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    Inti Raymi Festival and Machu Picchu

    4 day Inti Raymi and Machu Picchu tour  involves Inti Raymi festival in Cusco and Machu Picchu day tour, inclusion the hotel, entrance fee to the festival of the sun and Machu Picchu ticket. Inti Raymi ( in quechua “Festivity of the Sun) is an Andean and Incan celebration in honor of the “Inti” or God of Sun which took place every June 24th in the South Hemisphere. Current Andean settlers with the presence of National and International tourists keep on this important celebration which is considered an important and relevant festivity held in Cusco. Because it is an Incan tradition, “Inti Raymi” is kept as a ritual for many indigenous communities related to the Inca’s legacy. Some of these communities are in other parts of South America like Ecuador, Colombia, Jujuy in Argentina, Bolivia and of course Peru.

    In the Inca’s era, this ceremony was held at plaza Huacaypata (also known as Plaza Mayor) with the attendance of one hundred thousand people. When the conquerors arrived this celebration was held in secrecy. Winter solstice is the shortest day and with the longest night of the year.

    Tierras Vivas Travel wants to share this breathtaking celebration with you, visit our web page and contact us to book your quota in advance. Come and visit Cusco to have an unforgettable adventure. Bring your family and friends to this wonderful and historical country, you will never regret it.


    Quick Itinerary

    • Day 01 (23 June): Cusco
    • Day 02 (24 June): Inti Raymi Festival Tour
    • Day 03 (25 June): Machu Picchu
    • Day 04 (26 June): Departure

    Highlights of the Inti Raymi Festival Tour :

    • Celebrate the famous Inti Raymi festival in Peru
    • Witness the majesty of the Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu
    • Learn about the Incan culture 
    • Wander through the Inca´s streets of Cusco
    • Participate in a guided tour following the Inti Raymi celebration
    • Reach Machu Picchu by train – a quick and comfortable way to visit this Inca´s ancient city
    • Experience a guided visit of Machu Picchu – the New Wonder of the World

    Crew: Tierras Vivas Representatives in Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide.

    Accommodation: 3* hotels (3 nights).

    Meals: 4x breakfast, 1x Box lunch on the Inti Raymi.

    Transportation: Transportation by private van, a train round trip (Expedition Class).


    Resposinble Travel

    San Martin de Porres School

    If you reserve this trip, you will be making a donation to the school for special needs children, click here please

    Tierras Vivas Porters

    Tierras Vivas DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our porters carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!! There is still a long way to go when it comes to a reserve of adequate meals, backpacks and warm dry sleeping accommodation. click here

    Each Year Tierras Vivas hots a Christmas party in Patacancha. Family porters


    Day 01: Cusco

    Our Representative awaits you in front of the Cusco´s arrival airport hall holding a sheet with your name. After he/she welcomes you in Cusco, he/she takes you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore around this fascinating city as well as to acclimatize to its high altitude. 

    The Cusco City is the oldest continuously inhabited city of this continent as well as a hub of the South American travel network! The city attracts people from all around the world, who arrive not only to visit a unique destination, but also to experience an antique culture that differs a lot from the occidental 21st century´s way of life. One could easily spend a week just in and around this site. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and it is not necessary to go far to see other major Inca ruins! This is a city steeped in history, traditions and legends!

    Every year, Cusco is visited by thousands of travelers, who come to delve into its noble, but tragic past. It is a perfect base for optional explorations around the city´s surroundings as well as for a range of outdoor activities.
    Cusco also has got numerous colonial churches. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian – Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco. 

    The city is also a perfect base for those more adventurous as it offers a range of optional outdoor activities such as white river rafting on Urubamba River, horseback riding around nearby archaeological sites (Sacsayhuaman, QenqoTambomachay and Puca Pucara) or mountain biking down to MarasMoraySalineras and perhaps visiting some Incan sites on the way.

    Day 02: Inti Raymi Tour (Inca festival of the Sun)

    The festivity in honor of the Sun god is celebrated in 3 historical scenes.

    • Qorikancha (Golden Temple), it was the principal temple dedicated to the Sun in the Incan era.
    • Plaza de Armas (called by the Incas “Auqaypata”, the Warrior Square), which was a huge square during the Inca times where this ceremony was held on a ceremonial platform (“ushnu” in Quechua). From there, the Inca was carried on a golden throne leading a procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsaywaman in the hills above city.
    • Saqsaywaman (“saqsay” and “waman” in Quechua mean “satiate hawk”), which is an impressive archaeological centre situated at 3,555 m.a.s.l., just a kilometre far away from the Inca neighbourhood of Qolqanpata.

