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Inti Raymi 2019

Inti Raymi 2019

The Inti Raymi festival in Peru is a feast of the Sun God and Patchamama (Mother Earth), the main Gods of the Inca civilization. These Gods were considered to be the creators of all that exists. They rule over the destinys of mankind and the universe!

This Inca festival of Inti Raymi is the most luxurious, large and colorful celebration to be performed in Cusco as it was originally dedicated to an Incan ruler, considered to be a demigod for his people. The Sun was to be worshiped and offered sacrifices to avoid that it would leave the Earth and its children during its long journey while it ensures its return providing heat and joy.
Interesting question is when is Inti Raymi celebrated? It is because, it is held on the 24th of June at present time, while the authentic celebration took place on the 21st of June, a Southern Hemisphere winter solstice. It was moved on the 24th probably because to prevent it would merge with other catholic feasts.

This Cusco festival of the Sun 2019 takes you not only to the famous Inti Raymi celebration, but also invites you to continue to the splendid Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Inca´s jewel - Machu Picchu.

The Sun God festival 2019 will be held on June 24 in the city of Cusco. This Sun God festival 2019 last 1 day, in which the whole 'Imperial City' lives with joy the Fiesta del Sol. As every year, the celebrations will begin in the Coricancha or Temple of the Sun. Then they will continue in the Plaza de Armas or 'Plaza del Armas'. Warrior'. Finally, the ceremony will conclude in Sacsayhuaman.

Quick Itinerary

 

Day 01 - 21st June: Arrival to Lima

Day 02 - 22nd June: Flight to Cusco

Day 03 - 23rd June: Sacred Valley Tour

Day 04 - 24th June: Inti Raymi Tour (inca festival of the sun)

Day 05 - 25th June: Machu Picchu Tour

Day 06 - 26th June: Flight to Lima

Day 07 - 27th June: Departure

 

 

 

Important info about your Trek:

  • Celebrate the famous Inti Raymi festival in Peru
  • Witness the majesty of the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu
  • Learn about the Incan culture
  • Start and end of the tour in the capital of Lima 
  • Wander through the Inca´s streets of Cusco
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Participate a guided tour following the Inti Raymi celebration
  • Reach Machu Picchu by train - a quick and comfortable way to visit this Inca´s ancient city
  • Experience a guided visit of Machu Picchu - the New Wonder of the World

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu representative in Lima and Cusco and a professional bilingual tour guide.

Accommodation: 3* hotels (6 nights).

Meals: 6x breakfast, 1x lunch (Please allow USD 100 - 150 for meals not included.).

Transportation: 2x domestic flight, transportation by private van, a train round trip (Expedition Class).

 

Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: if you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca leaf

 

Interesting Information

Day 01 - 21st June: Arrival to Lima

The first day is an arrival day and no activities are planned, so that you can arrive at any time. When you arrive to the airport at Lima, our Representative waits for you holding a sheet with your name and takes you to your hotel.

 

The capital of Lima is also known as the "City of the Kings" as it was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535! The Plaza de Armas (main square) is a heart of old Lima. There can be found the Cathedral, Governmental Palace and Archbishop´s Palace.

Day 02 - 22nd June: Flight to Cusco

In the morning, we take you to the Lima´s airport for your flight to Cusco City. Our Representative awaits you in front of the Cusco´s arrival airport hall holding a sheet with your name. After he/she welcomes you in Cusco, he/she takes you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore around this fascinating city as well as to acclimatize to its high altitude. 

The Cusco City is the oldest continuously inhabited city of this continent as well as a hub of the South American travel network! The city attracts people from all around the world, who arrive not only to visit a unique destination, but also to experience an antique culture that differs a lot from the occidental 21st century´s way of life. One could easily spend a week just in and around this site. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and it is not necessary to go far to see other major Inca ruins! This is a city steeped in history, traditions and legends!

Every year, Cusco is visited by thousands of travelers, who come to delve into its noble, but tragic past. It is a perfect base for optional explorations around the city´s surroundings as well as for a range of outdoor activities.
 
Cusco also has got numerous colonial churches. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian - Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco. 

