Machu Picchu, Huchuy Qosqo Trekking and home stay--3 days, 2 nights
Day 1: Cusco to Tambomachay to Huchuy Qosqo—We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 in the morning and drive 30 minutes to Tambomachay 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 Qosqo to Lamay to Machu picchu
After breakfast with the family, we will have an in depth tour of the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo 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.
Day 3: Machu picchu
What’s included: Private transport and pick up from your hotel before the trek, Entrance to Huchuy Qosqo, English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups), Lunch and dinner day 1, Breakfast and lunch day 2, Breakfast day 3 (optional vegetarian food), First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle, Private transport from Lamay to Ollantaytambo, Train to and from Machu picchu, Private guided tour of Machu Picchu, entrance to Machu Picchu, bus to and from Machu Picchu, private transport from Ollantaytambo train station back to your hotel in Cusco after the trek.
What’s not included: Breakfast on the first morning, dinner on the day 2, lunch and dinner on day 3