jueves, 12 de septiembre de 2019


Guardian of the Cusco region, Ausangate is the fifth highest mountain in Peru with its 6,384 meters high. For centuries it has received many names, the best known being ‘The Roof of the Inca Capital’ and ‘Vinicunca’, which means ‘Cerro de Colores’.

Located in the district of Pitumarca (in the province of Canchis –region of Cusco-, in the south of the country), Ausangate is considered the most important mountain in the Andean worldview. And although it is also one of the most beautiful is one of the least known abroad, always overshadowed by that impressive ‘Wonder of the World’ called Machu Picchu.
Ausangate Trek 5 Days
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A walk through these parts constitutes a very special experience, combining the fact of being at such levels with the enjoyment of an outdoor activity and the contemplation of a visual wonder.
How to get? Ausangate is the fifth highest mountain in Peru, its maximum altitude is 6,372 meters above sea level. It is located about 100 kilometers southeast of the city of Cusco. You leave the city in a vehicle, the estimated travel time is 3 hours, when you arrive in Chilca, the 3-hour walk begins towards the mountain of colors (you walk about 4 km ½ approx.). It can be done in a private car or by hiring a tour.
The road to Ausangate is one of the most amazing experiences you can have, enjoy the scenery, be accompanied by birds and native animals during the road is only part of all that this great opportunity offers, you can find yourself, where you will receive the protection and wisdom of what was once sacred to our culture.

domingo, 8 de septiembre de 2019


The Salkantay Road to Machu Picchu combines a majestic natural beauty scene of great beauty with the attraction of the world's most famous prehispanic remains. The route begins by sailing through the incaic old road in the road that leads to the town of Machu Picchu and through a cordillera pasture between the snowy Salkantay and Humantay (5,917 msnm), to continue along the broken Aobamba River. from Machu Picchu.

This impressive tour passes through the magnificent mountain Salkantay (6.710 m / 22.014 ft), one of the highest and most impactful of the Peruvian Andes. The earliest of the days will be dominated by the impressive snowfalls of Salkantay and Humantay. The third day will descend to the warm cloudy forest to reach Aguas Calientes the fourth day. The impressive sacred city of the Incas Machu Picchu visits during the last day of the program. This excursion is an interesting alternative for those who have not found space on the Camino Inca route to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay tour was recently named by the National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine among the 25 best tours in the world.
The Andes are considered a young mountain cadre according to geological studies. They were formed 60 million years ago by the different movements of tectonic plates, so that the location of Cusco in the Andes has one of the best places for hikers. Each mountain range and its noble inhabitants, maintain a special landscape. This variety of landscapes and people, combined with the unique history of their ancestors, the Incas, offers hikers and explorers a true adventure.
Semi-tropical, warm and humid days and cold nights with constant rain throughout the year
Minimum: Between -5 ° C to 11 ° C Abra Salkantay (Junio)
High: Between 20 ° C to 26 ° C Playa Sahuayaco (Junio)
Lluvias: November to April
Capital: 3,350 m.s.n.m. (Cusco)
Minimum: 2,000 m.s.n.m. (Aguas Calientes)
Maximum: 4,650 m.s.n.m. (Open Salkantay)
He would need acclimation in Cusco of the days before he began the trip. For a good acclimatization you need to rest as bad as possible, eat well, drink plenty of fluids; It is especially the coca mate that has been known to cure and digestive properties. A proper acclimatization avoids that it affects the “soroche” the evil of height, that could cause numerous illnesses to the health.
Camino Inca access routes
To start the first Camino Salkantay you must take a bus by bus to Poblado de Mollepata. An Andean town that preserves its former colonial houses and the farms of its former inhabitants. This is where Salkantay Machu Picchu trekking starts. Mollepata is located in the district of Mollepata and is 2 h 2 min (98.2 km) away by Carretera and one of the 9 districts of the province of Anta, located in the region of Cusco.
Location and Geography
The location of Camino Salkantay varies according to the route planted: The Camino Inca Salkantay route begins on the Mollepata pathway crossing CruzPata, Sayllapata, Soraypampa, and Abra Salkantay along the top of the receding road approximately 71 km. In five days you will reach Machu Picchu.
The Camino Salkantay is an alternate route to the traditional Inca Camino that serves as a communication between the city of Cusco and the archaeological site of Machu Picchu and is therefore one of the most demanding trekking routes in Cusco. Each year the hikers from around the world resort to the wondrous 71 kilometers by a well-known road so that you have to show them that it goes from going up the Salkantay to 4600.msnm and wading through the jungle and reaching it city ​​of Machu Picchu.

jueves, 5 de septiembre de 2019


The snowy Salkantay: complete information
What does Salkantay mean?
The Salkantay is a snowy whose name translated from Quechua would mean ‘Wild Mountain’. This summit is known as ‘Apu’ (‘Lord’) for its majesty and elevation.

