Inti Raymi - Soul of the Andes Festival Experience in Peru

Celebrate Inti Raymi and explore Machu Picchu for
10D/9N Starting at $4908.00 per person

Inti Raymi and Qoyllor’ Ity are two of the most revered festivals in Inca and Andean tradition and take place during the winter solstice in Cusco, Peru.

On June 16th, 2019, our Soul of the Andes Festival Experience begins and includes breathtaking hikes through the Sacred Valley and Lares region to Machu Picchu.

Inti Raymi Festival Peru

This unique trip experience is complemented by fascinating workshops and lectures on topics from “The Andean Cosmovision” to “Traditional Andean Farming Techniques” that will give our guests insight into ancient Inca traditions and give meaning to their participation in these magical celebrations along the way.

Inti Raymi Festival Peru

Inti Raymi - Soul of the Andes Festival Experience Highlights:

  •  Inti Raymi Festival
  •  Qoyllor'ity Festival
  •  Cusco City Tour
  •  Archaeological sites of Tipón, Totoracocha, Pikillaqta, Ancasmarca
  •  Join the pilgrimage procession to the Qoyllor’Ity shrine
  •  Sinakara Glacier Hike
  •  Inkilltambo Archaeological Site Hike
  •  Viacha and Pisaq
  •  Pachamama Andean Ceremony
  •  Andean Winter Solstice Ceremony
  •  Choquecancha Community Visit
  •  Marcacocha Shepherd Ceremony
  •  Ollantaytambo Fortress
  •  Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu
  •  Shaman Ceremony

 

Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1 - June 16: Welcome to Cusco

You will be met at the Cusco Airport upon arrival and transfer to your hotel for check in.

Lunch and early afternoon at leisure.

4:00pm - Guided tour of Cusco (approximately 75 minutes).

7:00pm - Trip briefing and welcome dinner at El Mercado.

Overnight at El Retablo. Dinner included.


Day 2 - June 17: Journey to Qoyllor'ity

Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Lake Wakarpay, with a stop at the Tipón archaeological site en route.

12:00pm - Lunch at Lake Wakarpay and visit to the adjacent Totoracocha archaeological site.

2:00pm - Scenic drive from Lake Wakarpay to Mahuallani, visit to the Pikillaqta archaeological site en route.

4:00pm - Arrival at Mahuallani.

4:30pm - Join the pilgrimage procession to the Qoyllor’ Ity shrine.

8:30pm - Arrival to Qoyllor’ Ity.

Dinner under the full solstice moon upon arrival at campsite.

Overnight at the Qoyllor’ Ity campsite (15,091’ / 4,600m). All meals included today.


Day 3 - June 18: Explore Sinakara

6:00am - Breakfast at Qoyllor’Ity campsite.

7:00am - Hike to Sinakara glacier and glacier lagoon.

Pachamama gratitude ceremony at Sinakara lagoon with an Andean Q’ero (shaman). Picnic lunch on site. Afternoon hike back to Mahuallani.

4:00pm - Meet our driver for transport back to Cusco. Arrive around 7:30pm.

Overnight at El Retablo. Breakfast and lunch included today.


Day 4 - June 19: Inkilltambo

Breakfast at hotel.

9:00am - Round-trip hike to the Inkilltambo archaeological site (11,736ft/3,577m).

Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight at El Retablo. Breakfast included today.


Day 5 - June 20: Viacha and Pisaq

Breakfast at hotel.

8:00am - Scenic drive to visit the charming town and vibrant marketplace of Pisaq.

12:00pm - Traditional Pachamanca lunch in the community of Viacha.

Lecture/Demonstration - Traditional Andean Farming Techniques, followed by an Andean ceremony in honor of Pachamama (Mother Earth).

2:00 pm - Early afternoon hike to the Pisaq archaeological site.

Late afternoon drive to Lamay Lodge.

Overnight at Lamay Lodge (9,705ft/ 2,958m). All meals included today.


Day 6 - June 21: Ancasmarca and Choquecancha

Breakfast at Lamay Lodge.

8:30am - Scenic morning drive and visit to the Ancasmarca archaeological site.

12:00pm - Visit to Choquecancha for a buffet lunch.

Join the community of Choquecancha for an introduction to traditional Andean weaving techniques and harvesting of medicinal plants. Late afternoon drive to Huacahuasi Lodge.

6:00pm - Workshop/Lecture: ‘Andean Celebrations’.

6:45pm - Participate in an Andean Winter Solstice ceremony.

7:30pm - Dinner at Huacahuasi Lodge.

Overnight at Huacahuasi Lodge (12,585ft/ 3,835m). All meals included today.


Day 7 - June 22: Marcacocha - Pumamarka - Ollantaytambo

Early breakfast at Huacahuasi Lodge.

8:00am - Scenic drive to Marcacocha to participate in a gratitude ceremony with the local sheepherders.

Drive to Pumamarka for lunch and visit to the archaeological site.

Afternoon drive and visit to the town of Ollantaytambo. Late afternoon train ride to Aguas Calientes aboard the Inca Rail Voyager.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel or Sumaq Machu Picchu. All meals included today.


Day 8 - June 23: Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

Breakfast at hotel.

8:00am - Two-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu.

10:30am - Hike up Huayna Picchu Mountain. (Subject to availability - entrance tickets must be purchased in advance.)

Lunch at hotel. Afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo aboard the Inca Rail Voyager.

Meet driver for a sunset drive back to Cusco.

Overnight at El Retablo. Breakfast and lunch included today.


Day 9 - June 24: Inti Raymi Festival

Breakfast at hotel.

9:00am - The festivities begin at the Korikancha (Inca Temple of the Sun).

Proceed to the Plaza de Armas for the opening ceremony. Follow the elaborate procession from Cusco to Sacsayhuaman to see the ‘Inca emperor and his entourage’ perform sacred rituals in a moving ceremony accompanied by musicians and dance troupes from the entire region.

2:30pm - The celebration ends.

Return to Cusco for a farewell lunch at Pachapapa.

Late afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight at El Retablo Breakfast and lunch included today.


Day 10 - June 25: Farewell

Breakfast at hotel and transport to the Cusco Airport.

*Optional trip extension to Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon or the Peruvian Amazonas.

 

Price from $4,908.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 10
Nights 9
Includes:

9 nights accommodations

Guided excursions

Ground transportation

Meals as specified on itinerary

Excludes:

International and domestic airfare

Meals not included on itinerary

Tips for guides and drivers

Personal expenses

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

This unique boutique hotel comprises a "pueblo" of 85 luxurious whitewashed bungalows nestled into the terraced hillside within 12 secluded acres of lush cloudforest.

Sumaq Machu Picchu

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a signature luxury property adjacent to Peru’s premier tourist attraction with a recently refurbished interior inspired by thousands of years of Andean culture.

El Retablo Hotel

El Retablo is a two-story, 17-room Art Boutique B&B that celebrates vibrant Peruvian traditions and rich cultural heritage of Cusco.

"The trip to Peru was fantastic in every way shape and form."

The trip to Peru was fantastic in every way shape and form. The accommodations were first class every place we stayed. The guides were excellent and always on time with regard to our travel arrangements.

- Ken and Laurie, May 2016

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