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).
Patacancha – Willoq 3.90 kilometers / 2.42 miles (2 hours)
Pallata – Pumamarca 2 kilometers / 1.24miles (4 hours, including time to explore the site)
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)
Train: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu 55 kilometers by train (2 hours)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner