Inca Trail is already exhausted for the months of August, September and even October the question arises of how to get to Machu Picchu without getting lost in the culture and not just take a train.
The Lares walk is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca Trail as it has the same number of days (4 days) and the same destination – Machu Picchu – through this walk you can get to know Machu Picchu enjoying the beauty of the landscape, culture and the best coexisting with local communities that have known how to maintain their current customs and traditions.
The arrival of the New Year 2018 is approaching and without a doubt many of us want to spend it in a place where we can start the year with good vibes and positive energy, so we recommend you to visit the millennial city of Cusco.
During the time of the Inca Empire, Inti Raymi was one of the year’s biggest celebrations, and it continues being so today. Set in place by Pachakutec Inka Yupanki, Inti Raymi marked the winter solstice with a series of rituals and general festivities. Although banned by the Spanish after the conquest, it was revived in 1944, following a script based on the chronicles of Inca Garcilaso, which were written shortly after the conquest.
Up to the time of the Spanish Conquest, the people of Cusco venerated mallquis, the mummies of former leaders, adorning them with care and carrying them through the streets atop heavy litters on sacred days. Although the appalled Spanish banned this custom, it was retained through a simple solution: rather than abandoning the practice completely, the mummies were replaced with statues of saints and the Virgin Mary, giving birth of the modern Corpus Christi festival in Cusco. Thus, the colorful Corpus Christi celebrations of Cusco are as Andean as they are Catholic.
Throughout the month, the city will be decorated with the rainbow flag of Cusco and folkloric dance parades will take place daily between the 10th and 20th of June. We’ll be publishing the day-to-day program next week, but did want to share the highlights right away. From the Inti Raymi Festival to the Night of Light & Sound, these are the biggest events for Cusco’s Jubilee month, celebrated this year from May 29th through July 03rd: