You want to avoid the beaten tracks, you like alternative paths, so this trek is for you! Come discover with us this unknown trek which includes Machu Picchu. With the alternative that we offer you you will not arrive by the Sun Gate, but you will enjoy a hike in peaceful valleys and lush, rich in nature, culture and landscapes of snow-capped mountains.
In the 16th century, the Cordillera de Vilcabamba was the refuge of the last Incas, the last stronghold of the resistance against the Spanish invaders. Two of the most important archaeological sites of Peru, Machu Picchu and Choquequirao, were built in this region. The transition from rainforest to snowy mountains occurs in a few kilometers and this area is ideal for climbing, hiking and visiting archaeological sites. The highest mountains are Salkantay 6271m, Pumasillo 5991m, Lasunayoc 5960m, Soray 5928m, Padreyoc 5771m, Panta 5605m, Huayanay 5464m, Huamantay 5450m, Palcay 5400m, Moyoc 5209m, Choquezafra 5152m and Ocobamba 5126m.
We will leave Cusco around 5:40 am on board our private bus, to go to the town of Mollepata. We will make a few stops en route, first to Limatambo (2100m) where we will visit the archaeological site of Tarawasi, an important gateway to Cusco during the Inca period. We will then head to the banks of the Apurimac, then we will go up to Marcoccasa and we will continue crossing the village of Cruzpata (3100m) to enter the valley of Soray Pampa. We will be able to admire the spectacular landscapes, small groups of horses, birds and flowers of the region, as well as the snowy peak of Humantay (5902m). We will arrive at the closest to Soray Pampa (3900m), depending on the weather, sometimes the vehicle can not access the camp, so we will have to walk to the camp), where we will meet the team of muleteers who will accompany us during the hiking. We will have lunch then we will begin our afternoon walk to the first camp of Icchupata.
Time of transport : between 4h and 4h30
Time of walking: 4 hours
Climate : Gentle day and night very fresh
Elevation : Cusco (3400 m) - Mollepata (2800 m) - Cruzpata (3100 m) - Soray Pampa (3900 m) - Icchupata (4300 m)
After breakfast we will leave our camp around 7am to start climbing to the Incachiriasca Pass (5000m), the highest point of the whole trek, from where we will have a fantastic view of Salkantay Mountain (6285m). At the pass, we will take a break to admire the view and take pictures of the Vilcabamba mountain range. We will then descend to the place of lunch, from where we will be able to admire the valley of Salkantay and the beginning of the valley of Sisaypampa (we will perhaps see condors at this place). Our path will then continue downhill towards Cruz Qasa, where we will build our camp at 4490m.
Time of walking : 7 to 8 hours
Climate : Cold
Elevation : Icchupata (4300 m) - Incachiriasa pass (5000 m) - Cruz Qasa (4715 m)
After breakfast, we will continue our hike on a mountain path, uphill and downhill, more than 4000 meters above sea level. The highest pass is Cruz Qasa (4715m) from where the views of the Ocobamba mountain (5126m) are exceptional. After the pass we will descend to the Inca Raqay camp at 4600m.
Time of walking : 7 to 8 hours
Climate : Cold
Elevation : Cruz Qasa (4715 m) – Lecheria Valley - Inca Ragay (4600 m)
After breakfast we will begin to climb to the last pass, located 200m above the camp. We will then descend to the village of Ancasqocha, where we will see several farmers working all along the valley, then we will reach the narrow canyon of Chillca and we will descend following the river Ancasqocha. Leaving the canyon we will see the most fertile area of the region, the Urubamba Valley. Our hike will end in the village of Chillca, where we say goodbye to the muleteers. We will then take a bus for 30 minutes to Ollantaytambo (2800m), where we will spend the night at the hotel El Albergue.
Time of transport : 1 hour
Time of walking : 8 hours
Climate : Cool morning, sweet afternoon, cool night
Elevation : Inca Ragay (4600 m) - Ancasqocha (3200 m) - Chillca (2769 m) - Ollantaytambo (2800 m)
After breakfast served at the hotel, we will go to Ollantaytambo train station to take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will visit Machu Picchu. Called the "Lost City of the Incas", the archaeological site remained intact as it was never found by the Spanish invaders. Machu Picchu was built on top of a green mountain overlooking the Urubamba River and was forgotten in the middle of the vegetation until it was rediscovered in July 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. In Aguas Calientes we will take the bus up to the archaeological site, where our guide will explain the history of this unique place. At the end of the afternoon, we will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, then the shuttle from the agency will wait for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco.
Time of transport : 2h (Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes) and 4h (Aguas Calientes - Cusco)
Time of visiting : 1h30 to 2h
Climate : Hot
Elevation : Ollantaytambo (2800 m) - Machu Picchu (2005 m) - Cusco (3400 m)
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING
HOTEL & RESTAURANT
During the high season (May to August), we are subject to restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture, which provides us with passes for Mach Picchu, so the trek departure dates could be changed to one or two days past, we will then adapt the program so that you can make the most of it.
(1) Huayna Picchu mountain tour or Machu Picchu: To climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, this requires a good time in advance. We take care of the booking and guarantee your entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu. With, of course, an additional charge of $ 70.00 in addition to the entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, according to the regulation of the Ministry of Culture (this new law came into force on July 18, 2011).
(2) Additional carrier : According to the law (26702) of the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an additional bearer will be granted at the request of the customer. However, the customer's luggage must not exceed 12 kilograms. The service costs USD 140 and includes transportation, entrance to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.
(3) Gratuities : For guides (and possible porters) are always welcome.
(4) Student card : To qualify for the $ 20.00 student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when booking - not just when you arrive in Cusco! The validity must correspond to the whole year in progress. When booking, we will need a copy of your card. The Ministry of Culture is strict when regulating student cards.
(5) CANCELLATION : For any last minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense. (See the terms and conditions)