Qoyllority Patron Saint Festival 5 Days

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Qoyllority Patron Saint Festival 5 Days

Qoyllority is a Quechua word meaning snow star or bright snow. The people of this area are also a stream of Taytacha Qoylloriti (The Lord of the Snows of Replenishment). This is an ancient religious procession practiced only by the inhabitants of the high Andes. Every year, days before the celebration of Corpus Christi, each small village or clan sends a delegation with colorful dancers and pabluchas to the Chapel of Lord Qoylloriti. It is located at the beginning of the Sinakara mountain in the village of Mawayany, 4600 meters above sea level. The pabluchas represented the alpacas and are intermediaries between Lord Qoylloriti and his men.


Day 01: Cusco – Mahuayani

We leave the city of Cusco by private bus, on the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway towards Tinki (3800 masl) and Mahuayani, where we will arrive at approximately 15:00 hours. On the way we will stop in Urcos, where we will visit a beautiful lake with the same name. Then we go to Cattca, agricultural and livestock community where we appreciate the spectacular views of the region, following to Ocongate, capital of the district of the same name, Tinqui, stopping point of most of the treks in the area of Ausangate, and finally Mahuayani ( 4600 masl) after a journey of approximately 7h. In the afternoon, we take the opportunity to visit the local market, before having dinner at our nearby campsite.

Day 02: Mahuayani – Qoylloritti Sanctuary

We wake up at 07.30 am and after our breakfast; we start our hike to the Qoylloritti Sanctuary, located in an impressive place, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We walk slowly along an uphill trail where we will find 14 crosses that are venerated along the way; the last one is already in the Sanctuary. Upon arrival, we will settle into our camp and enjoy free time in the afternoon. It is impressive the display of activities at the Sanctuary, as well as the amount of pilgrims that year after year attend this festivity. In the afternoon we can attend the mass at the Sanctuary; there are two ceremonies, at 6:00 p.m. or at 8:00 p.m. dinner and camping at the Sanctuary.

Day 03: Qoylloritty Sanctuary

This day is dedicated entirely to the Sanctuary, following the activities of the pilgrims. We attend the “Alacitas” market in the morning. This is a very curious exhibition in which one buys miniature goods such as trucks, houses, cattle, university degrees and others, with money that is only valid during the festivity of Qoyllur Ritti, according to one’s real desires. Legend has it that everything you achieve in this game will come true thanks to the power of the Lord of Qoylloritty. The Mass of Souls in the atrium of the Sanctuary (10:00 a.m.) is the next act followed by the Mass of “Pablitos” at 12:00 noon. The afternoon is reserved for other activities, for all those who want to join: the procession of the Lord of Tayancani and the Virgin, several dances, mass in the Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. and the singing to the Lord at 7:00 p.m. In the evening, after dinner, we enjoy the spectacular “Burning of Castles”, in which wooden constructions are burned with fireworks, followed by the “Dance of the Child”. Afterwards, the pilgrims ascend to the snowy and glacier to lower the crosses to the Sanctuary.

Day 04: Qoylloritty Sanctuary – Yanacocha – Tayancani

After an early start at 7:00 p.m., we pack our bags and prepare for the pilgrimage. We wait and attend the Blessing Mass at 10.00 a.m. and at noon we leave in the so called “24 hour procession”, together with the rest of the pilgrims. The procession departs from the Sanctuary and goes through Calvario Machucruz, the lagoons in the sectors of Kumukasa and Alqamarina, until arriving to Yanacocha, where we arrive around 18:00 hours, then we sleep 3-4 hours until 22:00 hours, when we start walking during the night. towards Tayancaní. Night walk.

Day 05: Tayancani – Cusco

After a spectacular night pilgrimage, we wait for the sunrise, the impressive ceremony of the “Salute to the Sun” (07.00 am) to descend to Tayancani and attend the blessing of the Sanctuary and town of the same name (08.00 am). We attend mass (10.00 am) and then continue our hike through a mountain pass (2h) and then descend to Ocongate (1h); where we have lunch. In the afternoon, we board our private transportation back to Cusco (5h), where we expect to arrive around 06:00 pm.


What does it include?

  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer by bus to Mahuayani, the starting point of the pilgrimage.
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • 1 emergency horse for every 6 people
  • Lodging for our guides, cook and riders
  • Meals 04 breakfasts, 05 lunches, 04 dinners and snacks.
  • Igloo tents: 2 people in each tent with capacity for 4 people, to allow greater comfort and shelter for backpacks.
  • One mattress per person
  • One sleeping bag per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Bathroom tent
  • First aid kit with emergency oxygen cylinder
  • Private transportation from Ocongate to Cusco, including transfer to your hotel in Cusco.


Not included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Tea service and dinner on the last day
  • One sleeping bag per person
  • Tips


What should you bring?

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the entire period of the trek.
  • Raincoat or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sports shoes
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries consume more quickly in cold conditions)
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
  • Non-disposable water bottle and sterilizing tablets (e.g. Micropur)
  • Cash in soles
  • Optional: walking sticks or walking canes


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