Where is it located?
The pu Apu ’Salkantay is located in the Vilcanota Mountain Range in the Andes of southern Peru. This snow is the second largest in Cusco, after Ausangate (Mountain of the 7 Colors). SALKANTAY TREK
How high is the snowy Salkantay?
The snowy Salkantay reaches 6,271 meters above sea level (m.s.n.m.). The trek route that leads to Machu Picchu has its highest point at ‘Abra Salcantay’, at 4,650 m.a.s.l. From there you can see the snowy peak.
How's the weather?
The snow itself has an extremely cold climate (several degrees Celsius below 0º).
The weather during the Salkantay trek, however, is varied. The intense sun and the cold night in the first days change for the tropical atmosphere of the last.
How is the flora and fauna?
The 5 days and 4 nights that the Salkantay trek lasts runs landscapes with a great variety of flora and fauna. Among the species of flowers and plants, the orchid and ichu (Andean grass) stand out. Among the species of birds and animals, it is worth mentioning the llama, alpaca, vizcacha, condor, spectacled bear and the cock of the rocks (national bird of Peru)
Salkantay trek: everything you need to know
What is the Salkantay trek?
The Salkantay trek is a hiking route that takes the visitor to the Inca City of Machu Picchu. The total walking distance is approximately 70 kilometers (5 days of route).

jueves, 22 de agosto de 2019


Inca Trail to Machupicchu
One of the main attractions along the route is the ancient network of settlements built in granite rock by the Incas such as Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca immersed in an overwhelming natural setting. Hundreds of varieties of orchids, multicolored birds, and dreamlike landscapes provide the ideal setting for a route that the walker should walk at least once.

Description of the Inca Trail to Machupicchu route

Based on the traditional 4 days / 3 nights
The total distance of the road is approximately 39.6 km and starts at km 82 at the place called Pisqacucho. To start the road you should cross a bridge, then head to the left side through a eucalyptus orchard and start the day calmly.
Almost immediately you will meet the archaeological complexes of Q’ente, Pulpituyoc, Kusichaca and Patallaca. From that last point you will continue the path along the left bank of the Kusichaca River in the area with the same name where you will not only see the bridge but also find tombs, aqueducts, terraces, roads and a canyon. You will continue until you reach the small town of Wayllabamba and Inca aqueducts. It takes about 4 hours to reach 9 km from this point. One will camp there the first night.
The second day is more difficult, because the walker will have to climb up to 4,200 meters, crossing the passage of Warmiwañusqa, the first and the highest. If you suffer from “soroche” (altitude sickness) it is best not to stop or descend quickly to the Pakaymayu river valley, where you can camp. This place is 7 km away and is approximately 8 hours away.
The third day is the longest but the most interesting. You will be ready to visit the most impressive complexes such as Runkuraqay, the second step at 3,800 meters above sea level, its complex yellowed with niches that were perhaps a small place to rest, guard posts and places for worship after crossing the Second step you descend to Yanacocha (The Black Lagoon) and then climb a path with stone steps to reach another group of buildings which attract the attention of visitors. This point is called Sayaqmarka a pre-Hispanic complex with narrow streets, buildings erected on different levels; sanctuaries, courtyards, canals and an outer wall of protection. At the top of the buttresses one can observe many constructions which lead to suppose that once it was a temple and an astronomical observatory, which had a permanent supply of water and excellent food stores.
Sayaqmarka is a place full of mystery and charm. The approximate distance to Runkuraqay is 5 Km. Which takes 2 hours. This complex extends to 3,600 meters above sea level. There is an excellent trail and a tunnel through this complex. We recommend camping near the ruins of Phuyupatamarca or 3 km later in the visitor center of Wiñay Wayna, where one can buy food and drinks or make use of hygienic services. The ruins of Phuyupatamarca are better preserved than we have seen before.
On the fourth day, which will start around 5:00 A.M., the walker arrives in Machupicchu around 7:00 A.M. after 8 km of hiking through the jungle. Follow the indicated route and drink some water at the Wiñay Wayna Visitor Center. The path is clearly marked but try to avoid getting too close to the edge of the cliff.
It is forbidden to camp in Inti punku. You will leave your equipment at the control gate and enjoy the most important monument in this part of the continent. You will have time to visit Machupicchu until noon. Check the train schedule to return to Cusco.
If you plan to stay in the town of Machupicchu (also called “Aguas Calientes” The distance from the station to the ruins bridge to Machupicchu is 2 Km. This takes about 20 minutes down a narrow path, which runs parallel to the line railroad
Apart from all that has been mentioned, there is also the cultural heritage of the Incas. The Inca Trail which was well built, crosses the dense forests and deep canyons. There are 18 archaeological complexes along the way which can be seen in all their splendor.
These are composed of homes, irrigation canals, agricultural terraces, walls and sanctuaries, which are an irrefutable proof of the existence of important human settlements.
Facilities for tourists- Inca Trail to Machupicchu
Accommodations in Machupicchu- Hotels in Machu Picchu
There are many accommodation alternatives, from 20 dollars a night to more than 600 dollars a night.
Aguas Calientes
Located at a distance of 800 m. To the east of the city of Machu Picchu, there are underground sulfur hot springs that flow from the rock at different temperatures. The specially constructed swimming pools suitable for the use of mineral hot baths. The average water temperature ranges from 38 ° C to 46 ° C. There is also a change of rooms, sand baths and small cafes.
Train to Machu Picchu
To reach kilometer 82 one can go by train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo. Another alternative to reach kilometer 82 is by car transport to Km. 82.
Road transport
The only way to return from Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes to Cusco is by train. Check the available train schedules.
Tourist transport to Machupicchu
There is a fleet of minibuses that link the Puente Ruinas station via a winding and narrow road to the highest hill of the Machu Picchu Complex. The driver takes approximately 20 minutes to get there and another 20 minutes to return.
The service goes every day, however the frequency depends on the number of tourists.
There is a road between the Puente Ruinas and the Machu Picchu complex. The walker takes approximately 1 hour.

