Begins at: 06.00 am
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Start point: Cusco
Itinerary: Cusco / Huaroncondor / Raphcca / Corimarca / Chancachuco / Qeuñacancha / Intiwatana / Choquetacarpo / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calietnes / Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo / Cusco
The Cachicata Trek is a new exciting trek through the Sacred Valley near Ollantaytambo. The Cachicata trek will take you past high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful scenery. Since this trek is new, it is not yet as popular as many of the other treks around Cusco. This means that you will have less crowds and a more peaceful trekking experience.
We will drive from Cusco to Pachar located in the Sacred Valley. In Huaroncondor we will meet the muleteer and horses and will prepare the camping equipment, then we will climb up the stairs and visit the Huarocondor terraces. After that we'll continue the trek to Raphcca, 2,900 m.a.s.l (9,514ft.) From there we will hike up the valley, we will see the inka's terraces, water channels, Quechua comunities and endemic flora and fauna. We will follow the steep trail that will eventually bring us to a tall waterfall where we will make a stop to refresh our body and mind. Walking further, we will visit the little known Inka site of Corimarca, our first campsite.
We will climb across open meadows, reaching a zone of high altitude shrubland known as Puna, approaching the pass of Chancachuco 4,400 m.a.s.l (14,435ft). This part of the trek offers panoramic views of the highest peaks in Cusco region. Our route continues across a high plateau, we will pass mountain lakes where we may see andean and wetland birds, descending to Qeuñacancha, 4080 m.a.s.l (13,385ft).
We will hike downhill following the trail until we reach the Inka water channel which comes from Maracocha lake. We will visit the temple called Intiwatana, which is located on the cliff of the mountain called Apu Alambre, in front of the Veronica snow peak. Then we will continue downhill to Choquetacarpo - an archaeological site, which was most likely the residence of architects who administered the Incas' quarries and performed ceremonies at Intipunku. After lunch we will wend downward, exploring different sectors of one of the biggest Inkas' quarries, where massive carved blocks of pink rhyolite lie scattered in disarray. The quarried stones, testimony to a great building project that has been destined for the Inka's site of Ollyantaytambo but that has never been finished. We will spend this night in a Hotel in Ollantaytambo where we will have access to the toilets, hot showers and where we will enjoy a warmer climate.
We will wake up very early and after breakfast we will take a train to Aguas Calietnes town, where our guide will be waiting for us to take us to Machu Picchu. He will give us a tour around Machu Picchu and after that we will have some spare time to explore this astounding and mysterious Inca site by ourselves. In the evening we take a train back to Ollantaytambo where a car will pick us up and will take us to our hotel in Cusco.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single tent and a single room in Aguas Calientes.
Short group excurstions with English-speaking guides for independant travelers.
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