Festival of the Sun

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Day 01 (June 21st): Arrive and Transfer to the hostel,Day 02 (June 22nd): Fly to Cusco, City tour around to Cusco city,Day 03 (June 23rd): Sacred Valley,Day 04 (June 24th): Inti Raymi (festival of the sun),Day 05 (June 25th): Machupicchu,Day 06 (June 26th): Fly to Lima, Day 07 (June 27th): Departure day
Cost USD
1,010.00
Tour Type
Features
Lima,Cusco,Sacred Valley,Inti Raymi,Machupicchu In other words you will get a tour to some very good hot travel spots in a short time and enjoy a festival and not forgetting Machupicchu !

Because its the festival it runs just this date please click enquire to make a booking

Dates of tour 21.06.2011 - 27.06.2011 only - thanks
Itinerary
Day 01: Lima
Arrival to the city of Lima, transfer to the hotel.
Note that the first and the last day, there are no planned activities, so you can take the rest of day free.

Day 02: Cuzco
Transfer to the airport of Lima to go to Cusco, reception and transfer to hotel, we recommend taking a rest to get acclimatized. Rest of day free.

Day 03: Sacred Valley
Early in the morning a bus will pick us up to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It starts out in Pisac, a picturesque town with colonial and racially mixed features. In the archaeological centre of Pisac one finds a hill called Intihuatana with and an impressive view of the valley. We continue our trip to Ollantaytambo that was at the times of the Tahuantinsuyo a giant centre for agriculture, administration, social, religious and military activities.

Day 04: Inti Raymi
Now that you've visited the great Inca’s architectural achievements it will be apparent to you that the Sun was the main deity worshiped in the Inca culture. Cusco celebrates the Inti Raymi with occasion of the winter solstice -the solar new year - for a town which main cult object was the god Inti (the sun). In time of the Incas was a religious ceremony, now it is a theater representation. However this expression generates a feeling of identity in the town that evokes values and memories that are still excellent in our days, it also brings to the memory a time that lives in the heart of the town of Cusco (Qosqo).
The Inca gives a traditional oration, calling for blessings from the sun, fabled to be the origin of the Inca rulers. From here, the Inca, carried on a golden throne, leads the procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsayhuaman in the hills above city. Transfer to the ruins where you have reservations to watch the reenactment of the ancient ceremony of sacrificing a llama to the Pachamama, Mother Earth (don't worry, the llama sacrifices is simulated!), to ensure the fertility of the earth and warmth from the sun.
This special day also includes The New Fire Celebration. No fires were allowed in the city this day until the fire created by hollow mirror was used to concentrate the sunlight onto animal fur and kindling. Only then were all other fires started from this source.
You will also see the Inca representative carried on a litter and toasted with chicha (a fermented drink). With an the appropriate finale the Inca gives a speech expressed in the original, Quechua language

Day 05: Machupicchu
Early in the morning we take the train to Machupicchu and we will take the tourism bus to Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Starting out our visit observing the great scenery that surrounds us, the beauty of its Temples, worshipping places, enclosures and steps that connect the different levels on which the constructions rest. All of Machu Picchu is an exaltation to stone, after that we descend to the village of Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch and then return to Cuzco.

Day 06: Lima
Early morning, we will go to the airport, local flight to Lima, transfer to Hotel, relaxing day.

Day 07: Departure day
What is included and what is not included
Highlights: Explore Lima's historic centre, Witness the majesty of Machu Picchu, Wander Cuzco's atmospheric streets, Learn about local culture at a Sacred Valley community, Relax in steamy natural hot springs, Explore Peru's mixture of colonial, Inca architecture and celebrate the festival of the sun.

City tour guided tour, guided tour of Sacred Valley, Guided tour following the Inti Raymi celebration, guided tour of Machupicchu.

What’s included in this trip?
Airport arrival and departure transfer
Accommodation (06 nights)
Entrance to the cathedral of the Cuzco
Entrance to Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha church.
Entrance to Sacsayhuaman, Q’uenqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay.
Entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.
Entrance to Inti Raymi festival.
Entrance to Machupicchu citadel.
Local guide throughout
Tourist train round trip to Machupicchu.
Bus up and down to Machupicchu.
Meals: 06 breakfasts
Local flight (LIM-CUZ-LIM).
All land transport along the route.

No Included:
International flights
Departures taxes
Meals not details
Personal expenses and tips,

Meal Budget: Allow US$ 150-200 for meals not included
1010.00
Duration
7 Days/ 6 Nights

Check out this new tour to the festival of the sun which takes place around Cusco.
The festival of the sun is Inti Raymi on the fourth day. Here is the itinerary in short.
Please click the tab for more details on this tour to the Festival of the Sun.

Day 01 (June 21st): Arrive and Transfer to the hostel.
Day 02 (June 22nd): Fly to Cusco, City tour around to Cusco city.
Day 03 (June 23rd): Sacred Valley.
Day 04 (June 24th): Inti Raymi (festival of the sun)
Day 05 (June 25th): Machupicchu
Day 06 (June 26th): Fly to Lima
Day 07 (June 27th): Departure day.

The Sun, the main God of the Inca Civilization was considered to be the creator of all that exists. It presided over the destinies of man and the universe. The most luxurious celebration to be performed in Cusco was thus dedicated to the king star of the Incas. The Sun was to be adored and offered sacrifices so as to avoid that during its lengthy journey through sky and space, it should leave the Earth and its children, and ensure its return offering heat and joy. Several reasons compelled the Inca civilization to make sacrifices and offerings to their king star the sun. One of them was that the Inca, as well as Cusqueñan nobility, were considered to be natural children of the Sun. To him they owed their existence, for which recognition was due with sacrifices and offerings. On the other hand, if the corn harvest was good in the last agricultural year, it was necessary to be thankful, and if the harvest was poor, it was necessary to request that it be compensated with a better one the following year. Finally, in June (winter solstice) as the Sun moved away and temperatures dropped, at dawns water froze, therefore it was necessary to request that the Sun return, that after twilight it should not continue advancing towards the north. Finally, it was necessary to attest to the Sun, the eternal and total gift of his children, with submission and respect.

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