Trekking Discovering The Ancient Inca Culture In 3 Days - 2 Nights
Private Service info: The price of ou Imperial (private) service (depends very much on the number of people in your group (more people, less price).In this service NO other people you don't know/want will be part of your group unlike the in which you can be a part of a group of up to 16 people from different countries, ages, gender, level of fitness, etc, etc.Private service is generally recommended for families traveling with children, honeymooners, older people, group of friends, etc, etc
Last Minute Information.- If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu beware that there are new regulations and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permits to climb Huayna Picchu is $10 extra and you need to indicate yes to this in your web reservation at the time of your booking….There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am. The guide will organize the tour of Machu Picchu around people’s climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits. Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferable and non refundable.
What are the benefits of doing a private trek?- One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask a South Adventure Peru Tours Rep how you can arrange your own private tour..
Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu 3 Day Trek- This is easily the shortest of the treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu. It is the lowest in altitude (4350 meters) of the 3 alternative treks and also the shortest in distance(17 kilometers) but still sees some great examples of Inca Stairs and other Inca ruins along the way. As there are only 2 days of trekking, you will only camp for one night and then sleep in our Hotel on the next night. This trek is also available in 1 or 2 Day versions as well (without Machu Picchu)“This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night camping in the wilderness and then the very next night will be spent in a comfortable HOTEL rated in 3 stars in Aguas Calientes”
Huchuy Qosqo trek Itinerary.- Day01: Cusco – Tambomachay – Pumamarca.-
Early morning pick up from hotel at 7:30am and drive to Tambomachay (3800m), an archaeological complex situated in the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Tambomachay is comprised of a series of ceremonial water fountains, which are thought to have been dedicated to a water cult. The day's hike will start at this point, and will continue through Puna landscapes and over the Sicllaccasa pass at 4020m/13186ft. Down the other side, we hike along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where we encounter archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. We continue on to the Queullococha pass at 4185m/13727ft, where we may enjoy views of the lake with the same name. Surrounding the area in spectacular views stand the Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Continuing the path, we walk past the Queullococha Lake, where we may see huallatas, ducks and small fish, to then climb towards the Challu Challu pass at 4220m/13842ft. From this point, we observe the Chinchero planes and the Piuray and Qoricocha lagoons. We then ascend towards the fourth pass at Rumicruz at 4230m/13874ft and enjoy a panoramic view of the Qoricocha and the Vilcanota snow capped range. Here we rest and eat lunch. We then make our way to the Inca rock quarry at 4220m/13842ft, which was the place from where the rocks were extracted to build Huchuy Qosqo. Finally, we descend towards the Pucamarca community at 4010m/13153ft, where we arrive in the late afternoon. Here we dine and camp through the night
Meals Buffet Lunch, and Dinner / Maximum Altitude: 4,350 m/ Minimum Altitude: 3,700 m /Distance Travelled: 14 km approx. / Approximate Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Accommodation: Camping 4,010Mals/ 13153ft
Day02: Pumamarca – Huchuy Qosqo - Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.- We leave camp at around 8am and walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where we find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3600m/11808ft, where we arrive by mid morning. Huchuy Qosqo is an Inca archaeological complex with imposing architecture that includes a large open ceremonial center, from which we enjoy a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the snow capped mountain range of the same name. Descend to Lamay at 3000m/9840ft. Lamay is a town dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising. At 2pm transfer to Ollantaytambo to have lunch and visit the famous fortress located on the slope of the mountain. Late afternoon (5:15pm) we catch our train to Aguas Calientes and stay in comfortable hotel with private bath and hot shower
Meals Buffet Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, and Dinner in Aguas Calientes / Maximum Altitude: 4,450 m/ Minimum Altitude: 3,900 m at Aguas Calientes /Distance Travelled: 12 km approx. / Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours / Accommodation: AT Hotel La Cabañawww.lacabañamachupicchu.com in Aguas Calientes.
Day03: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Guided Tour - Cusco –. 1st OPTION..At 4:30am breakfast and begin of 2 hours climb to Machu Picchu archaeological site (2500m)..2nd OPTION…At 5am breakfast and half hour later aboard the first tourist bus to drop us to Machu Picchu main door, and to be the first visitors Inside Machu Picchu archaeological site you will have complete guided tour of this spectacular and mystical place. The guided tour include walk through the different section such as the urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide climb to Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City. At according time descend to Machu Picchu and then free time to explorer on your own. At mentioned time aboard a tourist bus to descend to Aguas Calientes town. Lunch will be in the town of Aguas Calientes and around 4pm we will aboard the backpacker train to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) or straight to Cusco and from here we take a private van to drop us to the hotel in Cusco about 8:30 PM.
Optional.- After complete guide tour of Machu Picchu, you can desire to ascend to Huaynapichu at 7am or 10am. Another new option for climbers is the Machu Picchu Mountain, this is another highest mountain from you can have a better view of Machu Picchu ruins and Waynapichu. South Adventure Peru Tours recommend ascending to Machu Picchu Mountain and skipping the Wayna Picchu Mountain but since the 20th of July, 2011 the entrance has been limited to 4000 per day and everybody will have to pay another entrance cost which is S/25 per person and must be booked in advance!!
