The mountain rainbow was discovered to the world due to the defrosting of its ground in consequence of global warming and you owe his incredible coloration to the minerals riches that his ground generated by the erosion of the land during million years, leaving these mineral strata lodges so colored of reddish, brown pigmentations, greens and yellowish.
THE ROUTE TO THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN
The traveller begins the journey of a day of duration coming out of in bus Cusco’s city very early, in general early in the morning. In Cusco, close to the coliseum Closed, in Huayruropata two companies offer the service Sicuani Checacupe, the passage can cost 5 suns. His final destination of destination is Pitumarca.
The trajectory the llevavará for Andahuaylillas’s, Quiquijana’s and Checacupe’s localities, to get to Pitumarca, at Canchis’s province, Cusco’s picturesque town of the south.
Once in Pitumarca the long ascent of approximately three hours on foot towards the mountain of the seven colors begins. To be able to enter, the locals charge five soles if one is Peruvian, and 10 soles if they are foreigners, in order to cover some basic service expenses that they themselves have organized in the face of growing tourism in the area.
The visitors will have also the option to accomplish another activities, like to ride horses, that they are offerees in case not they wish to walk for a long time. There will be stretches where horses will be able to enter, which is why the one and only forms of keeping on he is walking .
At the trajectory, the traveller will be surrounded by impressive scenes fixed of glaciers and numerous lagoons. You will be able to find shepherds with flames, alpacas, sheep, and they will distinguish that the fauna enables catching sight of foxes, zorrinos, huallatas, partridges, deer, viscachas, condors and osqollos or savage cats eventually.
Once you arrive, the onlooker will find a lookout, observing the totality of the spectacular panorama, where Ausangate highlights the snowed depositor’s part. In the top, you run a strong wind and the climate is cold. As part of the animal landscape, one almost always can perceive vicunas, that they maraud cautious for mountain sickness.
Right after staying in the slope’s peak, the road to Pitumarca’s valley proceeds to coming back all by himself, gone over that it proves to be simpler than the previous. The people will be able to recover having lunch and recovering energy. The walk finalizes undertaking the journey of return to Cusco’s city, arriving approximately beginning the night.
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The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 trek in the world. In just 26 miles (43 Km) it a manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, outstanding mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas.”
Is one the most popular trek in Peru, and the world?
What makes it so special is its rich biodiversity, the stone paved trail, the archaeological sites along the way, unforgettable views, snowy mountains, cloud forests and the natural beauty of the inca trail. The inca trail has exotic vegetation; it presents extraordinary ecological variety, including more than 450 varieties of Orchids, many species of birds and mammals. Machu Picchu itself cannot be fully understood without the experience of the inca trail trek. Its principle sites are ceremonial and multifunctional character, in ascending hierarchical order as you near the city. The Inca trail is essentially a work of spiritual art, like a gothic cathedral and walking the inca trail to machu picchu is an act of devotion to the incas memory. The four days inca trail trek covers about twenty-eight miles, starting at an elevation of 8,400 feet above sea level and ending at 7,800 feet. In the inca trail trek you must cross two high mountains passes with a maximum elevation of 13,700 feet. The trail conditions are generally good on this ancient inca trail to machu picchu. The guides are professional, knowledgeable, and English speaking. We use excellent equipment and serve savory nutritional meals. It’s the best trek in Peru. We advise you to take the inca trail trek – inca trail to machu picchu.
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.
In most cases, tourists who visit our country place a Machu Picchu, in Cusco, as their main destination. But Cusco is not only Machu Picchu, as you will know those who have taken a walk there. On this occasion we talked about the archaeological site of Maras Moray.
The archaeological remains of Maras Moray are 7km away. from the city of Maras, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This place is a legacy of the Incas and to this day it is not known for sure what was its main use within the Tahuantinsuyo.
It is a series of agricultural terraces from the Inca period in the shape of concentric circles built with stone walls (like everything in the Inca Empire), with no more visible archaeological remains.
The terraces of Moray had a different purpose. Scholars say that the site was part of an agricultural research center. This makes a lot of sense, since in this part and in each of the platforms small microclimates are located that were not only useful for the calculation of the surroundings, but of all the Tahuantinsuyo.
Whether it is an enigma or lack of studies about it, the archaeological site of Moray has a natural beauty that contrasts with its immeasurable historical legacy. Key piece in Peruvian history and a necessary meeting point for any lover of the trip. So do not wait any longer and separate a passage to Cusco and the archaeological site of Moray.
Cusco is coming up in the food world after a busy year with many celebrity chefs who have come to town as well as different national gastronomic associations. There have been expos displaying Peruvian foods in the jungle and those exhibiting more coastal delicacies throughout this 2017 year.
