The Piuray Lagoon (3762 masl / 12343 ft), located in the town of Chinchero, has provided the city of Cuzco with water since the time of the Incas through subterranean channels.
From this lagoon, an Inka trail will lead us to Huchuyqosqo (in the Sacred Valley), the constructions have Inca foundations, were rebuilt by Viracocha Inka and used as a ceremonial centre to worship the lightning bolt, as well as a place to rest in the Sacred Valley.
This excursion involves approximately 8 hours of walking (including rests, lunch and a tour of the archaeological complex), crossing ecological levels such as quechua, suni and puna, with their characteristic flora and fauna.
We leave the city of Cuzco early in the morning, taking the road north towards the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. On the way to the town of Chinchero, we can appreciate the extensive fields of crops, which have been cultivated since ancient times.
We follow a disused dirt track, with a gentle gradient, to the Pucajasa Mountain Pass, where we will have a spectacular view of the Urubamba mountain range. This pass is about 200 meters long. We begin our descent and find sections of Inka trail, and we can also appreciate radical changes in the ecological levels. We arrive at Huchuyqosqo, where we enjoy our snack-lunch. After a short descent, we begin our tour of the archaeological complex, after which we will descend to the town of Lamay (2938 masl / 9639 ft). Here we will board our transport back to the city of Cuzco.
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