1ST DAY: CUSCO – TAUCA – HUCHUY QOSQO PASS – HUCHUY QOSQO – LAMAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES (TREKKING AND TRAIN)
We will drive off to the small Village of Tauca (3750m), the starting point of our trek where we will go on level terrain, and the landscape is that of a typical Andean valley with corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa fields and other Andean root vegetables. As you ascend towards the pass at 4050m, the scenery changes dramatically to high Andean Puna, with very little vegetation, just mostly “ichu” or high altitude grass. The views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks are spectacular: Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Soon after the pass you will start the descent towards the Huchuy Qosqo plains going along a trail that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where you will see archaeological ruins and wild crops, such as tarwi, and cacti. You will go downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will see remains of an Incan bridge and trail. This canyon is worth seeing for the geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3650 m. Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cuzco”) is a noteworthy Incan complex. It has extremely fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular structure), some residential and defensive quarters and interesting two-story stone and adobe buildings. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Incan agricultural terracing and commanding superb views of the Vilcabamba range. Afterwards we will go downhill to Lamay at 2900m where we will aboard our transport to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo we continue our journey by train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hotel.
2ND DAY: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Early start to Machu Picchu, means enetering for the best photo opportunities. Following the guided tour, take the time to explore and wander around Machu Picchu by yourself. Make your way back down to Machupicchu Town (Aguas Calientes) for a well-deserved rest and lunch. Finally, get the train to Ollantaytambo and bus back to Cusco.
What do I need to bring?
2016 prices per person $ 435.00 USD.
Please contact us, specifying:
-Number of people in the trek
-Train service upon request: Expedition train, Vistadome train, Hiram Bingham (Luxury Orient Express)
– Students: US$ 20.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card.
Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
– Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
– Children: US$ 40.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
– Early bookings: 5% on full program price for all bookings confirmed at least 6 months in advance. This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered
-Visit to HuaynaPicchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 25.00 USD and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for HuaynaPicchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011).
-Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.