Puno Celebrates its 348th Anniversary

Tuesday November 08, 2016
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Puno, a city in the south of Peru, recently celebrated its 348th Anniversary with many typical rituals and festivities.

The main event was a reenactment of the Legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, an Incan couple that helped to found the Inca Empire and were the first rulers of the civilization.

The reenactment began with the couple on Uros, the floating islands on Lake Titicaca, along with some locals and enthusiastic tourists.

The participants, all dressed in typical Incan costumes, journeyed from the islands to Puno´s port on 60 rafts. (more…)

Cusco Readies for Inti Raymi

Tuesday June 21, 2016
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Inti Raymi, or Festival of the Sun, will take place this Friday, June 24th in Cusco, Peru. This is a celebration that the Incas observed every year, and the Cusco locals continue in their tradition.

As Cusco was the capital of the Incan Empire, the city held much significance, so this important festival was practiced here. The Inti Raymi festival is very similar to the New Years celebrations that we have at the beginning of January.

The Incas chose to celebrate at this time of the year because it marks the end of the harvest period and the start of the vernal equinox. (more…)

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