Inti Raymi Festival is the biggest celebration in honor to the God SUN; celebrated on 24 of June in the fortress of “Sacsayhuaman”. The Inti Raymi Festival is celebrated only in the city of Cusco; especially to honred the Inca and his family. It is a one day celebration and is celebrated with fire ceremony; “Chicha” (local and traditional drink) ceremony; Coca ceremony and the most special is the black Llama sacrifice ceremony; also drinking and dancing by local people. So, they celebrate the Inti Raymi with enthusiasm; appreciating the good lives that the summer has brought to them. By that time, they have finished harvesting the crops and they have stored the cereal at home. In fact, this festival is for making offerings to the god “Sun” and to receive the blessings from the Inca.
The Inti Raymi Festival an alluring land of colorful diversity; grandeur shines with countless fairs and festivals that reflect the vivid culture and unique cultural traditions of this charismatic country. The Inti Raymi Festival cannot be termed complete without immersing yourself in its colorful fairs and festivals; that showcase the beauty of its traditional arts and crafts. Packed with endless joy and excitement; the festivals are a time to rejoic; celebrate life and cherish the memorable experience.
The Inti Raymi Festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness; the fairs and festivals offer magnificent experiences to cherish forever.
On your trip to Peru; be a part of Inti Raymi’s festivals to witness the true essence of its culture; traditions and customs in full vigor.
The Inti Raymi Festival Tour; organizes by “Sunrise Peru Trek” is a group service that includes all necessary things to appreciate as good as possible this unique Inca festival. In the tour is included the orange zone seats at Sacsayhuaman; where the most important part of the festive is achieved.
INTI RAYMI HISTORY
Inti Raymi is a Quechua language used for “sun festival”; is a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the God “Inti” or “sun”, one of the most venerated deities in Inca religion. It was the celebration of the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year in terms of the time between sunrise and sunset and the Inca New Year. In territories south of the equator the Gregorian months of June and July are winter months.
During the Inca Empire, the Inti Raymi was the most important of four ceremonies celebrated in Cusco, as related by “Inca Garcilaso de la Vega” (chronicler from the XVI century). The celebration took place in the Haukaypata or the main plaza in the city.
According to chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega, Sapa Inca Pachakuti created the Inti Raymi to celebrate the new year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere. The ceremony was also said to indicate the mythical origin of the Incas. It lasted for nine days and was filled with colorful dances and processions, as well as animal sacrifices to thank “Pachamama” (Mother earth) and to ensure a good cropping season. The first Inti Raymi was in 1412. The last Inti Raymi with the Inca Emperor’s presence was carried out in 1535, after which the Spanish and the Catholic priests banned it.
The Inti Raymi Festival Tour begins when we pick you up from your hotel and take you to “Koricancha” where the festival commences; here the ceremony is for 45 minutes; then the festival continues in the main square; the most important is at “Sacsayhuaman” here is important to reserve a seats since the festival is like private.
The Inti Raymi Festival was a religious ceremony in honour of the god Inti, one of the most venerated gods in Inca religion. It really was the celebration of the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year in terms of the time between sunrise and sunset. According to the Chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega, Sapa Inca Pachacuti created the Inti Raymi Festival to celebrate the New Year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere. Since 1944, a theatrical representation of the Inti Raymi Festival has been taking place at Sacsayhuamán on June 24 of each year, attracting thousands of tourists and local visitors.