DAY 1: CUSCO - HUARAN - CANCHA CANCHA
We will leave Cusco early in the morning and travel by bus through the Sacred Valley for approximately 1½ hours to Sayhuapata (2,800 meters/9,186 feet above sea level). Our hike will begin here in the fertile valley and will follow a small river up through the mountain corridor. After a 4½-hour trek we will see the thatched-roof stone houses of the Cancha Cancha community (3,350 meters/10,991 feet above sea level). Just past the village, we will set up camp for the night.
DAY 2: CANCHA CANCHA - QUISWARANI
On Day 2, shortly after beginning our morning trek, we will reach two brilliant glacial lakes, Suirococha and Yuraccocha. Here, we can see a number of bird species, including Andean Ibis and Andean geese. From the lakes, the trail climbs steeply for the next 2½ hours of trekking until we reach the first pass, called Pachacuti (4,500 meters/14,764 feet above sea level). Near the top of the pass, we will enjoy a spectacular view of the snow-covered peaks of Pitusiray (5,750 meters/18,865 feet above sea level) and Chicon (5,500 meters/18,045 feet above sea level). An original Incan stone path will lead us along the ridge down into the opposite corridor. We will then follow a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quisuarani, where we will make camp for the night.
DAY 3: QUISWARANI - AGUAS TERMALES LARES
The morning of Day 3 will be a short downhill walk through increasingly greener vegetation with a wide variety of flowers and hummingbirds. We will reach the colonial town of Lares and will spend the rest of the morning soaking in the natural hot springs. After lunch, we will continue on a gentle path above the picturesque valley for roughly 2 hours to our campsite.
DAY 4: AGUAS TERMALES LARES - EPSAYCOCHA
On Day 4, we will continue trekking up through the valley until we arrive at the community of Huacawasi. The people here produce some of the finest textiles in Peru. Here, we will observe their great skill and brilliant weaving techniques as they create ponchos, blankets, and other garments. Passing the village we will begin climbing to the Condor Pass, the second of the trip at 4,100 meters/13,451 feet above sea level. From here, we will have a stunning view of the renowned Mount Veronica (5,750 meters/18,865 feet above sea level). Then, after a gentle 1-hour descent, we will come to the beautiful Epsaycocha Lake, where we will make our final campsite.
DAY 5: EPSAYCOCHA - OLLANTAYTAMBO
On the final day of our journey, the trail will lead us downhill to an overlook facing a wide valley. Descending into the valley, we will eventually arrive at the community of Huilloc, where a bus will take us to Ollantaytambo. Situated in a fertile river valley and sheltered by mammoth mountains, the ancient Inca village of Ollantaytambo is considered one of the most important living museums in the world. This is a perfect place to appreciate the vast archeological complex of the village and a wide variety of flower and bird species. After visiting Ollantaytambo, we will return to Cusco in the afternoon by private bus.
*Campsites are subject to change according to the size of the group.
- Group Size: Depends on the client
- Fixed departures: Depends on the client
- Transportation: Hotel - Sayhuapata (private bus)
- Transportation: Ollantaytambo - Cusco (private bus)
- Guide: Professional English and Spanish speaking guide; 2 guides for groups over 12 people
- Cook: In charge of meal preparation
- Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 15 kilos/ 33 lbs per person)
- Emergency Horse: Just in case someone needs help
- Meals: 4 Breakfasts/5 Lunches/4 Dinners/Snacks and afternoon tea
- Equipment: tents ( 2 people in each 3-person-capacity ), Therm-a-rest sleeping pad, dinner tent, special biodegradable bathroom tent, kitchen tent, shower tent,
- tables and chairs, table settings, first aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
- Breakfast (day 1), usually the hotels offer this service
- Sleeping bag
- US$12 Sleeping bag rental(-10°C) for the whole trek:
- US$15 single accommodation
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