A popular event run in the center of Cusco in the San Pedro Market, Benefico, featured well-known chefs from all over Peru to collaborate on a six-course menu showing off some of Cusco´s most famous and delicious dishes. All proceeds from the event went to funding the Juan Pablo II Orphanage near the city center.
Gastón Acurio (Astrid & Gastón Restaurant), Mitsuharu Tsumura (Maido), the Cusquenean José Luján (Chulpi) and José Luis Chávez (Mision Ceviche, NY), were some of the famous people in Peruvian cuisine who presented at the gastronomic forum “Susay”. The event took place at the Youth Palace Coliseum in Cusco where they discussed Peruvian cooking forms as they progressed through the generations.
Virgilio Martinez´s new restaurant, Mil, will also open in the Sacred Valley outside of Cusco later this year to great fanfare.
The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.
Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft) Mt. Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local indians. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning “Savage Mountain”.
The name Salkantay is from sallqa, a Quechua word meaning wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible, and was recorded as early as 1583. The name is thus often translated as “Savage Mountain”.
Directly to the north of Salkantay lies Machu Picchu, which is at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain. Viewed from Machu Picchu’s main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay’s summit when at its highest point in the sky during the rainy season. The Incas associated this alignment with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cuzco.
Choquequirao – an Inca settlement less than 40 miles from Machu Picchu and known as a “sacred sister” to the popular site – could soon be vying for visitors with the opening of a new road and cable car.
With a similar architectural structure to the famous Machu Picchu citadel, which attracts 1.2 million tourists each year, unsung Choquequirao, which dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries, is currently accessible only to those willing to make a five-day hike. Therefore it receives far fewer visitors – only a dozen a day, or around 5,800 a year.
the Peruvian government is hoping to change that with a new road connecting it with Machu Picchu and cable car to take tourists to directly to the ruins, which sit at 3,050 metres above sea level.
The new infrastructure would allow tourists to explore the stairways, terraces, plazas and temples that form the hilltop complex, spanning 1,800 hectares, as part of a trip to its more famous neighbour.
“The hike is exceptionally beautiful, but it’s tough,” said Roger Valencia, the country’s deputy tourism minister, and a former tour operator and guide who has done the journey himself about 20 times. “We’ll put in the roads and the cable cars to make it accessible.”
A vast area of high cliffs measuring as high as 250 meters known as Three Canyons (Tres Cañones) in the southern region of Cusco was recently recognized as a Regional Conservation Area by the Ministry of the Environment in Peru.
The rocky peaks, which are the main attraction at the site, are located in the province of Espinar and were formed as the Apurímac, Callumani and Cerritambo rivers eroded over time. The peaks are of volcanic origin and give the appearance of brilliant stone forests.
An archaeological complex, called Mauka Llaqta, attributed to the K’ana nation during the Inca Empire also forms part of Tres Cañones. In the surrounding area there are titancas or puyas of Raimondi, an enormous plant relative of the pineapple that is in danger of extinction.
Its recognition as a Regional Conservation Area by the Ministry of the Environment will help to preserve the biodiversity, natural landscape, cultural identity and archaeological monuments in the area. The regional government of Cusco will be in charge of administration of the site with the support of the local authorities as the region looks to take advantage of economic benefits that will certainly come their way.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Winding through Peru’s verdant landscape toward Machu Picchu, this famous four-day hike is not for the faint of heart. That said, recent travelers say the laborious trek pays off with gorgeous scenery, interesting wildlife and for many, a life-changing experience.
You’ll likely start your journey near KM 82 along the Cusco-Aguas Calientes railway and then follow the trail’s zigzagging path toward the “lost city.” The three-night journey pays off with the views from the Sun Gate at dawn.
Since interest in the trail and the ruins has skyrocketed in recent decades, trekkers are only allowed to visit with licensed tour operators. The best time to visit is during the dry season (from May to September, with peak season in June, July and August). Since spots fill up quickly, plan to book well in advance with a reputable company that includes camping gear, meals and the Machu Picchu entrance fee. You’ll also want to select a company that treats its porters fairly. A few reputable companie include Adventure tours, South Peru Adventure
No matter which operator you choose, you’ll still be roughing it along the trail. Make sure to pack sturdy hiking shoes, a warm sleeping bag and plenty of layers, as temperatures drop at night throughout the year. You’ll also want to arrive a few days early and check out the other attractions in Cusco, if only because you’ll need to acclimate to the altitude before starting your journey.
Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Picchu, “Old mountain”) is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400 meters (7,875 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Cusco. Often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire.
The Incas started building the estate around AD 1400 but it was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction.
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Since it was not plundered by the Spanish when they conquered the Incas, it is especially important as a cultural site and is considered a sacred place.
Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its primary buildings are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. These are located in what is known by archaeologists as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu. In September 2007, Peru and Yale University reached an agreement regarding the return of artifacts which Hiram Bingham had removed from Machu Picchu in the early twentieth century.