Day Hike Cusco Historical Outskirts

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The ability to explore ancient archaeological sites and hike through local countryside so close to Cusco is what makes this activity so charming. Because it's mostly downhill, this is a great practice hike for people who plan to hike longer more strenuous trails in the Sacred Valley.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Adios Adventure Travel

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tambomachay

20 minute drive to the tranquil terraced rocks of Tambomachay ruins (meaning guest house), with aqueducts, waterfalls and canals. It is said that the Inca emperor came here to bathe and perform religious rites in the water. Begin 7KM / 4.5MI hike stopping for a guided tour at Tambomachay, Qenco, Sacsayhuaman, and finally back to your hotel by 1300 to 1400 hours. Amazing views of Cusco. Very easy mostly downhill route can be done at your pace.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Q'enqo

After your tour of Tambomachay you continue walking through farms and rural countryside (mostly downhill) hike to Qenco temple ruins where sacrifices and mummification took place (with beautiful views of Cusco city) Guide conducts tour at each stop. (bring backpack with water, sunscreen, raingear, snacks, hats, cameras) The terrain is rough unmarked paths in some sections. There's no steep descents or scrambling over rock. It's considered an easy hike because it's mostly downhill, but people need to be able to walk for several hours and carry small backpack with everything they need for the day. Appropriate for older children and active senior citizens.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sacsayhuaman

The final stop on your hike back to Cusco is at Sacsayhuaman ruins. First built by the Killke culture beginning 1100 A.D. and expanded by the Inca. It’s considered the largest structure built and one of the most significant archaeological legacies of the Incas. Due to the complexity of the layout of the massive blocks of stone, some bigger than a car, it is said that the construction of Sacsayhuaman lasted more than 50 years and employed over 20,000 men in the construction. Return to hotel on foot where the tour concludes.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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