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Native Communities of the Andes

Description

The lares trek, take place on a hidden valley that very few outsiders have ever entered. The llama shepherds and weavers that inhabit some of the villages of this obscure place, of high andean glaciers and brilliant lakes, wear the clothes of andalucia, spain in the 16th century! This garb was imposed on them by the conquistadors, who extracted the tribute of their colorful textiles.
Their isolation has allowed this tradition to continue. You will be furnished with porters that can carry up to 35 pounds. You will also get double-occupancy sleeping tents; kitchen, dining and latrine tents; and the services of professional english-speaking guides and cooks. All meals will be furnished for us during the trekking portion of the trip. You will walk approximately only 4 hours a day; ascending from 9,514to 11,811 you will camp by small towns inhabited by the andean people called huaruros, known by their vivid hand-woven red ponchos.you will have the opportunity to visit their villages and mingle with the children and towns folk.


Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 CUSCO / CANCHA CANCHA

Early morning a private vehicle will pick us up at our hotel and take us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and to the head of the trail ,where you start the trek.Our hike begins in a fertile valley and follows the Huaran river up through a mountain corridor. After walking for about 4 hours, we arrive to the stone houses with thatched-roofs of the Cancahacancha community (11,000').
Camp after the town.

DAY 2 CANCHA CANCHA/QUISWARANI

Today we pass two brilliant high lakes, Suirococha an Yaruccocha, a beautiful waterfall feeds the second. Here we can see several bird species including Andean ibis, Andean geese and flamingoes.
You will go over a pass at 14,108, high above the clouds, with spectacular views of the massive Pituseray and Chicon glaciers. Having trek for about 5 miles you will camp near a small village of stone huts with thatched roofs. We have a treat in store! A ritual performed to celebrate fiestas or the arrival of outsiders will be performed. A lamb will be butchered and cooked in the ancient manner.
The men of the village all have specific task in the preparation, which is accompanied by thanks to Pachamama, Mother Earth. It is an amazing thing to see

DAY 3 QUISWARANI/CUNCANI/LARES HOT SPRINGS

As we leave our campsite, towards to the Huillquijasa pass (4,457 m. / 14,618 ft.) we will see the Chicon and Colque Cruz glaciers and “the 7 lakes” full of huallatas (Andean geese), ducks and other water fowl. Over the high point we continue downhill until we reach the community of Cuncani (3,886 m/12,746 ft.), a picturesque village, similar to the previous campsite. This was the last refuge of the “Royal Panakas”, an Inca sect. After our picnic lunch continue past a narrow valley, full of spectacular giant stones, to reach the Trapiche Valley floor, with the trail slowly descending until we arrive at the Lares hot springs (3261 m / 10,696 ft.), where we will camp and enjoy the medicinal waters.

DAY 4 LARES/SACRED VALLEY OR CUSCO

After a morning bath, we will enjoy an delicious breakfast and board our vehicle which will drive us from Lares down to the Sacred Valley or Cusco (5 hours). Hotel & dinner on your own.

 

Includes:

  • Private Transportation to head of the trail.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Cook and porters
  • Double occupancy tents. 
  • All the meals while on the trek. 
  • Dining tent, kitchen tent and latrine tent .
  • Pack animals and drivers to carry Luggage and Equipment
  • Fees and Entrances on communal Land or Sites on the visit where applicable
  • Emergency saddle horses
  • Private Transportation to Cusco

Does not include:

  • Hotels in Cusco, Aguas Calientes or Ollantaytambo.
  • Local or International flights.
  • Meals while on towns or cities.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Sleeping bags and mat.

 

NOTE: If you need any assistance with local flights, airport transfers, hotels in Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes or MachuPicchu ,Train reservations or any additional tour , just let us know that we will be glad to help you.


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Description

The Ausangate Trek is regarded amoung the 10 best trekking trips in Peru , very representative of the high Andes ,you will have closed encounters with herds of Llamas and Alpacas and sites of the elusive Vicuña. Also this is the realm of the magnificent Condor , Andean Ibis , andean goose , and many others. We will trek close to colorful lakes and pristine glaciers at the end of the trip we will go though Vinicunca or Rainbow mountain, ending the trip at Cusipata River Lodge with an extra free day for rafting.
You do not have to be an athlete to do this trip but it will help to be in a good phisical condition and a couple days for acclimatization for the trek is advised since we will be trekking between 4,000 and 5,000 meters altitude in case you need to we will have available saddle hourses

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01: CUSCO, TINQUI, UPIS

We depart from Cusco early in the morning, drive to the head of the trail at the town of Tinki, 3,800 meters. Here we join our pack animals . for a 5 hour trek to the hot springs of Upispampa, just below the Ausangate glacier and camp.(L+D).

