It is important to remember that this trek is classified as moderate to challenging, and so it is necessary to be in good physical condition, as well as having two days to acclimatise in the city of Cuzco.
This trek takes us to Andean communities located in different ecological levels, offering us the chance to appreciate the real way of life in the heights of the Andes mountains.
We leave the city of Cusco early traveling north, towards the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. We cross this beautiful and fertile valley to the Pacchar valley close to the town of Ollantaytambo. This valley will take us to the Pomatales sector, where our adventure begins.
We begin our walk in the Quechua ecological level, where intensive agriculture is practiced. We reach the community of Sojma where we can appreciate the fields principally used for farming corn.
Our stone path will take us to the beautiful waterfall at Perolniyoq, where there is a micro-climate full of vegetation.
We continue our climb to reach a beautiful lookout, where the perspective of the mountains makes us feel small. After a short walk, our campsite and delicious lunch await us.
At sunset we visit the archaeological complex of Perolniyoq, where we can appreciate its location and architecture. This site has recently started to be excavated by a specialized team from the INC (National Cultural Institute). When we return to our campsite we enjoy our dinner and then relax. Good night.
Meals: lunch and dinner
3630 masl / 11909 ft
2548 masl / 8359fl
3 km / 1.86 ml
We leave early in the morning following our path uphill to the Charcahualla high mountain pass. We pass through farmland, where potato is one of the main crops. It is worth noting the resistance to altitude of this tuber, which allows it to grow at over four thousand meters above sea level.
As we climb up to the Puna ecological level, a native grass known as Ichu begins to appear. Close to the pass, the mountains open to allow a magnificent view of the Urubamba mountain range, where the Wakaywillka snow capped peak stands out. This mountain is the protector Apu of the town of Ollantaytambo.
We visit the Inticocha lake in typical high-Andean landscape which is the habitat of Andean geese, ibis, and ducks, among other species. After descending we follow the ridge of the valley to arrive at our campsite located in the Ichupata area. Lunchtime.
In the afternoon we will walk around the area surrounding the campsite following a stone water channel; an example of the high level of hydraulic engineering achieved by the Inkas. At sunset we will see the flocks of sheep and alpacas returning to their fields and pens, decorating the evening in the mountains. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
4488 masl / 14724 ft
3630 masl / 11909 ft
10 km / 6.21 ml
After a nutritious breakfast, we take our path towards the second high-pass on our trek, Yanaccaca. We will cross typical landscape from the Puna ecological level, reaching an impressive lookout, where we can see the Urubamba mountain range. The downhill stretch begins here, and we cross ecological levels observing the changes in vegetation. We cross a small Qeuña (Polilepis spp.) forest, which is a reforestation project of native trees developed by the community of Cachicata.
We will visit the archaeological site of Intipunku, with a magnificent view of the Sacred Valley; and Choqetacarpo, the possible residence of the quarry administrators. Our next stop is Cachicata quarry, dug in the place where the famous “tired stones” were left. These are carved stones which were left at the quarry and not taken to the city of Ollantaytambo.
Continuing downhill, we pass the complex of Chullpas, ancient funerary mausoleums which provide evidence of the presence of the Colla ethnic group in the area previous to the Inkas. We finish our walk at the community of Cachicata. We will be picked up by our private transportation to go to Cuzco city, passing through Ollantaytambo.
Meals: breakfast and lunch
4455 masl / 14616 ft
2966 masl / 9730 ft
10.80 km / 6.71 ml
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Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste. We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.
“With the protection of mother earth and the permission of the apus …”
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