Inca Festival of the Sun





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Why celebrate the Inca Festival of the Sun?

If your idea of sun-worshiping is fighting early morning Germans for deckchairs, scorching sun, sea and sangria then we’re happy for you. We really are. But here at Life of Riley, we have a more… exciting definition of sun-worshiping - sunrise, solstice and sacrifice! 
For over five hundred years, the Incan Empire has ushered in the sun’s new year and now you can join thousands of Peruvians and like-minded sun-seekers for a celebration of worship, dancing, music and lavish, multi-coloured reenactments.
Your pilgrimage to the Sun-god begins in Lima with a chance to celebrate Winter Solstice at the 2,000 year old (Pre-Inca) archaeological site of Pachacamac. From there, you’ll be whisked by train to Machu Picchu, the unbelievable ancient Inca site nestled in the clouds.   

Sounds Inca-redible! What makes the trip such a highlight?

Then it’s on to Cusco for the main event… Inti Raymi - The Festival of the Sun. On the 24th June, thousands of costumed players, representing the four corners of the empire carry the Inca King and Queen upon ornate thrones to Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent ancient fortress on the outskirts of the city.
There, music and dancing become prayer as the Inca offer a “sacrifice” to Pachamama, their Mother Earth… in joining them, you can help guarantee a whole nation a plentiful harvest, and how many holidays offer that? Not many! 

In short:

  • Sunrise, solstice and sacrifice at a 500-year-old Incan Festival!
  • celebrate Winter Solstice at 2,000-year-old Pachacamac
  • Be whisked by train to Machu Picchu
  • Travel to Cusco for Inti Raymi - The Festival of the Sun
  • A celebration of worship, dancing, music and lavish reenactments
Will Howell Cornes
Will Howell Cornes Author & Events Manager