ANDEAN NEW YEAR
THE CELEBRATION OF THE SUN
In the Imperial Inka Empire, the people celebrated what is called Inti Raymi – or, “the Celebration of the Sun” – in honor of the Winter Solstice; this was the most important celebration during the era of the Inkas who celebrated the arrival of the Winter Solstice – the Andean New Year – also known as “Apu Inti” or “Apu P’unchau” – the God of the Day in English – in the Huacaypata Plaza, found in the city of Cusco. The religious importance of this ceremonial, political, and social celebration was such that it extended in all through the pre-Hispanic Empire of the Inkas (Tawantinsuyo).
The Aymara New Year starts on June 21 with the entering of the Winter Solstice and also with the beginning of a new agricultural cycle (new season of planting). This is the chosen moment for the celebration of the Andean New Year because it is believed by the Andean bishops (Los Amautas in Spanish) that this time of year is the key moment in which the Earth returns to order.
This celebration is perfectly integrated within our culture, and nothing has been able to rend it from our hearts; the antique indigenous agriculturists of the Andean highlands guide the celebration by the observation of diverse astronomical phenomena in order to guide it in moments in which the diverse agricultural and livestock chores – like planting, cropping, and the caring of the sheep and Andean camelids – would need to be started.
It’s the moment in which the Andean New Year begins – with the voice of our ancestors in the eternal song of the hearts of our Mother Earth and of the Universe – Pachamama and Pachakama, united in harmony – with the bright rays of the Sun and the hope of unity in the Universe that inspires us to unite our hearts in glee and for an understanding of the sacred Eternal Adventure to Purity; in this new time, it is important to assume the generational responsibility of being personal beings and also bridges that form part of the reordering of life in this process of Pachakuti.
In our time period, Inti Raymi is celebrated on June 24; the Quechua people seem to wrap themselves in the mantle of the past – and, the times of Tawantinsuyo seem to return. Again, the ruler of the Inkas with the scepter and the ceremonial vase in his hand pays homage to the Sun God who is invoked to provide an abundant harvest and to ward off hunger.
Every June 24th from Cusco
Shared / Private
07:30–08:00 AM – We will personally pick you up from your hotel in the city of Cusco in order to make our way to the principal ceremonies which will be given in different scenarios by chronology:
· In Qorikancha – the Temple of the Sun: During the era of the Inkas, this was the principal temple that was consecrated to the Sun; while the pututus and the quenas sounded, the Inkas rise to their feet and extend their arms towards the horizon in honor to what is called Tayta Inti (Father Sun in English) – also, they give welcome to all of the participants and to all those who are present in the ceremony. The celebration then commences.
· In the Principal Plaza – During the era of the Imperial Inka Empire, the celebration was called Huacaypata; in this immense plaza, the principal ceremony was developed in honor to Tayta Inti. We will continue with the ceremony of Inti Raymi with the assistance of local authorities, foreign and national tourists, and the whole population of the city.
· In Saqsawan (Temple of the Gods) – This place is one of the best architectural structures that the Inkas had constructed throughout their existence; in this place – finally – is where the largest and most involved representation of the ceremony is partaken.
After participating in and enjoying the ancestral celebration, we will head to our transport(s) which will be awaiting us in order to head back to the center of the city.
Included: Shared touristic transport, tour guide, boxed lunch + entrance fee.
END OF SERVICES
INFO.: In order to provide tour and/or tour package prices, we would appreciate if you would please provide for us the number of people who would be going on the tour.
PRICE PER PERSON: USD$
For more information and pricing, please contact us at