Overview of your Inti Raymi 1-day Tour
The Incas, like many other indigenous peoples around the world, worshiped the sun, and every 24th of June they held the “Inti Raymi”, which means “sun party” in Quechua. It starts at the temple of the sun, and goes to the main square. It finishes at Sacsayhuamán. Sacrifices were made during the event. This was done in Inca Times but ended after the empire collapsed. Some people in Cuzco started it again in the 1940’s. It is now held every year on the 24th of June. this tour can be combined with any of our tours of Machu Picchu, or in other parts of Cuzco or Peru.
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Attractions Included in this tour:
- Koricancha: Beginning of the ceremony and presentation of the Inca Emperor.
- Main Square – Plaza de Armas: Place of the coca leaf ceremony and the Meeting of Times.
- Sacsayhuaman: Main stage of the ceremony. Place of the three traditional rituals: chicha, fire and lama ceremony.
Itinerary at a glance!
Inti Raymi – The Sun Party – Tour on June 24th, 2017
We will pick you up from your hotel to take you to Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) where the ceremony will start. Suddenly you will listen to the steps of the traditional dance of each of the four armies of the Inca Empire. They will gather in front of the temple in a beautiful coreography. The Inca nobility, priests, the Inca Emperor and Empress will also join the ceremony. The Inca Emperor will open the ceremony with a chant in quechua, language of the Incas, and everybody will go to the next stage, the Main Square.
Once in the Main Square, the sound of a pututo (conch-horn blower) will reopen the ceremony. The Inca Emperor will perform the ritual of the coca leaf to show gratitude and receive the blessing from the god Sun. Moreover, the current governor of the city will meet the Inca Emperor to listen to advices for good government. This is known as the Meeting of two Times.
Finally, the main part of the ceremony will take place at the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The dancers will perform a beautiful entrance making different shapes ending in the mystical shape of the Andean cross. Following, you will see the performance of the three mystical rituals: the chicha (traditional beberage), fire and lama ceremonies. The chicha is offered as a present for the god sun, the fire symbolizes the promess of the god sun to protect the pepole and finally the lama entrails are used to predict the future of the Empire.
The tour ends at about 15:30 with transfer back to your hotel.
Contact our travel experts if you are interested in doing the 1-day tour of Inti Raymi. This tour can be combined with any 2016 Peru travel package or one of our tours such as that of Cusco, tours of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Inca jungle, tour of lima, tours of Puno and Lake Titicaca, etc.
Inti Raymi 1-day Tour in detail
What your dream trip includes
The Inti Raymi Package Includes:
- Professional English speaking Tour Guide
- All Transfers from and to your hotel
- Entrance tickets to all places mentioned
- Box Lunch
The Inti Raymi tour Does Not Include:
- Meals not mentioned in the package
- Tips or extra expenses
You can get this tour from $XXX USD, This price may vary due to season, number of travelers or other conditions.
Discounts and Offers
- ISIC Card: Students with a valid ISIC card can apply to a discount of XX%.
- Junior: People under 18 years old can get this tour for $XXUSD.
You can enhance your experience with these aditional services:
- Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain: an extra hike to the sacred mountains next to the citadel.
- Vistadome Train: enjoy the landscape in a panoramic train during your trip to Machu Picchu.
- Porters: hire an extra porter to get him carry your belongings and enjoy the rek at your best! You will support a Peruvian family too!
What to bring for your Inti Raymi 1-day Tour
What you need to take for the Inti Raymi:
- Sneakers, T-shirts, trousers, Shorts, Rain poncho (in case it rains)
- Sun hat, Sunscreen, Bottled Water and Personal medication
- Extra money, Cameras
All payment methods include extra charges not added in the quotation. Please check the payment details.
Map of the tour
Upgrade options for your comfort
You can always ask for an upgrade for all of our services:
Trains: you can ask for a high class train, the Hiram Bingham luxury service.
Accomodation: If you feel like staying in a hotel during your stay in Cusco even for a couple of hours, we have plenty of options for you. Please check our hotel lists to find the best option for you.
Guiding: Our guides are very knowledgeable and experienced, but if you want a specialized guiding you can ask us to a special guiding service.
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What is the best season to visit Machu Picchu?
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When is Machu Picchu closed?
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