We are so lucky to have been able to witness one of the biggest festivals in Cusco– Corpus Christi. This festival used to be celebrated in all of Peru, but this party is now the most prominent in Cusco. They paraded 15 saints and virgins from all over Cusco to the main plaza and church to greet the body of Christ, 60 days after the Easter Sunday.
The whole city was in an uproar, with lots of people drinking, partying on the street, eating the food necessary to celebrate Corpus Christi. I think it’s like Turkey for Thanksgiving, the cusquenas have chirriuchu for Corpus Christi.
This guy was standing in the street, guarding the owner’s vegetables in case they sell out of vegetables. Just pluck it off the donkey. The rainbow flag is the official flag of Cusco that depicts Inca’s territory.
One of the saints being paraded. 20-30 guys had to carry this thing around town towards the main church across the plaza, where the saints and virgins will reside for a week before being taken back out. There were dancing, band, music, all out fiesta.
Because we knew that everybody was busy celebrating, we decided to walk up the stairs of San Blas towards Sacsayhuaman, an attraction that is 40 minute walking above the city. Usually this site will be replete with vendors, llama/goat ladies and tourists.
This place used to be much bigger. Right now, there are only about 20% of the rocks remaining, just the rocks that are too big to be pillaged by the Spanish when they came in the 1500s, taking the smaller rocks to build their houses.
These rocks were massive and very intricately built/ shaped.
We also had the nice view from the top