The trek itself is rated moderate, similar to the Inca Trail, so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude. If arriving from sea level then plan on spending at least 2 days in Cusco and the surroundings before undertaking the trek. This 3-day newly developed itinerary offers an outstanding combination of amazing mountain scenery in a remote area and visits to authentic Quechua communities such as Wacawasi, Willog, and Patacancha and reaches Aguas Calientes on the third day. The last day is devoted to the visit of the impressive Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.To have the best experience we combine interaction with the local people and use their Llamas to carry all the camping gear and our backpacks, how ancient Andean people did.
This trek takes us into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, passing green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes and high passes, with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising to just under 6,000 meters. Our route takes us through many small village communities that offer a rare & fascinating insight into traditional Andean life. Finally we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes and continue on to Machu-Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. We have plenty of time to explore this renowned and fascinating site, climb to Huayna Picchu, walk to Sun-Gate etc.
We take small groups, why?
The principal reason to take small groups in the hike, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the hike, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference often over onehour in a section of the trail between the fastest and slowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guides explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Small groups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.
What are the benefits of doing a private tour?One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.
What to Bring/ Carry:
After your delicious breakfast at your Hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, we will pick you up at 5:00am and then we will start with our wonderful journey through the sacred valley with some stops such as the view of ancient remanents of Pisac valley where our guide will explain you about the culture, tradition and history and while you will attending the explanation and enjoying the views of the Incas city and the magnificent valley, our cook will prepare the delicious breakfast. After your breakfast, the tour continue onto Huaran which is the beginning of the hike where we meet with our horsemen and mules to carry our equipment and we will have time to use some toilets and make the last shopping. As soon as we gone be ready, we will start with our 3 and Half hour of hike up until to get Canchacancha where will have a break to recover energy and enjoy our delicious buffet lunch. Cancha Cancha is a small abandoned and isolated community, has not any kind of transport, no electricity, so we will be in connection with the nature and the realness of the life with the locals as they share their homes and their tradition. We strongly recommend you to share some gifts with them such as toys, uses cloths jackets or pants, fruits, shoes or any school supplies, so they will be really appreciated. About 3 hours more of walking, we will arrive to our first campsite where our tents will be ready to rest, we will have hot drinks and delicious buffet dinner and while we eat, our guide will tell us about the Inca Constellations, if the weather permit to have blue sky.
After your delicious breakfast, we continue with our hike to the northeast which one of the intense trek passing over three high passes to the highest point of our trek called Pachacutek pass located above 4,700 m.a.s.l / 1, 5420 feet where will have time to take a break and feel of total exhalation and self achievement having reached the summit. Compensating for the tough trek are the views of the rigid glaciers, schockingly blue glacial lakes, llamas, rugged valleys and undulating farmlands. After a plenty of time enjoying the wonderful views, we start to descend for about one hour and stop at the glacial lake for the delicious buffet lunch from where, we will enjoy the picturesque views of the Lares Valley (3,250m.a.s.l) and along the trail, and we will be able to observe a lot of llamas, alpacas and sheep. Another 2 hours of walk down we get our second camp site called Kiswarani community located above 3,700 m.a.s.l / 12139 feet. Today, we will be able to visit some local families and interact with you in the Quechua language (Native language) where your tour guide will translate and teach you some Quechua words , we will be able to enjoy the amazing waterfall and finally , we will get Kiswarany where we will catch our private transport till Ollantaytambo where you will take the train to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night there , you will have fantastic journey through the sacred valley of the Incas and the remote canyon of Vilcanota to Aguas Calientes village. The train ride consist is an spectacular views along the way in this wonderful land of the Incas, amazing landscapes of mountains and valleys, Inca farming terraces, in both sides of the valley, snowcapped mountains, and sub-tropical jungle near the Ceja de Selva. From Pachar the sacred Vilcanota River. Aguas Calientes town is set in 2,040 mts and is the closest access point to Machu Picchu. After 1H/45 Minutes of journey along the cloud forest and once you arrive there, you will be picked up and transfer to Hotel.
This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, you will be picked up from your Hotel very early (BEFORE the BIRDS SING) our guide will meet you at your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00am to aboard the first touristic and shared bus to drop off you at the main door where you have to show your original PASSPORTS and ISIC Cards ( If applicable ) at the check point , and then try to be the first visitors inside of the wonder of the world Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel. Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 65 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel (Own arrangement).
Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near