1. How to get there: This destination is located in Chinchero district, Urubamba province, at km 27 of the Cusco route. To get to Cusco from Lima take a bus (about 20 hours) or airplane (1 hour) flight. Once in Cusco, access the community by land.
2. Ecosystem: Cuper Alto is located at an altitude of 3,728 m at the banks of Piuray lagoon. The ecosystem of the area corresponds to the alpine mountain ridge. There are two seasons: rainy from November to March; the rest of the year is relatively dry. Temperature ranges between 11°C to 13°C; during the day it can reach 20°C at night it can drop to 5°C.
3. Tourist attractions: This destination brings together natural, cultural and historical attractions. While walking, visitors can appreciate the Andean landscape, with its fauna and flora; visit archeological Inca and pre-Inca archeological remains, observing the farming using traditional techniques. In the community, visitors share with its people the traditional dances and stories about the “Apus” (gods of the community).
4. Tourist activities: We offer long and short excursions walking or horse riding, with flora, fauna and Andean culture interpretation. You will visit viewpoints, archaeological sites and pre-Inca and Inca communities across the region to learn Kechua traditions and customs. In the community, share farming activities and, if the visitor wishes, a demonstration of textile production is organized. You can also participate in festivities and rituals and "cultural night" enlivened with music and folk tales.
5. Tourist services: We offer lodging in a camping area and food based on local products. Carriers and horse rentals are available for visitors; guidance and interpretation of customs, traditions and legends performed by guides in Spanish.
6. Suggested tour packages: One of 2 days and 1 night. You will have lunch at the community and then horse ride to Umasbamba, Corcoran and Taucca communities, where you may watch and participate in agricultural activities. At night you can enjoy traditional dances and stories around a campfire. The next day you can walk or horse ride along Piuray Lagoon, crossing ancient Kechua communities to appreciate pre-Inca archaeological remains and crops of the farmers. The community offers a horse ride to Apu Coribaston viewpoint where you can admire the landscape of the region and terminate with a picnic at the camp.
7. What to bring: Clothing should be adapted to a cold weather, including woolen hat, rain coat and hiking boots. For your protection bring sunglasses or mountain glasses, sun block, lip balm and a flashlight. Bring also your camera, camping equipment and lightweight backpack.
8. Our organization: The community is organized through “Golden Braid” Association. It is a member of the Alternative Rural Tourism Network which aims to promote their culture, traditions and history through community tourism.
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