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MOONSTONE TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

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5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Availability : EVERYDAY
Cusco – Quillarumiyoq
MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 2 - 10

MOONSTONE TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5DAYS

This New option Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu, is our newest offering trek. We went out of our way to develop a rare route that is not walked by any other tour operators! This hike has many features that aren´t found on other treks in the area.

First of all, it is named for the Moonstone Trek Quillarumiyoc in Quechua. This is one of the finest carved rock huacas in the vicinity of Cusco. From the Moon Stone we follow the footsteps of the Incas who built a high route from their capital city of Cusco westward through the rugged cordillera, and filled their empire with amazing temples and royal residences.

You will visit a rare, well-preserved pre Inca site as well as the longest Inca Canal built in the entire Empire. You will see the quarry where the stones from Ollantaytambo came from.

Add to this an incredible Canyon, interactions with multiple small communities, red Mountains, the Huaracondo river, farms of quinoa, corn and potatoes, abundant alpacas and llamas, stunning views of Mount Veronica, snow capped glaciers and much more.

During four hiking days you cover 38 ½ km / 24 miles, starting at 3,257 m / 10, 682 ft, and finishing at 2,792 m / 9,158 ft above sea level. The high pass has an elevation of 4,625m / 15,170ft.

This Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu includes a Luxury Vistadome train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, a nice three star hotel in Aguas Calientes, dinner at the nicest restaurant in Aguas Calientes (Indio Feliz) and your permit to hike Huayna Picchu Mountain.

We hope you will join us for this undiscovered trek!

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu – Overview

  • Day 1: Quillarumiyoq –Varpiso – Huatta – Chillipawa
  • Day 2: Chillipawa – Pucaccasa –  Chancachuco
  • Day 3: Chancachuco – Punkuyuc – Inca Canal – Inca Quarry
  • Day 4: Inca Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Distance: 38 ½ km / 24 miles

Trailhead Altitude: 3,257 m / 10, 682 ft

Minimum Altitude: 2,792 / 9,158 ft

Maximum Altitude: 4,643 m / 15,229 ft

Itinerary

DAY 1:Quillarumiyoq – Varpiso – Huatta – Chillipawa

We start the day with an early pick up from your hotel. We take a 1 hour drive to Quillarumiyoc (the Moon Temple). This is the namesake of the Moonstone trek. We will have a nourishing, gourmet breakfast at this location.

Following breakfast, we will drive a further 40 minutes to the trailhead, Varpiso (3,257 m / 10, 682 ft). Here we will meet our horses and horsemen. We will pack all the gear on to the horses and start the trek.

We cross a bridge over the Huaracondo River and then are off to this incredible, rarely visited region! This segment is 3 ½ hours uphill. Then we arrive at Huatta (3,924 m / 12, 870 ft), a pre-Inca site. Huatta is a substantial pre-Inca fortress dominating the crest of a ridge. Archeologists currently excavating the site are revealing burial sites and occupation levels from the Formative Period (2,500 years ago), on through the enormous fortifications of the 4th century Regional Development period; a scattering of late-period Inca structures seems like an afterthought on the top of the highest hill. The site is classic a defensible ridge with dominating three-way views along intersecting valleys. We will have lunch and a tour here.

Following lunch, the remainder of the day´s trek is 3 ½ hours of up and down sections. At that point we will arrive to our camp for the night, the hamlet of Chillipawa (3,750 m / 12,300 ft). As a side note, Chillipawa is the native village of many of our guides. You will experience remarkable Peruvian hospitality in this village.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner +snacks
Lowest Elevation: 3,256 m / 10, 682 ft
Highest Elevation: 3,924 m / 12, 870 ft
Distance to walk: 10 km
Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Lodging: Camping at Chillipawa

DAY 2:Chillipawa – Pucaccasa – Chancachuco

This morning, you will be woken up with delectable Coca tea or heavenly local coffee. After that and your robust breakfast, the trek for the day will begin.

The beginning of the Moonstone trek to Machu Picchu is uphill for 3 ½ hours. We will then stop at a small glade for lunch (4,438 m / 14,557 ft).

Following lunch, we have 1 more hour to go uphill to the high point of the trek, the Puccacasa pass (4,643 m / 15,229 ft). This is a very unique vantage point. On one side, you see Cusco and Mt Ausangate (6.372 m /20,900 ft), which is the tallest peak in the Urubamba Mountain Range. On the other side you have a close up view of Mount Veronica (5,882 ft / 19,096 ft). Mt Veronica represents the end of the Urubamba Mountain range and its pyramidal shape makes it particularly impressive.

