Worship an Incan god with nine days of partying in an ancient Peruvian city with a bevy of colourful characters and oodles of mythological celebrations for Inti Raymi! Every June, aligning with South America’s winter solstice, the high and mighty Cusco roars with live music, historical reenactments, outlandish costumes and loads of tasty food. Lose yourself in the rhythms of the dance, absorb the breathtaking scenery overlooking the Andean mountains, and let the good times roll for Inti Raymi – the Festival of the Sun.

Chase the sun

Pay homage to the sun just like the Incas did and do at the ultimate Festival of the Sun, Inti Raymi, in the up-high city of Cusco. Traditionally, Inti Raymi was a religious ceremony where ancient Incas came together to honour the Sun God and plead for his return. That’s why it’s celebrated during winter solstice, when the sun is farthest from the Earth. Today, Inti Raymi is the second largest festival in South America and oodles of fun for local and visiting sun worshippers alike. 

Inti Raymi is a nine-day winter solstice celebration where thousands flock from all over the world to join in the revelry by way of fairs, dancing in the streets, lavish feasts, live Peruvian music and more. On June 24, the day of Inti Raymi, a colourful procession follows calls for blessings from the sun. It’s the highlight of the festival. Student Flights can tailor make tours for you and your posse to Inti Raymi so you can focus on the more important things, like how to dance a dance worthy of pleasing a sun god! Ask us how today.


When is it?

24th June 2015
24th June 2016

Tips and tricks

  • Inti Raymi is a very popular time to visit Cusco. Don’t miss out on flights and accommodation; ask Student Flights to help get you on your way.

  • Cusco, the former capital of Peru, is a popular party spot and the best location to celebrate the start or end of your Macchu Picchu adventure. 

  • Drink plenty of fluids to adjust to Cusco’s high altitudes (over 3,000 metres up).

  • Head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas for free live music and dancing throughout the festival.

  • Be respectful – the festival is steeped in centuries of tradition and important to many.

  • If you’re planning on making your own way to Cusco, you can take a local flight to Cusco Airport (CUZ) via Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) in Lima, Peru.

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