Launch of the Feasts of Cusco 2016

Ancient fire ritual was staged to begin the Festivities of Cusco and the Inti Raymi 2016.

More than 200 actors on stage gave life to the ancient Inca ritual called ‘Willqa Nina‘ the same that was staged in the Temple of the Qorikancha to officially begin with the Feasts of Cusco.

Lanzamiento de las Fiestas del Cusco

Guided by the Inca, played by cusqueño player Nivardo Carrillo, musicians, priests and Inca warriors danced a ritual fire, whereby they asked the gods and apus (guardians) tutelary of Cusco, your permission, to begin the festivities in honor of the Imperial City.

Lanzamiento de las Fiestas del Cusco 2016

The ceremony, held Wednesday night April 27, drew thousands of cusquenians and tourists, who enjoyed the magic, music and color, which occurred in the event developed by the Municipal Company of Festivities of the Cusco (EMUFEC), which used the occasion to launch the general program of the Festivities of Cusco, they already started and will be held during the months of May, June and July.

Corpus Christi


Considered one of the most lavish celebrations of Cusco, consists in the procession of 15 images of saints and virgins from the various parishes of Cusco, to greet the Body of Christ.

Multitudinous celebration held in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, complemented by gastronomic traditions, being the Chiriuchu (cold picnic) representative dish religious holiday.


It is known that when the Spaniards arrived in Cusco, they saw the cult deities or mummies that were carried in procession was made by the Incas, reason for which they ended that manifestation considered pagan and inserted the place of the gods images of virgins and saints, thus was born this holiday. Today there are 15 images that come out in procession:

  1. San Antonio parish of San Cristobal
  2. St. Jerome’s parish district of San Jeronimo
  3. San Cristobal parish of San Cristobal
  4. San Sebastian parish in the district of San Sebastián
  5. Santa Barbara parish district of Poroy
  6. St. Anne parish of Santa Ana
  7. Santiago Apostle Parish of Santiago
  8. San Blas parish of San Blas
  9. St. Peter parish of San Pedro
  10. St. Joseph parish in Bethlehem
  11. Virgin Nativity Parish of Almudena
  12. Virgin of Remedios church of Santa Catalina
  13. Purified Virgin parish of St. Peter
  14. Virgin of Bethlehem in the parish of Bethlehem
  15. Virgin of the Immaculate Conception also called “La Linda” of the Cathedral.


Chiriuchu - Corpus Christi - Cusco - Peru

The Chiriuchu is an emblematic dish of the feast of Corpus Christi, this pottage dates from the time of the Incas and the colony, Chiriuchu meaning Chiri = cold and uchu = chili pepper. This plate has the ingredients as boiled chicken, bakedcuy, charqui or chalona, accompanied with delicious tortillas or flour fritters, roasted corn, cheese, sausage, seaweed (algae), chorizo and egg cups fish or “cau cau” and for those who like spicy, infaltable hot pepper is present.


  • Wednesday May 25: Entrance
  • Thursday, May 26: Central Day
  • Thursday, 02 June: Eighth of Corpus

Inti Raymi


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)

Inti Raymi en el Qorikancha

  • The Plaza de Armas (the old Auqaypata or Plaza del Guerrero)

Inti Raymi - Plaza de Armas

  • Saqsaywaman: This impressive archaeological site is 3,555 m.s.n.m., one kilometer Inca Qolqanpataneighborhood.

Inti Raymi at Saqsaywaman


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:

Tribunas Inti Raymi


Planification of Inti Raymi


  • 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

Source: Emufec