Llama hike Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu - 3 day

Homestay Journey

Description

Llama hike Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu will explore the Andean villages and their traditions, customs, beliefs and costumes. The villagers will allow us to experience unforgettable moments as they do their daily work in each place in the region of Cusco, and at the same time, make sure we get to know attractive cultural, religious and natural places.

 The Homestay families are of modest economic background, but thanks to the efforts of each family in Andean communities, we succeed in moving our way forward. This allows us to offer a better quality of life to our children and an example to our friends in the region.

 As we offer lodging services in our renovated and well-furnished homes, our hosts are determined to deliver a high quality service. And as your well-being is our principal concern, we consider the food to be the most important part of that service. We have trained ourselves to be able to prepare healthy meals with organic products from the region we produce ourselves.

To support our hike, we make use of lamas, which allows us to transport your luggage and some hiking materials, and of an emergency horse we may use in case of emergency, so that the journey may be comfortable and pleasant whatever destiny is chosen.

Important



Day 1: TAUCCA – HUCHUY QOSQO

Llama hike starts at your hotel where a private minibus will pick you up to bring you to the community of Taucca, situated in the surroundings of the village of Chinchero. There, we meet with our team of porters and lamas. To start our Llama hike

, with help of the porters, we first have to pack our personal belongings on the lamas. Everyone can bring approximately 5 kg. Then we start our climb through the typical Andean valleys rich in abena, quinoa, tarwi and Andean tubers. In the middle of our climb as we reach the pass (4,250m / 13,943ft), the environment starts to change drastically into Andean highlands or ‘puna’, with indigenous vegetation such as Andean grass (ichu). The views of the peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain chain are spectacular. After the pass, you will begin your descent to the settlement of Huchuy Qosqo, walking along a path that leads to the ravine of Puca Marka (red village) which is called that way because of the red colors of the mountain. There, we’ll find the Inca Trail that comes from Tambomachay, and that will lead us to a small canyon called Puma Punku, with the remnants of an Inca bridge, paths and impressive geological formations. Next, we will arrive at Huchuy Qosqo, where we pass by a balcony with an impressive panoramic view of the valley (3.200m / 10,498ft).

 Huchuy Qosqo lies in a plateau, surrounded by agricultural terraces, and offers incomparable views of the Vilcabamba mountain chain and the river. The total length of your journey today will be approximately 10 km (6.2 miles), which is 6 to 7 hours walking. As we arrive, we will visit the Inca city of Huchuy Qosqo and then go to the inhabited house, where we will have a traditional dinner with the local family.

  • Guide: Professional private guide for the hike
  • Transport: Private minibus from Cusco to Chinchero, Taucca
  • Porters and lamas to transport the personal belongings ( 5-6 kg)
  • Lodging: With a local guest family (shared bathroom).
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner included.
  • Activity: Demonstration of Andean instruments (technology).
  • Entrance fee: Huchuy Qosqo.

Day 2 – HUCHUY QOSQO - PISAQ (3,400 m) - OLLANTAYTAMBO (2,750 m) – AGUAS CALIENTES (2,040 m)

After breakfast, the family will offer us a small demonstration of Andean instruments. Our day then begins with a strong descent to the Sacred Valley of Lamay (2,800 m). We continue our route by private transport along the “Sacred River”. We pass by several towns and villages that have conserved the Wells of a forgone prosperous empire, until we get to the impressive Inca site of Pisaq (3,400 m): terraces, fountains, neighborhoods, observatories and a cemetery. A beautiful complex from where the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. This city was built among the peaks of the mountain chain of Urubamba. There, we will have a Pachamanca lunch prepared by our Homestay family of Chichubamba. Pachamanca is an ancestral plate made with the heat of stones on a big fire under the earth, with pork meat, chicken, cow, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and corn with cheese called choclo.

 Then, we cross the whole valley until we arrive at the town of Ollantaytambo. This town in the Sacred Valley lies at the Urubamba River with an enormous fortress, a Sun Temple, Fountains, and agricultural terraces. After visiting the fortress we go to the train station to board our train following the sacred Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes.

  • Guide: Private tour guide
  • Transport: Private minibus from Lamay, Pisaq, Ollantaytambo
  • The Experditions’ train
  • Meals: Pachamance lunch and dinner
  • Activity: Demonstration of Andean technology
  • Lodging: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fee: Pisaq and Ollantaytambo

Day 3 – AGUAS CALIENTES (2,040 m) – MACHU PICCHU (2,450 m) - OLLANTAYTAMBO (2,750m) - CUSCO (3,350 m)

In the early morning we will leave the hotel to take a bus to Machu Picchu, the Magical City of the Incas, which is considered a jewel of Inca architecture with agricultural terraces, neighborhoods, squares, streets, an astronomic observatory etc. Constructed upon the slopes of the mountain, in the middle of nature, it is considered one of the miracles of today’s world. UNESCO has recognized it as a part of the common Natural and Cultural Heritage of Mankind, as it was an important religious, political and administrative center in the epoch of the Inca. The altitude is about 2450 m. After exploring this Magical City, you may like to explore the mountain of Huayna Picchu. From the top of this mountain you can enjoy an impressing overview of the entire City of Machu Picchu. It is advised to make reservations months in advance, so please do not hesitate to contact us, if you like to include Huayna Picchu. We will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, where our driver is waiting to take us back to the hotel in Cusco.

  • Guide: Professional private tour guide
  • Transport: Collective bus to and from Machu Picchu
  • The Expeditions’ train from Aguas Calientes
  • Meals: Breakfast in the hotel
  • Entrance fee: Machu Picchu (excluding Huayna Picchu mountain – USD 25,- extra)

Include

  • Guide: Professional private tour guide
  • Transport: Private and collective transport as mentioned in the program
  • Porters and lamas for the hike
  • The Expeditions’ train (two way ticket)
  • Meals: Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Lodging: with a Homestay family in Huchuy Qosqo and in a *** Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fee: Huchuy Qosqo, Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu.

Not includes

  • Transport: Flights from Lima to Cusco, and Cusco to Lima
  • Meals: Lunch in Aguas Calientes and dinner in Cusco
  • Snacks and drinks.
  • Lodging: Hotel in Cusco
  • Entrance fee: Huayna Picchu mountain (USD 25,-)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Impermeable jackets
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Original Passport for Machu Picchu
  • Sun blocker
  • No need to bring a sleeping bag!

Prices and discounts

A minimum group size would be 2 persons. The bigger the group, the lower our cost per person: please, find our prices and discounts below!

  • Price per person (based on 2 pp) USD 900,-
  • Price per person (based on 3 pp) USD 800,-
  • Price per person (based on 4 pp) USD 700,-
  • Price per person (based on 5 pp) USD 650
  • Group of 6 or more USD 600,- per person