1st stop: Andahuaylillas “Sistine Chapel of America” | 3122 m.a.s.l.
There, you’ll find the church of San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. Like other Spanish and religious constructions of the time, it was built on top of a huaca, or sacred place for the Incas. Made out of adobe and brick, the church is a small structure consisting of one nave, apse and bell tower. But there’s a reason why it’s known as the Sistine Chapel of America.
2nd Stop: Raqchi “Temple of Wiracocha” | 3450 m.a.s.l.
The most important building inside the complex is the “Wiracocha temple” that according to the old chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honour to the Superior God invisible for the Andean people: “Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha”. The “temple of Wiracocha” is a great construction for that age. Architectonically it is classified as “Kallanka”, that is, a high building completely covered with straw (wood and “ichu”). Externally it is 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25.25 meter wide (83 feet).
3rd Main stop: Sicuani Buffet Lunch | 3552 m.a.s.l.
Sicuani is a relatively large highland town. The town is a major intersection, with the road to Puno/Arequipa passing through here. This town is surrounded by some very pretty hills. Afterwards, you have a buffet lunch in our exclusive restaurant with family atmosphere.
4th Stop: Raya Pass | 4335 m.a.s.l.
Abra La Raya (La Raya Pass) is the watershed between the valley that drains into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads down to Cusco and to the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4338 m (14,232 feet).
5th Stop: Pukara | 3900 m.a.s.l.
Pukara was the first regional population center in the northern Lake Titicaca Basin during the Late Formative Period (500 BC- AD 200), providing valuable insights into the origins of Andean civilization in the highlands. During its peak it covered over a square kilometer and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, artisans, farmers, herders, and possibly warriors. The Pukara style is identified by impressive monolithic sculptures with a variety of geometric, zoomorphic, and anthropomorphic images plus intricate, multi-colored pottery in a variety of ritual and domestic forms.
Arrival to Puno
At the bus station we arrive at 5:00 pm, where the altitude its 3800 m.a.s.l.
Include / Not include
- Entrances to the different archaeological sites.
- Buffet Lunch in Sicuani town.
- Guided tours. Archeological centers.
- Mineral water, coca tea, coffee.
- Tourist Assistance.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Comfortable seats, satellite mobile phone communication, air conditioning, TV/ video etc.
- Chemical toilet.
- Hotel in Cusco or Puno.
- Breakfast and dinner on the day of the travel.
- Soft or alcoholic drinks.