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Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

This trek takes 5 days/4 nights and ends in Machu Picchu.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Multi Day Hike

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 23 reviews
Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

This trek takes 5 days/4 nights and ends in Machu Picchu.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Multi Day Hike

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 23 reviews
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Overview

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days, This tour is a fantastic new hike into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this trail is not used by any other company yet!  It has many features not found in other treks in the area.

Our visit will reach the area called Quillarumiyoc in Quechua or «Moonstone» in English» This is one of the most impressive carved rock huacas around Cusco. From Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu over five days, we will follow the paths of the Incas who built an elevated route from their capital, Cusco, westward through the rugged mountain range, and filled their empire with unique and impressive temples and royal residences and storehouses.

We will take a short hike to the rare and well-preserved pre-Inca site, as well as the longest Inca canal built in the entire empire. You will see the quarry where Ollantaytambo’s stones come from.

We will appreciate the impressive views of the canyon, interactions with multiple small communities, red mountains, the Huaracondo River, quinoa, two farms, corn and potatoes, many alpacas and llamas, and impressive views of the Veronica Mountain, snow-covered glaciers, and many more natural sites.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO-QUILLARUMIYOQ –CHILIPAWA

Sites to Visit

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

To start the «Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu» tour one of our guides will pick you up from your hotel. The trip will be for 1 hour until you reach the area of Quillarumiyoc (temple of the moon). This is the name of the beautiful hike. Here we will have a nutritious breakfast.

After enjoying breakfast, we will drive another 40 minutes to the trailhead, Varpiso (3,257 m / 10,682 ft). Here we will meet our muleteers and horses for assistance. We will begin the trek to Machu Picchu in 5 days.

Then we will go to this incredible and little-visited region! This segment is 3 ½ hours uphill. We then arrive at Huatta (3,924 m / 12, 870 ft), a pre-Inca site. HUATA is an important pre-Inca fortress overlooking the mountain.

Scientists continue to excavate this site dating back as far as 2,400 years to the massive fortifications of the 4th century regional development period. Here we will have lunch and a guided tour. There is sure to be time to take some photos.

After enjoying lunch we will hike for 3 ½ hours up and down. At this point, we will arrive at our overnight camp in the village of Chillipawa (3,750 m / 12,300 ft).

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DAY 2: CHILLIPAWA – PUCACASA– CHANCACHUCO

Sites to Visit

This day will start with a cup of mate de coca or coffee grown in Peru.

The beginning of the hike is uphill for 3 hours. Then we stop in a small clearing for lunch (4,438 m).

After enjoying lunch we will hike for another 1 hour to climb to the top of the mountain where we will enjoy breathtaking views.  On one side, we see Cusco and Mount Ausangate (6,372 m), the highest peak of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. On the other side, we see Mount Veronica (5,882 ft / 19,096 ft) up close. Mount Veronica represents the end of the Urubamba range, and its pyramidal shape makes it especially impressive.

After taking many pictures we will resume our hike up the hill to our campsite. We will see abundant llamas, alpacas and potato farms during this two-and-a-half-hour stretch. We will then arrive at our center, Chancachuco (4,177 m / 13,700 ft), for the night,

Where we will enjoy a well-deserved and ample snack and dinner. We will appreciate impressive views of the glaciers.
glaciers of the «Huayanay» mountain.

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DAY 3: CHANCACHUCO – INCA CANAL– INCA QUARRY

Sites to Visit

Here we will appreciate the canyon – also, this part of the original Inca Trail. As we are the only company using this route, we will be alone! To the moonstone trek to Machu Picchu in 5 days.

After breakfast we will start our hike accompanied by beautiful forests, until we reach the Puncuyoc Canyon and the Silque Valley, an easy two-hour descent. We will continue along the 16 km Inca Canal, the longest Inca canal ever built. This canal was created from Chancachuco to Ollantaytambo. And we will probably see a spectacled Bea that can rarely be seen.

