Pilgrimage To Qoyllor Ritty (3 Days/ 2 Nights)

pilgrimage to qoyllor ritty 3 days 2 nights


Qoyllur Ritti is a Quechua word that means “star of the snow "; it is considered one of the most important Andean festivities held annually at Cusco andean area – Sinakara Valley, this festivity mixes the worship to the “apus” Andean gods and the Catholic icons. The Qoylloritty festival attracts more than 50.000 of peasants annually, most of them from the surrounding regions, and countries; who visit this sacred place after hiking 8 kilometers. The festival takes place in late May or early June, to coincide with the full moon, one week before the Christian feast of Corpus Christy; it consists of a number of processions and dances in and around the Lord of Qoylloritty shrine. The main event for the indigenous non-Christian population who still celebrate their old spiritual beliefs is the rising of the sun on the Monday morning where thousands kneel down to the first rays of light as the sun rises above the horizon.


Day 1


We will pick you up from your hotel to take the bus from Cusco to Mahuayani, after 4 hours we will arrive to Mahuayani (3800 masl) an Andean community where we will start to hike, at this place we will take our lunch. After resting, we will start our hike up to the Sanctuary of Qoylloritty (4259masl), which is located at the Sinakara Valley surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
The hike up to the Sanctuary lasts 3 to 5 hours, on the route we will appreciate 14 crosses which are venerated by the pilgrims.
Upon arrival to Qoylloritty, we will enjoy our tea time and time for the rest. At the night, we will attend the mass at the Sanctuary which is celebrated in Quechua (Andean language); also we will appreciate the multicolor dances.