This expedition is perfect for those that love adventure trekking and to experience an authentic cultural immersion. Travel in Peru staying with different Andean home stay families learning about their history, beliefs and daily life activities. Enjoy the amazing Andean landscape from the deep valleys to high snowcapped mountains and immense plateaus. Feel and revive the ancestral history and traditions walking along alley streets and surroundings of several Andean villages. This trip is unique because enriches your life and gives you the opportunity to share and take home unforgettable memories.

Altitude: 3,350 m. – 11,055ft. Average.
Location: Eastern & Western North of Cusco City
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Night
Trip style: Cultural Immersion
Physical demand rating: Experience needed
When to visit: Year-round

Day by Day

  • Day 1: Lima – Cusco
  • Day 2: Cusco – Huchuyqosqo Community village (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 3: Huchuyqosqo – Huaran Village (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 4: Huaran – Wakawasi Community Village (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 5: Wakawasi – Patakancha Community Village (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 6: Patakancha – Aguas Calientes Town (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 7: Machu Picchu Wonder of the World (Meals: B)

Highlights

  • Visit to local family houses
  • Cultural immersion in farming, weaving and pottery activities
  • Cultural interaction with different local homestay families
  • Ancestral living culture
  • Tour in Huchuyqosqo, Ankasmarka and Ollantaytambo Inka sites
  • Machu Picchu, the new wonder of the world

What is included

  • Orientation meeting in Cusco
  • All transfer in private service
  • 04 Night accommodation in homestay (Based on double occupancy)
  • 01 Night in Hotel – Aguas Calientes town (Based on double occupancy)
  • 16 Gourmet & Andean meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • 06 Breakfast
  • 05 Lunch
  • 05 Dinner
  • Service of English-speaking tour leader
  • Entrance fee to different archeological sites and Machu Picchu
  • Round trip train tickets Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes Town
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • First aid kit with oxygen tank

Not included

  • International & domestic Flights
  • Extra services not mentioned in the program
  • Unspecified meals
  • Tips and extra expenses

Day 1: Lima – Cusco   

Transfer from Cusco airport to your hotel. In the afternoon, your tour starts visiting the impressive Colonial Cathedral, which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusquenian Art School including a depiction of The Last Supper displaying Cuy, or Guinea Pig, as the main course. Continue on to visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. Afterwards, you will visit the impressive Saqsayhuaman Inka site which consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons and took over seven decades to complete. Conclude the day at the Q´enq´o site, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical deities.

Overnight: Cusco city (Altitude: 3,350 m. – 11,055 ft.)

Day 2: Cusco – Huchuyqosqo Community village(Meals: L/D)

In the morning you will be pick up from your hotel to be transfer to the village of Patabamba, the beginning of your trek. Along this journey enjoy the amazing view of the famous sacred valley of the Inkas and stoning snow-capped mountains. After a well-deserved lunch at a local family house, the expedition continues until connect into an ancient a mystical ancient Inka trail which leads you through a very narrow corridor between some immense rock walls, where you will discover some Inkan remains, Inka bridges and sets of stairs (some of the best Inka Stairs anywhere). This canyon is absolutely magical and boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders. After this beautiful experience you will arrive to the incredible Huchuy Qosqo Inka site, where your lead guide will explain about its imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, warehouses and residential areas.

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,620 m. – 11,946 ft.
  • Highest point: 4,000 m. – 13,200 ft.
  • Homestay: 3,500 m. – 11,550 ft.

Total trekking distance & Time:

  • 12 km. / 7.5 mi.  7 hrs. Approx.

Overnight: Huchuyqosqo homestay family (Altitude: 3,500 m. – 11,550 ft.)

Day 3: Huchuyqosqo – Huaran village (Meals: B/L/D)

After delicious breakfast, participate of agricultural activity in the cropland of the local family, experiencing the ancestral practices in planting/harvesting the famous quinoa grain. After very cultural experience continue your trek towards Huaran village along the famous sacred valley of the Inkas, famous for its Inka corn. Along the way you could enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow-capped mountains. Upon arriving you will be welcome by a local family in the worn of its house.

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,500 – 11,550 ft.
  • Highest point: 3,700 m. – 12,210 ft.
  • Homestay: 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.

Total trekking distance & time:

  • 13 km. / 8 mi. – 8 hrs. Approx.

Overnight: Huaran village homes stay (Altitude: 2,850 m. – 9,405 ft.)

Day 4: Haran Village – Wakawasi Community Village (Meals: B/L/D)

In the morning, after well-deserved rest and tasty breakfast, take a two hours bus ride to Lares town, the beginning of your trek to Wakawasi. Stop along your ride to visit the biggest Inka warehouse complex in the area and enjoy of its incredible history and amazing landscape. Upon arriving in Lares town meet all the crew that will look after you very well making sure you immerse in the local culture and have an unforgettable and unique experience. Enjoy of a very picturesque country side landscape and interact with local people, especially kids that are taking care of their seep and alpacas along the way. After arriving and getting accommodation in a local family house experience and participate of a traditional weaving textile process.

