Choquequirao, Sayhuite, and back to Abancay.

We woke up the next morning to a garden of eden paradise. Because we arrived at night we could not see her property which was full of flowers, birds, and an amazing landscape. We went to main building for breakfast which was served by Patrina and was delicious. After breakfast we met up with our driver and headed up into the mountains to see Choquequirao. we arrived at a small mountain village of Kiuñalla where the locals where having a celebration. We met a couple who where pretty much gypsies and just raining the earth with what was on there back. After talking and meeting local community we combined hiking to the Choquequirao overlook.

Choquequirao is an Incan site in south Peru, similar in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu. The ruins are buildings and terraces at levels above and below Sunch’u Pata, the truncated hill top. The hilltop was anciently leveled and ringed with stones to create a 30 by 50 m platform.

Choquequirao at an elevation of 3,050 metres (10,010 ft) is in the spurs of the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Santa Teresa district,  La Convención Province of the Cusco Region. The site overlooks the Apurimac River canyon which has an elevation of (4,760 ft).

After spending the day enjoying the beautiful views we headed back to Los Loros to hike a small section of trail to Apurimac River. Our host Patrina has graciously packed a lunch for our hike and we headed out. The trail was marked well and we encountered much wildlife and unfortunately a dense group of mosquito’s decided to make me there main course. After hiking longer we came across beautiful waterfalls and after hiking for a few hours decided to turn around and head back to the lodge. On the way back we stopped and had our lunch which included Granadilla one of Shirley’s favorite fruits. I would affectionate call it booger fruit because of the appearance. We hiked awhile long until we reached the river and decided to turn around and head back to Los Loros where Petrina had an amazing dinner prepared for us. That evening we enjoyed the property and conversation with Petrina. The next day our driver picked us up and we drove back to Abancay. On the way back Abancay we stopped at Sayhuite an ancient Inca archeological site .

Sayhuite (Sigh-weetey) is an archaeological site 47 kilometres (29 mi) east of the city Abancay, about 3 hours away from the city of Cusco, in the province Abancay in the region Apurímac in Peru.[1] The site is regarded as a center of religious worship for Inca people, focusing on water.[2] In the Monuments of the Inca by John Hemming, Hemming points to a colonial narrative that describes the interior of the Sayhuite temple. The temple featured larger columns draped in fabrics with gold bands the “thickness of one’s hand.” The temple was also under the care of the priestess Asarpay, who jumped to her death in the nearby 400 meter gorge to avoid capture by Spanish forces.[3]

An important feature on the site is the Sayhuite monolith, an enormous rock containing more than 200 geometric and zoomorphic figures, including reptiles, frogs, and felines. Found at the top of a hill named Concacha, the stone was sculpted as a topographical hydraulic model, complete with terraces, ponds, rivers, tunnels, and irrigation channels.[4] The functions or purposes of the stone are not known, but researcher Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr. believes the monolith was used as a scale model to design, develop, test, and document the water flow for public water projects, and to teach ancient engineers and technicians the concepts and practices required.[5] The rock was “edited” several times, with new material, either altering the paths of the water or adding routes altogether.[6] About two meters long, and four meters wide, the monolith is the most popular attraction on the archeological site.

after spending about an hour exploring sayhuite we returned to our driver and continued through the twisted mountain of the Apurimac region of Peru. After about another hour we reached Abancay and where dripped of off at Omar and Ezas house. They greeted us with big smiles excited to hear about our adventure and offered us something to eat. After eating and telling them about our adventure we took a nap. That evening we went out with Omar and Iza and The next day Omar had planned to take us to the Apurimac River and the mountains in Abancay for a hike plus visit Espinoza Liquor distillery, and local entertainment.

We woke up the next morning and went to get a car at Shirlys aunts. It was a great day and the drive and views of Abancay from the mountains were breathtaking as where the shear drop offs. We then went to visit Shirley’s family’s Sugar Cane liquor Distillery. Her family were very welcoming and so happy to see us. We celebrated with many drinks and shots of Espinoza liquor which is made from sugar cane. The hospitality and kindness was heart warming and I immediately felt like family. After visiting awhile longer we went out to enjoy some local food and entertainment before returning to Omar and Izas. We had alot of fun that night dancing and enjoying the company of Omar and Izas friends. The next morning we would sadly be leaving.

The next morning we woke up and Omar had arranged our transportation and Iza had made us breakfast. We said our goodbyes with heavy hearts and departed for Cusco but on the way stopped at a natural spring for a refreshing swim in Hunock. It was a hot day and the natural cool mountain spring water was refreshing. It was crowded with mostly locals and was fun seeing the families enjoy the pools. After about an hour we met back up with our driver and continued the scenic drive to Cusco. Upon Arriving in Cusco we decided to try the pizza place Carpe Diem that Petrina from Los Loros had told us about which I must say was delicious. We shared dessert and headed back to hotel for some much needed rest.

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