Author archives: Coronel Smith

The archaeological site of Patallaqta

Patallaqta is located at kilometer 88 of the railway linking Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu. Patallaqta has a semicircle form and is raised next to a huge mountain. Patallacta is located on the edge of Urubamba River, at the beginning of the Inca Trail. It is part of a group of very rich archaeological sites, such as […]

At the foot of Ausangate

Apu Ausangate, with it 6.372 meters is the highest mountain of Cusco and the most important in the andean world. It is the origin of the waters that irrigate the valleys below. In its plains and hillsides there are small herder communities of llamas and alpacas, such as Pacchanta. Pacchanta is located in the upper parts of Tinke and It can only be reached by a dirt road from which you can get beautiful views of the holy apu. Pacchanta has several families of weavers who use natural dyes, alpaca […]

Arequipa´s Cathedral

Built in the sixteenth century, Arequipa´s Cathedral had a history full of ups and downs and other issues related to the earthquakes and fires that suffered over the centuries. Like many other monuments in the city, is built with “sillar” stone of volcanic origin and their style is Renaissance with Gothic influence, with a long […]

Rafting in Cusco

Cusco is one of the great destinations of Peru for the practice of rafting. Most of these activities are offered in the Sacred Valley, where operators use different sections of the Urubamba River. From the highlands, as Chuquicahuana, or sections close to the valley as Pachar, Ollantaytambo or Huarán. There are experiences for every tastes […]

Working with Clay

Although folk art in Cusco is recognized in its textiles; There are master craftsmen who perform very well on clay. Using Inca expressions and symbols into modern and utility designs. Many of these teachers provide workshops in the techniques of pottery. From the early stages of labor, use of natural dyes,  designs, the use of […]

Patacancha, at Ollantaytambo´s heights.

45 Minutes from Ollantaytambo is the community of Patacancha, after passing by the community of Huilloc. Both communities offer experiences of rural tourism and its members are mostly involved as porters on the Inca Trail. The inhabitants of Huilloc are known as ‘huayruros’ by the characteristic red poncho and that is associated with the seed […]

AREQUIPA’S COUNTRYSIDE

Arequipa’s countryside, rich and always green, contrasts with Arequipa’s usually dry and arid environment. It is located in a broad valley, dominated by the Misti and Chachani volcanoes and crossed by the Misti River, important destination for adventure sports. It is the home of small villages of farmers, surrounded by willows and eucalyptus trees, and […]

Huaypo Lagoon

Huaypo is one of the most beautiful lagoons of the Sacred Valley. It is located on the road that connects this place with Cusco by the route of Chinchero and very close to Maras. Its waters feed communities and nearby cultivation fields and therein several tourist operators offer interesting experiences with kayaks, horseback and bicycles […]

Sabandia Mill

It is located 8 km from downtown Arequipa. Built with sillar, a volcanic white rock, in 1621 by Francisco Flores and then restored in 1973 by the Banco Central Hipotecario. It is one of the main tourist destinations in urban Arequipa. It is set in the middle of a vast agricultural valley. The mill used […]

HUAROCONDO, the land of pork

The stoned town of Huarocondo is located between Anta and the Sacred Valley. It is known as the land of pork rinds and roasted pork, offered at their town square. Every Sunday there is a town fair that offers their famous pork based dishes, crafts, utensils, and farm products. The main attraction is their restored […]

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