PHOTOGRAPHY EXPIDITION LORD OF SNOWSTAR QOYLLURIT’I 4 D/3 N
A Brief Description
photography lord of snow star qoylluriti 4d/3n This festival takes place in the days before Corpus Christi (May/June
For the ultimate photography expedition to capture the enchanting beauty of the “Lord of Snow Star,” Qoylluriti, I present to you the perfect 4-day/3-night adventure. Prepare to witness awe-inspiring landscapes, immerse yourself in ancient traditions, and unleash your creative spirit as you freeze breathtaking moments in time. Here’s the best itinerary to make your journey unforgettable Embark on an exciting trek to the base camp of Qoylluriti, situated high in the Andes Mountains. Capture stunning landscapes, lush valleys, and majestic glaciers along the way. As the sun sets, get ready to photograph the mesmerizing Andean sky, filled with a myriad of stars. Wake up early to capture the sunrise illuminating the peaks around Qoylluriti.
Immerse yourself in the authentic Qoylluriti celebration, a vibrant and ancient Andean festival that honors the “Lord of Snow Star.”Photograph the colorful costumes, traditional dances, and spiritual ceremonies performed by locals who gather to pay homage to the sacred glaciers.
Capture the intimate moments of faith and devotion that create a sense of unity among the attendees. Witness the captivating sunrise over Qoylluriti, casting a golden glow on the snow-capped peaks. Take advantage of the early morning light to capture the glacier’s intricate details and reflections. This once-in-a-lifetime photography expedition to Qoylluriti will not only provide you with captivating images but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture and natural wonders of the Andes. Get ready to freeze time and create visual masterpieces of the “Lord of Snow Star.”
1 – 8 Guests
Experience | Difficulty
- Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
- DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
- Moderate schedule
- Travel by car or minibus
- Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking and hiking (none of our adventures have difficult hikes)
- (non-photographers also welcome)
Weather | Sun
September – Temps 75/42 F 24/5 C Sunrise 6:10 | Sunset 6:35 (18:35)
- 4 Days
- Travel, landscape, nature, wildlife and people photography
- Professional photographer | guide
- Photo walks & discussions
- Small group size (1-8 guests)
- All Meals
- National Park Permits
- Local transportation
Arrival Airport:Cusco– Transfer time to hotel 30min
Departure Airport:Cusco – Transfer time to hotel 30min
Our adventure begins in the morning on the first day and ends at and of the last day.
Travel Visa: Note required
1 Person . U$$1450.00
2 people : US$1250.00 per person
3 people: US$1150.00 per person
4 people : US$1050.00 per person
5 people : US$950.00 per person
6 people : US$850.00 per person
7+ people : US$750.00 per person
ITINERARY Lord of Snowstar Festival
At 05.00am we begin one of the most important pilgrimages of the Andes towards Lord of Qoylluriti Sanctuary(15,000 ft (4.57 km)), located in a breathtaking spot and 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, take a rest and then we’ll have breakfast. Afterwards we will visit the chapel with hundreds of indigenous people, visitors and the groups of dancers and musicians. Lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll visit the “Alacitas” market. This is a very curious display in which one buys miniature goods such as cars, houses, cattle, university titles and others, that are only valid during the Qoyllurit’i festivity, in line with one’s real wishes. The legend says that whatever you accomplish in this “ritual”, will come true thanks to the power of the Lord of Qoyllurit’i. We stay overnight and then have dinner.
This day is fully spent at the Sanctuary, 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 Qoylloritti. 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 constructions 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.
After an ealy wake up, we pack our bags and get ready for the pilgrimage. We wait and attend the Blessing Mass at 10.00 am and at noon, we leave in the so-called “24 hour procession”, together with the rest of pilgrims. The procession leaves from the Sanctuary and runs through Calvario Machucruz, the lagoons in Kumukasa and Alqamarina sectors, until reaching Yanacocha, where we arrive at around 06.00 pm. We sleep for 3-4 hours until 10.00 pm, when we start walking during the night towards Tayancani. Night hike.
After a spectacular night pilgrimage, we wait for sunrise and the impressive “Sun Greeting” ceremony (07.00 am) to descend to Tayancani and attend the Blessing to Sanctuary and village of the same name (08.00 am). We attend the mass (10.00 am) and then follow our hike up a mountain pass (2h) and then down to Ocongate (1h), where we have lunch. In the afternoon, we board our private transportation back to Cusco (5h), where we expect to arrive around 06.00 pm. End of our Lord of Snowstar Festival Trek | Photo Expedition.