viernes, 17 de mayo de 2019

ANCESTRAL ROUTE TO MACHU PICCHU

DAY 01: CUSCO - KM 104 - WIÑAY WAYNA - AGUAS CALIENTES.


Early in the morning at 4 am we will pick up all passengers from their hotels. We will go to Ollantaytambo, where we take the train to 104km (1 hour 20 minutes). When we arrive at 104km we will start the trek, climbing around 3 hours and half to Wiñayhuayna. As we ascend you will be able to take pictures of beautiful landscapes y views into the sacred Wilkanota River. In the archeological site of Wiñaywayna your tour guide will explain about function of this place. After enjoying a delicious box lunch we will continue along the classic Inka Trail to arrive at the Sun Gate(Inti Punku). From this place we will have very beautiful and unforgettable views of Machu Picchu Citadel.
Then after enjoying the views. We go down the Trail around 1 hour to Machu Picchu and enjoy the next part of the tour.
From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes village we take the bus (30 min.) and you will be taken the Hotel. In the evening you will have a delicious dinner with the tour guide, who will explain you about the second day.

Day 2: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICHU - CUSCO
In the morning after breakfast at the Hotel, we will go up to Machu Picchu by bus. In Machu Picchu you will have 2 hours private introductory tour. In this time you will learn about types of amazing constructions, the engineering and the terraces, the most important places in Machu Picchu Archaeological site and how they were used.
Afterward you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu, take pictures and explore more by yourself. If you booked climb to Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain, you will enjoy a dramatically different view of Machu Picchu Citadel.
When you finish your visit you’ll return to Aguas Calientes by bus. In the village there are a lots to discover. Shops, crafts, Art. Enjoy the hot springs, buy memories, try new foods.
Later we will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. (1 ¾ hours.) When you arrive at Ollantaytambo you will meet with our driver to come back by car to your hotel in Cusco (1 ½ hours.)

martes, 14 de mayo de 2019

Useful information of the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most famous and best preserved road of the Inca trail. With its cobblestone routes it crosses important archaeological remains such as Huayllabamba, Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Puyupatamarca, Huíñayhuayna and Intipuncu until arriving at the great citadel of Machu Picchu.


It is necessary to have at least four days to cover it. The geography of the Inca Trail is rugged and allows you to contemplate landscapes of great beauty that include imposing snow, lush jungles and lush forests. The water abounds in the ravines, which are protected from the strong wind, characteristic of the high passes.
informacion-sobre-camino-inca Cusco is one of the greatest archaeological events in world history and even its simple paths are majestic. Due to its condition as a pre-Inca city, it was named the Archeological Capital of South America. In Cusco, on top of each Inca construction, Spanish architecture is added together and together they add centuries of civilization.
Throughout the year, thousands of travelers from all over the world undertake the route of the Inca Trail from Cusco to access the jungle of Peru, and the ancient mysteries that still contain the stones of Machu Picchu.
Along the way there are several ruins of different fortifications in relative good condition, which visually dominate all the valleys.
walk-camino-incaThe Inca trail starts in the town of Cori-huayra-china (Quechua: Quri Wayrachina, 'venteadero de oro'), at kilometer 88 of the Cusco-Quillabamba railway, and takes between Three and four days of walking arrive at Machu Picchu. In the crossing, which crosses an impressive altitudinal slope, with climates and ecosystems as varied as the high Andean high plateau and the misty forests, two passes must be overcome at a great height (the largest of them, Huarmihuañusca, of 4,200 meters of altitude, also known as "Paso de la Mujer Muerta") and ends with the entrance to Machu Picchu through Inti Puncu or "Puerta del Sol".
informacion-camino-inca-peruEn the route the traveler will find a network of styled granite settlements that are along the road (Huiñay Huayna, Puyupatamarca), immersed in natural settings.
As an ideal complement, tourists will also find an exuberant nature, with unique landscapes, hundreds of species of orchids and multicolored birds.
The location of the Inca Trail begins 82 kilometers from the city of Cusco on the way to Machu Picchu and the journey is 42 kilometers.

