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Festival of Qoyllority 3Days/2Nights

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Festival of Qoyllority 3D/2N

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185.00 USD$

Style Trip : Tours in Cusco
Place to Visit : Festival of Qoyllority
Lenght : 3 Days / 2 Nights
Frequency : Upon Request
Group : Min 04, Max 12
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Qoyllority is one of the most intriguing festivals in the Andes where people from all around arrive to worship the Apu’s (mountain spirits) and do their ceremonies and dances.While it is linked with the Catholic religion, its roots lie in the ancient Incan principal of uniting man and nature. In Quechuan Qoyllority means ‘Snow Star’ or ‘Shining Snow’. Much of the festival is based around growth and fertility, and the worship of the old mountain spirits. Every June, just before the festival of Corpus Christi, more than 2,000 people congregate in the small town of Qoyllority (4,700m) near the snow line of Mt Ausangate. Processions of colorful dancers and "Pauluchas" converge on the Capilla del Senor Qoyllority – the main church in the area in the small village of Sinakara. You will enjoy ceremonies and traditional dances which are only practiced here in this part of the Andes – a truly unique and unforgettable experience!

DAY 01:
Leaving Cuzco by bus to the village of Mawayani, a long ride but with beautiful views. There will be a lot of pilgrims on their way so you have a lot to look at. Camp in Mawayani. We have lunch along the way.

DAY 02:
Mawayani, in the chapel of the SR of Qoyllur R'iti. You will be able to take part in the ceremonie and prayers.

DAY 03:
A 5 to 6 hours walk uphill, with lots of time to take pictures of all those people on their pilgrimage. In the festival place you can walk around, enjoy the dances and ceremonies or even climb more, to the glaciers.

Chapel - Mawayani – Cuzco
This is the last day of the festival. People have danced all night and there is a last mass before walking down. In Mawayani you get on the bus back and arrive in Cuzco late that night.

Included:

  • Transport by bus
  • Guide
  • Cook
  • Meals from lunch 1st day until lunch last day
  • Camping equipment

Horsemen and horses to carry food and equipment

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