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The Qeros Nation Trek Briefing

The Qero Nation trek  is considered by many historians to be the last Inca community. Anthropologist Oscar Nuñez del Prado made the first visit to the Qero Nation in 1955, a date that became synonymous with the discovery of the last hereditary line of the Inkas. In the imperial Inca city of Cusco, to be identified as a Qero was to be greeted with respect, reverence and an invitation to eat in another’s home because of the important Qero historical status. On this trip you will experience the Inka way of life and ancestral customs.

These customs and the names of the shamans (Paqos), which are Pampamesayoq and Altomesayoq, have been preserved in the hierarchical structure attributed to Pachamama (The Earth Mother) as well as to Qero techniques of cultivation and iconography. Over the last few decades, historians and anthropologists have visited the Qero Nation, showing the world the last known Inca community.

We humbly invite you to follow her lead: adding the Qero Trek Tour to your Peruvian itinerary will immerse you in the last remnants of a 500-year-old culture.

Highlights

🤝🏻 Meeting and briefing

Some days before the tour, our team will contact you via E-mail or WhatsApp and will coordinate the meeting time at your hotel to provide you the all tour details and answer all your questions.

🏁 Starts from your accommodation in Cuzco at 08:00 A.M.

🔚 Ends in the Hotel of Cusco at about 15:00 P.M.

Day 01: Cusco – Paucartambo – Kallakancha – Chuwa Chuwa

🚐 Drive time: 5 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4100m. – 13448ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 2900m. – 9534ft.

⛺ Lodging: Chuwa Chuwa

8:00 am. We will pick you up from the hotel and then leave driving to the town of Paucartambo (2900m./9534ft) along the way we will make some stops as in the town of Oropesa and we will taste the traditional bread of the area called CHUTA bread then we will continue, after 40 minutes we will stop again at the remains Archaeological Ninamarca ancient tombs dating before the Inca culture, we continue driving and arrive at the town of Paucartambo in this beautiful town we will walk and see its beautiful square and colonial houses after free time and lunch we will continue driving to the town of Chuwa Chuwa (4100m/13478ft.) place where We will spend the night, we will have dinner and we will share with the Qeros people, after dinner we will have a ceremony to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and rest.

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Day 2: Chuwa Chuwa – Minascocha lake – Cochamoco – Hatun Qero

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 11 km / 6.8mi.

🕗 Duration: 8 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4745m. – 15416ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 3100m. – 10168ft.

⛺ Lodging: Hatun Qero

After our energetic breakfast we will get ready to begin our beautiful walk through the Andes, this day we will cross the first high pass Chucupilla (4730 m./15416 ft.) and them we will continue walking to our second high pass Occoro Ccasa (4745 m./15563 ft.) With impressive views of vicuñas, alpacas and snow-capped mountains, and the Minascocha lagoon (4320m./14169ft.), after 4 hours of walking we will arrive at the town of Qochamoco (4150 m./13612 ft.)where a delicious lunch is not waiting.
After our rest we will continue walking for 3 more hours to the town of Hatun Qero (3100 m./10168ft.), here we spend the night and dinner.

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Day 3: Hatun Qero – Qero totorany – Chuwa Chuwa

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 10 km / 6.8mi.

🕗 Duration: 7 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4100m. – 13478ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 3580m. – 11742ft.

⛺ Lodging: Chuwa Chuwa

This day we will take our breakfast quietly and then walk through this fabulous town that has stone houses with thatched roofs that looks than has not passed time and is going back 500 years ago, we will go up to the viewpoint of the town and the entire Valley, after our exploration we will begin our walk up to Chuwa Chuwa (4100m/13478ft.) passing through the town of Qero Tototani (3580m./11742) lunch in the middle of the road, then we will continue walking up for 2 more hours and we arrive at Chuwa Chuwa, dinner and spend the night.

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Day 4: Chuwa Chuwa – Kallacancha – Paucartambo – Cusco

🚐 Drive time: 5 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4100m. – 13448ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 2900m. – 9534ft.

This last day we will say good by to Chuwa Chuwa (4100m/13478ft.), we will have our farewell breakfast to the Qero Nation, we will share the last moments with the community, will come some womens with their hadcraft stuff to show the art of the local people, then we will take our transportation back to Cusco for about 4 hours.

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What´s Included for the Qeros Nation Trek

   ✔  Informative briefing the day before we coordinate with you the time
   ✔  Duffle bag to carry 5kl. on horses during the trekking
   ✔  Pick up form the Hotel in Cusco
   ✔  Van transportation from Cusco to Chuwa Chuwa
   ✔  Muleteers and mules to carry the equipment
   ✔  Professional chef and cooking equipment
   ✔  3 nights camping
   ✔  3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
   ✔  Professional guide (English & Spanish-speaking)
   ✔  First aid kit and oxygen bottle
   ✔  Ceremony of the Mather earth
   ✔  Van transportation from Chuwa Chuwa to Cusco

Not included

  ❌  First breakfast, last lunch
  ❌  Slepping bag (You can rent you if you do not have you own, cost is 15.00 dollars)
  ❌  Horse (optional)
  ❌  Walking poles

Group size

🚫 Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 24 hours before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of the total amount of the reservation except the bank transfer fee . After this time, or in case of no-show for the tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

What to bring for the Qeros Nation Trek

   ➖  Sleeping bag (-15°C)
   ➖  Hiking shoes or boots
   ➖  Walking sticks
   ➖  Thermal clothes
   ➖  Light clothes
   ➖  Mosquito repellent
   ➖  Water bottle
   ➖  Waterproof jacket
   ➖  Cap or hat
   ➖  Small backpack
   ➖  Sunblock
   ➖  Sunglasses
   ➖  Flashlight
   ➖  Personal medication and personal higiene product 
   ➖  Chocolates, candies or another snacks
   ➖  Camera (optional).
   ➖  Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)

Maps

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🙋🏻‍♂️ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Why is it special to visit the Qero Nation?

The Qero Nation is a very old town which preserves a lot of culture and especially ancestral knowledge of connection with Mother Earth (Pachamama), the town of Hatun Qero is the main town of this entire Nation and to reach this town is to cross a time tunnel and going back 500 years, its stone houses and thatched roofs plus nature combine perfectly.

Is it true that the inhabitants of the Qero Nation live above 4300 meters?

Yes, the people of this Nation live above 4000 meters, but they also have land in the valleys with less height and thus complement to get different products for seasons.

Will I have altitude sickness in the Camianta?

For these walks we normally recommend having an acclimatization of 1 to 2 days in Cusco, as well as the consumption of coca tea infusions, on the walk our guides carry a first aid kit in which an oxygen bottle is included in case at some point it is necessary to use it.

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