Inti Raymi Say Hello To Sun God
Inti Raymi Cusco
Inti Raymi Cusco, the celebration of the winter solstice (June 24, but lasting for days before and afterward), is certainly the star attraction, and it was the most important religious celebrations of Andean people. The Inti Raymi celebration coincides with the winter solstice which is also the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere, that is the sun is with people for the least amount of time in the Andean beliefs. Religious ceremonies, llamas sacrifice by high-class priests, mummies procession, were celebrated to keep the sun god as close as possible. Today’s celebration consists in an eruption of Inca folk dances, exuberant costumes, and grand pageants and parades, including a massive one that takes place at the stately Sacsayhuamán Inca temple overlooking the city of Cusco. Inti Raymi is one of the finest expressions of local popular culture on the continent, a faithful reenactment of the traditional Inca Festival of the Sun. It culminates in high priests sacrificing two llamas, one black and one white, to predict the fortunes of the coming year. Cusco’s Carnaval week, with lots of music, dance, and processions of its own, is part of the buildup for Inti Raymi. Thinking to become part of this festival? join us!
Duration: Full Day
Date: Only once a year on June 24th
Physical Rating: 1 – Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss
Service Level: Upgraded
Group Size: Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 08, Avg 04.
Limited Ceremony Permits: YES, Reserve your tour early!
There is a restriction of permits. With many individuals and groups vying for an opportunity to assist this spectacular festival, obtaining permits has become a bigger challenge than ever. It is common for permits to be sold out two to four months in advance. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this unforgettable experience… reserve your spot early for the best selection of stall options and leave the rest to Machu Picchu Travel Company!
Please Note. Passport information must be submitted to Machu Picchu Travel Company at the moment you book prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Entrance fee for the festival.
Trip Extension: Yes, You can include a tour of Machu Picchu through Sacred Valley of the Incas. We can customize this tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels, and destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), Plaza de Armas (main square), Sacsayhuaman.
Our trip begins walking to Qoricancha from our hotel, where the celebration starts, and we’ll witness this Incan religious celebration for the sun god, on a lifetime tour led by our Leader who even speaks in Quechua to immerse deeper into this amazing festival. The religious celebration starts from the remains of Qorikancha, the sun temple, the procession winds through streets filled with music, dancing, prayers, scattered flowers to Plaza de Armas (Huacaypata), and ladies with brooms sweeping away evil spirits. Joining the head leader are his female counterpart, “Mama Occlo”, many priests and participants dressed as snakes, pumas, and condors. We’ll follow this great procession to Plaza de Armas near to main actors. We’ll then take our private transport to get Sacsayhuaman, where the main action takes place, a hefty stone ruin that, typically, is shrouded in mystery, but was possibly a great temple. The lucky actor who is selected to portray Sapa Inca, the emperor, is the son of the sun god (Inti) and who reveals his might and strength. it’s borne to the hilltop edifice in a golden litter. Speeches are delivered in Quechua, the Incan language, as the crowd awaits the faux sacrifice. After the high priest has been through the motions with the llamas, he holds a heart up to Pachamama (mother earth) and reads the future in the bloodstains. As Inti’s orb slides beneath the horizon, bonfires spark up and the procession winds back to Cuzco. During the Incan time, it was celebrated the Incan New Year and winter solstice, when the sun was furthest from this side of the earth and Inti needed to be venerated. The Spanish conquistadors suppressed Inti Raymi in the 16th century, seeing it as a pagan ceremony opposed to their Catholic faith. It started up again in 1944, the reconstruction based partly on the writings of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, a 16th-century poet born of a conquistador and an Incan princess. The Inti Raymi celebration finishes in the late afternoon, eventually, we’ll take our private van back to our hotel. Packed lunch included.
– Private transport.
– Entrance fee for the festival in Sacsayhuaman.
– Tour Leader (English, Quechua/ Incan Language, Spanish).
– Packed Lunch (with an option for vegetarians, gluten-free, lactose-free, etc).
What’s Not Included
– Extra expenditure during the tour, such as soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes.
– Travel Insurance.
– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
From USD 400.00 Per Person.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.
Trip Payment Schedule.
– At the time of reservation: 30% of total balance.
– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 70% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.
– Minimum fee (Tour permit fee): $80 per person
– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.
A professional Machu Picchu Travel Company Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, the local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
This trip is Level 1, Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss. We’ll be in a high elevation 11,972 feet, witnessing the ceremony, the weather is still unpredictable even in a dry season, with winds, rain, and the sun. We need to have gear for this kind of climate event.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
– Camera charger and, extra batteries.
– Sun hat.
– Backpack to carry your things.
– Rain gear
– Water bottle, Canteen or Camelback container.
– Long sleeve T-shirts.
– Hiking trousers
– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).