DAY 02 UPIS – PUCACCOCHA

You ascend straight out of camp to the Arapa pass (4,800m/15,750ft). The colourful moon like rock formations form a stark contrast to the white snows of Ausangate. You descend in the afternoon past the spectacular Uchuy Pucacocha (little red lake) and its waterfalls before camping beside the waters of Pucacocha. .(B+L+D).

DAY 03: PUCACCOCHA - ANANTA

TOday will wake up early for the ,breaksfast.Today is difficult day but short, we start with pucacocha pass (5051), a very colorful mountains which surround you. As well as we have spectacular view of mount ausangate and colorful glacier lakes then we will enter into the Red Mountain valley, an intact landscape with vivid colors all around, and llamas eating grass right close to you, as you approach to the campsite we have still wonderful view of rocky mountains and have delicious lunch and go to rest for the next big day. .(B+L+D).

DAY 04: ANANTA – VINICUNCA – QUISIUNO – CUSIPATA

After breakfast, we take the trail to another mountain pass. Dropping down, we'll hike by Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Striations of color are imbedded in the hillsides. Then we go on to Cerro Laya Grande via massive glacier del Inca, and the most striking colors in the sediments of Vinicunca. When we finally reach the Rainbow Mountains (5,020 m / 16,466 ft.), you will have time to explore the area and take pictures. We will spend approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour (depend of your trekking speed and weather conditions). After the amazing view of the landscapes on the top we are going to down to Llactop and to Cusipata or a last night at Cusipata River Lodge. (B_L_D)

Day 5:CHUQUICAHUANA RAFTING/CUSCO

At no extra cost a free day for rafting on the Urubamba river , this is an optional trip.

Includes:

  • Transfer from Cusco to the head of the trail
  • All meals during trek
  • Pack animals for bearing luggage
  • Saddle horse for emergency
  • Guide, cook, assistant
  • Double - occupancy tents
  • All camping gear, plus First Aid kit

Does not include:

  • International or local flights.
  • Additional tours or meals in the cities.
  • Laundry, liquor, tips.

 


COST:

 

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Description

Choquequirao is relatively inaccessible. The southern approach to the site requires a steep descent from almost 3200 meters, near the village of Cachora, down to the Apurimac River at 1200m. This is followed by an even steeper ascent of 1800m up to the ruins. MachuPicchu is situated on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and Choquequirau on it's opposite western slope at about the same parallel. Both citadels are located half way up steep, densely forested mountain slopes. Today the ruins have been partially cleared by COPESCO, the government body responsible for tourism in Peru. They can be explored easily by those intrepid enough to undertake the difficult trek required getting there.
The beautiful site can even be visited by travelers. It is advised for you to book at an agency in order to be able to visit is as easily as possible. Infrastructure in the area is not adequate for receiving masses of tourists. Individual travel is rather difficult.
The trail goes through an amazing variety of habitats from pastoral valleys full of blossoming fruit trees to glacial mountains . As we hike this fantastic trail, we have some of the most glorious campsites in the Andes.
Choquequirao has been called “Machu Picchu’s sacred sister”, because of the striking similarities of design and ceremonial architecture to its famous counterpart above the Urubamba Gorge. Yet it remains an enigmatic place whose history is a matter of speculation. One theory of its origins holds that it was a royal estate built for the emperor Topa Inca, perhaps in an attempt to rival his father Pachacuti’s spectacular domain at Machu Picchu.


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: CUSCO - CACHORA - CHIQUISCA

Early morning departure from Cusco . Our private transportation will take us to the town of Cachora where our mule wanglers , mules and horses are wayting. We hike down into the Apurimac canyon camping at Chiquisca (1800 mts) (L,D).

