DAY 1: CUSCO - QUISHUARANI (LARES)-CUNCANI-YANACOCHA
At scheduled time, you will be picked up from your hotel by our
representative, then board a vehicle to take you to the community of
Lares, through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking a detour through
the town of Calca. The trip to Lares offers by the presence of
interesting scenarios of the Andean peoples that exist in the route. We
recommend bringing a camera always ready, as there are sections where
the landscape presents views to remember. It will be ideal bringing some
food for this trip, since the trip to the community of Lares takes about
3 hours. We recommend fruits and gifts for children of these villages,
it is certain that we will find them welcoming us to the community of
Quishuarani (3,700 meters above sea level), which is the starting point
for the walk. Throughout the tour, we visit small Andean communities,
spectacular landscapes and mountains, herds of llamas and alpacas, and
have the company of peasants (people from local villages) in colorful
traditional costumes. Carriers will have horses and the help of travel
assistants. Begin the beautiful hike through the Andes with a gentle
climb from 3700 to 4200 m, at which point you get to the lake called
Queuña Cocha, where you can see Mount Sawasiray (5400 m) and Colquhoun
Cruz (5600 meters) Here we will find a short climb, the more pronounced
in the first tranche. Hualcacasa (4400 meters), Mount Veronica (5700 m,
a sacred mountain to Apu in the Valley). It is frequent to see this in
the high mountains, after which it descends for 30 minutes to reach the
lunch place, located next to the picturesque "Seven Lakes". After lunch,
we will begin the descent, which will take about 30 minutes through
community Cuncani. Then, little by little, for two hours, we will ascend
the beautiful slopes in order to get to our second point, Qolqecasa
(4200 m). After 30 minutes of descent, find beautiful lakes and
waterfalls, to finally arrive at approximately 16:30 pm at Yanacocha,
where we will camp overnight. ( L, D)
Maximum altitude: 4200 M
Minimum Altitude: 3700 M
Distance traveled: 14km
Approximate Walking Time: 6 to 7 hours.
DAY 2: YANACOCHA-WAKAWASI-MANTANAY
After breakfast, at 6.30 am, we will leave Yanacocha and gradually
descend for about 2 hours to Chaqchapata (3950 m).
We will be able to see the potato crops, herds of llamas and alpacas
that are developed in this part of the Andes (part of the camelid
family), as well as the local communities of people still in our time
continue to live in farmhouses made of stone. Along the slope can be
seen Chaqchapata farmers. 30 minutes later you will find Wakawasi. Then
go up to about one hour and a half for our lunch in “Hierba Esponjosa”
(spongy grass). We will also see a glacial stream, Champacocha.
After our lunch break, climb for about an hour to reach the highest
point our walk, Auroracasa pass (4600 m) where we can see the lagoon
Auroracocha. From Auroracasa we will descend to the two lagoons, where
you will be allowed to take pictures of this beautiful landscape, and
then enter the valley of Queuña. At this point it is inevitable notice a
change of scenery with beautiful mountains, before reaching our campsite
after a journey of approximately 2 hours. (B, L, D)
Maximum altitude: 4600 M
Minimum Altitude: 3950 M
Distance traveled: 16km
Approximate Walking Time: 7 to 8 hours.
