Cuzco and Inca Treks and Tours in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu Ruins. Small groups with individual attention well away from the busy and crowed classic Inca Trail

 

With Peru Trekking & Climbing / Peruvian Andes Adventures


Experience the magic of Cuzco and the Machu Picchu. Discover the hidden gems of Peru on your private tour with our local trusted English Speaking Tour Guides


CUZCO The centre of the great Inca Empire and MACHU PICCHU, the mystical magical Inca City hidden for centuries in the clouds on the Andean Rain Forest.

 

Cuzco was the capital and royal city of the powerful Inca Empire until the overthrowing of the Inca and capture of the city by the Spanish. The city is now an intriguing mix of the ancient Inca and colonial Spanish influence and architecture, with the Spanish building their churches, houses and administration buildings on the foundations of Inca buildings, which are still solid and visible after the passing of the decades.

 

Cuzco is a thriving and bustling tourist city, with countless cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, bras, hotels and guesthouses, shops and market stalls. The city is surrounded by many Inca sites within easy walking distance from the city, with many activities offered including day hikes, tours to Sacred Valley, mountain biking, horse riding and river rafting.

 

Contact Anne for complete details on tours and treks in Machu Picchu and see the real Inca Trails many tourist never see.

 

Cuzco street with Inca Architecture Cuzco Inca

Cuzco City Tours: Cuzco Street with Inca Architecture (left) & Cuzco Inca (right)

 

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400m on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley 80 km northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu probably is the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire.

 

It is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
It was built around the year 1460, but was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. It was never discovered by the Spanish conquerors. Although known locally, it was said to have been forgotten for centuries when the site was brought to worldwide attention in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American historian.


Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Since it was not plundered by the Spanish when they conquered the Incas, it is especially important as a cultural site and it is considered a sacred place.

 

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls carved and interlocked with such precision that it in not possible to slide a razor blade between the joins.

 

Machu Picchu Machu Picchu stairs

Machu Picchu - a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and sacred place

 

Peruvian Trekking Climbing / Peruvian  Andes Adventures offers in Cuzco:

 

*Sightseeing Tours of Cuzco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
We offer from “whistle stop” 3 day tour of Cuzco & Machu Picchu for those on a time restraint to our 4 tor 6 day “Classic Cuzco & Machu Picchu” Tour

 

Minimum number for tours: one person
Available all the year

 

*Treks from 5 to 9 days in the Cuzco & Machu Picchu area
We stay away from the busy Inca Trail where some 500 people start the trek daily and which is subject to ponderous regulation and licensing rules and instead concentrate on less busy but equally spectacular alternative trails.

 

Minimum number for treks : 2 people
Available all the year, but the best months for trekking are April to December

We work with our top professional local Cuzco agency partner to offer superior quality personalised service including:

 

*Flight tickets
*Meet & Private Transfers
*Hotels
*Guided Tours


*Fully supported and catered treks with:


 - English speaking professional guides
 - Cook
 - Good quality tents on a twin share basis, single tent option available
 - Double thickness foam mattress
 - Delicious meals, afternoon teas and snacks on trek
 - Horses to carry equipment and horsemen
 - Emergency horse
 - Kitchen tent
 - Dining tent with camp tables & chairs
 - First aid kit

 

COMBINE your magical Cuzco experience with a visit to HUARAZ for some exciting HUARAZ TOURS or maybe a CORDILLERA BLANCA TREK or a CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH TREK

 

Descriptions here are summaries only.

 

Contact Anne for full descriptions of tour programs, more photos and prices.

 

CUZCO & MACHU PICCHU TOURS

 

“Whistle Stop Machu Picchu Tour” 3 or 4 days

An express Peru tour to Cuzco and Machu Picchu for those with only limited time.

 

Day 1: Morning flight to Cuzco. Private transfer to hotel and afternoon guided Cuzco City Tour and Cuzco Inca Ruins.

 

Day 2: Early morning train to Machu Picchu. Guided Machu Picchu tour and return to Cuzco by train in the evening

 

Day 3: Flight to Lima or another destination

 

Optional Day 4: Free day to relax in Cuzco or Sacred Valley Tour

 

Contact Anne for full descriptions of tour programs, more photos and prices.

 

“Classic” Cuzco & Machu Picchu Tour 4 to 6 days

 

Day 1: Morning flight to Cuzco. Private transfer to hotel and afternoon guided Cuzco City Tour and Cuzco Inca Ruins.

 

Day 2: A full day excursion to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”. First we visit the local traditional Indian market of Pisac. The full market where local campesinos arrive with their local produce, food and crafts is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays although smaller markets are held daily.

