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Huchuy Qosqo Trek + Short Inca Trail 4D/3N

We are excited to offer this new multi-day itinerary combining one of the lesser known, but most scenic treks in the area (Huchuy Qosqo) with a short, but memorable trek on the Short Inca Trail (part of the world renowned, and much travelled Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu).

This itinerary has many highlights, many of which we’ll mention here, but perhaps one of its biggest advantages is that it doesn’t require permits in advance. Current restrictions and the increasing number of travelers visiting Peru each year means that booking a trek on the Classic Inca Trail is becoming more difficult, often requiring you to book more than a year in advance. Not so with this route. Since there are no limitations on the number of persons that can hike the Huchuy Qosqo trail, your adventure in the Andes and your visit to the iconic Machu Picchu can often be booked last minute (though we don’t suggest leaving it too late…just in case!)

Our adventure begins on the Huchuy Qosqo trail. Gradually gaining altitude our route leads us through remote mountain villages, past lazy Llamas and cheeky Alpacas roaming freely on the mountainside, across golden grasslands and beneath dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks. Far away from the normal tourist routes, you may feel like you’ve stepped back in time as we meet the local indigenous people in their rural villages and experience some of the real culture of the Peruvian Andes.

You will walk along the footpaths built by the ancient pilgrims on the Inca Trail. Once the main route connecting the heart of the Inca Empire in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the route brings us to the spectacular Huchuy Qosqo complex.

Perfectly positioned to stand as a lookout across the beautiful Sacred Valley, Huchuy Qosqo sits at an elevation of 3,600 m (11,800 ft) above the town of Lamay. This archaeological remnant of pre-Inca and Inca architecture is a fascinating testament to the engineering knowledge and technical capability that existed in those ancient times.

We spend our second night in the vibrant Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo. With its eclectic mix of ancient architecture, Artesan crafts and bustling restaurants and cafes it is a fascinating contrast to our time in the mountains, and you will have plenty of time to explore. We will have arranged your accomodation in a quality local hotel, allowing you a good night´s rest before we begin the second half of our journey, on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Whilst our time on this trail is short, it provides access to some of the most iconic views in the area. Taking the same steps walked by the Inca Pilgrims, we will pass the ancient settlements used by travelers for respite ahead of their (and your) final destination.

Your first glimpses of this sacred centre of Incan culture are simply unforgettable, and we have plenty of time on the trail to make sure you capture those memories forever. Crossing the Sacred Valley, we arrive at the magnificent Inti Punku, or Sun Gate. From here, breathless and elated, we make our final descent to the jewel in the Peruvian Crown, and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Welcome to Machu Picchu!

We spend our last night in the busy town of Aguas Calientes. Gathering together for a spectacular group dinner we prepare ourselves for the grand finale; our tour of the site that is on “Bucket Lists” the world over! Rising early to hopefully catch the spectacular sunrise over the Andes (we unfortunately can’t book the weather) you will have a full guided tour of this magnificent Citadel, and plenty of time to take those iconic photgraphs!

Overview

  • Day 1 — Cusco – Qoricocha – Huchuy Qosqo
  • Day 2 – Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo
  • Day 3 – Ollantaytambo – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
  • Day 4 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Pre-trek briefing:

We provide a full pre-trek briefing at our office in Cusco. This gives you the chance to ask questions about the trek itinerary and is when you will also be given your duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the trek. Briefings are generally scheduled for the morning of the day before your trek starts. If your trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

Please take this timing into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Qoricocha – Huchuy Qosqo

We will pick you up early from your hotel and transport you to Tambomachay (3,700 m/ 12,139 ft). Just a short 25-minute drive from Cusco in the Sacsayhuaman National Park, this is where we will meet the horsemen and horses that will accompany us for the first half of our trek.

Our trek begins with a gentle ascent through grassy highlands. Along the route we will see the Inca site of Tambomachay (“Temple of the Water”). Built by the ancient Incas it is one of the most spectacular Inca sites around Cusco. Its centerpiece is a beautiful water fountain where the Incas would take a spiritual bath before beginning their religious ceremonies.

A more demanding uphill stretch for 2 ½ hours brings us to the first pass of the day. At an altitude of 4,100 m/13,451ft you will have an uninterrupted bird’s-eye view of several Inca sites in the area as well as the city of Cusco far below, so make sure you have your camera at the ready.

We will reach the crystal waters of Lake Qoricocha (Golden Water) by early afternoon, and this is where we will stop for a delicious lunch and even a short siesta if you’d like.

After lunch, we continue upwards for just 30 minutes to the next pass on the north side of Qoriquocha at an elevelation of 4,200 m/13,779 ft.

From here we begin our descent through spectacular valleys to a beautiful canyon where we will find the picturesque village of Pucamarca (3,980 m/ 13,054 ft).

At the end of the day’s trekking we will have the privilege to camp at one of the Inca ruins at Huchuy Qosqo (3,600 m/ 11,808 ft). As well as having a spectacular view of the Sacred Valley, you will also be able to lay back and star-gaze, as the night skies in the Andes are a wonder all their own!

And of course, our talented kitchen team will prepare a sumptuous dinner for us to share as we sit and reflect on the sights and sounds of the day

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Distance covered: 14 km (9 miles)
  • Lowest elevation: 3,600 m/ 11,808 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,200 m/ 13,779 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Sights: Inca Ruins, Lake Qoricocha, Huchuy Qosqo Complex

Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo – Lamay – Ollantaytambo

After an early breakfast, our Guide will provide a tour of Huchuy Qosqo. Experts in the local area and the Inca culture, why not take this opportunity to try and catch our guides out with some tricky questions!

After the tour we take a path downhill for 2 to 3 hours until we reach Lamay (3,000 m/ 9,840 ft) where lunch will be waiting.

After lunch we travel by local van to the bustling town of Ollantaytambo. After checking-in to the comfortable hotel that we have booked for you, you may want to stroll around the town, soaking up the atmosphere of the Artesian markets and local street traders who ply their wares.

We will dine together at one of the best restaurants in town (drinks not included) before retiring for the night, ahead of our early start for the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Lowest elevation: 3,000 m/ 9,840 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,600 m/ 11,808 ft
  • Distance covered: 3 km (1.5 miles)
  • Approximate walking time: 2 to 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Sights: Inca ruins, Ollantaytambo

Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu

You will be picked up from your Ollantaytambo hotel at around 5:30am and taken to the train station. Traveling by train for 2 hours along the most picturesque of routes you will have the opportunity to see the valley and the mountains from a whole new perspective (and from the comfort of your seat!).

The train journey brings us to KM104 and the start of the Short Inca Trail.

Our hike begins with a 3 hour climb to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna (‘Forever Young’). Located at 2,680m (8,792ft) and overlooking the Urubamba River, the site has a number of well-preserved house complexes, fountain structures and agricultural terraces.

Joining the main path to Machu Picchu, another gentle climb brings us to the spectacular ‘Inti Punku’ (or Sun gate).  Be prepared to be amazed, as it is from here that you will get your first breathtaking views of Machu Picchu! (new profile picture anyone?)

We then take the final section of the trail to reach the ancient city itself. Once at Machu Picchu there will be plenty of time to take photographs (there will be many more opportunities to come!) before we take a side path off the trail to catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes, leaving the visit to Machu Picchu for the next day.

In Aguas Calientes, we once again dine together in a superb local restaurant before retiring for a well-deserved rest to feel rested and ready for our grand finale.

  • Meals: Breafast/Box Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
  • Highest elevation: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
  • Distance to walk: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Sights: Inca ruins, Chachabamba, Wiñay Huayna & Sun Gate

Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour – Return train to Cusco

The hotel will provide either an early buffet or boxed breakfast to ensure we can take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. It is a journey of around an hour, and if the weather is in our favor you may even see the spectacular sunrise over the Andes.

As we enter Machu Picchu, your first up-close views of this new wonder of the world are guaranteed to be unforgettable! Your guide will give a full 2-hour walking tour of site, ensuring you get to all of the iconic photo spots. After the tour you are free to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains for more spectacular views (tickets not included), or to simply spend more time exploring the site or finding a quiet spot to reflect on the spiritual nature of this ancient wonder.

Finally, taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon, you will board the expedition train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. From here you will travel by private van to Cusco and back to your hotel. Your arrival time in Cusco will depend on traffic and connections, but should be around 8pm.

  • Meals: Breafast
  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
  • Sites: Machu Picchu

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Pre-Departure Briefing at our office
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Tambomachay (start of trek)
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • High quality, 4-person tent for every 2 people (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Kitchen tent (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Toilet tent (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Horse to transport up to 7 kg of your personal gear (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Emergency horse on the Huchuy Qosqo trek (in case we need it!)
  • Three breakfasts, two lunches, one box lunch and three dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles (Huchuy Qosqo trek)
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Poroy or Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo (double occupancy)
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Huchuy Qosqo
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

Services Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us
  • Huayna Picchu ticket (can be purchased for an extra US $75 per person)
  • Day 1 Breakfast
  • Day 4 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the trek crew (tipping optional and guidelines provided)
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Head lamp + batteries*
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries*
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energised)

* nb. batteries run down faster at high altitudes

Price

Price:

  • US $880 per person

Discounts

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years discount: US $35.00

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $10.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $10.00

Upgrades

  • Vistadome train – USD 50
  • Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
  • Belmond  sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

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Highlights of The Andes 8 Days/ 7 Nights

There are many reasons to visit Peru. With its vibrant cityscapes, breathtaking vistas, mountaintop ruins and ancient cultures & traditions, visitors to the Land of the Incas are simply spoiled for choice. But with most people having limited time to experience the country, how do you choose what to see?

We are delighted to offer this 8-day package which we believe takes you to the very best that Peruvian Andes has to offer. We visit Cusco the country’s 2nd city and cultural capital and we immerse ourselves in the magnificent Sacred Valley of the Incas before trekking deep into the Andes on the spectacular Lares trail. What better way to then finish this stunning itinerary than by visiting one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

Our tours are designed to give visitors a real taste of the Peruvian way of life; visiting local villages still steeped in ancient traditions, taking guided tours of the ruins of sacred ancient sites, and sampling delicious local delicacies at local markets and restaurants. Accompanied at all times by our expert, English-speaking guides they will provide the commentary that brings the sights and sounds of this epic trip to life!

