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Another photograph from the feast day of San Sebastian in Pinchollo in the Colca Canyon.

After the dancing, and parading of the statue of San Sebastian, everyone retires for lunch - most going home, but the village elders and important guests heading for the local comedor. As the only gringos in the village, we managed to sneak a seat at the top table. Peruvian drinking involves a large bottle of beer and one glass, which circulates round the table. As with many rural communities anywhere in the world, the idea that you might be nervous about getting in your car to drive home after one too many is not considered a polite way to refuse a drink - even when the drive back to my hotel involved a dirt road hugging the wall of one of the deepest canyons in the world. So lads, if you want to join the after-party of a Latin American festival, don't go in your own car without a wife, girlfriend, female friend, mother, whatever to drive you back home.

The two lads in the photos are members of the village council - and are at least a little bit pickled after some hard partying.

As usual, no flash, 800 ISO, 1/60th of a second.

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