The Piuray Lagoon (3762 masl / 12343 ft), located in the town of Chinchero, has provided the city of Cuzco with water since the time of the Incas through subterranean channels.
From this lagoon, an Inka trail will lead us to Huchuyqosqo (in the Sacred Valley), the constructions have Inca foundations, were rebuilt by Viracocha Inka and used as a ceremonial centre to worship the lightning bolt, as well as a place to rest in the Sacred Valley.
This trek offers us beautiful scenery, and a chance to appreciate how people make the best use of the different ecological levels which we will encounter, such as the quechua, suni and puna.
The Apu (Sacred Mountain) Pachatusan is one of the guardian mountains of the city of Cusco, situated to the east, land of the Antis. Its partner mountain is no less than the Apu Huancaure, known to be one of the first Inca settlements established when they arrived in the Cusco Valley.
This short trek allows us to better acclimatise to the altitude of Cusco, and also enjoy peaceful and relaxing scenery, very close to the city.
According to the Inka Cosmo vision, the city of Cusco was the center of the universe; the balance point between the three “worlds”. In this way they established a system of “seq’e”; lines which radiate out from the Qoricancha. These lines were directed towards the cardinal points and their intermediate points. Along these Seqes or lines, places of worship or huacas were built so that rituals and ceremonies could be carried out simultaneously or individually.
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.
This two day trek allows us to combine interesting archaeological sites with the spectacular geography only found in the Andes, where the Urubamba mountain range displays its snow-capped peaks along the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This trek will allow us to observe the beautiful typical scenery of the Quechua region at its high, medium and low levels; as well as the high level of agricultural technology developed in Moray and the use of the salt pans in Maras, through a saltwater mountain spring.
The Incas occupied the site of Waqra Pukara (which means Horn Fortress, in clear reference to the rock formation), after their conquest of the ethnic group the Kanas. This Quechua word gives its name to the southern province of Cusco where this magnificent archaeological site is located.
The Lares Valley is an important area towards the east, the land of the Antis, with whom the Incas were able to trade goods; at the same time they wanted to establish themselves in the area to cultivate the important Coca Leaf. This area is also known for the confection of hand made textiles, using techniques and tools inherited from ancestral times. A good example of living culture.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, in its shortest form, allows us to enjoy the exceptional experience of arriving at this magnificent archaeological site after a few hours of walking along a stone path made by the Incas.
The environment and history will surprise us with each step along this section of the Inka Trail.
The Lares Valley is famous for the textile art produced in the communities using techniques and tools which date to pre-Inka times.
The tools used to make the weavings have been inherited from the time when textiles appeared in the Andes (approx. 4000BC). The colours used to decorate their textiles come from plants, oxides, earth and minerals which enrich the finished product. The iconography represented in their textiles serves to transmit basic knowledge through oral means, as it has been done for thousands of years.
The Lares Valley is an important area to the east, the land of the Antis, with whom the Inkas could exchange goods; and they also wanted to establish themselves in the area to grow the precious Coca Leaf. This area is also characterised by the production of textiles, using techniques and tools inherited from ancestral times; a good example of living culture.
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