A trek accessible to everyone, children and adults, to do between friends or family. Close to Cusco, the itinerary begins with Patabamba and ends in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A unique experience with four 3 nights in homestay accommodation, where you will have the opportunity to share and exchange about the local culture and traditions.
DAY 1: CUSCO (3350 m) –PISAQ (3400 m) – PATABAMBA (3848 m)
You will go to the Sacred valley in a private vehicle. On the way, you will have the possibility of visiting the site of Pisaq (optional), whose archeological complex is composed of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest of the region (about 10000 persons are buried here). It is from here that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. On your way back down, you will stop at the traditional artisanal market of Pisaq before continuing your itinerary towards Patabamba, where you will meet your hosts for the night.
DAY 2: PATABAMBA (3848 m) – HUCHUY QOSQO (3600 m)
This day is dedicated to hiking: a trail will take you first to the little village of Sihuas, then up to the Pukamarca pass (3900m) which overlooks the village with the same name. Here, you will have a splendid viewpoint of the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred valley. After, you will continue your trek to the Puma Puncu canyon, “the puma door”, before using an old Inca trail restored as part of the Qapacñan project, “the long trail”. It will lead you to the isolated and mysterious Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, “the little Cusco”, with its splendid terraces and constructions in rocks and adobe bricks. Close to this site is the house of your hosts who will welcome you for the night.
5 to 6 hours of walk, + 350m / - 400m of height difference
DAY 3: HUCHUY QOSQO (3600 m) – CHINCHERO (3780 m)
You will leave your hosts and continue your hike towards Chinchero. The trail will gradually take you to the Huallata pass (4418m), from where you will have a clear view on the Sacred valley overlooked by the summits of the mountain range in the horizon. You will go back down to the little village of Cuperalto, where shepherds and their herds of camelids live. Then, you continue towards Chinchero, the “rainbow village”, known for its textile art: belts, ponchos and coats are weaved and dyed following the traditional Inca method. Upon your arrival in Chinchero, you will meet your local host family and settle down for the night.
5 to 6 hours of walk, + 470m / - 700m of height difference.
DAY 4: CHINCHERO (3780 m) – MISMINAY (3600 m)
You will begin the day visiting the village of Chinchero. After this, you will continue your hike to Santa Ana. Then you will cross the plateau of Chinchero towards the Huaypo lake. Your path will continue to the Maras plateau. You will go through Paucchi before arriving in Santa Ana where you will spend the night.
6 hours of walk, -380m of height difference
DAY 5: MISMINAY (3600 m) – TARABAMBA (2890 m) – OLLANTAYTAMBO (OR CUSCO)
The last part of your trek will take you to the heart of the Sacred valley. You will begin with the visit of the Moray site, real agricultural laboratory which was used more than 500 years ago to test the resistance of certain botanical species at the altitude. Then, you will continue your itinerary to the Maras saline. These saline date of the pre-Inca period and continue to be used like old times by the inhabitants of the village. The water coming from a salted source is canalized to a series of ponds where it evaporates gradually. A fine layer of salt is deposited and can be collected. Following the visit, you will go down to the valley until Tarabamba where a private vehicle will be waiting for you.
You have two possibilities: return to Cusco or go to Ollantaytambo, from where you can take the train to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
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THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Ground transports
- English speaking guide, mule-drivers and cooks
- The trek and camping logistics
- The meals mentioned as “included”
- Nights in homestay accommodations
- Private vehicle back to Cusco
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Accommodation on the 5th day
- The entrance to the site of Pisaq
- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, chefs)
- Personal trekking equipment (sleeping bag, trekking poles)
- Individual expenses
The trip will be escorted by a Peruvian private English speaking guide.
In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation:
- Camping: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and mule-driver(s), you will be able to truly rest after a good day’s walk, do not worry! We have at your disposal a kitchen tent, a dining tent and a toilet tent. For two people, we will provide a 3 men tent for more comfort. We will also provide a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and end of the day for your personal toilet. And of course, we will prepare full and hot meals!
- Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems)
During the trek, you will be given cold meals for lunch and hot meals for dinner.
In homestay accommodation, you will discover a simple yet delicious cuisineprepared with local agricultural products and served in the comfortable dining room of your hosts.
Your transfers will take place in private transport up to your point of departure and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco