Peru – “Road to Antisuyo”
7:30 am Departure from Zone X, located 8 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Introduction to the team that will accompany visitors on their journey.
The adventure begins with a visit to one of the ceremonial centers, Zone X, a place of offerings and rituals to Mother Earth or Pachamama. Along the route, visitors can spot the channels of the Inca hydraulic system, traditional landmarks that enhance the landscape in harmony with the great diversity of flora and fauna. Then, they will reach the first viewpoint of Cusco, from where they can see the border limit of Corao and Q’eser. Here, they will enjoy a traditional countryside lunch before continuing the hike and appreciating the Quelhuacocha (Andean seagull lagoon) and Qoricocha (Golden lagoon) lakes, primarily admiring the birdlife, such as the huallata (Andean goose), jacachu (woodpecker), and others. Visitors can also see llamas, alpacas, and sheep grazing during the hike. Then, they will reach another important viewpoint, from where visitors can admire the Qoricocha and Piuray lagoons, as well as the Anta pampas and the surrounding communities of the Umasbamba, Cuper Alto, and Cuper Bajo districts of Chinchero. Later, visitors will descend until they reach the Qenqo, where they will appreciate its main activities, such as agriculture and livestock farming. They will also observe the different soil colors for various types of crops.
Finally, at approximately 5:00 pm, visitors will arrive at the community of Patabamba, where they will be greeted with traditional music, costumes, and a shower of flower petals. After the welcome, families will introduce themselves and host visitors in their lodging homes. Visitors will enjoy a warm cup of Andean herbal tea (muña, coca, etc.). After visitors settle into their rooms, everyone will gather in the dining room for a family dinner.
7:00 am Breakfast with the family. All meals are prepared with local natural products from the area.
After breakfast, visitors can appreciate traditional artisanal activities of the locals.
8:30 am Departure from Patabamba to the archaeological center of Huchuy Qosqo. Along the route, visitors can appreciate the inter-Andean valleys typical of the Quechua zone, with magnificent viewpoints of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Then, visitors will pass through an Inca trail that is also part of the Q’apac Ñan network, which in the time of the Tawantinsuyo also led to Antisuyo. In the village of Pukamarca, at mid-morning visitors will rest and eat the box lunch prepared by members of the Patabamba community. Then, visitors will continue with the hike until they reach the archaeological remains of Huchuy Qosqo, where they will appreciate the legacy built by the Incas. Finally, visitors will descend until they reach the community of Huchuy Qosqo, admiring the Andean flora and fauna of the area and the Lamay populated center along the route.
Visitors should bring:
- Hiking shoes
- Warm clothing for the night and light clothing for the day
- Hiking stick
- Rain poncho (during rainy season)
ADDITIONAL AND OPTIONAL SERVICES:
- Transportation from Cusco/Sacred Valley to the communities: *Consult price per groups
- Horseback riding excursion to Qoricocha Lagoon
- Lodging: 25 beds
- Altitude: 3,800 meters above sea level
- Visiting season: All year round, except for the rainy season (January to March)
- Entrance to Huchuy Qosqo: Adult: S/22.00 Student: S/10.00