Hiking the Inca Ruins in Cusco
There are several Inca ruins just outside Cusco, and the map that Pariwana Hostel provides upon arrival has an adventure trekking route through these ruins. It’s best to do this after you’ve acclimated to the altitude for at least a day, and plan to spend at least five hours. Bring lunch, water, and sunscreen!
To begin the trek, follow Av. Pumacurco up several steps, and then along a winding trail to the entrance of Sacsayhuaman. You can choose to purchase a ticket for 70 soles for the four sites on the trek or 130 soles for additional sites in Sacred Valley and Cusco. It is possible to enjoy the trek without purchasing a ticket at all, though. You will pass by Sacsayhuaman, Cristo Blanco, Q’enqo, Templo de la Luna (which you do not need a ticket to enter), Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. There will be numerous guides along the way offering their services if you wish to have a more informational tour. If not, simply say, “No, gracias. Solo quiero caminar solo/a.”
The trek is fairly straightforward, although after Templo de la Luna it can be difficult to find the path through the woods. This area is not tourist-heavy and you will likely be walking alone for at least an hour.
The town of Huayllarcoccha is also along this trek and is a nice place to stop for a rest and a snack. Be careful along the road here, as the cars tend to drive very quickly around blind curves.