What better than a trek in the heart of magnificent deserted valleys where your only encounters will be with the local population? This unique experience will take you from Cusco to Ollantaytambo where you will be able to, if you wish, continue your journey by going to Machu Picchu, the famous lost citadel of Peru.
DAY 1 :CUSCO (3350 m) - PISAQ (3400 m) - LARES (3500 m)
You will leave for the sacred valley and start your discovery of famous sites with the visit of the Pisaq archeological complex; 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 journey towards Lares, where you will make a stop for the night. Possibility to swim in the hot springs (entrance not included).
DAY 2: LARES (3500 m) - CCACHIN - COCHAYOC (3900 m)
On your first day of the trek, you will go up to the Ccachin village, walking next to llamas that will carry your bags. Once you arrive in the village, you will discover the houses of the hamlet made of adobe and thatch. The inhabitants, dressed in red ponchos and skirts, are before all farmers but have also specialized in weaving. You will pass through the village to then climb onto the neighboring crests from where ancient Inca tombs can be observed. You will slowly make your way up the Ccochayoc valley, in the heart of which can be found the village of the same name, meaning “the village with a lake” in Quechua. You will stop there to spend the night next to shepherds who share their lives with their herds of llamas, alpacas and sheep.
6 hours of walk, + 650m of height difference
DAY 3: COCHAYOC (3900 m) - QU'ELHUACOCHA (4100 m)
If the weather allows it, you will see a beautiful view over the Terijuay mountain chain, before continuing your hike. You will cross the high mountain pastures of Cochayoc and ascend up to the Q’elhuacocha pass. The climb is somewhat difficult but the view is worth the effort. You will then trek through two other passes before arriving at the camp, close to a little lake. From there, you will have a magnificent view of several snowy summits.
6 hours of walk, + 700 m / - 400 m of height difference
DAY 4: QU'ELHUACOCHA – PATACANCHA
You will continue your hike descending towards the Patacancha valley (3950m), where you will say goodbye to the local team. You will then head towards the little community of Patacancha where you will have the opportunity to exchange with the inhabitants who still live with Quechua traditions.
5 hours of walk, + 750 m / - 1250 m of height difference
DAY 5: PATACANCHA (3350 m) – OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 m)
You will go down to Ollantaytambo. On the way, you will visit the archeological site of Pumamarca. Then, you will arrive in this unusual village from the XV century where you can visit the fortress and stroll through the small paved streets of this singular village of the XVth century almost unchanged since its creation. From there, possibility to take the train for Machu Picchu or to return to Cusco.
2.5 hours of walk, - 600m of height difference
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THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Ground transports
- The guide, mule-drivers and cook
- The trek logistics (tents, equipment, etc.)
- The meals during the trek
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Accommodation on the 6th day
- Transport of the 6th day, train or bus depending on the chosen option
- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, chefs)
- Personal trekking equipment (shoes, sleeping bag, etc.)
- Individual expenses
- The entrance to the hot springs of Lares (5 USD / person) and to the archeological site of Pisaq
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 cuisine prepared with local agricultural products and served in the comfortable dining room of your hosts.
Your transfers will take place in private transport up to the point of departure of the trek.