Day 1: Cusco – Soccma – Charcahuaylla
We will begin the trek by picking you up early from you hotel in Cusco and driving to the village of Soccma where we will have breakfast and begin our hike. We will walk until we reach the Incan ruins of Qorimarca. After visiting these ruins we will continue to our campsite, Charcahuaylla.
Day 2: Charcahuaylla – Inti Punku – Ancient Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
On this memorable day of the trek, we will walk to Inki Punku, an Incan shrine built for the worship of the snowcapped peak of Verónica. We will continue downhill to explore the natural rock slide where the Incas gathered stones to build Ollantaytambo. After exploring the quarry we will continue down to Ollantaytambo where you will have time to explore the historic town before you board a train to Aguas calientes in the evening.
Day 3: Machu Picchu tour – Return to Cusco
In the morning we will have a tour of one of the modern wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. After exploring this amazing site, we will travel back to Cusco by train and bus.
Day 1: Cusco – Soccma – Charcahuaylla
Total distance covered on day 1: 12km (approximately 7 hours of walking)
The trek will begin when we pick you up from your hotel/hostel at 5:30 a.m. and drive for one and a half hours to the small village Soccma where we will stop to have breakfast and meet our horseman. We will start our hike up a lush valley of scattered farmhouses and crop terraces. After 40 minutes of walking, we will see a tall waterfall where we can pause to refresh ourselves amidst the cool spray, or enjoy a refreshing shower and dip beneath the falls. After a picnic lunch, we will continue hiking for another hour and visit the little-known Inca ruin of Qorimarca, perched at mid-altitude on a shelf high above the Soccma valley. Qorimarca was probably built by the Incas to control the agricultural production of the surrounding valley. From here we will hike uphill for 3 hours until we reach our first campsite, Charcahuaylla.
Day 2: Charcahuaylla – Inti Punku – Ancient Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Total distance covered on day 2: 12km (approximately 7 hours of walking)
Many of our hikers say that this is the most unforgettable day of the trek. After breakfast, we will have a one hour hike up a gentle path until we reach the mountain of Yana Orco, where we will have spectacular views of the valley, its river a silver ribbon far below us. We will encounter a stunning view of Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley as we reach the imposing gateway of Intipunku, an Inca temple thought to be dedicated to worshiping the snowcapped glacier Verónica. After pausing at the amazing site, we will continue walking for about 30 more minutes before we reach the ancient Quarry. Once there, you can explore different sectors of the Incan quarries that testify to a great building project that was never finished. You will see impressive rocks that were destined for the Inca temple at Ollantaytambo, (6 km/4 miles) away on the north bank of the Urubamba River. We will have lunch facing a breathtaking mountain and valley panorama, near the well-preserved Inca complex of Choquetacarpo. We will continue our hike for 3 and a half hours downhill to Ollantaytambo, where you will have some time to rest and explore the historic town. In Ollantaytambo, we will catch the 7:00 p.m. train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Once there, you will have a late dinner at a restaurant in the town and discuss with your guide what time you wish to wake up in the morning. Your hostel in Aguas Calientes can be upgraded to a hotel if you prefer.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hostel/hotel and lead you to the bus station where you will board a bus to Machu Picchu. At Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour walking tour of this mysterious city, followed by free time for your own exploration. In this time, you may also choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have reserved a ticket ahead of time. Once you have completed your tour of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes, where you can stop for lunch. Finally, after an amazing journey, you will head to the train station to take the train for your return trip to Cusco.
US $480 per person
The cost of the tour packages are based on double or matrimonial room. For an individual room an 15 dollars extra payment has to be made.
Group Size: 2-8 people
Returning train Included in the cost of this tour/trek is the Expedition train, which departs either at 6:20 pm or 7:00 pm and 8:20 p.m. DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.
Can I get an early train ticket?
We can also book an afternoon train that departs 2:55 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. at an extra cost of US $35 per person the train we will book DEPENDS ON AVAILABILITY.
Please, notice that 35 dollars extra you will pay also will cover your private transportation to bring you back from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
There is also an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is the extra US $75 per person. Please let us know your preference at the time of booking the tour. Unfortunately, none of the trains go straight to Cusco—they run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. In either case, we will transfer you back by bus to Cusco.
Can I change my return train ticket by myself?
At the time of your tour, it may be possible to make changes to your return train ticket if you don’t want to take the 18:20 p.m train. You will have to take your train ticket personally to the train station in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return ticket for an early one. You will probably be asked to pay an extra administration fee, which will depend on the train service and departure time. Please notice that once you will change your returning train you will responsible to cover your own transportation back to Cusco
How long is the journey back to Cusco?