This incredible package includes all hotels, airport transfers and some meals (see itinerary below for details)

Overview

  • Day 1: Welcome to Cusco
  • Day 2: Cusco Half Day Tour
  • Day 3: Cusco – Sacred Valley Tour
  • Day 4: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Fondo Huaran – Cancha Cancha – Acopata
  • Day 5: Acopata – Pachacutec Pass – Quishuarani
  • Day 6: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares Hot spring – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • DAY 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • Day 8: Departure from Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco

An APT representative will meet you upon arrival at Cusco airport and transfer you to your hotel in the centre of the city. The city sits at an altitude of over 3,399 m /11,151 ft and so everyone takes a little while to acclimatize to the altitude. We recommend you rest or take the remainder of the day to start to explore this beautiful city at your own pace.

  • Overnight: Tierra Viva hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast (depending on the time of your arrival)

Day 2: Cusco Half Day Tour

After breakfast you can enjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel before we pick you up for our half day city tour.

Our tour begins at the fascinating “Koricancha” Temple. Named after the Quechua for Gold, this is one of the most important temples built by the Incas. As you marvel at the exquisite architecture on display, our guides will share the history of the site with you.

We continue on to the magnificent main square with its 1 stunning cathedral. The Main Cathedral is home to approximately 300 paintings of religious art from the Cusqueña School (entry to the Cathedral is included). The square itself is quite literally buzzing with street vendors and artists, and is a wonderful place to just sit and soak up the atmosphere.

Next, we visit the impressed Inca construction of Sacsayhuaman, located on a high hill above Cusco city, is characterized by colossal stone pieces weighing several hundred tons. The Inca builders cut and polished these massive stones to form into terraces of zigzagged walls that extend hundreds of feet. Although only a small portion of the original site remains, Sacsayhuaman’s cyclopean dimensions continue to inspire awe at the scale and audacity of Inca stone architecture. Then, we visit the temple of Qenqo, which is uniquely carved out of a single gigantic monolith. Stretched across a hillside the temple marries man-made tunnels with natural chambers, one of which features 19 small niches which form an amphitheater. The original purpose of the amphitheater has been lost over time, but most agree that the area was used for sacrifice and worship to the Gods of the sun, moon and stars! We will also visit Puca Pucara, a site once used by the Incas as a military control centre.

Our tour completes at Tambomachay (Temple of the Water), an Inca site which consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run spectacularly through the terraced rocks (entry to the site is included).

At the end of a long but rewarding afternoon you will be transferred back to your hotel for an evening of leisure.

  • Overnight: Tierra Viva hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Cusco – Sacred Valley Tour

This morning we leave Cusco after breakfast to drive over the magnificent Andes towards the Sacred Valley. We quickly descend to the valley floor and drive along the banks of the sacred Urubamba River to the village of Pisac and Inca ruin of Pisac located at 2,972 m/ 9,750 ft.

Pisac is a town famous for its traditional artisan market, and there will be time to browse and buy some authentic local souvenirs if desired. The town also has extensive ruins which we will explore while enjoying stunning views of the Sacred Valley. Your guide will walk you through the ruined temples, houses and altars, pointing out ancient carvings that still survive today. The highlight of the tour is the famous Intihuatana (literally translated as ‘the hitching post of the sun’) a religious construction used like a clock to measure when it was the time to celebrate the Winter Solstice, one of the most important celebrations and rituals of the ancient Inca Empire.

NB. For anyone preferring to spend more time at Pisac market instead of visiting the ruins, please advise your guide so they can organize a time and place to collect you later.

Leaving Pisac we continue to Urubamba where we will make a stop for lunch (not included) at an excellent local restaurant. A short drive onwards is Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/ 9,160 ft) a town located right in the heart of the Andes. Here, we will spend time exploring the spectacular temple of the Sun. The temple is created from enormous rock monoliths, many of which have been elegantly carved to create water fountains, stairs and terraces.

We will stay overnight in Urubamba for a good rest ahead of our trek which starts early in the morning.

  • Overnight: San Agustin Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Fondo Huaran – Cancha Cancha – Acopata

We collect you early from your Urubamba hotel to take you by private van to the beginning of the Lares trek at Huaran, deep in the Sacred Valley. After preparing and packing the horses that will carry our equipment, we being our trek heading North.

The first part of the trail climbs gently following the banks of the Cancha Cancha river towards the community of the same name. All along the walk we will see cultivated fields and pass through old Polylepis forests. The vegetation here attracts a large variety of bird life, and the views of the valley itself are stunning so have your cameras and binoculars at the ready! We will stop for lunch roughly half way through the hike.

Passing through the village of Cancha Cancha (3,956 m/12,976 ft) after around 6 hours of hiking we reach our campsite at Acopata. Our team of Porters will have arrived ahead of us to prepare the camp, so all you need to do is to switch into some warmer clothing (the nights in the Andes can be a little chilly!) and enjoy the magnificent sunset and the stunning display of stars and constellations in the Andean night sky.

We will enjoy a sumptuous dinner together, prepared by our camp kitchen team. You will be amazed (and your stomach delighted!) at the culinary treats our chef can create in his mountain kitchen.

  • Meals: breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude.: 3,956 m/12,976 ft
  • Mínimum Altitude: 3,000 m/9,840 ft
  • Distance to walk: 12 km
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours

Day 5: Acopata – Pachacutec Pass – Quishuarani

You will be woken by our porters with a fresh cup of coffee or Coca tea (an excellent antidote for the effects of altitude) before being served a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

Our trek then continues with a 2.5 hour climb to the highest point of the trek. The Pachacutec pass is at 4,780 m/ 15,678 ft and so, not surprisingly, the view from here is breathtaking with the snow capped peaks of the Pitusiray and Sahuasiray mountains right in front of us.

After a short rest we hike downhill for another 2 hours to reach our lunch spot, next to the most beautiful, crystal blue lake.

Our afternoon is short, with just a 1.5 hour descent into the valley. On the way we will pass several glacial lakes and we will see herds of alpacas, llamas and sheep roaming in their natural habitat. It is also possible we’ll see Gray Brocket Deer, Viscachas, Andean Geese, the rare Giant Coot, Puna Hawks and, if we are lucky, the majestic Andean Condor.

Our camp tonight is at 3,870 m/12,694 ft, close to the village of Quishuarani, a traditional Andean village with typical stone houses. ¡Once again we will enjoy a delicious, starlit dinner before retiring to our tents for a well deserved nights rest!

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude.: 4,780 m/15,678 ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,870 m/12,694 ft
  • Distance to walk: 12 km
  • Approximate walking time: 7 hours

Day 6: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares Hot spring – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

On our final day of trekking we hike through another valley before climbing to the second pass at Willcaccasa mountain (4,458 m/14,622 ft). The 2-3 hours trek up is challenging, and we will take our time, but the views of the Andes turquoise lakes and the surrounding valleys are well worth the effort!

After resting at the pass, we make our final descent for around 2 hours to the village of Cuncani (3,900 m/12,792 ft). From here we will be transported for 45 minutes to the Lares Valley and its hot springs, where we can all take a much-needed soak.

After lunch at Lares, we drive for around 3 hours to Ollantaytambo where we will have dinner before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. Both the drive and the train journey take us through the most spectacular scenery, providing plenty of photo opportunities!

At Aguas Calientes you will check in to your room at the hotel we have booked for you.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 4,458 m/14,622 ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
  • Distance to walk: 13 km
  • Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours

DAY 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After a very early breakfast at your hotel we take one of the first buses along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise over the Andes (weather permitting). Your guide will then give a 2-hour walking tour of this breathtaking site, named as one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

It is hard to put in to words the impact of a visit to this sacred, spiritual place. Despite its popularity, there remains a sense of wonder at the beauty and architectural brilliance of the city that laid undiscovered for centuries, and is understandably near the top of Bucket Lists the world over!

Our guides are experts on the history of the site and they will bring to life the magnificent buildings that you see around you. You will also smile I’m sure at the sight of the wild Llamas roaming freely on the ancient stone walls!

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain you can begin the hike once your guided tour concludes. Alternatively, you may choose to just spend some time by yourself exploring the site or just sitting in contemplation. Around lunchtime you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.

Arriving back in the town you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. From here you will travel by private van to Cusco and back to your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
  • Overnight in Cusco: Tierra Viva hotel or similar

Day 8: Departure from Cusco

After breakfast at your hotel, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. At Action Treks Peru we will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Professional English speaking guide. Additional guide for groups over 8 people
  • Pre-trek briefing before the Lares trek
  • Transport from airport to Cusco hotel
  • Transport to the airport or bus station at the end of the tour
  • Admission fees to all the archeological sites in the Cusco City tour and the Sacred Valley tour.
  • Transportation from your Urubamba hotel to the trailhead of the Lares trek
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on day 7
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
  • Transport by private car from Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station to your Cusco hotel
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological site
  • Admission Ticket to Huayna Picchu (subject to availability)
  • 3 lunches, 1 dinners and 8 breakfasts
  • 3 nights accommodation in a nice and comfortable hotel in Cusco city (double occupancy)
  • 1-night accommodation in a nice and comfortable hotel in Urubamba (double occupancy)
  • 1-night accommodation in a nice and comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Entrance ticket to Lares hot springs
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people along the Lares trek
  • Thermarest Mattress for the Lares trek
  • Pillow for the Lares trek
  • Kitchen tent for the Lares trek
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs on the Lares trek
  • Eco-friendly portable toilet and toilet tent along the Lares trek
  • Chef for the Lares trek
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment along the Lares trek (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear during the Lares trek
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear to be used along the Lares trek
  • Emergency horse in case we need it on the Lares trek
  • Hot water for washing during the Lares trek
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles on the Lares trek.
  • Private guided walking tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank for all tours

Services Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Hiking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Lunches or dinners (unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary)
  • Tip for your staff
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

What to bring:

  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Head lamp + batteries*
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries*
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energized)

Prices

Price:

  • US $1195 per person (based on two people) If the group gets bigger, the price will decrease.

Discounts:

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years discount: US $35.00

Rentals:

  • Hiking poles for the Lares trek – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag for the Lares trek – US $25.00

Upgrades:Hotel Upgrades

  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – US $245 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – US $50 per person per night (double occupancy)

Train Upgrades

  • Vistadome train -US $50 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Hiram Bingham train -US $380 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy

Private lodging

  • Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $45 (nb. prices for upgraded hotels will be higher)
  • Private tent – US $30

Machu Picchu

  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu – US $45

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Iconic Peru Tour 6 Day

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu needs to be experienced to be believed. The sheer size and extent of the Inca culture is breathtaking and inspiring. Their constructions are immense and impressive. At such a high altitude, it is essential we acclimatize so that we can fully appreciate this amazing country and civilization. We will visit these sites before the Short Inca Trail trek to acclimatize and give us a deeper understanding of the country we are about to trek through.

