The hike from Chinchero to Urquillos is a full day experience, either starting from the city of Cuzco, or from some point of the Sacred Valley, to say Urubamba or Ollantaytambo.
The geographical position of Urquillos has always been quite strategic, because it is centrally located with respect to the cities mentioned above, which gives it commercial importance. It is also a picturesque town with many relics from different epochs that speak of its function throughout the years.
Departure from the city of Cuzco (or Sacred Valley)
Route: 9 Km – 4.5h It could be considered that the whole walk is downhill (just under a thousand meters of descent), however, it also poses a slight difficulty
Maximum height: 3740 m
Difficulty: Simple but limitative for those who have delicate knees
The walk starts at the Chinchero market, which is highly recommended to visit during the weekend. And to access the Inca trail, which will mark the route, you start at the back of the archaeological center, where briefly you can see beautiful terraces. However, 90% of the way passes in the middle of nature.
Practically during the whole journey, you will be exposed to the elements, so always protect yourself from them.
The route is extremely quiet and beautifully landscaped, with a minimal influx of visitors. The whole road is in perfect condition and shows very well preserved sections of Inca road infrastructure.
The hike culminates in the Urquillos’ square, where it is said that the magnificent tree that adorns it, and that does not escape sight, was planted by King Carlos V of Spain (also known as Carlos I), but if history does not fool us, there was not any Spanish king who visited this humble colony, not until it was an independent republic in the very recent 1978 (reign of Juan Carlos). So, do not believe everything that is said out there.
In the vicinity of Urquillos are the following destinations where you can continue your trip:
Yucay (20 min) where you can eat a late lunch;
Urubamba, Maras (1 h) to continue enjoying the attractions of the Sacred Valley;
Ollantaytambo (1.5 h) and continue your way to Machu Picchu.
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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.