Inti Raymi Festival was an Inca ceremony that took place on an annual basis in Cusco, the capital of Tawantinsuyo, between the end of the harvest period and the beginning of the vernal equinox of the Andes, ie in the second half of June. The festival of the sun at the time of the Incas was the equivalent of what today is for us the New Year festival.
Inti Raymi is South America’s second-largest festival (after Brazil’s Carnaval). Tourists and locals alike descend on Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas for a week’s worth of music, drama, dance, and other activities. Hundreds of local actors don lavish costumes representing Inca figures. Being chosen to portray Sapa Inca and his wife, Mama Occla, is the festival’s highest honour.
The festival is starting Qoricancha church, there are a ceremony of the Incas inside the church, then you will watch the city come alive with dancers and performers marching up to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman in the ceremony to honour the Sun God Inti. Join thousands of spectators and observe the elaborate reenactment of Incan rituals in a ceremony dedicated to Pachamama (the Mother Earth goddess)
7:00: Pick you up from your hotel
9:30: Start the ceremony of the Sun Festival in Qoricancha
11:00: Walk up to Plaza de Armas. Enjoy the festival in main square.
13:00: Sacsayhuaman, celebretes the rites of the New Fire, Coca, the offerings of the Four Suyos and the prediction of future times, among others.
8.00 a.m. Pick up from your hotels, then our group scorted by an experienced guide walk for 5 minutes to Koricancha, the main temple of the Sun at Incas times, where the ceremony in honor to the sun begins with amazing leather drums, pututus and flutes music. It is said that Koricancha temple had a golden garden decorated with plants and animals made in silver and gold, here the first ritual and speech of the Sapa Inka will start honoring the Sun and mother nature Pachamama. We will follow and admire a procession of the Inca and her wife carried in litters and his court with priest priestesses, parents and noble Incas toward the famous Huaccaypata, Cusco´s actual main Plaza.. The Sapa Inka and his real priestesses and guards enter by the street Intikijllu this takes approx 1 hour. Then the group with your guide are transfered in a private transport to the Sacsayhuaman Esplanade.
At 13:00 p.m. The main Inca ceremony will continue in a prepared stage in the middle of the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman a famous Inca site. The presentation is approx 90 minutes where the the Sapa Inka will give a speach in the ancestral Inca´s language, Quechua ; Rituals and offering of chicha, a corn beer and a ceremony of the new fire celebrated by the Inca priest, afterward an Inca priest will predict the future of the Andean Tawantinsuyo people.
16:15 p.m., Return to Cusco and transfer to the hotels.