An exciting tour offering alternative hiking options in both the Peruvian Andes and Jungle regions of Cusco! Incorporating a homestay with a local family, camping high up in one of the world´s most beautiful mountain ranges, diverse landscapes and the chance to spot Peruvian wildlife, this tour is recommended for anyone with an adventurous soul and the desire to see Peru off the beaten track.
Day 1: CUSCO
Day at leisure in Cusco. It is important to acclimatize to the altitude (3400m above sea level) before beginning the more strenuous parts of the tour. Depending on your arrival time, you will visit the ruins of Saqsaywaman, the museum of Koricancha and other notable parts of the historical city center, where you can see a mixture of colonial and Inca architecture
Max altitude: around 3400 m above sea level
Day 2: CUSCO – HUCHUY QOSQO TREK
Depart Cusco at 5:30am by private transfer from your hotel. Journey time of 30 minutes.
At 6am we begin our trek to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Roughy half of the trail we follow on this day takes us along original paths used by citizens of the Inca Empire, and is a great crowd-free alternative to the mainstream Inca Trail. We will pass little-visited Inca ruins at Huchuy Qosqo before reaching a viewpoint from which we will have a beautiful view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas spread out below us. Walking down from this point we will reach the small village of Lares where we will spend the night. Lares is a beautiful town home to some natural hot springs where you will have the chance to freshen up the next morning!
Today is a long day of walking, and we can expect to reach Lares at 8pm. We will eat dinner in a local restaurant and spend the night camping close to the town.
NOTE: Today´s trail is difficult, especially in the last part which involves 1 hour of steep descent. You will not need to carry with you except for your water and snacks in a small day pack. All other items we brought for you to the Sacred Valley at the end of the trek. There is a possibility to hire a porter and horse for the trek, if you would prefer – please enquire at the time of booking.
Trekking time: 8 – 9 hours
Max altitude: 4250 m
Day 3: LARES – PATACANCHA VALLEY TREK
On day 3 our trek takes us through very different landscapes and communities than those we will have already experienced! En route from Lares to Patacancha Valley we can expect to see quanit Andean communities, locals dressed in traditional, bright fabrics as well as herds of llamas and beautiful scenery.
Departure from Lares Base Camp at 6:45am (or earlier, if you would prefer more time in the hot springs).
Arrival in Patacancha Valley at 5:30pm
Upon arrival in Patacancha you will meet the family who will be hosting you for the night. Andean hospitality is unique, and you will be invited to join the family for a traditional meal.
Trekking time: 8-9 hours
Max altitude: 4500 m
Day 4: PATACANCHA VALLEY – OLLANTAYTAMBO (SKY LODGE)
On Day 4 our trek is much shorter but no less spectacular!
We will depart Patacancha Valley at 8am (or earlier, if you would like to spend more time in local hot springs) and travel 45 minutes by car to the trailhead.
During our trek we will pass pre-inca ruins at Pumamarca, before reaching the beautiufl town of Ollantaytambo – a real gem of the Sacred Valley – where we will spend time exploring Inca relics with a guided tour.
From Ollantaytambo our private transport will pick us up and drive us to The Sky Lodge, where we should arrive by 4pm. In the afternoon there will be plenty of time to enjoy the activities that the lodge has to offer, including zip lining and rock climbing!
Trekking time: 5-6 hours + 1 hour walking in the Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo
Max altitude: 3700 m
Day 5: OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES TREK
Day 5 sees us trekking through the high jungle, experiencing a completely different climate and even landscape and demonstrating just how diverse Peru really is!
Depart from Ollantaytambo at 5:30am.
Today´s trek is divided into three parts. The first and most beautiful section takes us along part of the Inca Trail, while the second and third sections take us through altitudes of 4320m and hidden Inca ruins. By the end of the day we will have descended to 1200m, before we arrive at Aguas Calientes.
Arrive Aguas Calientes 6pm, possibility to visit the town´s hot springs.
Trekking time: 8 hours
Max altitude: 4320 m
Day 6: MACHU PICCHU
During this day you will have possibility to explore Machu Picchu from many diferent points. Inside the ruins there are many options available to you. You can hike one of the two small peaks, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, or walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and/or Inca bridge.
You will start the tour from Aguas Calientes where, early in the morning, you will take a bus or walk up the hill to the entrance of Machu Picchu. In the ruins you will have a guided tour lasting approximtely 2 hours, after which you will have time to explore and discover the ancient city independently. You are welcome to stay in Machu Picchu until 5 pm, after which you will make your own way back to Aguas Calientes by bus or walking.
We will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, where our private transfer will be waiting to take us back to Cusco.
Arrive Cusco 10:30pm.
Day 7: AUSANGATE TREK (SHORT CIRCLE)
Leaving at 4:45am we will go by private car to the region of Ausangate where we will start our one-day trek to Ausangate´s 7 lakes. En route we will stop for a Peruvian breakfast!
The trek takes around 7-8 hours through the spectacular Ausangate region where you will encounter herds of alpaca and incredible views of snow-capped peaks,including Mount Ausangate – the highest peak in the Cusco region. At this point we will be at an altitude of 4700m – the highest point of our trek!
Today´s lunch will be enjoyed in one of the most impressive parts of the trail, from where we will have amazing views of the peaks of the Cordillera Vilcanota.
Finishing the trek at 4pm, we will be collected by our private transport and driven a further 5 hours to our hostel.
Arrive at the hostel at 9pm. Dinner and rest.
