ROYAL INCA TRAIL OF THE CHINCHAYSUYO
Huari - Chacas Inca Trail
Ancash - Peru
This trek is an old road of communications, in between the Valleys of Conchucos and Huaylas in the Department of Ancash-Peru. You will go through several ecologic levels and the changes of it , makes this route an unforgettable trip.
TRIP NOTES ITINERARY
TIME LINE: 05 or 06 Days.
DAY 1 Lima-Huaraz-Huari.
There is two starting points, from Lima or Huaraz, which you can take the bus that goes to Huari via Catac-Chavin, passing by the Querococha lake, heading up to the tunnel of Kawish (4,500 mts), dropping down to the Conchucos Valley, going by Tambillo, Machac, Chavin, San Marcos and arriving to the town of Huari. Over night in a Hotel. OPTIONAL: Visit to the site of Chavin. This will require a day more to the program.
DAY 2 Huari-Purhuay.
Starting early from Huari, the trek to the Purhuay lake; can take a taxi or you can begin the walk from the main square, which will take you on a road, that heads to a trout farm, before that there is a small village were it can be taken a switch on a trail going up to the lake. Next to it there is good places to camp. Over night Camp.OPTIONAL: Visit to the site of Markajirca. This will require a day more to the program.
DAY 3 Purhuay - San Bartolome.
Next to the lake starts the trail which will take you up to the other side of the valley, it zig zags, through a bushy area coming out to a small plateau were you have a great view of the lake. Continuing the trail, it heads towards Vaqueria, arriving to the entry of the valley, before crossing the river. Here you will be at 2 hrs. from the San Bartolome pass. Over night Camp.
DAY 4 San Bartolome - Arma River.
The trail continues crossing the river heading towards the San Bartolome pass (4,400 mts.), once you start going down look for the trail since there is places that it disappears, heading to the Arma river valley. At the end of the forest of Quenuales, there is campsites. Look for the section close to the river for water. Over night Camp. Optional: If you start very early, you can make one haul to Chacas, arriving before evening. Stay over night in a Hotel, departure next morning to Huaraz.
DAY 5 Arma River - Chacas.
Start the trek down the valley to Chacas. On the way, you will find a door, which behind it, is the pass. Return to Huaraz by the Punta Olimpica Pass, heading down the Ulta Valley, arriving to Carhuaz. Continuing to Huaraz. NOTE: Renzo bus leaves at 6:30 am and 2:00 pm from Chacas to Huaraz.
Also if you have time you can continue to Pomabamba were you can head to Jankapampa to join the Alpamayo Loop or the Santa Cruz Trek.
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