This trip combines a visit to Lima, Cusco, the Urubamba Incas Scared Valley, a hike to the world-famous Machu Picchu Inca Citadel and a beautiful trekking on the Mount Ausangate Area of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. Located southeast from Cusco, the Vilcanota Cordillera is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Peru. Mount Ausangate (6385 m / 20943 ft) is the highest peak in this area and the local Indigenous people consider it as an Apu (a sacred mountain). We will have the opportunity to encounter small indigenous villages and friendly local people dressed in their full traditional garments and enjoy amazing landscapes, flora and fauna.
Day 1: Lima
At your arrival in Lima, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Our guide will give you a short briefing about next day activities.
Day 2: Lima City Tour (3 hours)
Our morning tour begins with a drive to the Huaca Puccllana pre-Inca remains where we learn about the cultural past of Lima, and the ancient civilization that inhabited this place. Later, we head towards the colonial part of town visiting the Plaza de Armas, and to enjoy a panoramic view of the Cathedral, San Francisco Church and its impressive ''Catacombs''. Afterwards we will head towards modern Lima, to visit the districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, finally ending our tour at Larco Mar, a modern entertaining center with a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean. You will be transferred back to the hotel. Free afternoon. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Lima - Cusco
Morning transfer to the airport in Lima for your flight to Cusco. After your arrival in Cusco, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. After your check in, we will have some time to settle in and adapt to the high altitude (3400 m / 11152 ft) of the city. In the afternoon, a city tour of Cusco will be arranged. The tour starts with a walk to visit the Plaza de Armas with its beautiful colonial buildings and churches including the Cathedral. Then we walk to Santo Domingo Church where we find the impressive Koricancha Temple with exquisite stone work and carvings, to finally visit the nearby ruins of Cusco: the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Quenko, and the Inca bath of Tambo Machay. Our transport will drop us off at the hotel in the late afternoon. Breakfast included.
Day 4: Cusco – Incas Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo
In the morning, we will pick up you from the hotel in Cusco to begin our bus ride down to the valley of Urubamba, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we start our first visit to the beautiful Pisac Inca Ruins, where during our 2 hours walk we can admire the fine architectural work of the Inca culture. Then we continue our tour to visit the colorful market of Pisac. Our transport will then take us towards the Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we visit the impressive Inca fortress and walk on this ancient typical Inca town. We will overnight in a small hotel in Ollantaytambo, where the majestic fortress will overlook us. Breakfast included.
Day 5: Ollantaytambo –Pisca q´uchu (Km 82) – Wuayllabamba (prairie–green place) Camp
From Urubamba, a 1-hour drive will take us to the point known as Kilometer 82 (2600 m / 8528 ft). This point is where the trekkers control booth is located and all tourists must register to be able to start the trek. From this place, 42 km of mountains, Andean valleys, rivers and tropical forests separate us from Machu Picchu. On our way to our first camp at Wuayllabamba village, the first part is mainly flat with slight ascent, taking us approximately 2 ½ hours until we reach Llactapata’s (town in the heights), an interesting archaeological complex “in the clouds”. Then we will continue into the valley of the Kusichaca River, from where our route follows a slight ascent up to Wuayllabamba’ s camp located at 3100 meters (10168 ft). Breakfast, Lunch box and Dinner included.
Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 6: Wuayllabamba Camp – Pacaymayo Camp
After breakfast, we begin our second day of our adventure. This is considered as the most difficult day in the trek, since it is necessary to do an ascent of 1100 m to the highest point of the whole circuit known as Warmihuañusca (“dead woman”) high pass, located at 4200 m of altitude (13776 ft). The slow ascent will take about 4 ½ to 5 hours approximately. From the pass, we will enjoy an astonishing view of the surroundings and the magnificent landscape. This is a windy area so it is important to wear warm clothing. After we overcome the pass, we continue our way down to the Pacaymayo Camp located at 3500 m (11480 ft). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
Day 7: Pacaymayo – Runkuracay – Phuyupatamarca - Wiñayhuayna
Our third day is the most interesting albeit also the longest. We begin with an hour and a half ascent to the Runku Raccay Pass located at a height of 3950 m (12916 ft). On the way, we will visit the interesting ruins known as Runkuracay (oval building) at 3800 m (12464 ft). Once overcoming the pass, the rest of the way descends towards the interesting ruins of Sayacmarca located at 3600 m of altitude. In the Inca times this was used as a control post for the travelers using the roads connecting to Machu Picchu. Along a beautiful cloud forest, we will continue up to the pass of Phuyupatamarca, (“town above the clouds”) at 3670 m (12038 ft). continuing out descend, we face an impressive array of endless rock steps until we arrive near the Intipata remains located at 2850 m (9348 ft), an incredible complex of terraces and platforms built in the middle of the hillside of a mountain covered by thick vegetation. The trail finally leads to Wiñayhuayna’ s camp (“Forever Young”) located at 2700 m (8856 ft). Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
Day 8: Wiñayhuayna Camp – Machu Picchu – Cusco
The day begins earlier than usually, at about 04:30 hrs. to make our final trek towards the city of Machu Picchu. After one and a half hours we arrive at the Inti Punku (''Sun Gate'') at 2700 m (8856 ft) from where we will have the first impressive views of the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu. From here it is a 1 km descent to arrive to the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400 m / 7872 ft) and enjoy a guided visit to one of the most important archeological discoveries of recent times. In the afternoon, transport down to Aguas Calientes from where we take train back to Ollantaytambo and from here by car we transfer you to your hotel in Cusco. Breakfast included.
Trekking time: 3 to 4 hours
Day 9: Cusco resting day
Day in Cusco to rest and recover our energy for the next days in our Ausangate trek. Free time. Breakfast and hotel accommodations included.
