2nd Annual Pilgrimage to Huampu Huampu, Peru - Click an image to enlarge it
1,000 local villagers, mostly young people, from Livitaca, Velille, and other small pueblos took part in September 2015, including almost all the priests from the Prelature of Sicuani.
According to locals, the shrine was built during the 17th Century colonialization of Peru by a rebellious, bad tempered man from Spain who eventually became very religious. He had a dream of Mary and she told him to build a shrine in this place, which was on a mountaintop overlooking the Pueblo of Livitaca.
He asked for help but no one believed him or wanted to help him.
He returned to Spain and had another dream that someone would approach him when he returned. Such a person did approach him when he returned and offered him what he thought was a bag of salt. It was, however, a sack of gold and with it he began work on the shrine and finally other people agreed to help him.
The leader of Peru was one of the people who helped build the shrine.