Day 1: Cusco - Tambomachay - Qenko - Huchuy Qosqo

Highlights of the day:

We will start our hike close to the Inca site of Tambomachay; our path will lead us through the vast grassland of the Andean puma, we will start the climb toward the first of the three mountain passes that we will have to overcome before we reach our destination at Huchuy Qosqo. Along the way, we will pass through many small communities, rivers, and lakes. In those places, we will be able to contemplate the life of the Andean villagers that inhabit these areas.  One of these unusual places is the village of Qenko located nearby the Lake Qoricocha (Golden Water). The people inhabiting these grasslands and villages are mainly farmers and herders. This area is quite off the beaten track, and rarely we see other tourists.  After a well deserved lunch, the original Inca trail will lead us through one of the most beautiful hiking places of Cusco, which is a ravine formed by the Lares river. This second part of the day will come to an end when we reach our destination at the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo.  Our camping spot for the day will be located right within this impressive and beautiful Incan site. At night, we will be delighted by the breathtaking Andean sky. Our tour guides will give us a brief introduction to Andean Astronomy as well as contemporary astronomy. Huchuy Qosqo is by far one of the best places in the mountains of Cusco to do some stargazing.

Start time: 5:00 am

Travel: Bus to start point of trail at Tambomachay.

Difficulty level: Hard-Strenuous

Meals Included: Breakfast at Tambomachay, Lunch on the trek, and dinner at Huchuy Qosqo.

Accommodation: Camping in tents at Huchuy Qosqo.


Day 2: Huchuy Qosqo - Lamay - Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo

Highlights of the day:

Our day starts at 7:00 AM when our guides will wake us up in our tents. To help us get in the best possible mood for this beautiful day, they will serve us a nice cup of coca tea or the hot drink of your preference. An hour later, and after we complete packing up all our stuff, we will have our first meal of the day. The location we choose for breakfast will have a formidable view of the Sacred Valley and the surrounding peaks of the Urubamba mountain range. Our breakfast will consist of bread, omelettes, ham, fruits, cereals and coffee,  or herbal teas.   After breakfast and before we start the hike down the hill toward Lamay, our guide will give us a walking tour around the Archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo. During this walking tour, she will explain the historical background of this ancient Incan city.  Every lecture our tour guide will deliver will be oriented to prepare us for what we will see in our final destination which is Machu Picchu. We encourage all our customers to watch these videos or try to read some of these books to improve the quality of the presentations that our guides will provide.  After we finish our visit to Huchuy Qosqo Incan site, we continue our hike. The trail from Huchuy Qosqo to Lamay town is mainly downhill, the trail goes through a lushy and beautiful ravine, filled with birds and exotic plants.  It will take us approximately two hours to get to the bottom of the mountain at Lamay.  Before lunch,  we will go for a small walking tour around Lamay town to see one of the very few places that has yet to be discovered by tourists. Lunch will be ready upon our return to our lunch spot which is next to the Urubamba river.  After lunch, we will go on a bus ride toward the best anthropological and historical museum of Cusco, which is the Inkarri museum located in the city of Calca. In this place, a local guide will take us on a 45-minute tour of the museum to show us the most important aspects of the civilizations that preceded the Inca; this will add up more information to prepare us for our visit to Machu Picchu.  Our bus ride will finish at Ollantaytambo town, which is considered the oldest living Incan town. Ollantaytambo is a very beautiful city in which people still use the ancient Inca buildings as their houses, and the layout of the streets still maintains its original planning.

Start time: 5:00 am

Travel: Bus to Ollantaytambo

Difficulty level: Moderate

Meals Included: Breakfast at Huchuy Qosqo, Lunch on the trek, and dinner at Ollantaytambo.

Accommodation: Hotel Las Orquideas Ollantaytambo.


Day 3: Short Inca Trail - Machu Picchu - Aguas Caliente

​Highlights of the day:

Our third day of adventure starts early in the morning at the hotel as we do a day hike along the original short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After breakfast, we will head toward the train station where we will catch the train that will take us to the starting point of the Short Inca Trail, which is the 104 Km or Chachabamba. At Chachabamba, we will go through the first checkpoint and park ranger post of the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. In this place, we will show our documents and tickets before we start our hike. The hike to Winaywayna Incan site is a long a steady climb, the hot temperatures of the Machu Picchu Canyon will demand a lot of energy before we reach our lunch spot. The first part of the trail goes through a lush area with abundant vegetation proper of the cloud forest, but a half hour into the trail we will get to a gray area where we will be exposed to the sunlight. We recommend people to take a lot of water and electrolytes for this part of the trail as it takes a toll on our physical endurance. Once we get our of the grassy area, we will enter into the lush, humid tropical cloud forest. In this section of the trail, we will encounter a great variety of air plants, “epiphytes,” orchids and bamboos, as well as moss and an enormous amount of butterflies and hummingbirds. At Winaywayna Incan site or 'Forever Young'(2680m/8792ft), our guide will give us another presentation about this beautiful Incan site, perhaps the most beautiful of all Incan sites in Peru. After a well deserved and necessary lunch, we will proceed to the second part of our hike toward the Sungate or Inti Punku (2730m/8792ft). The path to the Sungate is easier than the first one; it is mainly flat or undiluted with a few small stairs to climb. Once we get to the Sungate, we will have the first view of Machu Picchu, something to remember forever. At the Sun gate, we will take the mandatory pictures of Machu Picchu and enjoy the view of this impressive place. Then, we will continue with our hike following the path that goes down the hill toward Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). Once we get to Machu Picchu, we will spend sometime at the area next to the “house of the guardian”. Here, we will enjoy the beauty of Machu Picchu before the park closes at 5:00 PM.  From Machu Picchu, we will take a shuttle bus to the town of Aguas Caliente, where we will have dinner and spend the night at our hotel.


Start time: 5:40 am

Travel: Transfer to train station. Train to kilometer 104. Trekking.

Meals Included: Lunch on the trek and dinner in Aguas Calientes.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes

NOTE: Although a shortened Inca Trail, this trek joins the main Inca trail in time to see the highlights.


Day 4 Aguas Caliente - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Highlights of the day:

Early in the morning, we will walk head over to the bus station for the shuttle buses to Machu Picchu. The line to catch the bus takes about an hour, and the bus ride takes approx  30- minutes. Once we get to Machu Picchu, our guide will give us a final lecture and a walking tour (2 hours) along the most important places of Machu Picchu.  The optional climb of Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft) takes 45 minutes to reach the top.


Start time: 5:00 am

Travel: Bus to Machu Picchu

Difficulty level: Easy

Meals: Breakfast in Hotel in Aguas Calientes.


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