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Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi (Cuzco) – a.k.a. the Inca Festival of the Sun, this unique event gives visitors the chance to see a live ancient Inca ritual. The central event is acted out on the esplanade below the imposing fortress of Sacsayhuamán, 2 km (1 mile) away from the city of Cuzco — easily reached by car or on foot. There, step by step, thousands of actors enact a long ceremony giving thanks to the sun god, Inti. The Inca ruler is borne on a royal litter from the Koricancha. or Temple of the Sun to the Huacaypat, the city’s main square, where he commands the local authorities to govern fairly. After a llama sacrifice ritual is performed, the entire city of Cuzco conducts festivities for several days.