Moonstone Trek To Machu Picchu 5 days

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5 DAYS - 4 NIGHTS
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moonstone trek to Machu Picchu 5 days, an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca trail Machu Picchu Trek.

On this remote route, you’ll see fewer tourists.  You’ll follow the footsteps of the Incas who built this impressive route from the City of Cusco, Moonstone trek to Machupicchu 5 days going westbound through the mountain range, stopping to observe amazing temples and royal residence.  Also, you’ll explore an amazing Inca stone in a huge 15th-century quarry call “Cachiqata” moonstone trek to Machu picchu5 days according to national geographic in one of the best treks included Machupicchu Inca city or the sacred of the Incas, on the way of moonstone trek to Machu Picchu 5 days you will see part of the original Inca trail (qhapaq ñan ).

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.

INCLUDES:

(walking sticks, sleeping bag, blankets, pillows, sleeping mat)

  • 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.
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your gear
  • Duffle bag for your gear
  • Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Doesn’t include:

  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
  • Water on Day 1
  • $ 25 Waynapicchu Mountain (walk to the top without a guide, the trail is well marked).
  • First breakfast-last lunch

What to Bring:

  • A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
  • 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This does its job!
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
  • Water (Only for the first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
  • Camera
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
  • Toiletries
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money for drinks, tips in Soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
  • Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

Packing list:

As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress, and extra clothing.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcius.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  •  Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek

 

Prices:

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2020 through January 2021. All prices quoted are $USD

  • 2-3 Trekkers:  $550 per person
  • 4-5 Trekkers: $500 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).

Discounts:

  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)

 

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Day 1: CUSCO – KILLARUMUYOQ – CHILLIPAWA

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days, 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

 

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

 

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 lead 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

 

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 manpower it took for the Incas to transfer these enormous stones 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

 

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 enjoying 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 the 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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