The Qoyllur Rit’i Festival The Qoyllur Rit’i Festival

Festivals in the Andes

New festival experiences are available in Peru through Viva Expeditions. Inti Raymi and Qoyllur Rit’I are two annual religious festivals in Inca/Andean tradition that take place during the winter solstice in Cusco.


The Qoyllur Rit’i, or Snow Star Festival, sees tens of thousands of pilgrims gather in Sinakara Valley, high in the Peruvian Andes. Dancers and musicians perform during the three-day festival, a celebration combining Catholic, Incan, and other indigenous beliefs. Inti Raymi is a tribute to the sun god Inti, and the ‘festival of the sun’ was originally banned by colonial Spaniards. Today, the celebration maintains a re-enactment of the ancient event with thousands of local spectators crowding the grandstands and hills around the large open cancha or venue.


An Andes Festival Experience departs on 16 – 25 June 2019 and travels to both Qoyllur Rit’i and Inti Raymi. This includes hikes through the Sacred Valley and Lares region to Machu Picchu, complemented by workshops and lectures on topics from the Andean Cosmovision to traditional Andean farming techniques that give insight into Inca/Andean traditions.

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