Every July for three days the town of Paucartambo in Cusco renews its ancient tradition of worshiping Our Lady of Carmen. This ritual is over 300 years old with a series of character dances. The characters are masked and represent the conflict between the Antis (jungle region of the Inca period) and the Qollas (Puno region of the Inca period).
- Visit Paucartambo
- Enjoy the feast of the Virgin of Carmen
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
DAY 1: (July 15) - CUSCO - PAUCARTAMBO
At about 9 am we will start our journey to the town of Paucartambo. We will arrive at noon and witness the start of all the major popular dances. Each dance comes from the 4 major regions of the ancient Inca empire. Each dance plays a specific and important role throughout the party. You will see that each costume is embroidered by hand and is unique. We will have the opportunity to try some of the local cuisine with the local people.
DAY 2: (July 16) - PAUCARTAMBO FESTIVAL DAY
Peru is a predominately Catholic country and this is represented in their traditions and customs. People believe and keep respect for their virgins and saints and this will be reflected in this festivity with Mass in the main street and with the singing of ancient songs in Quechua which are interpreted by the dancers. We will tour the festival appreciating its beautiful and colorful costumes while we wait for the first procession of the Virgin. The procession will be in the afternoon.
DAY 3: (July 17) - PAUCARTAMBO - TRES CRUCES - PAUCARTAMBO
We leave early morning for the three crosses which is the highest point between the mountains and the jungle Paucartambo to wait for the sunrise. Sunrise at Paucartambo is a natural phenomenon where the sun only rises in the same way in Japan. This natural event is the most famous in the region and you may be lucky enough to see it. Returning to Paucartambo in the morning we will have time to rest for the afternoon. After resting we will see the guerrillas and the farewell party - This is the dramatization of the dispute of the virgin between Qollas (Colla puno) and the redskins (jungle) according to popular tradition. Finally, after the event party will return to Cusco for the night.
- 2 nights of accommodations in basic hostel in Paucartambo
- Local professional guides speaking english
- Professional assistance throughout your trip
- 3 breakfasts
- 3 lunches local food
- 3 dinners
- Visit Paucartambo
- Sunrise at Three Crosses
- Participate party
- Photos with the dancers
- All transportation
- All food
- Internacional and local flights
- Tips for staff
- Wear for 3 Days.
- Drink plenty of fluids in your excursions.
- Sunglasses, plastic bags
- Medicine and / or personal items (liquid for contact lenses)
- A light backpack per person Camera or camcorder and films.
- Have on hand checks in small denominations and coins dollars, euros or soles.