|Level||Moderate to demanding. Need good shape|
|Duration||3 Days/2 Nights|
|Location||Tambomachay – Pumamarca – Tauca – Chincheros – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo – Machupicchu – Cusco.|
|Season||From March to December|
|Departure||April: 4, 11, 18, 25
May: 9, 16, 23, 30
June: 6, 13, 20, 27
July: 4, 11, 18, 25
August: 8, 15, 22, 29
September: 5, 12, 19 26
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Day 1: Tambomachay to Pumamarca
At 06:00 am Early pick up from your hotels, private vehicle for 25 minutes to Tambomachay located at 3700 masl. (for our mid day we have a 8 Km of moderate walk with a gradual climbing of 450 meters ; 4-5 Hrs till the lunch place) we start our hike walking at the ancient Inca Trail used by Inca people to connect with the Sacred Valley, Pisac and probably to Machupicchu at the XV century. From this point you can observe panoramic views of Cusco traditional neiborhoods as Santa Ana, Santiago, Puquin etc, and the Valley of Qorao, at this high Andean level we observe llamas and alpacas eating the andean grass named Ichu, small cactus and some bromelias bushes locally known as Puyas. At the left side on the path we can see ancient Incas terraces used by farmers in order to gain more potatoes farmings areas, A gentle walking down to the trail as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4180 meters. Then we descend along the trail, you will see a beautifully green valleys stretching out as far as the eye can see, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. Just reaching the top we can see the beautiful Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake in Quechua) where we descend for 20 minutes to find our lunch spot , free time to rest
After lunch and time to rest , we will continue another 300 meter to climb in 3 Hrs walk in a normal pace to reach the highest point 4380 m.a.s.l. , from this top it is easy to see Chincheros and the lake of Piuray and some snow sacred mountains as Salcantay, Veronica, (2 passes) then a 1.5 Hrs downhill walk to Pucamamarca our camping place. Here, we will set up camp and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky. This community is located at 3,980 masl nearby there few houses that belong to the farmers. (8- 9 horas 16 kilometers of moderate walk).
Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo, Taucca, Chincheros ,Ollanta and train to Aguas Calientes, Machupicchu.
Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to Huchuy Qosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we will walk through a narrow canyon to see a recently restored trail with wooden bridges and some steps, a lot of of native trees and bushes , a panoramic views of Lamay Valley and Calca, the sacred river of the Incas, Willcamayo ; the walk is one hour to reach the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, recently restored by archaeolists, located at 3450 mals from this point it is clear to see many beautiful mountains as Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Waccaywilca and Veronica ancient Apus so respected and venerated by the locals which most of them are Incas- Quechuas descendents. We will have a guided tour around the area and then some time to visit and explore this interesting Inca complex. Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative and military center as Pisaq, with many constructions around, Inca buildings with perfect fine stones work, graneries structures called Collcas to store and preserve food, because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn. By 10:00 am we will continue our hike for nearly 3-hours of gradually climb to Taucca Pass 4400 masl. After reaching the top we start our last gentle descend for 1 hour until our lunch place from here it is possible also to see the Piuray Lake
After lunch our private vehicle will transport us to Chincheros and then to Ollantaytambo train station where we will board our train to Aguas Calientes. 2 hours of spectacular train ride with amazing views at both sides of the valleys with impressive snow capped mountains, several Inca constructions can be seen from your windows and the Urubamba river near the train. After we arrive to Aguas Calientes our guide will take you to your Hotel where you are set for the night.
**Overnight at El Mapi hotel or similar
Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco
Early wake up and after breakfast we will take the bus up to Machupicchu citadel where your guide will give you valuable information about this wonderful citadel. This is going to be your chance to hike the Huayna picchu mountain from where you will have an amazing view of the whole citadel and Valley. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant then return to Machupicchu to spend some part of the afternoon at Machu Picchu and then go down to the Train Station to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo where our private car will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.
** End of our services
WHAT IS INCLUDED ON THE PACKAGE
- Orientation meeting in Cusco (previous to departure date).
- Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish, other language available with additional prices).
- Entrance fee to Machupicchu and Huchuyqosqo
- Permit for Huayna Picchu mountain (subject to availability it must be booked in advanced)
- Private transportation
- Vistadome round trip train per paxs
- Transfer from Poroy train station to hotel in Cusco (last day)
- All balanced meals during the trekking (3 days/2 nights), including 3 snacks and 2 tea times.
- All common camping gear: mountain tent for two, mattresses, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, tables and chairs.
- Andean chef specialized in exquisite gourmet meals
- Muleteers for the whole camping equipment including personal luggage
- Duffle bags for personal luggage
- First-aid kit with oxygen.
- Shortwave radios
- Bus Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes train station up/ down.
- Sanitation care (disinfected dishes, filtered & boiled water, etc).
- Environment care (all the garbage goes back to Cusco, portable toilet treatment).
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes at El Mapi hotel or similar bases in double accommodation.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED ON THE PROGRAM
- Sleeping bags
- Extra services not mentioned in the program
- Tips and extra expenses