Day 02: CHIQUISCA - MARANPATA - CHOQUEQUIRAO

After a good breakfast we start our strenuous hike up hill for about 5 hours to our lunch spot at Maranpata, and then to Choquequirau, where we camp. Choquequirau ( Golden Cradle ) is considered the Sister city of MachuPicchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1,500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon , MachuPïcchu hangs above the Urubamba canyon. It is at the same latitude and it is a large citadel with more of 8 hectares , only one third has been uncovered and every day the archeologist find something more. (B,L,D).

Day 03: CHOQUEQUIRAO - CHIQUISCA

At dawn we can see the Sun rise over the ruins and after a good breakfast we will visit the archeological compound and then start our way back down the same way we came in, until we reach our camp at Chiquisca. (B,L,D)

Day 04: CHIQUISCA - CACHORA - CUSCO

Today we start our trek back to Cachora , where our private transportation will be wayting to take us back to Cusco.(B, L)

Include

  • Private transportation to the head of the trail.
  • Mules for our luggage, plus one or two saddle horses for emergencies.
  • English speaking guide , cook.
  • All the meal while on the trek.
  • Double occupancy tents , dinning tent, latrine tent, and all camping equipment.
  • Transfer form the head of the trail.

Does not Included:

  • Extra Horse if you want to ride, the cost is US $ 15.00 per day.

NOTE:
Since this is considered a strenuous hike , we strongly recommend the use of horses.

 

Cost

 

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GOLDEN CRADLE TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 7D - 6N

Description

Choquequirao means "cradle of gold" in Quechua although this is probably not its original Inca name. It is another "lost city of the Incas" located high on a ridge spur almost 1750m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks.
The Other Machu Picchu”, as a 2007 article in the New York Times called it) is an amazingly preserved Inca outpost, dramatically perched on a promontory nearly 1800 m / 6000 feet above the roaring Apurimac River Gorge.
The ruins were first visited and described to the western world by a French explorer during the 18th century. Hiram Bingham visited the site in 1910. This was his first experience of "lost cities" prior to his discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911. The remoteness and inaccessibility have discouraged visitors until fairly recently when COPESCO constructed a footbridge over the Apurimac River below the ruins. Even today the ruins are still rarely visited although, with the enforcement of new regulations on the Inca Trail, Choquequirao is destined to replace the traditional hike as the serious trekkers alternative.
Choquequirao Complex is very interesting and one of the most popular treks in Cusco area. Choquequiraw is situated in the spur of the mountain range of Salkantay, over 3030m surrounded by the Apus of Yamana, Ampay, Chokecarpu, Pumasiyo and Panta, on the left bank of Apurimac river. In the time of the Incas, it was united and in communication with Machu Picchu by a complex network of trails. The reasons are many: The fantastic nature with valleys, snow-capped mountains and great variety of plants, birds and animals. Choquequiraw is considered as "The Last Refuge of the Inca Empire". Visitors can view a complex hydraulic system, most likely for domestic, ceremonial and agricultural use.
The geographic location of Choquequirao in reference to other complexes of the same period would tend to indicate that its function was that of an Inca enclave toward the valleys of the Apurímac River. There are many similarities between Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The latter was a sanctuary dedicated to the worship of the Inca Pachacútec; Choquequirao was also a sacred site, but one dedicated to other functions that could have had to do with war or with the surrounding apus. Each is located beside Mt. Salcantay and both are situated above, far above, a great river: in the case of Machupicchu, the Urubamba and in that of Choquequirao, the Apurímac.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: CUSCO - CACHORA - CHIKISKA /ROSALINA CAMP.

We leave Cusco at 7:30 am in the morning for the 4 hour drive in our private transportation that will take us to the town of Cachora where our mule wanglers, mules and horses are waiting. On the way we will admiring the wonderful and amazing Limatambo Canyon, to the right the great Apu –Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, then we will continue to the little village of Cachora. We will be ready to start the hike through this unknow mystery and very historically rich territory. It is a 3 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below. As well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Essential to bring a high deet mosquito repellent. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m beside the raging “ The Speaker God “ Apurimac River, famous for Class 5 Rafting rapids. Here we will set up camp and spend the night. Your guide will introduce you to this amazing Inca land. Walking poles or wooden sticks are very highly recommended.
Meals:B L D Distance Travelled:17 Km
Approximate Walking Time:7 - 8 Hours

