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<>Moonstone to Machu Picchu Trek (5 Days/4 Nights)

This route offers the chance to explore the eastern extension of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This little-known trail is an alternative to the well-known traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We will follow in the footsteps of the Incas who built a great road from the imperial capital of Cusco, west through a rugged mountain landscape, where they erected astonishing temples and royal residences. We will camp at elevations that will allow us to fully appreciate the peace and beauty of Andean valleys, with splendid views of the 18,000 foot snow peaks high above the Urubamba, in the Huayanay range. We will pass the enormous stone blocks worked by the Incas in the 15th century, in their quarry at Cachiqata. From here, we will descend towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas as far as the Inca royal city of Ollantaytambo, with its fabulous Temple of the Moon. In Ollantaytambo we will board the train for the trip to Machu Picchu, where you will have ample time to explore the ruins of this famous city.

During the four day walk you will cover a total distance of 39 kilometers (24 miles), beginning at an altitude of 3224 meters (10,575 feet), and ending at 2850 meters (9315 feet) above sea level. The route crosses two high passes, with the trail reaching a maximum elevation of 4625 meters (15,170 feet).

While the trail is generally in good condition, some steep sections require caution and a good sense of balance. Adequate trekking boots should be worn, and walking poles are recommended. However, thanks to our relaxed pace, specialist guides and professional support personnel, individuals without experience hiking routes of this kind can participate in this activity. 

The support group is composed of porters, cooks, assistant guides and the guide. The cooks are responsible for preparing all meals during the entire route. The support group is composed of specialist personnel and they are specifically entrusted with ensuring that your experience with us is an enjoyable and unforgettable adventure. 

To ensure that you get a good night’s rest on the trail, we provide high quality tents, sleeping bags and everything needed to guarantee a warm, refreshing sleep, preparing you to enjoy the next day’s walk in optimal physical condition. 

We are the most trusted company on the market, and we possess the necessary expertise to ensure you will receive the very highest standards of service.


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You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Explore one of our favorite alternatives to the traditional Inca Trail. 
  • Explore west through a rugged mountain landscape 
  • Discover vast and beautiful landscapes. 
  • Discover the flora and fauna. 
  • Explore the citadel of Machu Picchu. 

Service Overview:

  • 4 nights camping with sleeping, dining and toilet tents. 
  • 5 days walking with support the wranglers 
  • 12kg personal weight limit. 

Explore this little known route is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Explore yourself and live the adventure of discovering, because this is our preferred route! You will experience fascinating landscapes, with imposing mountains and abundant wildlife. We will spend four days walking and exploring this incredible area, and on the fifth day we will tour the famous ruins named as one of the wonders of the modern world.


Walking Profile

Dayly distance in km/miles

  • Day 1   10.5km/6.5 miles   
  • Day 2    8.8km/5.5 miles   
  • Day 3    11.8km/7.4 miles   
  • Day 4    8km/5 miles   

Number of days walking: 4

Pace:

Approximately 6-8 hours walking per day

Terrain:

High altitude; good paths.

Group type

These group tours usually have between 4-16 participants per group, the average number of hikers is 12. Reservations can be done individually, in pairs or groups of friends. 

If you are interested you can hire our services in private and personalized just for you and your guests if you wish.

Moonstone Moonstone

Day 1: Depart Cusco

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer by van west across the high Anta Plain to Quillarumiyoq. We continue to our trailhead by the Huarocondo River, who arrive from a nearby community, where our trek begins. After an easy two-hour hike, we reach the first pass and Huatta (3855m/12645 ft.). After lunch we continue to firt camp (3750m/12300 ft.) next to rural scholl in Chillipahua. Total distance covered: 10.5 km / 6.5 miles. Loss in elevation: 105 m / 344 feet.
Chancachuco Chancachuco

