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The Historic Sanctuary or National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu is a cultural and natural area inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity in Peru and houses more than 60 archaeological monuments linked by a complex network of Inca roads.
The most important monument is the Llaqta or Inca City of Machu Picchu, which was planned and built around 1450 during the government of the Inca Pachacutec. The work demanded the participation of specialists in architecture, engineering and astronomy, as well as a large amount of labor. More than 50% of the effort required in its construction was used in the preparation of the land, foundation and drainage system. Its construction responds to the need of the Inca State to have a religious, political and administrative center within a sacred space considered the link between the Andes and the Amazon.
The Machu Picchu llaqta was abandoned during the second half of the XVI century; however, it was never lost since it was visited and inhabited occasionally. There are colonial documents that refer to the Machu Picchu llaqta as the "Old Town of the Inca Named Wayna Picchu." In 1911, Professor Hiram Bingham visited the llaqta and was impressed with its beauty and majesty. team of professionals who carried out excavations and investigations in the area.
Since the 1930s, the Peruvian State has been promoting the research, conservation and enhancement of the Historic Sanctuary and the Machu Picchu valley, which represents a masterpiece of art, architecture and engineering in perfect harmony with nature and results the most important legacy of the Inca civilization to humanity.
If you want to visit this Inca Citadel we have the tours for you: Machu Picchu Tour, Machu picchu By Car, Machu picchu and Sacred Valley.
Cusco (Qosqo in Quechua), is one of the most extensive regions of Peru. Its geographical location has allowed it to develop agriculturally, highlighting the cultivation of corn, quinoa, barley, potatoes, tea and coffee. Nowadays Tourism is the main economic activity, due to the great archaeological wealth left by the Inca empire and the passage of the Spaniards. It is undoubtedly the city that preserves the most beautiful and important archaeological monuments of Peru and America, including Macchu Pichu, being thus the first tourist destination of Peru, an important tourist destination for those who come to appreciate the impressive Inca architecture; made with originality and perfection the works in stone. In its surroundings there are many Inca and Colonial archaeological remains such as Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, Tambomachay, among others, of archaeological and tourist importance. The past of the Spaniards still conserves important architectural remains of colonial style, among them the Cathedral Basilica, the temple and the convent of La Merced, the church of the company of Jesus, the pulpit of San Blas, the churches of Santa Catalina. , Santa Clara and San Cristóbal, Santo Domingo, and museums and paintings of the Cusqueña School.
It was founded on March 23, 1533, by Francisco Pizarro, thus converting the city of Cuzco into a mestizo and colonial city.
Due to the impressive beauty of its archaeological monuments, cusco has been, deservedly, declared as the "Archaeological Capital of South America", in an Americanist congress held in Argentina, in the year of 1993. And in 1993, the state Peruvian through the congress declares the city of Cusco as the "Historical Capital of Peru".
If you want to visit Cusco we have the tours for you: City Tour Cusco, Walking Tour Cusco.
Part of the 23,000 kilometers of roads built by the Incas in South America. It is the most famous route for hiking in Cusco and possibly the most spectacular in America. Each year, more than 25,000 adventurers from around the world walk along the 43 kilometers of this cobblestone road built by the Incas that leads to the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu located deep in the jungle of Cusco. The trip begins in the town of Pisqacucho, at kilometer 82 of the railway line of Cusco - Aguas Calientes and is 4 days of intense walking. The route includes an impressive variety of altitudes, climates and ecosystems that goes from the puna to the cloud forest. Travelers will cross two high altitude passes (Warmiwañuska at 4,200 m.s.) to complete the walk with a magical entrance to Machu Picchu through the Inti Punku or Sun Gate.
One of the main attractions along the route is the ancient settlement network built by the Incas such as Wiñay Wayna and Phuyupatamarca immersed in a natural setting. Hundreds of varieties of orchids, multicolored birds, and dreamy landscapes provide the ideal setting for a route that an adventurer should ever walk in his life The climate is relatively mild around the whole year, with heavy rains from November to March, dry and warm weather from April to October, which is the recommended time to visit.
The minimum annual temperature ranges from 8 ° to 11.2 ° C. In the months of June, July and August the temperature can often fall below zero.
The annual maximum temperature varies from 20.4 ° to 26.6 °. The terrain is quite irregular, with several ravines and streams fed by the glaciers that eventually pour into the Urubamba River, which crosses the area forming a deep valley.
