ThisThree mountain ranges surround the city of Cusco, the Vilcanota Vilcabamba and Urubamba chains. In the Cordillera de Urubamba, there are the indigenous villages of Lares, Quishuarani, Cuncani and others that are Andean peoples descended from the Inka expansion era, surrounded by an exceptional geography that made these villages, places rarely visited until a few years ago.
remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insight into traditional Andean life; a timeless world where farmers plant their crops on the lands their ancestors tended and watch over herds of llama and alpaca beneath the sacred snow-covered peaks they worshipped as gods. The trail is one of the Inca trails from the time of the Inca Empire. Today, the trail is still in use by farmers, who are Inca descendents.
The trail connects the communities of Cuncani, Quisuarani and Lares with life in the Sacred Valley. On the third day, we’ll take the afternoon train to Machu Picchu Pueblo, having a full day to explore the Machu Picchu Sanctuary the next day.
|TYPE:||Culture, Nature, Adventure|
|DURATION:||4 Days / 3 Nights|
|DIFFICULTY LEVEL:||Moderate (6 hours walking a day)|
|TYPE OF TRIP:||Standard and Private|
|RECOMMENDED DEPARTURES:||April to December|
|INCLUDE||Transportation: Cusco – Lares.
Transport: Road point – Ollantaytambo.
Train: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – * 1 Cusco.
Bus: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
Hotel: Double accommodation in Aguas Calientes (Third day).
Professional Guide: Languages English / Spanish (according to the client’s requirement).
Assistant guide: From 12 people.
Cook: In charge of preparing food.
Horsemen: Managers of the handling of horses.
Horses: They carry tents, food, kitchen equipment, backpacks, sleeping bags and matras (8 kg / 17 lbs per person).
One or two horses for emergencies according to group size.
Food: 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners and snacks.
Equipment: Double tents, inflatable mattress, dining tent, bathroom tent, kitchen tent, chairs, tables and first aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
|NOT INCLUDE|| First day breakfast.
Short sleeve polo.
Long sleeve t-shirt.
Long pants (if short is better).
A good pair of mountain shoes.
Backpack with camera, documents, water bottle money (soles) of small denomination.
DAY 1: CUSCO - QUISHUARANI - CUNCANI
We’ll make an early morning departure from Cusco to the trailhead by private transport. Once in Quisuarani, we’ll start our hike toward our first mountain pass, where we can enjoy a spectacular view of the Andes adorned with glaciers and lakes.
On the descent, we’ll have lunch, and afterwards, we’ll continue on to our first camp site in the high Andean community of Cuncani (6 km / 3.73 mi. / 5 hours)
DAY 2: CUNCANI - HUACAWASI - LAKE IPSAYCOCHA
After breakfast we restart the hike ascending for about 2 hours to the Cuncani high spot from this point we can see Chancachaca Valley (3600m), the snowy Veronica has 5800mt and the small community of Huacawasi seen (3700m). Many of the houses we see are made of stone and have thatched roofs. The people of this community produce beautiful textiles colored with various weaving techniques to produce high quality ponchos, chullos (wool hats) and other garments.
After lunch we we will continue ascending for about 2 hours to the top of Ipsayccasa to 4350mt, which is the highest spot along our walk way. Our effort will be well rewarded with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains after reaching steady step continued for 1 hour until the second night our camp beside the beautiful lake Ipsaycocha us. We may be lucky enough to see Andean Geese, Ibis and other water birds.
DAY 3: EPSAYCOCHA - PATACANCHA - WYLLOQ - PUMAMARKA - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES
Our walk downhill leads us to Pata Cancha, an Andean community characterized by its weavers and weavers, we continue to Wylloc, place of rest and lunch, from here we require two hours to reach Puma Marka and enjoy the Inca terraces, Finally, we will leave for Ollantaytambo. Located in the sacred valley next to the Urubamba River this Inca town is considered one of the best preserved and most important living museums because its inhabitants still live, in the afternoon we continue to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in the hotel.
DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO
A very early start after breakfast, so that we can arrive early to Machu Picchu. We take the first bus from Aguas Calientes to the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Already in the Inca Citadel open a guided tour of 3 hours around the citadel visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour, you will have free time to walk around and explore for yourself the World Wonder MACHU PICCHU.
In the afternoon we have the return train to Cusco. Where you will be transferred back to your hotel.