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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
After breakfast we will be transferred to Cusco airport where the trip ends.