QOYLLUR RIT'I ~ FESTIVAL OF THE SNOW STAR ~ PERU

Qoyllur Rit'i ~ known as the “Festival of the Snow Star or Pleiades” is the most important festival in Andean cosmology. About 100,000 pilgrims make the all-night pilgrimage hiking up a steep glacier (5000m altitude) to an ancient sacred site - many spending an entire week singing, dancing, and praying. I was honoured to be invited in 2010 by Don Puma Quispe Singona, and in 2014 by Don Benito.