A trek accessible to all, young and old, with friends or family. Close to Cusco, the route starts from Patabamba, ending in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A unique experience with three nights' accommodation to share and exchange on local cultures and traditions.
Departure to the Sacred Valley and visit of the archaeological complex of Pisaq and the local market of the village of Pisaq. Continue to Patabamba where you meet the locals with whom you will spend the night. Dinner and overnight stay in Patabamba.
Hiking day: you pass through the small village of Sihuas, then the Pukamarca pass (3900m) where you will have a magnificent view of the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred Valley. Continue to the Puma Puncu Canyon, "the gate of the Cougar", before taking an ancient Inca path restored as part of the Qapacñan project, "the great way" which will lead you to the isolated and mysterious Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo , the "little Cusco". Visit the site and then meet with your hosts for the night. Dinner and overnight stay in Huchuy Qosqo. 5 to 6 hours of walking, uneven: + 350m / -400m
Continuation of the hike towards Chinchero, the "city of the rainbow", known for its textile art: belts, ponchos and coats woven and tinted according to the traditional Inca method. Upon arrival, meet with your host family for the night. Dinner and overnight stay in Chinchero. 5 to 6 hours of walking, uneven: + 470m / -700m
Visit of the site of Moray and the Saltworks of Maras, then downhill to the valley and Tarabamba, where a private vehicle awaits you. You then have two possibilities: to return to Cusco or to go to Ollantaytambo from where you can take the train to Aguas Calientes and the Machu Pichhu.
You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every stage of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another. A few exceptions: - The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.
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: - Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a tent with 3 places for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete 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). - 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, … As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.
In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc). For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!
Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …). Exceptions: - For the touristic buses Chivay-Puno and Puno-Cusco - Lima trips, you will travel in a comfortable and secure bus line with an English / Spanish speaking colelctive guide.
Thank you for your interest in having a personalized travel experience with Tierra de los Andes Peru.