Day 1: Cusco – Tambomachay – puka Raqay
The day begins at 6:30 AM, which is when we will pick you up at your hotel on our private bus. The drive to the starting point of the trek in Tambomachay takes about 30 minutes. From there, we will walk for approximately 2 hours until we arrive to a lake located at 3,700mts. At this point, we will take a break and then you will be served a delicious lunch. You will also have the opportunity to fill your water bottles for the rest of the journey. After lunch and a bit of rest, we will continue the hike uphill until we reach the second lake located at 4,050mts. Here, we will take another break to take advantage of the spectacular scenery. Once the hike has re-started, we will go downhill for about two and a half hours until we reach the first camp. This is where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Elevations: 3,800 m / Sun gate 2,720 m
Walking distance: 14 km / 9 miles
Day 2: Puka Raqay – Huchuy Qosqo – Ollantaytambo
The second day begins with a magical and incredible sunrise, and a classic Andean breakfast to get you ready for the day. We will begin the walk to Huchuy Qosqo, and along the way you will be able to see incredible landscapes. Without a doubt, you will be amazed as we arrive at the archaeological center of Huchuy Qosqo. Here, you will have a guided tour of this impressive place and at the end, you will have free time to explore. At the end of the tour, we will continue the hike with your guide to the town of Lamay, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch made with local ingredients. Once lunch is finished, we will continue the trip to Ollantaytambo on the bus that will be waiting in the city. Once in Ollantaytambo, you will have a guided tour with your guide in the town, learning all about this beautiful and magical town. In the afternoon, we will go to our second camp where we will have dinner and sleep early.
Elevations: 2,900 mts / 8,467ft
Walking distance: 7 km / 4 miles
Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
This day will start very early as well, since we will be among those to take the first tourist train heading to kilometer 104. As soon as we reach this point, we will cross a bridge to the registration point. Then, we will continue with our trek to the ruins of Chachabamba, a stone altar for the sun. After the visit to Chachabamba, we will continue the path to where we will begin to climb the mountain. After walking for 3 hours, we will reach a beautiful waterfall. Herem you can enjoy a short break before we continue with our hike to Wiñaywayna. At Wiñaywayna, you can see Inca trails, tambos and other resting places before finally arriving at Inti Punku (Sun Gate). You can contemplate and observe this wonderful place and incredible views towards Machu Picchu as this is the highest spot. You will have time for many photos , before we then descend to Machu Picchu and take our bus to the town of Aguas Calientes. At Aguas Calientes, we will spend the night in a hotel with an amazing view of the city and have dinner at a local restaurant before we get ready for the next day.
Elevations: 2,500 m / Puerta del Sol 2,720 m
Walking distance: 14 km / 9 miles
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archeological site, which will include information about the life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train at 2:55 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch or you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.
Meals Included: Breakfast Only