 

We then visit the massive impressive Inca Fortress of Ollaytantambo built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley. We stay in a hotel in the township of Ollaytantambo

 

Sacred Inca Ruins Aguas Calientes

Ollaytantambo (left) & Aguas Calientes (right)

 

Day 3: We take to morning train to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon a specialised guide shows us the delicate orchids that grow in the region. Enjoy a swim in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes. Hotel in Aguas Calientes.

 

Day 4: We start early and walk up to Machu Picchu to arrive early as the sun rises and before the trains are packed with tourists arrive from Cuzco. For those who do not wish to walk up to Machu Picchu, you can take the bus service. We have a guided tour of Machu Picchu ruins before catching the train back to Cuzco, arriving late in the evening.

 

Day 5: Flight to Lima or other destination

 

Options:

*4 day tour: we do not spend the night in Ollaytantambo, but instead take the evening train to Aguas Calientes following the Sacred Valley Tour

 

*Add an extra day to relax in Cusco

 

Contact Anne for full descriptions of tour programs, more photos and prices.

 

PERU TREKS: MACHU PICCHU TREKS

 

GROUPS


We only operate treks in Cuzco for our own Peru Trekking & Climbing Agency - Peruvian Andes Adventures clients and only form groups with clients who have contacted us directly. Many agencies pool their clients into a shared group with up to 16 to 20 clients in a group.


Unlike many other agencies in Cuzco, we do not pool our clients with other agency groups to form larger groups.

In this way, we get to know all our clients personally and can provide them with individual attention so they have the most amazing time on their holiday in this special place.

 

We put the members of the group in contact with each other so they can send an email to introduce themselves and be acquainted before they arrive to start their trek.  We have found that by operating our groups this way 99.99% of the time we have happy and compatible groups.

 

GROUP SIZE


Our normal maximum group size for Cuzco treks is 8 clients

 

You are also welcome to request a SMALLER GROUP of any number

 

We are also very happy to organise a PRIVATE TREK for you for any group size from one person upwards to the number of people you have in your group.

 

We can organise private groups of 20 or more clients if requested.

 

Choquequirao Trek 5 days
Grade: Challenging

ChoquequiraoInca Path to Choqequirao

Choquequirao (left) and Inca Path to Choquequirao (right)

 

Choquequirao (Cradle of Gold) is a partly excavated ruined Inca city which bears a striking similarity in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu. It is often referred to as the 'sister' of Machu Picchu.  Choquequirao receives far fewer tourists than Machu Picchu but the ruin is no less interesting and is a good alternative to the crowded Machu Picchu.


The ruins at Choquequirao are comprised of buildings and terraces at different levels from the lower level Sunch'u Pata to the hill top. The hill top has been leveled and ringed with stones to form a large platform.


Choquequirao (3,085 m) is situated among the Salkantay Mountain Range above the Valley of the river Río Apurímac. The entire complex encompasses 1,800 hectares of which 30-40% is uncovered. The site is believed to have been built during the reign of the Inca King Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui and is considered to be the last bastion of resistance and refuge of the Sons of the Sun who fled from the city of Cusco when it was under siege in 1535.


This is a challenging trek and it is important to be well acclimatized to the altitude and to have a good fitness level.

 

Day 1: Cusco to Chiquisca
We leave Cusco early in our private transport and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5 hours from Cusco at 2800m where we meet the horseman & horses and the trek starts. We start the trek climbing for 2.5 hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m, where we enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. We then descend for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where we set our camp and spend the night (1850m)

Day 2: Chiquisca to Choquequirao
We leave Chiquisca very early to avoid the heat later in the day when we are climbing and hike down for about an hour where we cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope for about 2 hours. From Santa Rosa we continue climbing slowly for about 4.5 hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m where we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings.

Day 3. In Choquequirao
We have the entire day to explore this stunning Inca settlement and to take a well earned rest.

Day 4: Choquequirao to Chiquisca
This morning we start our walk back towards Santa Rosa and then continue descending for another 2 hours until we reach Rosalina Beach at 1450m where we might have time to take a refreshing dip in the Apurimac River. At the crossing of the Apurimac River, we can take time to cool off in a swimming hole among the huge boulders that line the river. We return to the shade of the trees at Chiquisca, where we make our final camp.

Day 5: Chiquisca to Cachora & Cuzco
We hike up out of the Apurimac Canyon, with the river far below us and then make our way back to the Abra Capuliyoc, close to which we have our lunch. In the afternoon, we continue on our two hour return route to Cachora, where our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time around 6:00pm.

 

Contact Anne for full descriptions of trekking programs, more photos and prices.

