Inti Raymi Festival 2022 returns after 2-year hiatus

Inti Raymi Festival 2022 returns after 2-year hiatus

Inti Raymi, the giant annual reenactment of the Inca’s June solstice celebration is going to happen with all pomp and splendor on June 24th after a two-year hiatus, municipal organizers in Cusco confirmed.

Fernando Santoyo, executive president of Empresa Municipal de festejos de Cusco (Emufec), told reporters that the provisions of Peru’s ongoing state of emergency due to covid-19 permit the celebration of Inti Raymi as it is “catalogued as a scenic activity in an open space.”

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Inti Raymi begins early, with crowds gathering in the heart of Cusco around the Coricancha, the Inca temple which the Spaniards converted into the Convent of Santo Domingo.

The festival, which normally draws tens of thousands of spectators from around the world, was canceled the first year of the pandemic, and in the second was performed live on television and broadcast on the Internet with no spectators in attendance.

Santoyo said a trip to the United States is being planned with the help of Promperu and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make the formal announcement to the world of the Inti Raymi festival’s return.

“At the latest next week we will have finalized details about the presentation of Cusco’s festivities in the United States,” he said Tuesday.

Tickets will go on sale in the latter half of April or the first week of May, he added.

The news of Inti Raymi’s return is being widely heralded in Peru. “Full Throttle Party” was the headline Wednesday in El Peruano, the government’s official gazette.

Given that Peru’s tourism sector is still in recovery mode and organizers expect the majority of spectators will be Peruvians and not international tourists, the entrance tickets to Inti Raymi will be sold at a 10% discount, El Peruano reported.

Peru President Pedro Castillo, as well as the main national, regional and local authorities will be invited to the Inca Imperial city to witness for the ritual Salutation to the Sun.

Inti Raymi 2022 will be held in Cusco full pomp and grandeur for the June 24 Solstice.
After giant festivities in Cusco’s main plaza, the “full throttle party” culminates at the Inca temple/fortress of Sascayhuamán, the giant complex of ruins atop the plateau north of the city.

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Authored by: Rick Vecchio

Rick Vecchio, Fertur’s director of development and marketing, was educated at the New School for Social Research and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for Pacifica Radio WBAI and as a daily reporter for newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Then in 1996, he decided it was time to realize a life-long dream of traveling to Peru. He never went back. While serving as Peru country manager for the South American Explorers from 1997-1999, he fell in love with Fertur's founder, Siduith Ferrer, and they married. Over the next six years, he worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press. Meanwhile, Siduith built the business, which he joined in January 2007. Now he designs custom educational and adventure tour packages for corporate and institutional clients, oversees Fertur’s Internet platform and occasionally leads special trips, always with an eye open for a good story to write about.

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