sábado, 11 de mayo de 2019

ALTERNATIVE TREKS IN CUSCO

AUSANGATE TREK



Ausangate is a natural attraction that is located in the district of Ocongate, within the province of Quispicanchi, in the department of Cusco. That snow is part of the Cordillera de Vilcanota and, according to an ancient legend, it was the brother of the Salkantay mountain.
The Nevado Ausangate, has a height of 6,384 meters above sea level; and he is considered an apu, or protective deity of the peoples that surround him; as well as the most representative mountain in the region. Its size is such that it can be appreciated even if one is in the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, not in vain is considered the fifth highest mountain found in Peru.
This beautiful Cusco snow cap, impresses the eye, for its incredible natural formations; Not only are beautiful water mirrors like the Sivinicocha, with turquoise waters, but also stone forests, glaciers and high-plains that seem to make this natural attraction a paradise on earth, especially for those tourists who are interested for adventure sports because, the geographical features of Ausangate make it ideal for sports such as rock climbing, ice climbing, trekking, among other activities.
The Nevado Ausangate appears before our eyes as a mountain challenge; it is known that the first attempts to promote it occurred at the beginning of the fifties of the last century, were two the first attempts to conquer the top of the mighty Apu, it was not until 1953, when a German expedition achieved the goal, climbing the mountain on its southern slope, in posterity, new routes were opened for the conquest of the Apu, however, just in 1983, thirty years after the first ascent, Peruvian feet crowned the top of the majestic snow.

LARES INFORMATION



The Laris formed the Lares culture in what is now the Lares district. It seems that the capital or center of the Lares culture has not been the current capital of the district because there is no vestige of ancient cultures, nor in the conformation urbanistic that is completely Spanish, nor in the walls and foundations of the buildings, it is thought that the center of Lares culture was the population of Choquecancha, already displaced from the citadel of Antawala "
In the Colonial period (1535-1824), the entire area of ​​Lares, by de Choquekancha, was not exploited by the Spaniards for being in a completely hilly terrain, they only maintained relations for the trade of some products.
In the Republican period (1824 to this day), the region acquires its greatest splendor forming part of the Province of Calca, Department of Cusco, Lares acquires the category of District by virtue of the Law of October 22, 1892, with its capital the current town of Lares.
Etymologically, the word "Lares comes from that one of Aymara origin Laris that means maternal uncle and sometimes, all relative on the part of the mother. With the passage of time it is undoubted that for reasons of diction and the law of least effort, staying in Lares. "^ Currently the capital of the district, the town of Lares has no cultural vestige, nor in the urban conformation that in its totality is Spanish, according to the French Paúl Marcoy that in the Valley of Lares due to the intense rains of the station took place in the dawn of the 14 of January of 1958, a landslide of a hill forming a dike or dam of the waters of the Yanatile river, which overflowed originated the devastating alluvium of the Phaqcha region of the Lares Valley, causing dozens of deaths, thousands of victims and numerous material losses. As a result of that tragedy the newspaper "El Comercio" of Lima published an article with the title of "LARES, A FORGOTTEN VALLEY", mentioning in passing the illustrious travelers who arrived to that extensive region, among them Paul Marcoy ".

