Qoyllority is a quechua word which means Snowstar or Shining Snow. The
people of this zone are also a stream of Taytacha Qoylloriti (The sir of
the Replacement Snow). This a old religious procession only practiced by
the inhabitants of the big Andes. Every year, days before the
celebration of Corpus Christi, every small village or clan send a
delegation with colorful dancers and "pauluchas" to the Capilla del
Senor Qoylloriti. This is situated of the beginning of the mountain
Sinakara in the village of Mawayany, at 4600 meters above sea level.
Los pauluchas represented alpacas and are intermediares between the Sir
Qoylloriti and his men. Therefore the climb at 4 o'clock in the morning
the gletzjer Sinikara while they ask for a grow of their groups of
animals. During the party the people who partipated in the prosession
praise our Fatima Lady to have good luck in business, life and future.
The end of the prosession takes place at the ancient Inca capital of
Cusco with the processions of Corpus Christi, streets filled with people
and squares with music and color.
We depart at 08:00 P.M. and arrive at approximately 12.00 P.M in
Maguallani. There we have half an hour to sign up our team and we go to
Qoylloritti, which is situated at 292 km away from Cusco. We will walk
in the light of the moon in a procession together with more than 2000
pilgrims devoted to Sr. De Qoylloritti. At around 3:00 A.M. we will
arrive at our campsite where we can relax and overnight.
At 07:00 A.M we will have breakfast. Afterwards we will go to the church
to participate in the daily mass, which takes approximately half an hour.
Then we start our hike towards the holy mountain of Qoylloritti, where
we will observe all the ancient rites and customs that they even put in
practice at the altitude of 4, 800 meters above sea level. After that we
will have lunch and subsequently we continue our trek that goes up and
down for 4 hours in total. We arrive at the Feria, in which every
visitor participates. At 07:00 P.M. we will enjoy dinner and afterwards
we go to sleep.
At 07:00 A.M again we can take our breakfast. Next, we will walk back to
Maguallani in approximately 2 hours. Here we will shortly visit this
place, have lunch and afterwards go back to Cusco by car, where we will
arrive at about 04:00 PM.
Transportation in and out: Cusco - Maguallani - Cusco (private
Guide: Professional English and Spanish speaking guide; 2 guides
for groups over 12 people
Cook: In charge of meal preparation
Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also
carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 15 kilos/ 33 lbs
Emergency Horse: Just in case someone needs help
Meals: 2 Breakfasts/2 Lunches/1 Dinners/Snacks and afternoon tea
; box lunch the first night.
Equipment: tents ( 2 people in each 3-person-capacity ),
Therm-a-rest sleeping pad, dinner tent, kitchen tent, tables and
chairs, table settings, first aid kit, including emergency oxygen
We recommended to bring:
Personal Sleeping Bag
Backpack and Daypack
Hiking shoes or snow boots
Winter coat and poncho
Water bottle, flashlight, hat, sun block, sunglasses