The mountains of Vilcabamba have wide and high peaks that reach up to 6,000 meters as well as Salkantay and Humantay among others.
The mixture of mountains, jungles and valleys create a fantastic world where the sunrise and the sunset are wrapped in a mystery.
If you want to visit this Inca Citadel we have the trek for you: Inca Trail Classic, Inca Trail short,Inca Trail Imperial.
Salkantay is a snow-capped mountain in Peru located in the department of Cuzco; It is one of the main peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range. It reaches an altitude of 6,271 meters. It presents two summits covered by snow.
The Salkantay Route, also known as the " New Inca Trail", is located north of the city of Cusco, following the Cusco - Limatambo highway, making a detour past Limatambo until you reach Mollepata.
It is very sunny during the day, but a cold at night. The temperature falls below 0 ° C at night during the months of June to September. In the season from December to March it is very rainy reason why it is not recommended to go on these dates.
The best time for the weather, to do this walk is during the months of March to September.
This hike reaches a height of 4,600 meters above sea level at its highest point this on the slopes of the same snowy Salkantay.
The buses from Cusco to Mollepata depart very early from 4:00 to 5:00 and go through Limatambo, from Mollepata is where the trek to the snowy Salkantay starts, after climbing a step up it is possible to have an impressive pyramidal view of the Salkantay, one of the most beautiful snows of Cusco.
From the same Mollepata it takes two days to go down to Huayllabamba and merge with the second day of the Inca Trail.
On the way there are herds of cattle and sheep, orchids, bear with glasses, medicinal plants of the Inca eponca, small variety of birds, fruit trees such as Orange, Papaya, bananas, etc.
- Note: The spectacled bear to see it you have to have a bit of luck.
If you want to visit this Inca Citadel we have the trek for you: Salkantay Trek Challenge, Salkantay Trek Express,Salkantay Trek classic.
The snowy Ausangate is the representative mountain of Cusco and the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Vilcanota mountain range and is one of the most difficult areas to visit which makes it a fabulous route to venture. Its main climate is 6,372 meters above sea level, with large green / blue lagoons. In addition there are rocks that make the area like a paradise. Performing the Ausangate trek is an indescribable adventure, and it is impossible not to be impressed by the enormous beauty of eternal snow. Often you will find mountains of a height of more than 5000 meters and also rocks covered with tongues of ice, spreading in magnificent forms forming ice lagoons. The Ausangate walk is one of the tourist destinations in Cusco.
In the Inca mythology of this mountain and the nearby lakes - among which Sibinacocha stands out - the masculine energy that fertilizes Mother Earth Pachamama is born, after a long course, the waters are lost in the unknown lands of the Amazon to return, to fill the lakes and glaciers every night turned into the river of stars or Willkamayu known in the West as the Milky Way The Community of Chillca constituted by shepherds of llamas and alpacas is known as the guardian of these pristine places, from where you can do mountain walks spending the night in comfortable hostels or tambos, among which Machuracay Tambo stand out, in a walk called "Path of the Apu Ausangate".
Every year on the north side of the Ausangate, the festival of Quyllur Rit'i (Quechua: "star snow") is celebrated before the feast of Corpus Christi, during which thousands of inhabitants make pilgrimages to the Lord of Quyllur Rit'i in the church from Sinakara. The Ausangate snowy usually takes 7 days tours, it is an adventure that no one should miss.
If you want to visit this Mountain we have the trek for you: Ausangate Trek, Ausangate Circuit,Ausangate and Sibinacocha Lake.
Choquequirao is located in the foothills of the Salkantay mountain, north of the Apurímac river valley, in the province of La Convención in the department of Cusco. at 13 ° 32 'south latitude and 72 ° 44' west longitude. It is located at 3035 m.s.n.m. It is approximately at a distance of 47 km. with reference to the town of Cachora.
We can mention that the environment of Choquequirao is one of the richest in biodiversity. All these species have been conditioned despite the temperature variations as it is sun throughout the day and inclement frost during the night. The fauna of the place is composed mainly of condors, tarucas, vizcachas, foxes, skunks, pumas, hummingbirds, spectacled bears and the popular rooster of the rocks. In its flora, giant ferns, ichu and a great variety of orchids stand out, where the wakanki variety stands out.
Choquequirao has a warm climate alternated with cold temperatures at night. The average annual temperature is 17ºC.