Trekking time: 7-8 hours
Max altitude: 4800 m
Day 8: RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK
Today takes us to the incredibly beautiful Rainbow Mountain, departing our hostel at 4:45am.
The trek to the mountain is tough but beautiful, and takes us up to an impressive 5000m above sea level! At this point, you will be fully acclimatized to the altitude and should be able to relax and enjoy the fantastic views.
Our private transport will take us back to Cusco in the evening, where you will have time to relax in your hotel or explore Cusco´s nightlife.
Trekking time: around 6 hours in total
Max altitude: around 5000 m above sea level
Day 9: CUSCO
Depending on your departure time from Cusco (all onward travel organised independently) you will have time to visit some more of the city´s sites, browse the artesenal markets or even stop for a very traditional lunch at the Mercado San Pedro!
If you would like to extend your time with us and visit Lake Titicaca, Puno region, the Colca Canyon or any other spots in South Peru then please let us know!
Our tours are customized for small groups starting from a minimum of 2 persons. The prices given in this itinerary are applicable for groups of 2 or 3 people, and reflect the cost per person. Prices vary for groups of more than 3 people. Please inquire.
We can provide a tour guide in other languages such as French, German, Polish, etc as required.
All our tours are aimed for people in good physical and mental condition. Some tours require better physical conditions than others, please check the tour details. Before booking the tour you are obligated to mention any potential health problems you have had in the past.
All transportation within Peru is included in our tours. For both the “Standard” and “Premium” price of tour this involves private transfers by car (depending on the amount of participants in your group, the size of the car will differ). International flights are not included. Some domestic flights are included if the tour you choose. Please before booking your tour always carefully check the “Itinerary” tab with the “Included” or “Not Included” tab.
If you would prefer to travel by public transportation and decrease the cost of your tour we are able to accommodate this.
The price of the “Standard” tour includes accommodations of double rooms in hostels. Please note: hostels are not hotels.
The price of the “Premium” tour includes accommodations of double rooms in 3* hotels. Please note: 3* hotels in Peru are likely to be more basic than the equivalent of European or North American standards.
Homestays are very basic and usually will not provide en suite bathrooms or hot water. Hostels in some trails/ parts of the tours are very basic but most include private bathrooms but with no hot water.
We are able to provide single rooms and a higher standard of hotel for an extra fee – please let us know at the time of booking. Where an itinerary states that you will be staying in a ´basic hostel´or ´homestay´ it is unlikely that there are other accommodation options. If you would prefer not to stay in these places then we can adjust the tour accordingly, but this will mean missing out on that particular location. Similarly, we are able to provide accommodation exclusively in hostels and homestays, which will result in a decrease of the tour fee. Please advise us of any desired changes as soon as possible before booking.
Breakfasts are generally included in the accommodation. Unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour price.
Some details of the tour may change, even last minute, depending on weather conditions, physical condition of the participants and other unpredictable elements – for example: strikes, protests etc. In these cases there are no refunds.
Our prices are “all inclusive” as much as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to give you more freedom and to adapt to each traveler.
Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not included” information, and consult the ´Itinerary´ tab for information about optional, non included excursions.
The prices of our tours may vary in high season (April to November) when some rates can increase.
For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD$20 for students who send us a scanned copy of their ISIC card via email during the booking process and who then bring the original, valid ISIC card with them for the trip (without a valid ISIC card, you would not only lose the discount but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission to entrance). There is another discount of USD$20 for Peruvians and another USD$10 for Peruvian University students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during the booking process and bring a valid document with them for the tour. In both of the above-mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance and will loose the possibility to explore the ruins.
In all of our tours, a Boleto Turistico is included. This provides access to a number of attracttions in the Cusco Region including the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo and certain sites withing Cusco City. The boleto is valid for 10 days.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
To book any tour, first we will confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance payment (65% of the total price or full price) according to current price of the tour. We will also need to have your full details including your full name, surname, passport number, nationality and date of birth (no errors). If there are any errors in the above mentioned details the company is not responsible for any invalid tickets due to misinformation from the participant. This information is necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf and if there are any error the tickets are invalid. In order to reserve tours we need a copy of each participants passport valid for at least 6 months after the planned travel date. Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until we receive these elements.
We require clients to pay the remainder of the fee one day before the start of the tour.
From the date of payment 65% of the total price until 29 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 30% of the paid amount.
From 28 days before the tour begins until 15 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 60% of the paid amount.
From 14 days before the tour begins or in the case of a no- show: Cancellation fee of 100% of the paid amount.
Cancellations are deemed to be executed when a written cancellation confirmation from the agency is received. Cancellation deadlines and fees may vary depending on group size, route and dates.
Any additional charges incurred (including, among others, bank transfers of payment) will be covered by the client.
VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE
Before travelling, you should always check current information about required vaccines. We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel. Please note that to participate in any of our tours you have to have valid travel insurance. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or planning adventure sports.
CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
Avoid unforeseen complications by arriving at the tour departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour. Check requirements about passports and visas for entering Peru in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
Here you will find some recommendations for what kinds of items you may need on the tour:
- A lightweight water & windproof jacket with hood
- Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
- Wide-brimmed hat or cap
- Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
- Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
- Wet wipes
- Toilet paper
- Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
- Personal medication, if required
- Insect repellent
- Small backpack for day trips
- Warm jacket and pullover
- Gloves, hat and scarf
- Comfortable trekking trousers
- Flash light
- Original and copy of your passport