Author archives: Coronel Smith

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman is a Stone fortress located at the top of Cusco, about 3 kilometers from Cusco´s main square. It is located next to a large esplanade and has great views of the city and the vilcanota mountain range. Sacsayhuamán is formed by three stone walls, some of them of enormous proportions in a larger set […]

Turkani´s Puya Raimondii forest

On the highlands of Tinajani, we can find Tarukani. Considered the largest Puya Raimondii forest in the world. Puya Raimondii are gigantic and primitive plants that belong to the pineapple family. This plant has a large inflorescence formed by 15000 small white and yellow flowers that are pollinated by hummingbirds. Once the plant blooms it […]

Iglesia de la Compañía

In one corner of the main square stands a beautiful baroque style church built by the Jesuits. This temple that took 100 years to be built is the epitome of Arequipa architectural style and is one of the most beautiful churches of the city. It was began to raise in 1578, but an earthquake destroyed […]

Salkantay

The Salkantay trek is probably one of the mountain route that cross most of the Peruvian eight natural regions. It starts at Mollepata and after setting the camp at the foothill of one of the most sacred mountains of the andes, the Salkantay. You ascend to the abra Salkantay at 4600masl, to start a huge […]

Tinajani´s Stone Forest

Tinajani is a broad ichu grass valley, where stands an imposing forest of gigantic rocks, crossed by a small stream of cold water. Hills and stone walls take characteristic forms due to the erosive action of wind and rain. In some areas the lower part of the walls there are some tombs and chulpas, where […]

Community of Sibayo

Sibayo is one of the most beautiful villages in the Colca Valley. Located on the upper part of Colca Valley, about 3850 meters over sea level and 40 minutes away from Chivay. It is also known as Rumillacta, or stone village. This name was given due to the construction features of their homes. Made of […]

Apurímac River Rafting

Rafting on Apurímac river is one of the best adventure experiences that can be found in Cusco. The river, which means ‘the God who roars’, is located between Cusco and Apurimac, being a natural border between the two. It had great importance in the view of the Andean world because it is very close to […]

Patahuasi´s Stone Forest

On the way to the Colca Valley, next to the Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca and vicuña populations, we find a small town called Patahuasi. It draws our attention to the bizarre rock formations, looking like huge cones hanging to the wall of a hill, which outline the blue sky. These formations created by […]

Kuchuhuasi Chapel

On the Interoceanic Highway, that leads to the rainforest of Madre de Dios, there is a small town that hides a religious gem. A small chapel made of mud and thatched roof dedicated to the Virgen de la Natividad. The chapel has 235 years old, and only has a single tower. Next to its entry, […]

Monastery of Santa Catalina

Its full name is the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena of Arequipa. It is the only monastery in the whole world within which stands a citadel, whose streets are called by Spanish cities. Founded in the mid-sixteenth century by the Viceroy Francisco Toledo. The first prioress was the rich young Maria de Guzman, who […]

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