PERU: Senor de Choquekillca is a religious celebration in honor of a small town boy made saint. It has morphed into an occasion for trans-generational venting providing the citizens of the small town of Ollantaytambo with an occasion to dress up in white face and mock the conquistadors who destroyed the Inca civilization flourishing in this part of the Peruvian Andes. The Spanish were as vicious to the people of the Sacred Valley as they were Catholic.
Each year high up in the Peruvian Andes, people celebrate the sacred condor in dozens of celebrations known as Yawar fiestas. These festivals are also threatening the last few hundred condors left in Peru because the birds are incorporated into bull fights in a fusion of Incan culture and Spanish colonial influence.
Qoyllur Rit'i: "At the pilgrimage of Qoyllur Rit’i, perhaps the most impressive Indian fiesta of all, veneration of Christ and of the sacred peak, Ausankati (Ausangate), have become mythically intertwined." Trekking in Peru: The Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com http://www.wholesaleperuvianjewelry.com/