Family Tours

Alternative trek to Machu Picchu in eco-domes

The new eco-camps among the 5-day trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu are the first sustainable, eco-friendly luxury camping experience in Peru. The campsites have organic gardens, solar energy and natural water sources providing our guests a luxurious experience surrounded by nature with as little environmental impact as possible. Other alternative treks to Machu Picchu include the Salkantay and Weavers trek.


Cusco - Pincopata EcoCamp

The tour begins with a pick up from your hotel in Cusco and we will head north to the Limatambo valley. We will visit the small town of Chonta from where we will start a one hour hike to the viewpoint of Condors. On arrival at Pincopata we’ll put put our bags in the domes and enjoy a hot shower and a deserved rest. For those who still have energy left there are various activities to participate in. We will end the day with a superb dinner consisting of fresh and locally sourced foods typical of Peruvian-cuisine.


Option easy: Pincopata EcoCamp - Soray EcoCamp

After breakfast, we will drive 15 minutes to the start of our trail in Marcoccasa. From here we start with a short uphill hike, then continue to the Soray EcoCamp in time for lunch. In the afternoon, you can schedule a relaxing massage, a horseback ride, or simply choose to stroll around and enjoy the breathtaking views that surround our camp.


Option challenging: Pincopata EcoCamp - Soray EcoCamp - Glacial Lake

In the afternoon, you can choose to hike to the glacial Lake Humantay nestled at the base of the southern side of Mountain Humantay. This hike is the same as the one, on day 3 with the difference that it is done at a faster pace.


Option easy: Pincopata EcoCamp - Soray - Glacial Lake

After a hearty breakfast, we take our transport at 7:00 am to our EcoCamp Soray. From there we will set off for our two hour hike to the Humantay glacial lake. We will enter the glacial lake through a special entrance away from the crowds. At the lake we will stop to enjoy the view and have a morning snack. Afterwards we will descend to the lake to spend some time there before returning to Soray for lunch.

After exploring the camp and its surroundings, we will board our transport back to EcoCamp Pincopata where there will be time for rest, relaxation and optional activities. In the evening after dinner there will be the opportunity for stargazing around a bonfire.


Option challenging: Soray EcoCamp - Salkantay Pass

This option transports us up into the clouds; to Abra Salkantay. After breakfast, we will begin our trek through the bottom of the valley, gradually starting to ascent while crossing several small pampas. The challenging final climb to the Abra Pass will be rewarded with spectacular views of the south face of the snowy and wild Salkantay. In the pass, we will have time to celebrate our accomplishment before descending to a more comfortable spot to enjoy our lunch before returning to our EcoCamp.

We will finish the day in our beautiful Pincopata EcoCamp with a marvelous dinner to bid farewell to our days of hiking.


Pincopata EcoCamp - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

We will have breakfast at the camp and then travel through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo to board a train that will take us to the village of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) where we will check into our hotel. After lunch, we will travel by bus up to Machu Picchu where we will have a guided tour and opportunity to wonder around on our own. Afterwards we will return to our hotel in Aguas Calientes were you will have free time until dinner.


Machu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast in Machu Picchu Pueblo, we will take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo from where we will travel back to Cusco. For those planning to spend more time in Cusco a hotel can be arranged.


All necessary land transport.
All tours and transfers with English-speaking tour guide.
Accommodation in selected hotels
Single supplement includes: single room where available.
Meals according to itinerary.
Bus services to Machu Picchu.
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.

Not Included:

Tips to the staff.

Things to bring on the trip:

  • Passport, (bring additional photocopies of your passport).
  • A big and small backpack.
  • Warm coat for Andean region.
  • Rain jacket.
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton).
  • Shorts for walking.
  • Cap and sunglasses.
  • Bathing suit and sandals.
  • Sun block insect repellent.
  • Digital camera or 35mm film camera
  • Bags for garbage.
  • First-aid kit.

Important Detail: To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure.

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