Day 2: Chancachuco

We will begin today’s, climbing gradually to up a small knoll at (4400m/14432 ft.) for the lunch, after de lunch we continue up Accoccasa Pass (4625m/15170 ft.). This is the highest point on the trek. We enjoy an easy descent, to camp in the broad valley of Chancachuco (4325m/14268 ft.) Total distance covered: 8.8 km / 5.5 miles. Gain in elevation: 575 m / 1886 feet.
Huayrapunku/Cachicata Huayrapunku/Cachicata

Day 3: Huayrapunku/Cachicata

We will begin today descending of the Chancachuco high valley, after we descend through a slot canyon up the final pass and visit Huayrapunku (3940m/12923 ft.). We descend, passing Llaqtallaqtayoc, to our camp in Cachiqata quarry (3525m/11562 ft.). Total distance covered: 11.8 km / 7.4 miles. Loss in elevation: 800 m / 2624 feet.
Ollantaytambo/Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo/Machu Picchu

Day 4: Ollantaytambo/Machu Picchu

We descend on a broad Inca road up Ollantaytambo. We have time to explore the temple and the adjacent village. The lunch at the home of a local family. In late afternoom we catch a train down the valley to Aguas Calientes. We Check into a hotel for the night. Total distance covered: 8 km / 5 miles. Loss in elevation: 733 meters / 2404 feet.
Explore to Machu Picchu Explore to Machu Picchu

Day 5: Explore to Machu Picchu

Visit to Machu Picchu: We will take a bus up to the ruins and back down again. Those who wish to will have time to climb Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains (optional). After returning to Aguas Calientes, we will eat before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo, where we will board our bus for the return trip to Cusco, arriving in the city at around 10:00 p.m., when you will be transferred to your hotel.
First aid kit
Tables
Chairs
Dining tent
Set of cutlery for each participant
Sleeping tents
Thermarest ®
Duffel bags
Water filter
First aid kit
Oxygen bottle
Radio Communication equipment
Meals
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Support Team
1-8
participants
9 or more
participants
Guide
Guide
Guide
Assistant Guide
Assistant Guide
Cook
Cook
Cook
Kitchen Assistant
Kitchen Assistant
Kitchen Assistant
Porters
Porters
Porters
Transport
Train
Bus
Outbound
Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
Return
Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Machu Picchu - Poroy
Poroy - Cusco

Vaccinations

While no vaccinations are required by law when entering Peru, we recommend that you consult your physician to check whether or not any type of protection is required before your trip. In general, we recommend vaccinations or booster shots for tetanus, typhoid / diphtheria, hepatitis A and polio.


If you are traveling to the rainforest (including Tambopata Reserve and Manu National Park), although the risk is not great, we advise you to take anti-malarial precautions and strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. You should also be aware that Dengue Fever is present in the Amazon region - this is a non-preventable disease caused by daytime biting mosquitoes. You should always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten

Important information for vegetarians, participants with allergies or other dietary restrictions:

In major cities vegetarian food is readily available in most restaurants. A variety of dishes prepared with fresh ingredients are offered. During the trek, we will have all the ingredients needed to meet the food requirements of all participants, whatever their dietary needs may be.


However, those participants with particularly strict dietary restrictions may have to bring certain dietary supplements with them from home, particularly in the case of products which are not available in South America. 


If you are allergic to certain foodstuffs, you must provide us with detailed information when you make your booking and register for the trek. This type of information must be communicated to the guide and operations personnel during the orientation meeting.

Eating & drinking

In major cities vegetarian food is readily available in most restaurants. A variety of dishes prepared with fresh ingredients are offered. During the trek, we will have all the ingredients needed to meet the food requirements of all participants, whatever their dietary needs may be.


However, those participants with particularly strict dietary restrictions may have to bring certain dietary supplements with them from home, particularly in the case of products which are not available in South America. 


If you are allergic to certain foodstuffs, you must provide us with detailed information when you make your booking and register for the trek. This type of information must be communicated to the guide and operations personnel during the orientation meeting.

Trip notes

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