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Inti Raymi Festival in Cuzco

 

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+ Airport Pick Up
+ 2 nights B&B in Cuzco
+ Visit Cuzco & Nearby Ruins
+ Inti Raymi, Festival of the Sun
+ Airport Drop Off

Is there a need to further introduce the major cultural and mystical attraction of South America? For historic and cultural reasons Bolivia is the one gateway to Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

Inti Raymi Festival 2017 — Don't miss the re-enactment of this solstice celebration which takes place every year on June 24 in historic Cusco.

Before the colonial Spaniards banned the ceremonial events occurring each Winter Solstice in Cuzco, 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 ceremonies took place at the winter solstice, when the sun is farthest from the earth. Fearing the lack of sun and ensuing famine, the ancient Incas gathered in Cuzco to honor the Sun God and plead for his return.

Today, Inti Raymi —the festival of the return of the Sun— is the second largest festival in South America. Hundreds of thousands of people converge on Cuzco from other parts of the nation, South America and the world for a week long celebration marking the beginning of a new year, the Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun.

The centerpiece of the festival is the all-day celebrations on June 24, the actual day of Inti Raymi, including a theatrical representation of the Inti Raymi taking place at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress.

Witness the Festival of the Sun as the ancient Incas celebrated it, with elaborate costumes and dancing, willing the God for a fruitful season of harvest.

Cuzco Inti Raymi Festival is a great complement to your Bolivian Travel Experience, and a great introduction to our sister country. As always with Fremen Tours, this trip is fully customizable.

We offer a variety of Inti Raymi travel packages allowing you to see the many highlights that Peru has to offer on your extension trip to or from Bolivia. This includes tours of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, and of course Machu Picchu. Our tours are 100% customizable, meaning you can mix and match any interests or sites that you want to visit. We also offer our tours in varying grades, budget, standard, superior, and luxury. In addition, all our tours come with an option of private service or group service. This means we have tours to fit any budget or taste in travel.

Because we are located where you will be travelling you can be assured you will get the highest quality and authentic tour for the most affordable price because we use no intermediary companies. Let us bring you to the world famous Inti Raymi festival in Cusco, Peru, on a stand alone tour or a combined tour with Bolivia!

WHERE?

• CUZCO AND NEARBY RUINS - Acclimatise. Tour the city and nearby ruins. Visit includes the main square or Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun and other places of interest within the city, as well as the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a fortress overlooking Cuzco; Qenqo, a shrine with a circular amphitheater and stone altar; Puka Pukara, a smaller fortress guarding the Inca road; and Tambomachay, sacred bathing place of the Inca elite.

• INTI RAYMI FESTIVAL - June 24, Cusco
Inti Raymi, the “Festival of the Sun,” was one of the key ceremonies of the Inca Empire. Held each year during the winter solstice, the celebration honored the sun god Inti, ensuring that the sun would once again return from its farthest point. Today, Inti Raymi is one of the most important festivals on the Andean calendar. The main celebrations take place in Cusco, where vast crowds gather to watch the re-enactment of the ceremony at the archeological site of Sacsayhuamán. The contemporary rehearsal of Inti Raymi is more accurately an interpretation of what occurred during Inca times. It has been pieced carefully together from chronicles of the conquest and Quechua oral histories. The Inca, without a writing system, left no formal documentation of the event. Celebrations continue throughout the week, with street fairs, expositions and plenty of regional food and drink.

The Inti Raymi was prohibited by the Spanish during the first years of the conquest claiming that it was a pagan ceremony and not in compliance with the catholic religion, however, small ceremonies took place without major consequences. Later, during the colony, in 1572 Viceroy Francisco de Toledo officially banned the celebration along with many other Inca traditions; even wearing traditional Inca clothes was outlawed. These rulings took effect after a series of Inca rebellions such as the uprising of the last Inca ruler Tupac Amaru I who was executed along with his family and advisers.

According to Garcilazo de la Vega, the Inti Raymi was one of the most important celebrations in the Tawantinsuyo or Inca Empire. The celebrations lasted nine consecutive days and took place in the main plaza in the city of Cusco, known then as the Haukaypata. Three days before the start of the celebrations the participants had to go through a purification period in which they had to fast and the only food allowed to eat was white maize and an herb called chucam. Participants of the ceremony were the Sapa Inca, the nobility and the Inca army. On the main day, June 24th, the Sapa Inca would step on a stage in front of the pilgrims and drink chicha de jora, a maize based drink, in honor of Inti. Inside the Temple of the Sun or Coricancha a priest would light up a flame. All these rituals were accompanied by dances and sounds of shells and musical instruments. Men and women painted their faces yellow and wore heads of deer whose antlers were used as musical instruments. According to chronicler Juan Betanzos children under ten years old were brought from the four Suyus and were sacrificed. Black llamas were cut open with a tumi, a ceremonial knife, their organs observed to predict the future and then incinerated. At the end of the celebration the Inca returned to his palace while women tossed red flowers and multicolored feathers.

Historical reconstruction

In 1944 the American Institute of Art in Cusco approved the celebration and Faustino Espinoza Navarro and a group of Amerindian actors reconstructed a theatrical representation of the Inti Raymi based on the chronicles of Garcilazo de la Vega. Since then, every year on June 24th residents and tourist attend the festival.

