Every 21st of June, festivities begin in northern Chile as the indigenous people come together to celebrate the rebirth of the sun. The Aymaras celebrate the Machaq Mara or “Atacameño New Year”, while the Quechua celebrate the Inti Raymi, which is the ancient festival of the sun.

Although these festivals are different, both honor the return of the sun to its maximum splendor and the beginning of a new life cycle. As autumn concludes, the earth welcomes once again the nutrients provided by the rains and the energy provided by the sun. Times of hope, renewal and gratitude are celebrated for all the fruits that the Pachamama offers.