Corpus Christi

7 June 2012/ 30 May 2012/ 19 June 2014

Always held on a Thursday

The celebration of Corpus Christi used to be celebrated in the whole country, but the Fiesta is most impressive in Cusco. Fifteen saints and virgins, organized in several processions, arrive from different places to the cathedral of Cusco in order to "greet" the body of Christ, sixty days after Easter Sunday.

The night before the main day of Corpus Christi twelve tipical dishes are prepared and consumed, including cuy chiriuchu, beer, chicha and bread.

The Plaza de Armas will be crowded with people that came to see the saints. After the procession, the saints go back to the cathedral and the representatives of the local communities come together and discuss local problems.

After seven days (el octavo), the saints participate in the procession again before going back to their places where they will remain for the rest of the year. Therefore, if visitors have missed the actual day of Corpus Christi, they are able to see similar processions a week after the main event

Corpus Christi is a very colourful and traditional ceremony and a wonderful opportunity for visitors to celebrate a traditional festival.

Chiri Uchu (a plate including cuy-guinea pig) is the characteristic food of this festivity. Fruits such as chirimoya, coconut, sugar cane, etc are also typical.

Want to participate?

It is easy to participate in Corpus Christi in Cusco! In fact, if you are anywhere near the centre of town in the days preceding the event, you are likely to encounter one of the saints making their steady progress towards the Plaza de Armas.

The Andean celebration of Señor of Qollor Riti is connected to Corpus Christic. Check out our QollorRiti Pilgrimage