This fascinating event is the traditional and colorful celebration of the Inca’s heritage which see thousands of people converging on Cuzco to honor it.
The annual Inti Raymi is a traditional Inca Festival of the Sun, a religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the god Inti, the deity in Inca religion. It also welcomes the new agricultural year. On June 24th, it takes place in the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru, and coincides with the winter solstice and harvest time.
Celebrations for the festival begins a week before, leading up to the main event. Cusco’s main plaza or La Plaza de Armas turns into a colorful and energizing party with Peruvian music, street fairs, live concerts, lavish feasts and colorful dancers, each representing a different part of Peru’s history and culture.
At the Incan archaeological site Sacsayhuaman, over 500 hundred actors take part in the elaborate cultural re-enactments. At sunset, a great fire and dance ritual honors Tawantinsuyo, the name the Inca gave their territory.