Why book the Inti Raymi Perú Tour 2021?
- Enjoy the opening of the ceremony on the esplanade of the Qoricancha.
- Witness the exchange of power between the Inca and the Mayor of Cusco in the Main Square.
- Live the main ceremony in the esplanade of Saqsayhuaman.
What is the Inti Raymi?
The Inti Raymi or Fiesta del Sol is a celebration that revalues the Inca tradition in the regions of the Andes, especially in the city of Cusco.
This festival is based on the ancient Inca ceremony known as the Wawa Inti Raymi. This ancient ritual was established by Pachacutec in the 1430s approximately.
The objective was to reorganize the empire with the cultural submission of the conquered peoples. With the passage of time, this ceremony was prohibited by the Spanish conquerors.
Since 1944, the city of Cusco celebrates this festival as a vindication of the Inca culture and as a tourist attraction. Although this festival is also celebrated in Ecuador and other Andean regions; today it is one of the main festivities of Peru.
When is celebrated the Inti Raymi Perú 2021?
On June 24 of each year, Cusco celebrates the Inti Raymi. This date is due to the fact that it coincides with the Day of the Peasant.
In Cusco, that date was declared a holiday. June is considered the jubilee month of Cusco, not only for the celebration of this festival but also for the famous Corpus Christi.
Inti Raymi Cusco 2021 is held in these 3 places
The Inti Raymi takes place in the same places where the Incas celebrated the sun worship ceremony hundreds of years ago: the archaeological site of Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), the Main Square of Cusco and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
The most important temple in the time of the Incas where the sun and other gods (the moon, the stars, the earth and more) were worshiped. It is believed that the Qoricancha was covered with gold and silver during the Inca Empire.
Main Square of Cusco
This square is the main urban point of the city of Cusco. The Incas held the ‘Fiesta del Sol’ there, surrounded by the main temples of the city. Today, the square is surrounded by churches, restaurants, and craft shops.
Sacsayhuaman was one of the most monumental and important buildings of the Incas. It is still a mystery how their stone walls of up to 125 tons fit together like a puzzle.
This festival takes place every June 24 on the winter solstice, in the imperial city of Cusco, a very important date for the Incas throughout the empire, to welcome the sun god.
The Inti Raymi lasts all day, it starts at 7:00 in the morning. until 4 in the afternoon. We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 am to go to the Temple of the Qorikancha.
The Inti Raymi Cusco Tour 2021 begins with the pick up from your hotel, to go to the starting point of the Inti Raymi ceremony.
At 7:30 a.m. the ceremony begins in front of the Qorikancha temple, which is located on Av. El Sol. The whole ceremony will be appreciated while standing with the assistance of the group guide, this will take approximately one hour.
This ceremony begins in the Sacred Temple of QoriKancha, there the Inca makes his first appearance, performs the first rituals thanking the sun god for the crops and for the fertile lands.
Then the Inca goes to the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, then continues to the fortress of Saqsayhuaman, our transport will take them to Saqsayhuaman where the ceremony to the sun god will begin.
Saqsayhuaman is the magical place to enjoy this event, there the 4 of theirs represent their dances to the rhythm of Andean music, the Inca along with his curacas (head of each of his) perform a ritual sacrificing a black flame to offer it to the sun god.
At the end of the ceremony, our private transport will return you to the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.
- Detailed briefing: It takes place before the start of the service (The briefing is a complete orientation, explaining everything about the tour. In addition, any doubts you may have about it will be clarified).
- First level guide: Professional tourist guide specialized in Cultural tourism (English / Spanish).
- Tourist transport: Travel in tourist transport from the main square to the Sacsayhuaman esplanade and vice versa.
- Box Lunch: Includes a small portion of food, fruit, fruits, energy bar, water.
- Entrance tickets: Entrance ticket.
- Food: These can be requested.
- Personal Expenses and Tips: How to buy crafts, clothes, drinks, etc. Tips are not included either, these are voluntary according to the service received.
- Bring warm clothes.
- In the rainy season a poncho of water.
- Hiking shoes (hike / treeking).
Frequently Asked Questions:
The Inti Raymi takes place only on June 24 of each year. The tour includes: entrance fees, transportation, tour guide, box lunch and hotel pick-up. Any questions about the service? These are the main questions that tourists ask about this service.
How long before should I book the Inti Raymi Cusco tour 2021?
It is recommended to buy the tour weeks in advance.
Does the Inti Raymi Cusco tour 2021 offer food?
Yes. The tour offers a ‘Box lunch’ at the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman.
How do I pay for the Inti Raymi Cusco tour 2021?
The payment of the tour is made online with a credit or debit card: Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, etc.
Can I change the date of the Inti Raymi Cusco tour 2021?
No. The tour takes place only on June 24 (Inti Raymi day).
How many tourists make up a shared group?
The tour in shared service is made up of a maximum of 20 tourists per group. Generally, the number of tourists is 10 to 15 visitors.
How is the weather in Cusco in June?
The weather in Cusco in June is sunny, with little chance of rain. It is recommended to bring a cap, hat and sunscreen.
How to change the entrance to Sacsayhuaman for a better one?
The tour includes the entrance ticket to the final scene of Inti Raymi in Sacsayhuaman. The ticket is for the «Green Zone» or economic. To change the ticket for a better location, the tourist makes a reservation for the ‘Red Zone’ or ‘Orange Zone’.
Does the tour offer pick up from the hotel?
Yes. The tour offers tourist pick up from the door of their hotel. The pick up is only valid for hotels in the Historic Center (most are there). Tourists staying in hotels outside the center must meet the group at an agreed time.
Altitude sickness during Inti Raymi
The Inti Raymi takes place in the city of Cusco, at 3,399 m.a.s.l. (11,151 ft). At that height it is common for tourists to feel some of the symptoms of altitude sickness (fatigue, nausea, rapid breathing). These discomforts usually disappear gradually. However, drinking plenty of water is recommended to reduce symptoms.