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Qoyllur Ritty is a Quechua word that means ‘’snow that shines like a star’’. The people here are devoted to Taytacha Qoyllur Ritty (Lord of the Snow Bright). This is an old religious custom practiced only by the inhabitants of the Andes. Each year, a few days before the celebration of Corpus Christi, every small village or clan send a delegation with colorful dancers and “pabluchas’ to the Chapel of the Lord of Qoyllur Ritty. This is situated at the beginning of a mountain called Sinakara in the village of Mawayany, at 4600 meters above sea level. The pabluchas represent alpacas and are intermediaries between the Lord of Qoyllur Ritty and men. The climb to the chapel is carried out at 4 in the morning by the Sinakara herding their animals. During the party the people who participate in the procession of Nuestra Señora de Fatima will have good luck in business, life and future. The end of the procession takes place in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco with the processions of Corpus Christi, streets and squares are filled with people, music and color.
We start at 08:00 pm and arrived at about 12.00 pm to Maguallani. There we have half an hour to prepare our things and head towards to Qoyllur Ritty which is 292 km from Cusco. Walk in the moonlight in a procession along with more than 2000 pilgrim’s devotees of Señor de Qoyllor Ritty. At about 3:00 am we arrive at our campsite where we can relax and sleep.
At 07:00 a.m. breakfast. Then we go to church to attend Mass daily which takes approximately half an hour. Then we began our march to the holy mountain of Qoyllor Ritty where we observe all the ancient rites and customs that they are implemented at an altitude of 4,800 meters above sea level. After that lunch and subsequently continue our journey between ups and downs for 4 hours in total. Arrive at the fair in which every visitor participates. At 07:00 pm dinner and then spend the night.
At 07:00 am we will have breakfast then we will appreciate the way down of the pabluchas to receive the blessing that will be at 10:00 am, walk back to Maguallani in about 2 hours. Here we will visit briefly this place , have lunch and then return to Cusco by bus or car depending on the number of pax where we arrive at approximately 04:00 PM.
Incredible view from snow that shines like a star!