Magnificent 4-day trek that will take you from the sacred valley of the Incas to the magic of Machu Picchu.
You will pass through traditional Quechua communities and discover a varied and surprising fauna and flora.
|NOT INCLUDED||International flights to and from the place of arrival and departure
First breakfast, lunch and dinner of the last day
Anything not mentioned under “Included.”
The Huayna Picchu or Montana Machu Picchu option
Compulsory travel insurance (accident/repatriation)
Your expenses on site
Allow an average of $25/day for meals (except when included) and drinks. This amount may vary depending on your choice of restaurant. Also include an amount for souvenirs that you would like to take away as well as for your personal expenses.
Cusco - Lares (thermal waters) - Wacahuasi
Departure from Cusco early in the morning and bus ride through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the village of Calca. After a short break where you will have the opportunity to buy the last items necessary for your walking days, we take the road back to the village of Lares located at 3200m of altitude. There you will have the opportunity to relax in the thermal waters of the village before having our lunch and starting our walk to our first camping place: Wacahuasi.
Night in tents.
(Option: For the more courageous, the first part from Calca to Lares can also be done on foot rather than by bus).
Wacahuasi - Patacancha
After a good breakfast, we will hike in constant ascent to the Ipsayccasa pass. 3 to 4 hours of efforts through magnificent landscapes and in the company of herds of llamas and alpacas which will end with a superb panorama of the “Nevado Veronica” (5’750m) and the surrounding peaks.
We will then descend to the Ipsaycocha lake where some locals occasionally come to fish for trout, then we will continue for a few minutes until we reach Ipsay pampa where we will have our lunch.
From there we will end our day with about 2 hours of descent to Patacancha (3’700m / 12’139ft), a community known for its textiles and where the population still retains many of the old Quechua customs.
Night in tents.
Patacancha - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we start a big day’s walk. We will pass through two passes, the paso de l’Ausangate (5’000m) where we will be able to observe a wonderful lagoon, the Ausangatecocha, and the paso Palomani (5’000m) where we will have a magnificent view of the Ausangate and the Mariposa. From this pass we will descend into the valley of Hunchuy Finaya where we will camp.
Night in tents.
Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
We will get up early and after breakfast we will start our walk to the citadel of Machu Picchu, where we will enjoy the magic and mystery of one of the wonders of the world. The guided tour will take about 2 hours. Afterwards, you will be free to explore the citadel.
In the afternoon, we will return to the village of Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco.
Option: Possibility to go up to the Huayna Picchu or Montana Machu Picchu offering two superb panoramic views of the site. Reservation to be made in advance. Extra 20USD.
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|
|Air tickets and copy||Certification Vaccination Yellow fever (if visiting the Amazon)||Currency in USD., Euros or local|
|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|
|Waterproof and warm jacket||Good shoes||Small towel and bath business|
|Toilet kit||Protection against sun and insects||Medications 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).
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