The former Inca Capital city of Cusco is our base for this great 6-day package, a wonderful place full of culture, history, good restaurants and excellent hot chocolate. From Cusco we travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing Chinchero, Moray, the salt mines of Maras and the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, before embarking on the famous Inca Trail to one of new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. We will follow in the footsteps of the explorers who stumbled across one of the greatest archeological sites in the world. This 2-day, 1-night trek involves spectacular Andean scenery along an ancient paved Inca Trail. We have plenty of time to treasure each view and the ruins en-route. A night is spent in the colourful town of Aguas Calientes before spending the time exploring the awe-inspiring, “new wonder of the modern world”, Machu Picchu. The return to Cusco is by train and private transportation. The final day is spent some time in Cusco’s ancient streets, artisan markets or excellent restaurants and bars before you return home.

Overview

  • Day 1: Welcome to Cusco
  • Day 2: Cusco acclimatization and Cusco archeological Tour
  • Day 3 Cusco – Chinchero – Moray – the salt mines and Ollantaytambo
  • Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Short Inca Trail – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu tour and return to Cusco
  • Day 6: Departure from Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco

Welcome to Cusco – touch down, collect your luggage and meet our Action Peru Treks representative, then drive through the colourful South American streets to your Cusco hotel.

Step out into the Cusco streets and explore on your own. You do not want to cram too much in on your first day at altitude, so relax and get used to being up high with a gentle walk around this old Inca capital.

Visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the Qoricancha temple of the sun and perhaps take in the sights, sounds and smells of San Pedro market too. If you normally shop in supermarkets and farmers markets, you are in for a surprise. Stands full of juicy exotic fruits, counters heaving with cow heads and sheep hooves and cheerful local women selling handmade cheeses, local breads, healthy juices and even toad soups.

  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Highest Elevation: 3,400 m/11,154 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 2: Cusco acclimatization and Cusco archeological Tour

Today you stretch your legs with a delightful walk in the hills above Cusco. First we visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass Amphitheatre. Once the scene of fierce battles it now hosts the recreation of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy.

Next, Qenqo is a unique temple in its construction as well, having been entirely carved out of a gigantic monolith. Stretched across a hillside, the temple is carved out of rock and marries the man-made tunnels with natural chambers. One of these chambers features 19 small niches and is set up as an amphitheater. Once again, the purpose of the theater has been lost over time, but most agree the area was used for some type of sacrifice to the sun, moon and star gods who were worshipped at the site.

Finally, is the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3,700m (12,000 feet). It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks. The function of the site is uncertain: it may have served as a military outpost guarding the approaches to Cusco, as a spa resort for the Incan political elite, or both.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Cusco – Chinchero – Moray – the salt mines and Ollantaytambo

Leaving Cusco behind you start your journey to Machu Picchu.

Explore the beautiful Peruvian Andes with a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley. First, you will visit the town of Chinchero (3,762 m, 12,342 ft) is a site that presents exceptional expressions of stonemasonry in the midst of a town that keeps ancient traditions alive. It was constructed by Tupac Inca Yupanqui around 1480 and consists of a collection of architectural spaces: pre-Columbian walls, enclosures, platforms, staircases and altars. The historic center of Chinchero is also considered unique because it mixes an archaeological complex and a town made from Inca foundations and walls, with a population that has maintained its ancestral customs.

Following your visit to Moray, fascinating circular ruins of Moray. While some think it was a landing pad for alien spaceships, more likely is that the Incas built this as an experimental agricultural centre. Concentric circular terraces allowed them to simulate different facing slopes and different growing temperatures to see what crops would grow where.

Next is the salt mines of Maras, Hidden deep within the Urubamba valley, lies – almost unknown to all the hordes visiting Machu Picchu every day – a precious gem: The Maras Salt mines, also called Maras salt evaporation ponds. A myriad of salt crusted terraces precariously nestles against the steep mountain sides, while a steady stream of mineral rich water trickles down with a silent gargling that somehow defies time. The ponds, you ought to know, have been in use since the times of the Incas and before. They are probably the only reason to visit the small town of Maras – but what a reason they are.

Finally, you will visit the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,160 ft). These magnificent ancient ruins provide a great vantage point over the Sacred Valley. Originally the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti during the Inca Empire, this site later served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the final resistance effort against the Spanish conquistadors.

You will stop for lunch on route to Ollantaytmbo (not included) at a buffet restaurant offering a variety of Peruvian and international food near the town of Urubamba.

In the evening, you will be taken to your comfortable hotel in Ollantaytambo.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,400 m/11,154 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft
  • Approximate Tour Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Short Inca Trail – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

Your 2-day, 1-night Short Inca Trail starts taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104, where the Inca Trail starts.

The valley turns into a canyon and the scenery begins to alter as the cloud forests appear on our approach to the city of Machu Picchu. We will disembark the train at Km 104 and start the hike along a challenging 3-hour uphill trail. This trek is short and manageable.

This ancient Inca Trail takes us uphill all the way to the magnificent archaeological Inca site of Wiñay Wayna. Wiñay Wayna is a Quechua name meaning “forever young”, This is an Inca ruin along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River and valley. This Inca site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures. Above and below the houses the people built areas of agricultural terraces, which are still visible today.

Wiñay Wayna will be also the perfect spot to enjoy our delicious boxed lunch, with incredible views of the massive green mountains and orchids.

After lunch, the trail becomes gentler from here and continues all the way to the famous Sun Gate (2,720 m / 8,920 ft), where we arrive at Machu Picchu through its real main entrance. It is from here that we will have our first glimpse of marvelous Machu Picchu. We then cross the Inca city of Machu Picchu to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town (2,040 m / 6,691 ft), where you will check into your hotel. Dinner will be at a great local restaurant in town (drinks not included).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 6 to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu tour and return to Cusco

Today as it gets light, we will catch an early bus up to the magnificent city of Machu Picchu, to enjoy the city at a quieter time of day when there are fewer people. It is a 25 minutes bus ride to Machu Picchu (2,430 m/7,972 ft). Our expert tour guide will lead us in our walking tour of Machu Picchu. The guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours.

Afterward, you will still have some time to visit other places that you did not see with your guide. For example, if you feel like an uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (not included in the trek price). It is important to know that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket well in advance.

At the end of your visit, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train to Ollantaytambo. On arrival, you will be met by our private transport and return to the hotel in Cusco (2-hour drive).

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,430 m/7,972 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 6: Departure from Cusco

After breakfast at your hotel, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Professional English speaking guide. Additional guide for groups over 8 people
  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Transport from airport to Cusco hotel
  • Transport to the airport or bus station at the end of the tour
  • Admission fees to all the archeological sites in the Cusco and Sacred Valley tours.
  • Transportation from your hotel to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Km 104
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 1. Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on day 2.
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
  • Transport by private car from Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station to Cusco.
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
  • 1 box lunch on the Short Inca Trail
  • 1 dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • 5 breakfast at all hotels
  • 3 nights accommodation in a nice and confortable hotel in Cusco city (double occupancy)
  • 1 night accommodation in a nice and confortable hotel in Ollantaytambo (double occupancy)
  • 1 night accommodation in a nice and confortable hotel in Cusco Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Private guided walking tour of Machu Picchu
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank for all tours

Services Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Hiking poles for the Short Inca Trail
  • Lunches or dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Tip for your guide
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain permit
  • Travel insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

Prices

Price:

  • US $1080 per person (based on two people)

Rentals

  • Hiking poles for the Short Inca Trail – US $10 (for a pair)

Upgrades

Hotel Upgrades for Machu Picchu

  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5-star hotel) – US $490 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – US $245 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – US $50 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Vistadome train -US $35 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Hiram Bingham train -US $375 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy

Train Upgrades

  • Vistadome train -US $50 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy
  • Hiram Bingham train -US $380 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private lodging o Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $45 per person
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 2 – US $45 per person.

What to bring:

  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks

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Palcay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

Each year, more and more intrepid travelers from across the globe make the journey to Peru to follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas, and trek to the sacred city of Machu Picchu.

Whilst the Inca Trail is the most famous of the trails to Machu Picchu, it is also the busiest and booking a trek often needs to be made a year or more in advance. The Palcay trail on the other hand is an equally breathtaking trek, but one that is offered by very few operators meaning that you share the trail with far fewer tourists.

Action Peru Treks are excited to be the only company to offer this new multi-day itinerary, and by offering this alternative to the Inca Trail we believe that we are also helping preserve these trails for future generations.

The Palcay trek winds through some of the most spectacular scenery the area has to offer; passing glaciers, sacred mountains, waterfalls, lagoons, and through remote communities. We visit a rarely explored Inca ruin in the Aobamba Valley and we trek through cloud forest and tropical jungle. The route is truly unique!

We pride ourselves on providing a first class trekking and camping experience, while maintaining the rugged nature of a trek in the Andes. We use only high-quality camping equipment, and our guides and kitchen staff are specially selected for their expertise and experience. We are also the first company to offer a porter service on a trek to Machu Picchu that isn’t the Inca Trail. So, you will be in professional, expert hands at all times.

We look forward to welcoming you on this unique and new unforgettable adventure.

Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata – Pampa Japonesa
  • Day 2: Pampa Japonesa – Inka Chiriaska – Palcay – Aobamba – Inkatambo
  • Day 3: Inka Tambo – Cloud Forest – Hidroelectrica
  • Day 4: Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Pre-trek briefing:

We provide a full pre-trek briefing at our office in Cusco. This gives you the chance to ask questions about the trek itinerary and you will also be given your duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the trek. Briefings are generally scheduled for the morning of the day before your trek starts. If your trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata – Pampa Japonesa

We collect you at dawn from your hotel in Cusco to drive to the trailhead at Soraypamapa (3,800 m/12,467 ft). Our journey into the Andes mountains takes around 3 hours and winds through the most beautiful landscape. Our early start is often rewarded with the most incredible sunrise over the Andes.

Arriving in Soraypamapa we enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by our expert chef, perfect fuel for the efforts ahead.

