Best time: All Year
Timing: 5 days Trek and Tour
Grade: Moderate

A great alternative to the crowded Inca trail, with a hike from Huaran to Cancha Cancha – Quishuarani – Cuncani Lares Town (Hot Springs) – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Town and final day includes a full day tour of Machu Picchu Inka city.
Leaving from the Sacred Valley, on the first day we’ll walk on an original Inca Track, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna, including indigenous plants used for natural dyes.

The next day there’ll be a steep ascent towards Pachacutec pass (4,697 m /15,406 ft), surrounded by views of the beautiful lakes of Azulcocha and Suerococha.  From the pass, we follow a trail that slowly descends, with a permanent view of Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani and Chicon snow capped mountains. On the third day we’ll see the Chicon glacier and the 7 lakes with huallatas, (Andean geese) ducks and other water fowl, and enjoy the medicinal waters of Lare’s hot springs: an amazing trip!

TREK ITINERARY

Day 01: Cusco / Cancha Cancha Community
We’ll pick you up from your Hotel at 6:00am and leave Cusco by car, on the road to Pisac until we arrive at Huaran creek (2,950 m/9,676 ft). Here we’ll start hiking 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, we’ll arrive at Cancha Cancha (4,000m / 13,192 ft.), where we 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.

Day 02: Cancha Cancha / Quiswarani
After breakfast we start slowly uphill until we reach Accopata, an extension of Cancha Cancha Community, where shepherds live in typical stone and ichu (straw) roof huts. There we begin a steep ascent towards Pachacutec pass (4,697 m /15,406 ft), surrounded by views of the beautiful lakes of Azulcocha and Suerococha. From the pass, we follow a trail that slowly descends, with a permanent view of Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani and Chicon snow capped mountains. We traverse Collaycocha Lake (4,200 m. / 16,000 ft.), reaching a waterfall approaching the Community of Quiswarani (3,902 m. / 12,798 ft.), where we camp enjoying traditional food and spending our time with children and women weavers.

Day 03: Quiswarani / Cuncani
As we leave our campsite, towards to the Huillquijasa pass (4,457 m. / 14,618 ft.) we will see the Chicon and Colque Cruz glaciers and the 7 lakes full of huallatas (Andean geese), ducks and other water fowl. Over the high point we continue downhill until we reach the community of Cuncani (3,886 m/12,746 ft.), a picturesque village, similar to the previous campsite. This was the last refuge of the Royal Panakas, an Inca sect. After our picnic lunch we’ll continue past a narrow valley full of spectacular giant stones to reach the Trapiche Valley basin.  In the afternoon we will continue on the trail past charming prairies, lakes and agricultural areas with roaming deer until we arrive in Cuncani 3h later, where we will have supper and camp.

Day 04: Cuncani / Lares / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes
We’ll leave Cuncani at 8.00am to walk down a fertile valley with typical vegetation, crops and agricultural communities. Along the trail we will see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After approximately 2 hours walk we will arrive in Lares (3261 m / 10,696 ft.), capital of the district.   It’s a large village whose principal attraction is its pleasant hot springs, where we can enjoy a dip.  After lunch, we will board a private car that will take us back to Ollantaytambo.  From here we can take a 3 hour car ride to Ollantaytambo for the extension trip to visit Machu Picchu. We catch the train to Aguas Calientes at around 4:00pm.

Day 05: Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Early wake up (by 05:30a.m), breakfast and, having left our luggage in safe storage at the hotel, we will take the early tourist bus up to Machu Picchu.  We should arrive at Machu Picchu by around 6: 50 a.m, allowing us to enjoy the magical site in peace & relative solitude before the tourist trains arrive from Cusco.  We´ll have a guided tour with an English speaking guide of about 2 ½ hours. Then for the rest of the day you will be free to enjoy the atmosphere of this amazing city. You can climb up Huayna Picchi Mountain for spectacular views over the entire Machu Picchu site (about 1 hour 40 mins round trip) or visit the Temple of the Moon lower down.  You will be issued with a transfer ticket and you can catch the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes when you’re ready in order to enjoy a nice lunch.
Most trains depart Aguas Calientes between 3:30pm and 5:20pm (depends on train schedules) and the return train journey will take approx 4½ hours, arriving in Cusco sometime between 7:30 – 9:30pm.  Lunch Included

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