Cachiccata is a small community on the outskirts of Ollantaytambo surrounded by old Inca trails. We'll hike through small farms to explore secluded waterfalls, "chullpas", "lintels" and other curious aspects of Peruvian civilization. To get to the trail head, we drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Socma and the start of our adventure.
Day 01 Cusco-Socma-Perolniyoc
After Peruvian breakfast buffet in your hotel, our guide & driver will arrive in private vehicle to transfer you to Socma which takes about two hours. From here we will hike up hill for about two hours, passing through mountain meadows and by local families. We arrive at a small, secluded waterfall and the archaeological ruins of Perolniyoc where we camp for the night
Hiking distance 9 km / Camp 10,000 feet
Day 02 Perolniyoc-Choqetacapu
An early start takes us up hill and through some small farms. We reach the highest pass from which we savor the view of several snow-capped mountains. After lunch in Mamacocha, we head to Choqetacarpu (a small Inca site) where we will camp.
Hiking distance 13 km / Camp 11,000 feet
Day 03 Choquetacarpu-Ollantaytambo
We prepare for a spectacular sunrise. The first sunbeams hit the mountain, called Waccay Willca (Veronica). We take time to explore the area including the Inti Punku (Sungate), an Incan structure that frames the Waccay Willca mountain. After our breakfast we hike to the quarry of Ollantaytambo to search for lintels (big pieces of pink granite) that were carved by the Incas. Along the way, we will see Chullpas (Inca burial places) tucked into the sides of the mountains and finally we end our hike in the town of Ollantaytambo where we settle in a small hotel and a dinner in one of the many local restaurants.
Hiking distance 7 km / ON hotel Ollantaytambo or Aguas Calientes
Day 4 Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu-Cusco
After an early breakfast, we walk to the Ollantaytambo train station in order to take the first train for a 1.5 hour train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. (the train winds through the river valley with changing climactic zones, views of the majestic mountains and glimpses of ancient ruins). From Aguas Calientes, we take the shuttle bus for 30 minutes to the Inca site of Machupicchu, where we enjoy a private, guided tour followed by time to wander alone. In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Calientes and board our train back to Cusco.
Hotel overnight on Day 3 may be in Ollantaytambo or Aguas Calientes
depending on the availability of train tickets