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Cuzco’s Jubilee Ends with Celebration

After having lived a month filled with fiestas and adrenaline we celebrate today the last fiesta of this month, Inti Raymi. This is one of the traditional feasts of Cuzco which is celebrated every year. They begin it in the Qori Cancha, the Temple of the Sun, and they finish it in Saqsayhuaman.

This is a very special day for the people of Cusco since today we carry out a great performance in honor of the Sun God. Furthermore we also carry out today a traditional huatia to enrich local and foreign palates. Huatia is a symbol of sharing you could say because people in Inti Raymi do not just share hautia they also share emotions and a lot of joy.

They play volleyball, soccer, and also exchange words with each other. They enjoy this day to the fullest.
more climb up to enjoy a day out in the sun and with their family members and friends.

Beginning at nine am people begin to climb up to Saqsayhuaman. So many people go up that they roads are filled with cars. Once they arrive their the first thing they do is seek a place where they can be comfortable and so that they may build their own ovens to make huatia. Everyone who is there is enjoying themselves while making their ovens little by little. There are people up there who go around helping other people build ovens for a small fee. Or the make them and then sell them to people.

When the oven is ready and well-heated people add potatoes, sweet potatoes, ocas, and fava beans to cook them in the earth. They will enjoy them with the classic hot sauce of Cusco that we call uchucuta. They also eat their huatia with cheese, baked cuy (guinea pig), and other foods prepared to be consumed this day.

An Earth Oven for Huatia (Walter Coraza Morveli)
An Earth Oven for Huatia and Potatos to be Baked (Walter Coraza Morveli)

While many people are there to be with their family, make huatia, and eat, others are there to make money. Young people and adults carry food up to sell as well as other things. You will see them offering umbrellas, beer, sodas, wood, food, and much more.

Thousands of people were present up on the esplanade of Saqsayhuaman for the Inti Raymi Performance as well as near it. Everyone had the same purpose, to enjoy to the fullest this magnificent feast.

Eating a Baked Potato with Hot Sauce - Uchukuta (Walter Coraza Morveli)
Eating a Baked Potato with Hot Sauce – Uchukuta (Walter Coraza Morveli)

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