MANTANAY – PATACANCHA HOME STAY & MACHUPICCHU (4 DAYS)
Enjoys the spectacular Mantanay Valley views of the surrounding mountain peaks, llama and Alpaca herds.
Our Mantanay valley hike with the home stay at Patacancha community is a short camping hike in the Sacred Valley. The hike provides one night of camping by the beautiful lakes with the spectacular views of the surrounding mountain peaks, llama and Alpaca herds and the opportunity for insight into the local life, visiting communities of traditional weaver and farmers who live much like our ancestors in stone houses with thatched roofs, weaving their own clothing and working the land with foot ploughs. The hike culminate on the final day with the visit at Machu Picchu
- Beautiful landscapes and snow-capped peaks
- Local highland Communities
- Beautiful lakes, Alpaca and Llama herds
- Enjoying the magical Machu Picchu citadel
DAY 1: CUSCO-YANAHURA-MANTANAY-AORORAY COCHA
We will pick you up at the hotel early in the morning and travel by private transportation to Yanahuara-Pucara (3300m/10,826), the starting point of our hike. We will start to hike toward the Misky Uno (3650m/ 11,975ft) through the Mantanay valley where we will enjoying beautiful vegetation of polylepis trees and streams fed by the glacial waterfalls. As we leave the lunch spot we will enjoy views of Llama and alpaca herds grazing along the trail, continue ascending to the Campsite Auroray Cocha Lake (4150m/13,615ft) which is a beautiful campsite with impressive views of the Snow-cape peaks
Trekking distance: 10km/6,21miles
Campsite altitude: 4150m/13,615ft.
DAY 2: AORORAY COCHA-PATACANCHA HOMESTAY
After breakfast, we will begin our ascent toward the Huayruruyocqasa (4300m/14,107ft) this is the highest point of the hike. After the pass the rest of our hike will be downhill until we arrive to Patacancha Community (3600m/1,811ft).for lunch with our local famly.Patacancha is a community made up of small stones and home of the native Quechua speaking families who are dedicated to agricultural and cattle pasturing, among them the llamas and alpacas the same way our ancestors did. After lunch we will be immersed in the culture and daily life of our host families, we may plant and harvest crops, prepare meals and of course we will be able to learn about their traditional weaving techniques.
Trekking distance: 7km/4.34miles
Community altitude: 3600m/11,811ft
DAY 3: PATACANCHA-OLLANTAYTAMBO-AGUAS CALIENTES
Today we will have breakfast with our family and say goodbye. Then we will take our private transportation to Ollantaytambo (2790m/9,153ft) town where we will have lunch and have some time to do the hike to the Inca storehouses. Then in the early afternoon we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2040m/6,692ft) and our hotel for the night.
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES –MACHU PICCHU –CUSCO
After an early breakfast at the hotel and a half-hour bus ride to the entrance of Machu Picchu we start our walking tour of the amazing Inca citadel. Then you will have free time or to climb Wayna Picchu Mountain which offers spectacular views from the top. Later we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then take the train to Ollantaytambo. From there our private transportation will take us to the hotel in Cusco.
- Current passport is required. If your passport expired between booking and starting your tour, bring both the old and new passports!
- Short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts, fleece, thermals, wool socks, lightweight pants, warm hat
- Small pack to carry things that you will need during the day
- Rain gear or poncho
- Hiking boots with ankle support
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
- Camera, film and batteries (batteries die faster in cold conditions)
- Hydrating face and body lotion
- Sun block and insect repellent
- Water bottles (Nalgene or metal ones are required, plastic bottles are not allowed)
- Toilet paper and tissues
Items that are included in the tour price:
- Pre-departure briefing at your hotel
- Private transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the hike and private transportation at the end of the hike.
- Machu Picchu entrance fees
- Professionally licensed bilingual tour guides
- Personal tents: two person capacity with plenty of room for personal gear
- One inflatable sleeping pad per person
- A duffle bag for personal belongings provided at the briefing
- Dining tent with table and chairs
- Kitchen tent and cooking equipment
- Pack horses to carry tents, food, and cooking equipment
- Pack horses to carry up to 7 kg of personal gear per traveler
- Saddled horses for emergency in case someone is not able to keep hiking
- Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners), daily snack, and hot drinks (vegetarian and special diets are available)
- Warm water every morning and afternoon for bathing
- Filtered boiled water for drinking from the second day on
- Biodegradable hand soap
- Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen
Items that are not included in the tour price:
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch on the last day
- Sleeping bag (you can rent one from our company for $20)
- Tips and extra spending