Ancascocha is one of the most rewarding routes of the Peruvian Andes. A continuous ascent takes us to the breathtaking foothills of the snowy peaks of the Andes Mountains, through Queuñas forests, remnants of ancient Inca trails, the beautiful lagoon Ancascocha among other stunning natural sceneries. Then the descend, leaving the arid highlands, to penetrate in a fertile valley covered with Andean flora, hummingbird, confluences of rivers and the spectacular view of Mount Veronica.
Since we finished just 20 minutes from Ollantaytambo train station, this is one of the alternative routes to the Inca Trail, favorites by adventurers who then want to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
We drove for an hour and a half from the city of Cusco to a town called Limatambo, part of the Osotacancha community, in the quiet valley of Sondorf. Here our horsemen and horses, in charge of carrying the equipment along the route, will welcome us.
We gently begin to ascend the ravine Lechería, parallel to the river of the same name and across fields of crops and livestock. Soon after, the road becomes steeper until you reach a narrow and damp area wich gives shelter to a spectacular Queuñas forest, Andean native tree. After crossing the forest, the valley opens up again and we move to Huascapampa area where our chef will be waiting with a delicious lunch.
We continue to our camp at Quewllacocha, a quiet area on the high Andean plain. At night, we will have on us, a sky full of stars.
Today is a spectacular day and the most demanding of the entire route. We continue our ascent by the Andean highlands to cross two mountain passes, the first step of Accojasa (4700mt.) where the snowy peaks of Huayanay give us a spectacular welcoming surprise, rewarding gift after a challenging ascent.
After the passage of Huayanay, second and last path of the route, we begin the descent for the rest of the walk, and arrive to the foot of Mount Huayanay. We will take advantage of this beautiful place to have lunch near the galciar of this mountain.
Then we continue down into the valley of XX, with a spectacular view of Lake Ancascocha and the snowy mountains that surround it, original traces of an ancient Inca trail, among other beautiful natural scenery.
This is an area of ??condors and hopefully we can see some flying.
We will continue a little further to reach our camp, where a rest and a delicious happy hour will be waiting.
Today we descend continuously until the end of the tour. We leave the arid highlands to get us into a lush valley full of exquisite and abundant Andean flora, hummingbirds and hopefully, flock of parrots. We will see the confluence of three rivers and suddenly Nevado Veronica will surprise us with its spectacular beauty and awesome presence. Gradually, the valley becomes a narrow canyon leading Sillque the river towards the village Camincancha in the Chilca valley, final point of the trek where we will catch a delicious dinner.
Here our transportation will be waiting to take us to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we board the train to the village of Machu Picchu.