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Inti Raymi Festival


The Inti Raymi Festival have day fairs, exhibitions and people dancing on the streets in the mornings and live music concerts, featuring the best of Peruvian music in the evenings. If you are looking for a Peruvian vacation where you can soak yourself in true ancient Peruvian culture, plan your visit to Peru during the Inti Raymi, known as the Festival of the Sun. This is usually celebrated during the winter solstice on the 24th of June every year.

What started as an Incan tradition in Cuzco to pay homage to the Sun God has become the second largest festival in South America, which lasts for an entire week. In ancient days, people fasted for days and even refrained from indulging in physical pleasures before the festival, brought gifts to the Inca and celebrated the occasion with a lavish banquet.

The dramatization of the ancient Incan rituals is the formal event of these celebrations, where actors are chosen a year in advance to play the various roles. On the day of the winter solstice, the streets are filled with dancers and actors playing their part, which makes the entire show quite colorful and vibrant. The culmination of the first half of this ceremony is at the ancient fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

The setting sun brings with it more joy and cheer, in the form of bonfires made out of straw stacks, with people dancing around it. While the formal ceremony comes to an end with a procession back to Cuzco, the celebrations continue for a week.

Given the popularity of the Inti Raymi Festival, it is difficult to find lodging, unless you book in advance. Moreover, if you want to enjoy the ancient architecture of the country while visiting the festival, it is not possible to do so unless you buy a visitor ticket, which is valid for a period of ten days and takes you to fourteen important sites.

So, plan your tour to Peru well in advance to enjoy it to the optimum.

Hotels Cusco Peru

If you are planning to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, I fully recommend you book your hotel in advance. Cusco is visited by many tourists from all over the world throughout the year, keep in mind Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world, so you better make sure you´ve got somewhere to sleep ASAP. Probably the best time to go is between May and October, the dry season. There are lovely hotels within the region, you can search Hotels Cusco Peru below if needed (cheap and expensive).

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