Qoyllur Rit’i, Peru


Qoyllur Rit’i is a Quechua word that means Snow Star.  Every year round 80,000 pilgrims travel to the Sinakara Valley a few hours outside Cusco to celebrate the festival of Qoyllur Rit’i.  Alongside the great sacred mountain (or Apu) of Qullqipunku at an altitude of 4600m the pilgrims celebrate a strange mixture of Inca, animist

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Lares Valley, Peru


As preparation for my trip to festival of Qoyllur Rit’i high in the Peruvian Andes I went trekking in the Lares Valley,  Less visited than the Machu Picchu and Inca trail it is a harsh enivronment where a handful of villagers hold out growing potatoes that they sell at the markets below.  You can read

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