Cachiccata Trek

Cachiccata is a community close to the heart of Zephyr Adventures. It is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and is the home village of almost all our cooks and porters. It is small, rural, and poor -- so we love traveling to this village because it is beneficial to the locals. The Cachiccata people are descended directly from the Incas -- and they are our friends.  One fantastic thing about this tour is it does not require an Inca Trail permit, which means when passes are sold out, this is a great alternative.  We hike on old Incan routes and actually use llamas instead of porters to carry our gear.  Our route goes through an area practically unvisited by other tourists, passes a waterfall as well as remote mountain huts, visits the main quarry for the Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo, and ends in the village of Cachiccatta.  Our final night we sleep in the village that is the home of your llama drivers and cook.  If you are looking for an alternative trek with almost no other tourists and incredible exposure to the local culture, this is a good choice.

Private Treks
This trek can booked on the dates of your choosing with a group as small as two people.  You have two options for booking:
  ::  An 8-day/7-night Airport-to-Airport Trek that that includes everything the Ala Carte trek (see below) includes but starts and ends in Lima, adds two pre-trek days in the Sacred Valley to help with acclimatization, and has an extra day in Cusco.
  ::  A 4-day/3-night Ala Carte Trek that starts and ends in Cusco and includes only the trek portion. 

PRIVATE AIRPORT-TO-AIRPORT TREK:
Your choice of dates (minimum 2 people)
$2400 / 8 days & 7 nights
Single Supplement: $800 (always optional)

PRIVATE ALA CARTE TREK: 
Your choice of dates (minimum 2 people)
$1200 / 4 days & 3 nights
Single Supplement: $300 (always optional)

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate

INCLUDED: double occupancy lodging, all meals, professional and knowledgable guides and porters, ground transportation in Peru, all camping equipment (except sleeping bags), and detailed Pre-Departure Information that we will email to you after we receive your deposit. This will include arrival and departure information, suggestions for making travel arrangements, packing list, invoice, insurance information, information about the area we will be visiting and a liability waiver.

NOT INCLUDED: transportation to and from Lima*, internal flight from Lima to Cusco and back estimated at $300 (we will purchase this for you and include it on your invoice)*, gratuities to guides and porters, sleeping bag rental (optional $75), alcoholic beverages, and personal expenses.

*this does not apply to Ala Carte Treks

Note the Ala Carte Trek will include only Days 4 - 7 of the itinerary below.  We will meet and end in Cusco.

DAY 1 :: You arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru, at any time via your international flight. You will be met at the airport and transferred to our downtown hotel.

DAY 2 :: We take a morning shuttle to the airport for our internal flight to Cusco, the gateway city to Machu Picchu. At over 11,000 feet you will feel the altitude. We shuttle directly to the town of Ollantaytambo, several thousand feet lower, where we will have a leisurely lunch followed by an afternoon hike through the nearby archeological ruins before checking into our hotel.

DAY 3 :: Today we explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas as we continue to adjust to the altitude. We start with a visit to Moray, ruins that served as the Incan agricultural laboratory, and hike downhill from there to Maras, a series of pools created by the Incas to harvest salt from a salt-laden natural spring. This is a unique hike where you will see no or few other travelers. Overnight lodging is in Ollantaytambo.

DAY 4 :: We transfer through the Sacred Valley to meet our trekking staff and llamas. In the morning we hike up to a village, where we visit the local school and a typical house to become more familiar with life in the countryside. After a picnic lunch we continue the trek uphill to the 100-meter high waterfall of Piruchayoc. We continue the hike above the waterfall to our first camp at Piruchayoc, an old Inca control point which has an amazing view of the Soccma valley, Maras plateau, and Chicon mountain. We hike about seven kilometers and camp at 2,900 meters or almost 9,600 feet (still several thousand feet lower than Cusco).

DAY 5 :: After breakfast we walk along an old Inca water channel up to Ccorimarca valley through ancient terraces where the locals are still growing crops. We hike up to our first pass from which we have an amazing view of the snow peaks of the Urubamba range. We continue east through the small valley of Chancachuco, where we have lunch next to Lake Maracocha, the source of water for the 18-kilometer long water channel we passed previously. After lunch we continue downhill to our next campsite with a spectacular view of the snow-topped Huayanay. We have the oportunity to visit a local house and a family that makes its living as potato farmers and sheep herders. We hike about 9 kilometers today and camp at 3,800 meters (12,500 feet).

DAY 6 :: We start off following an Inca trail from which we have a spectacular overview of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the snow-capped peaks of the Urubamba range. We soon reach the temple Intiwatana. We then continue downhill to Choquetacarpo, an archeological site where we have lunch. We camp this night at a nice campsite (with showers!) owned by the Cachiccata community. We hike about eight kilometers and sleep at 2,750 meters (9,100 feet).

DAY 7 :: This morning we visit one of the biggest Inca quarries in the Cusco area, which supplied stones for the fortress of Ollantaytambo. This is an amazing sight, as we can see stones left over from the Incas that were in the process of being cut and slid downhill to cross the river to Ollantaytambo. Most visitors to Peru never see this.  We then transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station where catch the train back to Cusco.

DAY 8 :: We spend the morning in Cusco, with the option to visit the important ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Korikancha temple. Lunch is on your own and you'll have a few hours to explore this wonderful town before we take a flight back to Lima where you can connect with your international flight home.