Following a two week plant medicine retreat in October where I explored my inner world, a few friends and I then explored our outer world in Peru with a pilgrimage along the Inca trail to the Incan ruins of Huchuy Qosqo. There is so much to discover in the Peruvian Andes, and with a place to call home here in Peru, I’m doing so slowly, getting the chance to explore areas and aspects of Peru that not many tourists ever get to see.

The Magic of the Inca Trails

The Inca empire is reputed to start from Coricancha, the Courtyard of Gold, in Cusco. This is the spiritual heart of Cusco, and considered the navel of the Inca empire.

Mystical and spiritual theories suggest that Coricancha is located where it is because it is the energetic centre of the area, with energy lines emanating outwards for hundreds of kilometers. Along these energy lines are trails with landscape features, ruins, and temples, close and far away, including some that I’ve visited such as Moray, Maras, Machu Picchu, and many (many) more.

The Trek to Huchuy Qosqo

Our trek followed a line with a direct easterly path from Coricancha to Huchuy Qosqo. Although you can probably muscle through it in 5-6 hours, we took closer to 9 hours to enjoy the walk with lots of little rest stops along the way.

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