HUCHUY QOSQO



Another alternative is the Inca trail that is going to be the longest, and therefore somewhat strenuous, is less frequented and allows us to enjoy a greater variety of jungle landscapes as it takes you from 3,750 meters above sea level to the 4,400 meters to finish at 3,040 meters, which means crossing the mountains between the town of Chincheros and the "Sacred Valley of the Incas".
For that you have to take from Cusco the private or private buses that go to Urubamba (but take them by the Chincheros road and ask the "collector" of the transport bus to let you get off at the detour to the community of TAUCA (a a few minutes from Chincheros) where you arrive after an hour of travel.
Usually there is a private taxi-group that will take you to TAUCA, but on the way we stop to see the immense PIURAY lagoon up close (it is the water source of the city of Cusco). On the opposite bank shines the tower of the church of UMASBAMBA, one of the oldest in the area. You travel about 15 minutes to Tauca on the outskirts of the town, where the car no longer moved on the steep climb.
From here we start walking at the beginning of the trail, it has no slope and it makes its way into a narrow ravine. There are no curves or crossings of roads so it is impossible to get lost until the road announced its end on the slopes of some very large hills. It was like getting into a dead end. In the hills to my right I could see some muleteers who were going up to the first "abra", they carried the backpacks of the tourists on the back of a beast. Finally I reached the "abra" and found a couple of apachetas. I started the descent by the path that opened to my left while I was looking down a lagoon called ESOCOCHA, 15 minutes later you reach the second "abra" and there I found a sign that indicated the way to the ruins. From there the view was pure honey: an endless puna, behind several peaks perpetually dressed in white and above these a dense tangle of clouds that never ended
Now everything was a descent without truce where you can see some arrows painted in blue that guide you to the ruins. We rested with the muleteers who prepared the lunch for the group of tourists to continue towards HUCHUY QOSQO, began the walk passing through a copse of puyas appeared from nowhere terraces in good condition that were scattered by a ravine. It was magical to feel myself there observing nature.
Finally I came to a small plain where I found a sign with an arrow shape that read: HUCHUY QOSQO. At my feet a magnificent view opened up: in the background lay, scattered on a blanket of greenery, the ruins that I was looking for, and much lower down the houses of the town of Lamay in the middle of the always beautiful Urubamba valley.
Low and on arrival I found the gatekeeper to pay an entrance to HUCHUY QOSQO (3,550 meters) is the most important archaeological center in the Urubamba Valley, after Ollantaytambo and Pisaq (the virtue of being a little outside the classic tourist circuit what makes it more special) at the same time you have that space to go to Pisaq and Ollantaytambo.

INCA JUNGLE 



Abra Málaga is a route that begins in the town of Ollantaytambo, Cusco and travels along highway 28B Ollantaytambo - Quillabamba, crossing unique Andean ecosystems. This route contains two types of well-defined areas: El Abra (4,297 masl) and the low zone (Carrizales 3,245 masl). The birds you can observe are rare and very sought after.
The predominant ecosystem is the Montano Tropical rainforest or the cloud forest in the Carrizales area, with forests of low trees covered by epiphytic plants and also some areas of bamboo. At Abra Málaga, at an altitude of 4,200 meters, we are in a rainy-Montano Tropical moor, with small Polylepis forests in the basins' births.

History

The avifauna of this area of ​​Peru was studied since 1869 by Sclater and Salvin, Berlepsch and Stolzmann (1906).
In 1915 an expedition of the Machu Picchu Geographical Society was conducted, directed by Frank M. Chapman and George K. Cherrie (1-24 July 1916), and by Harry L. Watkins (April 3-25, 1917).
From September 1974, June 1976, 1977 and 1978, October 1978 and August 1979, staff from the Museum of Zoology of the Louisiana State University (LSU) visited the valley in order to carry out an inventory and increase knowledge of birds and small mammals. Three main camps were made along the Ollantaytambo-Quillabamba road through Abra Málaga (3900 m), and a fourth was in Kiteni (450 m), after Quillabamba.

