Authentic Quechua Villages to Machu Picchu – 5 days

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authentic quechua villages to machupicchu 5 days A great hike through Lares Valley, visit local Quechua native people: This 5 days itinerary offers an outstanding combination of amazing mountain and valley scenery in a remote area, the visit of authentic Quechua communities and that of the world-famous Sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. Leaving from the Sacred Valley, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna, including indigenous plants used for natural dyes, ascent towards Pachacuteq Pass (4458m/14622ft) surrounded by views of the beautiful lakes of Azulcocha and Suerococha.

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Day by Day Itinerary

* Price based in sharing one tent 2 people and double room in the Hotel

Type Service: Privately Guided
Itinerary: Fixed
Destinations: Cuzco, Machu Picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking,Cultural and History,Family

Day 1 – Transportation to Huaran – Cancha Cancha Community

Pick up from the Hotel at 6:00am, leaving Cusco by car, on the route to Pisaq until arriving at Huaran creek (2840m/93152ft). Here starting to hike up a small side valley that narrows gradually while ascending on an original Inca Trail, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna. After a 3 hour hike, arrival at Cancha Cancha (3800m/12464ft), where trekkers will be received with some typical food and have the opportunity to share an insight into the traditional lifestyle and culture of this Andean community, camping night here.
Meals Included: Box-lunch, Dinner
 
Total distance: 7 km (4, 35 miles)
Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
Maximum altitude point: (3800m/12464ft)


Day 2 – Cancha Cancha / Quiswarani

After breakfast start slowly uphill until reaching Accopata, an extension of Cancha Cancha Community, we continue north east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After ½ hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2½ hour trek to the first pass, called Pachacuteq Pass (4458m/14622ft). From the pass you’ll be rewarded with superb views of Pachacuteq Lake and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray. The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes and rich in birdlife. The lip of the corrie descends into the next valley, following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani (3700m/12136ft) camping enjoying traditional food and spending our time with children and women weavers.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 10 km (6, 21 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: (4458m/14622ft)


Day 3 – Quiswarani / Cuncani

Breakfast, heading west up a small valley you’ll arrive at a lake at the head of the valley and start a steep zig-zag climb up a narrow trail to the top of the second pass known as Abra Huillquijasa (4200m/13776ft). It’s possible to observe the Chicon and Colque Cruz glaciers and the 7 lakes full of huallatas (Andean geese), ducks and other water fowl. Over the high point continuing downhill and have a well deserved break beside the lakes before continuing on for the short trek to the next village of Cuncani (3750m/12300ft) in the bottom of the valley (1½ hour from the pass).
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 8 km (4, 97 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: (4200m/13776ft)


Day 4 – Cuncani / Lares Hot Spring / Aguas Calientes

Breakfast; start slowly downhill to Lares the trail follows the river valley downhill; on the way to Lares Town, we’ll have another opportunity to meet and spend time with local people in Huacawasi Village (where we’ll have our lunch). Then we continue for about 1 hour to the town of Lares (3100m/10168ft) where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in some open air thermal springs (bring a swimsuit). After having lunch, boarding a private car that will take back to Ollantaytambo town, transfer to the train station from where we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes. Overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Total distance: 6 km (3, 72 miles)
Estimated walking time: 2-3 hours
Maximum altitude point: (3100m/10168ft)


Day 5 – Full Day Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, early transfer at 5:30am to the Bus Stop for the short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):
1. Climb to Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.
Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant in Machu Picchu
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you’ll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Cusco – train departure to Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch