A better choice to cross the Altiplano to arrive
to the Valley of Cusco, old capital of the Inka Empire. In a
390 km route there are plenty of sites to visit, arqueological
sites and other nice places that only nature can offer.
The route begins in your hotel in Puno, early morning, to take
to way to Juliaca City, at 45 km from Puno, then it continues
to Pukara, famous town by the ceramic and the “torito
de Pukara” and also because it was there where the first
culture of the Altiplano developped, dated in 1,600 BC. Then,
before arriving to Ayaviri, we take a deviation to get into
the Tinajani Canyon, hutch rock formations that make fantastic
shapes of monolits and nice contransting colours. Then we will
continue crossing the plateau with its faune and human presence
in everywhere, watching from near the alpacas and llamas.
Going along the route, we will stop on the highest point: La
Raya, at 4,335 metres avobe the sea level, borderline point
between Puno and Cusco Regions.
From this hight point the way goes down and gets in the beggining
of the valley of Vilcanota, where it is the Great complex dedicated
to Wiracocha God, in Raqchi.
Aproaching the Imperial City, we stop in Andahuaylillas, to
admire the rich internal decoration of the little church, known
as the Sixtine Chapel of the Andes.
Late in the afternoon, we arrive to Cusco “the world’s
navel” of the Inkas, the great Capital founded by Manco
Capac and Mama Ocllo, children of the Sun, emerged from the