Day 1: Cusco – Urubamba – Pumahuanca Valley – P´acchayoq
Our private bus leaves Cusco at 05:45am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Chincheros and stopping in the town of Urubamba, (2,700 masl) for a brief restroom break and the chance to buy any last minute snacks, water, etc, Small packed breakfast is provided here. Departing Urubamba around 07:15, we have about a twenty minute drive to the beginning of the Pumahuanca Valley, land of the famous white corn crops and Chicha, the Inca´s favorite corn beer. This is the place where we will meet our horses and handlers, (arrieros), and trek staff. All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses. We commence our hike through this beautiful polylepis qeuñas Valley in the Andes with a gentle switchback ascent on a gravel path from 2,850 m to 3,600 m with stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Four hours walk to the Inca complex of Inca–Kancha for a guided visit, and where we stop for our first lunch. Our expert cook will indulge you with delicious Peruvian dishes. There is time to relax or a little nap. Afterwards, we continue along the way you will be able to observe native trees including qeuñas and eucalyptus. Then we reach a small Andean community of P´accha, spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas, alpacas, sheeps and goats. Finally 2 hours later we will reach small waterfalls named Pacchayoq, .. our first campsite at 3,600 masl.
Meals: B,L,D - Snacks
Maximum Altitude: 3,800m
Minimum Altitude: 2,700m
Distance Travelled: approx 14km
Approximate Walking Time: 7 hours
Day 2: P´acchayoq – Pumahuanca Pass – Cuncani Campsite
Early wake up at 06:00 am with a cup of coca leaf tea, then a good breakfast with quinua pancakes. At 07:00 am we re-start our trek with scenic views of Chicon, San Juan and Veronica mountains. Surrounded by a native forest for a challenging five-hour climb along a dirt road with some stone steps. In some parts there are zig zag switchbacks toward the Pumahuanca Pass located at 4,740 m (A sacred Apacheta is a series of piled stones, made by pilgrims as a symbol of gratitude and respect to the Apus), Once we get to the pass we honor the top of this mountain with coca leaves as is the local custom. Enjoy the amazing views of Moray, Maras and the salt mines. Then we will descend for an hour along a stone road with a nice view on both sides, arriving to enjoy lunch near impressive lakes by which we rest. After our lunch we walk for two more hours mainly downhill. Enroute we will meet some local campesinos (people of the local village) in colorful costumes as is traditional with all villages around Lares. Impressive landscape views, mountains, flocks of llamas and alpacas. Cuncani is the major district of this area. Campsite at Cuncani community, located at 3,700 masl where we enjoy dinner and time to rest. Cuncani is also very famous for their textiles produced with ancestral weaving techniques; weavers will offer their work.
Meals: B,L,D snacks
Maximum Altitude: 4740m
Minimum Altitude: 3700m
Distance Travelled: approx 16km
Approximate Walking Time: 7-8 hours
Day 3: Cuncani Campsite – Lares Hot Springs- Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Morning to relax, before the final leg of our trek. You will have the opportunity to sleep until late 7:00 am. Breakfast. At this little village we have the chance to visit the house of our arriero, who will share with us how they live in a simple way in deep connection with nature. They will demonstrate how their custom is to preserve traditional customs in agriculture, weavings, showing their textile skills from generations past, use of medicinal plants etc. Then, four hours of easy downhill walking until reaching Lares village. Once we arrive to the hot springs, we can soak and enjoy. The village is known for its medicinal hot springs, After our lunch, there will be a three-hour drive in our private transport to Ollantaytambo town. Dinner is provided. About two hours train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes for a stay overnight.
Accommodation: Hostel Aguas Calientes
Maximum Altitude: 3700m
Minimum Altitude: 2700m
Distance Travelled: approx 12km
Approximate Walking Time: 4 hours.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes 2100 masl – Machupicchu 2400 masl – Ollantaytambo – Cusco 3400 masl.
Early breakfast (05:00am) before taking the 5:30am bus directly to Machupicchu arriving around 06:00am. **Optional for those still able/wanting to walk up to the site!: leave 04:30am and walk up to Machupicchu arriving at approx 06:00am but only if you really want to hike in the dark. There will be torches, but remember you do not get into Machu Picchu earlier than people who take the bus as they also arrive around 6am to the entrance with the guide. In Machupicchu it is still a 15-minute walk from the drop-off point to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy the early tour of Machupicchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, showing you the very best of it! Your guide will spend about two hours relating to you interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machupicchu should finish between 10 and 10:30am then you have free time to take your photos before the 10:30 crowds arrive.
If you want the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu you must indicate this at the time of booking so we can add the $10 fee and get the permit well in advance .
Otherwise the Inca Bridge or Sun´s Fate are other good walks to go on! We provide a buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes after the walk down from Machupicchu. If you prefer a box lunch to have in Machupicchu you must sign up for it in the office before your trek.
Maximum Altitude: 3400m/11186ft
Minimum Altitude: 2100m/6909ft
Distance Travelled: apporx 9 km
Approximate Walking Time: 4-5 hours
We recommend that you bring
• Backpack or a daypack in case you booked a personal porterage
• A warm and good Sleeping Bag (Minus 8ºC) : (Can be rented at Samari office)
• Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
• Trekking poles
• Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures especially at night
• Flashlight with extra batteries necessary
• Camera & Extra Film & Batteries / Charger
• Sun Protection : Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
• Thermals, Wool Socks & Woolen Hat for cold nights
• Gloves, Scarf
• Insect Repellant for Valleys and Machupicchu
• Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket
• Toiletries, Toilet paper, small towel
• Bathing clothes for the hot springs
• Trekking pants or similar
• Water bottle, Water purification tablets
• Personal medical kit
• Original passport and ISIC student card is applicable
• Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff
• OPTIONAL : Little presents for children of the communities along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes, toys, snacks etc.
Note: Offer valid since March 1st until January 26