During their migration to the south of the Andes, the Incas settled in the District of Paccarectambo, current province of Paruro in the region of Cusco. This area is known for its mixture of legend and history. Apart from being an Inca settlement, this area is known for the caves located in its vicinity, where the mythical heroes of the Inca’s, the Ayar Brothers – first founders of the Tawantinsuyo empire., came from.
The Inca city of Mauk’allaqta is adapted to the topography of the place, planned and built symmetrically with limestone. This archaeological site will impress you with its double jamb doors, two-level rooms, ceremonial fountains, water channels, enclosures decorated with trapezoidal niches of triple jamb, retaining walls, waqas, kallancas, roads, esplanades and original streets of beautiful Inca characteristic, and the surrounding spectacular geography.
The mountain of Puma Orco, was a ceremonial center, ritual and astronomical observatory. The first ceremonies carried out in this mountain were made towards PachaMama (Mother Earth) and the first Apus (sacred mountains). Numerous pumas carved in limestone can be observed at the base of the surrounding mountain, where the mythical caves of the Ayar Brothers are located. First founders of the Tawantinsuyo Empire.
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We will start the day with pick-up from your hotel in Cusco between 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. From Cusco, we will head to the south valley where we will cross the mountains to the lands of the Ayar Brothers. We will go through the communities of Agua Buena and Huilcarpay and before reaching the community of Punacancha we will make a short stop of about 1 hour. From here, we will hike for about 30 minutes Huanakauri mountain to glimpse at the surroundings of Ausangate snow-capped mountain (6,372 m.a.s.l.), Salkantay Mountain (6,271 m.a.s.l.), Mama Simona mountain and the imperial city of Cusco. At this location, we will also appreciate an Inca construction known as the archaeological site of Huanakauri.
After returning to our bus, we will continue our trip to the town of Yaurisque, where we will make a stop to appreciate the town’s church built in the Colonial Period and the old houses with well-preserved carvings from the pre-Inca period.
Our final stop will be at the archaeological site of Mauk’allaqta. From here we will start our hike to the mountain of Puma Orco. At the top, we will appreciate pumas carved in the limestone rock, an Intihuatana (Sundial), carved and polished tines. From here, you can see the archaeological site of Mauk’allaqta and and the mythical caves of the Ayar Brothers. Afterwards head to the archaeological site of Mauk’allaqta to be impressed by the site’s enclosures decorated with triple jamb niche, double jamb doors, two-level rooms, ceremonial fountains, water channels and streets.
For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the people of the Mollebamba community before returning to Cusco.