The Weavers Trek to Machu Picchu

11bird Weavers Huilloc Community
The Lares Weavers Trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys. This fabulous trek offers a real insight in to the lives of the people of Cusco as it once was, its traditional customs, as well as the beautiful scenery, flora and fauna of the area. With the help of local porters, muleteers and horses, this trek is made in three days, arriving on the third day at the village of Ollantaytambo, from where we will be able to take the train to Aguas Calientes. The fourth day is exclusively dedicated to visiting the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, with an afternoon return train journey to Cusco.
DAY 1: CUSCO TO LARES AND WAKAWASI
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning for the drive by private bus. The trip leaves Cusco at 6.00 am for Calca, a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. At this time of the morning it is a spectacular trip. Along the way we will visit the Inca qolqas (granaries) of Muyoq Orqo, and then continue, passing the mountain of Sawasiray throught at the Willka Punku pass, we will ascent to Lares. Here there will be time to rest and enjoy the thermal baths of Lares. After lunch the walk begins to our first campsite at the village of Wacawasi, where we will visit the weaving families and have our evening meal. Camp. L:D

Driving distance: Calca – Lares 42km. 26 miles dirt road. Good conditions. Time: 3 hours.

Trek length; Thermal baths – Wuacawasi 6.3 km. 3.9 miles. Time: 3 hours

Main altitudes: Lares 3285m. 10775ft. Wuacawasi 3806m. 12483ft.

DAY 2. WAKAWASI – IPSAYCOCHA – PATACANCHA
After breakfast, the trek continues towards Ipsayqocha, a constant climb through the natural habitat of llamas and alpacas. Here there are high Andean birds and panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Today we reach the only high pass of Ipsayqocha at 4420 m, in a landscape dotted with herds of llamas and alpacas. Once over the pass, a long descent takes us to the indigenous community of Patacancha, where we camp.

Trek length; Wuacawasi – Ipsayqocha 9 km.5.6 miles 5 hours. Ipsayqocha pass - Patacancha 6.5km. 4 miles. Time: 3 hours.

Main altitudes: Ipsayqocha pass 4420 m. 14497ft. Patacancha 3802m.12470f.
DAY 3: PATACANCHA – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Morning hike to Willoq community a traditional farming, llama herding and weaving community which have preserved the same lifestyle they led in Inca times. The trail follows the narrow valley through Inca terraces used by communities to grow potatoes, corn, quinoa, lupines and dozens of plants still not well known to the world.
From here a vehicle will be waiting to take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo via the interesting ruins of Pumamarca. Pumamarca was an important administrative and agricultural center. It is located in the Patacancha valley about a 40 minute walk from the road. It is not a difficult walk and the scenery is stupendous with fine views of the surrounding valley. The site itself is surrounded by a zig-zag wall suggesting that this was once a fortress. The citadel possesses a large number of colqas, or storehouses, and more than one hundred terraces stretch out across the valley. Pumamarca's location is particularly picturesque,
We continue by car to Ollantaytambo (40 minutes). On arrival you have the chance of an optional one hour visit to the Ollantaytambo ruins which is optional and not included. The village of Ollantaytambo retains the original street plan of the Inca town, making it the only surviving example of Inca urban planning. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuteq who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca, leader of the Inca resistance. Our tour will include a visit to the agricultural areas around the village, the irrigation system and the town. Late afternoon train ride to Aguas Calientes and our comfortable hotel B.BL.D Trek length; Patacancha – Willoq 3.90 km.2.42mi.2 hours. Pallata – Pumamarca 2 km.1.24mi. (4 hours up and down including time to explore)

Main altitudes:Willoq 4420 m. 14497ft. Pallata 3179m.10427ft. Pumamarca 3435m.11266ft. Ollantaytambo train station 2800 m. 9184 ft.

Driving distances: Bus; Willoq to Ollantaytambo 24 km. dirt road (1hour)

Train;Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu 55km by train (2hours)
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU AND CUSCO
The day trippers who come from Cusco arrive at the ruins from 10 am onwards, and to avoid some of the crowds and to have a much better tour we we’ll take the first bus up to the ruins at 6:30 am, thereby having plenty of time to enjoy the Lost City of the Incas. Machu Picchu is perched 600 meters above the river. MACHU PICCHU! The famous lost city of the Inca is one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth. Situated on the spine of a jungle cloaked granite peak towering some 600 meters above an entrenched meander of the roaring river below, the site is frequently shrouded in misty clouds pierced by the powerful equatorial sun. Constructed from precisely sculptured granite blocks carefully joined with the projecting exposed stone of the surrounding mountain, the site may well be the finest architectural achievement of the new world
Afterward, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes and board the train to return to Cusco.

Tour length: 3 hours in Machu Picchu.

Main altitudes: Machu Picchu 2460m. 8068f. Huayna Picchu peak. 2720m. 8922f. Aguas Calientes 2020m. 6625f.

Included:

Transportation and tickets
  • Transport (private) from your hotel in Cusco to the beginning of the trek
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or Ollantaytambo as you wish
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and 3 hours guided tour
  • Round trip bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Camping equipment
  • 4-person tents for every two participants, Single tents (upon request)
  • Air mattresses
  • Kitchen set, complete table service, chairs and tables
  • Dinner tent and kitchen ten
  • Latrine tent
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
Team
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Cook
  • pack animals and mule drivers, camp assistant(s).
Food
  • Delicious meals as described in the above itinerary
  • Drinking water to fill your water bottle (from natural sources, filtered and boiled)
  • Snacks in the morning and afternoon (fruits, biscuits, chocolate and energy bars)
  • Hot drinks such as tea and coffee
Not-included:
  • Sleeping bags (we can provide some for an additional price of US $30 per person) Participants are expected to bring their own sleeping bag, clothing and other items of a personal nature, including personal medical supplies
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature including personal medical supplies