Qoyllurity Pilgrimage 2 days & 1 night – fixed departure – Dates not confirmed
Qoyllurity is considered the largest pilgrimage in the Andes. This religious festivity was first held in 1780 in the district of Ocongate, eight hours from the city of Cusco. The principal ceremony takes place at the foot of Mount Ausangate at 4,700m. The ritual consists of a pilgrimage of thousands of people carrying crosses and offerings up to the summit. Dancers symbolizing various mythical characters accompany the pilgrims. Although it is a Christian ceremony, the fundamental reason for the ceremony is the integration of man with nature. Catholicism and Andean devotions mix in this festival in honor of the Lord of Qoyllurity and Mount Ausangate.
Qoyllurity is a word in Quechua that means “bright snow”. It is also the name for a festival held at 4,600m above sea level in the small town of Mahuayani located in the Sinkara Valley in southern Peru. The locals are devout followers of “Taytacha Qoyllurity” or The Lord of the Bright Snow.
The festival of Qoyllurity is one of the unique Catholic festivities that have been fused with the indigenous routes of the Andes. The festival sees many pilgrims arriving from all over Southern Peru to bring their offerings to The Lord of the Bright Snow. On this tour you will take part in the festivities and get a chance to take part in a true cultural experience of the indigenous groups in the Andes. If you are interested in understanding more about this way of life this is a definite must see on your list.
Inquire for prices. The prices are per person and in US dollars.
Note: A minimum of 5 people required for the tour to be confirmed.
• Pre-trek Briefing.
• Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
• Private transport from Cusco to the Trailhead and return at the end of the trek.
• English/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people).
• Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort.
• Cook and cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups).
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads are washed in boiled water.
• Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person).
• 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower.
• Dining tent with tables and chairs & kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals.
• Tents for our staff to sleep in, sleeping bags & mattresses.
• First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle – but not blister treatments.
Program Does Not Include:
• Breakfast on the first morning.
• Sleeping bags. If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire. For this trek you should hire minus 15 or warmer ($US 6 sleeping bag rental per day).
• Tips for the guide, cook and porters
• Additional horses for passengers’ luggage.