Inti Raymi Full Day Tour – All Included Service
Inti Raymi 2023
June 24. Cusco - Peru
Special Price Foreigner Green Zone: $ 190 USD
Special Price Peruvian Green Zone: $ 110 USD
The 'Inti Raymi Full Day - All Included Service' tour takes place on June 24 of every year in the city of Cusco, in Peru. This enormous staging is a trip to the Inca past. It represents the festivity of adoration to the sun that the Incas performed centuries ago. (See complete itinerary with maps).
- Tour time: 6 hours.
- Full transportation service by minivan.
- Guide service in Spanish or English.
- Includes admission to Inti Raymi in Sacsayhuaman (orange, green or red zone).
- Includes box lunch.
- Easy payment with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club or PayPal.
- Immediate confirmation.
What Does The Inti Raymi 2023 Tour Offer?
If you plan to visit Cusco on June 24, you should not miss the incredible Inti Raymi show in the city of Cuzco. The tour includes personalized attention from start to finish. It begins with the artistic representation of an Inca ritual on the esplanade of the Coricancha temple (tickets with optional seats). It also includes the show on the esplanade of the Sacsayhuaman fortress (tickets with seats included). Every detail of the show will be explained by a professional guide. The service also includes transportation all day as well as a nutritious box lunch.
Everything You Need To Know About The Inti Raymi Tour In Cusco!
What the tour includes
The tour includes full transportation, admission to the Inti Raymi show in Sacsayhuaman, box lunch and professional tour guide service.Optionally, it offers admission to the seats in Coricancha. Take the tour with the best!.
Prices and discounts
The tour offers low prices depending on the type of zone to enter in Sacsayhuaman: orange, red or green zone. Take advantage of the discounts for Peruvian tourists as well as the promotion to enter the show at the Coricancha temple. Take advantage!
The itinerary step by step
The tour begins in Plaza Regocijo, just a few steps from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. In private transportation, tourists will travel to the Sacsayhuaman fortress where they will enjoy the unique Inti Raymi show. Then they will return to the city of Cusco. Learn more!.
The Three Stages of the Inti Raymi Show
The Inti Raymi takes place in the same places where the Incas celebrated the sun worship ceremony hundreds of years ago: the archaeological site of Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), the Main Square of Cusco and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman .
The most important temple in the time of the Incas where the sun and the other gods (the moon, the stars, the earth and more) were worshipped. It is believed that the Qoricancha was covered in gold and silver during the Inca period.
Cusco Main Square
This square is the main urban point of the city of Cusco. The Incas held the 'Sun Festivity' there, surrounded by the main temples of the city. Today, the square is surrounded by churches, restaurants, and craft shops.
Sacsayhuaman was one of the most monumental and important buildings of the Incas. It is still a mystery how its stone walls of up to 125 tons fit together like a puzzle.
What to bring to the trip to Cusco, Peru?The Inti Raymi takes place on June 24 every year. On that date the days are sunny so the tourist should bring: cap (or hat), sunscreen, comfortable shoes, water, snacks, extra cash and poncho in case of rain.
What Are The Areas Of Entrance To Inti Raymi?
The 'Inti Raymi Full Day – All Inclusive Service' tour includes the entrance to the Sacsayhuaman show (ticket to the orange zone recommended). You can also request a ticket for the green or red zone at the show in Sacsayhuaman. Optionally you can add an armchair in the Coricancha. Prices also vary depending on the area to choose.
The orange tribune or orange zone is considered the best tribune for the Inti Raymi. It is located in front of the stage, with a better panoramic view. Therefore, it is the most recommended option for the tour.
The red zone offers an alternative side view of the Inti Raymi show. Despite this, the tourist will not miss anything because the show is designed so that all the stands can enjoy the show without setbacks.
The green area also allows an alternative side view of the Inti Raymi. The tourist will be able to enjoy every detail without setbacks. At the end all the actors and actresses surround the stands so everyone can get great photos.
How Is The Inti Raymi Show On Each Stage?
The Inti Raymi takes place on three stages where up to three stagings are performed, respectively.The main show is on the esplanade of Sacsayhuamán. Hundreds of actors and actresses from Cusco participate in each staging. The show in Coricancha and Sacsayhuamán is free admission (optional seats in Coricancha). The show in Sacsayhuamán includes seats.
