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Trekking JOURNEYS

 

One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Machu picchu is located in the most stunning setting, high above the Urubamba river in the middle of a tropical mountain forest.It is surely the most impressive and fantastic creations of the 15th century Inca empire. No matter how many photos you have seen of the citadel, nothing will compare to actually visiting the site and feeling and seeing the original Inca stone work and learning all about Inca construction techniques, history, religion, astronomy and culture. 

 

Inca Trail/Machu Picchu Trek

2 DAYS

This journey involves hiking 10 km/6 miles to Machu picchu and then staying overnight in Aguas Caleintes in a hotel before an in depth visit to Machu Picchu on day 2. 

 

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Machu Picchu, Huchuy Qosqo
Trekking & Home Stay

3 DAYS | 2 NIGHTS

You will be able to experience the life of local farmers living in remote areas high above the Sacred Valley, in the same way that their ancestors were living during Inca times.

Inca Trail Trek

4 or 5 DAYS

This journey is desirable for people that don't want to start their adventure at 4am and want to experience the trails when there are far less people. You will arrive at the Sun gate in the afternoon in time for beautiful evening views of the sunset.

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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

4 DAYS

This trek combines hiking, sharing time with local families, and visiting Machu Picchu.



 

 

INCA TRAIL & MACHU PICCHU TREK

2 DAYS

 
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EXPERIENCE


 
 
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This is the perfect option for families with young children or for people who are concerned about the physical challenge of completing the entire Inca trail. This journey involves hiking 10 km/6 miles to Machu picchu and then staying overnight in Aguas Caleintes in a hotel before an in depth visit to Machu Picchu on day 2. 

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 

DAY 1

For this trek, we recommend staying in Ollantaytambo in order to catch the first train at 6 am, rather than having to leave Cusco at 3 am in order to arrive on time. We will take the train from Ollantaytambo and arrive to the beginning of the beautiful trek after about 1 hour and 45 minutes. After crossing the Urubamba river, we will arrive at the checkpoint of the trail. We will visit our first Inca site called Chachabamba, which was a sacrificial altar for the Incas.  Then our hike begins and we will gradually ascend to Wiñay wayna, (forever young) and visit the temple of the Rainbow and stop for a detailed explanation of one the most picturesque Inca archaeological sites. On the way we will enjoy beautiful orchids, wildlife, waterfalls and stunning views of the Sacred Valley. After lunch at Wiñay wayna, we will continue the hike on a gentle trail and arrive at Inti Punku, the sun gate, to have our first views of Machu Picchu. We will then hike down, arriving in time to take the classic postcard pictures of the citadel at sunset. We will have plenty of time to take in the views and take photos before going to our hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes by bus. We will accompany you to your hotel before meeting for dinner at Indio Feliz, one of the best restaurants in town.

Total hours hiking: 4-5 hours

Total distance: 6.3 miles /10 km

Elevation change: starting elevation 2100 m/6900 feet, finishing elevation 2730 m/8792 feet

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

DAY 2

Aguas Calientes, Machu picchu, to Ollantaytambo

Wake up at 5:30 and have breakfast at 6 am, then go to the bus station to take the 20 minute bus ride to Machu Picchu. Arrive in time for sunrise. Then you will have a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the site where we will visit the most important temples and palaces and understand why the Incas built this magic place. Have free time to explore on your own or climb Hauyna picchu if you have purchased tickets to do so. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus for lunch before taking the 2:55 pm train to Ollantaytambo. Transfer to hotel.

 
 

PRICING


 
 

Groups of 2-3: $590 per person

Groups of 4 or 5: $540 per person

Groups of 6 or more: $490 per person

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

All meals except lunch on Day 2, Private guide, Entrance to Inca trail and Machu Picchu, Bus tickets Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, Train tickets Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition), Private transfer to and from hotel (door to door service), & hotel in Aguas Calientes (3 star hotel such as Casa Andina, Tierra Viva or equivalent) .

-NOT INCLUDED-

Lunch on day 2, alcohol, gratuities, Hauyna picchu ($65 per person), upgrade to Vistadome for $30 per person.

