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The Inti Raymi is one of the most important festivals in Cusco. It’s celebrated each yera on June 24th, and it reassess the Inca traditions of the Andes. The Inti Raymi is one of the most important celebrations in South America. It’s considered as the second one, after Rio de Janeiro Carnival.
Inti Raymi means ‘Fiesta del Sol’. This event was a tribute to the ‘God Inti’ (God Sun). The ‘God Inti’ was one of the main deities worshiped by the Incas. Hence, the Inti Raymi celebrates the Winter solstice in the Southern hemisphere, when the sun starts a new cicle.
According to Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, the Inti Raymi was created by Inca Pachacutec as a way to submit conquered towns. During the times of the Inca empire, almost all people would gather to celebrate this incredible ceremony. The Sapa Inca, the priests, nobles, and even the peasants would come to witness the Inti Raymi. It used to display a mummy parade and llama sacrifices.
The Inti Raymi was prohibited after the Spanish Conquest. However, since 1944 this ancient Inca festival it’s celebrated in Cusco as a vindication which later became a tourist attraction.
Our tour starts at 8.00 am. First we will go to your hotel to take you in our private vehicle. Your first destination will be the Qoricancha. Then you will visit the main square of Cusco and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
The Inti Raymi is mainly celebrated at the Chuquipampa esplanade located at the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. It features the representatives of the 4 suyos (Collasuyo, Contisuyo, Antisuyo, Chinchaisuyo). The festival opens with a praise to the Inti God. Then it’s followed by local dances and historical reenactments.
The Inti Raymi consists on 3 main acts that take place in the following places and order:
The Inti Raymi starts at the ‘Temple of the Sun’, located outside the gardens of the Coricancha. This part of the festivity is open to public viewing. Many locals arrive very early to get the best spots.
Next, the nearby streets around the main square of Cusco are blocked for the visitors and locals to attend the ceremony. The representation shows the ‘Inca’ loaded on litters by eight servants and performs the so-called Coca Ceremony.
The final part of the Inti Raymi takes place at the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. We will be heading there by bus. The distance between the city of Cusco and Sacsayhuaman is about 3 kilometers. Once we arrived, you will go to your seat located near the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman. From there you will be delighted by the highlight of the Inti Raymi festival.
The central staging of the Inti Raymi is located in the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman. There are stands with capacity for around 3906 people. All seats are fiberglass for the comfort of the viewer.
The price of each seat varies depending on the color of the stand:
The best festiviety I have ever seen!