The Best Alternative to The Traditional Inca Trail
The Inca trail (Cápac Ñan, in Quechua language) is the name of the extended road network (more than 40,000 km or 26000 miles in total) built by the Incas to connect different parts of their vast empire. This road network linked different villages and towns from the North of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. The capital and core center of this incredible network was the city of Cuzco. Nowadays, many of these trails are disappeared, deteriorated or outdated.
The Inca Trail to Huchuy Qosqo – Patabamba is the best alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. The stunning views, the flora and fauna, the impressive archeological remains that cross the clouded forests, the histories, legends and myths make this trail a life time adventure.
• Meals included: (Lunch Dinner, Snacks)
• Walking distance: Approx. 6km, 4 hours approximately
All throughout the trek, our luggage and equipment is carried by a team of mules allowing you to travel with just a
CUSCO - QORAO - INCA TRAIL TO PATABAMBA
This adventure begins with a short bus ride to the community of Qorao (3450 m |11 745 ft) located in the province of Calca. This
tour begins with a slow rise to the ravine of Chimpu Orco, then to the little valley of the same name, using an old Inca trail. We will
cross-fields of potatoes, corn, Andean beans and grains such as Kiwicha, quinoa and kañiwa (or Cañihua). We will then reach the
Andean Community of Patabamba (3850m |12 631ft) where we will share a typical meal, made by the families of the community.
Patabamba, members of the community and their families will be waiting to welcome us, the group will separate and each will find
a local family who will provide food and a specially equipped room to sleep. This community is known for the quality of its textiles,
dyed with natural dyes and designs evocative of their history. In the afternoon we will go pick flowers and plants used to dye wool,
and then you will see the process of tint and treatment of the tissue and perhaps wear their colorful costumes
PATABAMBA - LEON PUNKU - INCA TRAIL
TO HUCHUY QOSCO
• Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner, Snacks)
• Walking distance: Approx. 13 km, 8 hours approximately
After saying goodbye to our families, we will walk through the Sacred Valley via a natural balcony, with an average of 2000 feet
above the valley, so the view is simply superb. You can see the towns of Calca, Lamay, Pisac and Colla, and the snow-capped
Veronica and Sawasiray Pitusiray. The road rises slowly through the community of Sihuas and then heads to the ruins of Leon Punku
(4020 | 13 188ft). At the time, it was used as a "Tambo" (place with accommodation and meals) and also a control point of inputs
and outputs of the travelers in the region.
After lunch, we will begin our descent to the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo (Little Cusco, 3650m |1197ft), the beautiful Inca
trail through a spectacular canyon known as Leon Punku, which has traces of three Inca bridges. Also we will observe a large number
of bromeliads and typical vegetation of the region. Through the canyon, you will see breathtaking scenery. Then the Inca trail
continues to descend to the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo. We will have time to explore and admire the magnificent views of
the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This archaeological complex was built during the fifteenth century; it was a ceremonial center, with
fine stones and imperial Inca style, and with many terraces. Near the archaeological site is the Andean community of Huchuy Qosqo,
where we spend the night in a local house.
• Meals included: (Breakfast, Lunch , Snacks)
• Walking distance: Approx. 7 km, 3 hours approximately
HUCHUY QOSQO - HUALLATA PASS - TAUCA
After breakfast we start to climb a distance of five kilometers. We find remains of an impressive Inca trail, spectacular scenery and
Inca archaeological remains. The climb is a friendly hike through the impressive mountain road, where we will reach the highest
point. We will also pass by two high Andean lagoons until we arrive to the Huallata Pass 4400m. (14435 Ft.). This pass carries the
same name of the mountain. A descend waits for us up to Tauca town, where we will enjoy an impressive view of the valley and the
Piuray lagoon. We will lunch in the community and continue our journey to Ollantaytambo. Finally that day we will go to Aguas
AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICHU
After a good sleep we will drive to the bus station, which will lead us to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. In the morning, we will start with about 2 and a half hour visit to the Citadel accompanied by our guide. Then you will have free time to visit and explore the beauties and mysteries of the Lost City of the Incas. In the late afternoon, we will take the train and go to our hotel in Cusco. Machu Picchu ("Old Mountain") was declared World Heritage by UNESCO since 1983, and has been elected as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World since 2007. It was one of the major religious sanctuaries of the Incas. It is considered one of the most impressive and ingenious constructions of all time, which makes it probably the most popular site in Latin America.
• Meals included: (Breakfast)
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Cancellation between 60-40 days penalty of 30% of the price of the tours, if your tour has Inca trail is 100%
Cancellation between 39-20 days penalty 60% of the price of the tours, if your tour has Inca Trail is 100%
Cancellation between 19-0 days will be charged a 100% of the price of tours
(*) In the case of Inca Trail, reservations are subject to prior payment, if there is a cancellation, there are no refunds, no change of name or date.