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6-Day Inti Raymi Tour - Experience the Festival of the Sun
Product Code: 4486-402235


  • • Live an amazing experience attending the Inti Raymi ceremony
  • • This festival is now recreated every year starting at the Temple of the Sun (the Qoricancha)
  • • Participating in a traditional Andean Offering to the Earth Mother to prepare yourself for the rite
Tour Code
6 days
Departure City
End City
Tour Type:
English, Spanish

Experience: Cultural, Historical, Nature, Backpacker

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Day 01


Hotel: Local Hotel or similar

Arrival in Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and relax while you acclimatise to the altitude.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02

Offering to the Earth Mother

Hotel: Local Hotel or similar

You’ll have the morning free to explore the stunning streets of Cusco. Visit the markets, wander the city’s cobblestone streets, or enjoy a locally grown coffee while sitting on an intricately carved colonial balcony.

In the afternoon, we will show our appreciation and respect for the natural world with a traditional Andean Offering to the Earth Mother (Pachamama) ministered by an authentic Q’ero-community shaman. This is the perfect way to understand Inti Raymi and its veneration of the natural world.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03

Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes

Hotel: Local Hotel or similar

We’ll visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, travelling through picturesque canyons, stopping at a lookout high above the village of Taray to see the length of the Valley, and finally reaching the market town of Pisac.

Here you can wander through the endless artisan stalls, visit the local bakery with its huge stone oven, and meet the town’s interesting inhabitants.

Next, we will visit the ruins of Pisac, a spectacular Inca site located along the length of a ridgeline high above the village of the same name. Here, we will learn about the Intiwatana (Sun Temple) and its religious significance. We’ll next follow the sacred Vilcanota River to the tranquil town of Urubamba, where a traditional buffet lunch awaits us.

Finally, we’ll depart for the well preserved and still-functioning Inca town of Ollantaytambo and its fortress. We'll end by taking an afternoon train* to the town of Aguas Calientes for the evening.

* Note that train schedules are based on availability, and you may be required to leave the tour of Ollantaytambo a bit early or to wait in town for an evening train.

Day 04

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Hotel: Local Hotel or similar

Wake up to verdant hills and the song of birds as you prepare for your visit to Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Wonder of the World. You’ll learn about the Inca culture as you are guided through the complex’s most important sites. Enjoy the rest of your day revisiting your favorite places, meditating, or even returning to town to for a dip in the hot springs.

We'll return to Cusco by train this evening.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05

Inti Raymi / Cusco

Hotel: Local Hotel or similar

Every year the Inca would celebrate the winter solstice in honor of their most venerated God, the Sun (Inti). We’ll follow the wild celebrations and dancing as they move from the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), the Plaza de Armas, and finally on to the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman. All along, you’ll have the assistance of a guide to explain the intricacies of the ceremony.

Inti Raymi
The Inti Raymi party was a ceremony practiced by the Inca in honor of their sun god or called Inti (Quechua), this ceremony was the most important of the Inca empire, since the sun was their maximum deity, This ceremony was held in the capital of the empire of Tawantinsuyo (Cusco) and held each winter solstice.

There were several reasons that led the Inca civilization to make sacrifices and offerings to the Sun. One was the Inca. As Cuzco nobility, they were considered as the natural children of the Sun and thus sacrifices and offerings were made in accordance to important solar events such as solstices. Times of harvest were also important as if the corn crop was good, they had to be thankful and if it was bad, they had to beg for the coming year to compensate them with good production.

In June (winter solstice), the sun was going away, the cold increased and the early mornings were frosty, therefore they had to ask the sun to come back and to stay harnessed to the Inti huatana (much like a sun dial which served as a hitching post for the sun) to preserve light and warmth instead of moving continually northward. Finally, we had to show him, the god Inti, eternity and total surrender of their children, with submission and respect.

More than six centuries ago, the Inca Pachakuteq instituted the Feast of the god Sol Cusqueños currently still celebrated as Inti Raymi with the same fervor with which their ancestors performed in the splendid times of the empire.

The contemporary version of Inti Raymi is from June 24, 1944 when the festivities were instituted in the city in memory of their ancient origin and cradle of the Great Inca Civilization.

The festival in honor of the Sun God, is currently performed in the three historical and natural scenarios that are usually used:

• The Qorikancha (Golden Sanctuary): In the Inca era was the main temple dedicated to the sun. This is where the whole ceremony begins. At 8:00 am appears the Sinchi, (General of the Inca Army), then the Imperial Army and then the Acclas (women chosen), follow the t'ika t'aqaqkunas (women who throw flowers to the ground for the passage of the inka ) And the pichaqkunas (men who clean the ground), all to the son of pututos, quenas, tinyas, where the Inca and his wife (Qoya) appear, followed by his royal entourage and nobility, accompanied by the high priest (willaq Umu ), The Inca in ceremony performs an Andean offerings to the sun god, then they go to the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.

• The Plaza de Armas (the ancient Auqaypata or Hill of the weeping): During the incanate, in this immense square the ceremony was completely developed in the middle of the great ushnu or ceremonial platform. The second act of the Inti Raymi (and one of the most awaited in Cusco) takes place in the Plaza de Armas of the Imperial City At 10:00 am. As far as the Inca came to address his father the Sun and fellow citizens. In the usnu (upper part) built in the middle of the square, the Inca will go in Quechua to the Sun, who orders him to do a t'ínku (fortune-telling with coca leaves). The ceremony concludes with the demand of a sacrifice of the sun god. Then the Inca will address all, citing that it will fulfill the will of the Sun and that for it will go to Sacsayhuamán.

• Saqsaywaman (voice deriving from the Quechua words "saqsay" and "waman" which translates into Spanish means "sacíate hawk"). This impressive archaeological center is located at 3,555 m.s.n.m., one kilometer from the Inca district of Qolqanpata. It is here where the most important traditions of this festival are celebrated.

At: 12:00 pm:
• Ceremonial site.
• Report of the 4 Suyus or Regions: Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu and Chinchaysuyu.
• Rite of the Chicha (Inca drink).
• Rite of the Sacred Fire.
• Sacrifice of the Flame (Andean camelid) and omens.
• Rite of the Sankhu (holy bread).
• Q'ochurikuy (burst of popular exaltation).

Breakfast and boxed lunch are included.
Day 06


Transfer to the airport after breakfast and the end of our services. Happy travels!

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions


Package Includes

  • 5-Nights at 3-star accommodations throughout.
  • Private arrival and departure transfers from the Cusco airport.
  • Welcome briefing upon arrival.
  • Offering to the Earth Mother with an authentic Andean Shaman.
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the Cusco Tourist Ticket.
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee.
  • Guided tour of the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Return bus tickets: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Return train tickets: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Guide for the Inti Raymi Festival.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches).

Package Excludes

  • Local airfare to get to Cusco
  • International airfare
Special Notes
  • Departing on : June 20-25 every year.
  • Please do book in time to confirm your assistance to the Inti Raymi
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