HIKING TO THE SHRINE OF THE LORD OF HUANCA
DAY 1: HIKING TO THE SHRINE OF THE LORD OF HUANCA
We depart from Cusco in the morning towards San Jeronimo district, just over 30 minutes by car to the southeast from the Historic Center of the city. We start our hike in the San Jeronimo square. The path goes up the first section, until we reach a small community called Huaccoto, from the top of the mountain we have a breathtaking view of the valley of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the majestic mountains around, especially Apu Pachatusan, the highest in the area. From that point, the path is flat and then descending, by a narrow road at the end of which is the Shrine of the Lord of Huanca. Thousands of pilgrims use this trail every September 14th, during a night walk towards the Shrine; this place keeps a catholic image, which is, according to the Andean traditions, the spirit of the Apu Pachatusan. Then we descend by car to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we will have a delicious lunch. After it, we will take the car back to your hotel in Cusco.
PHYSICAL PREPARATIONFor the climb up the Apu Ausangate, you’ll need to be in good a good physical condition. We highly recommend taking a few extra days at the beginning of your trip to get acclimatized to the altitude, so as to help your body react in a favorable way during the trek. As we’ll be going through altitudes higher than 5,200 meters / 17,000 feet over sea level, you’ll also need to drink lots of water and coca tea.
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