La Cooperative Huarán, Communities of Cancha Cancha, Tacllapata, Quishuarani, Cuncani, Lares Ayllu Talana
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas it is located the Cooperative José Zúñiga Letona, that, at the end of the 60’s, the government of Velasco Alvarado, when enacting the Law of the Agrarian Reform, granted to the peasants of the communities of Sicllacancha, Arin, CanchaCancha and Tacllapata, giving origin to the Hacienda Huarán, also called Cooperative José Zúñiga Letona, and which currently exists. The hacienda today has a shelter with more than 40 beds and with the prospect of becoming a hotel company. The funds benefit all the partners and residents that are part of it. They are also big producers of white corn, strawberries, and flowers of the Sacred Valley.
The Route Colque Cruz includes the Huarán sector as a starting point, owned by the Agrarian Cooperative José Zúñiga Letona from the valley of the Huarán sector to the high lands of the community of Cancha Cancha and Tacllapata in the district and province of Calca; also connecting with the ACP Hatun Queuña and Siete Cataratas – Qanchis Paqcha, which is owned by the community of Quishuarani. Then, the trekking continues towards the community of Cuncani to find tourist services, rest, and finish in the thermal baths of Lares.
Hacienda Huarán is the starting point of the adventure trekking through the enormous and wonderful nature spots found on the road that links the community of Quishuarani with the majestic ACP Siete Cataratas, which indicates the birth and distribution of water coming from the snow-capped mountains Colque Cruz and other natural pools that originate a chain of lagoons embellishing the community of Quishuarani, known for the abundance of water.
The tourist circuit within the area of Cooperative Huarán and the communities of Tacllapata, CanchaCancha and Quishuarani, can be seen in these tourist routes:
The Route of the Mirador of Tacllapata
The mirador of Tacllapata is located in the middle of the Sacred Valley of the Incas at an altitude of 3,600 meters. The tours can take from 1 to 2 days. It starts in the sector of the sawmill of the Hacienda Huarán. There you have two options to climb, one by the ravine of CacllaKasa, and another by Hatun Salvayoc, and after a trekking of 2 to 3 hours you reach Tacllapata, where you can camp and appreciate the Sacred Valley. Then, you can continue to Churoc (relicts of Polylepis forests) after one more hour of trekking. Local guides will be very important to choose the best roads to take.
The Route Colque Cruz
The Route Colque Cruz, the most visited and attractive one for tourists, takes 2 to 3 days, depending if it ends in the community of Quishuarani or continues towards the community of Cuncani and, thus, ends in the thermal baths of Lares..
On the first day, the tours start in the sector of the Sawmill of the Hacienda Huarán. Then, it takes an uphill road of 3 to 5 hours to the community of Cancha Cancha, which has a camping area. The second day, very early, you continue ascending higher and pass through the Pachacútec pass, where you can see the snow-capped mountain Colque Cruz and a chain of lagoons, and, then, it begins to descend to the camp of Koyalay, las Siete Cataratas (the Seven Falls), and you get to the Community of Quishuarani, which awaits you with a 20-bed shelter. On the third day, the trek continues through the native forest of Queuñas and, then, the Uchuykasa pass to reach the community of Cuncani. After a rest, the thermal baths of Lares are the end of the trek. The same journey is taken in reverse.