Peru: Inti Raymi festival to gather thousands of visitors

Anuncio de las fiestas del Cusco e Inti Raymi será desde Machu Picchu. ANDINA/Percy Hurtado

00:09 | Cusco (Cusco region), May. 16.

Once again, traditional Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) celebrated every June 24th gears up to welcome thousands of attendees at its three venues, Municipal Company of Festivities in Cusco (Emufec) affirmed.

As every year, the ancient Inca tradition —a ceremony held in honor of Inti or Sun God—  will come to life at Qoricancha temple, Cusco's Main Square and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. 

In this sense, Emufec Vice Chairman Geovanni Madrid projected around 7,000 and 5,000 visitors at Qoricancha and Main Square events, respectively.

The main event will be held at the stunning Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, set to receive close to 80,000 attendees.

This year, the spectacular show will feature new actors playing the Inca and Coya (main wife), Madrid told Andina news agency.

Tickets are available at, as well as at Emufec offices in Cusco. 

Unlike previous years, ticket sales for Inti Raymi 2017 already stand at 51.38%.

"We have sold 1,935 seats so far," Madrid said. 

Services for the notorious event include 3,776 comfortable seats, as well as Inti Raymi DVDs and maps. 

Inti Raymi performances were first introduced in the Imperial City's calendar on June 24, 1944 to honor Cusco's ancient Inca heritage. 

Today, the festival lures not only locals, but also visitors from different regions and overseas.

The event is promoted by Peruvian embassies and consulates around the world, as well as by the Tourism Ministry and the Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru).  


Published: 5/16/2017