Our trek begins after breakfast and we make a steady ascent for around 4 hours to Ichupata (4,518 m/14,822 ft). As the elevation increases, the views around us grow evermore spectacular. The hike will be challenging, particularly as everyone gets used to the elevation, but our expert guides will ensure that the pace is suited for everyone.

Arriving in Ichupata, lunch will already have been prepared by our chef. Our kitchen team truly are masters of their craft, and you will be amazed at the meals they can create on the side of a mountain.

The afternoon is a little more gentle, and we hike steadily for just 1.5 hours until we reach our camp at Pampa Japonesa (4,749 m/15,580 ft). Each campsite on this trek is set in a peaceful spot amidst the most spectacular scenery, and as the sun sets over the Andes you will witness the most spectacular display of stars and constellations, brilliantly clear away from the bright lights of Cusco.

The camp will have been setup ahead of our arrival by our porters, and so you can just relax and enjoy the views. We will enjoy a sumptuous dinner together where your guide will be happy to share stories of the ancient Incas, or the history of the area before retiring to bed for a well-earned nights rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,749 m/15,580 ft
  • Distance to walk: 6 to 8 hours
  • Approximate walking time: 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 2: Pampa Japonesa – Inka Chiriaska – Palcay – Aobamba – Inkatambo

Day 2 is the most challenging and starts early. You will be gently woken by one of our porters with a steaming hot cup of freshly brewed coffee, or coca tea. Emerging sleepily from your tent, from our position at the foot of Mt. Salkantay, the sunrise is almost guaranteed to be spectacular!

After a delicious breakfast we will begin a sharp ascent for 1.5 hours to the highest point of our hike at the Inka Chiriaska pass (4,937 m/16,197 ft). Here, not surprisingly, the views are breathtaking. We will spend time taking in the views and resting before descending for 2 hours to Sisaypampa. After another short rest we start climbing again for 2 hours until we reach the Palcay Pass (4,708 m/15,446 ft). This is the steepest section of the trail so we will take our time and, once again, your guide will ensure the group stays together.

The view from the Palcay pass stretches right across the valley floor between the Palcay and the Salkantay mountain. After enjoying the views, we walk downhill for around an hour to our lunch spot in the tranquility of the Palcay valley (4,146 m/13,602 ft).

It is then 3 more hours of hiking to reach our campsite, this time located in a beautiful remote location, very close to the archaeological site of Inka Tambo (3,452 m/11,325 ft). Once at camp we will be served hot drinks and a delicious dinner before retiring for the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,452 m/11,325 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,937 m/16,197 ft
  • Distance to walk: 17 km/10.5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 10 to 12 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Demanding

Day 3: Inka Tambo – Cloud Forest – Hidroelectrica

Once again, we get up early to enjoy a great breakfast before continuing our hike to Hidroelectrica. Unlike day 2, our hike today will be mostly downhill, but with a few short climbs as we cross from the cloud forest to the rainforest. The day will be long though and we will finish just before nightfall.

Throughout the day we will be hiking through jungle and so will be able to observe many different plants native to the area. We will pass wild orchids growing on the side of the trail, stop at spectacular waterfalls and cross some spectacular (and sometimes scary!) bridges. Our guides take pride in their knowledge of all the sights along the trail, and so will be happy to share lots of information with you.

We will of course stop for lunch during the day, and dinner will be served at yet another beautiful campsite.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 1,815 m/5,954 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,452 m/11,325 ft
  • Distance to walk: 19 km/11.8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 10 to 12 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 4: Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

Day 4 starts a little differently! This morning before starting our hike we will have the opportunity to see the famous “Cock of the Rocks” in its natural habitat. It is a magical moment seeing the exotic beauty of these endemic birds that are also the national bird of Peru.

Our hike today is an easy 4 hours on flat terrain to Aguas Calientes nestled at the foot of Machu Picchu. Arriving in the town we will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before checking in to the hotel where we will spend the night.

Dinner at a local restaurant is included in the price of the trek (drinks excluded).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 1,815 m/5,954 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,692 ft
  • Distance to walk: 12 km/7.4 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

After a very early breakfast at your hotel we take one of the first buses (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Your guide will then give a 2 1/2 -hours walking tour of this breathtaking site, named as one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

It is hard to put in to words the impact of a visit to this sacred, spiritual place. Despite its popularity, there remains a sense of wonder at the beauty and architectural brilliance of the city. No matter how many photos you may have seen, witnessing it first hand is an experience that is truly unforgettable.

Our local tour guides are experts on the history of the site and they will bring to life the magnificent buildings that you see around you. You will also smile I’m sure at the sight of the wild Llamas roaming freely on the ancient stone walls!

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains you can begin the hike once your guided tour concludes or alternatively you may choose to just spend more time by yourself exploring the site or just sitting in contemplation. Around lunchtime we will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.

Arriving back in the town you will board the Expedition train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. From here you will travel by private transportation to Cusco and back to your hotel. Your arrival time in Cusco will depend on the time of your train ticket, but will be some time in the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,692 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,005 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. At Action Treks Peru we will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at our office 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soraypampa on day 1
  • Four-person tent for each two persons
  • Thermarest Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent with portable toilet
  • Expert chef and assistant chef
  • Porters to carry all group gear
  • Personal porter to carry 7 kg of personal gear for each hiker
    • Your sleeping bag and mattress will count towards this weight limit. Approximate weight of the average sleeping bag and sleeping mattress is 3 kg.
  • Duffle bag to pack your personal belongings
  • Five breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo
  • Private van transport from Poroy or Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain (if Huayna Picchu Mountain is sold out you will receive a permit to hike Machu Picchu Mountain)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Lodging in Aguas Calientes on night 4 of the trek (double occupancy)
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on night 4

Services Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Day 5 lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide)
  • Hiking poles (can be rented from us)

What to bring:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

Prices

Price:

  • US $750 per person for group service

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades

  • Hotel Upgrades
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5 star hotel) – US $245 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – US $50 per person per night (double occupancy)

Train Upgrades

  • Vistadome train -US $35 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Hiram Bingham train -US $375 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private lodging o Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $45
  • Private tent – US $30
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 5 – US $45 per person.

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Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

This is a trek like none other, taking you to the last Inca city, Vilcabamba. As you hike off the beaten path, through a unique route to Machu Picchu passing the beautiful forest to the remote villages of Huancacalle and Racachaca. You will hike along the ruins of Vitcos (the last remains of Vilcabamba) and along what is thought to be the same route   travelled by Manco Inca as he fled the Spaniards in 1537. Vilcabamba was later conquered after two invasions in 1539 and 1572. For anyone attempting to avoid the tidal wave of crowds surging along the Classic Inca Trail and popular alternative treks  to Machu Picchu, while at the same time learning extensive history of Peru, this remote trek is perfect for you.

Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Santa Maria – Huancacalle – Pillaupata
  • Day 2: Pillaupata – Hasuntina pass – Racachaca Village
  • Day 3: Racachaca Village – Mojon pass – Mutuypata
  • Day 4: Mutuypata – Yanatile – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
  • DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Pre-trek briefing:

You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your trek. Your guide will meet you at our office in Cusco and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Santa Maria – Huancacalle – Pillaupata

We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 AM and begin venturing to the remote trailhead at Huancacalle which will take about 7 hours. Along the way we pass through several small villages before arriving to Huancacalle (3,123m/10,233 ft.) by noon.

Here we’ll meet our horsemen, load up the horses, and they will take our bags to camp.

About an hour later we will enjoy a lovely lunch prepared by our trekking chef. After, we hike an hour to the last capital of the Incas, Vitcos. Here we will take a informative tour and learn how and why the Incas fled from Cusco to this site specifically and other fascinating histories Vitcos holds.

We then continue another hour to the religious site of Ñusta Hispana (The White Rock) with beautiful Inca carvings. The surrounding areas here have many ruins to explore. We will have an extensive tour of the area learning of the rich history and significance all these sites hold.

Then we continue on to our campsite at Pillaupata (3,630m/ 11,909 ft.) which is along a portion of the original Inca trail. We set up camp and share a nourishing warm meal and relax to prepare for the next day’s adventures!

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 3,630 m/11,909 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 6 Km/3,7 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3 to 4  hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 2: Pillaupata – Hasuntina pass – Racachaca Village

Your day will begin with warm cup of tea in your tent and magnificent views just as soon as you zip open your door! We will share breakfast and pack up to head out on a part of the original Inca trail. We begin with a moderate 5 hour climb through the breaktaking Andes traveling through lush vegetation and wildlife until we reach the Hasuntina pass (4,500m/14,763ft). Here we rest soak in the view spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and crystal clear rushing rivers and have a lunch.

Then we descend for three hours following the beautifully preserved Inca trail to our next camp at the quaint village of Racahaca (3,570m / 11,712 ft.). Here we will eat a lovely dinner prepared by our trekking chef and admire our stunning surroundings.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 4,500m/14,763ft
  • Distance to walk: 12 Km/7,4 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Racachaca Village – Mojon pass – Mutuypata

Once again we wake you with a warm cup of tea and nourishing breakfast to prepare for the day. Today we accomplish hiking over three passes (4,500 m/14,763 ft.).  From Mojon pass, we will have the first views of the magical Machu Picchu and the Urubamba mountain range. Of course, we will stop and take advantage of these perfect photo opportunities.  This climb will take us extremely close to the snow peaked mountains of Pumasillo (6,012 m/19,724 ft.) and Sacsarayoc (6,026 m /19,770 ft.), the entire day you will be in awe of the breathtaking 360 views.

Today is by far is the most physically demanding day, however the majestic mountains and scenery will carry you all the way to our home for the night at Mutuypata (3,200 m/10,498 ft.) At our camp we feast amidst the mountains and relax and rejuvenate for the next day.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 4,500 m/14,763 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 14 Km/8,7 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 9 to 10 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 4: Mutuypata – Yanatile – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

Today we welcome the day with fresh mountain air, stunning views, and of course, a delicious breakfast. We begin with a short hour downhill hike to the beautiful Yanatile village passing through coffee and fruit plantations. From here, we take a car for approximately 3 hours to the train station in Hidroelectrica. We take the train through the beautiful high jungle all the way to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town).

Once to Aguas Calientes we will check in at the lovely and comfortable hotel you will be staying at. You will have time to explore, whether it is  browsing the artisan markets, taking a dip in the hot springs, or enjoying the powerful river that flows through the town. Once you rest and relax, we will have dinner at the finest restaurant in town.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 3,200 m/10,498 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 10 Km/6.2 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 5 to 6  hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today is the day we explore the sacred city of Machu Picchu! First, you will eat breakfast at the hotel and then head to the bus station. We take the 5:30 a.m. bus through the winding scenic mountains just in time to see the picture perfect Machu Picchu sunrise.

