• Discover the magic of Inca rituals at the Inti Raymi festival

    On 24 June each year, to coincide with the winter solstice, Ecuador gets all dressed up to celebrate the ancient tradition of Inti Raymi, or Sun Festival. This is a millennium-old celebration carried out by the Inca people to call for a good harvest and extol the fertility of La Pachamama (The Earth mother). 

    The origins of this popular festival date back to the year 1430 of our era. It was considered to be one of the great festivals in honour of the sun in Cuzco, where the tradition spread in the north of the Andes, in an area that is now Ecuador, particularly in the provinces of Imbabura and Pichincha. The event involved numerous ceremonies over several days, making offerings, dances and even the sacrifice of livestock over the fire, with the meat then divided out among those present. The ceremony was forbidden following the Spanish conquest, as it was deemed to be a pagan festival and thus contrary to the faith of the conquistadors. It was not until the 20th century that the event was finally recovered.

    Inti Raymi offering

    Nowadays Inti Raymi is an authentic spectacle that can last for days or even weeks, during which Ecuador not only attracts visitors from around the world but also representatives from other countries who come to participate in the Sun Festival and enjoy colourful and joyful events filled with traditional music and dance

    Inti Raymi troupe

    It is an event full of symbolism, magic and beauty that has become an element of identity.

    It is not possible to discover the villages of the Andes and their greatness without learning about their origins and history. Consequently, we recommend that you take a trip to the birthplace of this ancient nation through the magnificent Inti Raymi festival. If you see it, you will find it unique and fascinating. 

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