Choquequirao (comes from the words aymara chuqui, gold, and from Quechua k'iraw, cradle, that is to say: "cradle of gold"), is another one of the archaeological zones considered also like Inca citadel, to the south of Peru. These archaeological remains of Choquequirao are made up of a set of buildings and terraces distributed in different levels, from the lowest level Sunch'u Pata to the highest truncated top, which was leveled and surrounded with stones to form a platform with an area Approximately 150 square meters.
Choquequirao is also known as the "sacred sister" of Machu Picchu because of the similarities presented both structurally and architecturally with it. Well, not long ago it became known about this majestic place, awakening in this way the interest of many tourists and researchers.
If you want to visit this Inca Citadel we have the trek for you: Choquequirao Trek, Choquequirao challenge,Choquequirao To Machu Picchu.
Huchuy Qosqo is the most important archaeological center in the Urubamba Valley, after Ollantaytambo and Pisac. The ruins are impressive, although the conservation of the site is inferior to that of Ollantaytambo or Pisac, because they are older.
Huchuy Qosqo has a peculiar architecture: the buildings have been built on polished stone bases of fine finish, with clay plaster (they are the best preserved parts) and the highest floors are made of adobe.
A kallanka (rectangular enclosure that could measure up to 70 meters long) of at least 40 to 50 meters long is observed. Also a remarkable building with two stone floors and one upper one of adobe. There are also large terraces, a very large square and a large Inca gate through which passes a very well preserved road that leads from Tambomachay.
The chronicles refer that Huchuy Qosqo (probably a place known in Inca times as Caquia Jaquijahuana) was the work and favorite place of the Inca Wiracocha. To this, Maria Rostworoski adds, in his work "History of Tahuantinsuyo", that this sovereign secured the conquest over the peoples of the Urubamba Valley and chose as his successor his son Inca Urco who, dizzy with power and vices, He proved to be a total incapable of governing. The Inca royalty was very confused with this election and tried to conspire to impose another son of Wiracocha, Prince Cusi Yupanqui. Social unrest and tension increased every day, the Chancas came to the gates of the capital and were willing to destroy it. It is the year of 1438. Wiracocha left the city to his fate and, accompanied by his son Inca Urco, took refuge in his palaces in the Urubamba Valley, among which was Huchuy Qosqo.
It is possible to visit Huchuy Qosqo in three ways, the first walking from Cusco and Tambomachay along the Inca Trail. The other way is by climbing from the Sacred Valley after crossing the river Wilcamayo (today Vilcanota). and the last one doing a walk from Chinchero.
If you want to visit this Inca Citadel we have the trek for you: Huchuy Qosqo Trek, Huchuy Qosqo Express,Huchuy Qosqo Classic.
Cachicata was dedicated to the extraction and carving of the stones that were used for the construction of Ollantaytambo and many surrounding enclosures. It is located 14 km from the town of Ollantaytambo and has three groups of quarries: Molle Pucro, Sirkusirkuyoc (it was the largest of the three), shows the evidence of having been fully operational when the Spanish arrived in this area. And finally Cacchicata or Kantirayoq, where another type of extraction of minerals and precious stones was practiced. Visitors can observe the great work done at the time of moving the giant stones to build Ollantaytambo enclosures. We can find the stones called "Tired Stones" that were on the way to Ollantaytambo.
Cachicata or Inca quarry is one of the old quarries used by the pre Inca and Inca civilizations to build the vast complexes of Ollantaytambo. It was a source of large amounts of pink granite. The view of Ollantaytambo from the quarries is spectacular and during the walk you can see many large stones that were left in the middle of your long trip to the town. It was also a commercial route for the Incas. Cachicata is a small and remote village that can benefit from the occasional visit of tourists.
The Hike to Cachicata is a great alternative to the famous Inca Trail hike. This road was built by the Incas and used for hundreds of years to access local communities and transport goods. This trail is not as well known as the Classic Inca Trail, so many fewer crowds are expected and a more serene adventure experience in Cusco to Machu Picchu. This walk not only visits the cultural past of Cusco, but also explores the modern Inca communities and customs. The trail takes us through isolated waterfalls, ancient terraces and exotic fauna, while offering fantastic views of the Sacred Valley and its snow-capped mountains.
If you want to visit this place we have the trek for you: Inca Quarry Trek, Cachicata Trek.