Easy treks Around Cabanaconde
EASY TREKS AROUND CABANACONDE
If you just want to stay in Cabanaconde and don’t want to trek into the canyon (or want to stay more time and do something different) there are a number of easy treks and other activities in and around Cabanaconde. These include the following.
Visit the Cruz del Condor and walk back to Cabanaconde
Take an early bus fom the main plaza of Cabanaconde to the Cruz del Condor (15-20 minutes). After seeing the condors, return to Cabanaconde by the highway. After walking 30-40 minutes you will see to your right the lookout point of Tapay. Continue walking for 20 minutes more. You will see the village of Cabanaconde to your right. You will pass a small water reservoir. After 3-5 minutes more you will see a small pathway with stone walls on both sides (it’s like a street). Follow this pathway and you will arrive to the San Miguel pampa, where there are superb views of the canyon. From there head back to the main highway and continue to the main plaza of Cabanaconde.
Duration of the trek: approximately 3 hours. Most of the way is downhill, from 3,700 metres to 3,300 metres.
Take a walk through the countryside of Cabanaconde with its pre-Incan terraces
This circuit is on the other side of the Colca Canyon, winding along pre-Incan trails through pre-Incan terraces. You will see local people carrying out their daily activities. You can follow these trails for 1-3 hours. Ask in our hotel and we will give you directions.
Walk to the ruins of Kallimarca
This archeological site is located to the southeast of Cabanaconde, on top of a hill. The trek begins from Cabanaconde, at 3,300 metres. The first part is flat, then there is a climb to the top of the hill at 3,600 metres: a total of 1-2 hours walk.
At the summit there are ruins including a group of houses, streets, and a ceremonial plaza of Incan origin.
Note that the current village of Cabanaconde was designed and constructed by the Spanish. Before the Spanish arrived to the Colca, the Cabana culture lived in the place currently known as Kallimarca.
From the summit there are unbeatable views of the valley where Cabanaconde is located, the Andes mountain range and its volcanoes.
We then head back to Cabanaconde. Luego volvemos a Cabanaconde.
Duration of the tour: approximately ½ day.
Walk to Puquio (village water source)
Walk to the Achachihua lookout point and along the rim of the Colca Canyon
This is the easiest walk of all: it follows the southwest rim of the Colca Canyon and passes by several natural lookout points.
The walk is mostly flat with a few light uphill and downhill stretches, and it takes about 30 minutes. However you can spend up to two hours enjoying the views and surroundings. No guide is necessary: just ask for directions in La Casa de Santiago.
Rent a 4WD and head to the Mucurca Lagoon
This provides an excellent opportunity to observe Andean wildlife. The Mucurca lagoon is located at 4,600 metres above sea level. You can see vegetation such as the famous yareta (azórela compacta), ichu (Andean straw grass) and animals including llamas and alpacas, alongside the beautiful lagoon that lies in the shadow of the Ampato volcano where the ‘mummy Juanita’ was discovered in 1995. This is a wild and untouched place seldom visited by tourists.
Duration of the tour: approximately 7-8 hours.
Countryside visits (experiential tourism)
Our clients consider this tour to be one of the most interesting.
It involves visiting the countryside around Cabanaconde with a local guide (6-8 hours) to get to know local people and their work in the fields.
The experience begins when you are picked up from your hotel by the local guide after breakfast. You will visit the fields around Cabanaconde and accompany the local people in their daily activities. The local people and guide can also tell you an amazing range of things about local customs, history and other details such as the properties of medicinal plants. Depending on the season you can observe and participate in the following activities:
January-April: harvesting of green maize (choclo)
May: main maize (corn) harvest
June-July: irrigation, natural fertilization and preparation of the soil for planting
August-September: the main planting season, with many ceremonies and festivities
October-December: various activities to help the new maize plants grow
This is one of the best ways to discover and understand daily life in Peru.