Four Lakes, Qeswachaka and the Three Canyons

Duration

2 Days - Night

Package Type

Vivential

Activity Level

Low

Price From
$87 - $240
  • Destination:
  • Duration:
    2 Days – Night
  • What included:
    Pre-information night before of your Inca Trail
    Pick up from your Hotel in Cusco
    Private transport and very comfortable
    Safe and very profesional driver
    Breakfast at the Km 82 before start the hike
    English-Speaking guide(2guides for over 8 people)
    Experienced cook and Cooking equipment
    Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
    1 night of camping along during your 2 Day
    4 capacity tent – 2 persons per tent ( plenty space )
    Sleeping mattress ( Thermarest )
    Toilet tent with Bio-Degradable toilte facilities
    All BUFFET meals ( VEGETARIAN OPTIONAL )
    Water supply (boiled) after every meal
    Bio-degradable personal hands soaps
    Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents udes by our kitchen staff
    Hot water every morning and evening for washing purpose
    A pillow and extra blanket
    Dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
    Kitchen tent & Porters insurance
    First Aid Kit & Oxygen bottlet
    Personalized service
    Government sales ( 19% know as IGV)
  • What is not included:
    Tips for the guides, cooks, porters. It`s a tradition
    Breakfast on Day1 but you will have at your Hotel
    Sleeping bag ( -Minus 20ºC) US$25 for whole trip
    Single tent US$ 25 for 3 nights
    Trekking poles US$30 a pair
    Energy snack will be very useful as chocolate bars.
    Boat transportation at Pomacanchi dock
    Entrances to the archaeological sites
    Personal expenses
    Dinner on Day2

Firstly is the Four Lakes circuit that does include four lakes located one next to the other, all of them do belong to Acomayo province. Not only is the opportunity to see the lakes, but the towns close to them that are very important to the history of Cusco because of the beginning of the greatest revolution in South America performed by Tupac Amaru II, the very big step before the independence of the most important countries in the continent. The folklore does occupy a relevant place because some of the greatest folk artists and bands were born in the province..The main visiting place is the Qeswachaca Bridge, which is the only and remaining one still in existence, and even being renewed every year during the first days of June. Only four native communities are responsible for collecting the Ichu and to transform into wide and large ropes, those will be next the main structure for the new bridge. Because this annual renew is performed since Inca times and with traditional and antique technics, Qeswachaca is part of the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO since 2013

The final stage is by covering part of the newest Regional Conservation Area of Tres Cañones (Three Canyons) of Cusco. The whole area does belong to the Espinar province, which is on the far south of Cusco. Not only the “Three Canyons” could be observed and explored, but also some hidden archaeological complexes are located on route, nearly all of them being built by regional cultures that lived in parallel with the Incas.

On the circuit, four districts do take part in this adventure with the possibility of just 1% to find any other foreigner doing it:

  • Pomacanchi: Once In a time there were a regional civilization called “Qanchis”, who were brave and aggressive. In some hidden and upper parts of the district, some ancient paintings could be seen and describing the lifestyle of those ancient men. There is the largest lake of the four called also Pomacanchi, and the locals have the opportunity to go fishing, mostly trouts. The archaeological site of Yanampampa could be visited.
  • Acopia: From its capital town, the folkloric song “Valicha” was born and is considered as one of the most emblematic songs of Peru. Acopia is considered also as one of the 15 most beautiful towns in Peru because of its landscapes, the Acopia Lake could be seen and it is the smallest of the four.
  • Mosocllacta: No more than five blocks in length and width are the real dimensions of its capital. Two of the lakes are located in the district: Asnaqocha and Pampamarca. As the other towns, Mosocllacta is also involved historically on the greatest revolution against the Spaniards and the Colony. The native people from there in association and support from the Ministry of Culture were the responsible for restoring and enabling again one portion of the Inca Trail, which now can be trekked on the way to Qollasuyu (southern region).
  • Q´ehue: Located in the province of Canas, is also the land of the K´ana culture, a regional cultured that lived in parallel with the Incas. The geography of the province is so difficult that it was a complete challenge for the people at that time to get communicated. This is the place in which the Qeswachaca was built and it is still living in the modern world.
  • Coporaque: The province belongs to the Espinar province, three of the most important archaeological complexes are located: Kanamarca, Taqrachullo and Mawkallaqta, both are on route to the Three Canyons.

