INTI RAYMI 2 DAYS

The Inti Raymi offers the great options to explore the city of Cusco and the most important Inca festival in Peru!…

Inti Raymi is the most incredible Inca celebration in the city of Cusco; this ceremony takes place every year on June 24th in three different stages and different, from which the most important is in the esplanade of “Sacsayhuaman” to where one can arrive by car or by waking. The festival coincides with the winter solstice and harvest season. The Inti Raymi known as the Sun feats is presided over by the Inca and his entourage. They represent the most lavish tribute and worship of the sun.

During this tour you’ll appreciate the Inti raymi festival, the natural and cultural highlights in the region of Cusco. The Inti Raymi festival is an annual event where the locals celebrated a big and picturesque ceremony in honor to “INTI”: the Sun god. The name is an original Quechua word “Inti Raymi” which translates as “Sun feast”.

This festival commemorates the beginning of the year of the Andean word, the sun is returning from the shortest day to the summer time where the fields get more productive and the animals can find more grass to consume.

When is celebrated the Inti Raymi:

The Inti Raymi Tour usually takes place during the last week of June, but the central day of the festival is on the 24th of June. Dances performed by the religious people are all organized.

Important:

Our 2-day Inti Raymi Tour starts once you arrive to the city of Cusco; you will walk around the city of Cusco and the nex day you’ll participate in the Inti Raymi ceremony. The tour is driving in modern touristic bus and also you’ll walk through the Inca settlements where our guide will explain you all details of the Inca’s history. In this tour in included hotel of 3-star category located near the main square for your quick access to the tourist facilities.

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The Price

Departure date: 24 June 2018
PRICE: $310 USD Orange Zone
Per Person – Group service
Starting & end-point: Hotel in Cusco.

Included Activities

  • Explore the city of Cusco
  • City tour in Cusco
  • Inti raymi feast
  • TIMING: 2 days/1 night.
  • Starting point: Cusco airport.
  • End point: Cusco Hotel.

What was the Inti Raymi?

The Inti Raymi was the most important feast during Inca times. Inti Raymi  was celebrated every shortest day of the year with occasion of the beginning of the year, which we considered now as the winter solstice. Inti Raymi  includes the religious importance, great ceremony, social and politics were such that the party was extended in the whole Tahuantisuyo.

After the Spanish conquest in 1532; the Catholic Church suppressed the ceremony and the Andean society that used to celebrate this festivity to the sun was dismembered; since that the celebration of the Catholic Saint San James. The Inti Raymi was forgotten then, until half of the XX century when, as expression of a great movement of revaluation of the native culture in Peru, was returned to the scene.

In 1944, a group of intellectuals and artists from Cusco headed by Cusco Historian Humberto Vidal Unda decided to recover the Inti Raymi of the History and to present it as a show of theatrical type, dedicated to the whole population of Cusco; From then on, it has been represented every year, getting rich and evolving for the historical investigation.

FULL ITINERARY FOR INTI RAYMI

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

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Because the city of Cusco is located at 3,400m in Peru

Arrival to Cusco at any time. However, we must know your flight details to transfer you to the designated hotel in Cusco; today, there are no planned activities, so enjoy the city; if you arrive before noon, you can do optionally our guided city tour program and enjoy the enchanting sites of this colonial town.

In the city tour, you will have the opportunity to visit six places around Cusco: The Cathedral, the Qorikancha or Temple of the Sun of the Incas, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo and Pucapucara.

Our Recommendations:

  • Stroll through the Plaza de Armas and surrounding areas, where you can appreciate the work of the Cusqueñian artisan craft stores
  • Grab a bite at the famous Peruvian cuisine restaurants nearby or relax on the park benches of Plaza de Armas and then take a photo there for memories to last during the warm weather in the afternoon, despite the cold nights of Cusco
  • If you like the night around the square you will find many nightclubs and bars filled with tourists and locals who expect to have fun with good music and drinks.

Day 2: Inty Raymi Tour

The Inti Raymi Tour starts at 08:00 a.m when we pick you up from the hotel in Cusco and walk for 10 minutes to “Qorikancha” or the Temple of the Sun of the Incas, where the ceremony starts; here the festival last for 1 hour. In this section there not reserved seats so everyone will see without seats. It is important to be there early to get the best place.

After that we’ll walk for 10 minutes to the main square where is performed the second part of the Inti Raymi; here too the festival last for one hour (from 10am to 11am). From here we’ll take the tourist bus up to “Sacsayhuaman” located at 3 km from the city f Cusco where the most important part of the INTI RAYMI festival is performed. At Sacsayhuaman all seats are reserved and we offer you the best section (Orange zone) from where you’ll have the best views.

In Sacsayhuaman the festival last for 1:45 hours; during the ceremony one can see in the scene the ritual of the fire, ritual of the “Chicha” and the especial black Llama sacrifice for the God INTI or sun. After all we’ll return to the bus and return to Cusco. You’ll be transferred to your hotel at around 4:00pm.

SETTINGS FOR THE INTI RAYMI TOUR

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The Inti raymi feast in “Sacsayhuaman” at 3,550m in Cusco Peru

The celebration of the “Inti Raymi” on June 24th in honor of the Sun God; is made in the three historic and natural sceneries:
1.- The “QORIKANCHA” or the temple of the Sun of the Incas; here the celebration begins at 09:00 a.m and last for 45 minutes.
2.- The “Plaza de Armas”, “HAUQAYPATA”  or the main square; in the time of the Incas  this vast square was used for important ceremonies, which took place entirely in the great “ushnu” or ceremonial platform. The ceremony here begins at 11:00 a.m and ends one hour later.
3.- “SAQSAYWAMAN” .- it’s located at 2 kms from the city of Cusco at 3,560 masl. The name is in the ancient language used by the Incas (Qhechua); which translated into Spanish means “falcon or satiate”. Here the ceremony begins at 01:30 p.m and is for 1:30 hour.

The Inti Raymi Tour video


ACTS, CEREMONIES AND RITUALS DURING THE INTI RAYMI TOUR

  • Ceremonial Introduction
  • Report the army from the four regions: Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu and Chinchaysuyu.
  • Ritual of the sacred “Chicha” a corn drink made by the chosen women (the most beautiful girls of the Empire)
  • Ritual of the Holy Fire.
  • Sacrifice of the llama (Andean cameloid) and auguries.
  • Rite of the “Sankhu” (holy bread)
  • “Q’ochurikuy” ( Dances and music from all Peru )

INTI RAYMI TOUR LOCATION MAP

The distribution of the seats for the Inti Raymi in the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman

INCLUDES:

  • Transportation: All Transfers
  • Admission fee (with reserved seat in Saqsawaman) orange zone,
  • Experienced Tour Guide in English.
  • Accommodations: Based on double occupancy: 1 night in Cusco ***
  • Others: Local guide for permanent assistance.
  • Ceremonies at Qoricancha and Hauqaypata (Cusco’s Main Square).
  • Private Transport in and return
  • Packed lunch (Vegetarian meals by request)

EXCLUDED

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner, you must consider a budget of US$15 to US$25 for each meal.
  • Airport Taxes and tips.

INTI RAYMI LOCATION

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