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MOONSTONE TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5-DAYS

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Andean village visits with cultural exchanges

Tour Pre-Inca fortress and Inca archaelogical sites

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Overview of Machu Picchu Moonstone Trail Tour:

Guiding Peru’s Machu Picchu Moonstone trail tour is an exciting trek that proves to be a 5 day trip of 25 miles. On our guided Machu Picchu Moonstone tour, you will enjoy the hike of an average of 6-7 hours per day above the Sacred Valley. We have designed and developed an exciting trek that is unique and follows in the footsteps of the ancient Incas. This tour will help you visit the rare, well-preserved pre-Inca sites. Our experienced guides will lead you along the longest Inca Canal ever built. While passing through an incredible canyon, you will visit small communities, meet Andean people (that continue to practice the ancient Inca customs) observe farmers working in their fields of quinoa, potatoes, and corn, while enjoying the stunning snow-capped views of Mount Veronica. Our  Machu Picchu Moonstone trail tour is for those people who wish to visit the temple of the moon on a hiking adventure through the Andes Mountains (while exploring the ancient ruins- en route to Machu Picchu).

Machu Picchu Moonstone Trail Tour in Brief:

* Witness amazing mountain scenery  
* Visit pre-Inca and Inca sites
* Meet Andean people
* Visit mountain farms
* Alpacas and Llamas
* Ancient Inca Trails and Inca Canals
* Machu Picchu guided tour
* Climb Huayna Picchu

Tour Price

Pricing: $775.00/person

  • 25% deposit required at time of booking
  • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): $750.00

moonstone to machu picchu trek
Temple Of Moonstone At Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Moonstone Trail Tour Details:

On our guided Machu Picchu Moonstone trail tour, we will explore one of the region’s best trails, which is fast becoming one of our client’s favorite alternatives to the better-known traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek. On this “off the beaten route”, you will explore the ancient Incan Temples and the Andean Valleys with amazing views of the Urubamba and Huayanay mountains. En-route to Machu Picchu you will visit an amazing stonework by the Incas and explore the 15th-century quarry site of Cachicata prior to arriving into the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. You follow the footsteps of the Incas who built a high route from their capital city Cuzco westward through the rugged cordillera and filled their empire with amazing temples and royal residences.

*One day before the trek: Your guide will provide a pre-trek briefing in your Cusco hotel lobby about the tour package details.

Day 1: Cusco – Quillarumiyoq – Chillipawa

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping  
Highest Elevation: 3925m  
Distance to walk: 10.5km  
Approximate walking time: 7-8 hours/moderate  
Meals: Lunch, dinner, and snacks

On the first day of your Machu Picchu Moonstone trail tour, our guide will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel at 6:00 am, and then  drive for 1 hour to Quillarumiyoc (Moonstone in the Quechua language), the namesake of this trek. Along the way, you will enjoy views of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, as we travel through lush yellow fields of wheat, and past rural mountain villages. After viewing and exploring this sanctuary, which is dedicated to the deity of femininity, we will travel for another 30 minutes to the trailhead, by the Huaracondo river. Here we will meet our horsemen, who will pack our gear and help us to start the trek in a convenient way. We then begin by hiking 3.5 hours uphill, until we arrive at Huatta (3,924 m), a pre-Inca site. Huatta is a substantial pre-Inca fortress dominating the crest of a high ridge. After having our lunch, we will continue hiking for an additional 3.5 hours, observing valleys, mountains, and archaeological sites, until we reach the location of our camp site. Here our staff will be waiting to serve us hot drinks, and a delicious chef-prepared dinner. Here at Chillipawa (3750m), we will have the opportunity to participate in exploring the daily life of the local Andean people, some of which are family to our porters.

Day 2: Chillipawa – Pucaccasa – Chancachuco

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping  
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks  
Highest Elevation: 4640m  
Distance to walk: 9km/challenging  
Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours

On the second day of your Machu Picchu Moonstone trail tour, you will wake up at 5:30 am to enjoy tent-service of hot coca tea or a nice cup of espresso coffee followed by a hot breakfast to get us energized for today’s trek. On this day, we will gradually climb for around 3.5 hours through the fields and glades of the Chachacomo tree, through a landscape of pastures and small fields alongside the steep mountains. On the way, we will get an opportunity to visit indigenous villages that still practice the Incas ancient traditions of agriculture, religion, language, music and dance. At the height of today’s trek, you will enjoy our chef-prepared lunch, which will be followed by a 2.5-hour hike downhill to the campsite at Chancachuco (4350m). During this easy descent into camp, we will enjoy some gorgeous views of the nearby Huaynay Glaciers. Tonight, our professional chef will serve a wonderful dinner as your guide provides details on tomorrow’s itinerary before heading off to the tents for a much-needed sleep.