 

 

Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Trek 9 days
Grading: Challenging

 

 

Choquequirao Choquequirao trek

Visit these two major Inca archaeological sites

 

An amazing combination of challenging trekking and visits to two major Inca archaeological sites. First the remote and less well known Choquequirao (The Sister City Of Machu Picchu) and then the mystical and famous Seventh Wonder of the World Machu Picchu.

 

This is a challenging trek and it is important to be well acclimatized to the altitude and to have a good fitness level.

 

Day 1: Cusco to Chiquisca
We leave Cusco early in our private transport and drive towards Cachora, an Andean community located 4-5 hours from Cusco at 2800m where we meet the horseman & horses and the trek starts. We start the trek climbing for 2.5 hours towards the Abra Capuliyoc at 2750m, where we enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Apurimac River Canyon. We then descend for two more hours towards Chiquisca, where we set our camp and spend the night (1850m).

Day 2: Chiquisca to Choquequirao
We leave Chiquisca very early to avoid the heat later in the day when we are climbing and hike down  for about an hour where we cross the Apurimac River and start climbing towards Santa Rosa, zigzagging up a steep slope for about 2 hours. From Santa Rosa we continue climbing slowly for about 4.5 hours until we reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, located at 3103m where we will set up camp and enjoy some free time to explore the terraces and buildings.

 

Day 3. In Choquequirao
We have the entire day to explore this stunning Inca settlement and to take a well earned rest.

 

Day 4: Choquequirao to Maizal
We climb gradually to a low pass at 3299m and then descend to Rio Blanco, 1909m. First we walk through cloud forest, but then all becomes steep open prairie with open views of the mountains and valleys and then we come to the river Rio Blanco where we can have a cool swim. We cross the river & then start a long and steep climb of about 3 hours to our camp in Maizal, high above the river close to the sacred Apus of the Incas at 3000m.

Day 5: Maizal to Yanama

We start walking uphill passing by the impressive Inca mines called Minas Victoria. First we walk through cloud forest and the through Andean pampa grass. It is a long climb to the top of Victoria Pass at 4200m and near the top of the pass we find original paved Inca Trails. We take in a fantastic view of the mountain Choquetakarpo from the top of the pass before we start the descent towards Yanama, a small isolated settlement at the bottom of a long valley surrounded by mountains where we camp at 3800m. A long day hiking, 6 or 7 hours

Day 6: Yanama to Totora

After breakfast we start climbing slowly to our highest pass Yanama Pass 4668m. Again the view is amazing, we are surrounded by snow capped mountains the Mt. Sacsarayoj and Mt. Padreyoj.  If we are lucky we can see condors. The descent is a long hike through grassy fields and bush areas on the way towards the community of Totora, where we spend the night. 4100m.  6 or 7 hours hiking.

 

Day 7: Totora to La Playa
On this day we make a long descent about 2000m to the Totora river. As we go down the birdlife is very interesting especially  hummingbirds & woodpeckers and there are many species of orchids and begonias. We gradually climb & camp in a warmer campsite in the village of La Playa 2400m. Approx 7 hours hiking.

 

Day 8: La Playa - Aguas Calientes Town.
From La Playa we take a local transportation for approximately 20 minutes to Lucma (or we hike if local transport is not available), from here we start a climb of about 3 hours to Llactapata (newly discovery Inca Site) which is famous for a “great condor view of Machu Picchu”. We then hike down hill for about 2.5 hours to the Hydroelectric Station where we should arrive approx. 3:00pm. We will take the local train 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes where you can enjoy yoursef with a thermal bath or well earned rest.

Day 9: Machu Picchu full day and return to Cusco
After an early breakfast from Aguas Calientes we walk or take bus to Machu Picchu. We start our visit with a 2-3 hours guided tour. The rest of the day we spend at this amazing ruin and you will have the chance to climb Wayna Picchu or visit the beautiful moon temple. We meet in the afternoon in Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cuzco, arriving in the evening.

 

Contact Anne for full descriptions of trekking programs, more photos and prices.

 

Lares Valley To Machu Picchu Trek 5 days

Grading: Moderate

 

Lares 1 Lares valley

Lares Valley

 

Hiking through native Andean Communities to Machu Picchu, the 5 days Lares Trek is an amazing trek and a great alternative to the busy Inca Trail.

 

The trek departs from the Sacred Valley and on the first day we are walking on an original Inca Trail enjoying a huge variety of native flora & fauna. The next day we cross a high pass with fantastic views of surrounding snow capped mountains and on the third day hiking we see a large glacier and  mountain lakes and also have the opportunity to enjoy a swim in hot thermal springs.

