Christians around the globe commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus 50 days after Easter with the Pentecost celebrations. In Peru the most enthusiastic and vibrant Pentecost festivities can be found in Ollantaytambo in the Urubamba Valley about 70 km (45 miles) northwest of Cusco.
As so many other religious festivities in the country the celebration of Pentecost, in Ollantaytambo called the Festival Señor de Choquekillka is a merging of Catholic traditions and beliefs brought to the country by the Spanish conquerors with age-old Andean customs, rites and symbols combining the traditional Pentecost celebrations of the Catholic Church with native music, dances, rituals and food of the area.
The main day of celebration of the 4-day-festival in honor of the patron saint of the city, the Señor de Choquekillka is Whitsunday ((the 7th Sunday after Easter). Expect local music and dances, colorful costumes and traditional food on the main plaza in Ollantaytambo.
Find more information about the festivities in our article "Pentecost - Festival Señor de Choquekillka in Ollantaytambo"