After breakfast, you will be picked up from your Cusco hotel and drive through the South Valley. Along the way, you will stop in the town of Oropesa to visit a local bakery. Have some time to see how traditional breads have been made for generations. Continue the journey to Checacupe town where you will visit the local church and a colonial bridge.
During the drive you will see beautiful adobe houses, heards of llamas and alpacas, and gorgeous landscapes. Once you reach Huallatakunka pass, you will start the 3 hour ascent. This hike passes along a geological formation that forms a wall, as well as through a rock forest. Stop for a picnic to enjoy your lunch while taking in panoramic views of red and rainbow mountains, as well as the Ausangate (the highest mountain of Cusco).
On the drive back to Cusco, you will stop in the Pinipampa community that is known for making roof tiles. Meet some of the residents and learn more about their craft. Arrive back at your hotel in Cusco at approximately 5:00 PM.
Highest elevation: 16,243 feet (4,951 m) Distance: 2.5 miles (4 km) Duration: 3 hours Level of difficulty: Easy
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.