Briefing the night before the departure.
DAY 1 CUSCO - SAYWITE
- VILLA LOS LOROS LODGE
Travelers are picked up at their hotel at 7:00am on a private
bus. First stop being Saywite Archaeological Park. This
mysterious monolith and the nearby archaeological remains
including the “ushnu” and the “pacchas” must remain in our
memory to contrast their correspondence with the ceremonial
architecture of Choquequirao. After a healthy box-lunch, we
continue down the remote Huanipaca Valley, a place in the
Peruvian highlands reserved for travelers. Villa Los Loros Lodge
awaits at the bottom of the gorge. The rooms ready and after a
necessary rest, a short meeting is held to dispel the anxiety a
trip like this brings up in every traveler. Dinner and
overnight. (Box lunch, D)
DAY 2 VILLA LOS LOROS LODGE (7415 FEET) - PLAYA SAN IGNACIO
(4757 FEET) - CHOQUEQUIRAO
We leave at 5:30 am right after breakfast, walking down a
footpath that leads to the Hacienda San Ignacio and then tumbles
downhill towards the raging Apurimac River (Playa San Ignacio).
Across the hanging bridge is where the serious hiking starts;
ascending from water level (4757 feet) to Choquequirao campsite
(9415 feet) is nothing less than overwhelming. On the one hand,
the beauty of the landscape, rivers, waterfalls, flowers, all is
movement ... On the other; the wild environment; the steep slope
and your heartbeat combine in an intimate connection with the
environment. At the campsite and after lunch, a quick visit to
the Phaqchayoc Sector (a terraced agricultural system where corn
is still grown) and The House of Waterfalls (according to
archaeologists, the home of the Inca of Choquequirao.) Back at
the campsite, tired and proud, a warm meal is enjoyed before a
good night’s sleep. (Bathrooms and cold showers available) (B,L,D)
DAY 3 / CHOQUEQUIRAO (10000 FEET) - PINCHAUNUYOC (8160 FEET)
Explore the best areas of Choquequirao. Lunch is served amidst
the ruins; a bit of luck will give us the chance to spot the
majestic Andean Condor flying over the canyon. Leaving the
citadel behind, the ascent continues through the highland
forests rich in epiphytes, bromeliads and beautiful orchids, up
to the Choquequirao Pass (10728 feet). A steep descent along the
west side of the mountain takes us to Pinchaunuyoc. Camp is set
amidst these remote ruins (A 5.3 mile trek) (B,L,D)
DAY 4 / PINCHAUNUYOC (8160 FEET) - MAIZAL (9488 FEET)
Morning is spent investigating the seldom visited Pinchaunuyoc,
a growing range of platforms topped by a small ceremonial site.
Further down the mountain the trail leads us to the White River
or Yuraqmayu (6152 feet).
Lunch is served. Climbing the Qorihuayrachina Mountain all the
way to Maizal, a natural balcony with a breathtaking view,
proves to be another challenging section. Camp is set here.
Dinner and overnight. (A 5.9 mile trek) (B,L,D)
DAY 5 / MAIZAL (9488 FEET) - YANAMA (11549 FEET)
Up across a foggy forest and besides the old Victoria silver
mines, we reach the famous San Juan Pass (13780 feet). The
Vilcabamba Mountain Range draws an unfathomable view. A lonely
footpath breaks through the mountains towards tiny Yanama, a
forgotten peasant community. Camp and dinner (A 7.8 mile trek) (B,L,D)
DAY 6 / YANAMA (11549 FEET) - TOTORA (11155 FEET)
Our route climbs out the valley to Yanama Pass (15157 feet), the
highest point of the journey. On the other side, down through
the valley of Santa Teresa, we enjoy the view of Salkantay
(20570 feet) and Huamantay (19413 feet), the highest peaks of
the Vilcabamba range. Salkantay’s slopes host famous Machu
Picchu. An amazing zigzag leads down to our campsite besides the
in the village of Totora. (A 7.5 mile trek) (B,L,D)
DAY 7 / TOTORA (11155 FEET) – LA PLAYA (7005 FEET)
An easy downward slope all the way to the Collpapampa
settlement. Lunch is enjoyed and we relax in the nearby hot
springs. A path takes us through pleasant forests and coffee
plantations, tropical gardens where passion fruit, papaya and
avocado grow carelessly. Towering mountains on both sides lead
to La Playa, our campsite. (A 9.3 mile trek) (B,L,D)
DAY 8 / LA PLAYA (7005 FEET) - HYDRO (6152 FEET) – MACHU PICCHU
Two options to choose from today;
(i) Continue hiking to the hydroelectric plant or
(ii) Board a bus to Santa Teresa Village and hydroelectric
Option one requires a 6 hour* climb along a hidden Inca trail.
