As an introduction to the description of the hike from Chinchero to Huchuy Qosqo, we cannot stop quoting the words of our dear friend Iñigo Maneiro, who visited the site more than 10 years ago but that still stand to be true:
“This place, despite being one of the most important archaeological sites in Cusco and located in a magnificent location, is quite unknown and unvisited. From the top, the whole view is unique. The citadel appears in a wide esplanade, just at the edge of a cliff where the best images of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, and the Vilcanota mountain range are obtained. “
Although the site is current and popularly known as Huchuy Qosco (Small Cusco in Quechua language) it is also called Qaqyaqawana (the thunder lookout point), however, it is actually an excellent viewpoint of the snowy Pitusiray, which is part of an interesting legend of love (we will leave the story at the end of the text in case you are curious).
But returning to what concerns us, here is the technical description of the hike:
Departure from the city of Cusco (or The Sacred Valley: for example Urubamba or Ollantaytambo)
Route: 14 Km – 5.5h
Heights: 4434 m (maximum) 3550 m (in archaeological site)
The start is in a moderate climb until reaching the Tauca pass at a thousand meters above the origin point. In the background, the Piuray lagoon.
Piuray Lagoon, a few kilometers from the start of the hike, is a fully recommended site to spend half a day enjoying water sports and a delicious lunch. Another option for a day in the outskirts of Cuzco.
The whole journey you will be exposed to the elements, so always protect yourself from them.
Wide valleys and small lagoons give shape to the landscape before crossing the mountain range towards lush gorges that mark the final part of the route.
The main destination of the hike is the archaeological site, where one of the best works of civil engineering is displayed on platforms and ceremonial esplanades, around which are still standing a series of architectural structures of stone and adobe, a characteristic combination of this architectural set. The structures also have a distribution that reminds the plane of the city of Cusco, so it has come to be called Huchuy Qosqo recently.
Finally, to get to the town of Lamay you have to overcome the section of greater rigor during the walk, the descent.
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5 Km or less. Gentle and brief
6-10 Km. Relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill
8-12 Km. Relatively flat terrain, with steeper occasional climbs
11-15 Km. Wavy terrain on a variety of surfaces. One or two steeper ascents to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
11-15 Km. Terrain that varies between loose and mountainous, with some steep climbs
11-15 Km. Very mountainous terrain that offers many challenges.The routes go through high prairie trails and / or well maintained cliff paths, with some steep climbs.