Travelling around the region of Cusco, Peru allows for many great opportunities to take astounding hikes. Recently I had the opportunity to experience one of these amazing treks with never-ending gorgeous sceneries. I went with four of my friends and a tour guide, making our way to Huchuy Qosqo, which in Quechua means Little Cusco. As it is often said in life, arriving to the final destination was great, but the journey was what made it all worth it.
The first part of the walk was very difficult as it was mostly uphill, but I forgot about that detail once I saw the view. When we arrived to the top we were overwhelmed with breathtaking landscapes of lagoons, luscious green hills, and bright, blue skies filled with puffy, white clouds. As we continued on our voyage we were entertained by encounters of horses, cows, and llamas. I kept my camera handy and around my neck because there was a beautiful picture to be captured around every turn. The rest of the trek was mainly downhill which was nice, but also hard on my knees and toes.
I should have bought better shoes to wear because my tennis shoes were slipping very easily on the terrain. Thankfully I only fell once and it was one of the more graceful falls of my life, plopping down my backside on a rock that turned out to be a nice place to sit. After walking beside a small creek and crossing a little, old bridge we were now quickly approaching the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo. The small houses made out of clay and rock came into plain site and I was initially surprised by how small it was (I should have known from the name).
Once we made it to the ruins we found a nice spot to have a picnic. By this time we were all super hungry. We ate our packed lunches and rested after all our hard work of getting there. Our guide told us that this small site was the palace of Viracocha, one of the most important kings in the Inca Empire. Later after relaxing, we used the on-site bathroom and started our walk to the town of Lamay in order to catch transport back to Cusco. Once in Lamay we got a ride back to the precious town of Cusco and we were there within an hour. It was the perfect one-day excursion to get away from the city for a while. This five-hour hike was challenging, rewarding, and an experience I will always remember.