We leave the city of Cusco in a private bus, and drive along the Cusco – Puerto Maldonado highway in the direction of Tinki (3800 masl) and Mahuayani, where we will arrive by 03.00 pm approximately. On the way we stop in Urcos, where wi visit a beautiful lake with the same name. we then go on to Cattca, an agricultural and cattle raising community where we appreciate the region's spectacular views, following to Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name, Tinqui, stanting point for most treks in the Ausangate area, and finally Mahuayani (4600 masl) after an approximated 7h drive. In the afternoon, we take the chance to visit the local market, before having dinner at our camp nearby.
DAY 02: MAHUAYANI - SANCTUARY OF QOYLLORITTI
We wake up at 07.30 am and after our breakfast; we start our hike up towards the Sanctuary of Qoylloritti, located in a breathtaking spot, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We slowly hike though an uphill trail along which we will encounter 14 crosses that are venerated on the way; the last one is already located at the Sanctuary. Upon arrival, we will be accommodated at our camp and enjoy free time in the afternoon. The display of activities at the Sanctuary is impressive, as well as the number of pilgrims attending this festivity year by year. In the evening, we can attend to the mass at the Sanctuary; there are two ceremonies, at 06.00 pm or 08.00 pm dinner and camp at the Sanctuary.
DAY 03: SANCTUARY OF QOYLLORITTY
This day is fully spent at the Santuary, following the activities of the pilgrims. We attend the "Alacitas" market in the morning. This is a very curious display in which one buys miniature goods such as trucks, houses, cattle, university titles and others, with money that is only valid during the Qoyllur Ritti festivity, according to one's real wishes. The legend says that whatever you accomplish in this game will come true thanks to the power of the Lord of Qoylloritty.
The Soul Mass at the Sanctuary atrium (10.00 am) is the next event followed by the "Pablitos" mass at 12.00 pm. The afternoon is reserved for other activities, for all wanting to join them: the procession of the Lord of Tayancani and the Virgin, several dancing performances, mass at the Sanctuary at 06.00 pm and the singing to the Lord at 07.00 pm. At night, after dinner, we enjoy the spectacular "Burning of Castles", in which wooden construction with fireworks are burnt, followed by the "Child's Dance". Afterwards, the pilgrims ascend to the snow-capped mountain and glacier to bring down the crosses to the Sanctuary.
DÍA 04: SANTUARIO DE QOYLLORITTY – MAHUAYANI –CUSCO.
After an early wake up at 07.00 pm, we pack our bags and get ready for the pilgrimage. We wait and attend the Blessing Mass at 10.00 am and at noon, Lunch, and after we return to Mahuayani. In the afternoon, we board our private transportation back to Cusco (5h), where we expect to arrive around 06.00 pm.
• Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in bus to Mahuayani, the starting point of the pilgrimage
• English speaking professional guide
• Cook and cooking equipment
• Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)