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.
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.
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.
This was another band marching down the streets of Cusco playing lively music with pride.
These women really knew how to make their dresses flow in the air as they turned their bodies to dazzle the crowd.
The men in the picture were very comical with their drunken dance and cheerfulness.
This group of men were extremely active and expressive with their dance. I wondered how they kept their energy up during the entire parade.
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.
It was such an enriching experience being able to partake in the celebration of Inti Raymi during our visit to Cusco.