Once we arrive, we will begin a 2 hour guided tour with our well informed local tour guide. This fascinating tour will bring Machu Picchu alive. You will visit the numerous significant sites of the citadel, all while learning of Inca culture and history.

After the tour you will have time to explore this magical wonder of the world on your own or if you have elected, at 10 AM you will begin to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. (If tickets for Huayna Picchu Mountain are sold out you will receive a ticket to hike Machu Picchu Mountain instead. The ticket price for Huayna Picchu Mountain is included in the price of your trek.) Huayna Picchu gives you an alternate perspective of Machu Picchu as you sit high up on the mountain peering down at the the sacred city. It is an extensive hike, approximately a  45 minutes climb up Inca built stairs. However, once there you will be stunned and have an opportunity to snap some spectacular photos.

We will then drive back down to Aguas Calientes by bus and will board the Expedition train to Poroy Station in beautiful Ollantaytambo. A Peru Path team member will be awaiting your arrival and take you back to your hotel in Cusco by private van, arriving between 7:30 and 9 pm (depending on your train ticket).

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Maximum altitude: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Huancacalle on day 1
  • Four-person tent for each two persons
  • Thermarest Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent with portable toilet
  • Expert chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.)
  • Horse to carry 8 kg of your personal belongings
  • Duffle bag to pack your personal belongings
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Five breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private van transport from Poroy to Cusco
  • Ticket for Vitcos and the White Rock.
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain (if Huayna Picchu Mountain is sold out you will receive a permit to hike Machu Picchu Mountain)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Lodging in Aguas Calientes on night 4 of the trek (double occupancy)
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on night 4
  • Train ticket from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes

Services Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Day 5 lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide)
  • Hiking poles (can be rented from us)

What to bring:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Binoculars
  • Book to read (you will have some time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

Prices

Prices

  • US $770 per person for group service
  • US $830 per person for private service

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades

  • Vistadome train – USD 50
  • Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
  • Belmond  sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

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Ancascocha Trek with Short Inca Trail 5D/4N

At Action Peru Treks, we specialize in creating exciting and unique multi-day treks that combine the rugged solitude and spectacular beauty of the Ancascocha Trail with a journey to the most famous and photographed site in South America, the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu.

Despite being named by National Geographic as one of 20 “Dream Hikes” in their World Best Hikes list, the Ancascocha trail remains one of the least populated routes in the area. In fact, if you ask about the trail in Cusco, you may well get quizzical looks from tourists and locals alike. Whilst the Classic Inca trail and Salkantay have become household names, often booked out a year in advance, Ancascocha remains almost ‘undiscovered’. But don’t be put off by this lesser-known status, this is a heavyweight trail in all respects!

For this brand new 5-day trek itinerary, we have combined the most spectacular highlights of Ancascocha with an unforgettable 2-day journey on the famous Inca Trail. Spending our first 3 days on Ancascocha, far from the beaten path and the typical tourist trails, you will be treated to irresistible vistas of the majestic snow-capped Andes. We will walk amongst well-preserved ruins, marveling at the engineering feats of the ancient tribes, and we will pass remote communities who still live and work simply as they have for many generations.

Switching from “Trek to Train”, we then take a wonderful journey along the lush valley floor to the vibrant Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo, and its eclectic mix of ancient architecture, Artesan crafts and bustling restaurants and cafes. After a comfortable overnight stay in a quality local hotel, we begin the final stage of our journey on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Whilst our time on this trail is short, it provides access to some of the most iconic views in the area. Taking the same steps walked by the Inca Pilgrims, we will pass the ancient settlements used by travelers for respite ahead of their (and your) final destination. Your first glimpses of this sacred centre of Incan culture are simply unforgettable, and we have plenty of time on the trail to make sure you capture those memories forever. Finally, crossing the spectacular Sacred Valley, we arrive at the magnificent Inti Punku, or Sun Gate. From here, breathless and elated, we make our final descent to the jewel in the Peruvian Crown, and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

This sort of reward requires effort of course, and this is a challenging trek recommended for people with a good basic level of fitness. We will have 4 long days of trekking during which we climb to a number of high passes, including the highest point at Huayanay at just over 4,650m (15,250 ft). At Ancascocha Trekking through your safety and comfort are always our primary concern, and your experienced guide will ensure that the pace of the hike, and the number of rest stops are suitable for the whole group.

We pride ourselves on the quality and comfort of our treks, recognizing that after a serious day’s trekking, it is often the little details that make the difference to a comfortable rest. So, from the quality of our camping equipment to the exceptional culinary skills of our chef, from being woken with fresh coffee to the bowl of hot water to wash with, we believe we provide just the right level of attention to all of our guests without taking away from the raw experience that trekking in the mountains provides.

We take care of booking all of the necessary tickets and reservations you need for the trek, so you can truly immerse yourself in the experience without worrying about anything.

Finally, we use only the best, most experienced guides to supplement the trekking with local history and information to make this more than just a walking experience. This is truly a step back in time, to the days of the Ancient Incas.

This is a journey to be found on Bucket Lists the world over, and so we invite you to join us on this ‘Dream Hike’ and create unforgettable memories from your time in Peru!

Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan – Chancachuco Valley
  • Day 2: Chancachuco Valley – Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa valley
  • Day 3: Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo
  • Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu Tour – Return train to Cusco

Pre-trek briefing:

We provide a full pre-trek briefing at our office in Cusco. This gives you the chance to ask questions about the trek itinerary and you will also be given your duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the trek. Briefings are generally scheduled for the morning of the day before your trek starts. If your trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing.

Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan – Chancachuco Valley

In order to make the most of the daylight hours ahead of us, we will pick you up early (4-5am) from your hotel to make the 2-hour drive to the trailhead at Soqma. Your trekking crew will have got up earlier though, and they will be there ahead of us with the horses, all ready to start.

It is not long (around 2 hours) before we reach our first major photo opportunity at the Perolniyoc waterfall. Cascading hundreds of feet into a pool below us, you will hear the waterfall long before you see it. For those feeling brave, there is an opportunity to take a short walk down to the base of the falls to cool off, or you may just want to enjoy the view from the lookout point. Either way, as with all of the major view points on the trek, we will have plenty of time to enjoy the views and take photos.

The sights keeps coming, and around 30 mins after leaving the waterfall we arrive at the ancient Inca site of the same name. Like something out of a glossy history book, the ruins sit perched on top of a cliff with incredible views of the surrounding valley.

Your guide will share some history of the site, and maybe discuss what you may have read about these engineering geniuses who lived 500 years ago.

Just before lunch, we need to make a steep ascent for around an hour to Rayan at 3,700m

(9,350ft). This will be your first opportunity to sample the incredible meals that our kitchen team are able to create on the mountainside.

To reach the Kuychicassa pass (4,450 m /14,596 ft) it is a challenging 3 hours hike up! But as we walk through remote Fincas where generations of farmers have tended their livestock, as we pass wild Llamas roaming on the mountain, and as the climb reveals spectacular views across snow-capped peaks, perhaps your mind will be distracted from your aching muscles! Certainly, as we rest at the summit surrounded by the Chancachuco and Sacred Valleys, your effort will feel well rewarded.

We arrive at our campsite via an easy 45-minute downhill trail. Our team will have arrived ahead of us to prepare the site, and so you can immediately rest in your tent, or change into warmer clothing and lie back to watch the sky gradually fill with the most incredible display of constellations and shooting stars (clouds permitting!)

The evening finishes with a sumptuous group dinner, where we can relax and share stories of the day before retiring for the night to rest weary limbs.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodging: Camping
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/ 10,512 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 4,450 m /14,596 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 18 km/10 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 9 to 10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 02: Chancachuco Valley – Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa valley

Every day on our trek begins with our team gently waking you with a cup of fresh coffee or tea, and a bowl of hot water to wash with. We then take breakfast together, making sure everyone is suitably fueled for the efforts of the day ahead.

Hiking with views of Mt. Veronica in the distance, we start with an undulating path for around an hour along the banks of a quiet stream, before descending for around 2.5 hours to the remote community of Ancascocha. You may well marvel at the perfectly simple way of life of these communities.

Then, continuing uphill for about an hour, incredible views emerge of the nearby glacier and well-preserved Inca remains. Finally, we reach the beautiful crystal blue Ancascocha Lake where we stop for lunch.

Taking a deep breath, we make our climb to the highest point of the trek at the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/ 15,250 ft). This is a challenging 2-hour ascent along a steep switchback trail, but we will take our time taking in the views of the lake and valley behind us as we climb to the summit.

Day 2 ends with a 3-4 hours descent. You will notice the change from barren mountaintop to the lush green vegetation of the lower valley. On a clear day we will have distant views of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu as well as the communities of the Quesqa valley. We will also pass the small Inca site of Incaracay.

Finally, reaching our campsite nestled in the Quesqa valley (3,850 m/12,628 ft) dinner awaits!

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodging: Camping
  • Highest Elevation: 4,650 m/ 15,250 ft
  • Campsite elevation: 3,850 m/12,628 ft
  • Distance to walk: 18 km/ 10 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 03: Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo

Day 3, and the hiking is almost all downhill!

After breakfast, we take a 2-hour path to the Inca site of Paucarcancha where your guide will provide a comprehensive commentary about the site. We then join a section of the Classic Inca Trail for around 5 hours until we reach Km 82 (the official start of the Classic Trail). Along the way we will be able to see the Inca site of Llactapata, and this is likely to be the first time that you will have seen other hikers on the trail (although they will all be going the other way!)

At Km82 we will have lunch, and say goodbye to our trekking team. Your guide will then take you by private local van to Ollantaytambo.

After checking into the comfortable hotel that we have booked, there should be time to walk around this charming town, sampling some local cuisine, or perhaps buying some locally made souvenirs from the Artesian street sellers.

We will dine together in the evening at one of the local restaurants in town (drinks not included) before retiring for a good night’s sleep, since Day 4 starts early!

