annual Festival of the Sun is one of the most spactular of native
celebrations in South America.
Inti Raymi Festival
It is a
historical revival of the celebration held by the Incas on the June
winter solstice, and was faithfully reconstructed in Quechua from
the Spanish chronicles by a group of Cusco intellectuals in 1944,
who chose the 24th because it was already a holiday in honor of
the Peruvian peasant class.
The festival is held
at the monolithic ruins of the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, on
the hill of the same name high above Cusco’s Plaza de Armas,
but the rituals begin at Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun, from
where the Inca and his queen are carried uphill on their litters.
Perhaps the most impressive
aspect of Inti Raymi is the enormous popularity it enjoys with the
ordinary people of the Cusco region as well as tourists. In all,
thousands flock to Sacsayhuaman each year from far and wide, crowding
the ruins in a grand and colorful display of traditional music and
After clearing customs in Lima Airport look for Edda Chumbiauca,
holding up a sign with our logo (head of a hoatzin bird in a diamond
shape) Check her identification and then she will take you to the
buffet breakfast incl
Edda will meet you in the hotel lobby at 8am and take you back to
Fly to Cusco
Upon clearing baggage security in Cusco Airport look for Percy,
holding up a sign with your name on it.
Transfer in to Hotel Centenario
Rest for a couple of hours to help acclimation to the high altitude
Afternoon guided excursion to Sacsahuaman National Park, Qenqo,
Pukapukara, tambomachay and the Korikancha.
Hotel Centenario or equal
Full day guided excursion in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, includes
afternoon at the Pisaq native bazaar.
Sacred Valley Hotel
Guided excursion to Ollantaytambo Fortress and the ruins of Pisaq.
Sacred Valley Hotel
Transfer to train station; Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Guided
interpretation of the ruins. Buffet lunch in El Sanctuario. Afternoon
optional climb up Wayna Picchu or hike to the gate of the sun (Inti
Hotel Machu Picchu Inn or equal
Early morning return to ruins on your own. Vistadome train (included)
departs late afternoon arrives Cusco in evening. Supper usually
served on train
Attendance at the celebration of Inti Raymi. Bleacher seating
Transfer out. Fly to Lima, connect to flight to USA, arriving June