4D4N Trek Around Apu Huayllanay

This trek is designed as an alternative trek to the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The environment is similar with the difference that you hardly meet other trekkers on the trail; you will experience the peasant life as you watch people work the land, camp near their homes in the midst of a pristine environment reminiscent of ancient times.
When requested we can use Llamas as pack animals, adding to the trek experience because of their beauty and their minimal impact on the trail.

At 7:30 a.m. in the morning we’ll pick you by private vehicle from your hotel for a great Sacred Valley tour the day before you begin your trek, this is the natural and most efficient way to get close to the trail head while acclimatizing and getting familiarized with Inca trails. We will drive over the “Ccorao” pass above Cusco to descend on a winding road to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will hike on Inca trails through the magnificent Inca citadel of PISAC considered as one of the outstanding Inca remains because of the quality of the stone work and breath-taking location on a mountain saddle overlooking the Sacred Valley. After a 1 1/2hour visit and hike we will drive down the mountain for a short visit to the colonial town of the same name with a quick stop at their famous Indian handicraft market. Afterwards we will drive following the Urubamba River downstream to Urubamba city; here we will visit the local food market and have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. Afterwards we’ll visit Ollantaytambo, considered the most authentic living Inca town. This town has been continuously inhabited since Inca times until the present, conserving its original urban layout and stone walled homes. A guided walking tour through the extensive ruins and cobblestone paved narrow streets will make you feel like you are travelling back in time. Stay at Hotel in Ollantaytambo for the night.L, Dinner on your own.

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley and transfer you to Chillca where we meet our crew and begin our hike up towards the Silque Canyon. We will ascend by way of narrow canyon following a stream that will gradually get smaller; we can observe tall granite walls on the sides of the canyon populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colours when in bloom. We continue until we reach our camp near the village and lake of “Ancashcocha” to settle for the night. Beautiful views of the “Veronica” mountain are seen behind us most of the way. L, D.

After a hearty breakfast we begin ascending towards the high Huallanay pass (4,550 meters). At first we take a steep zigzag trail up to where we meet an original Inca trail that will take us smoothly towards the high pass (4600 meters). Bellow we will see the beautiful waterfall that feeds into the Ancashcocha glacier lake. The wild “Huallata” or Andean Geese and Black Ibis are often spotted in this high area. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the midst of this high mountain scenery; later as we begin descending from the pass we will enjoy beautiful views of high mountains, we will pass by the ruins of Incarajay and further down we reach our campsite. Views of the nearby Glacier and snow peaks are the highlight of this campsite that is also the highest in our trek. B, L, D.

After breakfasts we begin a long full day of descend into greener vegetation while views of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu will appear in the distance. Small settlements scarcely populated by native peasants mark our way to the village of Q’esqa; we continue down a narrow canyon until we reach the Inca remains known as “Paucarcancha” a unique Inca settlement restored to original condition that probably served as a “Tambo” or rest point and also a control point between two canyons that lead the way to the main trail to Machu Picchu. We have a picnic lunch nearby and continue to descend to the village of Huayllabamba where we meet the Classic Inca Trail and the numerous hikers that will be going the opposite direction from us. We continue to hike down a wide trail until we reach a lookout point to observe the Llactapata archaeological complex that was restored a few years ago. When we reach the valley we continue upriver to our private campsite at Km. 82. Located right in front of the spectacular Veronica Glacier. Here we camp the night in the comfort of toilets, hot showers and a dining room for your enjoyment...B, L, D.

This is a full service trek were you only carry a day pack: All gear, food and a duffle bag (we will provide bag) with up to 8kg of your personal belongings is carried by the pack animals.

Please note: The following day (Day 5) most people visit Machu Picchu (please see options bellow). If by any chance you will not want to go on to Machu Picchu and you want to return form Km. 82 to Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will need an extra transfer not included in price. Please let us know and we will send you options and prices.

The Trains
Please note: Train bookings depend on availability and it’s sometimes difficult to obtain booking on the train you request. We will try and book the train you requested, but if we need to make decisions and there is no time to consult with you, we reserve the right to switch your booking to the closest and most convenient train available. Any price difference will be adjusted accordingly.

The Expedition service
The Expedition trains are the most economical way to travel on the route between Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo) and Cusco. These are the classic wagons and quite comfortable.

The Vistadome
The Vistadome trains have beautiful panoramic windows offering unsurpassed scenic views and photographic opportunities.
More information: www.perurail.com

PRICES PER PERSON (minimum 2 people)

Huayllanay Trek 4D4N $410.00

Single Supplement $50

Price Includes:

• Transport in private vehicle from your hotel in Cusco to the Sacred Valley and to the trail head.
• Services from DAY 1 to DAY 4
• 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners (mentioned as B, L, D at the end of each day in the itinerary.)
• Service of local official tour guides.
• Service of camp staff: Cook and assistants
• Horses as pack animals
• Passenger 4 man tents used for double occupancy. Dinning tent with tables, silverware and chairs.
• Toilet tent.

Price Does Not Include:

• Hotels
• Optional visit, entrance or buses to and from Machu Picchu the next day (unless you have contracted options for Day 5).
• Meals not specified after each itinerary day.
• Optional tipping to staff.
• Additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by schedule changes or other factors.
• Medical expenses for any emergency.
• Travel insurance.
• Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
• Trip member must provide sleeping bag and pad (rental available).

To continue to Machu Picchu on DAY 5 you have two options: All option arrangements MUST be made before the trek!
• The Independent visit
• The Guided visit


We buy your train ticket, the bus ticket to go up and down to the ruins and the entrance to Machu Picchu. You travel on your own.

The independent Machu Picchu on Backpacker train $277.00
Upgrade to Vistadome train $40.00

Price Includes:
• Breakfast at our Camp Km. 82
• Buses up and down from train station to Machu Picchu
• Entrance to Machu Picchu
• Train from Km.82 to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu to Cusco.
• $10.00 service charge.
Please note: Normally you can find independent tour guides at the entrance to Machu Picchu ruins that can provide a tour of the site for about $25.00.

Price does not include:
• Hotels
• Meals


Your trek guide will accompany you to Machu Picchu and provide an in-depth guided tour of the site.
A short hike will take us to the train station across the river. At the station we board the train that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes, here we disembark and board a bus that will take us on a winding road up the mountain to Machu Picchu. We enter the citadel with our guide to enjoy an in depth tour of this famous Inca site. After the tour we will have a buffet type lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge restaurant before we board the bus that will take us back down to the train station where we take the train back to Cusco (a 3.5 hour ride). Arrive at the Poroy train station and we take a vehicle to transfer us to your hotel in Cusco. B, L.

Price per person USD$234/56/910/15
Full day Machu Picchu on Expedition Train380372368362357
Upgrade to Vistadome train4040404040

Price Includes:

• Breakfast at our Camp Km. 82
• Buses up and down from train station to Machu Picchu
• Entrance to Machu Picchu
• Train from Km.82 to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu to Cusco in Expedition train service.
• Service of official tour guide.
• Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel.
• Transfer from Poroy train station to your Hotel in Cusco upon return.

Price does not include:
• Hotels
• Meals