The Apu Picol, “Apu” in Qhechua language means a lord guardian, is a mountain located 5 miles southeast of the city of Cusco, in San Jerónimo district. Over 14000 feet high, its summit can be seen from any point of the city. It has a characteristic skyline enhanced by a big slide due to a geological fault. From its summit, we can observe the Apu Pachatusan and the imposing Ausangate, the highest peak in the region with 21000 feet!.
At its bottom, we can visit the archaeological site of Larapa. These sets of terraces constitute the most important grouping of structures for crops production and irrigation of the pre-Hispanic time in the valley of Cusco. In addition, there are many other archaeological remains around San Jerónimo, such as the Pata Pata and Puskar terraces, showing this area was an important settlement in Inca times.
Nowadays, the agricultural activities in the terraces are maintained for the production of potatoes and corn, and grazed by cattle and sheep. The tradition of local farmers conserve alive these centenarian practices.
|DISTANCE||9.5 Km. – 6 miles|
|AVERAGE TREK DURATION||6 hours|
|MAXIMUM HIGH||4350 Km. – 14250 ft|
|RECOMMENDED SEASON||April – December|
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TREK TO APU PICOL
Hotel pick-up in Cusco on private transportation to San Jerónimo district. From there, we will start ascending following a wide dirt road, passing through crop fields, farmers houses and eucalyptus plantations. Leaving the farming area behind we will continue through the grasslands on a narrow path that ascends on the right side of the slide all the way up to the summit. We will enjoy the spectacular 360° panoramic view of the valley of Cusco and the city. There we will have time to rest, to take pictures and to have lunch. During the descent we will visit the archaeological site of Larapa, located at the bottom of the mountain. The arrival back to Cusco is planned in mid-afternoon.