After we enjoy this astonishing vista, we start our trek downhill to the camp. During this 2 ½ hour stretch we will see abundant llamas, alpacas and potato farms. We will then arrive at our camp, Chancachuco (4,177 m / 13,700 ft) for the night, where we will enjoy a well earned bountiful dinner. We will have a gorgeous view of the Huaynay Glaciers at the camp.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner +snacks
Lowest Elevation: 3,750 m / 12,300 ft
Highest Elevation: 4,643 m / 15,229 ft
Distance to walk: 11 ½ km / 7 miles
Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Lodging: Camping at Chancachuco

DAY 3:Chancachuco – Punkuyuc – Inca Canal – Inca Quarry

Featuring a breath taking canyon, this is the most beautiful section of the Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu. Additionally, this portion is part of an original Inca Trail. Since we are the only company that uses this route, we will definitely be alone!

After breakfast, we start our journey through the canyon. We will be surrounded by lush green vegetation and polylepis trees, while following a lovely, flowing stream. The beginning of our journey through the Puncuyoc canyon and the Silque Valley is an easy 2 hour downhill stretch. We will follow the 16 km Inca Canal, the longest Inca Canal constructed. This canal was built from Chancachuco to Ollantaytambo. We will also have the potential to see the native Spectacled Bear.

We will then head back uphill for 2 hours. Along the way we will stop at Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) and tour the Inca Quarry. From here we can see Mount Veronica and parts of the Sacred Valley.

This is a site where history is literally frozen in time. You will see the Inca constructions where the stone masons lived. You will see the “tired stones” that were ready to be skidded down the steep slope to the Vilcanota River below, but abandoned before that was possible. These stones were the pink stones that were used to build Ollantaytambo. You will see an early wheel design. Finally, there is a rare mummy at this site.

The remainder of the day´s hike is 45 minutes of gentle up and down sections, until we reach our camp, the Inca Quarry (3,525 m/ 11,564 ft). We will have lunch at our camp.

We will have the remainder of the day to relax. We will have happy hour, a plentiful dinner and then enjoy the sunset over the Sacred Valley.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner +snacks
Lowest Elevation: 3,525 m/ 11,564 ft
Highest Elevation: 3,940 m/ 12,136 ft
Distance to walk: 10 km
Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Lodging: Camping at the Inca Quarry

DAY 4:Inca Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After another delectable breakfast, we begin a relaxed day where we will have ample opportunity to enjoy the sites between the Inca Quarry and Ollantaytambo. This is a rarely visited region and we will likely not encounter any other trekkers. This is an exceptional opportunity to see sites that others never have the chance to see. The hike is 3 ½ hours downhill until we reach Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,158 ft).

We will have lunch in Ollantaytambo.

After lunch, we will catch the Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, you will check in to your hotel room. Since we will get to Aguas Calientes in the early afternoon, you will have plenty of time to relax, enjoy the town and visit the hot springs. Dinner will be at Indio Feliz.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner +snacks
Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m / 9,158 ft
Highest Elevation: 3,525 m / 11,562 ft
Distance to walk: 7 km / 4 ½ miles
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Lodging: Three star Hotel in Aguas Calientes

DAY 5:Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain you will begin the hike at 10 AM. The ticket price for Machu Picchu Mountain is included in the price of your Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu. If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.

Meals: Breakfast:
Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

INCLUDED
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide for the Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Varpiso
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Thermarest mattress and Pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Five breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Hot water for washing.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Vistadome train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Doesn`t Includes
  • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • Day 5 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers)
What do I need to bring?
  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • daypack
OUR PRICES

Price

  • Group service: US $725 per person
  • Private service: US $760 per person

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades:

  • Hotel Upgrades
    • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5 star hotel) – US $460 per person per night (double occupancy)
    • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (4 star hotel) – US $234 per person per night (double occupancy)
    • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – US $45 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Train Upgrades
    • Vistadome train -US $35 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
    • Hiram Bingham train -US $375 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private lodging
    • Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $45
      • Private hotel room prices for upgraded hotels will be higher
    • Private tent – US $30
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 5 – US $45

Discounts

  • Student Discount (with active green ISIC card): US $20.00
  • Under 18 years Discount: US $20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US $35.00
EXTRA INFORMATION

Optional upgrade (Need to book in advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mts climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mts climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

How to book (Group or Private Service):

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

By e-mail: andeanpathtravel@gmail.com

Send us your Personal Details for Booking: 

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Date of Birth

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail / Alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card http://www.isiccard.com upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).

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