Ollantaytambo - Kachiqhata - Machu Picchu

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Our world is full of marvelous places; the path to get to the most beautiful in Latin America and get a taste of it is through the highlands. Embark you on a memorable adventure to discover amazing variety of landscapes and ecological areas, we will discover refreshing waterfalls and unexplored Inca remains then we will trek through open lands, amazing ramps and rock blocks left by Kachiqhata Incas Quarry.


Day 1 Ollantaytambo – Socma - Rayan 

Early in the morning we begin our journey with a thirty minute drive to the village of Socma. Before the day`s trek, you will stop to visit a small school, meet the children and donate school supplies. The trek begins with a gradual climb offering fantastic views of the valley below. After two hours of hiking you will arrive to the spectacular Piruchayoc waterfalls (3275 m. / 10745 ft.) to refresh you. Thirty minutes further along the trail is located the ruins of Raccaypata where you will have the lunch and time to explore the ruins, then you will hike a final two miles until the campsite Rayan (3595 m. / 11795 ft.) Enjoy the sunset in the Andes and relax for today.

Meals: L.D.


Day 2 Rayan - Kachiqhata

After a nourishing breakfast we will hike a winding ascending path to reach Chacracahualla pass. 4240 m. / 13910 ft. that is surrounded by the Vilcanota mountain range with the snow capped mountain Veronica rising above the peaks. The hike to the pass is a step back in time, observing local farmers working in their fields sowing potato and other local crops. Then we will continue walking through open grasslands to finally go down to the second campsite. Kachiqhata. (3500 m. / 11130 ft.)

Meals: FB.


Day 3 kachiqhata - Ollantaytambo

The last day of the trek after breakfast,  we will walk down exploring different places from Kachiqhata quarry, on the way we will observe not only huge blocks of pink diorite testimony of the biggest plan that has never been culminated but also we will enjoy panoramic views of the Valley . Arriving at Ollantaytambo you will have your lunch in a local restaurant close to the train station and you will have time to prepare your journey at the lost city of America. Machu Picchu

Meals: B.L.


Day 4: Full day visit to Machu Picchu

We will get up early to visit this “lost city” hours before most other tourists arrive on the morning train from Cusco, in the company of those trekkers arriving from the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Standing at the top of a steep, forested hill overlooking the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu was hidden by dense vegetation for centuries until the historian Hiram Bingham began to clear the site. Today the city has been restored and even if it has lost some of its mystery it still remains an unforgettable sight. Our tour includes a visit to the temples, plazas, palaces, watercourses and residential areas and will also leave you time to explore the ruins on your own.

In the afternoon: Return to Cusco by train, transfer to hotel.

Meals: B.L.





  • Transport to the beginning point of the trek
  • Briefing - Duffleback
  • Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish), in the trek 2 guides for groups of over 8 people.
  • Accommodation on the trek is camping (2 nights). Tents are set up by the porters.
  • Accommodation at hotel for 1 night
  • Mules and wranglers for carrying equipment and personal gear
  • Meals described in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, FB=Full board), in the trek the meals are prepared by the trek cook and also includes: daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day, vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • Camping equipment: Personal tents (2 people in each 4-people capacity tent, they are 3 season and highly maintained), mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, toilet tent, household items.
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Hot water every morning to clean up and boiled water to fill in your canteen every morning or night.
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen supply
  • Bag for the gear you will need during the trek
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Round trip bus ticket
  • Train ticket Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes / Aguas Calientes - Cusco (Backpacker, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, upon request) (*)
  • Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco
  • All the garbage produced during the trek will be returned to the city of Cusco


(*) If there would not be train ticket available in the direct route Aguas Calientes – Poroy, a train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) with an additional transfer to your selected hotel will be provided.


Not included 

  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Extras expenses
  • Tips to guides and staff
  • Sleeping bag (rental upon request at US$ 15.00)


We recommend that you take:

  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • A good sleeping bag (down bag for temperatures as low -15°C)
  • Backpack for carrying items for daily use such as cameras, water bottles, etc.
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Shorts
  • Walking boots , waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sports shoes or sandals for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat, cap and accessories
  • Rehydration cream
  • Underwear
  • Towel, toilet paper
  • Camera, video camera, binoculars, etc.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Non-disposible canteen and water for the first morning. Optionally: water-sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported health problem so far
  • Original valid passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Walking poles (you will need rubber tips to cover the metal tips and protect the trail)
  • Travel insurance


Before you travel we recommend that you check that you have adequate health insurance, travel insurance and personal insurance to cover the needs of your family in case of loss of baggage, accident, theft or death.


  • Departure and arrival times are approximated.
  • Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the Inca Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress
  • Challenging and levels of difficulty: (range between 1 to 10): 6 and an acclimatization period of at least 2 days in Cusco or at elevations above 3000m/9840ft is recommended.



Prices per person depend on the group size, the larger the group the lower the price per person. Please contact us, specifying:

  • Number of people in the trek
  • Departure date
  • Type of hotel in Machu Picchu: Tourist class (3 star hotel), First class (4 star hotel), De luxe (5 star hotel)
  • Requested train service: Backpacker (Basic train), Vistadome (First Class), Hiram Bingham (Luxury train)


Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):

  • Students: US$ 15.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 15.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 30.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)




Social & Environmental responsibility

Andean Skyline is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. With your participation we can help conserve the area we visit and bring positive benefits to our host communities.


What you need to know on how to be a responsible traveller:

  • The natural environment is also very important. If in the bush we need to make our human waste, be sure is buried away from waterways. Burying or carrying out used toilet paper is a must. Tampons and sanitary pads must also be taken out of the area and disposed of appropriately. Minimize use of soap or shampoos in rivers and lakes - your local guide will let you know when using soap is unsuitable.
  • When trekking, many travellers take an extra plastic bag to pick up any rubbish that they see to improve the area and for their own rubbish. Rubbish may have to be carried until a suitable disposal opportunity in the next town.

Please try and minimize the waste of plastic water bottles. Consider packing a water filter, water purification tablets or iodine to purify drinking water. At some of our hotels there are large water 'bubbler' dispensers where you can refill your bottle with purified water for free or for a small fee.

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