martes, 20 de agosto de 2019


About 100 kilometers southeast of Cusco, Peru, there is a rainbow mountain.

It is the mountain of the Seven Colors, also known as Vinicunca or Rainbow.
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The mountain is located in the Vilcanota Range at 5,200 meters above sea level, in the Pitumarca district.
Its slopes and summits are dyed by stripes of intense shades of fuchsia, turquoise, lavender and gold.
The visual show offered by Vinicunca has attracted visitors since the beginning of 2016, according to Haydee Pacheco, a tourism official at the Municipality of Pitumarca.
In just over two years, travelers who take pictures with the summit went from a few tens to about 1,000 a day, say Peruvian media, despite the cold and altitude of the place.
Thanks to its popularity, also driven by social networks, the hill became a common destination in the rankings of tourist attractions in the world.
For example, in August 2017, it appeared on the list of 100 places to visit before dying recommended by travel experts on the Business Insider website.
The tourist boom is quite recent, but the history of the mountain and its colors began millions of years ago.
The rainbow aspect of Vinicunca is due to "a complex geological history of marine, lake and river sediments," according to a report by the Office of Cultural Landscape of the Decentralized Directorate of Culture of Cusco.
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These sediments, transported by the water that previously covered the area, date between the tertiary and quaternary periods, that is, from about 65 to two million years ago.
Over time, the sediments were forming layers (with different grain sizes) that today look like the stripes that attract tourists so much.
The movement of tectonic plates in the area raised these sediments until they became mountains.
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Then they acquired their striking colors because of the oxidation of their minerals, exerted by the humidity of the area, and their erosion, explains César Muñoz, a member of the Geological Society of Peru (SGP),
Muñoz and the study of the Office of Cultural Landscape detail the composition of each strip according to its color.
Pink or fuchsia: mixture of red clay, fangolites (mud) and sand.
Off-white: sandstone (quartz sand) and limestone.
Purple or lavender: marl (mixture of clay and calcium carbonate) and silicates.
Red: argillites and clays.
Green: clays rich in magnesium ferro (mixture of iron and magnesium) and copper oxide.
Yellowish, mustard or golden brown: limonites, calcareous sandstones rich in sulphide minerals (combined with sulfur).