This is a fantastic trek that takes you well off the tourist trails as you climb out of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and continue over into the next valley – that of Lares. In crossing these mountains, you have the chance to enjoy spectacular Andean scenery, including lakes and wildlife, and also visit traditional Andean villages.
Many of these people still dress in typical clothing and they can be seen far off in the distance in their red and black clothing while tending their sheep or llamas. With this itinerary, you have the option of either returning to Cusco at the end of day four or continuing to Machu Picchu to visit this famous Inca city.
CUSCO - CALCA
After an early departure from Cusco or Ollantaytambo you will be driven to Calca, and then climb to the highest point of the road at 4265 meters.
From there we will be able to see the mountains of Sawasiray and Pitusiray before descending into the warm valley of Lares at an altitude of 3207 meters, this is a typical Spanish colonial village with a church, a main plaza and narrow streets full of stores and restaurants.
Here we will meet your porters, we will take the lunch and after this the trek will begin. Our trail has a path that ascends towards the community of Huacawasi (first camp site) located at 3600 m.a.s.l., a charming little community of small houses built from mud brick and thatch.
We will walk for approximately two to three hours a distance of 6 to 7 kilometers, (3.72 miles).
HUACAWASI - MANTANYA
After taking a nourishing breakfast early in the morning, we will leave the camp site by 8:00 a.m. we will make a brief ascence to the Huahuaqasa pass at 4500 meters (highest point of the trek) before descending to Aruraycocha and Yuraccoha lakes, which are formed by the melt waters of the Pumahuanca and Kiswarani snow peaks.
Nearby these lakes we will take the lunch. This is a spectacular day's trekking, through the Urubamba Mountain Range, you will have ample opportunity to spot a number of Andean birds, including condors. The campsite is at 1 hour and 30 minutes from the lunch point near the village of Mantanay located at 3800 m.a.s.l.
We will walk for approximately eight to nine hours a distance of 10 kilometers, (7 miles).
YANAHUARA - MACHU PICCHU
We descend through the Yanahuara gully towards the farmers community for almost 3 hours in a distance of 9 kilometers, (6 miles) its climate is vey good at an altitude of 2950 meters, the tiny hamlet of Yanahuara is located in the Urubamba Valley, for the Incas, the fertile Sacred Valley, it’s the breadbasket of Cusco, with its terraced slopes sown with corn and watered by the glaciers of the great snow peaks and the river, which our ancestors worshipped as a god known as the "Wilkamayu" or "Holy River".
Then we take a 20 minutes bus ride to get to Ollantaytambo just in time to have lunch in the Miski Unu restaurant and catch the train back to the lost city of Machu Picchu.
MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
After another early breakfast, we take hop on the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enjoy sunrise in this magical place before other tourists arrive from Cusco.
We will enjoy the enigma and the mystery of the moment and place in a guided tour and will have enough free time to explore the site individually or do some hikes before we descend to the town of Aguas Calientes in the afternoon. Train ride back to Cusco, transfer to the hotel. (B).
We do have this great 4 days hike option, ending at Machu Picchu, having on the last day a full day time between 7a.m. till 2 p.m. to enjoy well the great Inka City, that is means you will get Machupicchu before the crowded trains arrive, good for empty pictures and enough time for those looking to climb the holy mountain of Hayna Picchu (1:40 hours round trip aprox.), or a quiet hike to the temple of the moon which is located behind Huayna Picchu (1:50 hours round trip aprox).
Transportation to the departure zone
Tent in double occupancy
Horses and mules
Professional bilingual guide
Meals according to the program
Transport back to Cusco
Train ticket round trip to Aguas Calientes
Hostel in Aguas Calientes
Entrances fees to Machu Picchu
Bus tickets to Machu Picchu round trip
Flight tickets and airport taxes
Personal expences (clothing and laundry)
Original passport (student + ISIC card valid )
Hat or cap
Medium back pack for the way
Rain coat or ponchos
Bottle of water
Sun blocker with high protection factor
Additional storage memory