Jeannete Valenzuela and Katherine Gonzalez dress in costume for a religious festival in Ayquina, Chile, last July. Photographer Andres Figueroa spent time in the Atacama Desert chronicling festivals that attract thousands of people to otherwise quiet mining towns in Chile.
Costanza Constant is part of a group of dancers from Iquique, Chile.
Fabian Quintanilla, from Iquique, dresses in costume for a festival in San Lorenzo de Tarapaca.
Diego Pallamanque is from Antofagasta, Chile. The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth.
Pricila Encalada wears a colorful headdress in San Lorenzo de Tarapaca.
Jorge Ramos, like Encalada, is from Tocopilla, Chile. Figueroa said Andean culture draws influences from Europe, the Inca and more recently, Chinese traditions.
Carlos Callasaya dresses for a festival in La Tirana, Chile. "I was interested in documenting all the signs and symbols that appear in each costume and character, all the indigenous and Catholic syncretism," Figueroa said.
Lindaura Velasquez's dancing group is from Calama, Chile.
Karla Tejeda is from Arica, Chile. "From a portraiture standpoint, I used a formal approach to explain this living culture that is constantly growing and reinventing itself," Figueroa said. "I asked each character to stop to be photographed, taking them away momentarily from the festival in a more intimate scenario."
Samuel Salas brings a catlike look to Ayquina's festival.