Sacred Valley of the Incas, a trip on any given day
Cusco is inexhaustible, I have always mentioned it, when I talk with tourists and friends. The Cusqueños themselves do not know everything that Cusco has to offer to integrity. On a simple day out, on a Sunday morning you can go for a walk to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with a good time in Cusco, and see many wonders on the way. From Pisaq, which is where we started a small route this weekend, we head north through the Valley, until we reach a small community called Arin, where you can find a waterfall and many forms of entertainment. On the way back we could see the archaeological group of Urco and the god Wiracocha in the museum and we could taste the guinea pig, follow this route you will not regret it.
Waterfalls of the rural community of Arin
We were driving, but if you are traveling as a backpacker, from Cusco to Pisaq the ticket should not cost more than US $ 2, and from there to Arín it should not be more than US $ 3; for what it is a quite economic trip, the food in the place does not exceed the US $ 2; this makes it a very economical route. We arrived at a small town square, here we leave the geolocation (click here), from there you can see the waterfall as you see it in the photo, the town is surrounded by hostels, restaurants and relaxation centers. We went to find a person so we could not go to the waterfall, but in Google Earth you will find many photos of the visitors, by clicking here; We will be back to explore the area by ourselves. The populated center is full of fruit trees and houses from the most elegant to the most rustic, it is a very nice and quiet tourist center with a very pleasant climate, it is the same road that connects Pisaq with Ollantaytambo; In fact, it is just halfway between Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. There are some restaurants on the road, which serve pretty decent food at US $ 2, although there is always the option of storing stomachs to eat a guinea pig.
Inkariy Museum, representation of Wiracocha
On the way back from Arin to Pisaq, you can see the Inkariy Museum and the entrance to the lithic representation of Wiracocha. Wiracocha is a great Inka deity, I am not going to delay much explaining it so I will only quote Wikipedia: “Huiracocha, Wiraqocha, Viracocha, or Wiracocha, also called the god of the staffs or of the poles, is a divinity of the sky that covers the Andean idea of a general “God the Creator”. He is believed to intervene in times of crisis, but he is also seen as a cultural hero. The aspects that overlap in the upper pantheon consisting of Wiracocha, Punchao, Inti, and Illapa, could derive from a single entity of the god of heaven and storm. Sometimes the aspects have enough differences to worship them in a separate way.
Huiracocha is considered the most prominent among the Andean gods and his figure is the central one of the Puerta del Sol in Tiwanaku. It is possible that its great diffusion was due to the Catholic religious looking for a name to explain to indigenous people the concept of god. In addition, they added other words to his name in order to emphasize his quality of being supreme, and in this way the Quechua name of: Apu Qun Tiksi Wiraqucha was formed.
You can click here to see the exact location of the Inkariy Museum as well as see images of frequent visitors. Tickets to the museum for foreign tourists of around US $ 10.93 (Approximately, since the price is in S / 35.00 soles), while for national tourists it is US $ 9.37 approximately (S / 30.00), there is also a package of visits more lunches, which are worth trying, more information by clicking here.
Urco, the great archaeological center of Calca
Following the return route to Pisaq, we can find the Archaeological Center of Urco. This is a fabulous archaeological complex that belongs to the district of Calca. The most faithful information we find about the archaeological site is the following:
Located between the confluences of the rivers Vilcanota and Cochoc, right margin of the first, in the northeast direction of the city of Calca is located 55 km from the city of Cusco By the paved road in two directions by the Corao-Pisaq road Latitudinally 2,926Mts above sea level. Urco d is characterized primarily by presenting a relief at first glance in the form of a truncated and stepped pyramid constituted by a system of terraces that currently shelter within the said context the Cooperativa Cristo Salvador de Urco- Calca , as well as a population settled within its surroundings and that as main activity practices agriculture Giant Maize of Cusco. and livestock.
It has an area of 77,813,426 hectares and a perimeter of 4,465.59 ml. Declared as a Good Member of the National Cultural Heritage by R.D.N No. 151 / INC, which is zoned in five Sectors. Sector I also known as Qosqo Pata, conformed by a system of rustic rigging andeneries adapted to the terrain topography.
THE SECTOR II
Corresponds to the elevated part of the area where the hacienda house of Urco is located and in the lower part a group of buildings of rectangular plants in terrible state of conservation, currently with shoring. Sector III also known as Qoyllor Pampa, formed by a group of terraces in poor state of conservation currently reused in agricultural work.
THE SECTOR IV
It corresponds to the Monumental area of the archaeological zone, where the main Waka that represents a batrachian is placed, with a paqcha in the back part whose weir lip represents a reptile, this waka is delimited by walls and associate is observed enclosures of plants rectangular that form a single functional unit with the waka. The sector V is conformed by a system of andenerías of different forms, adapted to the topography of the land, used at the moment in agricultural work. As a whole in Urco, according to the studies, there are Inca and Inca transitional occupations, currently its conservation status is regular.
Cuy to the stick in Lamay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Here we must make an important clarification. In certain parts of the world cuy or guinea pig, is a pet, so if you are from these parts of the world, you may not want to read or see what follows of this tour, since nobody wants to see to your pet on a plate, so stop here and enjoy your trip around Cusco. If on the other hand you are an open-minded person who has no problem trying something new, it is highly recommended that you go to eat at this place.
At the exit of Lamay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (click here to see the geolocation), you can find many restaurants that sell this dish, which is consumed in this area of Peru. The guinea pig is part of the food of the people in this area, the curious thing is the preparation. Maybe you’ve heard about guinea pig or the guinea pig that they sell in the area of Tipon in Cusco, but in this area (in Lamay) is prepared directly to the fire crossed this dish can cost from US $ 10 to US $ 20 depending of the place among other factors, it pays to stop to try it. Since the images of Google Earth are not updated I leave a small video of what the place looks like at this moment. Good luck in your trip and enjoy all the wonders you can find in Cusco.