We leave early in the morning, our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and drive you to the town of Calca, located in the Sacred Valley. You will head northward to a spectacular high pass before dropping down to the village of Lares (3100masl/1,168ft) on the east slope of the Andes. Here you will enjoy the hot springs in the meadows outside of town, followed by a delicious picnic lunch. Then begin a leisurely half-day hike up the valley of the rushing Trapiche River, before reaching the highland village of Huacahuasi, where the camp site is located. Huacahuasi (3,800 m / 12,000 ft) is an authentic Andean community located in an impressive valley. Typical house constructions of the Quechua communities living at high altitude can be observed here.
Climb steadily, traversing an open, treeless landscape of ground-hugging plants and flowers among pastures of Andean bunch-grass scattered with roaming herds of alpacas and llamas. Reaching an altitude of 4,500masl (14,760 ft) we cross the pass of Ipsayccasa. The pass offers breathtaking views of Mount Veronica (5,750m/ 18,864 ft) and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Then descend to Ipsaycocha or Ipsay Lake.(4200m/13,776 ft ) We may see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis or other water birds in the wetlands as we journey through the heartland of these Quechua people, who are locally nicknamed “Huayruros”. Huayruros are two colors seeds from the jungle: black and red; similar to those of the villagers dresses. We reach the village of Patacancha(3700masl/12136 ft), a well known textile Andean community that still preserves ancient Quechua traditions and dressing code. We set our camp nearby and spend a quite Andean night.
Head down to the valley to Pallata where you will see the Inca ruins of the early-Inca site of Pumamarca (Puma town). After your arrival to Ollantaytambo, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes.
Early in the morning a bus will take you to Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures. In the afternoon you will take a bus towards Aguas Calientes where you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo at 18:20 hrs. Once at Ollantaytmabo a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.
• One sleeping bag per person: our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips, can also be hired in our office for US$20.
• One pillow per person
• Well worn-in waterproof walking boots: Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight.
• Waterproof clothing: A plastic poncho is recommended and can be purchased easily for approximately USD 2.
• A plastic bag to keep clean and dry your staff in your bag pack and duffle bag.
• A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
• Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
• Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
• Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
• Light wear (t-shirt, short pants) to hike on the jungle
• Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions) near please to charge the battery with electricity is the 3er day afternoon on the camp site.
• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
• Sun block
• Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
• Toilet paper
• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
• Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers or metal ones are recommended
• Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
• Small towel
• Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in AGUAS CALIENTES)
• Cash in soles
• Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
• Original Passports
• Trek Map(Will be provide in the briefing day)
We can hire the following to you:
• Sleeping Bag suitable for – 10deg PRICE: USD 20 DOLLARS
• Walking stick lightweight aluminum - Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes. PRICE: USD 15 DOLLARS
• Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent) PRICE: USD 20 DOLLARS
USD $ 480