The city is also a perfect base for those more adventurous as it offers a range of optional outdoor activities such as white river rafting on Urubamba River, horseback riding around nearby archaeological sites (Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara) or mountain biking down to Maras-Moray-Salineras and perhaps visiting some Incan sites on the way.

Day 03 - 23rd June: Sacred Valley Tour

One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas that was once an important source of food to Incan people. Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that keep supplying the city of Cusco with much of its production. As it lays 600 metres lower than Cusco, its average temperature is 5ºC higher so it has got a very pleasant climate.

The tour shows us around the major archaeological sites placed in Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. At Pisaq, an optional two hour (5 km) trek allows us to fully appreciate this huge antique Incan city nestled high in this Andean range. Later on, we can observe a colorful handicraft market at the modern Pisaq Town that is without any doubt a unique place to find perfect souvenirs! Then, we stop in Urubamba, considered to be the capital of the valley, where we have a buffet lunch offering Andean cuisine. Afterwards, we continue to the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo, a place that can boast with another large Incan site. Its major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Incan urban planning and engineering! But Ollantaytambo is more than that, it is an alive and breathing Incan town!! Then we start returning to Cusco, but there is one more Incan site expecting us on the way! The site is Chinchero where we enjoy our last guided tour. Later on, we get to Cusco to overnight and get ready for Inti Raymi - the Cusco festival of the Sun 2014!

Day 04 - 24th June: Inti Raymi Tour (Inca festival of the Sun)

The festivity in honor of the Sun god is celebrated in 3 historical scenes.

  • Qorikancha (Golden Temple), it was the principal temple dedicated to the Sun in the Incan era.
  • Plaza de Armas (called by the Incas "Auqaypata", the Warrior Square), which was a huge square during the Inca times where this ceremony was held on a ceremonial platform (“ushnu” in Quechua). From there, the Inca was carried on a golden throne leading a procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsaywaman in the hills above city.
  • Saqsaywaman ("saqsay" and "waman" in Quechua mean "satiate hawk"), which is an impressive archaeological centre situated at 3,555 m.a.s.l., just a kilometre far away from the Inca neighbourhood of Qolqanpata.
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    Program of the Sacsaywaman´s scene:

  • Ceremonial arrival
  • Announcement of the 4 “Suyus” (or the four cardinal points): Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu and Chinchaysuyu
  • Chicha Ritual
  • Sacred Fire Ritual
  • Lama (Andean cameloid) sacrifice and a sign reading (But no worries, there is not any lama killed in fact nowadays! Wink )
  • Sankhu (sacred bread) Reading
  • Q'ochurikuy (burst of popular exaltation)
  • Day 05 - 25th June: Machu Picchu Tour

    Very early in the morning, we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you during a 1 hour and 40 minute ride to the railway station of Ollantaytambo in order to reach Machu Picchu by train. During this 1 hour and 45 minute ride, you experience spectacular changeable landscapes passing through lush fields and colourful villages placed on the foothill of the Andes. The highlight of the way are wonderful views of mountains and the marvellous Urubamba River that runs through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the end, you reach Aguas Calientes, a town just below Machu Picchu, where your Tour Guide welcomes you at the railway station to accompany you to a shuttle bus taking you up to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu following a zigzag path for about 25 minutes. Once in Machu Pichu, your Guide introduces you to the most important attractions of this unique Incan site such as its main square, the Sun Temple, Intiwatana (Sun Clock), the Royal Rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Royal Incas Cemetery. This guided tour takes about 2 and half an hour and then you are given time off to explore around the complex and to climb Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) to take some amazing panoramic photos of Machu Picchu. So please do not forget your camera and enjoy the visit of the "One of the New 7 Wonders of the World"!!
    When you have enjoyed the site enough, you take a shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch (not included in the package) in one of many lovely restaurants offering traditional Andean as well as international cuisine. You can also visit local hot springs (entrance fee of 10 Soles is not included in the package). In the afternoon, we take a train back to Ollantaytambo where our driver expects us in front of the railway station to transfer us back to Cusco.

    Day 06 - 26th June: Flight to Lima

    In the morning, you are transfered back to the airport at Cusco in order to take a flight to Lima. There you are picked-up by our Representative and taken to your hotel. Afterwards, you are given time off to explore the city on your own and buy some souvenirs.

