Soqma and Perolniyoc are hidden gems within the towering mountain ranges not too far from Cusco. Get off the beaten path with this alternative one day hiking tour. Enjoy a lunch surrounded by the beauty of the region.
Ñaupa Huaca, small town of Soqma, Perolniyoc waterfalls and Qorimarka archaeological site
Full-day tour from 07:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs (approximate times only)
Hiking adventure. Recommended for adventure seekers. Some experience required. No fear of hiking along narrow paths and edges.
Begin your trek with an early-morning pick up from your accommodation in Cusco at approximately 07:00 hrs.
From Cusco, we will head to the small village of Soqma by car. This drive will take approximately 2 hrs and will pass by the towns of Izcuchaca and Huarocondo. From Huarocondo, we will continue along a dusty, bumpy, unpaved road in between beautifully menacing mountain ranges until the small hidden village of Soqma, at approximately 3,200 m.a.s.l. Before reaching Soqma, we will take a short detour to visit Ñaupa Huaca, a spot of sacred importance.
Once in Soqma, we will gear up to begin hiking to our first stop, the Perolniyoc Waterfalls. This hike will take us along unshaded, narrow, zigzagging, dusty paths with steep uphill sections made of stone steps; all lasting approximately 1 hr. At the falls, you will have enough time to enjoy their magnificent 80 m of height and its surroundings, take photographs, and perhaps, maybe even take a dip.
From the waterfalls, we will continue hiking up towards our lunch spot, the archaeological site of Qorimarka, located on top of the waterfalls at 3,645 m.a.s.l. This hike will also be along unshaded, narrow, zigzagging, dusty paths with steep uphill sections made of stone steps; all lasting approximately 1 hr. While hiking uphill, you will begin to see the archaeological site just perching above the waterfalls.
At the Qorimarka archaeological site, you will have short guided tour to explain its significance and existent theories of its use during the Inca times. After your short tour, we will sit down to enjoy our boxed lunch accompanied by the views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
Once finished, we will begin making our way back down to the village of Soqma along the same path, approximately 2 hrs. In Soqma, our car will be waiting for us to bring us back to Cusco.