The first staging - Coricancha
It starts at 8.30 am on the Coricancha esplanade. A musical group makes its appearance along with a retinue of women and men who throw flowers and clean the ground for the appearance of the Inca who leads the offerings to the sun. The show is free for all, although there are seats for an additional cost.
The second staging - Plaza de Armas
It starts at approximately 10:30 a.m. It takes place in the Plaza de Armas. There are no seats, so attendees will have to see you standing up surrounded by a crowd. The Inca army enters preceding the Inca, his wife and his entourage. A coca leaf offering and the sacrifice of a llama are made in honor of the sun.
The third staging - Sacsayhuaman
It starts at 2 pm on the esplanade of Sacsayhuamán. Representatives of the four suyos pay tribute to the sun. The Inca makes offerings at a ceremonial table. More than 500 actors say goodbye surrounding the esplanade. It is the most important show. It lasts approximately 2 hours.
Updated Prices 2023
The 'Inti Raymi Full Day – All Inclusive Service' tour offers the lowest prices in the tourist market. The tour includes everything you need. Learn about the updated prices for this year's show.
|Orange zone (recommended)||265 USD||265 USD|
|Red Zone||265 USD||265 USD|
|Green Zone||190 USD||110 USD|
The main roles in the Inti Raymi Every year a casting is carried out to choose the actors who will play the Inca, the coya and the royal entourage. To interpret these roles, certain requirements are required, such as: mastering the Quechua language, having a height greater than 1.68 meters and having an age that varies according to the role. Citizens of Cusco belonging to different public and private institutions participate in the casting. Everyone considers it an honor to participate in Inti Raymi, the festival of the sun.
How is the Itinerary?
The Inti Raymi Full Day tour – All Inclusive Service starts in the city of Cusco, in front of the Coricancha temple. There the first staging takes place in the temple of the Qoricancha (tickets for optional seats). The second staging takes place in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco (there are no seats on this stage). Finally, after a box lunch, the tourist will enter Sacsayhuaman to appreciate the last part of the Inti Raymi (entrance included).
1 Meeting and Inti Raymi in Coricancha (optional)
- The meeting is at the Valeriana café, in front of the Coricancha temple, at approximately 7.45 am.
- Once the whole group is together, we will go to the Qoricancha temple where we will appreciate the first staging of Inti Raymi in the company of our tour guide. If the tourist reserved seats in Coricancha, he will appreciate the show sitting with a close view of the show. Tourists who did not book this optional service will watch the show from a side space with a good view of the show.
- The show lasts approximately 40 minutes. The Inca Pachacútec appears and worships the sun god (Inti). Offerings are made to the rhythm of live music.
2 Inti Raymi in the Plaza de Armas
- Next, we will go to the Main Square of the city to appreciate the second staging. For greater security, an assistant will be accompanying the group of visitors. That day there is a crowd in the streets of Cusco, which makes it necessary to always be grouped.
- In the Plaza de Armas of Cusco there are no seats so everyone will have to appreciate the show standing up, from one of the corners of the square. The show starts at 11 am on average.
- The show lasts approximately 40 minutes. Our guide will explain the ritual of sacrifice and homage to the sun made in the presence of the Inca and his wife, the coya. After that the group will meet in Plaza Regocijo, located a few steps from the plaza.
3 Transfer to Sacsayhuaman and Box lunch
- After the Inti Raymi show in the main square of Cusco, we will depart by tourist transport towards the Sacsayhuamán fortress.
- The journey should take only 15 minutes. However, due to the traffic of people and vehicles that day; it will take approximately 30 minutes. During this period of time the tourist will receive a box lunch with: snacks, cold drinks, fruits, candies, a vegetable salad, a nutritious starter, a main course with grilled chicken, noodles or quinoa, juices and more.
- At the Sacsayhuaman gate, the entire group will enter the esplanade accompanied by a professional guide.
4 Inti Raymi in the fortress of Sacsayhuaman
- On the Sacsayhuamán esplanade, the group will take a seat according to the type of ticket: entry to the orange zone, red zone or green zone. There will be adequate time for the visitor to enjoy their box lunch.
- The show in Sacsayhuamán lasts approximately 2 hours (starts at around 2 in the afternoon). It is the most complete spectacle where representatives of the four points of the empire honor the Inca and the sun god. The show will be in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Tourists will have the assistance of the tour guide.
- It is the most famous and massive spectacle of the Inti Raymi festival. At the end they will be able to take photos with the actors and actresses of this show.
