TERRACES OF YUCAY
The heart of the Sacred Valley
In the heart of the Sacred Valley, an imposing Pisonay tree rests in the plaza of Yucay, where the biggest corn of the valley and the World grows; this is the starting point of our hike.
Behind the plaza is an impressive group of terraces that follow the contour of the mountain, and are still used by the locals today. Along our way we will also see cave paintings and carved tombs/niches in the cliff faces.
We start the morning by visiting the temple of Sayri Tupac. At one time in history Yucay was the resting place for the royal Inca family. The trail follows a wide channel stream coming from the snowcapped mountain of San Juan. Immersed in nature, with the sound of running water and the views of the valley from the top of the terraces will be one of the highlights of our journey. After about 2 hours the trail finishes at the other plaza of Yucay. This is where our private transportation will be waiting for us to drive us back to our hotel.
Hiking time: 3 Hrs
Altitude range: 2857m
Degree of difficulty: Moderate - Low
Meal: Box lunch
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
Tips for guides and field staff.
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