We will ascend for another 2 hours to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) and visit the Inca Trail from here we will be able to see Mount Veronica (snow-capped) and part of the Sacred Valley and we will do a ceremony for the APUS (sacred mountains).

We will be able to appreciate the Inca constructions where the masons lived. You will see the «tired stones» that were ready to be pulled down the steep slope to the Vilcanota River below, but were abandoned before reaching their goal.

These stones were used to build Ollantaytambo, according to the story. You can see how a primitive type of wheel was used.

We will hike lightly for about 30 minutes until we reach our campsite, the Inca Quarry (3,525 m). Depending on the weather, we will have lunch at our center or a box lunch.

We will have the rest of the day to relax. We will have a happy hour, a great dinner and then enjoy the sunset over the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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DAY 4: INCA QUARRY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES

Sites to Visit

We will tour the area of the Inca Quarry and Ollantaytambo. This is a little known and rarely visited region, and we will probably not encounter other hikers. We will visit places that others never have the opportunity to see. The hike is about two hours downhill from Moonstone to Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo (2,792 m).

We will have a good lunch in Ollantaytambo.

We will take a train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will check into your hotel room. In the afternoon we will have time to relax, enjoy the town and visit the hot springs. Dinner will be at a nice restaurant in Machu Picchu.

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Day 5: Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – The Lost City of The Incas

Sites to Visit

This day we will start very early at 3:30 AM. and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start the trek when the gates open at 5:30 AM.

We will say goodbye to our team of porters and cooks, and then we will arrive at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). We will appreciate impressive mountains, and see Machu Picchu. We arrive at the Sun Gate at 6:30 am, and then it is only an hour hike to reach the Lost City of the Incas.

When we arrive at Machu Picchu we will gradually have breathtaking views of this Inca city, we will arrive at the last checkpoint, we will enter Machu Picchu where our private guide will give us the talk we need.

After the tour, you will receive your bus tickets to go down to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo), and will have free time to explore on your own or climb one of the neighboring mountains – Huaynapicchu (must be arranged in advance).

Unless you have chosen a better train, we book the Expedition class train leaving Aguas Calientes at 4:20. Make sure you are on the platform at least 30 minutes in advance. This train will be 2 hours from Ollantaytambo,

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Included

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

  • Accommodation: Chillipawa Camp (1night), Chancachuco Camp (1 night), Inca Quarry Camp (1 night),
  • HOTEL IN CUSCO
  • HIKING POLES
  • SLEEPING BAG
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunch, 4 dinner
  • Transport: Private or share
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Moonstone and Machupicchu
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Briefing to the tour one day before the trek at 19h00
  • An assistant guide for groups of more than 7 people
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Professional guide who speaks English
  • Snacks appropriate for all hours and hot and cold beverages
  • Complete set of kitchen equipment and utensils
  • Dining room equipment which includes tables, chairs, and a dining tents
  • Water (you need to bring water for the first morning then we will provide you with drinking – previously boiled – water)
  • Pack horses that will carry the camping equipment, the cooking equipment and the food
  • Another packhorse to carry your personal gear that weighs up to 7 kilos
  • Entrances fees
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo Aguas Calientes
  • First aid kit
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary

No Included

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

  • last lunch
  • Visas
  • water 5 day
  • Gratuities guide, cook , cowboys

Recommendations

What To Bring

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

  • Original passport (if you have purchased a new one after making your reservation, bring both)
  • Sleeping bag synthetic or feather down (can be rented from us)
  • Clothing (trekking boots, warm wool jacket, tops, some t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, long pants, gloves, poncho, waterproof jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wipes, personal towel)
  • Solar block, factor 70+ recommended
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Camera with spare batteries
  • Book to read (you will have some time in each camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (especially recommended for steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

* To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a university card, with current and updated data

* If the desired train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+$.30)

Prices

Luxury All Inclusive Service
Number of personsPrice per person
1$900.00
2$870.00
3$840.00
4$810.00
5$780.00
6$750.00
7$720.00
8$690.00

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD

  • Group service $690 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need for extra Porter hire!).

