Inti Raymi &Festival of the Sun
Inti Raymi &Festival of the Sun
The biggest festival of the Inca Empire is repeated every year on June 24. For a culture that based its religion on sun worship, this festival is an essential ceremony. It coincides with the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year; to ask the sun to return, the Cusco people celebrate with music, dance and representations of the Inca and his royal entourage in a display of impressive dimensions.
With an offering to Pachamama, Mother Earth, the ancestral Inca ceremony to the Sun God or Inti Raymi, was staged this Friday in Cusco, ancient capital of the Inca empire.
Hundreds of actors dressed in multicolored costumes received the Inca in the huge esplanade of Sacsayhuaman, Quechua name that in Spanish means “satisfied falcon”.
In Andean red, with a bat and chinchilla cape and wearing a golden crown, the Inca emperor arrived at the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, on the outskirts of the city.
The ritual consisted of an offering to the earth in which corn, coca leaves, chicha and potatoes were used to ask the solar deity for a good harvest.
07:15 Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the esplanade of Qoricancha.
08:00 – 10:30 First staging (in the garden of the Temple of Qoricancha).
10:30 – 12:30 Second staging (in the main square).
13:00 – 16:30 Third staging (in the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman) and it is in this last one where tourists are divided into groups according to the areas or stands of their preference. We offer you the Orange grandstand which is the preferential one.
Full day Inti Raymi
The Inti Raymi – Festival of the Sun 1 day gives us the opportunity to know the most important religious festival of the Inca culture. It still maintains the tradition throughout the years and is located in the 3 main places of the city: The Esplanade of Qoricancha, the main square and the Esplanade of Sacsayhuaman. The same day is also celebrated the anniversary of the city of Cusco, which makes this the most important festival that takes place only once a year.
This experience is intended for all ages and can be done individually to meet new people, as a couple or with friends to share emotions and also as a family to live an unforgettable adventure.
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Book your ticket for Machu Picchu
For most visitors, the city of Cusco is just a stopover on the way to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. For this reason, many adventurers stay only a few days or nights in this city. But these two nights should be unforgettable, and for this reason we recommend you make your reservation well in advance.
Book and buy your plane tickets to Cusco
To get to Cusco by plane, remember that there are only direct flights from the following countries: Santiago de Chile, Bogota (Colombia) and La Paz (Bolivia). So, with the exception of the above destinations: Book your flight to Cusco (or Lima – Cusco) months in advance. 92% of flights to Cusco arrive from Lima. Due to the high demand and the small number of airlines, it is advisable to book months in advance.
Book your accommodation
In the city of Cusco you will find a wide range of accommodations. From lodgings, hostels, hostels and hotels from 2 to 5 stars. But as in all the most visited places in the world, most of the time they are not available. Therefore, we recommend that you book in advance the hotel or hostel that best suits your budget and requirements.
Beware of altitude sickness or “soroche”.
The city of Cusco is located in southern Peru, between the intermediate valleys of the Great Andes. Its altitude is over 3399 meters above sea level. For this reason, the first and most important problem you will have to face will be altitude sickness or soroche.
What is altitude sickness? Acute altitude sickness (AMS), also called soroche, apunamiento or páramo disease, is the maladaptation of the organism to the hypoxia (lack of oxygen) of the altitude.
When is the best time to travel to Cusco?
Regardless of what was said in the previous paragraph. For our team personally, April and May are the best months to visit Cusco. This is because during these months the weather is pleasant with a bright blue sky adorned with white clouds and green nature in full bloom.
Take your personal documents with you
As in all countries of the world, it is important to carry a passport that is valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry into Peru. However, if you are coming from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay or Venezuela, you will only need your ID card.
Take cash or your credit card with you.
When it comes to money, it is always advisable to bring dollars and change them into soles at the exchange offices around the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Always be aware of your safety
Cusco is generally a quiet place with friendly and hardworking people. However, like everywhere, there are opportunists and people with bad intentions.
For your safety in Cusco
Use urban or tourist transportation.
The best way to get around the city of Cusco is to use private cabs or tourist transportation services. Prices for cabs vary from 6 soles to more, depending on where you want to go.
Stay connected at all times
In Cusco you will not have any communication problems, because this city has all the communication services that are available in the big cities: Internet, landline telephony, mobile telephony and others. Also, all the applications work perfectly.
Taste the exquisite gastronomy of Cusquenia
The gastronomy of Cusco is varied, traditional and full of flavor and color. So you will have no problem finding food to your taste. However, always try to eat in a restaurant located near the Plaza de Armas or in the historic center of the city of Cusco.
- Detailed briefing: This takes place before the start of the service (The briefing is a complete orientation, explaining everything about the tour. In addition, any doubts you may have will be clarified).
- First level guide: Professional tour guide specialized in cultural tourism (English/Spanish).
- Tourist transportation: Tourist transportation from the main square to the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman and vice versa.
- Box Lunch: Includes a small portion of food (Portion of rice, rolled chicken and vegetables), fruit, fruit, fruit juices, energy bar, water for your water bottle and a sandwich (ham and cheese).
- Entrance tickets: Entrance ticket for the Orange Zone.
- Food: These may be requested.
- Personal Expenses and Tips: Such as purchases of handicrafts, clothes, drinks, etc.
- Tips are not included, these are voluntary according to the service received.