Day 3: Chancachuco – Inca Canal – Inca Quarry –  Cachiccata

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping  
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks  
Highest Elevation: 3940m  
Distance to walk: 11.5km  
Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours/moderate-challenging

On the third day of your Machu Picchu Moonstone trail tour, you need to wake up at 6:30 am to enjoy a delicious breakfast and get ready to start a gradual descent, alongside a mountain stream. Along the way, you will get a chance to see an abandoned Incan aqueduct, which carried water from the valley above Ollantaytambo. After which, we will then continue uphill for about 2 hours, while stopping along the way at Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) followed by our guide’s tour of the Inca Quarry. Then we will continue downhill to the Inca remains of Cachicata quarry(3520m), which is an ancient Inca city inhabited by hundreds of architects and workers of the Inca empire whose buildings and irrigation canals can be found. In the afternoon we explore the intricate quarry workings. We explore the ramps and work platforms around the largest of the stones. Orchids and other flowers are abundant in and around the quarry site, set high on the mountainside above the valley floor. Tonight, if it is not cloudy, we will have an opportunity for a tremendous sunset from our campsite at Cachiccata.

Day 4: Cachiccata – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Accommodation: Deluxe accommodations, Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks  
Highest Elevation: 3520m  
Distance to walk: 9Km/easy-moderate  
Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours

Your day 4 of an exciting Machu Picchu Moonstone trail tour starts, when you wake up early to have the utmost fun on this last day of hiking beofre our visit to Machu Picchu. On this day, we will start the trek to Ollantaytambo (2,792m). During the hike, we will get an opportunity to visit wonderful and seldom visited sites while crossing the Vilcanota River before arriving at the famous Sun Temple in Ollantaytambo. Here we will enjoy our lunch and take out some time to explore the village and the temple before boarding the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes (2040m). After arriving at the Aguas Calientes, we will check into our hotel to spend the night. Here you will enjoy a few hours to shop or rest before visiting one of the local restaurants in the town for dinner where your guide will explain in detail about tomorrow’s itinerary for visiting Machu Picchu.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu – Inca Bridge – Cusco

Meals: Breakfast with snacks  
Highest Elevation: 2700m  
Distance to walk: veritable
Approximate walking time: 3-4 hours/easy-moderate

The day 5 of your Machu Picchu Moonstone trail tour begins with a very early breakfast in order to have maximum time to enjoy our day in Machu Picchu. We will then start our tour by hiking along the Inca trail that ends in Machu Picchu (one of the flat stones on the edge of cliffs in the highland jungle- that is well known as the Inca Bridge Trail). This is considered to be a fascinating hike where very few tourists go. This walk will take us approximately 35 minutes, to enjoy a round trip, which is the best way to begin your tour of this magical complex. After exploring the Inca Bridge, you will get some time to relax with the best viewpoint of the Citadel, where the guide will continue his discussion about the mystery of Machu Picchu. After the discussion, your guide will take you on a 3 hour tour of the complete complex. Then you will get ready to enjoy your included Huayna Picchu Mountain or Mount Machu Picchu climb. Once you finish the tour you will have some time to walk around on your own for capturing some pictures then go for an early dinner on your own in Aguas Calientes. Lastly, we will take the late train to travel back to Cusco city, where our Guiding Peru driver will take you back by van to your Cusco Hotel.

When to Travel

  • High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
  • Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
  • Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
  • The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.

Suggested Packing List

  • Original passport
  • Original ISIC international student card if applicable.
  • Daypack for personal items
  • Trekking Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, long sleeve tops, t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket, beanie)
  • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes, personal medications
  • Sun block
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Two 1 litre water bottled or 2 litre water reservoir
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bug repellent
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Lares
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles

What’s Included in Our Machu Picchu Moonstone Trail Tour Package?

* Professional English/Spanish speaking tour guide
* Trip briefing evening before trek with your Guiding Peru guide.
* Pick up and return from your Cusco hotel
* Four-person tent for every 2 people
* Sleeping bag, deluxe air mattress, blanket and pillow
* Kitchen tent
* Dining tent with tables and chairs
* Toilet tent
* Private hot shower tent
* Professional Chef
* Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
* Horse to transport up to 8kg of your personal gear
* Duffle bag for your personal gear
* Emergency horse
* Meals as per itinerary, including local dinner in Aguas Calientes
* Hot water for washing
* Daily drinking water
* Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit
* Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
* Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
* One-night deluxe hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
* Entrance to Machu Picchu
* Machu Picchu guided tour
* Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb ticket
* Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Options:

* Travel insurance and tips  
* Solo fee – private tent and hotel room (US$75)