DAY 3: MANTANAY-YANAHUARA
After breakfast, at 7:30 am, we will start our walk that will bring us a
much easier day, as we descend to lower altitudes and enjoy breathtaking
views of the areas of Maras Moray and Salineras, the mountains and the
valley Queuña. You will notice the sudden change of climate and
environment, and will see local farmers and agricultural crops in corn,
potatoes and vegetables. The tour takes about 4 hours, after which it
reaches the picturesque town of Yanahuara, where we will enjoy the last
lunch together on our trip before the departure of our staff, leaving
the horses and horsemen. A private bus will take us to the station of
Ollantaytambo, where we board the train for a 2-hour trip to the city of
Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes. (B, L, D)
Maximum altitude: 3900 M
Minimum Altitude: 2700 M
Distance traveled: 12km
Approximate Walking Time: 4 to 5 hours
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHUPICCHU-OLLANTAYTAMBO
Very early, at 5:30 am, after the breakfast we will depart to experience
a perfect visit to the ruins of Machu Picchu. You will need to leave
early to avoid congestion with other groups of tourists and enjoy the
spectacular view of sunrise over the mountains of Machu Picchu. To reach
the ruins of Machu Picchu, it is necessary to take the local bus. This
short bus ride takes only 20 minutes, and runs an unpaved track, very
steep and winding through a jungle and mountain features stunning views.
Finally, we arrive at Machu Picchu, where our guide will accompany us on
a tour of the most important sectors of this beautiful citadel. In Machu
Picchu we will go 2 hours with our guide and visit the agricultural
area, consisting of sets of agricultural terraces, the urban area where
the occupants lived and where some of the main civil and religious
We will also visit the Intiwatana of Machu Picchu, located on the top of
the citadel, the Temple of the Sun, the Condor and other major sectors.
Later we have free time to explore the city on our own account. Around
13:00, we will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where you can
take your lunch. Next, take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then we
will be transported in a comfortable tourist bus to Cusco. The trip to
the Cusco will take approximately 4 hours. Crews will pick up
participants at the train station and directs them to their hotels. (B)
Maximum altitude: 2400 M
Minimum Altitude: 2000 M
Distance: 0 km
Approximate time of Visit: 3 to 4 hours.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDED:
-Briefing time one or two days before the trek.
-Transportation from Cusco to the start of the trek
-Professional English speaking guide.
-Assistant guide from more than 9 passengers.
-Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: breakfast L: lunch D: dinner)
-High Mountain Tents
-One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
-Dining tent with tables and chairs
-Cook and cooking equipment
-Mules (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
-Mules to carry personal gear up to a Maximum of 5kg per person
(including sleeping bag and sleeping pad).
-Duffle bags for personal luggage, per person.
-All camp waste is hauled out of the park
-Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners + daily morning snack).
-Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
-One Textile Snack Bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags
that contaminate our environment.
-Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes /
boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and
at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
-Comprehensive first-aid kit including oxygen bottles
-1 night hostel in Aguas Calientes – 3rd day
-Train ticket (Expedition class) from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes –
-Train ticket (Expeditions class) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
– 4th day.
-Transfer from the train station- hotel in Cusco
OUR SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
-Sleeping bag (can be hired at an extra cost in Cusco)
-Fourth Lunch in Aguas Calientes
-Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up
the trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10
minutes from the village center, entrance fee is s/10.00 (Peruvian
Soles). Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes.
-Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
-Dinner on the last day
-Extra services not mentioned in the program
-Tips for guides, porters or chefs and extra expenses
WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING
-A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
-Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic
ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
-Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
-Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
-Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also
recommended, especially for sleeping
-Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
-Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold
-Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
-After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
-Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has
-Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal
service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies
for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it
is not included in our selection
-Water container and water for the first morning.
Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed. Plastic
water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
-Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from
streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled
water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so
-Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
-Cash (no ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
-Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied
for a student discount)
-Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not
to damage the soil)
The Expedition is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits
at a lower cost. Is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with
four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share
your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you
we offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic
windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a
If you will take any trek with us. we ask you to fill the customer chart
regarding the commentaries or otherwise you can inform to the Operations
This is a very important requirement and necessary to do after take the
tour to avoid problems regarding the quality of the service and help you
to resolve it before you leave to your country otherwise our agency is
assuming that all your services was ok therefore we are not going to
accept any claims.
Lima: 998181709 (+51 Calling from abroad)
Fax Number +51 1 2421273
Cusco: 998182455 (+51 Calling from abroad)
946320668 (+51 Calling from abroad)