PILGRIMAGE SEÑOR DE QOYLLURIT'I 4 D/3 N
This festival takes place in the days before Corpus Christi (May/June
The sanctuary of the Señor (Lord) of Qoylluriti (Snow Star) is located in the foothills of Mount Sinaq'ara 136 km from Cusco at 15,000 feet. This is one of the great pilgrimages that have been bringing the people of the Andes together since ancient times.
During the festival, all the "nations" around Ausangate Mountain send their "gift" or delegation of dancers and musicians which are offered both for the Cristo de las Nieves and for the Sacred Mountain. In this way they show their gratitude and ask for a bountiful harvest, livestock protection, welfare and health. At present, this Indian-Catholic event has been held every year since 1780, just before the catholic celebration of Corpus Christi, bringing thousands of pilgrims and visitors to maintain and renew the traditions, faith and worship to the Lord of Qoyllurit'i. They are always accompanied by the pilgrims, native dances and the Pablitos or Ukukos (half man, half bear), a magical being who mediates between men and the spirits of the mountains. This character is also responsible for carrying a symbolic piece of ice from the mountain that will renew the waters and rivers of their own group or nation.
The trip we offer is the same pilgrimage practiced by the people of this land.