Inti Raymi Festival a Day Tour in Cusco - 1 Day

Inti Raymi Festival

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.

Day 1
Inti Raymi Tour

The Inti Raymi Festival Tour begins at 08:30 a.m once we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and we walk 10 minutes to Qorikancha escorted by an experienced guide; Qorikancha was the Main Temple of the Sun in the Time of the Incas; Qorikancha means shining gold because this temple was fully covered with gold; here there were many idols of animals like: Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas, condors, etc. also human idols all of them at the same size than normal life.

In Qorikancha starts the ceremony in honour to the Sun; begins with amazing leather drums, pututus (seashells) and flutes music. Here, the first ritual and the speech of the Sapa Inca will star honoring the Sun and Mother Nature. From Qorikancha, the Sapa Inca is carried on litter accompanied by the priest priestesses, parents and noble Incas toward the famous Huaccaypata, Cusco’s actual Main Square. The Sapa Incas and his real priestesses and guards enter by the street Intikijllu this takes approx. 1 hour.

Then, the group with your guide is transferred in a private transport to the Sacsayhuaman Esplanade where the ceremony reaches to the maximum elegancy. At Sacsayhuaman, the ceremony starts at 01:30 p.m and ends at 03:00 p.m; here the Sapa Incas will give a speech in the ancestral Inca’s language, Quechua; Rituals and offering of chicha, a corn beer and a ceremony of the new fire celebrated by the Inca priest, afterward, an Inca priest will predict the future of the Inca Word or Tahuantinsuyo people; after that dancer from all over Peru continue the celebration and we will return to Cusco.

The Trip Cost includes

  • All Transfers.
  • Official Tour Guide - English and Spanish speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to the ceremony (ORANGE ZONE)
  • Lunchbox

    SCENARIOS FOR THE INTI RAYMI FESTIVAL:

    On June 24 th, the feast in honor of the Sun God, is made in the three historic and natural settings usually used for staging:

    • The Qorikancha (Siege of gold): In Inca times was the main temple dedicated to the sun.
    • The Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Auqaypata or Warrior Square): During the Inca Empire, this vast square was used for the ceremony, which took place entirely in the great ushnu or ceremonial platform.
    • Saqsaywaman (voice which derives from the Quechua words “saqsay” and “waman” which translated into Spanish means “falcon, satiate”). This impressive archaeological site is located at 3,555 meters above the sea level, and one kilometer from the Inca Qolqanpata neighborhood. Final staging – acts (Saqsaywaman)

    CEREMONY SCHEDULE:

    • 9:00 hrs Qorikancha: Home of the staging. Duration 30 minutes.
    • 11:00 hrs. Auqaypata (Square): The lnka and her royal retinue, enter the street K’ijllu Inti. Duration 45 minutes.
    • 13:30 hrs. Main ceremony. 90 minutes.

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    Price From USD 240 USD $ 230/person
    230
    Total $ 230 USD

    Trip Facts

    • Bus
    • Max: 3,550masl
    • Cusco - Peru
    • 24th of June
    • Cusco hotel

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