Discounts:

  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)

Frequently Asked Questions: Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Travel Guide Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Trek an isolated route with unexplored ruins, discovery at every turn, and great mountain views – an excellent introduction to high Andean trekking

The trek starts in a quiet, rural valley between Cuzco and the Sacred Valley and finishes in Ollantaytambo, only seven miles upstream from the start of the Inca Trail. It passes through seldom‐visited Andean villages, Inca and pre‐Inca ruins and heads onto a beautiful altiplano plateau surrounded by glaciated peaks. Most groups won’t encounter any other tourists for the entire trek and the combination of stunning mountain scenery and wildlife, fascinating relics and real isolation is truly rewarding.

Why Sullpayky Experiences!

In SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES we are not only a Travel Agency, we are a 100% Quechua family with more than 15 years of experience in the world of tourism. Our mission is to offer an unforgettable experience that will mark your life, based on Inca values: honesty, love and respect. For this reason, we offer a different kind of tourism, in which our priority is to give you more than a fun trip, a trip of reunion with yourself, to know your essence through the most sacred thing we have, our land, the Pachamama.

We are specialists in creating a personalized experience, so we have more than 28 tours that can be modified according to your needs (from the classic Inca Trail to innovative and alternative tours such as Moonstone) because there are many ways to know Machu Picchu, however, we are convinced that there is only one right for each client. . We also offer tours for clients with special needs.

We offer personalized assistance 24 hours a day, before and during your trip. When you contact us, you will be attended by our Peru travel experts, who will be happy to assist you and help you as soon as possible, answering your questions and providing you with information, as well as recommendations to prepare you physically and mentally for the experience you will live.

All our staff is 100% Quechua and is in constant training to always offer the best possible service. Our guides are Quechua mystics who will provide you with a unique experience. They also have basic training in photography and are equipped with a semi-professional camera to document your entire trip so you don’t have to worry about anything except enjoying every moment. Our cooks have chef training and will be informed of any dietary restrictions (such as allergies).

SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES is a local travel agency and tour operator authorized by the institutions that govern tourism regulations in Peru. That is why we have the necessary licenses and permits to operate within our country.
We also emphasize that we are against the exploitation of the Pachamama (earth) and our wayki (brothers), so we offer a totally ecological tourism and well paid for all our workers, as we seek to be the difference in everything.

We know you will be happy with our service, as evidenced by the hundreds of testimonials from our traveler clients from all over the world. See the recommendations and memories of travel experiences in various social networks such as TripAdvisor, which will explain why you should choose SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES for your next vacation in our country.

About our growth process
Continuous improvement is one of our commitments. One of our principles is that the work of each area is important to achieve the best final product. Therefore, throughout our history we have developed several projects with different areas, which have given us the following results:

We have completed the policy of our Integrated Management System as a sign of the guarantee of our organization.

Continuous training to tour guides, cooks, porters, drivers, people in charge of different areas such as Sales, Reservations, Operations, Administration, etc., in customer service, quality of service to tourists, knowledge of the route, and other topics concerning the tourism industry in Peru. Due to our progress in these areas, we have received the CALTUR 2021 Certification from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

About SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES Licenses and Authorizations
SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES – Travel Agency and Tour Operator, complies with all the requirements and licenses necessary to operate and offer various services in the field of tourism throughout the Peruvian territory. The institutions mentioned below are in charge of regulating the tourism industry in Peru and we are subscribed to them:

We are authorized by DIRCETUR (Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco), a government agency that promotes competition, sustainability, and diversification of Peruvian exportable products, tourism, and handicrafts.

We are subscribed to PROMPERU (Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism), an institution belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of our country.

 

We are also subscribed to SERNANP, in order to operate in the Inca Trail Network. The National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State, which is a specialized technical public agency of the Peruvian government, under the Ministry of Environment of Peru, is in charge of directing and establishing the technical and administrative criteria for the conservation of the Natural Protected Areas of Peru.

 

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