The feast of the sun is a rather ancient ceremony that was celebrated since Inca times in honor of the Sun God, originally it was held on the winter solstice every June 21 because it was the moment when the earth turned away from the sun in such a sense, the Andean community considered that their Father God, the Sun, was abandoning their people and, therefore, it was necessary to hold a feast asking for the return of their God. Today the party takes place every June 24th, which coincides with the date on which the city was refounded by the Spanish conquest in 1533. The ceremony has 3 stages, it usually starts at the Temple of the Sun, then at the city's Plaza de Armas and finally the most important part of the festival is held in Sacsayhuamán.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
We will travel back in time and try to imagine that we are part of the great festival of the sun, which was celebrated every June 21 in the past and that today every 24th the staging of the festival of the sun takes place, where we will be participants in the ceremony central in Sacsayhuaman together with our guide who will be our translator since all the staging is in the native Quechua language.
**** By hiring this tour, you can enjoy the main ceremony that takes place in Sacsayhuaman, comfortably sitting in one of the booths already reserved for you and your group of friends or family
Day 1: CUSCO – INTI RAYMI – CUSCO
Our tour lasts all day starting with the pick up of our passengers from 6 in the morning, the first place where we will appreciate the start of the ceremony will be in the temple of the sun or Coricancha, this stage will last for Approximately 1 hour, our guide in charge of the excursion will gradually tell us the story of the initiation ceremony and will translate the interpretation of the actors since the entire party is staged in the Quechua language.
At the end of the beginning stage we will move with our guide to the city's main square where the second stage of the ceremony called the meeting of 2 worlds will take place since the mayor of the city will have a conversation with the Inca, in representation of the past with the present. This stage of the ceremony will last approximately 50 minutes.
As a final activity, once the ceremony is finished in the main square of the city, we will board our transport that will take us to the Sacsayhuaman sector to see the final outcome, this stage of the festivity lasts approximately 3 hours, to enjoy all this show we will have previously reserved seats for the entire Group.
After the ceremony, we will return to our transport to return to the city of Cusco arriving at approximately 4:00 pm.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Pick up from hotel
- Private tourist transport
- Professional English Guide
- Entrance tickets
- First Aid kit
- Reserved seating during the main ceremony
- Box Lunch
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Tips for the driver, guide
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
- Free transfer from the airport to the hotel
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
All our services start at the airport of the city of Cusco where our driver will be waiting for the arrival of your flight to be able to drive you to the hotel of your choice, this service has no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with your flight details and confirmation 1 or 2 days before your arrival in the city, our staff will be waiting with the Terra Peru Aventuras sign which you have to locate.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE TOURS FOR THE SUN FESTIVAL?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk or trip, then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions)
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
There are medications that could achieve better acclimatization, but since we are not doctors, we suggest you drink plenty of water and coca infusions to achieve better acclimatization.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- Small backpack
- Confortable shoes
- Warm jacket and mountain pants, or jeans
- Clothing for variable temperatures
- Camera with charged batteries
- Sunscreen: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
- Fleece, gloves, scarf, wool cap ( for the afternoon)
- Waterproof jacket and/or rain poncho
- Water bottle
- personal first-aid kit (if you have any personal medication, you must take it with you)
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
- Toilet paper
- Personal documents (Passport)