During this trek you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the plant and animal life of the Valley, relax in soothing thermal baths, camp under the stars, and discover for yourself the wonders of Machu Picchu.
You'll be picked up from your hotel or hostel in Cusco and we'll depart for the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Scheduled stop for a guided visit to Pisac Archeological Complex. The Inca ruins of Pisaq include the Pisaqa agricultural terraces, the Intihuatana sun temple, and Q'allaqasa fortress. This Sun Temple area includes the "hitching posts" of the sun, ritual baths baths, and temples, and is believed to have served an astronomical function as well. Afterwards we'll continue the trip, passing through localidad of Calca and ascending up to Amparaes Pass.
Arrival at the town of Lares where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the Lares Hotsprings. These are 03 pools with temperatures ranging from 35Ã‚Â°C to 42Ã‚Â°C in which to relax before we begin undertaking our hike.
Lunch near the Lares Thermal Baths.
2 hour hike en route to the community of Cuncany.
Arrival to the community of Cuncany, where we'll set up our first camp.
We'll rest after enjoying a delicious dinner and some hot mate for the cold.
We'll rise early to a filling breakfast.
Beginning of our hike through a small valley en route to Huaca Wasi community, where we'll rest briefly before continuing the ascent. The people of this community are known for the quality of their weavings, which are quite beautiful despite being designed for use in daily labors. You'll be able to observe their skill during our stop.
Arrival at our excursion's highest, Condor Pass (4100 meters above sea level). From here you'll be treated to a stunning view of the western side of the Andean range, among which the snow-capped Verónica peak (5750m) stands out. From this point there is a half hour descent before we arrive at our lunch-site.
We will begin to descend very slowly for the next hour in order to not lose a minute of the impresive landscapes, which include 03 pristine lagoons.
Arrival at Ispaycocha Lagoon, where we'll set up camp for the night.
We'll have our dinner and then rest and recuperate for the next day's adventure.
After a nutritious breakfast it's back on the trails as we begin to descend through a stunning valley for about two hours. We'll pass a forest of Queuña (Polylepsis Incana), an arboreal species whose destruction in Peru for burning and commercial logging has been lamentably thorough.
Arrival at the community of Huylloc, also famous for its rich textiles woven on traditional looms, where we'll enjoy a delicious lunch and a rest before descending for about two hours more to arrive at Puma Marca. Here we'll be able to spy ancient Inca terraces still in use today. During the Nov to March rainy season, Puma Marca may be quite snowy.
Arrival at the town of Ollantaytambo, which has been continuously inhabited since Inca times and still retains its original Inca urban planning, with constructions built atop Inca bases. For this reason this Sacred Valley town is often referred to as a "living museum". It's also a very popular bird-watching site. Here, we'll catch a train to Machu Picchu Pueblo, the base-town for Machu Picchu Archeological Complex, known colloquially as Aguas Calientes.
Arrival to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), where we will accomodate ourselves in our comfortable hostel.
Dinner in a local restaurant. Afterwards we'll retire to the hostel where we'll be spending the night.
After an early breakfast in the hostel, we'll head to the Lost City of the Incas and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.
Bus to the citadel, where we'll have a guided visit of Machu Picchu Archeology Complex of about 2 hours. Your guide will explain the history and significance of the most important and beautiful parts of the ruined city, ending the tour at the center of every Inca city, the famous Intihuatana, the sun clock that aligns with the equinoxes, at the Sun Temple. Afterwards you'll have free time to explore on your own and take photos.
Return by bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), where you'll have free time for lunch. (This lunch is not included in the tour price.)
We'll board the train to return to Cusco via Ollantaytambo or Poroy Station, where our transport will be waiting to take us to Cusco.
Approximate arrival to the city of Cusco, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel or hostel.