Virgen Purificada

Located on an ancient Wari centre, next to the lagoon of Urcos, Canincunca gets its name from the narrow pass located en route from Cusco to Puno.

Construction of the chapel began at the beginning of the XVII century and consists of a single nave, with inner walls which are richly decorated with murals and gold leaf ribbons.

Many of them represent flowers, fruits, birds and symbols that are reminiscent of the pallais, geometric designs used by Andean weavers in their textiles.

For me, wearing the coya uniform is a matter of pride, and having the churches where we dance during festivities. We have to go through a three-year process, offering services to the dancing crew, before we are able to join. In my case, I have followed a tradition of dancers which started with my grandfather and now continues with my son. The condition for participating in the Capac Coya is having faith, knowing our customs, knowing how to pray in Quechua, exchanging with the other crews and singing.

Adolfo Condori – Leader of the Capac Coya