The “Festival of the Sun”, is celebrated in Cusco every year on June 24th; where more than 200 thousand people come together to witness the most beautiful re-enactment of the most important festival of the Inca empire to celebrate the winter solstice. The solstice begins on the 21st of June, but according to a sundial used by the Incas, the sun stays some days in the same place before rising on the 24th of June. This day is acknowledged as the Inti Raymi!
The Inti Raymi is now the second largest festival on South America and for this reason you must book this tour well in advance.
Settings for the Inti Raymi Ceremony:
The celebration of the “Inti Raymi” on June 24th , in honor of the Sun God, is made in the three historic and natural sceneries:
- The “QORIKANCHA”
or the temple of the Sun of the Incas; here the celebration begins at 9:00am and last for 45 minutes. This part is public and there’s no seats, no ticket is required to see this act.
- The “Plaza de Armas”
“HAUQAYPATA” or the main square; in the time of the Incas this vast square was used for important ceremonies, which took place entirely in the great “ushnu” or ceremonial platform. The ceremony here begins at 11:00 and ends one hour later. This part is another public part, do not need a ticket and there’s no seats available for the public.
It’s located at 2 kms from the city of Cusco at 3,560 masl. The name is in the ancient language used by the Incas (Qhechua). Here the ceremony begins at 13:30pm and is for 1:30 hours. This is the final and may act, entrance ticket is required and the public will have a numbered seat at the grandstand selected (orange, red or green)
Which Ticket to buy?
The first thing you should know is that the Inti Raymi has 3 parts, the first two (Q’oricancha and Plaza de Armas) are public and do not have bleachers where the spectators can sit, that’s why we pick up our passengers early, in this way our groups can get a good location.
The Inti Raymi tickets are for the private part in Sacsayhuaman which is the final and main part of the Inti Raymi. Each ticket has printed:
- Complete Name
- ID N° (Passport)
- Grandstand colour(Orange, Blue or Green)
- Seat N°
There are three grandstand at Sacsayhuaman:
- Orange 10 meters away to the stage.
- Red 17meters away to the stage.
- Green 25 meters away to the stage.
How to print my tickets?
The reservation system of the Inti Raymi Tickets allows printing a few days before the celebration of Inti Raymi (15 days approximately), while Madec Tours – PERU once a customer makes a purchase sends a confirmation email and afterwards, we send to our customer a voucher of services with the data of the holder (s) of the Inti Raymi ticket (s), in the voucher the following information is consigned:
- Complete name of the Inti Raymi ticket holder, with the preferred seating colour (green, orange or blue).
- Holder’s hotel or meeting point.
- Pick up time.
- Box lunch type (regular or vegetarian).
- Guiding language (use to be the same as your service voucher).
- Contact information of the travel agency.
When our transfer pick up our customer(s) will issue the(ir) Inti Raymi ticket(s), that a safety way for us to be sure our customer(s) don’t forget or loose the(ir) Inti Raymi ticket(s)
What to Bring?
We suggest to all our customers to bring:
- Hat or cape.
- Sun block (cream or spray).
- 01 extra water bottled.
- Snacks (dry fruit, cookies etc).
- Long sleeve shirt or T-shirt.
- Tennis or walking shoes.
- Extra money – cash in local currency (Soles).
- Personal medication.
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards.