Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca
We leave Cusco early (5:00am), driving along the road which goes north-west across the famous Pampas de Anta or Yawar Pampa (Blood Pampa, because of the ferocious battle between the Incas and the Chankas over possession of Cusco city). We cross the mountains and descend to the warm town of Limatambo (2600m), where the archaeological site of Tarawasi is found.
We continue in the direction of the Cunyac Bridge over the Apurimac River, the natural border between the Cusco- and Apurimac region and follow the road to the settlement of Curahuasi, famous for its aromatic liquor: Macerado de Anis. Our final stop is the town of San Pedro de Cachora (2800m) around 4 hours’ drive from Cusco.
Here we will meet our “arrieros” (horsemen), and begin our walk. We cross the Cachora creek and climb through a refreshing forest of eucalyptus and native vegetation to the dirt track which is passable by cars. From here the path is flat until the viewpoint at Capuliyoq (2850m). Estimated time to reach this point is 3 hours. From the lookout where we will enjoy our lunch, we have a spectacular view of the Apurimac River and Choquequirao.
We descent for 3 hours on a zigzagging footpath, crossing scrub and later a forest of native trees called Phaty. Finally we arrive at our first campsite called Chiquisca (1930m) after 6 hours hike. We can expect a warm night in the valley.
Climate : warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 7 hours
Day 2: Chiquisca – Rosalina Beach – Marampata – Choquequirao (1930-1550-2850m)
After breakfast, we begin our descent to Playa Rosalina (1550m), where we are going to climb uphill on a zigzagging path, towards Santa Rosa (2095m).
After a recovery time, we continue upwards to Marampata (2850m), a flat place where we can rest in similar conditions as Santa Rosa; enjoying a splendid view of Choquequirao.
Time from the Apurimac River to here is around 4 to 5 hours. The gradient varies from almost flat to very steep. We follow the path which begins flat, and then has several uphill and downhill sections before the campsite at Choquequirao (3033m). This campsite has bathrooms and a cold shower.
We hike 7 hours this day in a rather warm climate, with a total distance of 14 km to the campsite.
Day 3: Choquequirao – Marampata (2850m)
We have a full day to discover the enormous complex of Choquequirao. Your guide will try to show you the most recently discovered areas the agriculture terraces and the sector of the Llamas sculptures that are a more remote sector. The archaeologists are still discovering new parts of the complex that is covered by intense jungle. You will have time to explore the complex at your own. Late in the afternoon we will start the return trek, and we will make camp at Marampata (2850m) (approx. 2 hours). Our hike will be about 5 hours in a rather warm climate.
Day 4: Marampata – Coca Masana
After breakfast we continue our return journey, beginning with a steep descent down to the Apurimac River where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we will climb for approximately 4 hours and then make camp at Coca Masana (2150m). The walk uphill will this time be easier than on the second day. We hike about 7 hours today in a rather warm climate
Day 5: Coca Masana – Cachora – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Day 5 will be the last trekking day and we will be able to appreciate the Apurimac canyon as we follow the trail that crosses through the canyon to the point where the trek started. We arrive at Cachora (2850m) and take our bus to Ollantaytambo.
In the evening, you will take the train (1 hour 30 minutes) from the train station in Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a hotel. Your guide will not follow you to Ollantaytambo, but instead you will have a new guide waiting for you the next morning.
Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Early in the morning we take the bus from Aguas Calientes (2050m) to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. You have the opportunity to climb the difficult path to the top of the Huayna Picchu Mountain (2700m) – the pyramid-shaped peak that overlooks Machu Picchu, which offers spectacular and different views. From Huayna Picchu it is even possible to see the famous Apu Salkantay snow captured mountain.
The 2hrs guided tour of Machu Picchu allows us to appreciate the high level of development achieved by Andean civilization through the Incas.
Machu Picchu demonstrates the superior knowledge achieved in astronomy and astrology. Knowledge of rainy and dry seasons through the solstices was indispensable for developing agriculture; the life-source of the Andes. In the afternoon, at Aguas Calientes, you can enjoy a relaxing bath at the local hot springs before having the train back to Cusco.
