little red caboose I guess:)

    • Fiona Ryan August 17, 2016, 9:26 pm

      As I said – just the kind of thing you see when your wndering around Cusco on a Tuesday morning. There were actually a bunch of them and not at all threatening. The thing I learned about Peru, is it BIG. Very Big! Well worth a visit.

  • Joy @MyTravelingJoys August 19, 2016, 2:56 am

    What an interesting outfit and tradition! So fun to learn about other cultures. Thx for sharing! 🙂

    • Fiona Ryan August 19, 2016, 9:50 am

      Always something new to learn about. Travel is an eye opener.

  • retrostuart August 30, 2016, 2:01 pm

    The expression on the face of the little girl in the picture seems to sum up the scene for her. This is a very scary looking man. I wonder why the outfit and whip. Is he a Peruvian version of a mediaeval European penitent?

    • Fiona Ryan August 30, 2016, 6:33 pm

      I hadn’t noticed the little girl before. I think you have it in one Stuart – it’s clearly some type of sinner/saint ‘Catholic Guilt’ thing. Sandshoes are a nice touch also.

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