This trek is ideal for travelers wishing to get off the beaten track but still take in the breathtaking ruins of Machupicchu. It is a wonderful trek taking you through rural communities in the breathtaking Sacred Valley of the Incas. We enjoy a wide variety of flora, fauna, wildlife and spectacular scenery! On our last day we are rewarded with the magnificent Machupicchu. This is a true Andean odyssey! The most important factor is acclimatizing to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the trail is 4,500m, so we suggest that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco before attempting to walk the trail. During this time you can explore the wonders of Cusco which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 1: Cusco - Huaran (Sacred Valley) - Cancha Cancha
We pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus for the 1 hour to the village of Huaran (2,840m) located in the Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran is the start of the trail. We will meet up with the horsemen and pack the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us we head northwards following a gently climbing trail that runs parallel to the small Cancha Cancha river. It is a fairly tough 4 hour up hill trek to our destination, the small village also named Cancha Cancha (3,800m) where we will spend the night. (Lunch, Dinner)
Day 2:Cancha Cancha - Quishuaran
Leaving Cancha Cancha we continue up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After an hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2 hour trekto the first pass, called Pachacutec Pass (4,450m). From the pass you will be rewarded with superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray. The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded quarry filled with glacial lakes and rich in birdlife. The lip of the quarry descends into the next valley, following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani (3,700m) about 1 hours easy walking. We will camp here for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3:Quishuarani - Lares (thermal springs) - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Heading south through a small valley, walking around 3 hours downhill surrounded by beautiful landscapes, we will arrive to the road that will bring is to the town of Lares (3,100m). From the town we walk for around another 20 minutes extra to finally arrive at the hot springs of Lares. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in the open air thermal springs (bring a swimsuit). At about 1pm our transportation will pick us up and depart for the town of Ollantaytambo where you will have some time to explore and see this amazing site (entrance not included to Ollantaytambo ruins) before going to Aguas Calientes by train late in the afternoon. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu - Cusco
It is an early start to Machupicchu to see the sunrise over this magnificent ancient city! We take the first bus up to the ruins of Machupicchu and have a fully guided tour of around 2 hours. After the tour you have plenty of time to explore the citadel on your own, and maybe even climb Huaynapicchu or Inca Bridge. Afterwards you can comeback down to the town for lunch. Your extra time in the citadel is dependent on your return train time. In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo where our driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Cusco in Private Transportation leaving you in your hotel. (Breakfast)
GROUP SERVICES : US$ 800 per person
We operate small groups between 2-10 persons. We pride ourselves in our personal service on your trek. Your guide, cook and porters are dedicated to your safety and enjoyment whilst hiking, looking after you every step of the way!
Hike with only your family and friends! Add on $100 per person to close your group
Children – 1 to 17yrs of age : US$ 20 (copy of passport front page required for discount to apply)
Pre-departure briefing in our office
Collection from your hotel in Cusco and return in Private Transportation
Professional English Speaking Mountain Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
Experienced Cook preparing delicious meals 3x a day
Meals:3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners (we provide generous amounts of nutritious meals and beverages and have vegetarian, gluten, wheat free options available)
Snacks enroute and tea time daily
Boiled water to replenish your supply from Day 1 – Lunch time onwards
Entrance fee into Machupicchu Sanctuary
Roundtrip Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu
Horseman to carry the camping equipment, ie tents, tables, chairs, etc.
Duffel bags to put your luggage into
Spacious good quality 4 man tents (for your comfort we put only 2 persons per tent). Single tents are available at additional cost if you do not want to share.
Comfortable sleeping mats (inflatable mat available to rent)
First Aid Kit carried by the Guide
Hot water for washing in your tent every day
Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
Inca Rail or Expedition train ticket for group services
Hotel in Aguas Calientes (3-star) based on double occupancy (either La Pequeña Casita or Marco Wasi)
Breakfast on the first day and Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
Entrance to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountains – $30 per person payable via Paypal in advance so we can secure permits which are limited and therefore not guaranteed.
Single Tents (for persons not happy to share) - $65 per tent
Single Room Supplement if required - $45 per room
Personal Insurance – We highly recommend that you take out your own Travel & Medical Insurance before you leave your country!
Gratuities – In Peru it is customary to tip your Cook, Horseman and Trail Guide at the end of the trek, although this is entirely at your discretion.
Guideline (based on total payment from group)
Horseman: approx. Soles 60 per horseman
Cooks: approx. Soles 80-100 per cook
Guide: approx. Double of the cooks tip
Sleeping Bag - $30 per bag for entire trek
Walking Poles - $12 per pole
Inflatable Mattresses - $25 per mattress
Inflatable Pillows - $6 per pillow
Saddle Horses – if you are unsure about walking the entire way we recommend hiring a horse - $90 per horse for entire trek (including horseman)
Single Tents (for persons not happy to share) -$60 per tent
Thermal baths in Santa Teresa (10 Soles – price subject to change without notice) - taxi cost separate Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (10 Soles -price subject to change without notice)
Upgrade train service to Vistadome : the cost is US$55 per person (trains subject to availability)
Holiday or Election Increments
An increment of $35 per person is applicable leaving on or over these holiday periods or during election periods: Christmas (Dec 22nd, 23rd, 24th,25th) New Year (Dec 29th, 30th, 31st, Jan 1st).
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