- Transportation in and out: Cusco – Cachora
- Transportation from Cachora to Ollantaytambo
- Guide: Professional English and Spanish speaking guide
- Cook: In charge of meal preparation
- Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 08 kilos per person)
- Emergency Horse: Just in case someone needs help
- Ticket: Entrance fee to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu
- Meals: 5 Breakfasts/5 Lunches/5 Dinners/Snacks and afternoon tea
- Equipment: tents ( 2 people in each 3-person-capacity ), mattresses, dinner tent, bathroom tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, first aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
- Bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (last day)
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Tourist Train Service: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- Transportation to and from: Hotel -Train station- Hotel
TOUR NO INCLUDE
- Breakfast the 1st day, and lunch last day
- Sleeping bag.
RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST
Below you will find a list of equipment we recommend you bring with you.
- Original passport:
- Sleeping bag
- Strong footwear
- Change of clothes; Jacket; Clothes for cold weather
- Good socks
- Camera, films and extra batteries
- Water bottle, ideally non disposable canteen (boiled drinking water will be provided)
- Torch / flashlight, plus extra batteries
- Cap for the sun
- Sun block
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries & toilet paper, small towel
- Swimsuit, for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, energy bars etc.
- Cash in soles and US$ Dollars
- Optional: Binoculars and walking Poles/sticks (rubber covers necessary).
- Your passport number
- If you have any special diet (ex. Vegetarian)
- The hotel and address you stay at
- If you have any special dieses that we should be aware of (you are responsible to bring your own medicine). We will provide basic first aid kid and oxygen.
- The transportation from Aguas Calientes to Cusco can be difficult to order, and we cannot promise when you exactly will be back at your hotel in Cusco. We order the train after this schedule:
- You will get on a train that depart from Aguas Calientes to the train station in Ollantaytambo at 6:45 pm and it takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. In Ollantaytambo you will have transportation by bus to your hotel in Cusco that takes aproxlymatly1 hour and 45 minutes.
- You will be back at your hotel around 10pm.
For the tour we provide a duffle bag (normal sports bag), where you can put in your personal belongings and sleeping back that you don’t want to carry at the trek, but still have with you on the tour. You are allowed to fill the bag with 8 kg, which the mules on the trek will carry. To get this duffle bag you ask at our travel office.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
IMPORTANT TERMS & CONDITIONS
- We require an immediate deposit of $150.00USD for all bookings.
- For all tours and treks, the balance must be paid in full up to 48 hours prior to the start of the program. If you want to pay the balance in the office of XTreme Tourbulencia, we only accept cash payment. Failure to pay the trek balance will result in tour cancellation.
- If you decide to cancel during the briefing 2 days prior to departure, you must pay the full amount of the trek. XTreme Tourbulencia, however, will cover the expenses for the hotel and train ticket to visit Machu Picchu. This offer must be confirmed in writing at the briefing.
- You may cancel the booking at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated to firstname.lastname@example.org in writing. Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by email@example.com. All reservations cancelled less than 15 days prior to the departure date of the tour are subject to a cancellation fee
- The Lares Trek is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure.
- If the traveler makes the decision to abandon the excursion during the program, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted. XTreme Tourbulencia does not cover the expenses made by the traveler for the hotel and the transport back to Cusco or to Aguas Calientes, as well as a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Also, the traveler will be accompanied by a representative of XTreme Tourbulencia back to the train station.
- Certain services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are out of the control of hotels, service suppliers, XTreme Tourbulencia or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.
- To receive the student discount of $20.00USD, we require a copy of a university student card with valid expiration date and picture. It is very important to bring your original student card to validate the discount. In the event that we don’t receive the scanned copy of the student card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation at the full, adult price.
- If XTreme Tourbulencia doesn’t confirm the reservation, the deposit will be refunded.
- In the case of force majeur, when a trek cannot start or be completed, XTreme Tourbulencia will find an alternative route to go to Machu Picchu. If this alternative is of lower value than the originally booked excursion, XTreme Tourbulencia will refund the difference.
- It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. XTreme Tourbulencia cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own actions.
|Period before departure written notification is received.||Cancellation fee as a percentage of the holiday price|
|6 days or less.||100%|
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