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Cachicata to Machu Picchu

Cachicata to Machu Picchu

The Cachicata is a new route to Machu Picchu, explorer and discover the incas platforms, ruins, mummies and Inca trail, view the beatiful landscapes and appreciate the highland of the Sacred Valley and   quarry high in the mountains east of Ollantaytambo; This is where the massive stones used to build the Fortileza originally came from. The Incan workers climbed to the tops of the pink granite peaks and chiseled off huge chunks, let them fall, then maneuvered them in a zig-zag formation down the mountain until they reached the river.

 

 

 

 

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Before you go

 

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco - Huarocondo - Pachar - Corimarca (L, D)

Day 02: Corimarca - Queñacancha (B, L, D)

Day 03: Queñacancha - Cachicata - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)

Day 04: Hike to Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)

 

Highlights of the Cachicata trek

  • 3 day hike with professional guide, chef, muleteer and horses
  • Discover the Inca ruins and monnuis
  • View the sun rise
  • Visit the stone quarries of the built to Ollantaytambo
  • Walk in the Inca Trail original
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Personal: A Travel Tour Group representative in Cusco and professional guide, cook and muleteer in the trek

Accommodation: Camping (2 nights), Hotel (01 night)

Meals: 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners and 02 afternoon tea

Transportation: Private transport, van, train

 

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Day 1: Cuzco - Huarocondor - Pachar - Corimarca

We drive from Cusco to Pachar located in the Sacred Valley, arrive Huaroncondor to trailhead, here we will meet with muleteer and horses and we will prepare the camping equipment, then we climb up the stairs and visit to Huarocondor terraces. continue the trek to Raphcca, 2,900 m.a.s.l (9,514ft.) From here we hike up the valley, along the route we appreciate inka terraces, water channels, Quechua comunities and endemic flora and fauna. We follow an steep trail that eventually bring us to a tall waterfall where we can pause to refresh our body and mind. Walking further, we visit the little known Inka site of Corimarca, our first campsite.

Day 2: Corimarca - Queñacancha (B, L, D)

We 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 pass mountain lakes where we may see andean and wetland birds, descending to our second campsite at Qeuñacancha, 4080 m.a.s.l (13,385ft).

Day 3: Queñacancha - Cachicata - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)

We hike downhill following the trail until we join the Inka water channel which comes from Maracocha lake, from here we reach the temple call Intiwatana, which is located on the edge of the mountain called Apu Alambre, in front of the Veronica snow peak. Then we continue downhill to Choquetacarpo an archaeological site, which was most likely the residence of architects who managed the Inca quarries and performed ceremonies at Intipunku, after lunch we wend our way downward, exploring different sectors of one of the biggest Inka quarries, where massive carved blocks of pink rhyolite lie scattered in disarray. The quarried stones, testimony to a great building project that was never finished and were destined for the Inka site of Ollantaytambo. Then we will go to the train station and to take the train to Aguas Calietnes town. spend a night in the Hotel in Machu Picchu town

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)

Wake up very early, you will walk up and our guide is waiting for us to take to Machu Picchu, guided tour of Machu Picchu and then you can explore this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement by yourself. In the night we take the train to Ollantaytambo and transfer you to your hotel.

What is included in this hike?

  • Pre-trek briefing;
  • Early morning transfer by private bus to Huaroncondor - the initial point of the trek;
  • Accommodation: Campsites (2 nights) and a Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night);
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and 2x afternoon hot beverages;
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide;
  • Professional Cook;
  • Horseman;
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks;
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • A round trip by tourist train (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;

Not included

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day;
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($25);
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu ($ 12 - one way, $24 - a round trip);
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

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.

Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

What to bring to Cachicata Trek?

  • Passport original
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Cash in soles no dollars
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites).
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