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodging: Hotel
  • Highest Elevation: 3,850 m/12,628 ft.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m/9,158 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/ 7 ½ miles
  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 04: Ollantaytambo – KM 104 – Wiñay Wayna –  Machu Picchu

After an early breakfast at your hotel, we will collect you around 6 AM to transfer you to the nearby train station. The train journey is stunning and provides yet another unique perspective of the surrounding mountains and countryside. We carve along the valley floor in the early daylight for almost 2 hours until reaching Kilometer 104, and the start of the Short Inca Trail.

Our hike starts with a 3-hour trek up to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna (‘Forever Young’) located at 2,680m (8,792ft). After catching our breath and enjoying the views, we then join the path to Machu Picchu. Arriving at the famous Sun Gate of ‘Inti Punku’ (2,720 m / 8,920 ft) we get our first breathtaking panoramic views of this spectacular site.

Taking plenty of time to take in the view, and take some incredible photos, we walk down the last portion of the trail to reach the ancient city itself.

Saving our tour of Machu Picchu for fresh legs and fresh eyes, we take the 25-minute bus journey to Aguas Calientes. After checking into the hotel that we have booked for you, you may want to wander around the town, or even visit the hot baths after which the town is named. We then regroup for dinner at one of the great local restaurants in town (drinks not included) before retiring for a well-deserved rest, and to prepare for our early start and Machu Picchu tour.

  • Meals: Breafast/Box Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Maximum altitude: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 5 – 6 hours

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

The hotel we use provides a very early buffet or boxed breakfast so that we can be in the queue for the bus as early as the group would like. It is about 25-minute drive along the winding road to Machu Picchu, and on a clear day the sunrise can be spectacular.

As we enter through the gates of this new wonder of the world, you may well be breathless again – but this time from the views of one of the most famous sites in South America, if not the world. Your guide provides a 2-hour walking tour of the site, and then you are free to wander through the ruins yourself, perhaps finding a solitary spot to just sit, look and take in the spirit of the ruins!

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains (ticket not included) you can begin the hike once your guided tour concludes.

Your guide will arrange the time for you to return to Aguas Calientes by bus in time to make your train connection back to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. From here you will travel by van to Cusco and back to your hotel. Arrival times will vary depending on traffic and connections, but should be around 8 pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft,
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma (start of trek)
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • High quality, 4-person tent for every 2 people
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Eco-Friendly portable toilet and toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment
  • Horse to transport up to 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse (in case we need it!)
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to KM 104
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to your Cusco hotel
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Ollantaytambo (double occupancy)
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

Services Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain (can be purchased for an extra US $75 per person)
  • Day 5 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the trek crew (tipping optional and guidelines provided)
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Head lamp + batteries*
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries*
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energised)

* nb. batteries run down faster at high altitudes

Prices

Price:

  • US $930 per person for Group Service
  • US $990 for Private Service

Discounts

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years discount: US $35.00

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades

  • Vistadome train – USD 50
  • Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
  • Belmond  sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

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Ancascocha Trail + Salkantay Trek 8 Days

Glaciers, Inca Sites, High Altitude lakes, Original Inca Trail paths, Solitude, Coffee Plantation Tours…this trek has all of these things and more.

We spend a lot of time discussing the merits of the Ancascocha and Salkantay treks and which is better for specific individuals. They are both incredible and it was unfortunate that a group couldn’t do both. That has changed now! This brand new trek combines our signature Ancascocha Trek with the most popular alternative trek to the Inca Trail.

Of course on the final day of the trek you visit the magnificent city of Machu Picchu to cap it all off.

We hope you will join us for this unique trek.

Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Perolniyoc – Rayampata – Kuychiccassa – Chancachuco
  • Day 2: Chancachuco – Ancascocha village – Huayanay pass – Incaracay
  • Day 3: Incaracay – Accoccasa pass – Quelwaccocha – Queraccasa pass – Yawarmaky
  • Day 4: Yawarmaki – Tocto – Inca Chiriaska pass – Salkantaypampa
  • Day 5: Salkantaypampa – Salkantay pass – Huayracmachay – Colpapampa
  • Day 6: Colpapampa – La playa – Lucmabamba
  • Day 7: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Ruins – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Distance Trekked: 94 km / 58 miles

Beginning altitude: 3,205 m/ 10,512ft.

Maximum altitude: 4850 m/ 15908 ft

Overall trek difficulty: Difficult

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Sqma – Perolniyoc – Rayampata – Kuychiccassa – Chancachuco Valley

You will be picked up from your Cusco hotel around 5:00 am, and then drive for about 2 hours, until we reach the starting point for our expedition, at Soqma (3,205 m/ 10,512 ft),

Here is where our adventure in the Peruvian Andes begins. Our chef will prepare breakfast. Soqma is the place where we will meet the rest of our incredible team that will assist and guide us along the adventure.The first part of today’s hike will be on a gentle uphill section for 2 hours until you reach Perolniyoc, an amazing Incan site that we will take a tour of. This site has been recently excavated. Here, at the top of a beautiful waterfall, is where you will enjoy the most spectacular views of today. After this visit, we will be hiking uphill for another 1 hour, until we reach the location of our lunch spot at Rayampata (3,700 meters/9,350 ft.). After a great lunch, we will continue on the challenging part of today’s expedition, the 2 hour long, steep uphill trail that will take us to Kuychicassa pass(4,450 m /14,596 ft), and then into the Chancachuco Valley. Following a rest at the summit, we hike downhill for about 45 minutes until we arrive to our first campsite Chancachuco.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/ 10,512 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,450 m /14,596 ft
  • Distance to walk: 11 km/6.8 miles
  • Time: 8 to 10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Chancachuco – Ancascocha Village – Huayanay Pass – Incaracay

You will be woken up with a cup of hot coco tea before leaving your tent to enjoy the stunning views of these beautiful highlands. We have breakfast, and then get ready to start an amazing hiking on an original Inca trail. The first section of trail is along a flat path with a few small hills, leading down to Ancascocha village. Today, depending of the weather and clouds you will get a good chance to see the mighty condors soaring. This part of our Inca trail gets very narrow on the right side of the mountains, with spectacular views. The hike from our campsite to the Ancascocha community will be about 3 hours. After Ancascocha village, we start hiking uphill to the Ancascocha lake 3,800m. We will stop here for our lunch right next to the lake and Huayanay glacier, with outstanding views of the mountains around. After this incredible lunch, we will hike on the inca trail that used to connect Cusco and the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu. From our lunch location it is two hours until we reach the top of Huayanay pass (4,650 m/ 15,298 ft). After reaching the summit, we will participate in a ceremony that is going to be our offering to the mountains and Pachamama. After enjoying the views at the pass we will start descending to our next camp at Incaracay (4,250m/13,990 ft). This will be another cold night and this will be a perfect place to see the stars in the sky.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 4,650 m/ 15,298 ft
  • Campsite elevation: 4,250mt/ 13,990ft
  • Accommodation:  Camping
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/8 miles
  • Time: 8-9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Incaracay – Accoccasa Pass – Quelwaccocha – Queraccasa Pass – Yawarmaki

We will wake up early and have breakfast. Today´s hike starts with a moderate 40 minute climb through the highlands until we reach the Accoccasa pass (4640m/15,223 ft). This hike is close to snow-capped mountains and fascinating views of the last remaining glaciers in our region. Today, you will feel like you are Indiana Jones when you are exploring these new lands that even the indigenous communities don’t know about it. This is the real “off the beaten path”. After enjoying the amazing views from this pass, we will hike downhill for 1 hour to our lunch spot called Quelwaccocha. After lunch we will hike for 2 hours uphill until the second high point of today’s hike which is the Queraccasa pass. From the pass we will hike up and down for 1 hour until we reach our campsite at Yawarmaki (4,400m/14,435 ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • High Elevation: 4640m/15,223 ft
  • Campsite elevation: 4,400m/14,435ft
  • Accommodation:  Camping
  • Distance to walk: 11 km/6.8 miles
  • Time: 6-8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Yawarmaki – Tocto – Inca Chiriaska Pass – Salkantaypampa

After a delicious breakfast we will begin the challenging portion of today’s hike with up and down sections lasting 3 hours until Tocto where we will stop for lunch. We will pass through places where we might have the opportunity to see a variety of plant and birdlife and if we are lucky we might also spot the wild pig.

After lunch a 4 hour uphill hike will lead us to Inca Chiriaska pass (4850m/15908ft), This is the highest point of our entire trek from where We will have amazing views of the Salkantay, Umantay and Ausangate glaciers. After a 15 minute break we will continue on the trail.

The portion of the trail leading to our next camp site is downhill for two hours and takes you through beautiful mountains and the grasslands of the high Andes. We will pause along the way to admire the majesty of Salkantay mountain and the lakes that we can see on our way to our camp at Salkantaypampa (4100m/13451ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • High Elevation: 4850m/15908ft
  • Campsite elevation: 4100m/13451ft
  • Accommodation:  Camping
  • Distance to walk: 15 km/ 9.3 miles
  • Time: 8-10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

DAY 5: Salkantaypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay – Colpapampa

This is the day where we will join to the classic Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu and we will see hikers going in the same direction as we are. After breakfast we are going to hike for 3 hours uphill to the highest point of the regular Salkantay trek, the Salkantay pass (4,650 m / 15,252 ft). At the top we are going to enjoy the other side of the Apu Salkantay and talk about the significance of the mountain in Inca culture and why this spot is venerated. Our next task is a 2 hour downhill hike to Huayracmachay (3,800 m/12,464 ft), where we will have lunch. After lunch we will hike downhill for an additional 4 hours until we reach our camp for the night, Colpapampa (2,850 m/ 9,350 ft). During this section we are going to pass from the highlands to the cloud forest and finally into the rain forest.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • High Elevation: 4,650mt/15,252ft
  • Campsite elevation: 2,850 m/ 9,350 ft
  • Accommodation:  Camping
  • Distance to walk: 17 km/10.5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 9-10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

DAY 6: Colpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba

After working hard in the previous days, we are rewarded with a more gentle hike today. We will have a fantastic breakfast and then hike 5 to 6 hours on gentle up and down segments. We will be hiking through the rain forest, following the path of the Santa Teresa river. We will have the opportunity to see multiple coffee plantations, banana plantations, and fields of passion fruit. Along this path you will also see the most beautiful waterfall along the trek.

We will reach Lucmabamba, our campsite for the evening, around noon. Here we will relax and enjoy a delicious lunch!

After lunch, we will do an incredible coffee tour at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans, and picking our own beans. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados. We will pick vegetables that the chef will use for dinner that night.

