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.
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)
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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!