 

INCA TRAIL TREK

4 OR 5 DAYS

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

The Inca trail is one of the most amazing treks in the world! We offer a 4 or 5 day trek. The 5 day trail is ideal for families or those who are concerned about their physical fitness for completing the trail in 4 days as it proceeds at a much more relaxed pace than the classic 4 day Inca trail. It is desirable for those people that don’t want to start their mornings at 4 am and that want to experience the trails at the time of day when there are far fewer people. It also allows you much better enjoyment of Machu Picchu because you arrive at the Sun gate in the afternoon in time for beautiful evening views of the sunset. Machu Picchu is much less crowded at this time as well. Then you spend the night in a hotel, get a good nights sleep, recover from the hike with a trip to the hot springs or a massage, and then return to Machu Picchu again the next morning feeing refreshed for sunrise and a personalized walking tour. 

 
 

4 DAY ITINERARY


DAY 1

Cusco – Piskacucho Km 82 – Llactapata- Ayapata

You will be picked up by private van from your hotel at 5am and drive to the trailhead of the tour Km 82, located about 3 hours from Cusco. While are porters are organizing our things and passing through the checkpoint, we enjoy a hot breakfast prepared by your chef.  We will then pass through the checkpoint where the rangers will check your passport. Then we will be ready to start our journey! We will cross the Urubamba river and hike on a flat trail along the river for 2 hours and then start a gentle ascent to reach Llactapata. On the way, we may pass local farmers who are working their fields or bringing their crops to the markets.  We will stop for at some Inca ruins to take great photos and for your first lesson in Inca history. Then we continue to hike 1.5 hours until we reach our stopping point for lunch. Finally, after lunch, we will keep ascending for two hours to reach our campsite at Ayapata. We will arrive around 4:30 pm, and you can relax in your tent that the porters will have ready for you.  Then you can have a snack or a drink and socialize with the chef and porters as brothers and sisters before having dinner and group photos.

Walking distance: 8.7 miles/14 km (6-7 hours)

Campsite altitude: 3,300 meters

 

 

DAY 3

 Chaquiccocha – Phuyupatamarka - Wiñaywayna

We will wake you up at 5:30 am, enjoy breakfast with the majestic views and sunrise over the mountains and finally start to hike. Today is one of the most beautiful days on the trail and the vegetation changes as we start to enter the jungle because we will be on the Atlantic side of the Andes. Today the trail is gentle and it is 100% original Inca stonework, including an original Inca tunnel—good luck surviving your pass through the tunnel! After 2 hours of hiking, we will reach Phuyupatamarka, from where you will have 360 degree views of the mountains and a vista down into the Sacred Valley. We will visit archaeological sites and an Inca astronomical observatory. From there we will descend down 3000 feet, over steep Inca stairs, stopping along the way at the way at the archaeological site of Intipata, before reaching your campsite at Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) where our chef and porters will be waiting with a hot lunch. After lunch and a siesta, you will receive an in depth tour of the ruins. This site is notfrequented by many other groups and you will be able to take amazing photos of this incredible place and can relax and enjoy free time wandering this Inca site before dinner and an early night.

Walking distance: 6.2 miles/10km (6 hours)

Campsite altitude: 2,700 meters

DAY 2

Ayapata – Dead Woman´s Pass – Runcuraccay Pass – Chaquiccocha

You will be woken up at 5 am with a cup of hot coca tea, delivered to your tent by your porters. We will have a good breakfast to give us energy to conquer Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point on our journey to Machu Picchu (4215 meters/13829 feet). We will ascend for 3 and a half hours before reaching the pass. We will celebrate with photos and snack before descending down the other side of the pass to the location where we will stop for a delicious and well deserved lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking for 3 more hours and on the way we will pass 2 beautiful Inca sites, Runcu Raccay and Sayacmarca where we will continue learning about the amazing civilization of the Incas. Finally, we will reach our camp site around 5 pm at Chaquicocha. This is considered one of the most beautiful camp sites along the way because you can see the snow-capped mountains of the Vilcabamba range and enjoy an amazing sunset before having a delicious dinner.

Walking distance: 9.94 miles/16 km (9 hours)

Campsite altitude: 3,600

 

 

DAY 4

Sun Gate/Inti punku - Machu Picchu

You will be woken up at 4 am with a cup of hot Coca tea, followed by breakfast, in order to get to the checkpoint early so that we can be one of the first groups to arrive at the Sun gate. We will wait in line at the checkpoint until 5:30, when we can pass through and hike one hour until we reach the Sun gate or Inti Punku, the final Inca checkpoint for Machu picchu where you can see your first complete views of the citadel. This is an amazing spot because on the summer solstice, the sun beams pass exactly through this site and hit the temple of the sun down below. After stopping for photos, we will descend one hour and finally reach Machu picchu. We will stop at the best spots to take photos that are worthy of a postcard. Then you will have a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the site where we will visit the most important temples and palaces and understand why the Incas built this magic place. Have free time to explore on your own or climb Hauyna picchu if you have purchased tickets to do so. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus for lunch before taking the Expedition or Vistadome train 2 hours to Ollantaytambo where our  driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco by private transfer and drop you off at your hotel.