Day 2: PLAYA ROSALINA, MARAMPATA, CHOQUEQUIRAU

After a good breakfast we start our strenuous hike up hill for about 5 hours to our lunch spot at Maranpata, Apurimac River (1500 m), where we will cross a typical holding bridge then a forest of cactus, agaves and exotic local fruit trees. Here we start a gentle 3-4 hours gradual climb of 1,400 meters from the shores of the Apurimac river to Marampata (2900m). Here we stop for lunch surround by this beautiful landscape. At the end of this path we will see for the first time, the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, easy walk for 2 hours to Choquequirao ruins (3035 m). On route you will also see a variety of plants and flowers. As soon as we arrive to this Inca complex we will visit the farming terraces of Paqchayoc and the house of the waterfall, then we will return to our camping set near Choquequirao. Meals:B L D
Distance Travelled:14 km
Approximate Walking Time:7- 8 Hours

Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO

All day visit Choquequirao ( Golden Cradle ) is considered the Sister city of MachuPicchu, because of several similarities, it hangs 1,500 meters above the Apurimac Canyon , MachuPïcchu hang above the Urubamba canyon. It was a religious and administrative center. It is at the same latitude and it is a large citadel with more of 8 hectares , only one third has been uncovered and every day the archeologist find something more. (B,L,D)

Day 4 : CHOQUEQUIRAO/MAIZAL

Early in the morning we leave for the short climb to the pass. Then it is downhill 1400m (4600ft) past the recently discovered ruins of Pincha Unuyoc to the Rio Blanco where you can dip your feet in the cool waters. Just beware of the biting sand-flies. Known as “Pumahuacachi” their name means “makes the puma cry”. Refreshed, you climb steeply again, 1,200m (3900ft) to the small and beautifully located campsite of Maizal at an altitude of 3,000m (9840ft). This is probably the toughest day of the trip but if you have prepared well and are determined, you will succeed.
trail continues through some agricultural terraces or ( Andenes) called Pichiyoc which means (water jumping forward ) This terraces have some curious ritual fountains .
Also this terraces in the Inca Times where cultivated to provide food for the locals. We will continue up toward the Rio Blanco for lunch. In the afternoon we enter another Inter Andean valley to the hamlet of Maizal. Where we camp.
Meals:B L D

Day 5: MAIZAL TO YANAMA DRIVE TO SANTA TERESA

Early morning trek around the Corihuarachina glacier, important due to some archeological remains such as Inca channels . Then we pass through Minas Victoria , a place that during the colony , silver was extracted from a mine. Continuing the trek to the valley and town of Yanama. At the shadow of the Pumasillo . Then take a delightful and at times precipitous path down to the charming Andean village of Yanama. Here you say good bye to your muleteers and climb aboard the waiting vehicle for the spectacular drive on dirt road over the Totora pass to the town of Santa Teresa and if pools of hot springs.

Day 6: HIDROELECTRICA /AGUAS CALIENTES

Short but spectacular train ride, or hike two to three hours along the rail track to the bustling tourist town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and your hotel for the night.

 

DAY 7: MACHUPICCHU FULL DAY / CUSCO

Early in the morning will take the bus up to Machupicchu, leaving the bus take a walk to the IntiPunko (sun gate) to see the sun rise, take pictures. After that we will have a guided visit visiting the most important and amazing places at Machupicchu national Sanctuary 3 hours ,then you will have free time to explore ,take more pictures.
Then we have take the bus back to Aguas Calientes Town to take the train back to Cusco.
Arriving in the evening and then transfer to your hotel. Overnight by your own

 

Include

  • Transportation to the head of the trail.
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Mule Wanglers and mules for your equipment
  • All the meals during the Trek 
  • One or two emergency saddle horses.
  • Double occupancy tents, Dining tent and latrine tent
  • Tables and stools plus all the plates and silver ware
  • Cook and assistant 
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

You should to bring

  • Landry, liquor, meals while in the city , Tips
  • Acomodation in Aguas calientes and Cusco
  • Sleeping bags
  • Personal equipment and clothing

 

NOTE: If you want to ride, saddle horses are available for us $ 20 a day.


COST:

 

To confirm your reservation just send us US$ 500.00 per person and your trip application Our accounting department will contact you in less than 24 hours, with your invoice and voucher.

