This walk is a unique experience. We will visit isolated villages where life has changed very little since Inca times, experiencing the lives of communities dedicated to growing their crops and herding llamas and alpacas, which are used as pack animals and food respectively.
These villagers conserve their traditional weaving techniques, making their clothing from sheep, alpaca and llama wool. During this unforgettable journey we will use llamas as pack animals.
Cusco / Lares/ Huacawasi Pass
In the early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Urubamba for the drive to the village of Lares in the fertile valley of the same name, with its subtropical vegetation. Then we will continue to the village of Huacawasi where we find the trailhead.
Huacawasi is a weaving community and the people still dress in their own handmade traditional clothing. These Quechua-speaking people maintain their ancient way of life, herding alpacas and llamas, farming the Andean slopes and engaging in cultural practices inherited from their Inca ancestors. During our visit there will be time to experience the daily life of this traditional Andean community. The villagers are generally friendly and welcoming, and some may offer to sell you their excellent weavings. After visiting the village we will continue our hike along a gentle uphill trail to our campsite.
Meals: lunch and dinner
Huacawasi Pass / Yanahuara
After breakfast we will leave our porters to strike the camp and begin our day’s trek uphill to Huacawasi Pass (4650 meters / 15,193 feet), from where we will have fine views of the surrounding Urubamba range before descending to Lake Aruraycocha Lake (4445 meters / 14580 feet). From here we will continue through the narrow Mantacnayniyoc canyon to the village of Yanahuara, where our vehicle will be waiting to pick us up for the short drive to the hotel.
Meals: breakfast and lunch
Private bus, outbound and return.
English speaking tour guide.
Trekking services, including: camp cook, porters and camp assistant(s).
All group camping equipment, double tents and thermarest mattresses, kitchen and/or dining tent, and toilet tent.
Food: hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner as described in the itinerary (all the trash produced during the trek will be returned to Cusco).
First aid kit.
Tips for guides.
Tips for staff.
Travel insurance (please ensure that all members of the group have adequate insurance).
Meals not included in the itinerary.
What to bring on the trip?
- A daypack.
- Warm clothes (for the Andean area).
- Rain jacket
- Long sleeved shirts (cotton).
- Shorts for walking (optional)
- Hiking boots.
- Cap and sunglasses.
- Walking poles (optional).
- Insect repellent.
- Sun block cream
- Water bottle for the first day. (We will refill it with boiled water).
- Binoculars for bird watching enthusiasts.
- Digital camera
- Sleeping bag (we can provide sleeping bags at additional price of US$25 per person)