5 Return to the city of Cusco
- After the Inti Raymi show in Sacsayhuamán (approximately 4 pm) we will meet at a point at the entrance to the Sacsayhuamán fortress.
- Once the group is together, we will board the tourist transport to return to the city of Cusco. The return trip should take as little as 15 minutes. However, due to the crowd of people and vehicles, it will take 30 minutes on average.
- The tour ends in a central square in the city, close to the main restaurants and tourist hotels. If tourists want the vehicle, it can take them to the door of their hotels. The Inti Raymi tour ends at approximately 5 pm.
What was the Inti Raymi like in Inca Times?
Inti Raymi is a celebration that dates back to Inca times. It was celebrated in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries until the arrival of the Spanish. The last Inti Raymi was celebrated in 1535. The Incas held a massive ceremony in the Huacaypata square in the city of Cusco. It is presumed that the festivities lasted up to nine days. Learn more about this historic celebration!
The Wawa Inti Raymi
The Wawa Inti Raymi was the festival of the sun established by the Inca emperor in the fifteenth century. It took place on the winter solstice (when the sun is closest to the earth in the southern hemisphere). The Incas knew it and they held a massive party in the Huacaypata square and in the Coricancha.
The Inca Inti Raymi and the Current Inti Raymi
The current Inti Raymi takes many aspects from the Inca festival described in the chronicles of the 16th and 17th centuries. The script was written in 1944 by the Cusco artist Faustino Espinoza. As in Inca times, it takes place in historical settings such as the Coricancha, the main square and Sacsayhuamán. The people of Cusco claim the culture of their ancestors.
The All Inclusive Service offers you a comfortable and well organized trip. From the pick up at the door of your hotel, everything is prepared to live an unforgettable experience during the Inti Raymi. This is what the service includes:
Full transportation and box lunch
The tour includes the tourist transportation service in a spacious and comfortable minivan for all the scenarios where the Inti Raymi takes place. A delicious box lunch is also included.
Professional tour guide
The tour includes the service of a bilingual tour guide (English and Spanish) in shared service. The professional tour guide will explain every detail of the Inti Raymi.
Entrance to show in Sacsayhuaman
The tour includes the The tour includes the entrance ticket to sit down to observe the show in Sacsayhuaman (the show in the Coricancha is optional). Prices vary by location (orange zone recommended). You can also choose red or green zone.
Altitude sickness during Inti RaymiThe Inti Raymi takes place in the city of Cusco, at 3,399 meters above sea level (11,151 ft). At that height it is common for tourists to feel some of the symptoms of altitude sickness (fatigue, nausea, rapid breathing). These discomforts usually disappear gradually. However, it is recommended to drink plenty of water to reduce symptoms.
Optional seat to the Inti Raymi in Coricancha
For an additional cost, tourists can enjoy the Inti Raymi show at the Coricancha sitting in comfortable seats. This show is free for everyone. However, to appreciate it, it is necessary to be there two hours before and find a space. That day a crowd will gather. The seats provide the opportunity not to miss the show sitting in comfortable seats. Recommended!
The option of seats in the Inti Raymi show in Coricancha is recommended as tourists will appreciate the show sitting in comfortable seats with a privileged view of the staging. This service is optional. We recommend it!
Avoid the crowds
The Inti Raymi show at the Coricancha allows you to avoid the crowds that take up a space around the show up to two hours before. This spectacle is free for everyone, so many people seek their best place to appreciate it standing up.
First show at Inti Raymi
The Inti Raymi show at the Coricancha is the first of all. Starts at approximately 8:30 a.m. On the esplanade of the Temple of the Sun, hundreds of actors gather to pay homage to the god Inti. The show lasts approximately 40 minutes.
Historical evolution of the Inti Raymi
The Inti Raymi is a religious festival that dates back to the Inca era in the fifteenth century. It was the festival in honor of the sun, the main Inca divinity. Precisely its name means 'Fiesta del sol'. With the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, the festivity was eliminated. However, it was held again in Cusco in the 20th century. Learn more!
The origins of Inti Raymi in Inca times
The chronicles indicate that the Wawa Inti Raymi has its origins at some point in the fifteenth century. It was the festival of the Inca calendar that worshiped the sun. Retinues from all over the empire participate, as well as the Inca himself. The date was the winter solstice (between June 20 and 23). The party lasted nine days or even more. The main ceremony was the Aucaypata (current Plaza de Armas of Cusco). Approximately 40 thousand people participate.