 
 

PRICING


 
 

Groups of 2: $875 per person

Groups of 3: $835 per person

Groups of 4: $785 per person

Groups of 5: $730 per person

Groups of 6: $695 per person

Groups of 7 or more: $650 per person

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Entrance to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, bus between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes, tourist class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, private transport between your hotel in Cusco to start of trek, return to Poroy, duffel bag for your belongings to be carried by porters up to 6kg per person, all meals except lunch on day 4 in Aguas calientes, personal porter who carries your belongings and sets up and takes down your tent nightly, certified professional English speaking guide, certified chef experienced in cooking vegetarian meals and accommodating special diets and allergies, good quality tent for sleeping, private bathroom tent and chemical toilet for your group only so that you don’t have to use the toilets along the Inca trail, snacks, purified water except for on day 1 (please bring your own water this day), & oxygen tank.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Water day 1, Lunch day 4 in Aguas Calientes, alcohol, gratuities, Huayna Picchu ($65 per person), inflatable mattress ($20 extra), sleeping bag ($20 extra), trekking poles ($20 extra).

 

-WHAT TO BRING-

 Original passport that was used to make the reservation for the Inca trail, head lamp, day pack, sun screen, Insect repellent, & any prescription medication.

 

5-DAY ITINERARY


DAY 1

Option 1 - Cusco to Llactapacta

Today will be an easy to day to let your body acclimatize to the altitude and get an idea of what the rest of the hike will be like. Pick up at your hotel at 8 am, private transfer to km 82 which is the start of the Inca trail (3 hours). We will stop along the way in the beautiful Inca village of Ollantaytambo where we can use the bathroom and buy any last minute snacks and supplies for the trip. Before we start our hike, we will have a picnic lunch at the start of the trail. After lunch, we will hike along the Urubamba River to Llactapacta, where we will camp for the night in front of a beautiful Inca archaeological site next to the river.

 

Option 2 - Ollantaytambo to Llactapacta

If your hotel is in the Sacred Valley, we will explore the amazing Inca town and site of Ollantaytambo. Pick up at 8 am from your hotel, private transfer to Ollantaytambo where you will have a private guided tour of the site. We will climb to the top and see the temple of the sun and enjoy amazing views of the Sacred Valley. Then transfer to km 82 for lunch with itinerary as above.

 

 

DAY 3

Llulluchapampa to Puhphuypatamarca

Today is our hard day when will reach our highest point on the trail at Dead Woman’s Pass, elevation 13,778 feet. We will wake up at 5:30 am, have breakfast and hike up to the pass. We will take a break and enjoy the views and have time for photos. Then we will descend to the Pacamayo valley, walking over steps that are still in place since Inca times. We will stop for some snacks and a little break before starting our second ascent to Runcuracay Pass. On the way, we will stop for a history lessons at an Inca watch-tower and an ancient Inca ceremonial site. We will then have lunch in Chaquicocha before our final hike to our amazing camp site at Puhphuypatamarca. This is by far the most beautiful camp-site along the Inca trail. From here there are 360 degree views of the Andes and night sky. We will gather after dinner for view of the Milky Way, the Southern Cross, constellations, planets and a lesson on Incan astronomy.

 

 

DAY 5

Aguas Calientes, Machu picchu, to Ollantaytambo

Wake up at 5:30 and have breakfast at 6 am, then go to the bus station to take the 20 minute bus ride to Machu Picchu. Arrive in time for sunrise. Then you will have a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the site where we will visit the most important temples and palaces and understand why the Incas built this magic place. Have free time to explore on your own or climb Hauyna picchu if you have purchased tickets to do so. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus for lunch before taking the 2:55 pm train to Ollantaytambo. Transfer to hotel.