Day 10: Cusco – Tinqui village (3800 m / 12464 ft) – Upis Camp (4380 m / 14366 ft)
From Cusco, at about 8 a.m. starts our 3-hour drive on paved road and after passing several small towns and villages we will arrive to the little village of Tinqui from where another 20-minute drive, takes us to the point where we meet our muleteers and while they will prepare the heavy loads to be carried by our horses, we enjoy a delicious lunch. Then we start our trekking along the trail which crosses through colorful farming areas as we head to the valley of Upis where we will set our first camp at 4380 meters above sea level. This beautiful spot is located right under the magnificent North-West face of Mount Ausangate. Here we also find some hot water springs where we can enjoy a nice soak. Lunch and dinner included.
Trekking time: 3 to 4 hours
Day 11: Upis – Pucacocha Lagoons – Ausangate Cocha Camp (4500 m / 14760 ft)
After an early awake up and breakfast, we start our morning trek going up to cross the high point known as Arapa pass (4700 m/ 15416 ft). From here, we make a descend to the low valleys surrounding the west side of Mount Ausangate, and passing the green lake of Uchuy Pucacocha we reach the turquoise lake Jatun Pucacocha. On our right, we can observe the Sorimani and Tacusiri rocky peaks. From here we make a slow ascend to the second-high pass of the day and known as Ausangate Apacheta pass (4900 m / 16072 ft). From the summit of the pass we enjoy stunning views of the west glaciers of Mt. Ausangate and below the Ausangate Cocha lagoon which is fed from the melting snow of these glaciers. We descend to our next Ausangate Cocha camp located at 4500 m / 14760 ft. Breakfast, Lunch Box and dinner included.
Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours
Day 12: Ausangate Cocha – Palomani Pass (5200 m / 17056 ft) – Sorapata Camp (4480 m / 14694 ft)
Today’s trek will take us up to the next high pass, the Palomani Pass at 5200 m / 17056 ft, which is the highest point we will reach during our entire trek. After 2 hours of steady hike up, we will reach the summit of the pass from where we will enjoy wonderful views over the south-west glaciers of Mt. Ausangate, the summit and glaciers of the beautiful Mount Santa Catalina (5808 m / 19024 ft) and the rocky peaks of Mt. Sorimani and Mt. Tacusiri. During the descend to the Machurakay valley, we will meet charming llamas and alpacas pastoring on the highlands of the area. Then we continue descending to the Machurakay Valley and then to the settlement known as hacienda Uchuy Finaya and from here we continue our hike until we reach our camp at Sorapata (known also as Wanu Wanu camp) located in a flat valley of the south-east side of the Ausangate massif and from where observing towards northeast, we can enjoy beautiful views of Nevados Acero (6093 m) and Japu Japu (6093 m). Breakfast, Lunch Box and dinner included.
Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
Day 13: Sorapata (Wanu Wanu) – Jhampa Pass (5050 m / 16564 ft) – Minaparayoc Camp (4700 m / 15580 ft)
After a hearty breakfast, we start our today’s trek heading first northeast in a relative flat valley while enjoying the views of Nevados Acero and Japu Japu. Then we start a slow ascend northwest until we reach the highest point of the place known as Jhampa pass. At the right, we can enjoy exciting views of the steep peaks known as Puca Punta and Jatun Punta with their glaciers hanging down to the narrow valley located at our feet. From the pass, we descend to our last camp at the place known as Minaparayoc. Breakfast, lunch box and dinner included.
Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
this day an Indigenous “Shaman” of the area will join us to make the “Pago a La Pachamama” (Offer to Mother Earth…) ceremony. This will be done in the night after dinner and it is really a very nice, interesting spiritual ceremony offered to the Mother Earth.
Day 14: Minaparayoc – Pacchanta - Cusco
In the morning, we enjoy our last breakfast, and afterwards we start descending towards Pacchanta village (4100 m / 13448 m). On the way, we shall visit the small lagoons known a Uturungucocha Macho and Uturungucocha Hembra. These two beautiful lagoons are considered by the locals sacred places and frequently they are visited for the ceremony known as “pagos” to receive the spiritual and material benefits of these lagoons. After this, we continue descending until we finally arrive to Pacchanta where we find hot water springs at 4400 m. Here we will have lunch and meet our transport which will take us back to the City of Cusco where we transfer you to the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch Box included.
Trekking time: 3 hours
Day 15: Cusco – Lima out
In the morning, we transfer you to the airport for your fly to Lima where you arrive in time for your connecting flight back home. Breakfast included.
All transfers, hotels (3 stars) in Lima and Cusco, shared transport to/from trek start points, all entrance fees, English speaking trekking guides, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent), complete food services while on the trek (as noticed in the program), expedition cook, helpers, porters for Inca Trail, horses for Ausangate trek, first aid kit (including emergency oxygen bottle).
International and domestic flights, extras, personal trekking equipment, tips, one-way train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Class train: $125.-pp), Inca Trail entrance fee (us$ 100. - pp).
Departures are guaranteed with minimum 8 participants.
Personal items weight allowance per passenger: 5 kgs (this to be carried by porters on the Inca Trail & horses on the Ausangate Trek). Passengers must carry a day backpack (suggested 30-40 lts) with their personal belongings for the day hike (lunch box, warm clothing, photo camera, etc.).
If for the Inca Trail an extra porter is required, this have a cost of us$ 200.- per porter (each porter carry up to 20 kgs).
If for the Ausangate Trek an extra horse is required, this have a cost of us$ 130.- per horse (each horse carry up to 40 kgs).