Apu Picol —which in the Quechua language means “guardian spirit”— is a mountain located 9 Km southeast of Cusco, in the district of San Jerónimo. Standing at 4,350 meters high, this peak is visible from any point in the city of the Cusco. The origin of its peculiar silhouette was a big slide caused by a geological fault. The imposing Apu Pachatusan and Apu Ausangate (6,372 meters and the tallest of the region) are visible from the summit of Apu Picol.
At the foothill of Apu Picol, we will visit the archeological site of Larapa —a set of terraces regarded as the most important agricultural complex of the pre hispanic era in the Cusco valley.
At present, the area is dominated by agricultural activities (potatoes and corn) as well as ovine and beef cattle farming. This promotes the preservation of the millenary agricultural techniques of the Inca civilization.