DAY 2

Llactapacta to Llulluchapampa

Wake up at 6:30 with coca tea and hot washcloths delivered to your tent. After a delicious hot breakfast, we will meet the porters, take a group photo, and you can get to know the names and stories of the people who are working hard to take care of you on your trip. We will start the day by exploring the archealogical site of Llactapacta which is one of the most magical places along the Inca trail. Because of time constraints, most of the other companies have to pass right by this place. After this we will start hiking through the Cusichaca Valley, passing by local communities who are still living the Inca style of life. We can stop and visit a local house and try chica, the traditional corn beer, and we can also feed the guinea pigs. We will then hike for four hours: the first 3 hours are a gradual uphill climb, then the hiking will be steep steps and switch backs for one hour. We will then break for lunch, and after lunch and time for a siesta, continue 2 more hours on the Inca steps and switchbacks before arriving at our campsite of Llulluchapampa, a beautiful small campsite that is not used by many groups, located at the base of Dead Woman’s Pass. From the campsite, you can see stunning views of Huayanay mountain.

 

 

DAY 4

Puhphuypatamarca to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes

Wake up at 5:30 am in order to enjoy sunrise and see the rays of sun hitting the surrounding snow capped mountains of Salkantay, Pumasillo and Veronica. We will have a hot breakfast and then explore the Incan astronomical observatory at Puhphuypatamarca before starting on our final push to Machu Picchu. We will descend on Inca steps through the cloud forest and will reach the Inca farming terraces called Inti pata and we can stop here and enjoy the stunning views of the Sacred Valley and Urubamba river. Finally, we will descend to Wiñay huayna (forver young) and visit the temple of the Rainbow and stop for a detailed explanation of one the most picturesque Inca archaeological sites. We will have lunch and then will hike through a gentle trail and arrive at Inti Punku, the sun gate, to have our first views of Machu Picchu. We will then hike down, arriving in time to take the classic postcard pictures of the citadel at sunset. We will have plenty of time to take in the views and take photos before going to our hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes by bus. We will accompany you to your hotel before meeting for dinner at Indio Feliz, one of the best restaurants in town.

Hotel: Tierra VivaMachu picchu or similar caliber
(upgrades available on request, contact us for cost)

 

LARES TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

4 DAYS

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 

This trek combines hiking, sharing time with local families, and visiting Machu Picchu.

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 

DAY 1

Cusco to Huacawasi

Pick up from hotel at 7 am after breakfast at your hotel, visit ruins at Pisac where we can see the largest Inca Cemetery, and then visit a local market in Calca. We will then drive to the beginning of the trek to the community of Lares, where you can take a dip in the local hot springs before starting the hike while our chef prepares a delicious lunch. After lunch, we will then hike 3 hours to Huacawasi where we will set up camp for the night. We will enjoy our dinner and then have an early night in preparation for our hiking the next day.

Altitude: 2850 - 4400 m. / 9350 - 14436 feet

Hiking time: 3 hours

Driving time: 3 hours from the Sacred Valley

 

 

DAY 3

 Mantanay to Yanahuara

Today we will descend for 3 hours through the beautiful high jungle where we can see native trees that were used by the Incas to build their farming tools, bridges and houses. Arrive into the farming community of Yanahuara, located in the Sacred Valley. Here we will take a walking tour of a local farm where the 4th generation of farmers are working the fields to grow corn, veggies, strawberries and other crops. Mr. Bernardo Baca will give us a tour of his farm and we can pick veggies that will be used in the preparation of our lunch. While our chef is preparing lunch, we will cut alfalfa to feed the guinea pigs and Ms. Marina Baca will teach us about chicha, the traditional Inca corn beer. After lunch, transfer to Ollantaytambo to take a late afternoon train to Aguas Calientes.

Hiking time: 3 hours

DAY 2

Haucawasi to Mantanay

We will wake up at 6 am, have breakfast and then before our hike, visit one of the local families and see how time has stopped in these communities—the locals are still living in a traditional way and keeping the Inca secrets about astronomy, medicine and weaving textiles. The hike starts with an ascent of 3 hours to Condor Pass with an elevation of 4,600 meters or 15,000 feet. Enjoy the majestic views of the Andes and Aurora Lake and watch the grazing llamas and alpacas. Descend one hour to our lunch spot next to the lake. After lunch continue 2 more hours to Mantanay where we can enjoy dinner, a bonfire with marshmallows, and ghost stories.

Hiking time: 7 hours

 

 

DAY 4

Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, to Ollantaytambo

Wake up at 5:30 and have breakfast at 6 am, then go to the bus station to take the 20-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu. Arrive in time for sunrise. Then you will have a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the site where we will visit the most important temples and palaces and understand why the Incas built this magic place. Have free time to explore on your own or climb Hauyna Picchu if you have purchased tickets to do so. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus for lunch before taking the 2:55 pm train to Ollantaytambo. Transfer to hotel.