     Program of the Sacsaywaman´s scene:

    • Ceremonial arrival
    • Announcement of the 4 “Suyus” (or the four cardinal points): Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu and Chinchaysuyu
    • Chicha Ritual
    • Sacred Fire Ritual
    • Lama (Andean cameloid) sacrifice and a sign reading (But no worries, there is not any lama killed in fact nowadays!
    • Sankhu (sacred bread) Reading
    • Q’ochurikuy (burst of popular exaltation)

    Day 03: Machu Picchu Tour

    Very early in the morning, we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you during a 1 hour and 40 minute ride to the railway station of Ollantaytambo in order to reach Machu Picchu by train. During this 1 hour and 45 minute ride, you experience spectacular changeable landscapes passing through lush fields and colourful villages placed on the foothill of the Andes. The highlight of the way are wonderful views of mountains and the marvellous Urubamba River that runs through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the end, you reach Aguas Calientes, a town just below Machu Picchu, where your Tour Guide welcomes you at the railway station to accompany you to a shuttle bus taking you up to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu following a zigzag path for about 25 minutes. Once in Machu Pichu, your Guide introduces you to the most important attractions of this unique Incan site such as its main square, the Sun Temple, Intiwatana (Sun Clock), the Royal Rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Royal Incas Cemetery. This guided tour takes about 2 and half an hour and then you are given time off to explore around the complex and to climb Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) to take some amazing panoramic photos of Machu Picchu. So please do not forget your camera and enjoy the visit of the “One of the New 7 Wonders of the World”!!

    When you have enjoyed the site enough, you take a shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch (not included in the package) in one of many lovely restaurants offering traditional Andean as well as international cuisine. You can also visit local hot springs (entrance fee of 10 Soles is not included in the package). In the afternoon, we take a train back to Ollantaytambo where our driver expects us in front of the railway station to transfer us back to Cusco.

    Day 04: Departure

    Transfer to the Cusco´s airport for your international flight.

    End of service!



    • Welcome by our Representative at arrival;
    • All airport transfers at arrival and departure;
    • Accommodation: 3* hotel (3 nights);
    • Professional bilingual Tour Guide as per the itinerary;
    • All entrance fees (it means to the Inti Raymi festival in Peru including the huge fortress of Sacsayhuaman within the festival, Machu Picchu;
    • Meals: 3x breakfast. 1x Box lunch on the Inti Raymi;
    • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers;
    • A tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu (Expedition Class);
    • A shuttle bus round trips between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.

    Not Included:

    • Pre & post tour accommodation,
    • International and Local flights nor airport departure taxes,
    • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($80)
    • Meals not mentioned,
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips and baggage portage (Please note: It is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory.),
    • Other extras not mentioned.

    Meals budget: Please allow USD 20 – 50 for meals not included.

    Single room: Please note that if you have booked the “Single Room” option for the Inti Raymi tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights.

    Local flights: There are two local flights are not included in the cost of the tour. 

    Tierras Vivas representative

    All Tierras Vivas adventurous group tours are accompanied by a Tierras Vivas Tour Guide, a Representative or an expedition team. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.


    Accommodation during the tour to Inti Raymi

    These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:

    Accommodation in Cusco:

    Hotel Prisma

    Address: Calle Matara N 394, Cusco

    Tel: (+51)  84 224466

    During the tour, we request our hotels to get ready your rooms for time of your arrival, especially, if you arrive prior to standard check-in time. Nevertheless, this is not always possible. In this case, you just store your luggage in that hotel storage room and you can explore around your new destination in between.

    Please note! If you have purchased pre or post trip accommodation, you might be asked to change your room during your trip.

    What to take

    • Passport Original and copies
    • Travel insurance(+ copies for a case of lost),
    • Flight tickets,
    • Cash in USD or credit cards,
    • Our service voucher (sent by us to you),
    • Entry visa and a proof of vaccination (if applicable),
    • Day pack (to carry your personal items during daily travels),
    • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho – this can be purchased in Cusco),
    • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
    • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
    • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
    • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
    • Sun cream or sun block,
    • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
    • Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria has been reported during this trip!),
    • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
    • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
    • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
    • Small towel and toiletries,
    • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
    • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
    • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
      Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
    • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle.
      Important: plastic bottles are not allowed on the Classic Inca Trail! Please bring a metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles!
    • Optional: walking sticks (please note: rubber covers are required for the Inca Trail!!); you can also rent it from us,
    • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during entire Inca Trail, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.

    Inti Raymi 2023

    The sun was moving away during the winter solstice, the cold increased, in the dawns the water was frosty, therefore, it was necessary to ask the Sun to return, that the morning sun would not continue advancing towards the north. Finally, it was necessary to witness to the god Inti, the eternity and total surrender of his children, with submission and respect.

    The Inka Pachakuteq ordered the construction of the Qorikancha, a magnificent temple dedicated to reverence the Sun, a god in whose honor the festival of INTI RAYMI was consecrated, which reaches outlines of solemnity and splendor, as described by the most important chroniclers.

    More than six centuries ago, the Inka Pachakuteq instituted the Feast to the Sun God and nowadays the cusquenian people continue to represent it with the same fervor with which their ancestors performed it. Inti Raymi 20203

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