 

Although we grade the trek as moderate, you do cross two high passes at almost 4700m & 4500m  and it is important to be well acclimatised to the altitude before starting the trek, to have at least medium fitness and be able to hike on undulating uphill and downhill terrain for up to 7 hours per day.

 

Day 1: Cusco / Cancha Cancha Community
We leave Cusco by bus, on the route to the market town of Pisaq until arriving at Huaran creek (2,950 m) . From here we start to hike up a small side valley climbing gradually on an original Inca Trail, enjoying a variety of native flora and fauna. After a 3 hour hike, we arrive at Cancha Cancha (4,000m) where we camp and enjoy hospitality and traditional food from the local community.

Day 2: Cancha Cancha / Quiswarani
We start slowly uphill until reaching Accopata, an extension of Cancha Cancha Community, where shepherds live in typical stone and ichu (straw) roof huts. There we have a steep ascent towards Pachacutec pass (4,697 m) which is surrounded by views of the beautiful lakes of Azulcocha and Suerococha. From the pass, we descend with continual views of many more snow capped mountains. We traverse Collaycocha Lake & arrive at the community of Quiswarani (3,902 m) where we camp and again enjoy the hospitality and food from the local community. 6 hours hiking for the day.

Day 3: Quiswarani / Cuncani
We leave camp and climb gradually to a second pass Huillquijasa pass (4,457 m) from where we see yet more glaciers and high mountain lakes full of Andean geese, ducks and other birds. We descend down a narrow valley and past lakes, open pampa  and small farms until we arrive at the  to the picturesque village community of Cuncani (3886m) where we camp. 6 hours hiking.

 

Day 4: Cuncani / Lares / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes
We leave Cuncani at 8.00am to walk down a fertile valley with typical vegetation, crops and agricultural communities. Along the trail we will see native flowers such as begonias and wild orchids. After an approximately 2 hour walk we will arrive in Lares (3261 m) a large village with pleasant hot springs, where we can enjoy a swim. From here we have a 3 hour car ride to Ollantaytambo where we catch the train at 04:00pm to Aguas Calientes. Hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 5: Machu Picchu Full day and return to Cusco
After an early breakfast from Aguas Calientes we walk or take bus to Machu Picchu. We start our visit with a 2-3 hours guided tour. The rest of the day we spend at this amazing ruin and you will have the chance to climb Wayna Picchu or visit the beautiful moon temple. We meet in the afternoon in Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cuzco, arriving in the evening.

 

Contact Anne for full descriptions of trekking programs, more photos and prices.

 

 

Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek “The Hidden Inca Trail” 5 days
Grading: Challenging

Lares 1 Lares valley

Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek - " The Hidden Inca Trail"

 

For adventurous people we offer this excellent alternative trek to Machu Picchu - making its way around Mount Salkantay.  At a towering 6264m Salcantay is the 12th highest peak in Peru.


The remote path we takes winds through an amazing variety of landscapes and habitats varying from green, rich valleys full of blossoming forests and trees of different species, to highland fields and glacial moraines flanked by steep rocky and icy peaks of impressive beauty.

 

Our special route follows a traditional but seldom travelled Inca trail leading up from the Urubamba River past remote ruins, then higher still into breathtaking alpine reaches where we have some of the most glorious views and campsites in the Andes all to ourselves.

 

Enjoy the majestic mountain scenery, unique flora & fauna in relative tranquillity, well away from the busy & crowded classic Inca Trail.

 

There are some long days on this trek. It is important to be well acclimatised to the altitude and to have a good fitness level, and be able to hike for long days.

 

Day 1: Cusco - Soraypampa
We will leave Cusco very early in our own private bus, and drive 4.5 hours to Mollepata (2800m). Here we meet our horsemen and start hiking. We climb gradually, enjoying the Apurimac river canyon (which is one of the deepest in Peru), little groups of traditional houses, small wild birds and a spectacular view of the snowy peak of Humantay 5902m to our camp at Soraypampa (3900m). From camp we appreciate the view of the majestic Apu Salcantay (6271m). 6 to 7 hours hiking

 

Day 2: Soraypampa - Collpapampa.
We start the day climbing steadily for approx. 3 hours to  Apacheta Pass (4,650m). From the pass we have spectacular views of the stunning snow covered mountain Salkantay (6264m) and other mountains more, as well as the white river below and several small lakes. From the pass we descend to camp at Chaullay (2920m). A fantastic but demanding day’s hike.

