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Inti Raymi Festival in Cusco

Inti Raymi Festival and Machu Picchu 5 Days

$1,046.00

Travel to Machu Picchu includes participate in the Inti Raymi and visiting Cusco attractions.

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: IRM05D
TYPE SERVICE: Group Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Customize
ACTIVITIES: Cultural & History, Family Friendly
DESTINATION: Cusco, Inti Raymi, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Travel to Machu Picchu includes participate in the Inti Raymi and visiting Cusco attractions
The Inti Raymi Festival, which literally translates to ‘Festival of the Sun’, was celebrated as a religious festival by the Incas to worship the Sun. This 5-day exciting tour to the Inti Raymi Festival is one you will always remember. The Inca Empire celebrated this festival in the honor of their most admired God, Inca. That is why it holds special importance and is celebrated on the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice. To be a part of this religious ceremony and to enjoy the traditions followed by the Incas, one must visit Machu Picchu on the 24th of June. Our amazing tour package will take you to a unique journey of this fascinating religious commemoration. With this Machu Picchu package, you get a peek into the rich cultural history of Latin America.

Highlights

  • Become part of a tradition that is maintained until our days.
  • Be part of the most important festival of the Inca Empire the Inti Raymi.
  • Visit Pisac Market, and indulge of the colors in the beautiful sights.
  • The Inti Raymi involves music, colorful costumes and the sharing of food.
  • Have a feel of the historical glory of Machu Picchu.
  • A guide would be your company in this exploring, and provide you with valuable knowledge.
  • The Inti Raymi, Sun festival in honor of the god celebrated in Cusco.

Day 1 – Arrival to Cusco and City Tour & Archeological ruins

  • On arrival in Cusco, assistance at the airport and transport to your hotel. The rest of the morning is free to rest in order to avoid ill effects due to the high altitude.
  • Pick up from the hotel at 13:20pm – Tour begins from Cusco’s Main Square, Plaza de Armas.
  • Includes a visit to Cusco’s cathedral in which you will be able to see the intricate woodwork and colonial paintings that contain detailed Incan iconography.
  • After, we will head to the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha) upon which the Convent of Santo Domingo has been built. Interesting fact: according to a legend, this temple was entirely gold plated which left many conquerors impressed with its magnificence when they came here!
  • The tour continues with visits to 4 archeological sites: Sacsayhuaman is an archeological complex, a masterpiece of Incan architecture in which you will see mindboggling huge stone blocks, almost 9 meters in height that are still placed perfectly. Qenqo Temple is a temple dedicated to animal worship. Puca Pucara is another Incan archeological site located on top of a hill, used as a fort and administrative center. Tambomachay, which is also known as the Inca Baths.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals included: None.

 

Day 2 – Festival of the Inti Raymi (the Sun God)

  • The festival is full of religious rituals which the tour will follow from day one. Watch the Sun in Cusco with a complete guided tour complete with all the divine rituals performed by the people of old Inca capital. Dancing, religious offerings, and sacrifices are also a part of this tour.
  • Breakfast at hotel; at 08:00am, you will be picked up from your hotel, and transfer to the Koricancha or temple of the sun, where the festival begins. You will be provided with a dedicated guide for the entire tour.
  • You’ll be witnessing the staging of the ceremony in Qoricancha. The whole day is about experiencing the Inti Raymi Festival of the Sun. In the festival you will watch various rituals and performances by the locals. Then you will visit the Main Square of the city. Observe the ending of the ceremony at the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman and enjoy a complimentary lunch. Revel in the performance by the folkloric groups after the ceremony ends.
  • Between 15:00pm or 16:00pm, you return to your hotel.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Box-lunch

 

Day 3 – Full day to Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo)

  • Breakfast at hotel; Pick up from your hotel at 07:30am.
  • We will embark on a journey back in time to the Inca´s Sacred Valley beginning in Pisac, 31 km from Cusco. The ancient Incan archeological site and city is located on the top of a mountain. There you will have the chance to witness the impressive stonemasonry skill of our ancient ancestors.
  • Afterward you will go down into the quaint little town and wander through its colorful market where you can buy intricate, beautifully hand crafted products.
  • Afterward lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
  • Then we will continue to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious, and agricultural center of the Incas located at the top of a mountain. Note: unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design including outstanding stone buildings and narrow streets. It was once used as a fortress, administrative and urban center.
  • After the tour we will make our way to the Ollantaytambo train station where we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 4 – Visit Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 06:00am take bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
  • From 10:30am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Poroy station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 5 – Departure from Cusco

  • Breakfast at hotel; at the scheduled time our representative will meet you in the hotel lobby, transfer and assistance on your departure.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.

PRICES PER PERSON

HOTEL CATEGORY Single Room Double Room Triple Room
Tourist US$ 1205 US$ 1046 US$ 1023
Superior Tourist US$ 1519 US$ 1220 US$ 1191

(*) There is additional cost for single supplement.

What’s included 5 day Inti Raymi and Machu Picchu Tour?

  • Accommodation: 4 night(s) in hotel(s) in Cusco.
  • Excursions: Cusco, Inti Raymi Festival, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Cusco, Inti Raymi Festival, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
  • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, all transfers are assisted by English-speaking staff.
  • Train ticket: Cusco – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Expedition Class or Similar).
  • Transport: bus, minivan, on foot.
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Local top quality English-speaking guides to accompany visits and excursions.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

Services not included

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items
  • Pre & post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – allow approximately US$ 35-50 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
SELECTED HOTELS FOR THIS TOUR PACKAGE
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc. for each hotel category, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.

We have rated the accommodations according to 2 categories:

City Tourist Superior Tourist
Cusco

Sueños del Inka

Taypikala Cusco

Sonesta Cusco

Xima Cusco

Aguas Calientes

Flower´s House Machu Picchu

Inti Punku Machu Picchu

Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu

El MaPi by Inkaterra

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOTEL CATEGORY

Tourist

  • In this type of accommodation are the 2-star and 3-star hotels and some guest houses.
  • Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation.
  • The rooms and bed are simple, comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • Rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • Ideal for travelers on a reduced budget.

Superior Tourist

  • In this type of accommodation are the 3-star and 4-star hotels.
  • Standard accommodation. Accommodation is deemed “very good”.
  • The rooms and bed are comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • They have spacious reception with seats and other public rooms.
  • Some of these hotels have food and drink service; restaurant and bar.
  • Buffet breakfast is included.

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