After picking our beans, we will roast them and grind them. Finally, we will brew and drink our own coffee! It is a truly unique experience.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 14 km /8 ½ miles
  • Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,050 m /6,725 ft
  • Highest elevation: 2,850 m/ 9,350 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 7: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Ruins – Hydroelectric – Aguas Caliente

We will wake up early and have breakfast. Today´s hike starts with a moderate 3 ½ hour climb through the rain forest until we reach the Llactapata Inca site (2,700 m/8,856 ft), where we will have a thorough tour. This is the location where you will have your first view of Machu Picchu in the far distance. You will also have a first look at the mountain you will hike tomorrow, Huayna Picchu!

Leaving Llactapata, we begin a 2 ½ hour descent to Hydroelectric, where we will have lunch. At 3 pm we will board the train for a 40 minute trip to Aguas Calientes.

On arrival at Aguas Calientes you will check into your hotel. Dinner will be at the finest restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 13 km /8 miles
  • Time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 1,800 m /5,905 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 3,100 m /10,170 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

DAY 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

You will begin your hike of Huayna Picchu at 10 AM. After the hike you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Poroy train station. From Poroy you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket, but is generally between 7:30 and 9 PM.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Inclusions

Ancascocha Trail + Salkantay Trek Includes:

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma
  • Four person tent for each 2 persons.
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent with portable toilet
  • Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers, porters and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc) and eight kg (15 lbs) per hiker for your own belongings
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Eight breakfasts, seven lunches, and seven dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private van transportation from Poroy to your hotel in Cusco
  • Permit to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Ancacocha Trail + Salkantay Not Includes:

  • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • Trekking poles
  • Day 8 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the crew (guides, porters, cooks, wranglers)
  • Travel Insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents (can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

Prices

Price (Group Service)

  • US $1350 per person

Discounts

  • Under 18 years discount: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

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Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $30.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $35.00
  • Private Tent – US $30.00

Upgrades

  • Vistadome train – USD 50
  • Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
  • Belmond  sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

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Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu via Salkantay 5D/4N

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top”  – Arnold Bennett

When it comes to knowing where to find the world’s best hiking trails, what better experts are there than the folks at National Geographic? The magazine recently compiled its list of 20 trails worldwide that hiking enthusiasts dream about taking, and the Ancascocha Trail in the Peruvian Andes was included. With a number of challenging ascents at high altitudes this trek is not for the faint hearted, but it is a true adventure especially prepared for people who love nature, peace, and the most spectacular mountain scenery.

Hiking the Ancascocha trail is offered by very few companies and so is definitely one of the less crowded trails that you can take from Cusco (you may well get quizzical looks in Cusco when you say you’re hiking Ancascocha!) but don’t be put off by its lesser known status.

This stunning trek takes you past ancient Inca ruins and through traditional Andean villages such as Chillipahua and the trail’s namesake Ancascocha (3,700m/12,139 ft.) Here you may briefly share the trail with farmers and shepherds tending to their livestock and their simple lives.

Your fitness will be tested as you climb a number of big passes, including the highest point at the Chiriasca pass (4,960 m/16,272 ft.) At all times though your guide and crew will ensure that the pace is suitable for everyone in the group, taking breaks for rest and food whenever needed. The rewards for your efforts are staggering, with panoramic views across the snow-covered peaks of the Andes, cascading waterfalls, crystal blue lakes and the towering 20,551 foot (6,266 m) Apu Salkantay. The trail formerly connected Limatambo, Machu Picchu, and Choquequirao and so in the distance you will see many of the original Inca trails into the mountains, partly covered by the passage of time.

We will spend 3 nights camping at the most beautifully remote, peaceful locations. The night skies in the Andes truly have to be seen to be believed. Depending on pace you can expect to hike for around 8-10 hours per day, but each day you will arrive at camp to find your high quality tent already pitched (complete with mattress and pillow), your gear in place, and your crew preparing a sumptuous dinner. After a well-earned night’s sleep you will be woken at dawn with a cup of steaming hot fresh coffee or tea and hot water to wash with, before sitting down for a nutritious and energizing breakfast. All you need for the days hiking ahead.

On the 4th day we take the train to Aguas Caliente, our base for visiting Machu Picchu. You will have photo opportunities galore as the train carves its way along the valley floor. Your final night will be spent in a top quality hotel with a group dinner at an excellent local restaurant (drinks not included). Rising as early as you want, your itinerary concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a ticket to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains (subject to availability). Witnessing this new wonder of the world is an incredible spectacle that will stay with you forever.

Finally, with your camera loaded with photos and your head loaded with incredible memories, you will take the train back to Cusco and a transfer back to your hotel.

So if you’re ready, put on your hiking boots, take a deep breath and take a hike with us through some of the most breathtaking and inspiring landscapes in the Andes, or indeed in the world.


Overview

  • Day 1: CuscoSoraypampa – Umantay Lake – Salkantaypampa- Pampa Japonesa
  • Day 2: Pampa Japonesa – Inca Chiriasca – Millpo
  • Day 3: Millpo – Yahuarmaky – Ancascocha
  • Day 4: Ancascocha – Silque Valley – Camicancha – Ollantaytambo- Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Pre-trek briefing:

You will be given a thorough briefing by your guide 1-2 days before your trek starts. Your guide will meet you at our office in Cusco to talk you through the trek itinerary, and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations. You will also be given your Action Peru duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the trek.

Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – Umantay Lake – Salkantaypampa- Pampa Japonesa

The days with Action Peru start early and you will be picked up from your Cusco hotel at 5am for the 3 hour drive to Mollepata. Here our chef will prepare an energizing breakfast at a local house, and you will also have the chance to purchase any last minute supplies.

From Mollepata we continue our drive for another hour until we reach Soraypampa (3850 m/12,631 ft.) At Soraypampa, we will meet our horseman (and horses!) and all the rest of our crew who will accompany us on this adventure. After making final preparations, we being our hike for 1 hour uphill to the crystal blue waters of Umantay Lake where we will stop to soak in the incredible views of the lake and the surrounding glaciers. We then take a 45 minute return downhill.

From Soraypampa we take a scenic 2 hour gentle uphill hike to Salkantaypampa (4, 100 m/13,451 ft.) where we will have our first views of the spectacular Apu Salkantay (6271m/20,574 ft.) and a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, we hike a challenging, less traveled uphill path for 3 ½ hours until we arrive at our camp for the night at Pampa Japonesa (4,610m/15,124 ft.)

The campsite is located at the base of the stunning mount Salkantay and if the night is clear you will most likely see the most stunning display of stars and distant galaxies. Your chef will prepare a sumptuous and hearty dinner before we retire for the night to rest our weary limbs!

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/ 10,512 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 4,610m/15,124 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 12 km/7.5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 02: Pampa Japonesa – Inca Chiriasca – Millpo

You will be woken at dawn with a steaming hot cup of coffee or coca tea and a delicious, nutritious breakfast. Day 2 is a strenuous and long hike which will climb up to many high passes. But don’t worry, your guide will ensure we take a pace that best suits the group, and take plenty of rest when needed.

With incredible views of the Andes all around us, we first hike uphill for 2 hours to Inca Chiriasca pass (4,960 m /16,272 ft.) Here we will be able to see the magnificence of the Vilcabamba and the Urubamba mountain ranges. Make sure your camera batteries are fully charged!

We then hike along an original Inca Trail for 3 hours until arriving at the Tocto pass (4820m/15,813 ft.) where we stop for lunch. Once again our team will have forged ahead (you will wonder at how they move so quickly!) and the lunch site will already be prepared for our arrival.

After lunch, we continue for another 2 hours to the Calacocha pass (4,660 m/15,288 ft.) and then for a further hour to the pass of Cruz Casa (4,620 m/15,157 ft.) After a short 1 hour climb to the Millpo Pass, from here we take a gentle descent for an hour to our camp for the night at Millpo (4390 m/14,402 ft.)

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 4390 m/14,402 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 4,960 m /16,272 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 16 km/10 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 9 to 10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 03: Millpo – Yahuarmaky – Ancascocha

We rise very early on Day 3 and after breakfast we begin by hiking uphill for about an hour to the Chusquenay pass (4,630 m/15,190 ft.) followed by a 1 hour descent to the pass of Rumi Inca. We continue upwards for an hour to the valley of Yahuarmaky.

Climbing again for about two hours until we reach the pass of Aqocasa (4,689 m/15,383 ft.), this is yet another spectacular place to enjoy the vistas across the magnificent Andes.  Here we can see part of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu far in the distance as well the Salkantay, Humantay, and Huayanay glaciers. The glaciers are simply breathtaking!

From Aqocasa pass, we descend for 3 hours to a small Inca ruin named Inca Racay. We will stop here for our lunch and your guide will tell stories of the ancient ruins.

After lunch we climb for an hour to the Huayanay pass (4,650m/15,255 ft.), and then take a steady 3 hour downhill path to the small village of Ancascocha and our camp for the night (3,700m/12,139 ft.)

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,700m/12,139 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 4,689 m/15,383 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 14 km/8.6 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 04: Ancascocha – Silque Valley – Camicancha – Ollantaytambo- Aguas Calientes

On Day 4 we take a 6 hour hike downhill through the most incredible canyon to the small village of Chilca. On our way we will pass several small villages and no doubt see the villagers going about their simple lives. We will also see beautiful orchids and many of the wild plants that the locals use for medicinal purposes.

Once we arrive at Camicancha (2,900 m/9,514 ft.) we will enjoy our last lunch from our chef before taking a local van to Ollantaytambo. It is from here that we take a 2 hour scenic train ride to the beautiful town of Aguas Calientes (2,040 m/6,692 ft.) Photo opportunities are endless as we carve through the valley floor into the lush green vegetation of the Aguas Calientes area.

Arriving in town, we escort you to your quality hotel where you will have some time to relax before dinner. After 3 nights in the mountains, your comfortable hotel room (and the hot shower!) will be a welcome sight. The natural hot springs in town are also a great place to relax if there is time before dinner. We take dinner together at a quality local restaurant with an extensive menu (drinks not included) before retiring to the hotel to prepare for the early start on Machu Picchu.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,692 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m /12, 139 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 11 km/6.8 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After a very early breakfast at your hotel we take one of the first buses (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Your guide will then give a 2 hour walking tour of this breathtaking site, named as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is included in the price of the trek.

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains* you can begin the hike once your guided tour concludes. The ticket price for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is also included in the price of your trek. If you choose not to climb the mountain you will have plenty of free time to explore Machu Picchu before returning to Aguas Calientes by bus.