The path leads to Llactapata (“Machu Picchu’s Balcony at 8497
feet), where sunrise and sunset were observed at specific
occasions (solstice and equinox).
Option two is a short bus ride to the Cocalmayo Spa, near Santa
Teresa. Both options end in a 15 minute train ride from the
hydroelectric station to Machu Picchu. Rest at your hotel, share
a few drinks and enjoy the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes. (A
10 mile trek )* (B,L)
DAY 9 / MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Early wakeup to catch the first bus and watch the surreal
sunrise at the Incan Sanctuary. Climbing to the top of Wayna
Picchu Mountain or to Intipunku ( the Sun Gate) is up to you.
Back down at Machu Picchu Village a well deserved buffet lunch
is enjoyed before the train back to Cusco.
Transfer to your hotel in the Imperial City.(B)
WE SUGGEST YOU TO:
-Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
-Drinking lots of liquids on long excursions, especially during
-Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.
YOU SHOULD BRING
-Warm Jacket or Sweater
-RainGear (from Nov to April)
-T-shirt , short, long pants.
-Back pack, trekking shoes, sandals
-Sun Hat , wool hat , sun glasses
-Water bottle, flash light, hat
-Personal clothing for trek
-Insect repellent – Sun cream
-Water Purification Tablets.
-Briefing at your Cusco hotel the day before departure; -private
transport to Villa Los Loros lodge; -professional bilingual
guide (English - Spanish); -professional field chef; -two nights
lodge and hotel accommodation (Villa Los Loros Lodge and Machu
Picchu village); -six nights camping with high quality outdoor
(4 season tent, sleeping bag with personal hygienic sheets,
mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, dining tables
and chairs, all kitchen and dining utensils, lighting equipment,
etc.); -first aid kit; all meals and beverages (9 lunches, 8
dinners, 8 breakfasts, snacks); -emergency saddled horse (1 for
every 5 hikers); -horsemen and pack mules; -entrance tickets to
the Saywite, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu; -bus round trip
Machu Picchu village – Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Machu Picchu
village; - train from Machu Picchu to Cusco.
TOURIST SERVICES ALONG THE TREK
It is truly wild country out there. No tourist services are
Proper preparation and skills are required and recommended. Bear
in mind that a happy journey can become a survival nightmare for
inexperienced/ untrained/ underprepared/ unaccompanied/
If you are in doubt, contact a respected adventure travel
The following is a basic description of way points;
Cachora town: basic accommodation, small shops, transport
service, muleteer associations offering load service (some may
have camping gear for rent) telephone.
Capuliyoc: panoramic viewpoint
Chiquisca: campsite; basic food and beverage; restrooms.
Playa Rosalina: campsite; restrooms.
Santa Rosa: campsite; beverage; restrooms.
Maranpata: campsite; basic food and beverage; restrooms.
Choquequirao Campsite: cold showers, restrooms.
Playa San Ignacio: campsite, restrooms.
Hacienda San Ignacio: campsite; beverage; restrooms.
Villa Los Loros Lodge: campsite, lodging, restaurant; private
transport service for customers.
Huanipaca town: basic accommodation, small shops, private and
shared transport service, phone.
-Don’t leave valuables inside your tent when visiting the site.
-Bring cash, no ATM’s.
-Open fires and cooking with wood is prohibited
-Respect the environment carrying bags to collect and take away
all generated waste.
-Carry a little medical kit (anti-inflammatory cream, water
purification tablets, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, bandages,
Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your
scan copy ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your
Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount.
This is the ONLY Student card to
apply the discount
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 Department.
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.