HD Yuncaypata

YUNCAYPATA is a community of 400 Quechua Indians, many are young children. This trek is peaceful & tranquil, allowing you to connect with this village

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This short trek allows us to better acclimatise to the altitude of Cusco, and also enjoy peaceful and relaxing scenery, very close to the city.


Day 1: Cuzco - Yuncaypata - San Jeronimo - Cuzco


At dawn, we leave in the direction of the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhauman, Yunkaypata sector, passing the archaeological complex of Tambomachay.
We begin our walk towards the city of Cuzco, through a typical quechua landscape, in the community of Yunkaypata, at 3736 masl / 12257 feet.

Leaving the community, we will walk along a flat path which offers us amazing views of the farmland, with crops as varied as corn, tarwi, barley etc.  As we continue the snow-capped peak of the Apu (Sacred Mountain) Ausangate comes into view (the principal guardian mountain of the city of Cuzco).

Around us we can see native flora, with the beautiful Qeuña bush standing out, as well as a variety of flowers.
We continue our walk downhill to find ourselves at the Ccorococha lake, surrounded by a eucalyptus forest, a species that was introduced after the Spanish occupation.

In this beautiful place we will make an offering to Pachamana and the Apus; asking for protection and permission to carry out our next adventures.  Here we will also enjoy a rest and our snacks.

Upon our descent we will have the opportunity to see the mountain Apu Pachatusan, with its singular reptilian profile.  At the base of the mountain the archaeological site of Tipon is found; a center with diverse functions, predominant among them the ritual worship of water and fertility.  Here we can find various petroglyphs, especially one which represents a reptile.  This is the theme of a different excursion.

We will arrive at the archaeological site of Kusikallanka to later visit Rumiwasi, a site where we can visit a chinkana, as well as structures built using ecological architecture developed by Andean man throughout history.

After a short descent we find ourselves in the city of Cuzco, in the traditional neighborhood of San Jeronimo, where our transport will pick us up to take us to our respective hotels.

Meals: snack

3765 masl / 12352 ft

3400 masl / 11155 ft

5.2 Km / 2 miles

4 Hrs


Group Service - Price per Person
1 2 3 4 - 10
USD 195 USD 115 USD 95 USD 80
Private Service - Price per Person
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
USD USD 230 USD 140 USD 110 USD 105 USD 100 USD 100 USD 100 USD 95 USD 95

Services included

  • Private transportation Cuzco – Yuncaypata
  • Guide service in Spanish / English
  • Snacks
  • Private transportation San Jeronimo – Cuzco

Services not included

  • Extra food
  • Optional tip for field staff
  • Extra costs


We recommend that you bring

  • Water-resistant trekking shoes
  • Light cloth for trekking
  • Polar fleece (including gloves and hat)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Water (2 lts. as minimum)
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Walking sticks
  • Personal snacks

Important Environmental Note

Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste.  We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.

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