Qoyllority - Mountain Sinakara 3 Days

Trip introduction

Each end of May begins with a great devotion to the pilgrimage to the Lord of Qoyllority which in English means bright snow. It is one of the most popular local festivals and most respected within the region of Cusco. The Lord of Qoyllority is a very old religious procession practiced annually with those living in the Andes. The place has a chapel which is located at the base of the mountain Sinakara, at 4600 meters above sea level. We will participate in this important celebration for the Andean people learning the ritual associated with fertility of the land and the worship of Apus (hills, tutelary gods). You will be part of one of the largest parties of indigenous nations in America. The main ceremony is held at the foot of Mount Ausangate, the ritual is a pilgrimage of shepherds, traders and all who are curious who gather at the shrine for a week.


  • Visit the sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllority
  • Enjoy the feast in honor of the Lord of Qoyllority
  • Be part of the worship of snow
Responsible travel.

By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.



In the early morning hours we will drive to the town of Ocongate for an uphill after breakfast walk for a period of 3 hours. Once we reach the hill of Sinakara we will set up our tents to await the start of the celebration that begins the day Holy Trinity, when more than 10,000 pilgrims climb to the limit of perpetual snow. Minimum temperatures of -4 ° C is reached! We will commence a salute of honor to the image of Christ in the afternoon while all the groups make their official entry for nations. Typically a sellout of almost 200 troupes will give their official greeting that lasts most of the night and is accompanied by dancers portraying various mythical characters. The "pablitos" or "ucucos" who are the intermediaries between the Lord of Qoylloriti and men. Those who maintain discipline during liturgies are people dressed in bear (black suit made of heavy fabric and wool, with a chullo) who do this in order to keep order and peace. They are also called Mr soldiers.


The next day, we will partake when the serenade begins with liturgical ceremonies in honor of Christ (also called peasant Christ). In the afternoon, a serenade begins with a dance show parading through the atrium and into the sanctuary. At midnight a group of strong queros, which perhaps is the purest Quechua community of Peru, disguised as bears (pabluchas ), leave to the snowy peaks (6,362 meters) in search of the Snow Star which is enclosed in her womb. All these events will be explained by our guide for a better understanding, and then these strong people carry on their backs large blocks of ice to irrigate their land symbolically with holy water from the Ausangate which is the highest mountain in the Cusco region.


After all activities and religious rituals, we return to Cusco in the morning the next day to continue the feast of Corpus Cristi.

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  • 2 nights in the mountain Camp Sinakara
  • High Mountain Tents
  • Sleeping bags -12 degrees
  • Local professional guides speaking English
  • Professional assistance throughout your trip
  • Cooks and muleteers
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches local food
  • 3 dinners
  • Visit the temple of sr Qoyllority
  • Ritual of Snow
  • Participate in the party
  • Photos with the dancers
  • All transport
  • All the foods

Not Included

  • Internacional and local flights
  • Drinks
  • Tips for staff


  • Backpack between 20 y 30 liters (a backpack with chest and waist strap, this will help to distribute the weight and having side pockets for small items).
  • Backpack waterproof layer
  • Loose pants and better long
  • Feather coat and waterproof jacket.
  • Gloves and skullcap.
  • Trekking shoes with thick orm.
  • Micro fiber or wool socks.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Sunscream and glasses.
  • Original passport.
  • Purifiying pills.
  • Personal higiene items.
  • Torch with replacement battery.
  • Camera.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Extra Money to tipping guides, cookers and porters.