At 6am, we will start driving from your hotel to the small Village of Tauca, the beginning of your trek. We will be on level terrain and the landscape will be that of typical Andean Valleys, rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other Andean tubers. As you ascend towards the pass, the landscape begins to change dramatically to the classic High Andean or Puna, with vegetation, mainly “ichu” or andean grass. The views of the peaks are spectacular; Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan. Soon after the pass, you will start descent toward the Huchuy Qosqo, where you will be able to see archeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cactus. You will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon shows geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo. Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka, some residential and defensive quarters and interesting buildings in stone and adobe. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Inca agricultural terraces and allows superb views of the Vilcabamba range. Afterwards, we will go downhill to Lamay, where we will catch our transport to drive to Ollantaytambo, the place where we will continue by train to Aguas Calientes. Then, overnight in a hotel.
This last day starts early. We will wake up at around 5.00 am, have breakfast, and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. The guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu, telling the history of Machu Picchu and the most famous temples and buildings. First climb a little bit to the classical viewpoint, this vantage point offers a terrific view of the whole Inka city. After that, we descend to the lower sector and explore this magical sanctuary. You will see places as the sundial, temple of the sun, the sacred rock and temple of the condor, once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machu Picchu, you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch. Then We will take our train ride to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up the group and transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Note: if you want to climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain you need to book this in advance as spaces are limited.