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Warachikuy 2024 in Machu Picchu and Cusco

Inspiring event when young sons of the Incas show their strength and overcome different trials by fire

Dates: September 15, 2024


This ceremony dates back to Inca times and is a chance for young men to show their physical strength and get their first Wara (breechcloth). The amazing traditional and colorful event represents an old ritual of a young participant becoming a man, trying to earn the right to get married and go to battle. Folk dances, Wayllilla rhythms, games with fire, and hard trials will make an unforgettable experience for those who have the chance to see it.

History of the Ceremony

In the past, Warachikuy was held for more than two weeks with the goal of challenging and testing the skills of young boys to prepare them for adulthood. Participants prepared for the ceremony since they were 12 years old. Nowadays, the competitions and battles are all performed by the students of El Colegio Nacional de Ciencias, the oldest school in Peru.

Dates & Location

The events are held annually on the third Sunday of September in Saksaywaman near Cusco. Saksaywaman, also known as Sacsahuaman or Saqsaywaman, is located on the fringes of Cusco city and boasts numerous archaeological sites. The ceremony usually begins in the early morning at 9 am.

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