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“Traverse ancient trails, from the secluded Ancascocha to the iconic Inca Trail, all culminating in the majestic Machu Picchu. Join us for an unforgettable 7-day adventure!”
Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

12 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March - January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Peru, a land of ancient civilizations and modern vibrancy, beckons travelers to experience its rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. Our 9-day adventure begins in Lima, the coastal capital known for its colonial architecture and world-class gastronomy. Wander through its bustling streets, savoring the fusion of flavors and soaking in the Pacific views. As you move from the coast to the Andes, the city of Cusco awaits, a UNESCO World Heritage site that once served as the heart of the Inca Empire. Its cobblestone streets and archaeological wonders provide a mesmerizing prelude to the journey’s pinnacle: the iconic Inca Trail.

The Inca Trail, one of the world’s most renowned treks, offers a transformative experience. As you traverse cloud forests, ancient ruins, and mountain passes, the path leads you to the majestic Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Each step on this journey is a dance between the past and the present, offering travelers a unique blend of adventure, history, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Join us to discover the soul of Peru, from its bustling cities to its silent mountains, in a journey that promises memories for a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location Lima International Airport (Pickup coordination based on your flight details).
Departure Time Flexible, scheduled around your arrival for your convenience.
Estimated Return Time Approximately 12:00 PM on Day 9 in Lima.
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Lima's Historic Center, Cusco's Main Square, Sacred Valley's landscapes and markets, Inca Trail's vistas and archaeological sites, Machu Picchu (the iconic Lost City of the Incas).

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Quillarumiyoq - Varpiso - Huatta - Chillipawa

Day one of your Moon Stone Trek welcomes you into the heart of the ancient Inca civilization. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and transport you to the trailhead at Quillarumiyoc, the Moon Temple. This archaeological site, renowned for its carved stone in the shape of a moon, sets the tone for the historical and cultural journey that lies ahead.

From Quillarumiyoc, our path leads us through the serene Andean landscape to Varpiso. Here, we’ll meet our team of local horsemen, integral to the smooth running of our journey. As we continue, we cross the beautiful Huaracondo River and trek uphill amidst stunning vistas, with the Andean peaks providing a splendid backdrop.

Our first significant stop is Huatta, a pre-Inca fortress brimming with history and mystery. After exploring this site, we’ll proceed to Chillipawa, a charming hamlet where we’ll set up camp for the night. Here, under the Peruvian night sky, you’ll experience the tranquillity of the Andean countryside and the warm hospitality of the local people.

Day two begins with the invigorating mountain air and a hearty breakfast. We’ll trek uphill to Puccacasa Pass, a journey that provides unparalleled views of Cusco, Mt Ausangate, and Mount Veronica. The diverse flora and fauna along the path add to the richness of the experience, and you may even spot a condor soaring above.

We’ll have a lunch break at a scenic spot, giving you an opportunity to refuel and absorb the stunning surroundings. Post-lunch, we’ll descend to our campsite at Chancachuco. This serene spot nestled under the Huaynay Glaciers is the perfect place to unwind, reflect on the day’s experiences, and rejuvenate for the next day’s adventures.

Day three takes us through the stunning Puncuyoc canyon, a natural wonder that underscores the diversity of the Andean landscape. The trail leads us through the lush Silque Valley and along an original Inca path, offering a tangible connection to the ancient civilization. Keep your eyes open for local wildlife, including the elusive Spectacled Bear!

After a satisfying lunch, we’ll explore the historic Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate, an integral part of Inca architecture. The day ends at the Inca Quarry, a site that holds a deep archaeological significance. Setting up camp at this unique location, you’ll feel the whispers of history lull you to sleep.

Day four offers a change of pace as we embark on a leisurely downhill hike, exploring the regions between the Inca Quarry and Ollantaytambo. This ancient town, with its Inca ruins and terraced hillsides, is a delightful place to explore.

We’ll then hop onto a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. This quaint town, nestled amidst towering mountains and a roaring river, offers hot springs, local markets, and charming cafes. The evening is yours to explore the town, soak your muscles in the thermal baths, or simply relax in the comfort of your hotel.

Our final day takes us to the crown jewel of our journey – Machu Picchu. We’ll catch the first bus of the day to the site, giving you a chance to witness the sunrise over the ancient city – a truly magical experience. A guided tour will help you understand the historical and architectural significance of the site.

After the tour, you’ll have free time to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace. You can choose to hike to the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge, or simply wander around the ruins, soaking in the atmosphere.

Eventually, we’ll leave the ancient city behind, returning to Aguas Calientes by bus. From there, a train and a private van will transport us back to Cusco. As we drop you off at your hotel, our unforgettable journey together comes to an end, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Tour Highlights

  • Moon Stone Start: Begin your adventure at the Moon Stone, a sacred site steeped in Incan mythology and history.
  • Ancient Trails: Traverse ancient trails once walked by the Inca, offering a unique connection to Peru’s rich past.
  • Andean Landscapes: Journey through stunning Andean landscapes, including lush cloud forests, towering mountain peaks, and alongside flowing rivers.
  • Local Flora and Fauna: Experience the biodiversity of the region, with opportunities to see a variety of bird species, orchids, and possibly even the spectacled bear!
  • Cultural Immersion: Visit local communities along the way, offering a glimpse into the traditional Andean way of life.
  • Historical Ruins: Explore fascinating archaeological sites and ruins along the trail, each with its own story to tell.
  • Machu Picchu: Culminate your trek with a visit to the legendary city of Machu Picchu, where you can marvel at the architectural grandeur and spiritual significance of this world-renowned archaeological site.
  • Guided Exploration: Enjoy the knowledge and insight of expert local guides who will bring the history and culture of the region to life.

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