Huasao Witch's Village - Southern Peru
The village of Huasao is a sleepy little town just outside of Cusco with a dark secret... it is a village of "brujos", witches. Near this village lies the Inca ruins of Tipon. A vast system of aqueducts and terraces. An even more ancient site in the area is Pikillaqta made by the Huari. Due to their proximity to Cusco and each other we can visit all three locations in one day!
We will leave out of Cusco around 9-10am taking a private car to the small village of Huasao, about a 30 minute ride outside of Cusco. When we arrive we will take a short walk around the village and discuss the history, culture and mythology of this enigmatic place. After viewing the town we will visit the witches. The "brujos" (or witches) of Huasao conduct business out of their homes in "shamanic offices" filled with mummified condors, human skulls, candles, potions and a vast array of mystical and ceremonial items. One by one we will enter the dark room. The "brujo" will shake rattles, say prayers to spirits and read our fortunes by observing the pattern in which coca leaves fall onto a textile. Each person is allowed to ask questions in private (with the aid of a translator if needed) to the "brujo" in order to learn about their future or problems in their life.
It is possible to combine with with a trip to the ruins of Tipon and Pikillacta which are very close to Huasao. The price is 100-200 soles ($30-70 USD) per person depending on the size of the group, inquire for prices.
View of the Ruins of Pikillaqta, an ancient Huari compound about 15 minutes from the Witch's Village.
We will meet at Cusco's Plaza de Armas around 9am to go to the witch's town of Huasao less than an hour outside Cusco, please join us! We will talk with the brujos (witches) and can have our fortunes told, coca leaves read and live cuy rubbed all over our bodies!
We will also visit the ruins of Tipon and hike above the ruins to see ancient and enigmatic petroglyphs!
While 90% of the trip is covered be sure to bring a little extra money to pay for food, rituals, souvenirs, etc., all other costs are included. Keep in mind this is an adventure and we have to take it as it comes. While we will certainly visit the witches, see the ruins and petroglyphs of Tipon this will unfold in an unknown way. We must be patient and respectful.