DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
Pickup at the airport in Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Relax and explore the fascinating City of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.
Today is free to explore Cusco or to choose between the myriad optional activities, including horseback riding to archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara; white water rafting on the Urubamba River; and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley, perhaps visiting an Inca ruin along the way.
NOTE: These activities can be pre-arrange and they are not included in the overall price.
An early morning start (6am) allows us the best possible views of our incredible mountainous surroundings, dotted with rural villages throughout. The Sacred Valley was the heart of the Inca civilization from the 14th to 15th centuries, and many people still farm in this lush, expansive valley. Our hike begins in the village Qeshwarani, from which we begin our leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani, before the high pass of Cuncani we will eat our picnic lunch. After lunch we continue on our path to the highland village of Cuncani, our destination for tonight. From our campsite, we will have stunning views of snow-capped Colque Cruz.
Start with about 2-3 h climbing to the pass Kkochuyckaza at 4240m, passing the lakes Huillke and having fantastic views at some glaciers and the mountain ridge of Urubamba. After 1½ h going down we reach the small village of Kishuarani (3670m), passing the lake Queñacocha, where you often see Andean goose. Camp above the waterfalls, 1-½ hours behind the village.
Today we will have ample photo opportunities: our gentle path is covered in Andean flora, and animals such as llamas and alpacas are fairly commonplace. If we’re lucky, we might even catch a glimpse of Andean geese, puna ibis, Andean cara caras or condor. We will feel welcomed by the warm Quechua people, whose homeland we have the rare opportunity to see firsthand. The traditional dress and lifestyle of these people is both fascinating and enticing to outsiders.
We will climb 3½h to the pass Pachacutec (4420m) and see the glaciers of Pitusiray and Sawasiray mountains. Then it’s all going down to Canchacancha in about 2 h and 3 h. more to Huaran in the Sacred Valley. From there transfer to Ollantaytambo. Overnight in Ollantaytambo or in Aguas Calientes, also known as “Machu Picchu Town”.
* Meals included : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light, the best time to view the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday. There is free time to explore on your own after our tour, and the opportunity to climb Wayna Picchu, providing the chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive vantage point.
Morning or afternoon transfer to Cusco’s airport to take a flight to Lima’s International Airport. Transfer to hotel or take your return flight home.
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