    We can also offer you an optional City Tour of Lima that takes about 3 and half an hour and introduces you Lima in its 3 periods of time: pre-Colombian, Colonial and Modern. The start of the tour is at the archaeological site of the cultures Wari and Inca - “Huaca Pucllana”. After that, it continues to the impressive city centre visiting its colonial palaces, houses, churches and squares. Finally, it takes you to the modern city quarters such as the residential and financial zones of San Isidro and Miraflores with its unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean!!
    We can arrange you the City Tour upon request!

    Day 07 - 27th June: Departure

    Transfer to the Lima´s airport for your international flight.

    End of service!

    Included

    • Welcome by our Representative at arrival;
    • All airport transfers at arrival and departure;
    • 2x domestic flight: Lima - Cusco - Lima;
    • Accommodation: 3* hotel (6 nights);
    • Professional bilingual Tour Guide as per the itinerary;
    • All entrance fees (it means to the Inti Raymi festival in Peru including the huge fortress of Sacsayhuaman within the festival, Machu PicchuPisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero);
    • Meals: 6x breakfast, 1x buffet lunch (during the Sacred Valley Tour);
    • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers;
    • A tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu (Expedition Class);
    • A shuttle bus round trips between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.

    Not Included

    • Pre & post tour accommodation,
    • International flights nor airport departure taxes,
    • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu (extra $80) nor to Machu Picchu Mountain ($80),
    • Meals not mentioned,
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips and baggage portage (Please note: It is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory.),
    • Other extras not mentioned.

    Meals budget: Please allow USD 50 - 100 for meals not included.

    Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for the Inti Raymi tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights.

    Local flights: There are two local flights included in the cost of the tour. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process the air ticket! Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!

    Highlights by Archaeological Sites

    • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
    • The ruins from the Inca Mountain
    • Visit the Sacred Valley of Incas
    • Cherish the celebration of the Sun

     

    Best moment of the Trek

    • The landing to the lost citadel and the celebration of the Sun from different sites

     

    Encampment Equipment

    • Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
      Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.

     

    Additionals

    • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
    • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
    • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
    • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

    Doubts and Frequent Questions about Inti Raymi 2018

    Here is everything you need to know about Inti Raymi 2018.

    What is the Inti Raymi?

    The "Inti Raymi" or "Sun Feast" was the most important religious festival during the time of the Incas. Until today it is still represented every June 24 in the architectural complex of Sacsayhuaman.

    The ceremony starts in the Sun Temple or Qoricancha, then all activities are turned to the Main Square, where the mixture of culture is more than obvious since the Inca former governor of all the empire is related to the current authorities of the city of Cusco. And finally the ceremony takes place in Saqsayhuaman.

    Undoubtedly one of its main attractions is the Sacsayhuaman enclosure, a monumental architectural complex located in the north of Cusco, two kilometers from the city and at 3671 m.a.s.l. Sacsayhuaman was one of the most important fortresses of the Tahuantinsuyo and is also considered one of the wonders of the world. 

    Without a doubt, the Inti Raymi festival is a tradition in the city of Cusco, where every year many tourists come to see this great show. If you plan to enjoy this feast, we recommend you to book with our agency that is specialized in this holiday so that you can organize everything and you just worry about enjoying.


    How to book the Inti Raymi 2018?

    The Inti Raymi 2018 or Sun Feast takes place in the city of Cusco on June 24 of each year. Has a great reputation throughout the world, as many travelers visit Cusco just to see the feast. 

    The right way to make a reservation to see the Inti Raymi 2018 feast is through a travel agency in Cusco that takes care of everything you need so that you only worry about enjoying the Inti Raymi 2018 feast.

     

    What to bring to see the Inti Raymi?
    We recommend carrying the following:
    • Camera.
    • Sunscreen, hats, hats or umbrellas to protect from the sun.
    • Warm clothes, since the climate of Cusco is very variable and just as there can be a radiant sun it could also make something cold.
    • Extra money, because on that day the surroundings of Saqsayhuaman become a fair where you can enjoy many things like typical foods of the region or some other activities all that before during or after the Inti Raymi.

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