This full-day trek to Chacan is ideal for travelers looking to get off the beaten path and experience adventure in the sumptuous Andean countryside. This moderate 1-day hike takes you to truly remarkable and fairly unknown sites, including the Temple of the Rainbow, the subterranean passageways under Cusiyuchayoc, and the Temple of the Moon.
If you do not have much time in the region but enjoy outdoor activities and venturing outside of the norm, the Chacan trek is perfect for you, as it combines superb nature and fascinating history in a single day trip.
Your trek will begin in the early morning in the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square, from where you will hike up through a eucalyptus forest beside the Saphy River.
After an hour and a half hike, the Chacan cave comes into view. It is known as the Temple of the Rainbow because of the small waterfall inside the cave that reflects rainbow rings off the sun’s rays. You will have the chance to swim in the waterfalls and be surrounded by these rainbows. It is an incredible feeling both refreshing and spiritual.
Chacan is a beautiful, quiet, and mostly unknown place, as is your next destination: Cusiyuchayoc, commonly known as the “Zona X.” This is one of the most enigmatic places to be found in Cusco’s surrounding area. There are a number of natural tunnels as well as pre-Inca and Inca structures under the earth’s surface. Your guide will take you through these subterranean passages during the early afternoon.
The tour continues to the Temple of the Moon, a natural rock structure that has a man-made altar on which the full moon shines at certain times of year. On these specific days, shamans and spiritual groups gather here in order to celebrate the full moon and receive its energy. But even during the afternoon one can appreciate the beauty of the temple.
After your tour, you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco.
*Note: Prices are per person and based on a minimum of two travelers on a private tour. Departure dates are subject to availability, however, your Travel Advisor can provide additional information about available dates and single traveler pricing.
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