The arrival of the Spanish and the end of the Inca Inti Raymi
The Inti Raymi was held every year as a great party until the Spanish arrived in the city of Cusco in 1532 or 1535. Since then, the festival and the worship of the Inca gods have been prohibited. In their place the worship of Christian gods was imposed. For example, instead of taking out the mummies of Inca rulers in procession (custom of the Incas), the procession of figures of saints and virgins was carried out.
The restoration of Inti Raymi in the 20th century
For more than four hundred years, the Inti Raymi existed only in the chronicles of the 16th century. However, in 1944, at the initiative of the Cusco artist Faustino Espinoza, a script was created to perform it in Cusco. This one was based on the chronicles. The objective was to revalue the culture and tradition of the Inca ancestors. The result was a festivity packed with actors, actresses and attendees. Every year the stage and the quality of the staging were improved.
The Inti Raymi today
Today the Inti Raymi is the most important festivity in Cusco. That day is a holiday in this Andean region. Every year the Inti Raymi attracts more than 3 thousand visitors from all over the world. 600 actors and actresses participate. It takes place in three settings: the Coricancha, the Plaza de Armas and Sacsayhuamán. Admission is free in the first two scenarios. In Sacsayhuaman you buy a special ticket. Enjoy the Festival of the Sun!
The tour 'Inti Raymi Full Day – All Inclusive Service' is organized by Machupicchu Terra, a prestigious tourism agency in Cusco. It offers several benefits for the tourist such as: maximum organization, personalized assistance and options to improve the service. Learn more!
Tour organized by a safe tourism agency
The Inti Raymi Full Day tour – All Inclusive Service is organized by Machu Picchu Terra, an authorized tourism agency (code MA0473 ) and with several years of experience.
Do you have questions about the tour? You can use all available means of communication to answer your questions: 084 207064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission ticket options
The tour includes admission to the show in Sacsayhuaman in the green zone (you can also choose the red or orange zone). The entrance to the Coricancha is optional. Prices vary according to the area chosen
Frequently Asked Questions
The Inti Raymi takes place only on June 24 of each year. The tour includes: tickets, transportation, tour guide and box lunch. Any questions about the service? These are the main questions that tourists ask about this service.
1) How long in advance should I book the Inti Raymi tour?
It is recommended to buy the tour weeks in advance.
2) How do I pay for the tour?
Payment for the tour is made online with a credit or debit card: Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, etc.
3) How to book the tour with a guide in another language?
The tour includes shared tour guide in English or Spanish. To book a tour in another language, you must choose a private tour guide.
4) How many tourists make up a shared group?
The shared service tour is made up of a maximum of 20 tourists per group. Generally, the number of tourists is 10 to 15 visitors.
5) What type of ticket does the tour include?
The tour includes the entrance ticket to the Inti Raymi show in Sacsayhuaman. When making the purchase, the tourist must choose one of the three available zones: red, green and orange. The latter is the most recommended. Optionally you can add the seats on the Coricancha stage.
6) Does the tour offer meals?
Yes. The tour offers a 'Box lunch' at the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman.
7) Can I change the date of the tour?
No. The tour takes place only June 24 (Inti Raymi day).
8) How to buy an Inti Raymi tour with a private guide?
The private tour guide is organized from 2 tourists per group. It can be purchased in the reservation form for an extra cost.
9) How is the weather in Cusco in June?
The weather in Cusco in June is sunny, with little chance of rain. It is recommended to wear a cap, hat and sunscreen.
10) Does the tour include the show in the Main Square?
The tour includes admission to the show in both Coricancha and Sacsayhuaman (or only in Sacsayhuaman). The show in the Main Square does not offer seats to appreciate it sitting down. In this show all attendees are standing. It is optional on the tour.
11) What should I bring on the day of the tour?
On the day of the Inti Raymi tour, it is recommended to bring: a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable clothes, snacks, rehydrating water, as well as an identity document, cash and a camera. The tour already includes the service of a professional tour guide, transportation, entrance fees, as well as a box lunch that includes snacks, mineral water, fruit, juice, as well as an appetizer and a main course.
12) What is the best entrance for the Inti Raymi?
There are three types of tickets to appreciate the Inti Raymi show in Sacsayhuamán: admission to the orange zone, green zone and red zone. Of all these, the orange tribune offers a better perspective of the Inti Raymi show in Sacsayhuaman. It is the entrance that we recommend on the tour. However, the others also allow you to appreciate it up close and with a good view of the show.
