Tour: Incallajta & Totora (2 days, from Cochabamba)

A detour from Cochabamba takes you through the Valle Alto and combines nature and culture with the most important sights of the region: Incallajta, Totora and Sehuencas in the Carrasco National Park.
Incallajta, the great fortress from around 1470, was built by the Inca Tupac Yupanqui and expanded by his son Wayna Kapac. With its monumental architecture, Incallajta is the largest and most representative fortress of the Inca Empire in the entire province of Collasuyo. The best example is the massive stone construction in the Inca province style, such as the central building of the "Kallanka", a superlative because it is the largest pre-Colombian building in America, which was covered by an elaborate roof construction, 22 meters wide and 78 meters long. The city was built as an outpost of the huge Inca Empire, and had political, administrative and religious functions.
Totora, the capital of Carrasco province, still revels in the splendor and glory of its past. The cobbled streets, the red tiled roofs and the diversity of the well-preserved architecture are reminiscent of the colonial and republican past of Bolivia and make Totora a living museum.
Sehuencas in the Carrasco National Park, is the gateway from the Andean valleys to the subtropical Yungas region, a place of natural beauty. From an altitude of approximately 3000 meters, a road leads you down to a region characterized by cloud forests and lush vegetation. The rivers Ivirizo and Fuerte as well as the surrounding fauna and flora make Sehuencas a special attraction in the region.

Itinerary:

First day

On our tour we pass the lake Laguna Angostura and the Valle Alto region of the Cochabamba department. Later we drive through the valleys of Pocona and Machajmarka until we finally reach the mysterious and abandoned ruins of the Incan fortress Incallajta. The site lies strategically on a protected rocky outcrop, bordered by a ring wall as well as natural obstacles such as a steep rock face on one side and a deeply cut mountain stream on the other side. The ruins have been little researched and the 12 hectares feature, among other things, the walls and gables of what is probably the largest covered building in the entire Inca Empire, as well as an astronomical observation tower and the house of the "Virgins of the Sun". Your local guide explains the myths about Incallajta. After a traditional lunch with a local Quechua family, you continue to Totora (1 hour). Totora is perhaps Bolivia's most beautiful colonial town. Once heavily damaged by a strong earthquake and repaired almost 100%, it welcomes the few tourists who choose this route. In the afternoon, you take a nice walk through the town. Overnight stay in Totora (-/L/A)

Second day

In the morning you will learn the details of producing chicha in Totora. Chicha is a fermented corn juice (corn beer), the traditional drink of the Quechua people of the Andean region, the descendants of the Inca. Then you leave Totora and drive to Sehuencas in the Carrasco National Park. In the village of Monte Punku, you leave the main road to Cochabamba, cross a pass (2900m) in the Andean Cordillera and start an 11km descent towards the lowlands through an increasingly dense and lush vegetation, from the fertile valley of the high Andes the cloud forests of the Yungas region. On arrival in Sehuencas at approx. 2200m, you take a break on the river bank for a picnic to enjoy the vegetation before you start the return trip via Monte Punku back to Cochabamba. (B/BL/-) - END OF OUR SERVICES

Included in the package:

- Private transport
- English-speaking guide from/to Cochabamba
- 1x overnight stay in DBL room
- Meals according to program (B= breakfast; L= lunch; D= Dinner)
- All entrance fees

Reservation:

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