there are several trips as an alternative to machu picchu, in the last couple of years we start operating this tour with a complete satisfaction of all our clients.
in this machu picchu trek, we will visit one of the inca complexes that is not visited by many tourists, this place is located at 400 meters above the urubamba river in the sacred valley. this fortress it supposed to be a building for one of the most prestige inca kings "pachacutec", it has probably been a fortress where the inca could rest and relax. the location of this place is surrounding by snow camped mountains, small little rural villages and a small river that traverse the old inca city. continuing with this trek, we will take a train to aguas calientes thereafter, we will visit machu picchu that is considering as one of the seven wonders.

DAY 1: TAUCA - HUCHUY QOSQO

We will collect the passengers from their hotels and we will drive to the small village of tauca, located in between the main road cuzco - chinchero. at tauca, we will meet all our crew, once everything is ready we start with the first trekking day heading northeast, during this trek, we will see small hills and villages with a typical andean valleys rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other andean vegetables. as we ascend toward the pass at 4050 meters, the landscape begins to change dramatically to a classic high andean savannah or puna, with scant vegetation, mainly ichu or high altitude grass.

the view of the cordillera vilcabamba peaks is spectacular "la veronica, pitusiray, chicon and san juan snow peaks" adorn the trek. soon after the pass, we will start descending towards huchuy qosqo, hiking along a path that leads to the ccauca gully, where you will be able to see archaeological remains and wild crops such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. after ccauca, we will walk downhill toward the leon punky gully, where you will find remains of an inca bridge and trails. this canyon have geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to huchuy qosqo.

we will arrive to huchuy qosqo (3650 meters) in the afternoon. huchuy qosqo (little cuzco) is a noteworthy inca complex. most of the buildings are made out of very fine stonework in a large kallanka (rectangular hall) and adobe (sticks, straw and manure), there is also some residential and defensive quarters and an interesting two-story buildings that we suppose was an storage for food. huchuy qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by inca agricultural terracing and commanding superb views of the vilcabamba range. overnight in tents. (1 breakfast - 1 lunch - 1 dinner).

DAY 2: HUCHUY QOSQO - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES

The perfect time to visit huchuy qosqo is early in the morning at your own pace or with your guide. huchuy qosqo is above 400 meters above the sacred valley, this supposed to be a building made for one of the incas (pachacutec), he could use this place to rest. after see this place, we will have breakfast and then we will start packing to continue with the trip.
after see huchuy qosqo, we will begin to descent towards the village of lamay, located on the main sacred valley road, where a vehicle will be expecting us to transfer the group to ollantaytambo where, we are going to take the train to aguas calientes, town bellow machu picchu. nigh at hostel in aguas calientes. (1 breakfast - 1 lunch - 1 dinner).

DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU -CUSCO

Today, we recommend start our trekking early in the morning. the idea is to arrive to machu picchu and  see this amazing complex before is getting to crowded. walking from aguas calientes, take 1 hours and 30 minutes more or less until machu picchu. our guide will take you around the area for two hours guided tour in the wonders of this impressive and magic place. machu picchu citadel, is only located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from cusco the inca capital, it was never found by the spanish and consequently not plundered and destroyed as it was in the case with many other inca sites. over the centuries, the surrounding jungle grew over much of the site, and few knew of its existence. on july 24 1911, machu picchu was discovered by hiram bingham.
after the guided tour there will be plenty of time to take pictures, walk around the places that we like the most and then, we meet with the rest of the group at aguas calientes to catch the train to ollantaytambo, and from there take a bus to the hotels in cusco, with this we finish the huchuy qosqo  trail to machu picchu. (1 breakfast).

machu picchu regulations
in an effort to protect machu picchu, the peruvian government authorities put limit to the number of people who visit machu picchu. in 19th of july 2011, no more than 2500 people per day are allowed on machu picchu, and is very strictly controlled. once this limit of 2500 people is reached, machu picchu is completely closed off for the day and no further bookings can be made. reservations are not held on machu picchu and all permits for machu picchu must be bought as far as possible in advance with complete and correct personal information.
inca path peru is happy to work within the framework of these regulations in order to protect machu picchu.
the rules and regulations controlling machu picchu are continually changing and it is important to be aware of the issues detailed in this document before embarking on your adventure to peru.
inca trail trekking booking policies.

*when booking any trip involving machu picchu, please book as far in advance as possible in order to increase the possibility of securing space on machu picchu during the high periods of the year (may to october). we ask in order to proceed with your booking your personal information exactly as it appears on the passport.

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • passport number
  • nationality
  • date of passport expiry
Included

Private transportation, train tickets to aguas calientes, train tickets to ollantaytambo ,bus to  cusco, bilingual speaking guide, horses as porters, extra horse in case of emergency, horsemen to look after the horses, kitchen, dinner and toilet tents, first aid kit, mattress to sleep on, all camping gear, hostel in aguas calientes the last night, meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches , 2 dinners, entrance fees to machu picchu, bus ticket to aguas calientes , transfers.

 

Not Include

Sleeping bag (may rent in our office for $ 4 a day), lunch on the last day, entrance fees to hot springs, bus tickets en stead of hiking machu picchu on the last day, tips. 


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