Festival Of Paucartambo – 15TH OF JULY Virgen Del Carmen Paucartambo
Feast of the Virgen del Carmen – PAUCARTAMBO The festival of the Virgen del Carmen in Paucartambo Cusco, is a celebration that invites many parishioners and visitors from around the world by leading people and 12 groups of dancers radiating faith, charm, color and joy. Dances that are offered to the Virgin sacrifice of the faithful who perform with love and devotion to “Mamacha Carmen” in return for his blessing and protection.
Magical and real time celebration has a deep religious meaning and social ritual where you can see how the identity and customs of the peoples Andean mestizo clearly observed in the Qollas guerrillas in the highlands and eastern Chunchus remains where both nations dispute the fondness of Mamacha performed on the Carlos III bridge. This festival is held every year in Paucartambo.
- Day 1: 12th of july Cuzco City Tour.
- Day 2: 13th of july – tour to saqsaywaman – kenko – tambomachay plus 3 other places of interest driving to Tambomachay.
- Day 3: 14th of july The Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Day 4: 15TH OF JULY.
- Day 5: 16th of july the day of celebration – MIRADOR TRES CRUCES.
- Day 6: 17th of july – Machu Picchu Tour.
- Days 7: end of tour.
Festival Of Paucartambo – 15TH OF JULY Virgen Del Carmen PAUCARTAMBO 7 Days
Day 1 –12th of july Cuzco City Tour.
Upon arrival in Cuzco we will meet you and transfer you to you chosen hotel. In the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel and we will start by visiting Cusco Cathedral which is one of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Latinamerica. Building has started in 1560 and was completed in 1664.
More than 90 years of sacrifice and effort Situated on the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral owes many treasures, history and mysteries Finally you visit Qoricancha from the Quechua word Qori Qancha meaning (‘Temple of the Sun’).one of the most important temples of the Inca Empire, it was built to the Sun the father of the INCAS in the 17th century when Spanish arrived every temple was destroyed to the ground but QORICANCHA has survived and still stands to the eye of the world on the side of Qoricancha you will see a catholic church of Santo Domingo which covers all the Qoricancha construction.
Day 2 –13th of july – tour to saqsaywaman – kenko – tambomachay plus 3 other places of interest driving to Tambomachay.
Situated at 3.700 m of sea level a Quechua word ( Tampu machay ) the place where people can rest a short period of time. it could also be the bath of the Ñusta ( the Inca princess) it is also believed the sanctuary to the cult of water Next stop will be Puka Pukara Quechua word ( red fortress).
This is an Inca archaeological site it was a military and administrative site it was built to control, provide security and defend the Cusco city, as well as the control of the route to Calca that led to the sacred valley and Machu-picchu The route then goes to the carved rocks of the Temple of the Moon and through the maze of rocks and tunnels of the Temple of the Monkey before arriving at Qenqo. is believed to be a multifunctional religious site it was also a place of Andean worldview where nature and the space converges this is also astrological observatory commissioned by people specifically looking for the seasons the wise INKAS.
This archaeological site is unique here the carving of many animals can be seen in high relief they were considered econdary gods in the time of the Incas, and consists of rests formed by rocks with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats.
You then move onto one of the most important Inca sites in South America, the enormous fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Scene of epic battles between Conquistadores and Incas, brave inka warriors protecting the citadel against the Spaniards, an ancient Inca story of Captain Cahuide he remained more than three days fighting and he had killed to one of the pizarro brothers, after having been alone and no one else around, Cahuide bravely threw himself from one of the towers to avoid being killed by the hands of the Spaniards.
This cannot fail to impress. While the high towers that once dominated the skyline were long since razed to the ground, the sheer scale of the zigzag stone walls is a sight to behold. Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of approximately 20,000 men. The stone was dragged from 20 miles away and still today we are not quite sure how they moved the huge megaliths into place. Some of its external walls exceed 30 feet in height and the largest stone weighs over 350 tonnes. From Sacsayhuaman we will head down to Cusco leaving you some time to wander these ancient streets, explore some more of the sites or just sit in a café on the Plaza de Armas and watch the world goes by.
Day 3 – 14th of july The Sacred Valley of the Incas.
After pick-up from your hotel today you will enjoy a full-day Sacred Valley tour, we will be visiting the Inca archeological site of Pisac the market at Pisac a great place to buy souvenirs and then drive through the valley to the lovely Inca site and village at Ollantaytambo.
You will have your tour guide all day and a great buffet lunch included in the sunny valley. You will then spend the night down in the valley to take advantage of a change of scene, more oxygen (as you are 800 meters lower), and a shorter journey tomorrow on the train to Machu Picchu.
Day 4- 15TH OF JULY.
Visit archaeological site of watoqto -paucartambo first early in the morning after having breakfast you will head to paucartambo side you will take south east direction from cuzco city. on your way you will visit first watoqto inka site this place is known as a military and as an administratrive site, after having good time we finally arrive onto one of the most beautiful small town. here you will see many cultural aspects from one side is the colonial and from the other inka culture alive on people heart. after lunch you will enjoy enjoy the living culture this is magic spend some time with local people. you will spend the night in the town.
Chullpas Ninamarca are located on a small promontory with steep slopes, located at an altitude of 3,000 meters, are funerary structures of cylindrical and regular form of the pre-Inca era that belonged to Lupacas, Aymara cultural group that emerged on the banks of lake Titicaca after the decline of Tiahuanaco-Huari empire, consisting of 23 intact and 7 mausoleums dilapidated, shale material which is in situ .The masonry (stone union) have been joined with mud mortar, gravel and including straw, the walls do not exceed 0.50mts 2.30mts wide and tall with anaverage 1.30mts structures within these ceilings have chullpas way eaves overhangs.
