Qoyllur Riti Celebration in Andes
The Qoyllur Riti Pilgrimage is one of the most authentic rituals of traditional Peru, not only because of its remote location but also because of the impressive amount of native population taking part, as well as the blend of Christian and Andean elements present.
The specific date of the pilgrimage varies but it takes place during the months of May and June, before the Corpus Christi and the ancient Inca Inti Raymi festivities are celebrated. The space where it occurs is located to the southeast of Cuzco, in the Ocongate District in the Province of Quispicanchi, where the great Apu Ausangate (Ausangate Mountain), which rises up to 6,384 meters above sea level, is located.
Full Itinerary: Pilgrimage To Qoyllur Riti
Day 1: CUSCO – MAHUAYANI – QOYLLORITTY:
After resting, we will start our hike up to the Sanctuary of Qoylloritty (4259masl), which is located at the Sinakara Valley surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
The hike up to the Sanctuary lasts 3 to 5 hours, on the route we will appreciate 14 crosses which are venerated by the pilgrims.
Upon arrival to Qoylloritty, we will enjoy our tea time and time for the rest. At the night, we will attend the mass at the Sanctuary which is celebrated in Quechua (Andean language); also we will appreciate the multicolor dances.
Day 2: QOYLLORITTY SANCTUARY – YANAQOCHA – TAYANKANI (Night procession)
We will have to wake up early to observe the sun rise, after it we will take the breakfast; this day we will participate of the traditional activities that the pilgrims do at the Sanctuary. You will visit the “alacitas” market, where you will see/get curious exhibition of miniature goods such as cars, houses, cattle, university titles and everything you desire (it will become true with the blessing of the Lord of Qoylloritty) Also we will attend to the last Blessing Mass celebrated at the outdoor of the Sanctuary where thousands of the pilgrims wait for the blessing.
After it, people will leave into a 24 hours procession (they will hike during the night following the procession).
The first point to rest is at Yanacancha community (at this place the pilgrims and dancers rest until 10:00ppm), after it they continue with the procession until get the Inti Alabado (sun greeting place), at this place you will appreciate the andean tradition of the sun rise ceremony where dancers wait for the first sun rays of light of the sun god and they start to dance by the Andean plateau covering it of multicolor.
Day 3: TAYANKANI – OCONGATE – CUSCO