Festival of the Sun Lights up the City of Cusco

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Monday June 23, 2014 - Posted by to Events and Festivals

Festival of the Sun Lights up the City of Cusco

Peru and the stunning city of Cusco are making up once more for the last and biggest event of the Fiestas de Cusco that take place every year in the month of June: the Inti Raymi  Festival.   

The Inti Raymi procession begins with an image of the Inca Emperor on his throne in Qorikancha, the ancient Temple of the sun. The celebration then proceeds to the Plaza de Armas and finishes in Sacsayhuaman, some of the most well-known ruins that overlook the city of Cusco. Here there is a reenactment of the ancient traditions, performed by more than 500 locals who have received the honor of participating in the most revered festival in Cusco.


The Festival of the Sun Lights

 

Festival of the Sun Lights up the City of Cusco

The Incas have always believed they were the children of the sun, a divinity of the highest rank. During Inti Raymi in June – when the sun is farthest away from the earth, they made sacrifices, begging the sun to return and to bring prosperity. that’s why Inti Raymi is one of the most important festivals of Peru.

 

The Festival of the Sun Lights

 

Representation of the Inca Ceremony

The first representation in Peru was organized by unknown elders in 1928 with about 100 actors. Nowadays, the ceremony displays a simulation of the traditional act of killing a llama, a sacrifice for the Sun God. Actors are dressed in colorful and traditional Inca attire as they portray the most important worship ceremony for the Incas. There are stands that are placed around the site of the presentation just for this event because there are so many people that attend. However, only people who pay for a seat are allowed to sit in the stands and the rest of the people stand around.

 


The Festival of the Sun Lights

 

Inti Raymi Tour

Here at Dos Manos Peru Travel our Inti Raymi Tour begins at 8 in the morning and ends around 5:30 in the afternoon. Our guide accompanies you from Qorikancha to Sacsayhuaman, explaining all of the presentations as they are in Quechua, the native language of the Andeans. This tour brings the past of the Incas to life in one of the only pagan festivals that could not be stopped when the Spaniards came. All paid spaces are booked now but it is never too early to book your spot for next year.

 

But don’t worry to much about the seats. There will be many, many people (the big majority) that have NOT booked a seat having fun and enjoying the local Peruvian food, the music and the good atmosphere. Come experience the most important Festival in all of Cusco! See how the Festival of the Sun Lights up the City of Cusco and experience the intriguing history of the Incas.

 

 

 

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