Eco Quechua Lodge to Lodge Trekking Adventure 6 Days
Looking for more than the standard tour to Machu Picchu? Join the Eco Quechua Adventure team for a more exhilarating way to explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the high jungle and Machu Picchu itself including trekking, ziplining or birding tours, hot springs, visits to various Inca sites, a tour of Cusco city sites, and much more..
We propose an expedition… cultural, and spiritual journey that will take you through the magnificent Sacred Valley en route to the legendary Machu Picchu. Challenge yourself as you pass through more than twelve different biozones, changing altitudes and varied terrain.
Day 1 | Cusco – Chinchero
9:00 – 9:30 am: pick-up in your hotel lobby by an Eco Quechua Adventures representative transportation service. On the way to your excursion, you will see some of the most scenic spots in the Sacred Valley. Visit the traditional Andean village of Chinchero located in the highlands of Anta. The visit combines Inca archeological sites, typical Andean community, a colonial church, and a colorful market which to date, on its “market day” practice the tradition of “barter” goods. Overnight at the Hotel Casa de Barro in a Colonial-style room.
Day 2 | Cusco
Visit the Cathedral, Sacsayhuama, Quenqo, Tanpumachay and Koricancha. Begin this excursion with an intimate tour of the Cusco Cathedral and get to know this superb symbol of the city closely, including its 11 chapels, 1 vestry, 7 altarpieces and 1 lower chorus completely carved in Cedar from Cusco, more than 300 paintings, and a variety of carvings and sculptures.
Finish your day with a visit to one of the most important temples in the Incan Empire dedicated to Wiracocha; Sun god or creator.
in the afternoon you will return to Chinchero and overnight at the Hotel Casa De Barro. Prepare for the start of our adventure program with an evening briefing about the next four days’ activities. B/L/D
Day 3 | Chinchero, Sacred Valley, Abra Malaga, Santa Teresa, Eco Quechua Lodge.
6:00 -7:00 am: Early morning pick-up at your hotel lobby by an Eco Quechua Adventures representative. Transportation service through the amazing Sacred Valley with stops in various archaeological ruins along the way and crossing over the 4,316m high Malaga Pass at the base of massive glaciers. The landscape is quite impressive with amazing views of the snow-capped mountains. We will stop along the road for the scramble up moraine to a spectacular viewpoint where you will see various birds of the region. Following the tour of the Malaga Pass, you will be taken to the Huaman Marka Inca Ruins which have recently been restored. We’ll arrive in Santa Maria in time for lunch. After, we prepare ourselves for an afternoon hike along the Inca jungle trail, reaching Eco Quechua lodge at the end of the day where you will enjoy a special candlelit dinner in our riverfront restaurant. B/L/D
Day 4 | Eco Quechua Lodge (1, 530 m / 5,007 ft)
This day is spent at leisure for rest or activities, depending upon your preferences. The most popular activity at Eco Quechua is a nearby half-day Canopy tour. In the afternoon, guests may choose the birding tour or a visit to the hot springs. In the evening, the tour leader will brief the trekking party on gear and the itinerary for the next two days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken at the Lodge. B/L/D
Day 5 | Eco Quechua Lodge, Llacta Pata Inca Trail, Aguas Calientes:
Eco Quechua Lodge – Aguas Calientes (1, 900 m / 6, 200 ft). After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we travel by car approximately 30 minutes to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail. We walk about 20 minutes to the coffee plantation where local experts will teach you about sustainable growing practices and coffee’s vital role in Santa Teresa´s social and economic evolution. ( It is said that Santa Teresa produces the best organic coffee of the world.) After tasting the result of the plant to cup process, we head uphill for 2-3 hours towards the Llactapata Pass (2, 700 m/8, 900ft), where we come upon a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest which few tourists ever glimpse. An added value are the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored, a place that had great sacred significance for the Incas.
Lunch is provided nearby, in view of Machu Picchu. We then begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests and more orchids and coffee plantations (2-3 hour descent). Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short (30 minutes), scenic train ride away. (Total hiking time: 4-6 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging). B/L
Day 6 | Machu Picchu – Cusco:
Today is spent exploring the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu with your tour leader. In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Calientes to board the train for our journey back to Cusco. We get off at Ollantaytambo and change to motorised transport arriving into Cusco in the early evening. Breakfast in your hotel; recommended to purchase a box lunch before heading to Machu Picchu.