Inti Raymi Festival In Cusco Peru

| by Jason | 12 Comments » | Peru, Photo Essays, South America

Inti Raymi Festival is the largest festival in Cusco and lasts one full week.  The festival takes place during South America’s winter solstice (June 24) and it is in honor of The Sun God which the Inca’s believed to be the most important God of all.  To be specific, the Inca’s actually worshiped the sun rays not the sun itself.

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Band on Plaza de Armas

Cusco’s main plaza or La Plaza de Armas turns into a colorful and energizing party.  There are many dancers with different costumes each representing a different part of Peru’s history and culture.

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Dancers at the Inti Raymi Festival

This little boy was just too cute for words and I could not stop taking photos of him.  He was walking way ahead of his group stealing the show with his bright outfit and adorable face.

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Little Boy at the Inti Raymi Festival

This was another band marching down the streets of Cusco playing lively music with pride.

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One of Many Bands at the Inti Raymi Festival

These women really knew how to make their dresses flow in the air as they turned their bodies to dazzle the crowd.

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Female Dancers at the Inti Raymi Festival

The men in the picture were very comical with their drunken dance and cheerfulness.

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Campesinos Dancers at the Inti Raymi Festival

This group of men were extremely active and expressive with their dance.  I wondered how they kept their energy up during the entire parade.

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Male Dancers at the Inti Raymi Festival

Political expression also played a roll in the Inti Raymi festival in the form of floats created by different local groups.  One of the main topics depicted in the floats was the current issue with natural gas.

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It was such an enriching experience being able to partake in the celebration of Inti Raymi during our visit to Cusco.

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12 Responses to “Inti Raymi Festival In Cusco Peru”

  1. Hethir says:

    Wow, that looks like so much fun! I love the buildings in the background.

  2. Very cool costumes and looks like a really interesting festival. I want to buy that little boys entire costume, especially the feather hat!

  3. Anthony says:

    Spectacular images guys! WOW! Looks like loads of fun.

  4. Marcela says:

    I think it is a Little girl, she is wearing
    a dress. Great picture!

  5. Jason says:

    It was a spectacular festival that is a week long. It’s a little boy wearing the outfit with the feather and he does look good. He was enjoying being in the parade, but I am not sure if he was in the right location. He seemed a little confused, but the crowd loved him.

  6. Nancie says:

    Beautiful shots. Festivals are such a great way to experience culture first hand.

  7. ayngelinai says:

    Love the indigenous costumes, so colourful.

  8. The images take me right there, I feel as If I’ve been myself. Nicely done!

  9. Gillian says:

    I remember this being the longest parade I have ever seen! I started watching at 0900 and at 11PM, when I was going to bed, I could still hear the music and parading going on! Amazing!!

  10. 1Dad1Kid says:

    How much of the Cuzco Days parade did you get to see? I couldn’t believe that sucker went from early morning until about 3 AM the next! Man they know how to party!

    • Jason says:

      The entire week was filled with chaos. We caught a few different things each day. It was an incredible display of costumes, dancing and music.

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