Adventure Tours

Weaver’s trek to Machu Picchu

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.

1

Cusco / Calca-Lares/ Wacawasi

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning for the drive by private vehicle to the trailhead. We will leave Cusco at 06:00 and head for Calca, a small town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. At this time of the morning this is a spectacular route.

Along the way we will visit the Inca colcas (granaries) of Muyoq Orqo, before continuing past the peak known as Sawasiray on our way to Willka Punku Pass, which marks the start of the ascent to Lares. Once arrived there will be time to rest, and enjoy the thermal baths of Lares, and after lunch we will begin our trek by walking to our first campsite near the village of Wacawasi. Here we will visit the local weavers and have our evening meal at our campsite.

Driving distance:
Cusco – Lares 92 kilometers / 57.16 miles (paved road – 3 hours)
Trekking distance:
Thermal baths – Wacawasi 6.3 kilometers / 3.9 miles (3 hours)
Altitudes: Lares 3285 meters / 10,775 feet; Wacawasi 3806 meters / 12,483 feet
Meals: lunch, dinner

2

Wacawasi / Ipsayqocha / Patacancha

After breakfast we will continue our trek in the direction of Ipsayqocha Pass, a steady climb through the natural habitat of llamas and alpacas. Here, as we appreciate the panoramic views, it is possible to observe a number of high Andean bird species. 

At 4420 meters (14,500 feet), Ipsaycocha is the only high pass on our route. Here the landscape is dotted with herds of llamas and alpacas. Once over the pass, a long descent will take us to the indigenous community of Patacancha, where we will make our camp.

Trekking distance:
Wacawasi – Ipsayqocha 9 kilometers / 5.6 miles (3 hours);
Ipsayqocha Pass – Patacancha 6.5 kilometers / 4 miles (3 hours)
Altitudes:
Ipsayqocha Pass 4420 meters / 14,497 feet;
Patacancha 3802 meters / 12,470 feet
Meals: lunch, dinner

3

Patacancha – Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

This morning we will hike to the community of Willoq, a traditional farming, llama herding and weaving community that has conserved its traditional way of life.  The trail follows a narrow valley through Inca terraces still used by local communities to grow potatoes, corn, quinoa, lupines and many other native crops.  In the village our vehicle will be waiting to take us to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo, where we will have time to explore the imposing Inca ruins before continuing our trip by road. 

Visit to Pumamarca
Pumamarca was an important administrative and agricultural center. It is located in the Patacancha valley and is accessed via a 40-minute walk uphill from the road. This is not a difficult walk and the scenery is very beautiful, with fine views of the surrounding valley. The site itself is surrounded by a zigzagging wall, suggesting that it was once a fortress. The citadel possesses a large number of colcas, or storehouses, and more than one hundred terraces stretch out across the valley.  After visiting the ruins we will continue by road to Ollantaytambo (40 minutes).

 Visit to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo (1 hour)
(The visit to Ollantaytambo ruins is optional and entrance fees are not included)
The village of Ollantaytambo retains the original street plan of the Inca settlement, making it the only surviving example of Inca urban planning. During the Inca period, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of the emperor Pachacutec, the sovereign who initiated the process of Inca imperial expansion.

During the Spanish conquest of Peru, Ollantaytambo served as a stronghold for Manco Inca, the leader of Inca resistance to colonial rule. Our tour will include a visit to the agricultural areas around the village, the irrigation system and the village itself. In the late afternoon we will board a train to the small town of Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu (hotel not included). 

Trekking distance:
Patacancha – Willoq 3.90 kilometers / 2.42 miles (2 hours)
Pallata – Pumamarca 2 kilometers / 1.24miles (4 hours, including time to explore the site)
Altitudes:
Willoq 4420 meters / 14,497 feet;
Pallata 3179 meters / 10,427 feet;
Pumamarca 3435 meters / 11,266 feet;
Ollantaytambo train station 2800 meters / 9184 feet
Distance by road: Willoq to Ollantaytambo 24 kilometers / 15 miles (1hour)
TrainOllantaytambo – Machu Picchu 55 kilometers by train (2 hours)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4

Full Day at Machu Picchu

Tourists who come by train directly from Cusco arrive at the ruins from around 10:00 onwards, and to avoid these crowds we will take the first bus up to the ruins at 06:30, giving us plenty of time to enjoy the “Lost City of the Incas”. If weather conditions and the physical condition of the participants allow, and if there are spaces available, we can also make the optional walk to the summit of Huayna Picchu.

Our guided tour will include the temples, plazas, palaces, watercourses and residential areas of the site, after which there will be plenty of time to explore the ruins independently and take pictures. In the afternoon we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. 

Tour length: 3 hours at Machu Picchu. 

Optional ascent of Huayna Picchu: Subject to availability (2-3 hours).

Altitudes: Machu Picchu 2460 meters / 8068 feet; Huayna Picchu 2720 meters / 8922 feet; Aguas Calientes 2020 meters / 6625 feet

Distance by road: 55 kilometers / 34 miles to Ollantaytambo by train; 85 kilometers / 53 miles to Cusco by bus.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Included:

All the necessary land transport (Private bus).
English speaking tour guide.
Camp cook, pack animals and mule drivers, camp assistant(s). Mules carry up to 8 kg of the items of our passengers
Camping equipment: Two-person tents, kitchen and/or dining tent, and toilet tent
Inflatable mattress.
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner as described above.
Snacks in the morning that includes fruits, chocolates, candies, and others.
Hot drinks in the afternoon (tea or coffee).
Duffle bags
First-aid kit.
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu
Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco. (Train Expedition. We can upgrade to Vistadome under request)
Transfer from the train station in Cusco to the hotel

Not Included:

Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Sleeping bag (we can rent it).
Travel insurance.
Meals not included in the program.
Tips

What to bring on the trip?

  • Passport.
  • A daily backpack.
  • 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.
  • Flashlight
  • Digital camera

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