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DAY 2: Soraypampa– Humantay Lake – 

 Today We will have all day long to photography amazing pictures of Humantay lake, Ausangate Mountain.

Also we will have all night long only for us to photography the milky way.also if you lake photograping hummibirds we will have  change for that because this area has amazing birds some of them are endemics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

, After Dinner we will drive to Soraypampa to overnight there.

CHONTA CONDORS – HUMANTAY LAGOON IN CUSCO 2D/1N

These two new tourist routes of nature “The Canyon of Chonta” are a magnificent place, for those who are lovers of walking and bird watching especially of the Andean Condor which is the largest bird of the Peruvian Andes and a sacred Inca bird. We will appreciate fascinating views of this bird in full flight on the breathtaking landscapes of the Apurimac Canyon and “Humantay Lagoon”, natural jewel of the turquoise Apu Salkantay route, and the beautiful Humantay Snow-Capped Mountain. They are located in the District of Limatambo just 4 hours from the City of Cusco. In our tour, you will also visit two Inca Archaeological Remains of Qillarumiyoq and Tarawasi.

DAY 1: Cusco– Quillarumiyuc – Tarawasi – Chonta – Apurimac Canyon view point – Mollepata.

 

At 5:00am we will collect you from your hotel and head out from Cusco to Chonta, from where our hike begins. We start off by descending to the amazing Inca site of Quillarumiyoc, which means Temple of the Moon. It was an Inca ceremonial site dedicated to the worship of water and, more importantly, to the moon goddess “Quilla”. Quillarumiyoc itself is a fascinating site about 1 km off the highway along a dirt track. The complex comprises a series of water channels following the course of a narrow gulley which descends from the sombre mountain overlooking the site. These water channels flow past sacred rocks, including the Great Stone, carved with a geometric representation of the moon herself, which has given the site its name.
The entire valley occupied by Quillarumiyoc and cut by the stream which feeds its water channels is littered with limestone outcrops – “huacas” or sacred stones – which, when one looks at them as the ancients did, appear to have landed there not so much from another geological region, but from another time. They stand, enormous and imposing, some
with their bases carved into simple altars and others left entirely in their natural state – for they needed no alteration from the hand of man to denote the mysterious nature one senses today and which for the Incas imbued them with religious significance. These sacred stones litter the valley, grey and immutable like an abandoned village, all the way up to the steep slopes of the local Apu, or sacred mountain, which dominates the landscape and seems to force itself into all the photographs one takes of the site.From there, we continue on to Tarawasi, another astounding Inca site, which was used as a ceremonial center, as well as a resting place for the Inca chasquis (Inca runners who delivered messages over long distances). The exceptional polygonal retaining wall, noteworthy for its 28 human-sized niches, is in itself worth the trip from Cusco. On the wall below it, look for flower shapes and a nine-sided heart amid the patchwork of perfectly interlocking stones.Then it will be time to climb back up to Chonta, where we will have some free time to explore the village before lunch. After a delicious meal, we will walk for approx. 1 to 1 and a half hours to reach an unrivalled condor viewpoint over the valley. Here, we will spend the rest of the afternoon waiting patiently to capture stunning photos of the king of birds: the Andean condor.Chonta for dinner, After dinner we will drive to Soraypampa and we will camp the night there overnight.

DAY 2: Soraypampa Humantay lake Full Day.

 

Today Tis area it will be only for us so we can wake up early morning in order to be at the humantay lake for the sunrise and also we can stay all day long there because the nights around here are  amazing specially if you want to photography to the milky way with the anamasl the inca astronomers they found 

Inca Constellations

Upon looking at the stars, the Inca noticed many animals and other representations from their day to day lives. They believed that Viracocha had ensured that each animal had a corresponding star and that all living things were protected. Grouping these stars into constellations became very important to the Inca.

The Inca sorted the constellations into two groups. The first and most common groupings of stars were linked in a connect-the-dots manner to create pictures of animals, Gods, heroes and more. These constellations were considered as inanimate. One star grouping known as Pleiades was especially believed to be influential over the well-being of animals. Pleiades was not seen as a greater God to the Inca, but they rather saw it as a huaca to which shamans would make regular sacrifices.

The second type of constellations could only be observed when there were no stars: they were the dark spots or blotches on the Milky Way. These dark blotches were considered as living (animate) animals. The animals were believed to live in the Milky Way, which they thought of as a river. The Inca were one of the few civilizations who were able to locate their constellations without the presence of stars. These dark constellations in turn made up the Inca zodiac.

Here are some popular animal constellations they identified:

Mach’acuay – the Serpent

Hanp’atu – the Toad

Yutu – the Tinamou

Urcuchillay  Katachillay– the Llama

Atoq – the Fox

DAY 2:SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY – CUSCO

Very early in the morning, we will have our American breakfast we wil star to hike Humantay Lagoon for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Arrival to the Lagoon of Humantay (4,100 masl) we will observe a natural jewel of the Apu Salkantay route, of turquoise color for 1 hour. Then, make the visit to the snow-capped Mountain of Humantay from where you will have a beautiful spectacular view of the Humantay Lagoon.Then, we will make the trek back to Soraypampa from here by car to Mollepata for the Creole lunch at “Casa Salkantay”. After we will return to Cusco to arrive at approximately 05:00 p.m. Continuing to your hotel for your rest.

IF INCLUDED IN THE TOUR CONDOR FLIGHT:

  • Private transport.
  • Professional tour guide with binoculars and telescope.
  • 01 breakfast, 02 lunches, 01 dinner.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Entrance to the 2 archaeological zones.
  • Entrance to the Condor Canyon + drinks (mineral water among others).
  • Tips.

WHAT WE SUGGEST THAT YOU TAKE:

  • Sunscreen.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Camera with extra battery.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Extra money.
  • Mineral water.

BASE INFORMATION:

  • Modality: Adventure, Landscape and Cultural
  • Departure days: Daily departures
  • Season: From March to November
  • Travel duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 people
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,100 masl
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

Private Service Prices

  • 1 Person    US$ 750      per person
  • 2 People     US$ 500    Per Person
  • 3 Pople       US$ 450     per person
  • 4 People     US$ 400     per person
  • 5+ People   US$ 350     per person

Discounts

  • Student Discount: US$50 (Requires Valid STUDENT CARD to qualify)
  • Under 15 years Discount: US$50 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

Optional Extras

  • Hiking Poles US$10
  • Sleeping Bag US$15
  • Single Tent Supplement US$20

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