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(5 Day Salkantay, 4 Day Lares Valley
3 Day Huchuy Qosqo Trek )
SALKANTAY & MACHUPICCHU 4 DAY / 3 NIGHT Trek -Group Service:
This trek takes you around Mount Salkantay, the second largest mountain in the Cusco region (6271m/20,568ft), On the first night, you'll camp within clear sight of the snow capped peak of Salkantay mountain. The second day will be the longest day of the tour, and while you work a bit harder to get there, the views at the top are even more rewarding. The walk to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) (the Inca Trail's 'Dead Woman’s Pass' is only 4,200m/13,776ft)) is not strenuous neither very steep, afterward it is mainly descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain.
We`ll take the forty five minute train ride from the famous Hydro Electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 3th evening relaxing in the town and hotsprings of Aguas Calientes. Early in the morning you take the bus (or walk if desired) up to Machu Picchu for your guided tour, a well deserved reward but many say the trek is a prize in itself!
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3 hours drive to Mollepata, stop for a coca tea... then short drive to our hike start at Sayllapata. 5-6 hours of easy walk to our first campsite at Salkantaypampa, at 1 pm stop near Soray for a lunch and rest (each night we have quite campsites with dinning , cooking tents and 2 person per tent, you just carry a small daypack... we carry oxygen for emergency and a horse for a ride for those affected by soroche... not many), 7-8 hours walk on second day, only few hours near the Apacheta pass from the valley, walk will be not so strenous, beautiful views and amazing landscapes… afterward it is mainly descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain second night at Collpapampa, comfortable dinning tent for our meals, 3rd night at Playa campsite, on Day 4th we walk for 5 hours toward the impresive Llaqtapata Inca ruins Complex, famous lookout point to see Machupicchu range of mountains, we finishes our trek at Hidroelectrica time to rest and lunch, then we board a pintoresque train to Aguas Calientes town, Dinner and accommodation in private rooms... SEE Availability for group departures, Daily trips for private trek. Book ONLINE,generate a reservation code and pay a deposit on Step 3.
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Our Lares Valley trail is the nicest and the challenging trek -the one not crowded yet, start near Urubamba on the Sacred Valley of the Inkas (Pumahuanca valley, Puma´s Pass, Cuncani, Lares hot spring.) passing throught small villages that offer a rare and fascinating insight into traditional Andean life, beautiful green valleys, lakes and high passes, turquoise color lagoons, an ancient inka trail, but not less impressive colorful dressed local people and impressive flocks of llamas and alpacas, with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising to just under 6,000 meters, still practicing ancestral farm customs, andean traditions and amazing textiles techniques. Finally afternoon on Day 3 we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes. Early Day 4th Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. We have plenty of time for a guided tour and to explore, climb to Huayna Picchu mt, walk to Sun-Gate etc. Lunch in Aguas Calientes and train return to Cusco. SEE availability in our group departures, Daily treks for private service. Book ONLINE, generate a reservation code and paya adeposit on Step 3.
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When Inca Trail permits are sold out... this is the best short trek alternative through the old Inca trail, Inca town, beautiful valleys and great views on the Sacred Valley, then 2 hrs by train to Aguas Calientes town where you stay the night. Next morning early walk or bus up to Machupicchu. Book ONLINE,generate a code and pay a deposit on Step 3.
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CHOQUEQUIRAW TREK + MACHUPICCHU 8 DAY TREK The old Inca Trail !!
Choquequirao or Choquekiraw means "Cradle of Gold" in Quechua Inca´s language, although this is probably not its original name. It is another "Lost City of the Incas" rediscovered officially late in 20th century located high on a ridge spur almost 1750 mts above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks.
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... Choquequirao means "Cradle of Gold" in Quechua Inca´s language, although this is probably not its original name. It is another "Lost City of the Incas" rediscovered officially late in 20th century located high on a ridge spur almost 1750mts above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks.
Choquequirao was build during the last days of the Inca empire in the government of the Inca Pachacutec 1490, by Tupac Inca Yapanqui, and probably after the Spanish invasion in 1532. Almost 40 years the Inca's held stand against the spanish conquerors (between 1536 - 1572). The construction of the different levels of temples, palaces, canals and aqueducts is really fantastic. "Choquequirao is the city which demonstrates the inspiring example of an elite Inca ceremonial center. A city dedicated to worship the “Pachamama” the andean mother earth “the Apus” mountain gods and divinities, the river and the elements of nature." Choquequirao finally burned down and left deserted. This happened probably after the execution of the last Inca, Tupac Amaru I in 1572. By this occasion, the plaster covering the walls, carbonized and disappeared for the most part. At the east side of the complex more then 110 terraces with houses and squares are being revealed. At the west side another 170 terraces are hidden and covered by the forest, in some of these terraces can be seen now an amazing in straight line white color llamas in symetrical order, Until now only 25% is put to overdraft and conserved. With this Choquequirao is the largest Inca-town of the continent and much larger then Macchu Pichu. For the first time in 1710 they mentioned the existence of Choquequirao.
The first drawings of the structure of the ruins were made about 1836 by the Frenchmen Léonce Angrand and them by Eugine Sartigues. Only in 1986 there was made a structured plan of Roberto Samanez and Julinho Zapata for the restoration and conservation of Choquequirao. In 1993 the archeologists Percy Paz and Eulogio Auca brought Choquequirao under the Copesco Plan. Choquequirao in short time, has become a primary sightseeing in Perú.
A Machu Picchu without the crowds, without the vendors, without the long lines of buses snaking through the Peruvian countryside exists- and it’s called Choquequirao. By ETHAN TODRAS-WHITEHILL
• Distance: 64 km
• Duration: 4 Days
• When to go: Best from April to November
• Altitude : 2,200 masl to 3,100 masl
• Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
• Modality: Trekking, scenic and Cultural, Archaeological
• Location: Mountain range Vilcabamba - Cusco
• Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC / Night temperature : 1ºC to 4ºC
• Remark : 1- 2 day acclimatization required
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Auzangate Mountain is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Vilcanota. The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Nevado de Ausangate (6,385m) and three others tops over 6000m.
It's excellent trekking circuit offering to the traveller everything you could want: spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, herds of llamas and alpacas, picturesque villages and traditionally dressed Quechua people. This is a moderate to challenging trek, not technical with several high passes and often freezing cold nights so be prepared. This beautiful six day trek starts and finishes at the small Andean village of Tinqui and takes you around the massif of Ausangate mountain and over three high passes (two of them over 5000m).
It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike spending at least two or three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting.
The peak of Auzangate is considered by the local people to be a sacred Apu and it is the central most powerful point of pilgrimage for today’s Quechuas descendents. This fascinated trek can be also combined with famous Inti raymi fest, Sun`s festival in Cusco or the winter solstice fest in Qoyllor rity snow capped mountains opposite from Ausangate.
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