Walking to Inkilltambo requires only waking up in the bed of your hotel in Cusco and beginning to walk.
Logically, you have to acclimatize first to the altitude and have a physical condition suitable to climb some slopes to leave behind the city, and then to leave the ravine where the archaeological site is located.
You can also shorten the journey using a vehicle, but in reality it is very interesting to start in the city, in the neighborhood of San Blas, from where you can follow the route to Antisuyo which is clearly marked. Antisuyo refers to one of the four main regions of the Inca empire, in which case it refers to the Amazonian sector located to the east.
While walking in the direction of Inkilltambo, you will meet people who go to the city on their daily commute, just as it was in the times of the empire. It is said that the tradition indicated that those who came from the Anti greeted with reverence to those who left the capital.
The trail leads through vast fields and some minor archaeological sites of interest that, with a good interpretation, will be correctly appreciated. We speak of Kusilluchayoc, Amaru Markawasi (known as the “temple of the moon”) and Chukimarka.
The trail continues clearly demarcated and allows to descend gradually to the Yunkaypata riverbed, which will later serve as a reference to access Inkilltambo through evergreen groves, a mixture of native and exotic vegetation.
In Inkilltambo sectors with different uses are appreciated: the first to be observed is the agricultural sector, notable for the cultivation terraces; while in the upper part the ceremonial, storage and other structures seem fused with boundaries not entirely clear. Recent restoration works on the site allow us to appreciate the complexity of the place, which despite being small in size and whose importance seems to have been diluted in time and oblivion, is now re-emerging thanks to archaeological research.
Route: 6,25 Km – 3h (approx. It will depend on the route and transportation method that is chosen). Combinable with a visit to the archeological center of Sacsayhuaman and then, also, participating in a cooking class or simply enjoying a delicious country lunch on the premises of one of our favorite hotels in the area.
Altitudes: 3690 m (maximum) 3550 m (at the archeological site)
Difficulty: Easy (for everyone)
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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
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