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TEMPLE OF THE MOON AND INCA QUARRY TREK 4D/3N

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no space on the inca trail, entering machupicchu via sun gate, came with us to the no touristy trek rout including machupicchu. we offer you an alternative trek. our treks don't enter machupicchu through the famous sun gate, but we offer to enjoy your trek through the lleser know inca remains like wata inca offering place, ollantaytambo stone quarry quiet valleys rich in nature, culture and isolated peaks not frecuentlly to see or camp with other trek groups.

Our trek start early during the morning in Cusco city where we catch our tourist bus or van with some stops on the way to the trail head, first stop Ancahuasi village to enjoy the Inca remains of Quillarumiyoc (Archeological site ) then we continue to Huarocondo village finally through the Pomatales narrow valley we arrive to Mollinoyoc the trail head. Day four afternoon we catch the train to Machupicchu Inca City. Overnight at machupicchu town, day five early during the morning explore the Inca city of Machu Picchu. Afternoon back to Cusco. In the sixteenth century the Cordillera Vilcabamba area was the refuge of the last Incas, from there they aimed to re/conquer their lands from the Spanish Crown. Two of the most important ruins in Peru, Machu Picchu and Choquequirao, were settled in the region. The transition between the tropical forest and the snow mountains occurs in a few kilometers. The area is great for climbing, hiking and visiting archaeological sites. The highest mountains are Salkantay 6,271m.a.s.l. / 20,568ft. Pumasillo 5,991m.a.s.l./ 19,650ft. Lasunayoc 5,960m.a.s.l./ 19,548ft. Soray 5,928m.a.s.l./ 19,443ft. Padreyoc 5,771m.a.s.l. / 18,928ft. Panta 5,605m.a.s.l. / 18,384ft. Huayanay 5,464m.a.s.l. / 17,921ft. Huamantay 5,450m.a.s.l. / 17,876ft. Palcay 5,400m.a.s.l./ 17,712ft. Moyoc 5,209m.a.s.l. / 17,085ft. Choquezafra 5.152m.a.s.l. / 16,898ft. and Ocobamba 5,126m.a.s.l. / 16,813ft.

LOCATION:
  South-America, Cusco - Perú,Vilcabamba Mountain Range
DURATION:
  5days and 4Nights
PRICE:
 USD: ON REQUEST.
SEASON:
  All Year (suggested April to October)
ACTIVITIES:
 Archeological, Nature, Cultural, Adventure.
GROUP SIZE:
  Minimum 4, maximum 16
DIFFICULTY:
  MODERATE

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO - QUILLARUMIYOC - MOLINOYOC.

Early start during the morning as it's, We take a private bus or van to the trailhead, first stop to explore the Quillarumiyoc ruins. This is a big area with several distinct Inca remnants, it was a religious center. The Moonstone is a large carving on an enormous lime stone boulder, and its real significance is not yet understood. After to this archeological stop we continue by our bus to the trailhead which one in a quiet, dusty valley here we meet our mountain staff like the horsemen and the horses then soon start to climb high enough from the floor to enjoy some great views. Our lunch time will be near to the imposing pre-Inca fortress of Wata, after the lunch we explore, on the ruins still we can find pottery on the ground. Then the path continues along a green side valley where we appreciate below the valley a few small villages before to go in the village of Chillipawa, where we camp.

DAY 2: CHILLIPAHUA - CHANCACHUCO.

After a good breakfast we start our trek climb up with several stops to enjoy the view of the valley and the high land mountains and high pampas with a lot of high land grass, We normally stop for lunch shortly before the pass of Accoccosa our high point in our trek. The last part of the pass is on loose red gravel, but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile: a broad, hidden valley surrounded by snowy and glaciers peaks the Huayanay Mountain Range on the left, the Urubamba Mountain Range straight ahead and beautiful, pyramidal Veronica Mountain 5,800m.a.s.l./19,024ft. to the right. We have time to explore this plateau and experience walking in the high lands before to continue to our camp we can do some optional hike around this area. Our camp is near to single farmer or family in a big flat or pampa called Chancachuco.