We take small groups, why?

The principal reason to take small groups is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature, landscape , there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other . So choose small group for the personalized and quality service.

What are the benefits of doing a private tour?

One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for. In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.

What to Bring/ Carry:

  • Original passport and headlamp
  • Hiking boots (waterproof), sneakers is welcome to but for the rainy is not enough comfortable.
  • Long pants or slacks & Warm sleeping bag Minus 20ºC
  • A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
  • T-shirts and Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions.
  • Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
  • Gloves or Mittens, scarf, Wool socks, Woolen hat for cold nights.
  • Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December – April, but during the dry season can be raining too
  • Camera with extra batteries and flash light , head torch and extra batteries
  • Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
  • Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
  • Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
  • Extra money for drinks and tips , souvenirs in Soles
  • First Aid kit (alcohol, aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
  • Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.

Day 1 – Cusco, Yanampampa, Pomacanchi, Acopia, Mosoqllacta, Pampamarca, Q´eswachaka (L&D) Camp

On the first day about 06:00 am, pick up from hotel and with the transportation the trip does start by heading south in a 2H20M trip to the first stop, the Yanampampa archaeological site, which was built before the Inca times. Then the trip does continue to Pomacanchi town for an explanation about the historical facts of the town, including the Revolution during the Colonial times, and also a visit to the dock for a panoramic view of Pomacanchi Lake, optional is to rent a boat. Then the next stop is Acopia town and the story of Valicha, also a short visit to Acopia Lake. The trip does continue to Mosoqllacta, from where both lakes Asnaqocha and Pampamarca are visible. One small portion of an old but restored Inca Trail is visible and, if possible, it could be visited. The route will follow to the southwest, where a tiny small volcano is found: Pabellones Volcano. Finally, after nearly an hour, the Qeswachaca Bridge is reached. Q´eswachaka Bridge is loacted acrooss the Apurimac River, at about 3,900 m.a.s.l (13,000 ft) in Canas province. This handwoven grass bridge spans 120ft, and rebuilt every one or two years as comunal effort by all the local people of the región. About 700 men and women from the communities Huinchiri, Ccollana come to Q´eswachaka to a Fiesta that celebrates the construction of the bridge. The final day of the party is the second Sunday in June where you can see typical dances and walk across the completed bridge. You can also visit the bridge site, in the days preceding, to see the bridge bulding in progress. The weaving and construction techniques have passed from generation to generation since the bridge was first built by the Incas. It is the only remaining example of an Inca hanging bridge that can be seen today. There is the opportunity to meet a local native family and their house, where there will be plenty of time for learning about their lifestyle, thoughts and traditions, even there will be a small example of how to create ropes and strings from the Ichu (the same material being used for building the Qeswachaca Bridge). We will camp at this comfortable area with amazing landscape.

Day 2 – Q´eswachaka, Qehue , Coporaque, Mawcallacta, Three Canyons, Kanamarca, Langui lake, Cusco ( B-L )

On the second and last day, after a family breakfast, Qehue will be left in order to follow the route to Coporaque (Espinar), where the first stop will be in Mawkallaqta Archaeological Site, it may take more than an hour to explore the whole place including the Chullpas sector. Then the other stop will be in Tres Cañones, where Taqrachullo Archaeological site and the Three Canyons are clearly visible. There will be plenty of opportunity to explore the jaw-dropping environment and geographical accident of the place, where three rivers get joined together after passing the canyons in order to be the one and only Apurimac River. The last visiting place is Kanamarca Archaeological Site, located in Alto Pichigua district, Espinar. On the way back to Cusco, the Langui Lake is visible, optional is to stop at the town, just next to the lake for having a lunch in a local restaurant, and the place is famous for its Andean trout, very tasty and delicious. Expected arrival to Cusco is at 19:00 at hotel.

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