This trek is categorised as light to easy, so it is always recomendable to be in good physical condition in order to enjoy the most
During their migration throughout the southern Andes, the Inkas found themselves in the Paqarectampu sector, in the current province of Paruro, in Cusco region. In this area leyend and history are intertwined since as well as having been an Inca settlement, the caves from which the mythical heroes of the Inca ethnia, the Ayar brothers emerged, are found nearby.
We leave the city of Cusco early, crossing the mountains towards the province of Paruro, in the town of Yaurisque. Here we will stop for a moment to apreciate the town church, which was built using materials from ancient houses. These stones still have carvings on them from pre-Inca times.
We continue our walk to stop at the entrance to the archaeological site of Maukallaqta. We begin our walk uphill through farmland and spectacular geography which will leave us in wonder.
The architecture of Maukallaqta shows the importance of the place; there is an enclosure decorated with vaulted tripple-jamb niches, clearly a ritual site used by the Inkas. This archeaological site will also impress us with its double-jamb doors, two story constructions, ceremonial fountains and water channels, as well as being surrounded by spectacular geography.
At the peak of the Puma Orco hill, we can see several pumas carved into the limestone, possibly originating from the Eocene – Oligocene period. The mythical caves of the Ayar brothers are located at the base of this hill.
We will visit the places mentioned above, with time to enjoy a snack on our trip. We return to the road where our transport is waiting to take us back to the city of Cusco.
Meals: boxed lunch
3400 masl / 11154 ft
3324 masl / 10905 ft
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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