The Veronica Mountain in Perú or also called Wakaywillque, is a mountain located in the department of Cusco. It has the highest peak of the mountain range known as Urubamba. The main characteristic of this snowy mountain is its topography, since it is very rough with steep slopes that exceed 40 degrees, so it is very vulnerable to avalanches.
To access the Veronica Mountain in Perú it is necessary to take a walk, in which you have a great experience, it is also one of the best places to do rock climbing. It is considered by the inhabitants of the area as an Apu protector of agriculture in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
It is located 50 kilometers from the city of Cusco, on the border of the Urubamba and La Convencion provinces.
Climate and temperature
The area has an average temperature between 10 ° C and 13 ° C.
The highest peak of the Veronica Mountain in Perú is 5,800 meters above sea level.
Legend of Veronica Mountain in Perú
The classic story of the brothers who take different paths: Well, “They say that Salkantay Mountain and Ausangate Mountain were brothers, who lived in Cusco and after a harsh drought the brothers ventured into strange lands to save their people from a harsh drought.
Salkantay left for the north and found the jungle and there the legend of forbidden love of Veronica Mountain in Perú; On the other hand, Ausangate went south, to the highlands and found great production Andean products and from there sent camelid meat, corn, potatoes, among others. Only in this way could he save the town of Cusco”.
«… And so after leaving the Qosqo Valley in search of food for his people, Salcantay arrived in the land of the Antis, where he met the beautiful and young princess Huaynawillca. The two young men fell in love on the spot, to the disapproval of the warrior Anti people, who decided to expel Salcantay from their lands.
Faced with the threat to their love, the two young men decided to flee towards the Qosqo Valley, where Salcantay was respected and they could live together forever, however, the Anti people, feeling mocked, chased the bride and groom to the peaks of the mountain range. , where they sacrificed their own princess, preferring her dead to that in the arms of Salcantay.
The Cusco warrior, furious at the death of his beloved, began a fierce fight against the Anti people, whom he completely exterminated. The gods, faced with such a great bloodshed, decided to turn Salcantay into a mountain, so that it would not do more harm to men, could feed its people and take care of Waynawillca, which was also turned into a mountain… »
As witnesses to this legend of Veronica Mountain in Perú we can only tell both mountains located in the Cusco region, mute narrators of a story that we can only imagine.
How to get to Veronica Mountain in Perú
To get to Veronica Mountain in Perú, you must go by bus from the city of Cusco to the district of Ollantaytambo, precisely to the town of Piscacucho, where the trek to the mountain begins. There are a total of 20 kilometers that are completed in 1 hour to 2 hours.
When to climb Veronica Mountain in Perú
The best season is between June and September (dry season). The following data are for the city of Urubamba, located at the foot of the mountains at 2870 m (9420 ft). This is also the best season to climb the Inca Trail 4 days / 3 nights, the Salkantay Trek 5 days / 4 nights, or the Choquequirao Tour 4 days / 3 nights.
The main recommendation is that you do not go on your own to do adventure tourism in this snowy mountain, always hire a travel operator as they will take care of the details of transportation, food, professional guide and above all your safety in each moment.
- Take Soroche Pills for altitude sickness or drink plenty of coca leaf tea.
- Comfortable and warm clothing, trekking pants, waterproof jacket, rain poncho, shorts and comfortable shoes.
- Bring mosquito repellent.
- Apply sunscreen, at least every two hours.