Meals Breakfast at HOTEL, Special BOX LUNCH to take to Machu Picchu (Except dinner on the last day) / Maximum Altitude: 2,700 m/ Minimum Altitude: 2,050 m at Aguas Calientes.
Stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town.- Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes? Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after the trek this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation which is US$ 70 per person at HOTEL LA CABAÑA the hotel is rated as 3stars with private bath and hot shower and next day breakfast)
Our PRIVATE 3 Day Huchuy Qosqo trek Includes:
- Pre-information night before of your Lares Trek by your English speaking guide.
- Official English-Speaking guide (two guides for groups over 6 people)
- Private transport Cusco – Tambomachay (Starting point of the hike) – Lamay - Ollantaytambo.
- Entrance fee to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Entrance fee to the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo.
- Porters to carry food and camping equipment only along the way.
- Experienced cook and Cooking equipment
- Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
- 1 night of camping along the Trek
- 01 Night lodging at HOTEL LA CABAÑA in Aguas Calientes rated in 3***.
- 4 capacity tent - 2 persons per tent with plenty space for backpacks
- Double thickness foam sleeping mattress
- All BUFFET meals on the trail ( VEGETARIAN OPTIONAL )
- Special BXO LUNCH to Machu Picchu on the last day , except dinner on Day 2.
- Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast time
- Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Backpacker train) UPGRADE to VISTADOME US$ 85.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Not incl. the bus back to Aguas Calientes , US$8 or walk down 35 minutes)
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
- Kitchen tent & Porters insurance
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for any participant and our camp staff
Our PRIVATE 3 Day Huchuy Qosqo trek NOT Included:
- Optional entrance to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes ($4 USD) OR 10 Soles.
- Entrance fee to the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo ( 40 Soles )
- Towel can be hired for $2 USD at the hot spring in Aguas Calientes
- Alcoholic drinks and Breakfast on the first day
- Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks and porters. It`s a tradition
- Personal porter or extra horse to help you to carry your PERSONAL item cost 9 Kilos $35 USD or 18 Kilos US$70 must be booked in advance.
- Sleeping bag ( -Minus 20ºC) US$15 per bag x 1 night
- Single tent US$ 10 for 2 nights
- Trekking poles US$10 a pair
- Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
What you need to bring / Carry
- Original passport to be showed in the park control of Machu Picchu (Day 2).
- Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
- Hiking boots (waterproof), sneakers is welcome to but for the rainy is not enough comfortable.
- Long pants or slacks & Warm sleeping bag Minus 20ºC
- A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
- Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
- T-shirts and Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions.
- Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature especially at night
- Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
- Gloves or Mittens, scarf, Wool socks, Woolen hat for cold nights.
- Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - April, but during the dry season can be raining too.
- Camera with extra batteries and flash light , head torch and extra batteries
- Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Aguas Calientes town.
- Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
- Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Trail
- Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
- Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
- 2 Liter water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden along the hike.
- Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water.
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Extra money for drinks and tips , souvenirs in Soles
- First Aid kit (Band-Aids, cotton, bandages, alcohol, aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness).
- Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
- Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
- Optional: Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No Damage in Machu Picchu) without rubber covers you CAN'T use them.
- Optional: Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the trail route.
- Optional: GPS to map the campsites, and the trek to MACHU PICCHU
Huchuy Qosqo.- For more information about the weather clicks here please http://www.senamhi.gob.pe.
Local Kids and Adults.- Along the way you will met many people, specially kids walking long distance to arrive at school and study 5 hours and they back home after maybe 30 minutes or 2 – 4 hours depending how far they live from the school. Normally they are son or daughter of poor farmers living on the mountains. We strongly recommend help us to give some present to them like pencils, notebook, dictionaries, toys, clothes (socks, gloves, hat, t-shirt, etc) and something to eat. We don’t recommend giving them things like candies, chew gun, soda, camping knife or money. If you really like to make picture of them, especially of adults we strongly advise you to ask first. If you don’t speak any word of Spanish language (español) coordinate with your guide to see if is possible to have picture of them. Local people don’t permit take picture of them, because they believe you taking their spirit on your camera.
IMPORTANT: Prices are NOT Included extra personal porters to carry your personal belongings (it is necessary to hire an extra porter for whole trip, 9 Kilos is US$ 35 and 18 Kilos US$70) Children 9 to13 can have a $40.00 discount (need to scan and email passports)…Children UNDER 6 OR 7 younger can have an extra $80.00 discount!
3D/2N Huchuy Qosqo trek Private Service price for 2011-2012:
Nº of People Price per person $USA
If you are interested in any of the tours we have on offer then simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Indicate which tour you are interested in, when and we will send you relevant trip dossier outlining the itinerary with availability, tour price, terms and conditions. For contacting us regarding any of the tours or general issues fill in the form mentioned below. Fields mark with are required for processing the form correctly. We will response you as soon as possible.