This Sunday: Pilgrimage to Señor de Huanca

Thursday September 11, 2014
This Sunday: Pilgrimage to Señor de Huanca

Each year on September 14th, Peruvians and people from neighboring countries (mainly Bolivia) come to walk the Pilgrimage route of Señor de Huanca close to Cusco. It is a 6 hr hike in the middle of the night.

If you want to join the pelgrimage, meet us at 10.45 pm at the Plaza de Armas. We will then go to the starting point in San Jeronimo, which is a 45 minute drive by bus. From there we’ll start an 2.5 hour walk up-hill to Huacotto, a village located at 4088 meters. After another 35 minute climb, we start to decent down the Sacred Valley and The Sanctuary of Señor de Huanca. The down-hill part will take 1,5 hours. Going back to Cusco, take a bus from the nearby town San Salvador. This ride will take 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Keep in mind that doing this trek requires a good general level of fitness. Busrides and walking time will take 6-7 hours. Bringing your own snacks is a good idea. There will also be stalls selling hot drinks and food along the way. The pilgrimage will be done by a lot of people, so you won’t get lost. Just follow the crowds. Since the track is at nighttime you should bring a flashlight, sturdy footwear and warm clothes.

Before showing up at the Plaza, make sure to make a reservation with SAE Clubhouse.

  • Date: Sunday 14th September at 10.45pm Finish time 5.30/6 am approx
  • Location: Plaza de Armas, at the fountain
  • Cost: 10 soles members. 20 soles non members
  • Hike rating: moderate – tough
  • Altitude gain: 3300m-4250-2900m

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