AND PILGRIMAGES ALONG THE INKA TRAILS
Trails The Andean mountain range is a magnificent departure
point for treks that cross over mountain passes averaging
18,000Ft (4,800mts) above sea level, and then descend abruptly
into the lush semi-tropical velleys below. These treks have
some of the best preserved pre-hispanic roads of South America,
specially the Choro and Taquesi trails.
El Choro: One of the most beautiful
and better preserved Inca roads, it used to connect the andean plateau
with the semitropical valleys, and used to exchange produce such
as coca and fruits from the low lands and potatoes and quinoa and
other grais from the highlands. These road was later used also by
the spaniards and the colonial administration. The highest point
along this trail is in Chucura at 4.800 m.s.n.m. and the lowest
point on the trail is in Chairo Village. One finds along the trail
pre-hispanic stairs, hanging bridges and other astonishing constructions.
Takesi: Also well know, this route traverses mountain passes neighbouring
beautiful snow peak Mururata, with views also of Mt. Illimani. On
the top of the trail lies a beautiful glaciar lake, From there on
it's steep descending into the ever more lush valleys below with
parrots and jungle vegetation. You may watch as the clouds rise
from the Valley floors below eventually to pass you along the way
and rise high into the sky as the day warms. The trailhead is at
3.200 m.s.n.m. and the mountain pass is at 4.640 m.s.n.m., ending
up eventually at 2.200 m.s.n.m.
Cordillera de Apolobamba (Curva-Pelechuco)This
trek is unique because it traverses kallawaya territory. kallawayas
are very renowned herbal and ritual medicine men, who still mantain
a unique ritual language. Their herbal and ritual knowledge has
been named Cultural patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO.
One of their main places of pilgrimage,
and source of much of their curative strength and knowledge come
from their sacred mountain Akamani, which we pass along this trek,
and whose impressive beauty and magnificent presence imbues us with
strength and insight.
5 days/4 nights aprox.