The Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun was an Inca ceremony that was performed on Cusco, the capital of Tawantinsuyo, between the final period of the harvest and the beginning of the vernal equinox of the Andes, ie in the second half of June.
On June 24, the feast in honor of the Sun God, is done in the three historical and natural landscapes that are commonly used for the staging:
- The Qorikancha (Temple of Sun)
- The Plaza de Armas (the old Auqaypata or Plaza del Guerrero)
- Saqsaywaman: This impressive archaeological site is 3,555 m.s.n.m., one kilometer Inca Qolqanpataneighborhood.
The central ceremony of Inti Raymi is performed on the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman, in which space the stands of appreciation are enabled with capacity for 3,859 spectators, distributed as follows:
SCHEDULE OF CEREMONY
- 9:OO hrs. Qorikancha: Start of staging. Duration 30 minutes.
- 11:OO hrs. Auqaypata (Plaza de Armas): The Inca and his royal entourage, enter through the Inti K’ijllu street. Duration 45 minutes.
- 13:3O hrs. Esplanade of Saqsaywaman: Central Ceremony. Duration 90 minutes.
Enjoy the Inti Raymi 2016 through our tours to Cusco