The Inti Raymi orange ticket gives you access to the preferred seating section in Sacsaywaman. These seats are the closest to the stage with a distance of 10 meters or 32 feet. These seats are not only closer to the stage but also are the best seats for taking pictures as the Sun will be behind.
Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, is celebrated in Cusco every year on the 24th of June where thousands of people come together to witness the most beatiful re-enactment of the most important festival of the Inca empire to celebrate the winter solstice and the harvest season; the beginning of the Sun's New Year.
The Inti Raymi is now the second largest festival on the South American continent and for this reason you must book this tour well in advance. A week-long celebration begins prior to the new year festivities with concerts and street fairs.
• Adults (12 yrs +) $246 usd
• Children (3-11 yrs) $166 usd - Passport proof required
• Infants (0-2 yrs) $0 usd
The INTI RAYMI TOUR is rated very easy. None the less, you must be able to walk for about 10 minutes comfortably from the bus to your seat.
Our friendly staff will wait for you between 10:15am and 10:45am at Plazoleta Santa Teresa, where you will register at the check-in table with your passport. You will then board the Inti Raymi tour bus that will transfer you to the Inti Raymi venue which is the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
Tour buses will start the 45 min. drive to the Inti Raymi. You also will receive a lunch box to bring to with you as there is no food sold at the event.
The tour bus arrives at the Inti Raymi venue where you will go through the official check-point. At the entrance, you will receive the Inti Raymi program booklet that will help you follow along what is said during the ceremony. You will also receive a DVD as a souvenir. Our tour guide will assist participants to their assigned seats.
The representation of the Inca is one of Pachacutec, which is the Inca in which the sun god (Inti) revealed his might and strength. The armies come from the four quarters of the Inca Empire and there are different ceremonies, dances, fires, and more. The ceremony lasts about 90 minutes and is in Quechua but visually is powerful. You will be able to follow along with the booklet given to all participants.
As soon as the ceremony ends, you will be directed to board the Inti Raymi tour bus.
The bus will drop you off at Plazoleta Santa Teresa. Sometimes, police directs traffic and drop off may be at Limacpampa Plaza
The Inti Raymi tour is ONLY available once a year, on the 24th June and advanced booking is required.