8 hours hiking. Approx 20kms

Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa
We start with an easy 3 hour hike to Uscamayuc, from where we will  enter a semi tropical region and see a fascinating variety of different kind of plants, fruit plantations, flowers & many species of birds. We continue hiking along an undulating trail to the village of La Playa 2400m. We hike 8 to 9 hours today including rest & lunch stops. Approx 15kms

Day 4: La Playa - Aguas Calientes
From La Playa we take a local transportation for approximately 20 minutes to Lucma ( or we hike if  local transport is not available), from here we start a climb of about 3 hours to Llactapata (newly discovery Inca Site) which is famous for a “great condor view of Machu Picchu”. We then hike down hill for about 2.5 hours to the Hydroelectric Station where we should arrive approx. 3:00pm. We will take the local train 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes where you can enjoy a relaxing swim in the town’s famous hot springs (Aguas Calientes). Hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 5: Machupicchu Full day and return to Cusco
After an early breakfast from Aguas Calientes we walk or take bus to Machu Picchu. We start our visit with a 2-3 hours guided tour. The rest of the day we spend at this amazing ruin and you will have the chance to climb Wayna Picchu or visit the beautiful moon temple. We meet in the afternoon in Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cuzco, arriving in the evening.

 

Contact Anne for full descriptions of trekking programs, more photos and prices.

 

 

Peru Trek: Circuit of Sacred Ausangate Mountain 6 days
Grade: Challenging

 

Lares 1 Lares valley

Ausangate Mountain is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Vilcanota

 

Ausangate Mountain is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Vilcanota, towering in the southeast sky from the city of Cusco. It is a long, rugged mountain, with two high peaks rising from its jagged summit crest.

 

The peak of Ausangate is considered by the local people to be sacred and it is the central most powerful point of pilgrimage for today’s Inca descendents.

 

A high and wild trekking circuit winds its way through this rarely-visited range, following lovely alpine valleys which are home to Quechua Indian herdsmen and some of Peru's most spectacular wildlife, including vicuñas and the Andean birds. Traversing this pristine and beautiful region, we enjoy a series of wonderful lakeside camps and cross several high passes.

 

This is a challenging trek, with several high passes and often freezing cold nights.

 

Day 1:  Cusco to Tinqui To Upis
We drive about four hours on a newly upgraded highway to Tinqui (4,000m), a village on the high plains east of Cusco. We then start our trek, following a wide gently climbing path towards the northwest face of the massive mountain Ausangate. We pass through fields and by scattered farm houses, and later in the day we start to see llamas and alpacas. We camp at Upis 4435m where we are surrounded by snow capped mountains.  6 hours.
There are thermal springs at Upis where we can enjoy a hot swim at the end of the day.
 
Day 2: Upis To Pucacocha
Our first pass today. We climb for 2 to 2.5 hours to Arapa Pass 4757m. From the pass we first traverse across an arid hillside and then we descend, sometimes quite steeply into a valley of deep blue glacial lakes and waterfalls. We camp by the lake Laguna Jatun Pucacocha 4585m which is at the bottom of one of the Ausangate glaciers, around 6 hours for the day.

 

Day 3: Pucacocha To Huchuy Finaya/Pampacancha
A hard day. We leave camp and climb steadily to Apacheta Pass 4850m. We descend to a beautiful lake Ausangatecocha formed by a melting glacier. From the lake we climb again steeply on glacial moraine to the highest point on the trek Palomani Pass 5165m.  From the pass there are extensive views of all the peaks in the Cordillera Vilcanota. We traverse and descend, sometimes steeply dropping into the valley, then follow the valley down to camp near the remote village of Pampacancha 4500m. Around 6 to 7 hours.

 

Day 4: Huchuy Finaya to Qomercocha/ Lagunas Tillacocha
We follow up the Jampamayo River gorge to the small village of stone houses at Jampa 4650m. Towards Jampa the valley opens out more and the spectacular peak of Señal Nevado Pico Tres 6093m is in view. From Jampa we continue rising, then the trail starts to climb steeply to our highest campsite near the lakes Lagunas Tillacocha 4800m. Around 5 hours.

 

Day 5: Qomercocha to Pacchanta
We circle around the lakes Tillacocha and climb for 1.5 to 2 hours to the last pass Jampa Pass 4950m which is surrounded by glaciers, huge mountains and glacial lakes. We descend down towards the village of Pacchanta 4250m. We camp near the village and we can visit hot springs there.

 

Day 6: Pacchanta To Cusco
An easy, three hour walk across open fields allows us our final close views of Ausangate, and brings us back to the village of Tinqui, where we meet our transport and return to Cusco.

 

Lares 1 Lares valley

This lovely alpine valley is home to Quechua Indian Herdsmen and some of Peru's most spectacular wildlife

 

Contact Anne for complete details on tours and treks in Machu Picchu and see the real Inca Trails many tourist never see.