Andes Adventure

I had an amazing trip! A once in a lifetime experience, and memories I will cherish forever ... the entire experience from booking to trekking was exceptional, I couldn't expect higher standards.

Gabrielle Johnston | North Ryde, Australia
 
 

Tastayoq Lakes and Mountains Trek

This itinerary has been specifically crafted to avoid the busier trekking trails in Peru. We take you along uncrowded remote trails to enjoy spectacular views of snow-capped Andean peaks, over beautiful passes and through traditional Quechuan villages that rarely see westerners and finally, to Machu Picchu. Starting in the World Heritage listed city of Cusco we discover its fascinating Incan and colonial history before visiting the Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. Our trek begins at the village of Tastayoq and over the following days we hike over high passes and under the flanks of some spectacular Andean peaks. We stop for a few days in the village of Qelqanqa to acclimatise and to learn about the day-to-day life of this medieval village. The residents of Qelqanqa are potato farmers and skilled weavers and are pleased to welcome us to their village and host a traditional 'pachamanca' - a wonderful Andean 'feast'. Our trek ends in the village of Lares where we enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot springs before an overnight in Ollantaytambo. From here we catch the train to the enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu to take in its remarkable beauty.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Cusco
DAY 2 In Cusco
DAY 3 Drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas via Chinchero
DAY 4 In Ollantaytambo, day walk to the Inca quarries above Cachicata
DAY 5 Drive to Tastayoq and commence the trek
DAY 6 Trek from Yuracrumi to above Qelqanqa
DAY 7 Rest day at Qelqanqa
DAY 8 Trek from Qelqanqa to Yuraccocha
DAY 9 Trek from Yuraccocha to Cachin
DAY 10 Trek from Cachin to Lares and drive to Ollantaytambo
DAY 11 Train to Machu Picchu and return to Cusco for farewell dinner
DAY 12 In Cusco, trip concludes

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Trip Code: TLM
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  12 days
Activities:  Trekking Adventure Touring
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Next Trip:  05 October 2014
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price: $2,190.00 USD

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