Last night, a friend of mine and I hiked to the Sanctuary of the Lord of Huanca. It is a recent tradition for thousands of young people (especially) to do it at night on the eve of the central day of this religious feast, today the 14th.
Here the story of my trek through pictures.
The starting point is San Jeronimo main square at 3200 m. This pic was taken at 23:30
From San Jeronimo to Huacotto:
Huacotto is 3 to 4 hours from San Jeronimo
On the uphill to Huacotto there are up to three places to drink hot ponche de habas
Eating rice and fried egg. Hurry up to keep on walking!
From Huacotto to an Inca Archeological Site:
Huacotto is at 4000 m and then there is a prairie or better a pampa
Llamas on the pampa
Pachatusan mountain: the pillar of the world
The average temperate at night is 2 grades Centigrade
Native grasses: ichu and…
Just starting the way down there is a small Inca fortress perched on the buttresses
From the Inca Site to the Sanctuary:
The way down is 2 to 3 hours
Devotees leave offerings inside the Inca site
Using boulders, some devotees ask something, for instance, a house.
a landscape of crags
the Inca site and the cross
This is the way down to the Sanctuary:
From Huacotto to the Sanctuary there are a few crosses draped in cloths
Do you see the snow-capped mountain to the left and the river to the right?
Hikers heading down to the Sanctuary
The mountain and the Sanctuary
The Sanctuary of the Lord of Huanca
An overwhelming faith
The Sanctuary taken from the way to the highway to Cusco
XVIII century baroque painting of the Lord of Huanca. Museo Garcilaso.
Qenqo the hike
Sacsayhuaman the hike in pics
Hike to Captain Rumi