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Inti Raymi is the biggest festival of the Incas that still is celebrated in the city of Cusco in Peru; it is celebrated in honor to the Sun God. The Festival alluring land of colorful diversity and grandeur shines; with countless fairs and festivals that reflect the vivid culture and unique cultural traditions of this charismatic country.

The festivity is celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness; the festival offer magnificent experiences to cherish forever. Inti Raymi or the festival of the Sun was celebrated by the Incas every winter solstice; It symbolizes the marriage between the Sun God and his human sons. The Celebration is in the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman where is performed the rituals to the Sacred fire, the sacred “Chicha” and the Llama sacrifice.

Sun feast or Inti Raymi is the main festival in the city of Cusco and  it is one of the biggest festivals in Peru. This festival is the longest of all the festivals celebrated in the country.

Inti Raymi in the time of the Incas:

Inti Raymi in Quechua means “’feast of the sun”, It was an Inca Religious, social and political festival celebrated in honor to “Inti” (Sun) which was performed every winter solstice. The present inhabitants of Cusco, with the presence of national and foreign visitors, continue to carry out this tradition in the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman.

During the time of the Incas was instituted by the Inca Pachacutec in the 1430s, as part of its political-administrative reorganization of the Inca state, and was a ritual to legitimize imperial control over the subjugated people. The Inti Raymi was one of the major festivals celebrated in honor to the Sun in Cusco. Why in Cusco?.- Because Cusco was the capital of the Incas and it was considered as the center of the universe.

Inti Raymi Description

The Inti Raymi is a festival that takes place on June 24th in the city of Cusco in Peru; this festival is performed in 3 stages: At Qorikacha, the main square and the most important is in the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman. The Festival is celebrated to market the winter solstice that is the beginning of the year for the Inca calendar.

On June 24, the entire center of Cusco city is closed to regular traffic including local buses and taxis. Only approved tourist vehicles are allowed to transport tourists from Cusco to Saqsayhuman. If you are attending Sacsayhuman independently, then you can expect to walk to Sacsayhuman from Cusco, which takes approximately 1 hour with the increased crowds and street vendors you’ll encounter along the way.

The Inti Raymi program

  • START: 09:00 a.m. / Temple of the Qorikancha (Av. El Sol).
  • CEREMONY: 10:30 a.m. / Plaza del Hawqaypata (Plaza Mayor of Cusco).
  • CENTRAL CEREMONY: 01:45 p.m. / Chukipampa Esplanade - Sacsayhuaman.

Date of celebration:

The Inti raymi festival is celebrated on June 24th, in the city of Cusco in Peru. Every year this wonderful social and religious ceremony is celebrated with big enthusiasm in the winter solstice in honor to the GOD SUN. It is also considered the celebration of the beginning of the Andean New Year or the new agricultural year in the Andes of Peru.

Places of Staging

On June 24, the festival in honor of the Sun god, is performed in the presence of the Inca, the “Willaq Uma” or High Priest, Tarpuntay, Wirapirikuq and Kallparikuy, as well as the nobles and representatives of the Important Inca Panacas, for which three stunning historical and natural settings. For the Inti raymi participate more than 500 actors, it is performed in three places, Qoricancha, Plaza de Armas, Saqsayhuaman.

1.- Qorikancha – First Act

It was the most important Inca temple consecrated I honor to the Sun. here the festival begins at 8:00 am; when appears the Sinchi (General of the Inca Army); then the Imperial Army and then the Accllas (women chosen); follow the t’ika t’aqaqkunas (women who throw flowers to the ground for the passage of the Inca) and the pichaqkunas (men who clean the ground), all to the son of pututos, quenas, tinyas, where the Inca and his wife (Qoya) appear, followed by his royal entourage and the nobility, accompanied by the high priest (willaq Umu), the Inca in ceremony makes an offering to the god, and then they go to the Plaza de Armas de Cusco

2.- Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas – Second Act

The Inti Raymi festival continues in the main square, there an altar is erected, it is precisely the sinchi and his guard arriving, inspecting the place and ordering the entrance of the army and the musicians, “La Qoya” (wife of the Inca) enters in walk, accompanied by the Aqllas and Ñustas, followed by the nobility and finally by the majestic inka.

From the Usno (The altar); the Inca gives a special greeting to the sun god; performs the coca rite, throws the three sacred leaves in an offering and asks the high priest to divine the will of the sun; is supported by the kuraq akulliq; this informs that the god will be kind to him Inca and the flame is sacrificed (auquénido native) in his honor, then they go to Saqsayhuaman.

3.- Saqsaywaman Fortress – Thirt Act

The third act is the most important and impressive, takes place in the esplanade of the fortresses of Saqsayhuaman; at approximately 1.30 pm. To the compass of the pututos, quenas and tinyas enters the Sinchi accompanied by four officers of his guard, it goes to the Usnu (ceremonial platform) as always it revises these facilities, after the good entrance enters the army, the different committees of the four his four places of the empire), when a pututo performed by a chaski enters the great inka, received by the sinchi and his guard.

Location of the seats for Inti Raymi Tour in the esplanade of Sacsayhauman

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Inti Raymi Location

Costs of the Inti Raymi entrance:

The costs of the Inti Raymi are usually variable according to each year this is the EMUFEC stable (Municipal Celebration Company Cusco), this company is a state agency belonging to the Municipality of Cusco it is responsible for organizing all the celebrations for the anniversary of Cusco and the Inti Raymi.

Central ceremony of the Inti Raymi will take place in the esplanade of Saqsaywaman, Cusco, in whose space there are tribunes of appreciation with capacity for 3,859 spectators.

EMUFEC will sell tickets for the Inti Raymi 2018 on its official website.

Prices for the tickets are:

Inti Raymi Tour

Traditional Tour Map of the Inti Raymi Tour

Inti Raymi Map

What you'll See at Inti Raymi

The Inca at Sacsayhuaman

The Inca and the priest

The Inca in the Main square

The Inti Raymi

The "Acllas" in Sacsayhuaman

The Inti Raymi

The soldiers of the empire

The main stage in Sacsayhuaman

Questions And Answers

It is an Inca archaeological site; Machu Picchu is an outstanding reminder of the power and ingenuity of the Inca civilization. Built in the 15th century, the ancient citadel was abandoned only 100 years later and many mysteries remain. Machu Picchu was Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1983 and announced as one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007; it is the most important tourist destination in the world

At 100 kilometers from the city of Cusco at an altitude of 2,400masl; is located overlooking the Urubamba River, the site of Machu Picchu sits above the Sacred Valley – located in the Cusco region of Peru.[/

To get to Machu Picchu you can walk along the Inca Trail for 2 days or 4 days; you also can take the train from the train station of Ollantaytambo (1:45 hours) or from Poroy (3 hours); or you can take bus for 6 -7 hours

The good news is Machu Picchu can be visited year-round. The most popular time, and therefore the most crowded, is in June, July and august. Low cloud cover during the dry season from April to October also means cold nights on hiking trails – so make sure to bring some thermals for a good night’s sleep. The wet season takes place from November to March. This is when the temperature rises and the region receives heavy rainfall.

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