13) How is the box lunch included in the tour?
The box lunch on the Inti Raymi tour includes an appetizer and main course in a plastic plate free of contamination. Includes pasta, grilled chicken, vegetable salad, fruit, snacks, mineral water and bottled juice. The tourist can request a vegetarian option in advance through the email email@example.com. All prepared in compliance with health requirements!
14) Can I cancel the Inti Raymi tour?
No, the Inti Raymi tour is not subject to cancellation or refunds. This is because the company Emufec of Cusco, the same one that sells and regulates the income to the Inti Raymi in Sacsayhuamán; does not allow the refund of money for cancellations. Given this, it is recommended to be sure of the visit at the time of purchase online.
15) What time does the Inti Raymi tour start and end?
The Inti Raymi tour begins with the meeting of tourists a few minutes before 8 am at the Valeriana café, located in front of the Coricancha esplanade (on El Sol avenue). The tour ends at approximately 5 pm, with the return trip to the city of Cusco. The tourist can request to descend in the main square or at the door of his hotel located in the historic center of the city.
16) Are there discounts on the tour?
Yes, the Inti Raymi tour offers discounts for children and Peruvians. Children must be between 5 and 12 years old to make their visit with a promotional price. Children under 5 years of age can enter for free in the same seat as their father or mother. Those over 13 must pay the regular adult rate. Peruvian tourists must make their purchase with their DNI identity document.
17) What are the optional seats in Coricancha?
The Inti Raymi show in Coricancha is free for everyone. However, a small audience can appreciate it sitting in comfortable seats facing the show (with a close view of the show). The entrance to this seat is optional in the tour. To request it, you must include it in the online payment form. We recommend it!
18) Can I see the Inti Raymi on my own?
Yes, you can buy your ticket to Inti Raymi in Sacsayhuaman on your own. However, this does not include the other services: transportation, tour guide, box lunch, etc. Therefore, it is best to hire an all-inclusive tour. That day there will be a crowd in the city of Cusco. Given this, it is recommended to let a tourism agency organize the day in the best way.
19) Is the Inti Raymi dangerous?
No, the tour is very safe. However, it is recommended not to be separated from your group. That day there is a crowd in the city of Cusco. An assistant will be in charge of carrying a flag that the visitor must follow from the beginning to the end of the service. On the other hand, the spectacle does not represent any danger. Travel safely and with confidence!
20) How to see the Inti Raymi with the best view?
To appreciate the Inti Raymi with the best view, it is recommended to reserve a seat in Coricancha. In addition, in Sacsayhuaman, it is best to choose the entrance to the 'orange zone'. From both stands you will be able to appreciate the show from the best perspective. It should be noted that the seat in Coricancha is optional (not included in the tour). Likewise, in addition to the orange grandstand, the tourist can choose the red grandstand or the green grandstand. They also offer good views of the show.
21) What is Inti Raymi?
The Inti Raymi was a religious festivity celebrated in the city of Cusco during the Inca Empire (in the 15th century). Today is a festivity that the citizens of Cusco celebrate in homage to their Inca ancestors. That day, a non-working holiday in the entire Cusco region, a show is held in the main Inca temples, which is similar to the festival held by the Incas.
22) How is Inti Raymi performed?
The Inti Raymi takes place on June 24 with a gigantic staging in three places considered sacred by the Incas: in the Coricancha (9 am), in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco or Plaza Huacaypata (11 am) and in the fortress from Sacsayhuaman (2 pm). These shows are similar to the Inca festival of Wawa Inti Raymi. After this, many citizens of Cusco and foreigners celebrate in the streets. That day, in addition, you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of Cusco.
23) Why is Inti Raymi celebrated?
The Inti Raymi is celebrated with the purpose of paying homage to the Inca ancestors of Cusco. The script and idea for its celebration arose in 1944 by the artist from Cusco Faustino Espinoza. Since then the celebration is carried out with an increasing number of actors, actresses and spectators. That day, June 24, is a holiday in all of Cusco.
24) How to see the Inti Raymi?
To appreciate the Inti Raymi, the first thing is to travel to Cusco on June 24. There you can appreciate the shows with an all-inclusive tour or on your own. For the first option, the purchase must be made months in advance (availability is limited). For the second option, you must also buy a ticket for the show in Sacsayhuamán months in advance. In all cases, the shows in Coricancha and Plaza de Armas in Cusco are free for everyone.