The whole complex was a wall on the south side which contained 30 chullpas from its position across the valley north of the river Mapacho dominates. Its closest environment by altitude vegetation is bunch grass with a cold climate, prevailing winds in evening hour PAUCARTAMBO AND THE FESTIVAL OF ” VIRGIN OF CARMEN “ Paucartambo located 109 kilometers from the city of Cusco, at 2830 meters typical beautiful town of whitewashed clay and brick houses with wooden balconies and famous blue color the feast of the Virgen del Carmen with its beautiful bridge Carlos III, jewel of colonial architecture built on Mapacho river, by order of King Charles III of Spain in the year 1775, it is built of stone and mortar, has a pointed arch for strength, its construction was carried out in dry diverting the river, this work lasted 5 years and gave birth to new Paucartambo straight Spanish strokes.
The entrance to this magnificent festival begins on 15 July, begins with the outbreak of a rocket, the same is answered by cameretazos and ringing of bells, the interpretation of targets by musical bands; input then extras and the “wax apaycuy” is done, the night is timely to launch the “qonoy” or campfire where Q’olqas the Chunchus and staged maqtas purgatory, flaunting his tricks, racing and acrobatic jumps. From 22:00 hours Prioste with his band of musicians and bands give the serenade to the Virgin, playing the “punchauniykipi” until dawn on the 16th which is the main day of this beautiful festival that is visited by his faithful who come from various parts of Peru and the world, the true Carmen mamacha summons masses of parishioners.
Day 5 –16th of july the day of celebration – MIRADOR TRES CRUCES.
Today you will get up early , before anything you will go up to TRES CRUCES peak the main reason why you got up early is in here you will see the sunrise plus this is the place fromwhere you can admire the hole jungle full of trees this is magic we recomend to go and spend some time for photo shoots afeter this activity we will get back to the city to continue enjoying the day of everything. late in the afternoon after having enjoyed the hole festivity you will head back to cuzco city for the next day tour. Tres Cruces is a natural site, which is way to the forest of the Manu National Park, located at 3,700 meters above sea level; is a natural lookout from where you can see the whole forest below.
What is extraordinary is the impressive sunrise in the town of Tres Cruces, highlights the variety of colors and shapes caused by sunrise, this natural phenomenon is seen in the months of May June and July which is seen by thousands of people who come to place to wait for the sunrise from 5:00 in the morning, where the sun king to his departure from the east has a show in which a variety of colors, shapes and shades seen on the horizon the clouds begin to move slowly and they are mixing with moisture and light that is forming something like a prism in 3 stages one after another is so close that it seems that the sun is above one, is indescribable what can be seen, from the Natural Akhanacu balcony.
Where visitors can observe the highest orographic chain Ausangate and the valleys of the sub-basin of the river bordering Paucartambo that are lost deep in the jungle. On the left side you can see the massive hill Apuqañaqway. The main day begins at 5 am on July 16 with a Mass of Aurora and 10 am Mass of the expected highlights party where beautiful songs Qhapac Qollas and blacks, concluded the mass party, the groups dance in streets and squares; Prioste under the authority of the “forest” where Qollas thrown from a balcony dolls and miniature furniture is made. At noon at the home of “Prioste” the “once” is distributed among the founders, dancers and musicians from all the groups.
The great procession of the Virgen del Carmen begins at 3 pm and on the roofs and balconies, the saq’ras await the “mamacha” hide doing well. July 17 is the day of the “Blessing and guerrilla”, after Mass and blessing, the groups head to the cemetery to visit on parade dancers who died in the middle of songs and memories. After that the great caravan visited the prison to offer moments of joy to the cloistered. In the afternoon the second procession takes traveling the stretch of Carlos III bridge, in this place the Vierge imparts his blessing to his four. After the procession the population goes to the square to attend the traditional guerrilla between “Qollas” and “Antis”, this time also involved “Saqras” and “Wakas wakas” after attendees participate in a “Qhaswa “widespread or party.
Day 6- 17th of july – Machu Picchu Tour.
Today you may have an early start to catch your chosen train to Machu Picchu which will be one of the services described in the link below. The advantage you have is that you have stayed in the valley overnight and therefore don ́t have to get up as early as you would in Cuzco to catch the train. A transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the station or if you are staying in one of the hotels really close to, or in the station itself, you can walk there.
After being met in Aguas Calientes by your guide you will then have a full day tour.
The name Machu Picchu translates as ‘Old Mountain’, in contrast to the nearby peak of Huayna Picchu which means “Young Mountain”. Constructed by the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th Century, it was mysteriously abandoned 100 years later during time of the Spanish conquest. It is generally believed that it was never discovered by the Spanish and simply disappeared into the jungle, hidden from western eyes until it was “discovered” by Hiram Bingham in 1911. He arrived with the help of local people who knew of its existence, and indeed there was actually a family living and farming amongst the ruins.
You will enjoy a tour of Machu Picchu led by a qualified English speaking guide before having some free time to explore the site by yourselves. Your guide will lead you on a full exploration of the ruins – staircases, terraces, temples, palaces, towers, fountains and the famous sundial.In the afternoon, you will head back to Machu Picchu train station for the departure of your train. You will be met at the train station and returned to your hotel in Cusco.