The celebration of the Inti Raymi starts at 8am on the main plaza of the City of Cusco in front of the Coricancha, the rainbow Inti Raymi flag is raised while a mass takes place in the cathedral. The first and second scenes take place on the main plaza where the Sapa Inca addresses the Sun in Quechua and thanks him for all his blessings. Afterward the Inca is carried on a throne and the procession moves five kilometers to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. There the Sapa Inca performs many rituals and sacrifices to thank the Sun for his generosity.

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• SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS - Begin the day in the Inca city of Pisac, overlooking the Urubamba River valley. Climb past the impressive farming terraces to the ruins where fine stone masonry buildings still stand in testimony to the ancient craftsmen. The majestic architecture and breathtaking views make this well worth the walk. In the village of Pisac, native people attired in the colorful dress of their communities display their handicrafts in the shade of centuries-old trees in the central plaza. Sightings at Ollantaytambo include the fortress & citadel and an extensive set of agricultural terraces which start at the bottom of the valleys and climb up the surrounding hills. Optional overnight stay in the Sacred Valley.

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• ANDEAN TRAIN from Cusco (Poroy) to Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) - At dawn, we board our train for a ride through the Urubamba River Valley to Machu Picchu, fabled lost city of the Inca. This spectacular journey to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu begins from the village of Poroy just outside Cusco. The train then descends from the highest point of the journey into the Sacred Valley and the foothills of the Andes. Before reaching Machu Picchu, the train travels along the Urubamba River, with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon.

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• INCA SANCTUARY OF MACHUPICCHU - This beautiful mountain-top city might have been constructed as a royal palace complex for the emperor Pachacuti and his family in the early 15th century, and appears to have been an important spiritual and ceremonial location. It was never found by the Spanish conquerors, and was lost until 1911 when a local farmer showed the city to the explorer, Hiram Bingham. Spend the day exploring this magnificent site. Optional overnight stay near the archaeological site.

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WHAT?

Cultural Excursions - Nature Observation - Easy Walks - Photography

WHEN?

Year-Round Departures (depart virtually any day of the week).

May - October is dry season.

Inti Raymi – Festival of the Sun : June 24.

+ Airport Pick Up
+ 2 nights B&B in Cuzco
+ Visit Cuzco & Nearby Ruins
+ Inti Raymi, Festival of the Sun
+ Airport Drop Off

Day 1 - Arrive Cuzco and transfer to your hotel; Tour the city (the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha) and nearby ruins (Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman). Overnight at hotel in Cuzco.

Day 2 - Witness the most famous and sacred holiday in Peru, Inti Raymi worshiping the Sun God, Inti. Following breakfast at your hotel, you will be brought up to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress where you will be shown to your reserved seat for viewing the festivities. Taking place on the 24th of June, the Winter Solstice, it is the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere and was the beginning of the Inca New Year. This was once a nine-day celebration worshiping the Sun God for more light and a successful growing season. In today's re-enactment, you will see traditional Incan costumes and rituals. Back to Cuzco for overnight at hotel. (Optional overnight in the Sacred Valley also available on demand.) [BL]

Inti Raymi Festival is an add-on tour to your Peru & Bolivia travel experience.
Ask us for special extensions and bespoke itineraries.

Day 3 - Carry on with more activities around Cusco. [B]

Bolivia Short Trip #8 - Essential Cuzco

Meals Included: Breakfast [B], Lunch [L], Dinner [D]

Cuzco, Peru: Airport Pick Up + 2 Nights Bed & Breakfast Accommodation (double room basis) + Visit Cuzco & Nearby Ruins + Inti Raymi Festival in Cuzco + Airport Drop Off

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  • Route: Cuzco –› Inti Raymi Festival –› Cuzco
  • Frequency: Special Departures
    (Inti Raymi Festival in Cuzco takes place on 24 Jun)
  • Minimum No. of People: 1
  • Recommended Minimum Duration: 2 nights
  • Transport Modes: Car/Van/Bus/Train
  • Lodging: Bed & Breakfast in Cuzco
  • Included Activities: Cuzco, Inti Raymi Festival

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Room arrangements at hotel in Cuzco:

- DOUBLE ROOM basis, including breakfast
- Supplement applies for single room arrangements
- Hotel names and descriptions are subject to confirmation at time of booking
- Early check-in subject to availability
- Extra charges payable directly at hotel

Included

- Airport meeting & greeting service
- Pick up & Drop off -- Cuzco airport to & from hotel in downtown Cuzco
- Van or Bus depending on the number of passengers
- Regular Cuzco city tour: half day tour (4 hours) with entrance fees and English-speaking guide. Lunch not included
- Full day Inti Raymi, Festival of the Sun including transfers to&from hotel in Cuzco, entrance fees. Packed lunch included
- Bed & Breakfast in Cuzco (2 nights, double room basis)

Not Included

- Transport and excursions other than those mentioned in itinerary
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance

- Extend your tour to nearby ruins in Cuzco with entrance fees and English-speaking guide: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay
- Extend your tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with entrance fees and English-speaking guide. Buffet lunch included
- Extend your tour to MachuPicchu including transfers to&from local train station in Cuzco, train ride Cuzco-Machupicchu-Cuzco, entrance fees to Machupicchu and visits with English-speaking guide. Buffet lunch included

No refunds are given due to inclement weather, missed flights or other circumstances beyond our control.

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