At 6 am you will be picked up at the hotel by our private transport which will take you into the sacred valley of the Incas. The bus ride will take about 2 hours. We will take a short break close to Calca in order to explore the local market and buy snacks like fruit, chocolate and water. We will drive a bit further to the trailhead the town of Huaran as soon as we arrive our trek staff wait for us and start our adventure. The trail ascents steadily for 3 hours to the small community of Cancha Cancha. Along the way we will be able to see the traditional farming land of the locals, enjoy the view of the impressive valley, the river and walk through the typical Polylepis forest. This vegetation is particularly interesting due to its abounding wildlife, especially the humming birds, In the village we will stop for the lunch and continue with our hike after a short break. After two more hours of hiking we will reach our campsite “Acopata”. We will spend the night here after a traditional dinner and a short briefing for the next day.
Meals: L-D, Accommodation: Camping, Maximum Altitude: 3,900 m.a.s.l – 12 795 feet, Minimum Altitude: 2,800 m.a.s.l – 9 186 feet, Distance Travelled: 10 km approx – 6,213 miles, Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
After breakfast we continue our ascent. This is the longest and most exhausting day of the trail. We will climb for about 3 hours to the highest point called “Pachacutec”. The view from up there is stunning, you can see the impressive mountains and the glaciers Pitusiray and Sawasiray and some lakes. From there we descend for about 2 hours to the lake Qoyalaycocha where we will take a break for our lunch. After a short break we continue for another 2 hours to the village of Quiswarani. Along the trail we will be able to observe flocks of lamas, alpacas and sheep, the Andean goose, falcons, ducks or even the Andean fox. At Quiswarani we take our transportation straight to the hot spring in the Lares valley, very well known for its medicinal hot water, here we spent the night and you will enjoy a well-deserved hot bath in the afternoon before dinner.
Meals: B-L-D, Accommodation: Camping, Maximum Altitude: 4,540 m.a.s.l – 14 895 fee, Minimum Altitude: 3,900 m.a.s.l – 12 795 feet, Distance Travelled: 12 km approx – 7,500 miles, Approximate Walking Time: 7 hours
We will get up at 6 am and enjoy the breakfast. After say goodbye to our trek staff, we will take a private transportation to the beginning of the short hike to Totora and descend for about 2 hours until we reach the Totora community where we will have our lunch. After that we will back to the van in order to go Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Aguas Calientes. You will be picked up and transfer to your hotel. In the evening dinner and the details for your visit the next day to Machu Picchu.
Meals¬: B-L-D, Accommodation: Hotel, Maximum Altitude: 4,458 m.a.s.l – 14 625 feet Minimum Altitude: 3,190 m.a.s.l – 10 465 feet, Distance Travelled: 5 km approx – 3 125 miles, Approximate Walking Time: 2-3 hours
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.
* Please note the driving and walking times, time at each site, and departure/arrival time are approximate and depend upon many factors such as road conditions, weather, van size, group pace, etc.