Inti Raymi – The Feast of the Sun


Inti Raymi is also known as the Feast of the Sun.


Heritage of the Inca culture, the event happens since 1944 in Cusco, starting at the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), following the Plaza de Armas, towards the Esplanade of Sacsayhuaman, an archaeological site, where the main ceremony takes place.


If you have already been or will someday be a tourist of this rich place in history, this post is for you!


Here, we will tell you in detail about one of the most important events for the community of Cusco.


If you have already been or will someday be a tourist of this rich place in history, this post is for you!


What is Inti Raymi?



A historical event, created by the Inca civilization, more than 6 centuries ago, to reverence, sacrifice and give offerings to the Sun God, the practices common to this civilization, formerly.


Considered sons of the Sun God, the Incas dedicated their entire existence to them and everything around them.


When the previous agricultural year, which lasted from May to June, and the beginning of a new agricultural year in July, the Incas celebrated this transition very seriously.


They then created this event held annually as the transition from a new year to the Inca civilization.


Inti Raymi and the transformation of Cusco



Those who have been in Cusco during the months of June to August, can see the transformation and mobilization of the whole city for the event.


Inti Raymi starts on June 24 and runs through August.


This event is so important for the residents of Cusco that most of them are involved in the staging and characterization of the Feast of the Sun.


This characterization, typical of the Inca people, is stunning and spreads colors, textures and movements throughout the region.


That’s why Inti Raymi is one of the most recommended local events for visitors: rich in history, culture and commitment.


What does the tourist need to know about Inti Raymi?




Normally Inti Raymi’s programming is released annually, but the main celebration takes place on June 24, usually.


9:00: Celebrations begin in Qoricancha, one of the main Temples, built by the Incas, for the praise of the Sun God. (Free admission, lasts approximately 30 min).


11:00: The event heads to the Plaza de Armas, where the participants stage the arrival of the Incas in the city. (also free entrance, lasts approximately 45 min.)


13:00: The main ceremony of the event takes place in Sacsayhuaman, an important archeological site of the region.


In this main event, the Inca king staged the sacrifice of an alpaca while invoking the Sun God. (Limited tickets, sold according to the position of the bleachers, lasts approximately 1h and 30min).


During all the stages of the event, it is possible to note the current importance of the Cuzco people, in relation to the Inca culture and its ancestry.


Every detail in color, textures, movements and performance is very well rehearsed for months before the event.


The characterizations are more and more faithful to what has been recorded about the Inca people.


This is undoubtedly a very important event for those who want to know the Inca tradition.


If you are interested in this event, see the options Cusco Peru Travel for Inti Raymi.



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