 

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Description

This Trek Was Recently Named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
A new different alternative for the conventional Inca trail trekking route , on the south face of the Salkantay Glacier. This trek combines high mountains and jungles ,before arriving to MachuPicchu , the "lost city of the Incas". We will be trekking on the Vilcabamba range, that goes though different ecological niches, from a high 4,700 meter pass down to 1000 meters , bypassing coffee, bananas and papaya plantations. Good opportunities for bird watching as we follow the tropical high jungle Santa Teresa River where we can bathe.
We are proud to say that we run Ecological safe trips and that we try to recycle everything possible. For instance all the organic left overs from the trips are collected and taken back to Cusco were it gets mixed with the manure of our egg producing chickens and rabbit manure , so we make compost. After some time we mixed it with california worms and produce Humus. Later on this is used as a natural fertilizer in our green houses to produce vegetables , irrigated with clean water , so they are organically grown . Such as our lettuces , cucumbers, onions,potatoes, cilantro , basil, spinach, beats , green beans , red peppers , carrots ,etc.
All the inorganic and human waste is collected in different containers and taken back to Cusco , to be disposed of at the local dump.
NOTICE: If you take this trip with us, we will give you a ONE DAY RAFTING TRIP FOR FREE , also a T-Shirt.


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco - Soraypampa

Departure from Cusco, 3.400 m to Mollepata above the Apurimac River .A 5 hour scenic drive takes us to our camp at Soraypampa 4000 m. This is a unique camp located between two high peaks the Salkantay and the Humantay , with spectacular views of the glaciers. (B+L+D)

Day 02: SORAYPAPAMPA - HUAYRAJMACHAY

Today we trek over a high pass at 4,700 meters , with the Salkantay Glacier on our right side and the glaciered peak of Humantay, 5,990 meters on the other. Then down to camp in the valley below. We trek into a hidden part of the high Andes, our path is the only access into this remote area. During four days, we will be passing though some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru, trekking over icy passes, across high planes and down into the jungle. We will be provided with double occupancy sleeping tents, kitchen and dining tents, latrine tent and the services of arrieros (wranglers). Breathtaking view of the massive Salkantay peak 6,150 m the highest peak in the Vilcabamba Range. (B+L+D)

Day 03: HUAYRAJMACHAY - HUIÑAYPOCO

As we follow the Santa Teresa River, the weather will become warmer and our surroundings more tropical. You will trek into the "Ceja de Selva"(the eyebrow of the jungle), with colorful orchids, hummingbirds and flocks of parrots. The contrast between this lush area and the peaks we have trekking amongst is very impressive. This afternoon we can swim in pools along the river. (B+L+D)

Day 04: HUIÑAYPOCO - AGUAS CALIENTES

Early Morning breakfast we go through different coffee and banana plantations. We will walk up another pass then down to at a most scenic place to have lunch at Patallacta ,with the a most spectacular view of the back wall of MachuPicchu ,them down to the hydroelectric plant for a short train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes , to relax in the local hot springs.Overnight at a hotel of your choice , (B+L+D)

Day 05: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

All day visit to the Sacred City, escorted by an experienced guides. Early afternoon train back to Cusco.

Include

  • Transportation to the head of the trail
  • During the trek, we will have mules for the cargo and horses for emergencies.
  • All the meals during the trek
  • Professional bilingual guide, Cook, assistant cook
  • Double occupancy tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, bathroom tent.
  • Clients do not carry anything but a day pack.
  • Train back to Cusco

Does not include

  • Personal sleeping bags, Personal gear,
  • Hotels,Transfers In or Out of Cusco.
  • Overnight at Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket to MachuPicchu US $ 40.00 for Adult
  • Clients do not carry anything but a day pack.
  • Sleeping bag rental US $ 5.00 per day.
  • We provide you with an insulite mattress, if you want to Up-Grade, for a therma-rest mattress, the cost is US $ 5.00 per day.
  • Advise if vegetarian diet is required.
  • Single tent supplement US $ 15.00

 

COST

 

To confirm your reservation just send us USD 250.00 per person and your trip application Our accounting department will contact you in less than 24 hours, with your invoice and voucher.

 

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Why Choose MAYUC?


38+ Years Experience. Providing Tours, Trekking and river raftingsince 1978 in Peru.


We guarantee your trip. all our guides are well trained and speak fluent English.




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