Inti Raymi

Festival Of The Sun 2016

I was so excited to be able to celebrate Inti Raymi with the local people. The Sun Festival is the largest gathering of the year with members of each tribe coming from all four regions. There were over 500,000 people in attendance.

Inti Raymi

The Main Square (Plaza de Armas)

We were so fortunate to have balcony seats for the celebrations in The Main Square of Plaza de Armas so we had an amazing view. The first Inti Raymi was in 1412 with the last celebration in 1535, after which the Spanish and the Catholic priests banned all festivities

Inti Raymi

In 1944 the people started theatrical recreations of the original ceremony on June 24, attracting thousands of tourists each year. Men and women wear traditional colors representing their region.

Inti Raymi

In Quechan Inti means Sun and Raymi means celebration – In celebration of the Sun God, the most venerated God in Inca religion.

Inti Raymi

Coya: The Sapa Inca’s sister/wife, also known as his principal wife, and queen of the Inca empire.

Inti Raymi

Saksaywaman

The ceremonies took place at two locations and we had front row seats in Saksaywaman. The dancing was just incredible to watch and the women were absolutely gorgeous.

Have you experienced Inti Raymi The Sun Festival?  Share your visit with me in the comments below!

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Born and raised in South Florida, Angela Moved to Houston 10 years ago to follow her dreams with a corporate start-up. Ten years later, she is now following a new dream of retiring from corporate life in five years to travel full time as a sponsored travel blogger. Come along the journey with her as she makes the dream come true.

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