This is such a great trek along with Llamas to the incredible Inka quarry of Q´achiqata, place that supplied rhyolite rocks to the fascinating Ollantaytambo Inka town. This is perfect for those looking adventure, challenge, history and stoning views. The use of Llamas as pack animals as the Inkas did, gets you back in time plus the amazing landscape makes your trip very special. Revive the history of the Inkas walking through the street alleys of Ollantaytambo.

Code: QQP05

Trip style: Active & Cultural

Service Level: Standard

Physical demand rating: Challenging trekking – need experience.

Season: Recommended all year around

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

Day by Day

  • Day 1: Moray – Sondor (Meals: L/D)
  • Day 2: Sondor – Choquetakarpo (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu Wonder of the world – Cusco (Meals: B)

Highlights

  • Moray, the ancient Inka framing laboratory
  • Perolniyoc Waterfall
  • View of the Urubamba mountain range
  • View of the sacred valley of the Inkas
  • Q´achiqata, the Inka quarry
  • The truncated pyramid of Pakaritampu
  • The colossal Inka bridge
  • Ollantaytambo, the last alive Inka town
  • Train journey to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu wonder of the world

Your escorted package Includes

  • Orientation meeting in Cusco, previous to departure date
  • All transfer in private service.
  • 02 Night accommodation camping gear (2 person tents)
  • 01 Night in Hotel (Ollantaytambo)
  • 09 Gourmet & Andean meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • 03 Breakfast
  • 03 Lunch
  • 03 Dinner
  • Filtered and boiled water during the trek
  • Service of English-speaking tour leader
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • 01 Duffle bag per person for personal luggage (20 pounds allowed)
  • Quality camping gear: 02 person tent, toilet tent, Kitchen tent, dinner tent, table and chairs
  • Chef and assistant cooker
  • Llamas for the whole camping equipment included the personal duffle bags of the clients (20 pounds person)
  • First aid kit with oxygen
  • Short wave radios
  • Sanitary care (Disinfect dishes, filtered water, etc.)
  • Environment care (All the garbage is going back to Cusco, portable toilet treatment).

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic Flights
  • Sleeping bags (you can rent it in Cusco)
  • Extra services not mentioned in the program
  • Tips and extra expenses

Day 1: Misminay – Perolniyoc (Meals: L/D)

Early in the morning depart from Cusco towards Umasbamba village, from where your expedition starts. Along the way get impressed by Moray, the ancient Inka farming laboratory, and the beauty of the landscape around. Lunch will be in Soccma, a picturesque village nested in the heart of the Andes. After a tasty lunch the expedition continues to Perolniyoc place, from which has an amazing view of the Soccma valley and Maras plateau, as also you can appreciate the Perolniyoc waterfall (328 ft.).

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,200 m. – 10,560 ft.
  • Highest point: 3,400 m. – 11,220 ft.
  • Campsite: 3,400 m. – 11,220 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: Perolniyoc – Choquetakarpo (Meals: B/L/D)

After breakfast, the expedition starts with an ascent though ancient terraces locally known as “Andenes or pata pata” and where the locals still grow local crops until reach the highest point (chankachuco pass), from where the view of snow – capped mountains of the Urubamba range and the fields of Chincheros, Moray and Maras plateau are just amazing. After well-deserved brake, the hike continues through the edge of Chankachuco plateau with a fantastic view of veronica snow-capped mountain, then a big descent starts though a narrow canyon until rich the campsite, located next to the Inka query.

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,400 m. – 11,220 ft.
  • Highest point: 4,100 m. – 13,530 ft.
  • Campsite: 3,050 m. – 10,065 ft.

Total distance:

  • 13 km. / 7.2 mi. – 8 hrs. Approx.

Overnight in tents: Choquetakarpo (Altitude: 3,050 m. – 10,065 ft.)

Day 3: Choquetakarpo – Ollantaytambo (Meals: B/L/D)

In the morning, after atasty breakfast, you will visit the Inka query of Q´achiqata, where rhyolite stones were detached in order to supply the great Ollantaytambo. Along the hike observe the several big blocks of rock that were abandoned on its way, get marveled with the view of the Pakaritampu truncated pyramid, a series of man-made terraces distributed on the flat of the valley in such a way that has that shape of truncated pyramid, and the colossal Inka Bridge that has survived several floods for several centuries. Once arrive in Ollantaytambo, known as the last alive Inka town, enjoy this unique and picturesque town and revive the history of the Inkas through a guided tour by your lead guide.

Elevation:

  • Starting Point: 3,050 m. – 10,065 ft.
  • Highest point: 3,050 m. – 10,065 ft.
  • Hotel: 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.

Total distance:

  • 7 km. / 5.1 mi. – 5 hrs. Approx.

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

Day 4: 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.

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

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.

IMPORTANT NOTES

The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile, and the excursion is within the ability of most reasonably fit. It is a 40km (27.9mi) hike, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4215m (13909.5 ft). The trail is often 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.

Also note that portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will take an alternate route along the Urubamba River.

It is important you take your original passport to show at the control posts along the inka trail. Inka trail is inside a National protected area, which means that everything is controlled inside by Park ranger. You can collect stamps from the different check points as a souvenir.