jueves, 2 de mayo de 2019

AUSANGATE & RAINBOW MOUNTAIN FULL INFORMATION

AUSANGATE TREK AND RAINBOW MOUNTAIN


The Mountain of the 7 Colors, is one of the most beautiful attractions that exists in the Inca Trail near the Apu Ausangate, it is said to be a place that offers a new opportunity for everyone who visits it, this belief has its beginning in the saying "If you want to see the Rainbow you have to face the storm" which teaches us that there is always a prize after the effort.
The legends that are told 'round of the colors that form this Mountain are really amazing, these stories will continue with us from generation to generation since they are part of our culture and identity.
This fantastic place is part of the tourist attractions of the City of Cusco, a trip through the Mountain of Colors or Vinicunca which has an exceptional beauty that seems to have taken all the colors of nature. An extraordinary landscape, a pleasure for the eyes.
This beautiful also houses an impressive flora and fauna. So apart from seeing the Rainbow you will appreciate this fantastic nature.
You will appreciate the wonderful views of Ausangate, one of the highest mountains in Peru and the colorful South Valley of Cusco with its extensive lagoons, Andean villages, rivers and streams.
Each person looks for a Rainbow after a somewhat complicated journey, and more if you find it in the Land of the Incas a place full of secrets not yet discovered.
A visit to the 7 Colors Mountain is a wonderful experience that you can live with friends or family.

lunes, 29 de abril de 2019

Util information of Choquequirao Trek

Choquequirao is one of the places where you can make an authentic hiking adventure. During your vacation, you can change the lights and noise of the city for an expedition through the tropical forests to a hidden citadel. The sister of Machu Picchu is more than stone stairs and platforms. Below, 10 interesting facts you should know about CHOQUEQUIRAO.
Choquequirao is located northeast of the Impressive Canyon of the Apurímac which surrounds the archaeological group on the left side. The Archaeological Park of Choquequirao offers a wide variety of ecological floors and an impressive diversity of flora and fauna. Therefore, we recommend that you have the camera ready to capture the natural beauty of this important route.
Beautiful Andean landscapes in Choquequirao
One of the attractions of Choquequirao, is the wonderful landscape where it is located. On the way you will see views of the snow-covered skirts such as Salkantay and Padrayoc as well as its benign tropical climate. Try to fill your lungs with the pure air of the jungle and have a magical memory of this charming destination.
Choquequirao is an Inca city that has the same architectural majesty of the enigmatic city of Machu Picchu, which is why it is known as the sister of Machu Picchu. By knowing both cities you can have a better understanding of Inca culture, history and architecture.
Choquequirao: Panoramic view of Inca architecture
Panoramic view of the architecture of Choquequirao Trek Route


The Inca city of Choquequirao has a strategic location, is located in a mountain in the middle of the jungle of Cusco, whose characteristics of climate, flora and fauna were very well used by the Inca sovereigns. As an advantage of traveling with us, our professional guides will tell you in an entertaining way the history and use of this archaeological site.
Choquequirao was probably the city where the last Incas took refuge at the arrival of the colonizers in 1536, becoming an enclave where they protected their idols of gold and silver. You can learn more about the goldsmiths and Inca art in a guided tour of the museums of Cusco. Send us a message to add this visit to your itinerary.
When visiting the Inca city of Choquequirao you will see that it is a stepped construction, with two-story enclosures, stone stairways, canals, squares, bridges, platforms and altars in granite, with the same invoice and appearance of its sister Machu Picchu.
Choquequirao probably had the function of protecting the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, the mighty Apurimac River and all the mountain ranges that surround it, for having been tutelary gods of the Incas. You can see other mountains that were the object of tribute to the Incas in the Salkantay Hike or in the Huayna Picchu mountain climb.
The road to Choquequirao shows similarities with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our steps will reach over 4,000 m.s.n.m. area where the sun and wind are intense, and straw, lichens and mosses abound. On our way we will arrive at the habitat of species such as the Andean fox, typical rodents or vizcachas, pumas and condors. Then we will descend to the area of ​​inter-Andean valleys above 3,000 m.s. Here we will notice the presence of mosses, twisted trees, deer, hummingbirds, begonias, and with a bit of luck we will have an Andean bear.
Find Andean Vizachas on the road to Choquequirao
Andean Vizcachas on the road to Choquequirao
Choquequirao has a magical view. The landscape is dominated by waterfalls, cliffs covered with trees, huge granite quarries, which were used for the construction of important cities such as Machu Picchu.
Choquequirao due to its location was a great granary and pantry of the Incas. In this area there are many crops of coca, corn, cocoa, coffee and fruit trees. These fields accompany the visitor on his walk to the meeting of the magical city. If you have the chance, do not hesitate to taste the local fruits of the farmers' gardens.