|Level||Moderate, high altitude trek. No experience required.|
|Duration||4 days / 3 nights|
|Season||March to January|
|Departures||Private service every day (upon request).|
DAY 01: CUSCO – ÑAUPA IGLESIA – SOCCMA – PEROLNIYOC:
From Cusco we will drive for about 1:30 hrs to Racca located in the sacred Valley of the Incas, where we will start the trek . We will hike for 30 minutes until get Ñaupa Iglesia which was an inca shrine place; the guide will explain us about the inca religious and the Andean traditions.
After visiting this place, we will hike uphill until reach the Andean community of Soccma, this community is nested in the heart of the Andes. Here we will meet our horses and porters who will accompany us during the whole trek. At Socma the picnic lunch will be served. After the picnic lunch we will continue with the trek uphill to Perolniyoc, which has an amazing view of the Soccma valley, Maras plateau and Chicon snow-capped mountain where we will also appreciate the waterfall of Perolniyoc (328 feet).(Lunch / Dinner)
Camp altitude: 9,512 ft
Hiking length: 7 kms uphill (5 to 6 hour hike)
DAY 02: PIRUCHAYOC – CHANCACHUCO
After breakfast we will start to walk following an Inca water channel. The trail goes up to Ccorimarca valley through ancient terraces locally known as “Andenes”, where the locals still grow crops. We will hike up to our first pass from where we will have an amazing view of the snow-capped mountains of the Urubamba range (Veronica, Chicón, Ausangate, Pachatusan and Salcantay) and the fields of Chincheros, Moray and Maras plateau. After a break and a snack, we will continue through the small valley of Chancachuco, where we will have lunch next to the Andean lake of Maracocha, which drains its water into the stream of Chancachuco, through a long Inca water channel of 18 km. At this point we will have the opportunity to admire Andean birdlife, such as the Andean goose, the Cara Cara, the Andean.
flicker, among others. After a short rest and our picnic lunch we will continue downhill to our next campsite, with a spectacular view of the snow peak Huayanay, located in the Vilcabamba range (North). We will also have the opportunity to visit a local family house whose economy is based on potato farming and breeding of sheep.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Camp Altitude: 13,776 ft
Distance from camp 1 to the pass: 5 kms (4-hour hike)
Distance from the pass to camp 2: 4 kms (2-hour hike)
DAY 03: CHANCACHUCO – CACHICCATA QUARRY COMMUNITY CAMP
Early in the morning, we will head to the second pass over the mountain “Apu Buena Negra”, from where we will have a spectacular birds-eye view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the snow peaks of the Urubamba range. From this pass we will hike downhill following the trail until we join the Inca water channel coming from Maracocha Lake. From here we will reach the temple call Intiwatana, located on the edge of the mountain “Apu Alambre”, located in front of the Veronica, where traditional pagos (offerings to mother earth) are made. We will also have a great view of the Pakaritampu pyramid. We will then continue downhill to the archaeological site of Choquetacarpo, where we will have lunch. After this, we will walk downhill to visit one of the biggest Inca quarries in Cusco, which supplied stones for the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo, which was slided down the hill and over the river in order to reach the fortress. Tonight we will sleep in a beautiful campsite owned by a group of young local people from the Cachiccata community, hot showers and proper toilets available. From here we will enjoy a wonderful view of this community as well as of Ollantaytambo and Veronica snow-capped mountain.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Camp altitude: 9,020 ft l
Second Pass: 14,104 ft
Hiking: 8 km . 7 hours
DAY 04: TRANSFER TO OLLANTAYTAMBO TRAIN STATION – MACHUPICCHU
Optional: Early hike around the community and transfer to Ollantaytambo train station where we can take the train to Aguas Calientes.
We will visit the Machu Picchu Sanctuary city and we will have a guided tour for the principal areas.
At afternoon the train goes back to Poroy from the Aguas Calientes train station.
Arriving and transfer to the hotel.(Breakfast / Lunch)