Arriving back in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From here you will travel by private van to Cusco and back to your hotel. Your arrival time in Cusco will depend on the time of your train ticket.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,692 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy/Challenging*

*the standard trek includes a permit to climb Huayna Pichu Mountain which is a fairly easy 1 hour hike. However, if no tickets are available (e.g. due to late booking) then a permit to climb Machu Picchu mountain will be issued. Note that this is a 2-3 hour strenuous climb up and down following very steep and narrow steps

Inclusions

Services Included:
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to start of trek
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • High quality, 4 person tent for every 2 people
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment
  • Horse to transport up to 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse (in case we need it!)
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain*
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private van transportation from Poroy to your Cusco hotel

*In the event that Huayna Picchu Mountain is sold out, you will receive a permit to hike Machu Picchu Mountain

Services Not Included:
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us
  • Day 5 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the trek crew (tipping optional and guidelines provided)
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance
What to bring:
  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Head lamp + batteries*
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries*
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energized)

* nb. Batteries run down faster at high altitudes

Prices

Prices

  • US $770 per person for Group Service
  • US $830 for Private Service

Discounts

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US $35.00

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades

  • Vistadome train – USD 50
  • Hiram Bingham train– USD 380
  • Belmond  sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

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The Ultimate Lares Trek + Inca Trail 5D/4N

This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker a unique view into traditional Andean life; a timeless worldwhere farmers still tend crops on lands worked by their ancestors, watching over herds of llama and alpaca beneath the sacred snow-covered peaks they once worshipped as Gods. The trails here originated during the rule of the Inca Empire and are still used today by their descendants, connecting the remote communities of Cancha Cancha, Quishuarani, Cuncani and Lares with everyday life in the Sacred Valley.

For this brand new 5-day itinerary we have combined the most spectacular highlights of our Lares trekking with an unforgettable 2-day journey on the stunning Inca Trail. Spending our first 3 days hiking far from the well-trodden tourist trails, you will be treated to irresistible vistas of the majestic snow-capped Andes. We will walk amongst well-preserved Inca Trails, marveling at the engineering feats of the ancient tribes, and we will pass through remote communities who still live and work as simply as they have for many generations.

On our 4thday we rest our legs and take a wonderfully scenic and comfortable drive journey along the lush valley floor to the vibrant Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo, and its eclectic mix of ancient architecture, Artesan crafts and bustling restaurants and cafes. After a comfortable overnight stay in a quality local hotel, we begin the final stage of our journey on the stunning Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Whilst our time on the Inca Trail is short, it provides access to some of the most iconic views in the area. Following in the footsteps of the Inca Pilgrims we will pass the ancient settlements used by travelers for respite ahead of their final destination. Your first glimpses of this sacred centre of Incan culture are simply unforgettable, and we have plenty of time on the trail to make sure you capture those memories forever.

Finally, crossing the spectacular Sacred Valley, we arrive at the magnificent Inti Punku, or Sun Gate. From here, breathless and elated, we make our final descent to the jewel in the Peruvian Crown, and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.


Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Huaran – Cancha Cancha – Acopata
  • Day 2: Acopata – Pachacutec Pass – Quishuarani
  • Day 3: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares – Ollantaytambo
  • Day 4: Ollantaytambo – KM 104 – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Pre-trek briefing:

We provide a full pre-trek briefing at our office in Cusco. This gives you the chance to ask questions about the trek itinerary and you will also be given your duffle bag so that you can pack your gear for the trek.

Briefings are generally scheduled for the morning or afternoon of the day before your trek starts. We don’t offer briefings on a Sunday, so if your trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for your briefing.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Huaran – Cancha Cancha – Acopata

We will pick you up early from your hotel to drive you to the beginning of the trek at Huaran in the Sacred Valley. The journey takes around 1.5 hours, so you can maybe catch a little more sleep in our luxury mini-bus or just enjoy the views as the sun rises around us.

After packing the horses and making one final equipment check, we begin our trek climbing gently along the banks of the Cancha Cancha river towards the community of the same name. Along the way we will see cultivated fields and pass through old Polylepis forests. The vegetation here is unique to the area and is home to a wide assortment of bird life, and the views across the valley as we gain elevation are spectacular.

Our team of porters will have forged a path ahead of us and will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch about halfway along the route. After lunch we will pass by the village of Cancha Cancha (3,956 m/12,976 ft) on the way to our campsite at Acopata.

Arriving before dusk, our campsite will have been fully prepared by the team and so you will be able to settle quickly into some warmer clothing, before sitting back to the watch the night sky in the Andes provide us with the most spectacular stellar display. Our chef will prepare a sumptuous dinner which we will enjoy together before we retire for a well-deserved nights rest in our comfortable tents.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
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Day 2: Acopata – Pachacutec Pass – Quishuarani

Our porters will gently wake you with a cup of fresh hot coffee or coca tea, and some hot water to wash with. Then, after a delicious and nutritious breakfast we will continue our trek.

The day begins with a more strenuous 2.5 hour climb to the highest point of the trek at Pachacutec Pass (4,780 m/15,678 ft). Your efforts are well rewarded though as the view from the pass is breathtaking, with the snowcapped peaks of Pitusiray and Sahuasiray standing right before us.

After a short rest we make a steady descent for 2 hours until we reach our lunch spot, next to the most beautiful, crystal blue lake.

After lunch we descend further into the valley, passing several glacial lakes along the way. This area is home to a wide variety of wildlife and we will see herds of wild alpacas, llamas and sheep grazing nearby. In the forests that surround us keep your eyes out for Gray Brocket Deer, Viscachas, Andean Geese or the rare Giant Coot. In the blue skies above, we may even be fortunate enough to see Puna Hawks or the giant wingspan of the Andean Condor.

Tonight, our camp is in the remote village of Quishuarani. With its typical rustic stone houses you will feel a million miles away from the bright lights of Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Distance to walk: 12 km/7.5 miles
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,870 m/12,694 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 4,780 m/15,678 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 7 – 8 hours

Day 3: Quishuarani – Cuncani – Lares Hot spring – Ollantaytambo

Day 3 begins with another steady climb, but don’t worry, our kitchen team always ensure that breakfast contains enough fuel to get us all through the day’s exertions!

Our ascent takes about 2 or 3 hours and brings us to the pass at Willcaccasa mountain (4,458 m/14,622 ft). As we gain elevation, the views out across the Andes and down over several beautiful turquoise lakes are nothing short of spectacular. At almost every turn we are rewarded with a view that seems even better than the last!

After taking a rest at the summit we gradually descend for around 2 hours to village of Cuncani, and then further on towards the Lares Valley and its hot springs. Stopping here for lunch we can take a well-deserved soak in the springs, happy in the knowledge that our hiking for the day is over. Then, relaxed and rested, our private van will be waiting to take us on a scenic 3-hour drive to the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo.

After checking into your comfortable hotel room there should be time to walk around this charming town, sampling some local cuisine, and perhaps buying some locally made souvenirs from the Artesian street sellers. We will dine together in the evening at one of the local restaurants (drinks not included) before retiring for a good night’s sleep, since Day 4 starts early!

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Distance to walk: 13 km/8 miles
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 4,458 m/14,622 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 6 – 7 hours

Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.

After an early breakfast at your hotel, we will collect you around 6am to transfer you to the nearby train station. The train journey is stunning and provides yet another unique perspective of the surrounding mountains and countryside. We carve along the valley floor in the early daylight for almost 2 hours until we reach Kilometer 104, and the start of the Short Inca Trail.

Our hike starts with a challenging 3-hour trek up to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna (‘Forever Young’) located at 2,680m (8,792ft). After catching our breath and enjoying the views, we join the path to Machu Picchu, the anticipation and excitement of reaching our final destination very much in the air around us!

Arriving at the famous Sun Gate of ‘Inti Punku’ (2,720 m / 8,920 ft) we get our first unforgettable views of this spectacular site. No matter how many National Geographic pictures you may have seen, nothing quite prepares you for the impact of seeing this wonder of the world for the first time. There will be plenty of time to take in the view and take the photos you’ve been waiting for, before we hike down the last portion of the trail to reach the ancient city itself.

We save our tour of Machu Picchu for our final day, when we all have fresh legs and fresh eyes. So today we take the 25-minute bus journey down to Aguas Calientes. After checking into the hotel that we have booked for you, you may want to wander around the town, or even visit the hot baths after which the town is named. We then regroup for dinner at one of the best local restaurants in town (drinks not included) before retiring for a well-deserved rest, and to prepare for our early start and Machu Picchu tour.

  • Meals: Box Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Distance to walk: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 2,720 m / 8,920 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 5 – 6 hours

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After a very early breakfast prepared at your hotel we take one of the first buses (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu. If the weather is kind then you may get the chance to see the magnificent sunrise over the Andes before we make our way into the site. Your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is included in the price of the trek.

After taking a little time to absorb those first iconic views, your guide will give a 2-hour walking tour, sharing with you much of the history and stories of these legendary ruins.

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (for more spectacular views), you will begin the hike at 10am (NB. the price for hiking Huayna Picchu Mountain is notincluded in the trek price). If you are not climbing the mountain you will have a couple minutes to explore Machu Picchu.

After taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo.  From Poroy or Ollantaytambo you will travel by private transportation to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket, but is generally between 8 and 9pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Inclusions

Services Included:

  • Pre-Departure Briefing at our office.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Huaran (start of trek)
  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • High quality, 4-person tent for every 2 people
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Eco-Friendly portable toilet and toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment on the Lares trek
  • Horse to transport up to 8 kg of your personal gear on the Lares trek
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse (in case we need it!)
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to KM 104
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to your Cusco hotel
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Ollantaytambo(double occupancy)
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

Services Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain (can be purchased for an extra US $80 per person)
  • Day 5 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the trek crew (tipping optional and guidelines provided)
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

What to bring:

  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Head lamp + batteries*
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries*
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always fully energized)* nb. batteries run down faster at high altitudes

Prices:

  • US $930 per person for Group Service
  • US $990 for Private Service

Discounts

  • Under 18 years discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years discount: US $35.00

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades

  • Vistadome train – USD 50
  • Hiram Bingham train– USD 380

  • Belmond  sanctuary lodge (5-star hotel) – USD 490 Per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (5-star hotel) – USD 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – USD 50 Per person
  • Private Tent – US$30.00

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