Inti Raymi – the Festival of the Sun in Peru

Visitors from across South America and around the world travel to Cuzco in Peru for the annual Inti Raymi festival, the most important ceremony of the Inca Empire calendar. Each winter solstice, native residents honor the Sun God marking the beginning of a new year: the Festival of the Sun.

The 24th of June is the most important day of the festival, when a theatrical representation of the Inca ceremony takes place: the Sapa Inca –the Incan emperor-, dressed with silver and gold ornaments, calls on blessings from the god Inti, the ancient Incan sun god. Continue reading

Butterflies of Inkaterra

Did you know that the blue color in a female Penaincisalia loxurina is less vivid than in the males? And did you know that the upperside of the forewings on a Zerene cesonia feature a yellow “dog’s head” surrounded by blackness?

Visit Inkaterra and find out everything about the 108 different species of butterflies that inhabit our gardens. A truly colourful excursion!  Continue reading

May festivities in Peru and the Otter Festival

Peru is enjoying a May full of festivities. If you feel like dancing to the most traditional rituals in Ayacucho, travelling over beautiful landscapes with pilgrimages to Pascoor or submerging into deepest Peruvian culture in Tumbes, May is the perfect chance!

From the third week of May you will also be able to enjoy the II Festival Iternacional del Lobo de Rio that Tambopata celebrates in order to promote the protection of these beautiful native otters, the “lobo de rio”. Continue reading