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Tastayoq Lakes and Mountains Trek

This itinerary has been specifically crafted to avoid the busier trekking trails in Peru. We take you along uncrowded remote trails to enjoy spectacular views of snow-capped Andean peaks, over beautiful passes and through traditional Quechuan villages that rarely see westerners, and finally to Machu Picchu. Starting in the World Heritage listed city of Cusco we discover its fascinating Incan and colonial history before visiting the Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. Our trek begins at the village of Tastayoc and over the following days we hike over high passes and under the flanks of some spectacular Andean peaks. We stop for a few days in the village of Qelqanqa to acclimatise and to learn about the day-to-day life of this medieval village. The residents of Qelqanqa are potato farmers and skilled weavers and are pleased to welcome us to their village and host a traditional 'pachamanca' - a wonderful Andean 'feast'. Our trek ends in the village of Lares where we enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot springs before an overnight in Ollantaytambo. From here we catch the train to the enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu to take in its remarkable beauty.

Inclusions

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
airport transfers
private internal transportation
expert bilingual guide
group medical kit
the use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, mat & fibre filled jacket
group camping equipment
porterage on trek
sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
comfortable and central hotels
Hightlights
Spectacular views of snow-capped Andean peaks
A stunning trek through the Peruvian Andes
Visit the incredible ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
Experience remote areas with traditional villages
Time spent exploring the beautiful historic city of Cusco
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $2,790
Start Location
Cusco, Peru
End Location
Peru
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
8 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Jul 201819 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
05 Aug 201816 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
02 Sep 201813 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
30 Sep 201811 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,790
07 Apr 201918 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
05 May 201916 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
02 Jun 201913 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
07 Jul 201918 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
04 Aug 201915 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
01 Sep 201912 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
29 Sep 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,790
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You'll be met at the airport and transferred from Cusco airport to our hotel located in the historic centre where you will have some time to explore the city and also enjoy a few hours of rest, essential to initiate successful acclimatisation to the altitude. In the evening you will meet with your guide at 6pm at your hotel for an initial trip briefing and receive your kitbags and jackets for your trek. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.
Day 2
Today we have a guided tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. We explore the city by foot to appreciate its superbly constructed Inca walls and architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. This also includes a visit of Koricancha, the Golden Temple of the Sun, in ancient times. After this we take a short drive to visit the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman along with Tambomachay, better known as 'the bath of the Inca'. Both sites are spectacularly set above the city. In the afternoon you may have time to explore some of the central parts of the city and a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open-air artisan markets and shops. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.
Day 3
Today we leave Cusco in the early morning for a spectacular drive up onto the Chinchero Plateau to the famous agricultural centre of Chinchero (3750m). We spend time visiting a weaving cooperative and then drive further across the plateau to the amazing Inca salt pans below the archaeological site of Moray. We walk down through the salt pans into the deep Sacred Valley carved out by the great Urubamba River - the main source of the mighty Amazon. We end up in the wonderful village of Ollantaytambo, at 2790m, with its fascinating mix of colonial and Inca architecture.
Day 4
Today we enjoy day walks, and our first is near Ollantaytambo which including a walk up to the Inca quarries above Cachicata. After visiting the village and the great fortress/citadel that dominates the traditional village we head off on a trek that takes us over a bridge with Inca foundations and on up a hill to the old Inca quarries above Cachicata. After a picnic lunch and time to explore this fascinatiing site we hike back down to the village of Olantaytambo. This evening we have a pre-trek briefing with our trekking guide at our hotel and prepare for the trek.
Day 5
Today we drive from the Sacred Valley towards Malaga Pass (4900mts) - this is one of the most spectacular roads in Peru as it winds up from the Sacred valley to the divide between the high Andes and the rainforest to the east. Before reaching the pass we stop at Tastayoc (3990m) where we meet our camp crew, who will be waiting for us with lunch ready. After lunch we start ascending towards Yuracrumiyoc Pass (4670m). After a couple of hours we stop at our first campsite (4400m approx) below the first pass. Total time walking is approx. 3 to 4 hours.
Day 6
Today we walk up to the pass (4672m) and start the descent into the Patacancha valley. From here we follow the valley up to the next pass Yauricunca (4357m) and then descend to our campsite near the village of Qelqanqa. The scenery along the way is spectacular with great views of the surrounding snowed peaks as well as the chance to see lots of water fowls like, Andean geese, Puna Ibis and Andean Lapwing among others. Today will be a long but rewarding day with a total walking time of approximately 8 to 9 hours. Our camp will be located above the village itself where we will stay for the following two nights.
Day 7
Today we spend the day visiting this medieval village of potato farmers and skilled traditional weavers. It is also a village where World Expeditions has worked for many years on various community projects. Today we also take part in a traditional 'pachamanca' - a wonderful Andean Andean 'feast' that is simple but tasty. It involves cooking cheeses, meats and potats and other tuber in hot rocks under the ground and then is shared with all the school children and villagers!
Day 8
After breakfast we say farewell to the villagers and head off on our next day of trekking which takes us upwards towards Yuraccocha pass (4350m). Tonight we camp right below the pass, in the shadow of Terijuay peak (5330m) by the beautiful Yuraccocha lake (4200m). Total walking time is approx. 7 to 8 hours.
Day 9
Another day on this beautiful and uncrowded trek route as we climb up to Yuracocha pass (4350m) before descending the Cochayoc valley. We will walk through some marshes, with good opportunities to see more water fowl. We have a picnic lunch at Cochayoc village (3850m) before our afternoon walk continues to the large village of Cachin (3400m), where we camp for the night. Total walking time 6 to 7 hours.
Day 10
Our last and shortest day of trekking takes us from Cachin to the town of Lares (3300m). Here we can spend a couple of hours soaking in the hot springs before saying farewell to our camp staff and driving back down into the Sacred Valley for a night in Ollantaytambo, and a chance for a good shower and to do our washing!
Day 11
We begin our day with an early morning train journey to Machu Picchu. From our hotel we walk down the short distance to the railway station from where we take an early morning train to Aguas Calientes and then a short bus ride up to Machu Picchu to thoroughly explore this remarkable and truly enigmatic site. After a professionally led tour of the site we're free to further explore before taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, a pretty afternoon train ride back to Ollantaytambo is followed by a drive to Cusco. In the evening we enjoy a farewell buffet in a lovely restaurant on the main square with live traditional music and dancing.
Day 12
After breakfast we will be transferred to Cusco airport where the trip ends.