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Duration
4 Days
Prices:
On request

Journey through the ancient landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this guided hike from Cusco. Spend three full days hiking through mountain landscapes, visiting small farming villages, and experiencing the breathtaking Andean climate and wildlife. Cap it off with a visit to Machu Picchu, the lost citadel in the clouds.


This 4-day Peruvian vacation takes you on a mountain camping venture in the Sacred Valley of the Incas on route to Machu Picchu. It features camping accommodations, small group tours, and is a great addition to a trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Your journey begins in Cusco, where you’ll transfer to the start of the hiking trail. Begin with a five-hour hike through the lush valley towards the village of Huaran. Spot the rabbit-like viscachas and rare Andean foxes as you make for Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the mountains and your first campsite. The next day, cross over your first mountain, Abra Pachacutec, and enjoy beautiful views of the river valley and the snow-capped mountains of Minas and Sirjuani. After lunch, descend through an Andean forest on route to the community of Quiswarani and Queunaqocha Lagoon, where you’ll sleep beneath the southern stars. The third day, hike over Abra Willkiccasa and pass by deer and other mountain animals on route to the farming community of Cuncani. Pass into Lares, the capital of the district, and visit the nearby hot springs, where you’ll take a dip to relax. Venture through quinoa fields on the final leg of your journey before connecting to Ollantaytambo.

Board the afternoon train and ride to Aguas Calientes, the hot spring town at the foot of Machu Picchu. In the morning, ride the early bus to Machu Picchu to tour the Lost Citadel of the Incas and one of the world’s greatest architectural landmarks. Follow the circuit to see the quarry, the Inca’s home, and the Temple of the Condor. If you’ve secured permits, you can also climb Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu for unique views of the breathtaking mountain ruins. At the end of your tour, descend the mountain, ride the train back to Ollantaytambo, and connect back to Cusco.

This trip is a great addition to a longer journey through Peru and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Pumahuanca - Puyoc

You will be transferred from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 7:00AM to the Sacred Valley. From here the trek begins from the small village of Huaran. You will walk for approximately 5 hours following an uphill path that starts in a valley with lush vegetation and that will take you to our first campsite in Cancha Cancha, a small farming community in the middle of spectacular mountain scenery. Stop for lunch along the way. Once in Cancha Cancha, camp will be set.

Because so few people visit the area there is a good chance of seeing Viscachas (a rabbit-like Chinchilla) and you may also spot Andean Fox. The campsite for the night is at 4100 meters (13451 ft.); it's quite barren at this altitude and it is not uncommon for it to snow up here during the dry season so gloves and a hat are recommended.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 2

Cancha Cancha to Queunaqocha Lagoon

After a healthy breakfast, you leave the campsite and walk along an ascending path that leads to the first mountain pass of the trek, the Abra Pachacutec (4400m/14432ft/3h), from which you can enjoy awesome views of glacier lagoons and the surrounding valleys. Along the hike, you will have spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains in the area, such as Colquecruz, Minas and Sirijuani.

Enjoy lunch after the pass, and then descend to Quiswarani where you can see the Andean tree "Queuna" Polylepis, whose nectar from its flowers feed birds like Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae, "Critically Endangered"), White-browed Tit-Spinetail (Leptasthenura xenothorax, "Endangered"), Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes alpinus, "Endangered") "Cucarachero Inca" (Thyothorus, eysen).

You then arrive at the Quiswarani community, from where you continue following an uphill path until reaching the beautiful lagoon of Queunaqocha, where you will spend the night under clear starry skies.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Quenaqocha Lagoon to Lares and Aguas Calientes

Today the hike towards the second mountain pass, the Abra Willkiccasa (4100m/13448ft/2h), offering impressive views of both sides of the pass, especially of the Colquecruz and Pitusiray mountains. The trail continues along changing puna, lakes and agricultural areas with roaming deer until you arrive in Cuncani, another small peasant community from where you follow the path down into a fertile valley with more vegetation, crops and agricultural communities.

Along the trail you may see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After an approximated 2h walk you will arrive in Lares, capital of the district with the same name, a large village whose principal attraction are its pleasant hot springs, where we can enjoy a dip.

Leaving Cuncani it's just a short distance (6km) until you reach the hot springs of Lares. Along the way we'll pass through several small communities and see the people growing a variety of foods such as Quinua and Tarwi, you'll also probably spot flocks of Andean parrots flying overhead (they're easy to spot thanks to their piercing calls). After a relaxing dip in the hot springs you will be picked up by your private transport and driven to Ollantaytambo, where we will board a late afternoon train that will take you to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you are transferred (by foot) to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

El Mapi Hotel

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    El Mapi Hotel



    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cusco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient ...

    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cusco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient this hotel has all the modern comforts.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 4

Machu Picchu

Waking up early, you will take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. There is guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour, you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon, you return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco. (Hotel in Cusco not included in the trip price).

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DEPARTURES:

Daily between April 1 to December 31

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All Transfers 
  • English speaking guide 
  • Meals as indicated
  • Filtered and boiled water
  • Chef and supporting staff
  • Horsemen
  • Horsemen
  • All Camping gear:- T
    • The North Face tent
    • Four Season Mountain 25 nflatable mattress
    • Therm-a-rest
  • Personal duffle bag 
  • Dinning tent, cook tent, bathroom tent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Oxygen
  • Communication equipment: Short wave radios.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals in Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation in Cusco on the last night
  • Optional Activities: Afternoon visit to Machu Picchu on day 4 
  • Bottled water
  • Travel insurance
  • International & domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not specifically indicated in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from port,
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

TB MOUNTAICUS19SG: LCHT EM
16 Nov 2019
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