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The Colorful Palccoyo Mountain and The Last Inca Bridge of Qeswachaka

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Cusco’s southern valley contains its very own array of wondrous and impressive attractions. This end of the valley is irrigated by the Willkamayu River, which means sacred river in Quechua. Today, the river is better known as the Vilcanota or Urubamba, a powerful waterway that eventually turns into the Ucayali River, before travelling down into the jungle and giving way to the great Amazon River. The waters of this sacred river come from the Vilcanota Mountain range, some of the mountains in Peru that receive the most snow, and reach a maximum height of 6,372 meters

The Colorful Palccoyo Mountain and The Last Inca B Highlights

Palccoyo Seven Colored Mountain Q´eswachaka Bridge

The Colorful Palccoyo Mountain and The Last Inca B Inclusions

Transportation Expert guide Admission to Palccoyo and the Q’eswachaka Bridge. Lunch Coca tea.

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Hiking gear and footwear Gratitudes

Please Note

  • Some people might get altitude sickness in Cusco. To prevent this, you have to take it easy the first few hours until you have adjusted to the altitude. It also helps to chew cocoa leaves and drink cocoa tea
  • Tours are based on shared services
  • Prices are per person, as a group tour or private tour. Private tours require a minimum of 2 passengers and departure times are flexible

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Depart from your hotel in the early morning towards the town of Palccoyo, located 3 hours south of Cusco. As you make your way through Cusco’s Southern Valley, you will have the chance to see the Willkamayu, or Vilcanota, River, which originates in the heights of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. After arriving at the town of Pitumarca, you will begin your ascent up a narrow dirt path lined with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, which takes you through the town of Palccoyo, to the base of the Seven-Colored Mountain network. From here, hike up a path that takes you to the top part of the mountain, where you can take some time to admire the marvelous views of the colorful mountains. Palccoyo offers easy access for those who wish to enjoy the site without having to endure exhausting hikes. After spending some time connecting with the surrounding nature and powerful Apus, descend and head to the Canas province in the Quehue district. Here, you will have the chance to see and learn about the last Inca Bridge that sits over the Apurimac River, a river named for the Quechua words Apu and Rimac, which mean “the oracle,” or “great speaker.” The Q’eswachaka Bridge is made with ichu, a straw from the high Andes, and was declared an Intangible Cultural Heratige by UNESCO. Each year the bridge, which forms part of the incredible Inca network of paths and roads known as Qhapac Ñan, is renovated using ancient Inca techniques. Q’eswachaka’s unique beauty and the traditions surrounding its upkeep, which are maintained to this day, are testaments of the rich history and unique personality that this archeological gem holds and continues to represent.

Depart from your hotel in the early morning towards the town of Palccoyo, located 3 hours south of Cusco. As you make your way through Cusco’s Southern Valley, you will have the chance to see the Willkamayu, or Vilcanota, River, which originates in the heights of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. After arriving at the town of Pitumarca, you will begin your ascent up a narrow dirt path lined with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, which takes you through the town of Palccoyo, to the base of the Seven-Colored Mountain network. From here, hike up a path that takes you to the top part of the mountain, where you can take some time to admire the marvelous views of the colorful mountains. Palccoyo offers easy access for those who wish to enjoy the site without having to endure exhausting hikes. After spending some time connecting with the surrounding nature and powerful Apus, descend and head to the Canas province in the Quehue district. Here, you will have the chance to see and learn about the last Inca Bridge that sits over the Apurimac River, a river named for the Quechua words Apu and Rimac, which mean “the oracle,” or “great speaker.” The Q’eswachaka Bridge is made with ichu, a straw from the high Andes, and was declared an Intangible Cultural Heratige by UNESCO. Each year the bridge, which forms part of the incredible Inca network of paths and roads known as Qhapac Ñan, is renovated using ancient Inca techniques. Q’eswachaka’s unique beauty and the traditions surrounding its upkeep, which are maintained to this day, are testaments of the rich history and unique personality that this archeological gem holds and continues to represent.

Pickup Info

peru@grayline.com - (511) 610-1900 ext 255 or 279 - Please contact Gray Line Peru to confirm your tour at least 48 hours prior to the activity time. Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding

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