Marvel at towering, snow-covered peaks and deep, cerulean lagoons as you meander through the high mountain landscape towards Huchuy Qosqo, an ancient pre-Incan and Incan settlement perched improbably within the folds of the Peruvian Andes.
This 2-day trek is ideal for those who want to venture off the beaten path, witness untouched Andean villages and explore picturesque ruins. This private trek experience will allow you to go at your own pace.
Your Andean adventures begin with a pick up from your hotel this morning and a drive to Tambomachay, located just outside of Cusco, where you will start your trek.
From here you’ll begin to climb up through the Tambomachay Valley, admiring views of the city of Cusco in the distance, until you reach the Abra Sicllajasa, a mountain pass. From this vantage point, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Ccauca ravine and the surrounding high altitude landscape.
Along the way you will stop at Qeullacocha lagoon, where you will have lunch. After a chance to rest and admire your surroundings, you will continue hiking up to the Challu Challu pass, where you will be able to see the Piuray and Qoricocha lagoons from above.
The climb continues to Rumicruz pass, the final mountain pass for today. From there you will descend into the community of Pacamarca. During the day your efforts will be rewarded with views of the snowy peaks of Mount Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon, and San Juan. Possibly seeing huallatas and Andean ducks on the lakes that you pass.
You will settle in at your campsite near the village of Pacamarca, where you will have dinner and rest up after your full day of exploration.
Distance: 6.05 miles (9.75 kilometers) Maximum altitude: 13,933 feet (4247 meters) Gradient: Moderate to Challenging
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before continuing your adventures today. This morning you will start by heading downhill crossing an Inca bridge and following a stone walkway towards the archeological site of Huchuyqosqo.
Arriving at the ruins you will have a chance to rest before starting your guided tour. Here you will be able to see double jamb doorways, 3-story houses, and mixed constructions of both adobe and stone. You will enjoy lunch while taking in views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
Once you have had your fill of the ruins and refueled with lunch, you will continue hiking downhill until arriving at the town of Lamay, where the trek ends.
A driver will meet you here for a private transfer back to Cusco, and you will arrive at your hotel in the afternoon.
Distance: 3.72 miles (6 kilometers) Maximum altitude: 13,123 feet (4000 meters) Gradient: Moderate