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,270 m. – 10,791 ft.
  • Highest point: 3,770 m. – 12,441 ft.
  • Homestay: 3,770 m. – 12,441 ft.

Total trekking distance & time:

  • 8 km. /5 mi. –  5 hrs. Approx.

Overnight: Wakawasi Homestay Family (Altitude: 3,770 m. – 12,441 ft.)

Day 5: Wakawasi – Patakancha community Village (Meals: B/L/D)

Today, after early breakfast prepared by the local family, start your trek following the steps of the ancient Inkas towards the valley of Ollantaytambo.  Along a steady ascend stop at breath taking points and from there you can delight the beauty of the Andes Mountains, the locals pasturing their herds of llamas and alpacas, and the fantastic surrounding landscape. The highest point is Ipsayccocha pass 4,420 m. – 14,586 ft., from where the view of the valleys, snow-capped mountains and tranquil Andean lake are just amazing. Enjoy a delicious lunch by the lake at a house of local family.

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,770 m. – 12,441 ft.
  • Highest point: 4,420 m. – 14,586 ft.
  • Homestay: 3,800 m. – 12,540 ft.

Total trekking distance & time:

  • 13 km. – 8.1 mi. / 8 hr. Approx. (4 up & 4 down)

Overnight: Patakancha Home Stay family (Altitude: 3,800 m. – 12,540 ft.)

Day 6: Patakancha Village – Aguas Calientes Town (Meals: B/L/D)

This morning, after a tasty breakfast, start your expedition towards the great Ollantaytambo, considered the last alive Inka town. On the way visit ancient Andean Communities and get amazed by the Inka sites located along a very fertile valley. Lunch will be at a local family house with a spectacular view of the valley and river. After a nice rest you continue downhill to the great town of Ollantaytambo for a guided tour and then take a picturesque train ride to Aguas Calientes town.

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,800 m. – 12,540 ft.
  • Highest Point: 3,800 m. – 12,540 ft.
  • Overnight hotel: 2,000 m. – 6,600 ft.

Total trekking distance & time:

  • – 6.82 mi. / 6 hrs. Approx. (all downhill)

Overnight: Aguas Calientes (Altitude: 2,000 m. – 6,600 ft.)

Day 7: Machu Picchu wonder of the world – Cusco (Meals: B)

In the morning after a thirty minutes bus ride, on a zigzag road along the hillside, you will arrive into the incredible “Lost city of the Inkas”. Escorted by your lead guide take a private tour enjoying the complicated history of the site, the surprising degree of technology achieved by its builders, the provision of water channels that reveal a deep understanding of hydraulics, and its exceptionally fine stonework. All this magnificent buildings allows you to go back in time and with the help of your tour leader revive the existence of those builders truly admirable taking in the awe-inspiring scenery. After a complete overview of the site you will have the remainder of the day to further explore the site at your own. In the afternoon get back to Cusco.

Overnight: Cusco (Altitude: 3,350 m. – 11,055 ft.)

What is included

  • Orientation meeting in Cusco
  • All transfer in private service
  • 04 Night accommodation in homestay (Based on double occupancy)
  • 01 Night in Hotel – Aguas Calientes town (Based on double occupancy)
  • 16 Gourmet & Andean meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • 06 Breakfast
  • 05 Lunch
  • 05 Dinner
  • Service of English-speaking tour leader.
  • Entrance fee to different archeological sites and Machu Picchu.
  • Round trip train tickets Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes Town
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • First aid kit with oxygen tank

Not included

  • International & domestic Flights
  • Extra services not mentioned in the program
  • Unspecified meals
  • Tips and extra expenses

Know Before You Go

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

Passport and Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It’s your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.

Trip preparation

A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack also a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you will have copies for easier reporting and replacement. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock.

What to take

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Checklist:

Passport (with photocopies)

  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • USD cash and Credit or debit cards
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • Camera/Binoculars/Watch or alarm clock/ Reading & writing material
  • Fleece top/windproof/waterproof jacket
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts/1 pair of shorts/2 pairs of long trousers/1 pair hiking pants/track pants/ swim wear
  • Sun hat/Sun block /Sunglasses/Flashlight/Water canteen
  • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)/ Cover for backpacks
  • Personal First-aid kit (prescription drugs you may be taking).

Health Information

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTES

The 7-day Inka Homestay Trek to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile, and the excursion is within the ability of most reasonably fit. It is a 57 km (35.4mi) trek, with 1 high pass to be crossed, which reaches an elevation of 4,420 m. – 14,586 ft. The trail is often moderate steep, and it may rain even during the dry season. The temperatures at night may fall below zero, so it is important to come prepared.

It is important you take your original passport to show at the control posts of Machu Picchu, to board on the train and show to get a copy in different hotels.