Commentary

Climbing Up to the Powerful Holy Place

The Christ of Qoyllority (Walter Coraza Morveli)

“The most important thing is that you go with faith, without doubt,and with decision to the sanctuary of Qoyllority.  It is the most important pilgrimage aoung and thousands of people from different places go there despite difficulties. “If you go you must go three time in a row until your wishes are fulfilled.”

When I decided to go to Qollurity for the first time, these were the phrases that my friends had told me.  In addition they said I needed warm clothes though faith was even more important.

Qoyllority Snowy Peaks (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Qoyllority Snowy Peaks (Walter Coraza Morveli)

To get there you leave Cusco for Maguallany.  It took us about four hours on the bus to get there.  It was just a small town where the pilgrimage begins upward tot he sanctuary.  The climb takes between two and four hours. It is a steep trail of dirt. On the trek upward you occasionally stop to render homage and light candles at the crosses that are all along the route.

I began my trek upward at midnight under a brilliant full moon that guided my path.  On arriving at the sanctuary I say the fascinating,snow-clad peaks that surround the Church where there is an image of Christ on a huaca, a stone.  Here everyone comes to beg for the fulfillment of their desires.  They also light candles.

One of the interesting things was a place called pukllaypampa where people make their desires in stone.  The majority are houses and cars.

Candles and Prayers (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Candles and Prayers (Walter Coraza Morveli)

The route climbs up to the snow, passing by the sanctuary, following the guide of the crosses.  On being in this place I could feel the holiness and purity of this place  In spite of the cold I decided to keep going up, to the foot of the glacier where the Pablitos go.  Along the way I was fascinated by the animals and birds that inhabit this place.

Without any doubt, the energy that emanates from this place feeds you, cures you, and teaches you.  That is the sacrality of Sinacara — Qolque Punku.  I will be back next year.

In the meantime I wish to share with you some of the pictures I took during my visit to this important sanctuary.

The Sanctuary of Qoyllority (Walter Coraza Morveli)
The Sanctuary of Qoyllority (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Patterns in Ice (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Patterns in Ice (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Lichen (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Lichen (Walter Coraza Morveli)
A Stone House (Walter Coraza Morveli)
A Stone House (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Icicles (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Icicles (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Sinacara (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Sinacara (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Glacier (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Glacier (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Ice on Water (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Ice on Water (Walter Coraza Morveli)
A Rock with a Skull Face above the Sanctuary (Walter Coraza Morveli)
A Rock with a Skull Face above the Sanctuary (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Alpacas Running (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Alpacas Running (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Shadows and Colors (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Shadows and Colors (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Perspectives (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Perspectives (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Ice and Grass (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Ice and Grass (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Huallatas, Andean Geese (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Huallatas, Andean Geese (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Qollque Punku (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Qollque Punku (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Icicles (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Icicles (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Making a House Real (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Making a House Real (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Andean Flicker on Mountain Tundra (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Andean Flicker on Mountain Tundra (Walter Coraza Morveli)
The Last Cross on the Mountain (Walter Coraza Morveli)
The Last Cross on the Mountain (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Me on the Glacier (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Me on the Glacier (Walter Coraza Morveli)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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