DAY 3: CHANCACHUCO - CACHIQATA -OLLANTAYTAMBO-MACHUPICCHU.

After breakfast we follow the stream down to the narrow canyon with polylepis trees forest, after the canyon the path turns North and traverses very high above a deep and steep valley separating us from the Huayanay Mountains. This is probably the most spectacular section of the trek and we trek under the Inca aqueduct spectacularly carved out

of the cliffs to take water from the Chancachuco Valley to the Sacred Valley several miles away. At the end of the traverse we have a short steep climb up to the view point, flat with spectacular view of Sacred Valley and the snowy and glacier Urubamba mountain Range. On the way we explore the Huayrapunku. Meaning "Gate of the Wind", this is a single Inca remain on the top of the mountain which one is to Veronica Mountain, Then a short walk brings us to the Inca quarry of the Cachiqata Quarry. It was here that huge blocks were cut from the pink granite before dragged down the mountainside and across the Vilcanota River to the Sun Temple at Ollantaytambo town. After to explore the quarry, will be last hours on the trek and we descend from the pampas down into the lush valley floor along the enormous stone ramps on which the Incas dragged the stones. We cross the river and optional explore the huge Sun Temple at Ollantaytambo Inca site complex. Then we board the train to Aguas Calientes.

DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO

Early in the morning, we'll catch the bus up to the Inca city of Machu Picchu to enjoy a guided tour of this enigmatic site. After the tour there will be time to wander around and appreciate the beauty and mystery of Machu Picchu. Later on, you may choose to climb Wayna Picchu 2,600m.a.s.l. / 8,850ft. the peak overlooking the area. Around mid-afternoon we'll catch the bus back to the train station for the return trip to Cusco. The tracks run along the Urubamba river valley, the route taken by Hiram Bingham in 1911 when he re-discovered Machu Picchu. On the arrival to Cusco we transfer to the hotel.

 

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WHAT TO BRING

  • A sleeping bag.
  • A backpack (20 or 25 liters).
  • Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
  • Long pants and shorts.
  • Long sleeved shirts and T-shirts.
  • Warm clothes sweaters, jacket and fleece.
  • Rain gear.
  • Camera, films, batteries.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Insect repellent and sun block.
  • Personal toilet items and first aid kit.
  • A pocketknife.
  • A water bottle and purified pills.
  • A change of underwear.
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun, rain or cold.
  • A pack towel.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, biscuits, dry fruits etc.
  • Cash USD and local currency ( option for ATM machine Machu picchu town)
  • Swimsuit (optional hot springs visit)
  • Walking sticks with rubber covers (optional).

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INCLUDED DURING THE TREK

  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from hotels all the members, then transfer by Bus or Van to Molinoyoc Village (trailhead).
  • A large igloo tents, for each 2 persons.
  • Mattress, one per person.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Dining tent.
  • Enough tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • English speaking professional tour guide.
  • An expert cook.
  • Wranglers and horses
  • Full meals during the trek.
  • Daily snack bag.
  • Daily afternoon tea service.
  • Daily wake up call tea, and hot water for washing.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Round trip Train ticket. (Cusco-Machu Picchu-Cusco)
  • Vistadome to Machu Picchu departure: 16:03 Arrival:17:42
  • Backpacker to Ollantaytambo Departure: 18:03, Arrival: 19:35
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo station to Cusco.

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NOT INCLUDED

  • Day 1 Breakfast ( you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
  • Day 4 Dinner (on your own ).
  • Day 5 Lunch, Dinner(on your own)
  • Tips to the crew ( guides, cooks, wranglers

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES:

  • Sleeping Bag, Rent should be requested in advance, charge is USD: 35
  • Single Tent, if you prefer to have guaranteed single tent the charge is USD:40
  • First Class trail instead Backpaker.Vistadome Departure 15:25, Arrive 19:41 extra charge USD 40. (train back to Cusco)

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Participants in this trek should plan on at least two or three days of acclimation at around 3,400m.a.s.l./ 11,100 ft. Cusco's altitude.
  • To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure.
  • We can arrange for accommodations and Pre or Post tours.

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