Go for a 3 days trek in the heart of the Andes! An itinerary totally off the beaten track that will take you from the village of Socma to Ollantaytambo via the Perolniyoc waterfall and the sun gate of Inti Punku.
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Cusco - Rayon
We will pick you up directly at your hotel and then drive to the village of Socma, a few hours drive from Cusco.
It is from this small village that we will start our hike. We will start with a progressive ascent up to the Perolniyoc waterfall where we will stop for a good time to enjoy this unique scenery.
After regaining our strength we will start the second part of our ascent to the village of Rayon. This one is quite steep but we will go at your own pace.
On the way we will stop at the ruins of Raqaypata which you will visit with your guide.
We will arrive in Rayon in the late afternoon. Free time, dinner and overnight in tents.
Private english services
Rayon - Cachicata
After breakfast we start our ascent to the last big difficulty of our itinerary: the Pukapuhio pass located at 4400m altitude. The effort is difficult but the panoramas at the top are sumptuous. We will pass the pass a little bit before having our lunch.
Our itinerary will then offer us in the afternoon splendid views of the peaks of the region before we start our descent to the sun gate also known as Inti Punku. After a moment of pause and contemplation on this unique place dating back to the Inca period we will descend to Cachicata where we will spend the night.
Free time, dinner and night in tents.
Private english services
Cachicata - Ollantaytambo
Today we will finish our walking tour with a half-day walk downhill to the village of Ollantaytambo. Your guide will visit the village and the ruins on the spot before returning to Cusco.
End of our services on your return to Cusco.
English private services, private transportation, entrance fees included.
Option 4 days – 3 nights with visit of Machu Picchu
For those who wish, it is possible to add the visit of Machu Picchu after this itinerary. Upon your arrival in Ollantaytambo we would then see to organize a train ride to Aguas Calientes and you would visit Machu Picchu the next day. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.
The climate varies greatly according to the regions travelled through. From April to November, the sky is clear, although light rains are always possible. In altitude, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So bring warm clothes, even if you can walk around in a T-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at high altitudes, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.
No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.
When visiting high altitude areas, adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and fatigue affect some people. However, the trip is designed to allow our body to adapt gradually (increase in red blood cells).
All major cities have modern private clinics with care comparable to what we have in Europe. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.
We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical costs in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.
Currency / Credit Cards
Dollars and euros are accepted in the shops of the big cities. There are exchange houses everywhere. However, it is better not to carry large sums of money with you.
Credit cards are accepted in all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The commission of the bancomat is between 5 and 10USD.
In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.
Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily to the altitude and enjoy your discoveries.
For trekking trips, develop your endurance by running or practicing your endurance several times a week.
Material to take with you
|Passport and 2 copies||Visa (if necessary)||Travel insurance (mandatory) and copy|
|Airline tickets and copy||Yellow fever vaccination certification (if visiting the Amazon)||Currency in US dollars, euros or local currency|
|1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel)||Camera||Binoculars|
|Reading/writing materials||Flashlight||2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)|
|1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 1 big sweater||Warm underwear||Cap|
|Warm and waterproof jacket||Good shoes||Small towel and bathing suitcase|
|Toilet kit||Protection against sun and insects||Medicines you usually take|
Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)
You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).