Day 1: Cusco - Tauca - Huchuy Qosqo Pass – Huchuy Qosqo - Lamay – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Trekking and train)
You will start driving from your hotel to the small Village of Tauca,(3750m) the beginning of your trek will be on level terrain, and the landscape will be that of typical Andean valleys rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other Andean tubers. As you ascend towards your pass at 4050m, the landscape begins to change dramatically to that classic of high Andean savannah or Puna, with scant vegetation, mainly “ichu” or high altitude grass. The views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks are spectacular: Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks. Soon after the pass you will start your descent toward the Huchuy Qosqo plains hiking along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where you will be able to see archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti.
You will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3650 m. Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cuzco”) is a Noteworthy Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular Hall), some residential and defensive quarters and interesting two-story buildings in stone and adobe. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Inca agricultural terracing and commanding superb views of the Vilcabamba range. Afterwards we’ll go down hill to Lamay at 2900m where we will catch up our transport driving to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is the place where we’ll continue by train to Aguas Calientes town. Overnight in hotel.
Box lunch and dinner are included.
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We leave our hostel after a very early breakfast to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once inside Machu Picchu ruins we provide a guided 3 hour tour with plenty of free time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu or up to the Sun Gate. Then back to Aguas Calientes town and at approx 14:55 or 16:00 we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco city arriving back at your hotel / hostel.
Breakfast is included.