The Festival of the Sun: Peru

Peru, the country famous for Machu Picchu, Pisco and Ceviche has will soon be celebrating the Festival of the Sun, so we decided to take a closer look at what it all means.

Cusco in Peru

Cusco in Peru

The Peruvian festival ‘Inti Raymi’ is a nine day winter solstice celebration worshiping the Incan God Inti. The celebration occurs on the shortest day of the year and is the equivalent of a New Year festival. This year the ceremony falls on the 24 June.

Based in the capital city of Tawantinsuyo , Cusco, the celebrations incorporate lively traditional music, colourful costumes and extravagant feasts. There are historical re-enactments, grand ceremonies around 200 actors and thousands of tourists taking part in the day.

The tickets apparently sell out quite quickly so if you are keen to get along and see the festival it is best to buy your tickets in advance. If you do miss out, never fear, there are also a number of places along the way that you’ll be able to see for free.

This spectacular-looking cultural event inspired us to take a look at some of the beautiful and historical Peruvian hotels in the Cusco area:

Palacio Nazarenas

The outdoor pool at Palacio Nazarenas

The outdoor pool at Palacio Nazarenas was the first heated pool in Cusco

This former palace and convent has been beautifully and tastefully restored, becoming one of the most exclusive hotels in the area. It is located just behind the main plaza of Cusco; the hotel pays homage to its original architecture while offering guests contemporary and luxurious facilities.

A suite at the Palacio Nazarenas

A suite at the Palacio Nazarenas incorporates traditional architecture with modern facilities

A personal butler, hotel spa and stylish restaurants will see you well looked after and spoilt, while the rooms are oxygenated to assist guests with acclimatisation. The onsite pool was the first heated pool in Cusco. Is there anything else you could possibly need?

La Lune One Suite Hotel

Rejuvenate yourself with a relaxing spa after a long day of sight-seeing

Rejuvenate yourself with a relaxing spa after a long day of sight-seeing at La Lune One Suite Hotel

This five star oasis has a focus on service and aims to maximise the enjoyment of your stay with personalized attention and modern facilities.

With exceptionally comfortable rooms, the intimate and quiet nature of this hotel will ensure you of a relaxing and luxurious getaway. The onsite restaurant, Le Soleil, has a beautiful French menu and is highly recommended. A masseuse is available at your whim and the spa room in your suite means you will be relaxed and ready to take on the sights of Peru.

 Inkaterra La Casona

The grand Inkaterra La Casona

The grand Inkaterra La Casona was one of the first Spanish constructions in Cusco

This grand and beautifully preserved boutique hotel was one of the first Spanish constructions in Cusco. It has been carefully restored so as to retain its historical heritage. It presents an authentic experience combined with all of the modern luxuries that you could possibly need, providing guests with one of the most special accommodations imaginable.

The hotel mammsms

The hotel has carefully retained its historical architecture

The colonial manor is situated close to the Plaza de Armas and with a concierge and butler on call; you can tailor your own Cusco venture and experience the privilege and privacy of the original property owners.

The Guest House at Fallen Angel

The Fallen Angel Guesthouse offers contemporary eclectic chic decor

The Fallen Angel Guesthouse offers contemporary eclectic chic decor

This quirky accommodation in Cusco is a little different to the others. Inspired by the concept of Fallen Angel, the small guest house is set in a seventeenth century colonial mansion. With a contemporary eclectic design, guests will find that the mansion also houses a restaurant and nightclub (for parents wanting to make use of this, the concierge is more than happy to organise babysitting/child minding services!).

The hotel is not for everyone, but offers a unique and quirky experience for those who are up for an adventure.

Hotel Monasterio by Orient-Express

The courtyards of the Hotel Monasterio

The courtyards of the Hotel Monasterio

This stunning hotel was a former monastery and national monument from the fifteenth century. The beautiful architecture is well maintained offers guests historical insight, with charming courtyards to relax in and an onsite restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine.

Hotel Monasterio 2

The beautifully maintained hotel was previously a monastery

There is no need to travel far as local culture is right on hand, with the building that houses the monastery hosting its very own art collection. Luxury, is seems is also at your beck and call, with a personal Bath Butler to prepare your very own relaxation package at the end of your day if you choose.

Have you visited Peru? What were your experiences?

If you’d like to check out other available accommodation in Cusco, you can compare the hotel options http://www.hotelscombined.com.au/Place/Cusco.htm

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