 
 

PRICING


 
 

Groups of 2 (minimum): $850 per person

Groups of 3-4: $650 per person

Groups of 5-6: $630 per person

Groups of 7-8: $600 per person

Groups of 9 or larger: $570 per person

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Transport from hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley to Lare, tourist train to and from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (can be upgraded to Vistadome if desired), bus to and from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, entrance to the thermal baths in the Valle de Lares, entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, 3-star hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes (prices based on shared accommodation Tierra Viva Machu Picchu or equivalent, professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English), high quality camping equipment (mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, and toilet tent), meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/vegetarian option), professionally trained chef and cooking equipment, horseman and mules for all camping and personal equipment (up to 7 kg), emergency horse (minimum 2 people), first-aid kit and oxygen bottle.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes, sleeping bag, trekking poles, air mattress (each available for $20 per person), Boleto touristico needed to visit Pisac, also covers visits to most other archaeological sites in & around Cusco 130 soles or $37.

 

-WHAT TO BRING-

 Backpack with rain fly, sleeping bag if not rented, layered clothing for warm days and cool nights, rain gear, trekking shoes, bathing suit, slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs), rain poncho and a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, toiletries, camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries, some snacks (like chocolate bars and dry fruit), original passport, original ISIC student card & extra money in soles.

 

Lares

 
 

MACHU PICCHU, HUCHUY QOSQO, TREKKING & HOMESTAY

2 DAYS

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

Huchuy cosqo means "little Cusco" and is a less frequently visited but amazing Inca archaeological site. On this journey, we will hike along one of the original inca trails through a beautiful canyon between amazing mountains to arrive at this location for an in depth tour where we will learn how it was used by the Incas for rituals and offerings to their gods. It was also a site that was important for the development of Inca astronomy as there are amazing views of the Milky way and stars from here. We will tour the ruins and then stay overnight at a home stay in the local community where people are still living in the Inca way. The lodgings are rustic but comfortable and we will share dinner with the local family. If we are lucky, the family may perform traditional music for us. The next morning, we will again share breakfast with the family, and we will hike for 5 hours (3 hours up and 2 hours down) through stunning countryside until we arrive at Chinchero, a weaving community, where we will share lunch with a local family before transport back to Cusco. 

 

 
 

ITINERARY


 

DAY 1

Cusco to Tambo Machay to Huchuy Cosqo

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 in the morning and drive 30 minutes to Tambo Machay where we will start our trek. We will ascend through a beautiful path that is surrounded by tall mountain peaks. In the distance we can see Ausangate and around us, we will see mountain lakes and grazing llamas and alpacas. During this hike, we will reach 4 mountain passes, the highest of which is at 4000 meters. We will stop for lunch after about 4 hours of hiking, and after lunch, we will hike for about 4 hours more for a total distance of 16 km or 10 miles.

We will arrive at the house of a local family in Huchuy Qosqo where we will share dinner and time before going to bed for the night in their house. You will be able to experience the life of local farmers living in remote areas high above the Sacred Valley, in the same way that their ancestors were living during Inca times.

DAY 2

Huchuy Cosqo to Lamay to Machu Picchu

After breakfast with the family, we will have an in depth tour of the archaeological site of Huchuy Cusco which was a very important place and was considered "Small Cusco". We will see the Inca king’s palace, the temple of the water, and ceremonial altars. Then we will descend to Lamay where we will have lunch and will be picked up by private bus to be transported to Urubamba where we will tour the local, non-touristic market. You can have the chance to taste fruits and veggies unique to Peru and see the locals selling fruits and vegetables. Then we will continue driving to Ollantaytambo, a town with original Inca walls and cobblestone streets. We will have time to walk and visit the house of a local family located in a former Inca mansion. Then we will catch our train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a 3-star hotel (Tierra Viva or equivalent).  The total distance of hiking this day is 8 km or 4 miles, mostly downhill.

*Can add an optional day 3 journey to Machu Picchu

 
 

PRICING


 
 

$200 per person

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport, English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, first aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle, lunch and dinner on day 1, homestay with a local family, breakfast and lunch on day 2, entrance to Huchuy Cosqo archaeological site & transport back to
hotel at the end of the trek.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Breakfast on day 1 & dinner on day 2.