Uyo Uyo Archaeological Site

Uyo Uyo Archaeological Site

Uyo Uyo Archaeological Site
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LeahSydney01
Sydney, Australia583 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
These ruins are the remains of a town that was destroyed by the Spanish. We went on a guided hike from Killawasi Lodge (included in the tariff for the lodge). Great views from the top and a very interesting story. Recommended. There is a small entrance fee (5 soles per person). We were the only people there!
Written January 17, 2020
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Susanna M
Berkeley, CA89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
We were looking for some good trail descriptions/directions from Yanque to the ruins and the thermal baths. Couldn't find them, so here are our notes for the next traveler/hiker; we found the first path on Google maps.
Take Avenue San Antonio from the main plaza toward the river. After about .2 km, bear right to stay on the main road. Soon after, the road begins to drop, and you will see the pedestrian bridge below you. As you cross, look below to see Inca or pre inca "tombs" on the cliff below (our hotel staff told us they were more likely granaries). It's a short (.2 km?) climb up to the road after you've crossed. Turn left on the road. After about 100 meters there's a sign and path leading to the right. This path traverses along the hillside and will bring you to a yellow house, and the path is clearly marked to Uyo Uyo from there. Alternatively, you can stay on the road and turn right and walk up a driveway to the yellow house.

The well-marked path up to the ruins has several shaded viewpoints. At the third viewpoint, with informational sign number 3, you can either turn left and continue on the loop through the complex and back down to the road, or bear right and continue up for 10 or 15 minutes to a small waterfall with an arch of flowers just above it. Look up the hillside to the right to see a much larger waterfall above you. A slippery and dangerous trail will bring you almost to its base and I don't recommend it. The best view of the large waterfall is a couple of minutes further up the main trail. We didn't see the main trail at first; to find it, turn back to the small waterfall, and you will see the main trail continuing around the hillside to your left. After the viewpoint, this trail continues steeply up to the canal that feeds the big waterfall. Going up to the canal takes another 35-45 minutes.

Returning to Uyo Uyo, you can descend on the path through the ruins and from there down back to the road. At one point the path forks; either way reaches the road but the right fork is slightly more direct.

Turn right on the road. After about .5 km you will see the resort hotel Colca Lodge below you. If you are comfortable walking through the lodge's property, descend to it and follow the path that is labeled "to the thermal baths" and/or to Rancho Alpaca -- both lead down towards the river. On the far side of the lodge's baths, you will come to some local Hot Springs right by the river, we think named Tambo. These have the advantage of being shaded in the afternoon. The entry fee was 15 soles per person. In the middle of the afternoon, we were the only ones there. A pedestrian bridge from the springs crosses the river and leads up a switchback to the road back to town (Avenue Chacapi).

If you do not feel comfortable walking through the lodge, you can stay on the road a bit longer. After about half a kilometer and after the road rises somewhat, look for a path leading down to the left and across an arched stone bridge, just downstream from a more traditional Inca bridge. If you miss the path, the road will eventually bring you down to the auto bridge. There is another option for visiting thermal baths right at the auto bridge. Those baths are named Chacapi (the same name as the road back to town.)
Written October 5, 2016
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raphnix
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We did the walk from Yanque across the bridge and up the hill (about 1 hour each way). There is no extra charge for visiting the archeological site. When you're close by it is definitely worth going there. Beside the interesting ruins of Uyo Uyo it's simply a wonderful walk near the canyon. We saw many farmers cultivating their fields with the help of llamas, horses and cattle.
Written October 13, 2013
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PalosVerdesAviator
Scottsdale, AZ181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
The hike to the ruins was about 3 km up hill. The altitude can be taxing but there are plenty of rest stops along the way. The view at the top is amazing. Not only the ruins but the canyon area far below. More of the ruins have been minimally restored with a couple rebuilt. Seems as if few come to the ruins or perhaps out timing was right since there was only a handful of people there.
Written October 14, 2018
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dixiepeach
Kansas City, MO9,495 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
This is an incredibly gorgeous area. I am glad I had a guide to explain all the history behind this region.
Written May 4, 2018
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South Bank Boy
London, UK618 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
To begin with a word of warning, the site which is 600 meters from the entrance is a tough climb. Steep in places and easy to put a foot wrong. We came down by continuing on past the site, that route is not easy and it would be easy to take the wrong route. Having said that it is quite a big site and whilst several of the houses have been refurbished one can still get a good impression of how things were. A final note, there is no information on site therefore better to read up before you go.
Written April 14, 2018
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Freddie1203
Amsterdam, The Netherlands274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
We walked there from Colca Lodge and would strongly recommend this visit. It is a pre Inca site, you can see the houses and learn about pre Inca culture and the burial rituals with momies and tombs towers. The setting and views are very impressive, the 2 hours return walk is well indicated and easy, you will meet local herders in traditional outfits, we were alone, an off the beaten track gem for those who want to go a bit further.
Written December 26, 2017
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Helen T
Leamington Spa, UK90 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
Nice walk from Yanque to get there. An average attraction. Not much else to say about it. Not a big site and not a great deal of information there. Nice views across the canyon.
Written November 11, 2017
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copperstategal
Tucson, AZ215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
A great half day is to make the very scenic climb up to the ruins, enjoy the solitude and atmosphere for a bit and then continue on the trail descending to the Colca River. The first hot springs you come to past the resort are the best. Especially the lowest pool, as you can pull the plug and allow 100 centigrade water pour in to raise the pool temp to as hot as you like. Continue across the bridge and the long climb back to Yanque. Very likely you will be offered a ride while going up the hill. This is great way to take some respite from the gringo trail.
Written October 24, 2017
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haktus
Zurich, Switzerland1,216 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
We stayed in a nearby hotel and visited Uyo uyo by walking. I would not drive far and make a detour. If you are around, its worth visiting this place and understand the theories around its history and (more beautiful) enjoy the view through the valley from Uyo uyo.
Written May 20, 2017
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