What better way to dream than a trekking in the heart of magnificent deserted valleys where your only encounters will be with the local people ...? This unique experience will take you from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, where you will have the possibility, if you wish, to continue your discovery by going to Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of Peru..
Departure to the Sacred Valley and visit of the archeological complex of Pisaq and the traditional handicraft market of the village of Pisaq. Then continue to Lares, where you stop for the night. Possibility to bathe in the sources of hot water (entries not included). Overnight in hostel.
Departure of your trek towards the valley of Lares, until Rosas Pata then until the valley of Cochayoc, in the middle of which is the village of the same name. You stop there to spend the night alongside the shepherds who share their lives with their flocks of lamas, alpacas and sheep. Night in camp. 6 hours of walking, uneven + 650 m
Passage of the Q'elhuacocha pass through the alpine pastures of Cochayoc. Then continue to your campsite, near a small lake. From here you have a magnificent view of several snow-capped peaks. Night in camp. 6 hours of walking, altitude difference + 700 m / - 400 m.
Continue your hike down to the Patacancha Valley (3950m), where you meet the small community of Patacancha. You will have the opportunity to interact with the inhabitants who still live today according to the Quechua traditions. Then transfer to the village of Huilloq located a little lower. Night in camp. 5 hours of walking, uneven + 190 m / - 600 m
Descent towards Ollantaytambo, along an Inca road. On the way, visit the archaeological site of Pumamarca. Arrival in Ollantaytambo, from there, possibility to take the train to Aguas Calientes to visit the Machu Picchu or to return to Cusco. 2h30 walking, uneven - 600 meters
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.