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Huilloc Village Healthy Cook Stove Project & Salcantay Machu Picchu Trek

Huilloc is located in a remote corner of the Sacred Valley, a 25 minute drive from Ollantaytambo, in a district known for its customary traditions of back strap weaving. The community is home to 200 families. The households rely on wood to burn in their rudimentary open fire cook stoves. The cook stoves produce a thick smoke that hangs in the air, trapped within the confines of the small kitchens. Mostly it's the women and children who inhale the smoke during meal preparation spending up to eight hours a day in the kitchen. According to the World Health Organization the inhalation of indoor smoke has been linked to pneumonia in children, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birth weight babies and lung cancer. The World Expeditions Foundation has committed to installing 200 healthy cook stoves in the Huilloc homes over the coming years. The local women give us a weaving demonstration and the local men will show us how they tend to the fields and pay respect to pachamama (earth mother). Outside of the project work at Huilloc we trek along an ancient Inca trail taking in views of Mount Salcantay and the sacred glacial lake of Humantay. Our adventure culminates at the enigmatic Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.


7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners
pick up from Cusco hotel on day 1
expert bilingual guide for each section
group medical kit
comfortable and central hotels
guesthouse accommodation at Huilloc
private internal transportation
the use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket and thermarest
group camping equipment on trek
porters to carry personal gear on trek
sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including Machu Picchu entrance fee)
Work alongside the people of Huilloc to install healthy cookstoves in kitchens in the community
Undertake a breath-taking short trek through the Peruvian Andes
Return home with an intimate insight into the fascinating Andean culture
Marvel at your first glimpse of the incredible ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
Homestay in a remote corner of the Sacred Valley
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $2,790
Start Location
Cusco, Peru
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
26 Jun 201803 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
03 Jul 201810 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
10 Jul 201817 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
17 Jul 201824 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
24 Jul 201831 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
31 Jul 201807 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
07 Aug 201814 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
14 Aug 201821 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
21 Aug 201828 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
28 Aug 201804 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
04 Sep 201811 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
11 Sep 201818 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
18 Sep 201825 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
25 Sep 201802 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
02 Oct 201809 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
09 Oct 201816 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
16 Oct 201823 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
23 Oct 201830 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
30 Oct 201806 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
06 Nov 201813 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
13 Nov 201820 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
20 Nov 201827 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
27 Nov 201804 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
04 Dec 201811 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
11 Dec 201818 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
05 Mar 201912 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
12 Mar 201919 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
19 Mar 201926 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
26 Mar 201902 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
02 Apr 201909 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
09 Apr 201916 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
16 Apr 201923 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
23 Apr 201930 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
30 Apr 201907 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
07 May 201914 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
14 May 201921 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
21 May 201928 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
28 May 201904 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
04 Jun 201911 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
11 Jun 201918 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
18 Jun 201925 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
25 Jun 201902 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
02 Jul 201909 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
09 Jul 201916 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
16 Jul 201923 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
23 Jul 201930 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
30 Jul 201906 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
06 Aug 201913 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
13 Aug 201920 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
20 Aug 201927 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
27 Aug 201903 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
03 Sep 201910 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
10 Sep 201917 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
17 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
24 Sep 201901 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
01 Oct 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
08 Oct 201915 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
15 Oct 201922 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
22 Oct 201929 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
29 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
Day 1
This morning we transfer by private vehicle to the village of Huilloc (2 hr drive). Upon arrival in Huilloc we are greeted by the community and watch a traditional weaving demonstration and learn about the subsistence lifestyle of the community. We are shown the traditional cook stoves in place in the homes and experience first hand the smoke that is produced by the current cook stoves. We next meet the recipients of the new cook stoves that we will install in the coming days. After lunch we begin the installation of the first cook stove. Overnight Huilloc - Guesthouse.
Day 2
Today we spend the full day installing cook stoves. The materials and equipment will be onsite when we arrive and the old cook stoves demolished. The group will be divided into groups of two-three people to work on each cook stove. There will be a local expert on hand to oversee the installations. It is estimated that each cook stove will take 3 hours to install. The cook stoves need to set for a period of 3 days before they can be rendered for use. Overnight in Huilloc - Guesthouse
Day 3
Following breakfast we set to work for the morning to install the last cook stoves. Following lunch we drive 25 minutes to Ollantaytambo. The remainder of the afternoon is free. Overnight in Hotel - Ollantaytambo.
Day 4
After an early breakfast we visit the Tarawasi Archaeological Site near the town of Limatambo. Pass through the mountain village of Mollepata, where we stop for coffee before ascending a winding mountain road to Challacancha (3,870m). Here we will meet our mule driver and begin our trek to Soraypampa (3,900m) where we have lunch. Continue the climb towards Humantay Lake (4,221m). Return back to Soraypampa, which will be the first campsite, and from where we enjoy magnificent views of Salcantay Mountain (6,270m), one of the most sacred peaks in Inca mythology. Overnight in camp.
Day 5
This is the main day! After an early breakfast, we hike up to the highest point on the trek which is the Salcantay Pass (4,638m). There we will stop to enjoy the amazing views of snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range in every direction, and the glaciated south face of Salcantay towering above us, where Andean condors can be seen. From the pass we descend towards Wayracmachay to lunch and then continue our descent along the left bank of the Salcantay River. Observe the landscape become increasingly green, changing from highland to jungle or cloud forest. Feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colourful butterflies and striking orchids, while arriving to the second camp at Andenes (2,890m), a beautiful spot surrounded with vegetation. Overnight in camp.
Day 6
Today we will hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, granadilla, avocado and coffee plantations. A hot picnic lunch is served along the way. After lunch, we hike for about 2 hours before a private vehicle meets us for a short drive to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail (30min approx). From the head of the newly restored Inca Trail we easily make our way to the last campsite at Lucmabamba. In the evening we try some of the local coffee with our host, a local family. Dinner will be served and then spend the night in the camp. Overnight in camp.
Day 7
After breakfast, we will head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,735m) and descend to the archaeological complex of the same name. Enjoy a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers get the chance to admire. Lunch is served in a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. Later we begin the final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. Finally, we will get to the Hydrlectric Power Station, to board the train to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night. Overnight in El Mapi hotel or similar
Day 8
After an early breakfast, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu. The guided tour of the sanctuary lasts 2 hours and at the end, you will have another 2 hours in the company of the guide to explore this fascinating site. We return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and in the afternoon or early evening we depart on the train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco where the trip concludes. NB - depending on train schedules, we may arrive into Cusco very late at night.