A Enjoy this unique authentic Inca festival, the biggest in South America and the second largest festival in Latin America after the Rio Carnival, every year on June 24th in Cusco.
One of our Signature tours is the Inti Raymi tours and have been inmensily successful for several years allowing for a very special, guided Peru tour with a permanent tour leader during the Inti Raymi Holiday. All our Inti Raymi Festival Tours are based on private tours or small group travel upon your preference, private minibuses, knowledgeable Peru guides, excellent accommodation during the Festival allowing to experience the incredible Machu Picchu.
The Inti Raymi or "The Festival of the Sun" was and is the most important Andean festival. The Inca cultures celebrate the Inti Raymi (The Sun Festival) every each winter solstice in Cusco and a new year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere. The Inca (king) and the native residents gathered to honor the Sun God, sacrifice an animal to ensure good crops and to pay homage to the Inca, as the first born Son of the Sun.
The festival travels from the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, Cuzco to the massive fortress of Saqsayhuaman. The festival includes fire and lights to wake the sun god on the shortest day and longest night of the winter solstice.
The Sun, the main God of the Inca Civilization was considered to be the creator of all that exists. It presided over the destinies of man and the universe.
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. The ceremony was also said to indicate the mythical origin of the Incas, lasting nine days of colorful dances and processions, as well as animal sacrifices to ensure a good cropping season. The celebrants fasted for days before the event, refrained from physical pleasures and presented gifts to the Inca, who in return put on a lavish banquet of meat, corn bread, Chicha and coca tea as they prepared to sacrifice llamas to ensure good crops and fertile fields.
Inti Raymi Festival In Cusco
The last Inti Raymi with the Inca Emperor's presence was carried out in 1535, after which the Spanish conquest and the Catholic Church suppressed it. Some natives participated in similar ceremonies in the years after, but it was completely prohibited in 1572 by the Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, who claimed it was a pagan ceremony opposed to the Catholic faith.
Following the edict, the ceremonies went underground.
June 22. URUBAMBA - SACRED VALLEY - OLLANTAYTAMBO
After breakfast, excursion to Urubamba, the sacred valley of the Incas and to the ancient Inca market town of Pisac. Lunch in Urubamba or a picnic lunch will be provided. A visit will be made to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish and a chance to explore the ruins before returning to Cuzco. Return to your hotel to relax and unwind.
Meals: B & L
June 23. CUZCO - MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO
Early transfer to the station for the Vistadome or Hiram Bingham train to Aguas Calientes (type of train upon request). Upon arriving, take the short bus trip up to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a private, guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most fantastic ancient Inca city. Constructed by Pachacutec, Machu Picchu blends into the mountain side high up in the Andes. The city has houses, temples, a large central square which are all connected. There are also terraces in the mountain side which were used for agriculture.
Free time for take any of the several paths around various parts of the. Let Machu Picchu unfold all its mysteries for you, take in the breathtaking cloud forests and jagged mountains, or marvel at the extraordinary Masonic precision of the ancient Incas. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge hotel before returning to Cuzco by the ultra luxurious Hiram Bingham train or the First Class Vistadom Train. Transfer to your hotel, Monasterio.
Meals: B & L
June 24. INTI RAYMI FESTIVAL
This is the day of the Inti Raymi - The Quechua name for the Festival of the Sun. It was a time of offerings, sacrifices, dancing and celebration. In the old capital city of the Incas, this festival continues with all its ancient royal pomp and energy. Dances and ceremonies are played out at the worship center of Sacsayhuaman above Cuzco. Attendance with a private guide to the impressive festival of the Inti Raymi at Sacsayhuaman esplanade and experience yourself this ritual celebrated since the Inca times. It is the central act of the celebrations elaborated in Cusco during this month evoking the religious ceremonies of the Inca Empire. The staging begins in the Qoricancha, continuing to the Main Square of the city and ending at the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman. The central most important character is the Inca. When the ceremony ends the presentation of folkloric groups begins. Box lunch included.
Meals: B & BL.
Assistance in the airport or bus station of Cusco
Private English-Speaking Photograper tour guide
Private van for sacred valley tour and Cusco city tour
All mentioned food at program
3 nights of accommodation accordint the sellected hotel
Entrance fees to each archaeological site and the Inti Raymi festival
Accommodation in the selected hotels
Medical oxygen and first aid kit for clients and our camp staff
Boleto Turistico as know entrance to each archaeological site mentioned
Train tickets to Machu Picchu (Vistadome train)
Private Service Prices 2020
1 person : US$2050.00 per person
2 people : US$1550.00 per person
3 people : US$1450.00 per person
4 people : US$1350.00 per person
5 people : US$1250.00 per person
6+ people : US$1150.00 per person
Optional Machupicchu extention
STUDENT DISCOUNT: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.org
Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00
ADDITIONAL ITEMS:As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person
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