This short trek is ideal for people interested in Culture… It will make you feel like you are going back in time to the when the Incas inhabited the area. Accompanied by our train of Llamas that will carry our belongings, you will visit traditional villages where people live in stone and adobe homes with thatch roofs, work the land by hand and weave their own clothing, much the same way their Inca ancestors did hundreds of years ago. At the end of the trek you will visit the marvelous “Machu Picchu” Inca city and enjoy an in-depth guided tour of this famous site.
GRADING A SEASONApril to November PROGRAM 3 days / 2 nights
DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY/ COCHAYOC | INC: L/D.
We pick you up in the morning from your Hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley to travel by private vehicle to Lares. From here we take a secondary unpaved road to travel for about 2 hours up and over a pass to the beautiful valley of Lares. We will stop at the hot springs in Lares for a rewarding bath to later continue to the traditional town of Ccachin, well know for the laborious weavers that produce sophisticated and colorful weavings with their looms (you can usually observe women weaving in the front of their homes in town. We have a picnic lunch and meet or crew and pack animals (Llamas), before we start a two hour hike following an original Inca trail to the village of Cochayoc. On the way we may observe local people working the land the same way their Inca ancestors did hundreds of years ago. At the village we’ll find homes made of stone with thatched roofs and we´ll also find our campsite already set up in the vicinity of town with warm tea and cookies ready for us to enjoy as a welcome to our arrival. We will have time to visit the village and surroundings before we have a delicious dinner and settle for the night.
DAY 2: COCHAYOC/QUELCANCA | INC: B/L/D.
A nutritious breakfast will boast our energy for this challenging day. We begin hiking in a land where Llamas and Alpacas live supported by these grassy hills and tended by traditional shepherds. We hike uphill towards the “Terihuay” pass right next to the snow peak sacred mountain of the same name. A beautiful lake will mark our way up to the pass at 4,600 meters (15,100 feet), impressive views will reward us as we reach the highest point in our trek. After the pass we begin descending towards the village of “Quelcanca”. We reach another lake as we descend and once we reach lower grounds again small groups of traditional thatch roof and stone houses will appear. It is not uncommon to see children playing and ladies weaving in their front of their homes or men using foot plows to work the land. We reach our campsite nearby “Quelcanca” by midafternoon and enjoy a hot cup of tea waiting for us. We will have time to soak in the beauty of the place and experience the tranquil life of this traditional village.
DAY 3: QUELCANCA/OLLANTAYTAMBO | INC: B/L
A nutritious breakfast will prepare us again for a day of physical challenge. Our crew will pack our Llamas and horses as we begin our hike; we will gradually ascend towards the “Yanamayu” pass to find the thin air and the reward of spectacular views. We will enjoy a short rest before we board our vehicle and begin descending on the winding road to the town of Patakancha; home to many of the people we work with. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the vicinity of the town and have a visit to the local community. After lunch, we continue down the road to reach and visit the town of Ollantaytambo by midafternoon. This is considered a true Inca living town, where many people still live in the same stone homes their ancestors lived distributed under the same urban layout. Later in the late afternoon we will return to your hotel Cusco or
transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo to take the train to Machu Picchu.
End of our services.
- Service of a local official tour guide(s) during the 3 days.
- Meals mentioned at the end of each day in the itinerary.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Transfer to and from hotel.
Price does not include:
- Meals not specified on itinerary.
- Optional tipping to staff.
- Expenses such as medical immunizations (if any).
- Travel insurance.
- Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
- Train tickets
- Sleeping bag
- Walking stick
*If your clients prefer not to bring their sleeping bag or walking stick we can rent them at an additional cost. Please let us know in advance so we can book these items.
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