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..

Our proposal

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.

ITINERARY

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.

INCLUDES:

Transportation from Cusco and drop off in Cusco.

  • Eco Quechua Inca Jungle trail trekking tour or ground transportation to the lodge (depending on preference).
  • Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) from day 1 to the last day of the tour.
  • All meals except breakfast on the first day and the last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
  • Your stay at Eco Quechua Lodge
  • Transportation to the Colcamayo (Santa Teresa) hot springs and entrance fee.
  • Llactapata Inca Trail
  • Coffee tour.
  • Guided visit of Machupicchu Sanctuary (includes entrance fee and transportation to the site).
  • Train transportation (Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes, and Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo).
  • At the lodge we provide filtered water, local coffee, tea and local organic seasonal fruits free of charge.
  • In an effort to reduce plastic waste on the trail and
    at the lodge we encourage guests to use refillable water bottles. For this purpose we provide an ample supply of the highest-quality filtered water.

NOT INCLUDED:

Meals not specified, tips, optional tours,other expenses and services not specified on this itinerary.

Packing List

  • Day pack
  • Broken-in hiking boots (sneakers are not suitable)
  • Full rain gear or poncho
  • Lightweight hiking pants (recommended) or shorts
  • Breathable dryfit shirts
  • Comfortable shoes/flip-flops
  • Cold-weather jacket
  • Long-sleeve fleece/sweater
  • hat for sun and bandana
  • Binoculars
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable hiking socks (at least 4 pairs)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Bathing suit
  • Casual mountain wear for evenings
  • Photo/video cameras and chargers
  • Trekking poles
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended)

Baggage Specifications

Please, NO hard suitcases or wheeled bags and / or backpacks (“soft” luggage) are recommended.

We provide a limited amount of hair-dryers at each lodge, due to limited energy supply and environmental concerns.

shampoo and bath gel are provided at the lodge.

Any additional clothing and luggage that you will not be needing on the trek can be stored at your hotel in Cusco.

If you do not have an appropriate sized duffel bag, we can provide a duffel bag on loan at the pre-trek briefing (the night before departure from Cusco).

Please return it to your trip leader after the trek.