Inti Raymi Brings the Inca Past to Life

Celebrating Inti Raymi in Cusco

June is the month of “Fiestas de Cusco” and here in this magical place we have been celebrating all the festivals: the rebuilding of the Q´eswachaka Bridge, Qoyllur Rit´i, Corpus Christi, and the other daily parades in the Plaza de Armas. The city is growing with anticipation as the biggest and most important celebration, Inti Raymi, is coming up soon.  This Festival of the Sun takes place on June 24th when the sun is farthest away from the earth. This traditional, Inca celebration worships the sun and pleads for its return.

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Cusco Celebrates Corpus Christi Like No Place Else

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Cusco is always a fun city full of surprises, but especially during the month of June there is never a dull moment. Roads in the Plaza de Armas are closed off as parades with bands, dancers, and colorful costumes decoraCusco is always a fun city full of surprises, but especially during the month of June there is never a dull moment. Roads in the Plaza de Armas are closed off as parades with bands, dancers, and colorful costumes decorate the cobblestone streets. One of the largest and first celebrations in the old capital of the Inca Empire itself is Corpus Christi, which kicks off the “Fiestas de Cusco”. Sixty days after Easter, fifteen saints and virgins from different districts of Cusco all come to the main Cathedral to greet the body of Christ. This year it will start around 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 19th.
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Qoyllur Rit’i and other important festivals take place in June in Cusco

Qoyllur Rit’i and other important festivals take place in June in Cusco

During the month of June, Cusco and its surrounding areas turn into one big, continuous fiesta. Cusco flags adorn the main Plaza de Armas, traditional music is played continuously, and kids practice their dances in the main squares. All of these details remind the people every day that it is the most important month of the year for Cusco with important festivals, such as: Qoyllur Rit´i, Corpus Christi, and Inti Raymi. The first celebration, Qoyllur Rit´i, is the largest Native Indian celebration in the Americas and takes place in the Sinakara Valley in the southern Andes of Peru.
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