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.