The hike begins in the small village of Siwas (3800 masl), after a short 1, 5 hour drive from the city of Cusco. In the morning we will climb to the highest point of the day, walking slowly and steadily for 1 hour and 30 minutes along this not too difficult ascent to 4060 masl. If the weather permits, in the Southeast we can see far off in the distance the massive mountain of Ausangate, one of the three most sacred mountains around Cusco.
After enjoying the views from the top and taking some memorable photographs we begin the two hour walk down to Huchuy Qosqo. Not too long into our hike we join the principal Inca Trail, passing through the picturesque village of Puka Marka. This place is just the entrance to an amazing ravine. The path crosses this section along a well paved Inca Trail and charming little bridges crisscross the creek that flows down to the Sacred Valley. After the section of bridges we continue walking, enjoying beautiful views of agricultural terraces we may even catch sight of some of the local fauna like deer or exotic indigenous birds. There is a good point nearby Huchuy Qosqo where we can take a break to view the Sacred Valley and the village of Lamay below, right next to the Wilcamayu river, the most sacred and important river for the Inca people. A few more minutes walking from this lookout we reach our principal destination of the day: HUCHUY QOSQO!
We will have plenty of time to enjoy our packed lunch and wander around the Inca Site, getting a great lesson from our knowledgeable guide learning more about this amazing People who were able to build such a incredible places around the Andes of Perú. Huchuy Qosqo is a great cultural example of agricultural engineering with irrigation channels and terraces. Then, with the arrival of the Spaniards, the site changed and now it is home to a big water reservoir built with the stones previously used by the locals who built this place for their Inca Ruler Wiracocha in the early 15th century.
In the afternoon we leave Huchuy Qosqo and descend for about two hours towards the village of Lamay, where we meet our private transportation to take us back to our hotel in Cusco or The Sacred Valley.
Hiking time: 7 Hrs
Altitude range: 3700-2900
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Meal: Box lunch
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