You will be traveling for approximately 3 hours before you arrive back in Cusco. First, you will travel for 1.5 hours by train to the Ollantaytambo train station. Then you will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there will be no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for another 1.5 hours in a private van/car to your hotel/hostel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco will depend on train availability. You will receive your return train tickets once your guide has finished your walking tour of Machu Picchu
For the Cachicata Trek, we will lend you with a duffel bag at the briefing for the Trek the night before we depart. to put all of your belongings in. By using standardized bags, we will ensure that all of your belongings will fit properly on the horses. The duffel bags easily fit 8 Kilograms /16 pounds per person including your sleeping bags.
However, You will still need to carry your day pack with all of your essentials like water, sunscreen, passport, etc
We offer a discount of US $20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children under the age of 16 years old. Scanned copies of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of payment of the deposit for the trek in order to qualify for the international discount.
Storage during your trek: Most of our trekkers leave their belongings that they do not want to bring on the trek in the hostel they were previously staying in. These hostels/hotels usually have a secure, locked room where you can store your belongings. If you do not trust your hostel, we would be more than happy to store you belongings for you.
Included / Not Included
What is included in the price?
Basic hotel night in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu
Weight allowances: 5kl/10lb per trekker (weights to be carried by horses and mules you will trek only with your day pack which is way more confortable than carrying a big bag!)
Horse (to carry tents and cooking equipment and the 5 kl/10lb of personal belongings)
Wrangler’s health insurance paid for by INTI SUN TREK
Transport: collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to the starting point of the trek
A Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
Machu Picchu entrance fees
Included in the cost of your tour is one-way bus tickets up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on the day you will visit citadel. However, bus tickets down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes after your walking tour in Machu Picchu are not included, in the interest of reducing your costs. You may either walk back down to Aguas Calientes (about one hour) or pay for the bus tickets at the Machu Picchu site exit.
Two hours walking tour in Machu Picchu
Personal tents: We use 4 men, tents that only need to be shared by 2 people. This allows some room to spread out and keep your duffels safely with you.
Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks!
Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
Vegetarian/special diet options available
Water (we will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek starting on the second day. However, you will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first day of the trek.
We strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and water canteen due to that government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Inca trail and in Machu Picchu.
Wake up tea: every morning at the campsites we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea and coffee
Daily snacks- day 1 and 2: our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek
First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle and a horse you may ride on if the altitude effects your ability to complete the trek
Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Day 2
Breakfast in Aguas Caliente on Day 3
Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Breakfast on the first morning.
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Drink( coke, mineral water or cerveza) in the dinner in Aguas Calientes on the 3 day
Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (20 soles)
Tip for the guide. cook, and wranglers
What you need to bring:
- Original passport
- Sleeping bag
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack ( smaller, the better)
- Water storage: we strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and water canteen due to that government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Cachicata Trek and in Machu Picchu.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
FOR YOUR DUFFEL:
Porters will carry up to 6 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.
- 2-3 wicking t-shirts
- 2-3 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
- 1 Rain jacket and pants
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Quick-dry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.
- Water beginning from your second day will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or Camel Back. We recommend carrying about 2L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal
- Rain gear
- Music (iPhone)
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Before you go
Is the Cachicata Trek Difficult?
No, not at all. The Cachicata trek is not as physically demanding as other treks in the region which makes it perfect for families travelling with children or anyone wishing for a more relaxed route to Machu Picchu. However, the downhill portion of the trek on the second day of the trek is somewhat challenging, especially if you have had knee problems in the past. We recommend that you take walking sticks with you to help with this problem.
How long will we walk on each day?
On the first day we will walk for 7 hours, and on the second day we will walk for 8 hours. These times are approximate and will depend on the pace in which you walk. Our cooks will provide you with plenty of snacks and water to keep you strong during your trek.
What time will we take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes?
We will take the 7:00 p.m. train departing from Ollantaytambo train station. You will arrive in Aguas Calientes at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Will we be able to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?
Yes, if you let us know when you book the trek that you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, we will be able to book you a ticket. A limited number of people are permited to climb Huayna Picchu each day and tickets can sell out weeks in advance.
What type of hostel does Inti Sun Trek use for Huchuy Qosqo Trek?
At Inti Sun Trek, we always book through the Continental, El Tambo or Machu Picchu hostels, which offer private double rooms. These basic hotels offer comfortable beds, hot water for showering, WiFi, and breakfast. NOTE: We guarantee these hotels will be reserved, as per the itinerary, only if you book your trek 2 months in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer alternative accommodations.
Can I upgrade the hotel in Aguas Calientes?.
Yes. Every traveller has their own expectations for accommodation and that is why we offer you the option to book your own hotelindependently. The two hostels that Inti Sun Trek books are considered basic and so if you wish to upgrade to a hotel you need to:
1) Do this yourself or,
2) Ask Inti Sun Trek to do it for you.
If you wish to book a hostel independently, a US $10 discount is given per person off the tour price. You can use this money to pay for an alternative hostel.