Moonstone Trek To Machu Picchu, 5 days

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5 DAYS - 4 NIGHTS
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All our travelers love the Moonstone trek to Machu Picchu, an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca trail Machu Picchu Trek.

On this remote route you’ll see fewer tourist.  You’ll follow the footsteps of the Incas who built this impressive route from the City of Cusco, going westbound through the mountain range, stopping to observe amazing temples and royal residence.  Also, you’ll explore an amazing Inca stones in a huge 15th century quarry call “Cachiqata”

CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Machu Picchu.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your Hotel in Cusco
DEPARTURE TIME Early in the morning.

Whats included
• Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
• Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
• Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma
• Four-person tent for every 2 people.
• Inflatable Mattress
• Kitchen tent
• Dining tent with tables and chairs
• Toilet tent
• Chef
• Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
• Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
• Duffle bag for your personal gear
• Emergency horse in case we need it
• Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
• Hot water for washing.
• Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
• Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
• Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
• Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
• One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
• Entrance to Machu Picchu
• Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Doesnt not inclued
• $ 25 Waynapicchu Mountain (walk to top without a guide, the trail is well marked).
• $ 40 Sleeping bag rental
• $ 40 Trekking poles
• Single ten 40 $

 

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Day 1: CUSCO – KILLARUMUYOQ – CHILLIPAWA

We started our tour by private minibus stopping to explore the area of “Killarumiyoq”.  The ancient “sun Calendar” is a large moon-shaped stone believed to have been made for ceremonial and astrological purposes. Then we’ll continue towards “Huarocondo” Village and finally through the narrow “Pomatales” valley to reach “Mollinoyoc”. The trail is serene. We’ll climb high enough to fully enjoy the fantastic views.  After lunchtime, we will stop and explore the imposing Pre-Incan fortress of “Wata de Wata”. Finally descending while crossing green valleys and native Andean trees as we come across small villages before entering the village of Chillipawa, where we will make our camp.

DETAILS:

  • Accommodations:       Camp
  • Hiking Distance:            10 km
  • Approx. Hike time:       7 to 8 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          3.924 m/12, 870 ft
  • Lowest Altitude:           3.256 m/10, 682 ft
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate

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Day 2: CHILLIPAWA – ANCASCOCHA – CHANCACHUCO

Here we will have a long steady ascent arriving to the “Pampas – Prairie” in the high lands, where we also appreciate the wild-grass that grows all over.

We’ll stop for lunch shortly before the passage of “Ancascocha”.   After, you’ll have time to explore the high plateau before returning to our camp.  Our campsite will be out-of –the-way from any town or village.  Hence, you’ll enjoy the spectacular night sky and the constellations.

DETAILS:

  • Accommodations:       Campsite at Chancachuco
  • Hiking Distance:            11 km/7 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      7 to 8 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          4,643 m/15,229 ft
  • Lowest Altitude:           3,750 m/12,300 ft
  • Level of Difficulty:        Challenging

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Day 3: CHANCACHUCO – QACHIQATA

After breakfast, we will follow alongside a creek through a hidden valley in a narrow canyon. Finally passing a small grove to reach an Incan Aqueduct that is spectacularly carved (now abandoned).

Towards the end of the trek, we will have a short but steep climb up to our lunch sport, (flat prairie). After lunch, we will go down to the “Huayraqpunku”, which means “Wind Gate”. It’s an Incan Sanctuary that was precisely built facing “Mount Veronica”, simply an incredible view.

Finally, just a short hike will leads us to camp (between the granite stones of the Qachiqata Quarry). It’s here that the huge stones were cut and molded before their transport down the mountain-side and across the river to the Temple of the Sun in Ollantaytambo.

DETAILS:

  • Accommodations:       Campsite at Incan Quarry
  • Hiking Distance:            10 km
  • Approx. Hiking Time:  6 to 7 hours
  • Lowest Altitude:           3,525 m/11,564 ft.
  • Highest Altitude:          3,940 m/12,136 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate

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Day 4: QACHIQATA – OLLANTAYTAMBO

If you are fond of photography, we recommend an early rise as the sunrise here is simply breathtaking.  Seeing first morning rays over the Sacred Valley from the top of our camp is memorable.  But, also don’t forget to catch those rays hit the glaciers of “Mount Veronica”.

Last day on the trek as we descend from the Pampas towards the lush valley along huge stone ramps on which the Incas dragged the stones.  We’ll cross the river and explore the enormous Temple of the Sun located in the City of Ollantaytambo.  In exploring the Temple of the Sun, you’ll appreciate the totality of the man power it took for the Incas to transfer these enormous stones the where you’re standing.

Finally, we board the train to Aguas Calientes.

DETAILS:

  • Hiking Distance:           7 km/4 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      3 to 4 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          3.525 m/11.562 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           2,792 m/9,158 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty:        Easy

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Day 5: MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO

Our Final day, we will start off early (wake-up 4:30 a.m.).  Followed by breakfast (5:00 a.m.) at the hotel. After, board the bus to Machu Picchu, which will take approx. 25 minutes to reach (door open 6:00 a.m.). Please be sure to bring your original passport to show the Rangers (you can get a Machu Picchu seal on your passport).

Your guide will take you to the best places in Machu Picchu, while enjoy the sunrise (depending on the weather).

Then you will have a two hour guided tour.  Following, you’ll have an opportunity to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

  • If you have reserved a visit to “HUAYNAPICHHU” (tickets $ 25.00 per person/limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Trek Leader for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.

There are many more activities that you can do.  These activities are optional (not included with package) for example: The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different view point.

In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Breakfast
  • Lowest Altitude:           2,040 m / 6.691 ft
  • Highest Altitude:          2,440 m / 8,052 ft

Note:      If you want to stay an extra night, just lets us know and we can help book a hotel in Aguas Calientes, as well as your train ticket for the next day

  • Rangers don’t allow people to carry bags bigger than 25 liters when entering Machu Picchu
  • No trekking poles are allowed in Machu Picchu
  • Snacks and water are allowed – in bags

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