This expedition with Llamas is like no other in the Cusco region. It is a perfect option for people who want to experience the living culture, nature, history and shorter trek, with lower altitude. One of the better parts about this expedition is that you experience local interaction, ancient Inkas sites with the beauty of the Sacred Valley and its majestic snow-capped mountain range, also revive your adventure spirit retracing Hiram Bingham´s path to Machu Picchu .

Trip style: Active & Cultural

Service Level: Standard

Physical demand rating: Moderate to Challenging – need experience.

Season: Recommended all year around.

Departures: Private service every day (min. 02 person)

Day by Day

  • Day 1: Cusco – Huchuyqosqo (Meals: L/D)
  • Day 2: Huchuyqosqo – Huaran (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 3: Huaran – Machu Picchu Town (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu Wonder of the world – Cusco  (Meals: B)

Highlights

  • Urubamba snow-capped mountain range
  • Interaction with villagers and local families
  • Amazing panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and Vilcanota River
  • View of the Andean landscape
  • The incredible Inka site of Huchuy Qosqo
  • Spectacular train journey experience to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu Wonder of the world

Day 1: Cusco – Huchuyqosqo (Meals: L/D)

Early in the morning, escorted by your lead guide the expedition will start, from the main square of Cusco city, the ancient capital of the Inka Empire. This epic journey will take you through an ancient royal Inka path towards the east jungle direction (one of the four partitions of the Inka Empire). The day’s hike will be through beautiful Andean landscape, Inkan archeological sites and local villages, where you will have the opportunity to make local cultural interaction with the villagers and specially children.

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,350 m. – 11,055 ft.
  • Highest point: 4,000 m. – 13,200 ft.
  • Campsite: 3,700 m. – 12,210 ft.

Total distance:

  • 13 km. / 7.2 mi. – 8 hrs. Approx.

Overnight in tents: K’allarayan (Altitude: 3,700 m. – 12,210 ft.)

Day 2: K´allarayan – Huchuy Qosqo (Meals: B/L/D)

This day journey will be through a gentle path with short up hills and long flats with an amazing view of the famous sacred valley of the Inkas and stoning snow-capped mountains. The opportunity to make local cultural interaction (especially with children) is definitely this day, because there are villages that preserved their ancestral Andean culture for generation.  After a well-deserved lunch, the expedition continues until connect into an ancient a mystical ancient Inka path which leads you to the Leon Punku Ravine. Then walk 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 (3,500 m. – 11,550 ft.).

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,700 m. – 11,550 ft.
  • Highest point: 3,900 m. – 12,780 ft.
  • Overnight: 3,500 m. – 11,550 ft.

Total distance of the hike:

  • Hike: 13 km. / 7.2 mi. – 8 hrs. Approx.

Overnight in tents: Huchuy Qosqo (Altitude: 3,500 m. – 11,550 ft.)

Day 3: Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo-Km82 (Meals: B/L/D)

This day, after breakfast, your lead guide will take you in a tour of Huchuy Qosqo Inka archaeological complex, which is perched precariously on the side of a mountain with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which you could enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow-capped mountains. After such a wonderful experience the hike continues towards Urquillos village along the famous sacred valley of the Inkas, where a private van will take you to Ollantaytambo village, known as the last alive Inka town, after that we will take a bus to km82.

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,500 m. – 11,550 ft.
  • Highest point: 3,590 m. – 11,847 ft.
  • Overnight: 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.

Total distance of the hike:

  • Hike: 13 km. / 7.2 mi. – 8 hrs. Approx.

Overnight: Km82 (Altitude: 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.)

Day 4: Km82- Machu Picchu wonder of the world(Meals: B/l)

In the morning after breakfast you will take a local bus with your guide to the starting point of your trek. Along the trek enjoy the different archeological sites located on both sides of the Urubamba river and also get marveled with the beautiful landscape. This trek is mostly downhill, at some parts along the train track, until Machu Picchu pueblo

  • Elevation:
    • Starting Point: 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.
    • Highest Point: 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.
    • Overnight place: 2,000 m. – 6,600 ft.

    Total distance:

    • /9.3 mi. – 6 hrs.  Approx. (90% downhill)

    Overnight: Machu Picchu town hostel

    (Altitude: 2,000 m. – 6,600 ft.)

Day 5: Machu Picchu Wonder of the World – Cusco (Meals: B)

In the morning take the train to Aguas Calientes, and after a thirty minutes bus ride, on a zigzag road along the hillside, you will arrive to the incredible “Lost city of the Inkas” escorted by your tour leader and be able to take a private guided tour of this incredible remains, 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 building 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 either alone or with your tour leader. After such a wonderful experience you will take the train back to Cusco. After this incredible experience, get down to the train station to go back to Cusco.

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 tip. 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 travelers cheques (Note: Travelers cheques can only be changed on working days)
  • Credit or debit cards (see personal spending money)
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • Camera and film
  • Reading/writing material
  • Binoculars
  • Cover for backpacks
  • Fleece top/windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Small towel and swim wear
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts/1 pair of shorts/2 pairs of long trousers/1 pair hiking pants/track pants
  • Sun hat/Sun block /Sunglasses/Flashlight/Water canteen
  • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals/Knee-length socks (to be used with rubber boots, if provided at the jungle lodge)
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)/Watch or alarm clock
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country’s Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.

For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number.

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.

Perú.

While no inoculations are required, vaccination against yellow fever is recommended, especially if traveling to the Amazon or onward to Bolivia. Please consult your physician before traveling to Peru. You may encounter mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas, especially during wet seasons.

Travelers are encouraged to bring insect repellant and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.

High altitude destinations in Peru including Cuzco (3350m – 11055ft) and Puno (3800m – 12,540 feet) affect some travelers, with no apparent regard to age, gender or physical condition. While it is generally a mild condition that passes within a few hours, it is our suggestion to discuss the matter with your health care provider, who may recommend prophylaxis with acetazolamide prior to departing for Peru. Those affected should avoid over-exertion, drink extra water, and eat lightly. Oxygen is available at the front desk of hotels, although it is not available in rooms unless there is an emergency. If desired, small disposable portable oxygen pumps can be purchased locally.

Climate & Clothing

Peru – Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip you will be traveling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Please check what season and region(s) you will be traveling in and pack appropriately.

Peru’s climate varies by season and region. The coastal region (Lima) has two clear seasons, summer (December – March) and winter (May – October).

Summer temperatures in this region can reach 80°F. Winter is generally damp and chilly, with temperatures dropping to 53°F. This region sees little rain, but can see mist and drizzle during the winter. The coastal area of Ica (Paracas, Nazca) enjoys warm dry weather throughout the year, with average temperatures around 75 – 80°F.

The highlands region of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba, and Machu Picchu) has a dry temperate climate that also experiences two distinct seasons. The dry season (May – October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March.

Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day.

The jungle region (Amazon River) is tropical and humid. Throughout the year temperatures range from mid to upper 80s during the day and drop into the 70s during the night. The summer months (April – October) are considered the dry season, though despite this name it should be remembered that it rains two-thirds of the year in the rainforest. The rainy season, (November – March), sees frequent showers and high river levels.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.