The feast of the Virgen del Carmen also called “Mamacha Carmen” which is performed in Paucartambo was declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage and Culture Live by R.D.N No. 543-2006 / INC declaration dated 11/04/2006 by the National Institute of Culture INC
Paucartambo is recognized as the folkloric capital of Cusco and Peru. Paucartambo dances are recognized.
The gathering that starts this festival is done in the main square where bands of musicians play their instruments while richly dressed choirs sing in Quechua, kicking choreography witty passages depicting the history of Peru.
During the day walking troupes dancing in the narrow cobbled streets of the town, preceded by bands and orchestras go down the streets. Everything is transformed into colorful costumes and musical chords. Pilgrims are interspersed with dancing crews, blending each other in a magical celebration.
For five days, groups of dancers perform, the main day the Virgin is conducted in procession to bless those present in Paucartambo and scare off demons. The dancers’ Sajras perform gymnastic and risky tests on the roofs of houses, showing their outfits Inca and colonial styles. At the end of the procession there is a war against the demons, which the faithful emerge triumphant.
Finally everything ends in “kacharpari” or farewell party.
This festival is held every year in the colonial town of Paucartambo, at a height of 3,017 m.s.n.m. and 110 km. from Cusco approximately 4 hours from Cusco.