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US$ 290.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
DAILY DEPARTURES..UPON YOUR REQUEST:
Based on 2 persons US$ 345
Based on 3-5 persons $ 310
GROUP SERVICE PRICE: US$ 290 pp
(Minimum 6 person)
DAILY DEPARTURES !!! 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 (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night camping in the wilderness and then the next day after 2 and a half hours you will reach to this ceremonial Inca sanctuary named as "The small Cusco", time to explore and have a guided tour and after lunch you walk for 3 hours then we start our return back to Cusco by a private vehicle.
Everybody in regular physical shape, can do this gentle hike, but especially people who love outdoors activities.
Distance: 17 Km
Duration: 2 Days trek
When to go: April to November.
Altitude: 3,700 m to 4,400 m
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
We highly recommend MARQUESES Boutique Hotel in Cusco, it is a beautiful and charming Colonial house built at the end of XVI century that has recently been restored and refurbished, located just one block from Cusco`s mayor Plaza. This great location is part of its popularity, close to all of the most important tourist attractions in the famous capital of Inca`s Empire. Well known for its incomparable hospitality and professional service. We can reserve the hotel and transfers you from the airport on your arrival and back on your return, you will enjoy a safe visit, wonderful attention and be pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the Andean Hospitality.
Due to the safe and strategic location you are within easy walking distance of the many historical places, museums, restaurants, cultural, artistic and traditional places of the Imperial Inca City.
SAS Travel Tour Operator & Agency offices are located alongside Hotel Marqueses so we at SAS Travel can assist you at any time.
Hotel Marqueses Cusco accomodation 4 nights for the price of 3 .... or free Up-grade from Standard to Delux room. You must quote this offer when booking your MachuPicchu SAS tour.
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).
At 06:00 am Early pick up from your hotels, private vehicle for 25 minutes to Tambomachay located at 3700 masl. (for our mid day we have a 8 Km of moderate walk with a gradual climbing of 450 meters ; 4-5 Hrs till the lunch place) we start our hike walking at the ancient Inca Trail used by Inca people to connect with the Sacred Valley, Pisac and probably to Machupicchu at the XV century. From this point you can observe panoramic views of Cusco traditional neiborhoods as Santa Ana, Santiago, Puquin etc, and the Valley of Qorao, at this high Andean level we observe llamas and alpacas eating the andean grass named Ichu, small cactus and some bromelias bushes locally known as Puyas. At the left side on the path we can see ancient Incas terraces used by farmers in order to gain more potatoes farmings areas, A gentle walking down to the trail as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4180 meters. Then we descend along the trail from top we gain the view to see Queullococha Lake, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. Just reaching the top we can see another l Lake Qoricocha The Golden Lake in Quechua (Language of the Incas) where we descend for 20 minutes to find our lunch spot , free time to rest.
After lunch and time for rest , we continue another 300 meter to climb in 3 Hrs walk in a normal pace to reach the highest point 4380 masl, from this top it is easy to see Chincheros and the lake of Piuray and some snow sacred mountains as Salcantay, Veronica, (2 passes) then a 1.5 Hrs downhill walk to Pucamamarca our camping place. Here, we set up camp and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky. This community is located at 3,980 masl nearby there few houses that belong to the farmers. (8- 9 horas 16 kilometers of moderate walk).
L - D
2 People per Tents
7 - 8 Hours
Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to Huchuy Qosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we walk through Leon Punku a narrow canyon to see a recently restored trail with wooden bridges and some steps, a lot of of native trees and bushes , a panoramic views of Lamay Valley and Calca, the sacred river of the Incas, Willcamayo ; the walk is one hour to reach the Inca site of Huchuy Qosqo, recently restored by archaeolists, located at 3450 mals from this point it is clear to see many beautiful mountains as Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Waccaywilca and Veronica ancient Apus so respected and venerated by the locals which most of them are Incas- Quechuas descendents. We have a guided tour for 1.5 hours to visit and explore this interesting Inca complex. Huchuy Qosqo was originally an administrative and military center as Pisaq, with many constructions around, Inca buildings with perfect fine stones work, graneries structures called Collcas to store and preserve food, because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn. By 10:00 am we continue our hike for nearly 3-hours of gradually climb to Taucca Pass 4400 masl. After reaching the top we start our last gentle descend for 1 hour until our lunch place from here it is possible also to see the Piuray Lake. After lunch our private vehicle will transport us to returm to Cusco. If someone of the group do not feel well due altitude symtoms of physical problems we can descend for 2 hours to Lamay then return to Cusco.
B - L
4 - 5 Hours