One hell of a street party

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June 25th 2006
Published: June 27th 2006
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Well I´m back in Cuzco again, this time for Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun). Supposedly the most important festival which celebrates the winter solstice and dates back to Inca times. There have been tons of street processions including Corpus Christi (celebration of the Virgin and each parish´s patron saint), street food stalls, folk dancing groups and marching bands. There is definitely some meaning behind the different masks, but buggered if I can found anyone to explain them to me. Cuzco is one huge party town at the moment, with everyone out and about in the streets until late.

Got to Sacsayhuaman early on the 24th to grab a spot on the rocks. The ceremony went on for about 2 hours, and even included a (mock) llama sacrifice. Quite a spectacle - very colourful.

Adios Cuzco!

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Corpus Christi 2

Patron saint of Poroy town

Taking the piss (literally) out of the Spanish
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Llama sacrifice

High Priest presenting the innards to the King

28th June 2006

You just cant get enough of the place!
28th June 2006

The funky dude
Whats Wilf doing over there

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