The effects of San Pedro generally lasts eight hours. But the more you prepare, the more the effects it will have on you. It’s often recommended to start fasting 12-24 hours before your experience. The longer you fast, the deeper your experience will go.
This beautiful and fascinating ceremony is a fusion of traditional Andean and Catholic beliefs. The celebration of Taytacha Temblores, or Lord of the Earthquakes, initiates Easter Holy Week in Cusco.
According to a legend from the late 1300’s, two goatherds discovered a statue of a woman holding a child in one hand and a candle in the other (hence the name “Candelaria”) on a beach near the town of Güímar in the Canary Islands.
While similar to celebrations across the world, there are many customs that make New Year’s Eve distinct in Cusco. Each family will celebrate in its own way according to their traditions.
The festival has its origins in the slavery of the colonial era, when a black Angolan slave drew a picture of Christ on the walls of his hut at the Pachacamilla plantation near Lima.