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Qoyllurit´y 2D/1N

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Trip Overview

Trip Overview

Quispicanchis (Cusco)
Date: May 17th – 21th

Yearly, the people of the Ocongate district (Quispicanchis) perform a ritual whose external aspect appears to be the image of Christ, but the real objective being one that will bring the man closer to nature.

The ritual, associated with the fertility of the land and the worship of the Apus, the mountain spirits. This is part of the greatest festival of aboriginal nations on this side of the hemisphere: Qoyllurit’y.

The main ceremony will be held at the base of Ausangate mountain, at 4700 m.a.s.l, where the temperatures often go below 0° C. The ritual brings thousands of people together, including pilgrims, shepherds, traders, and the curious people that want to gather at the shrine at Sinakara. Popular belief has it that the infant Christ (dressed as a shepherd), appeared to a young highland native boy, Marianito Mayta, and they quickly became friends. When Mayta’s parents found them dressed in rich tunics, they informed the local parish priest, Pedro de Landa, who attempted and failed to capture the infant Christ, who had disappeared and left behind only a stone. Marianito died immediately, and the image of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’I appeared on the stone.

Today, the festival starts off with the day of the Holy Trinity, when over 10000 pilgrims climb the to the snowline, accompanied by all sorts of dancers in full costume (chauchos, qollas, pabluchas, and ukukus) portray various mythical characters. The ukukus, or bears, are the guardians of the Lord and the Apu mountain spirits and apachetas, stone cairns built along the way by pilgrims to atone for their sins. The ukukus maintain order during religious ceremonies. A group of hefty queros – members of what is probably Peru’s purest Quechua community – dress up as pabluchas and set out for the mountaintop, at 6362 meters above sea level, in search of the Snow Star which is presumably buried within the mountain. On their way back down to their communities, they haul massive blocks of ice on their backs for the symbolic irrigation of their lands with holy water from the Ausangate.

Itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1.- Cusco – Mawayani
  • Day 2.-  Mawayani – Santuario de Qoyllur Rit´i
  • Day 3.- Qoyllur Rit´i
  • Day 4.-   Qoyllur Rit´i – Tayancani
  • Day 5.- Tayancani – Ocongate – Cusco

Included

Included

  • Private tourist transportation from Cusco to Mawayani and from Ocongate to Cusco
  • Professional guide (english speaking)
  • Cook and cook assitand.
  • Meals: 3 breackfast, 4 lunchs, 3 dinners
  • Equipment: 2 people in each 3-person-capacity tent, Matress (sleeping pad), Dinning tent, bathroom tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings, first Aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Muleteer and mules to carry tents, food and cooking equipment (10 kilos per person)

Not Included / aditionals:

  • Feather sleeping bag  rental: US$ 5 per day
  • Syntethic sleeping bag rental: US$ 4 per day
  • Trekking poles rental:  US$ 5 per day
  • Single accomodation: US$ 5 per day

 

 

 

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