Before immersing ourselves in the magical celebration, we recommend to walk calmly, the town, and to converse with the settlers who possess an inexhaustible charm and wisdom, full of legends, like the myth Juan El Oso, son of the union of a woman with a bear, who kidnaps a young peasant, mimicking the dances in the development of the party, to finally be killed by a tumult of men led by the priest of the town. Doing honor to its category of “Folk Capital of Cusco”, Paucartambo , convenes about 20 dancing troupes, which turn the city into a gigantic, colorful and exciting stage in honor of the Virgen del Carmen, crowned in 1985 by Pope John Paul II on the esplanade of Saqsaywamán.

The locals put on stage, in streets and squares, a wonderful theatrical piece with troupes of dancers like Los Majeños, (arrieros de Majes, Arequipa, producers of wines), Saqras (Devils), Qollas (arriving from the Altiplano) Contradanza ( French influence, satire to the customs of the Colony), Chunchos (of the jungle), Kachampa (Inca warriors), SiqllaWayra or Doctors (satire to justice), Chujchu (satirize the symptoms of malaria), etc.

The Majeños

The Majeños

 

The saqra

 

Qollas

Qollas

 

Contradanza

The process of the party has several significant moments, such as “El Bosque” (a gift of fruits and gifts from the center of the plaza, as a sign of abundance),

“La Guerrilla” (battle waged between Collas and Chunchos), blessing of the Virgin to the four spaces or cardinal points from the colonial bridge Carlos III, the kidnapping of the Imilla of the Qollas, but fundamentally, the solemn procession of the Virgin of the Carmen.Paucartambo is 75 km south of Cusco, on the way to the valley of Kosñipata (valley of smoke), at 3,000 meters above sea level, on the banks of the Mapacho and Kenqomayo rivers.

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