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5-Day Moon Stone Trek to Machu Picchu

Walk the off-the-beaten-path Moon Stone Trek and arrive at the gates of Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

5-Day Moon Stone Trek to Machu Picchu Overview

Set out on a remarkable adventure with the 5-Day Moon Stone Trek, a journey that takes you beyond the usual trails to uncover the hidden wonders of the Andes and the legendary Machu Picchu. This path less traveled is a gateway to an ancient world, offering a unique blend of breathtaking natural beauty, rich Incan history, and a sense of tranquility that can only be found in the remote corners of the Peruvian highlands. Your trek begins with the mystical allure of the Moon Temple, Killarumiyoc, setting the tone for an expedition steeped in cultural and historical significance.

As you journey through ever-changing landscapes, each day unveils a new facet of the Andes, from lush, vibrant valleys to the serene majesty of high mountain passes. The trek is both a physical and spiritual quest, leading you to the ultimate destination, Machu Picchu, the crowning jewel of Incan architecture and engineering. This trek is not just a physical challenge; it’s a passage through the ages, an immersive experience in the untouched beauty of the Andes, culminating in the unforgettable sight of one of the world’s most iconic ancient cities.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Killarumiyoc (Moon Temple), Varpiso, Huatta, Chillipawa Village, Puccacasa Pass, Chancachuco, Puncuyoc Canyon, Silque Valley, Inca Quarry, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 05:00
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5-Day Moon Stone Trek to Machu Picchu

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: Killarumiyoc to Chillipawa – Embracing Ancient Wonders

Begin your Moonstone Trek with an early morning pickup from your hotel, heading towards the historically significant Killarumiyoc, the Moon Temple. Here, amidst ancient relics, enjoy a gourmet breakfast that sets the tone for the adventure ahead.

After a 40-minute drive to Varpiso (3,257 meters), you’ll meet your equine companions and start the trek. The first segment is a rewarding three and a half hour ascent to Huatta, an ancient pre-Inca fortress at 3,924 meters. This site offers a fascinating glimpse into history, with ongoing excavations revealing insights from millennia past.

Following lunch and exploration at Huatta, your journey continues through diverse terrain for another three and a half hours until reaching Chillipawa. At 3,750 meters, this welcoming village offers a unique cultural experience, highlighting the warm hospitality Peru is known for.

Accommodation: Camping at Chillipawa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 10 km

Awaken to a serene morning in Chillipawa and start your day with a nutritious breakfast, accompanied by the invigorating aroma of coca tea or local coffee. The day’s hike begins with a challenging three and a half hour climb, leading to a picturesque lunch spot at 4,438 meters.

After lunch, ascend to the trek’s highest point, the Puccacasa pass at 4,643 meters. Here, breathtaking views await, including the majestic Mt. Ausangate and the impressive Mount Veronica. The descent from Puccacasa is a two and a half hour journey through landscapes adorned with llamas, alpacas, and traditional potato farms, ending at the Chancachuco campsite at 4,177 meters. As evening descends, enjoy a hearty dinner with the stunning backdrop of the Huaynay Glaciers.

Accommodation: Camping at Chancachuco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 11.5 km

The third day of your trek is marked by spectacular natural beauty and historical significance. After a revitalizing breakfast, begin your journey through the Puncuyoc canyon and the lush Silque Valley. The initial two-hour descent is easy, allowing you to enjoy the surrounding greenery and flowing stream.

This part of the trek follows a 16 km Inca Canal, an impressive engineering feat, and offers a chance to spot the native Spectacled Bear. The journey then turns uphill for two hours towards Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) and the Inca Quarry. Here, frozen in time, you’ll find remnants of Inca constructions, abandoned stone works, and an early wheel design. A rare mummy sighting adds to the day’s intrigue.

The final leg of the day’s trek is a gentle 45-minute walk, leading you to your camp at the Inca Quarry (3,525 meters). Relax and enjoy a leisurely evening with a happy hour, a plentiful dinner, and breathtaking sunset views over the Sacred Valley.

Accommodation: Camping at the Inca Quarry
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 10 km

On day four, a relaxed and scenic hike awaits you. After breakfast, embark on a three and a half hour descent to Ollantaytambo (2,792 meters), traversing through seldom-visited regions, rich in history and natural beauty.

In Ollantaytambo, enjoy lunch before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. This charming town offers an afternoon of relaxation, with opportunities to explore, unwind in the hot springs, or simply take in the local atmosphere. Dinner at a local restaurant provides a taste of regional cuisine.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + snacks
Hiking: Approx. 3-4 hours, 7 km

Your final day starts early with a bus ride to Machu Picchu, arriving in time to witness a magnificent sunrise over this ancient wonder. Explore the citadel with a two-hour guided tour, unveiling the mysteries and architectural marvels of this iconic Incan site.

After the tour, there’s time to further explore Machu Picchu or simply soak in the views before descending to Aguas Calientes. From here, take the expedition train to Ollantaytambo and then a private van back to Cusco, where your unforgettable Moon Stone Trek to Machu Picchu concludes.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 2 hours (exploration of Machu Picchu)

Tour Highlights

5-Day Moon Stone Trek to Machu Picchu Highlights

  • Killarumiyoc (Moon Temple): Begin your trek at this sacred site, steeped in history and mythology, offering a unique insight into Incan astronomy and spirituality.
  • Varpiso to Huatta Trek: Experience the exhilarating challenge of the trek from Varpiso to the pre-Inca fortress of Huatta, discovering ancient ruins and breathtaking Andean landscapes.
  • Chillipawa Village: Immerse yourself in the authentic Peruvian culture in Chillipawa, a village known for its warmth and hospitality, and home to many of our experienced guides.
  • Puccacasa Pass: Ascend to the trek’s highest point for panoramic views of the Andean mountains, including the majestic Mt. Ausangate and the striking Mount Veronica.
  • Chancachuco Campsite: Spend a night under the stars at Chancachuco, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Huaynay Glaciers.
  • Journey through Puncuyoc Canyon and Silque Valley: Trek through lush greenery, following an ancient Inca Canal, with opportunities to spot native wildlife like the Spectacled Bear.
  • Inti Punku and Inca Quarry: Explore the archaeological marvels at Inti Punku and the Inca Quarry, witnessing historical relics, abandoned stone works, and breathtaking views over the Sacred Valley.
  • Scenic Descent to Ollantaytambo: Enjoy a tranquil hike down to Ollantaytambo, an ancient town rich in Inca history, followed by a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes.
  • Aguas Calientes: Relax in this charming gateway town to Machu Picchu, with options to visit local hot springs and enjoy regional cuisine.
  • Machu Picchu Sunrise and Guided Tour: Conclude your trek with a sunrise visit to Machu Picchu, enjoying a guided tour of this iconic Incan citadel, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to the trailhead.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses to carry all equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc.).
  • Horse to transport 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Muleteers to manage pack animals.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • All necessary trekking permits.
  • Entry fees to Killarumiyoc, Huatta, and Machu Picchu.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition Train tickets between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Hotel stay in Cusco before and after the trek.
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 5 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

860

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

900

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

990

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

1290

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1450

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1670

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport and student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes suitable for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots and extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including a jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch or flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Camera, film, and batteries.
  • Sunblock and after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (minimum 20% DEET, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen and water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (including special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our Packing Tips:

  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

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