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5-Day Andean Lodges Trekking Tour from Cusco

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    Day 1: Cusco - Chillca

    Stop At: Andean Lodges, Cusco Cusco 01 Peru
    In a comfortable coach we head along the Vilcanota River to visit the temple of Checacupe, then the upper valley of Pitumarca. At Japura, we'll trek a short distance to Chillca. Locals and musicians playing Andean instruments greet us in your first “Andean Lodge”, as we sip coca tea. Hot showers and full bathrooms as well as 8 double and matrimonial bedrooms are available. We emphasize tasty and nutritious local cuisine (such as Alpaca meat) but vegetarian and other preferences are welcome
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Templo de la Virgen Inmaculada de Checacupe, 3s, Checacupe Peru
    Beautiful colonial church
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Chillca Tambo, an eco-friendly mountain lodge

    Day 2: Chillca Lodge - Machuracay Lodge

    Stop At: Andean Lodges, Av. Brasil A-14, Urb, Cusco 08003, Peru
    After breakfast we trek alongside thousands of alpacas and llamas in the glacier valley of Phinaya. On the way to more glaciers at Santa Catalina, we climb by the inspiring Pjachaj waterfalls. Above, our picnic lunch await us. Then, surrounded by moraine walls, glaciers and lagoons we walk about 5-hour to Machuracay Tambo. Our bags, carried by a llama caravan, meet us there and the family that runs the lodge will welcome us.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Machuracay Tambo, an eco-friendly mountain lodge

    Day 3: Machuracay Lodge - Anantapata Lodge

    Stop At: Andean Lodges, Av. Brasil A-14, Urb, Cusco 08003, Peru
    Today we take in our first mountain pass (16 587 ft.) with has spectacular panoramic views. Descending alongside the glaciers, we hike to the Ausangate Cocha Lake for lunch.

    Here, the landscape dramatically shifts due to the existence of a red sandstone formation where we will see vicuñas and sometimes condors. After a day of great hiking, we arrive at the third “Andean Lodge” ready to relax and enjoy.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Stop At: Ausangate, Cusco 08002 Peru
    Mt. Ausangate is located in the Vilcanota Range of the Andes Mountains. It’s about 100 km. southeast of the city of Cusco,

    in the Pitumarca district of Canchis Province. The mountain’s main peak is at 6,384 meters (20,944 ft.) altitude above sea level, which makes it visible from the city of Cusco. According to Andean religious belief, since Inca times Ausangate has been considered an Apu, or protective deity and a source of life.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Anantapata Tambo, an eco-friendly mountain lodge

    Day 4: Anantapata Lodge - Huampococha Lodge

    Stop At: Andean Lodges, Av. Brasil A-14, Urb, Cusco 08003, Peru
    After breakfast, we hike the trail up to the next mountain pass. Dropping down, we hike past Lake Kayrawiri, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and the great valley below. Colorful bands of soil adorn the hillsides. Then, we continue on to Laya Grande Hill via massive Glacier del Inca, to encounter the amazing colors of soil strata at Mt. Vinicunca (the world-renowned “Rainbow Mountain”). We have lunch there, with time for photos and a rest stop in this spectacular landscape. On our way to our fourth Andean Lodge we might see hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the cliffs of Anta. Hiking past the flatiron formations of Mt. Apu Labrayani, we arrive at Huampococha Lodge, where we’ll spend the night in comfort.
    Duration: 8 minutes

    Pass By: Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, Apv- Tipon-n11, Cusco 08004 Peru
    Mt. Vinicunca (Winikunka in Quechua), is also known as the Rainbow Mountain, or the Mountain of Seven Colors. Andean Lodges, the first tour operator to access the area, has included this natural wonder in its trekking programs for over ten years. The mountain has become more popular over the past five years, and today it receives hundreds of visitors attracted to seeing its vividly colorful soil strata and its breathtaking landscape.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Huampococha Tambo, an eco-friendly mountain lodge

    Day 5: Huampococha Lodge - Cusco

    Stop At: Andean Lodges, Av. Brasil A-14, Urb, Cusco 08003, Peru
    We hike up enjoying an outstanding view of the mountains to reach the top of the last pass. It’s an easy downhill from here. We hike past the strange shapes of a Karst limestone rock forest and continue to the end of the trail at Trapiche. There, we have lunch and return by bus to Cusco, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences we’ve shared in the Andes
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pick up from your hotel in Cusco city
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    5 days
    Return Details
    Tour finishes in Cusco
    Inclusions
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Services of expert guides in high mountain trek
    • Private transport to Chillca and back to Cusco
    • Accommodation in double rooms
    • Breakfast and dinner served in the lodges, snacks and lunches served on the way
    • Waterproof bags for the baggage carried by llamas
    • First aid kit and oxygen
    • Entry/Admission - Andean Lodges
    • Entry/Admission - Templo de la Virgen Inmaculada de Checacupe
    • Entry/Admission - Ausangate
    • Entry/Admission - Cerro Colorado Vinicunca
    Exclusions
    • Flights to and from Peru-Cusco, or any kind of transport before or after completion of the program.
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • What to take with you in terms of clothing: Hiking boots (If they are new, it is important to use them quite a lot before the hike, because it is common for new shoes to cause blisters). Shirts or long sleeved shirts (One per day). Walking pants. Polar or thermal clothing for the hike, sweater and/or vest. Warm coat or jacket. Thermal sleeping clothes. Cotton pants. Wool gloves. Wool socks for sleeping. Hat or cap for the sun. Waterproof pants and “Gore-Tex” jacket or rain poncho. Shoes or sandals, to use inside the lodges. Small towel.
    • What to bring in terms of equipment: Hiking poles to help you maintain stability along the trek. Head or hand lantern. Bottle or canteen. Plastic bag to keep the battery. Plastic bag for dirty or wet clothes. Small backpack (for day trips to enable it to carry snacks, water, change of t-shirt etc.)
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen with high SPF, lip balm.
    • "Memory Cards" and/or movies reserve batteries for the camera,etc. (Batteries can be downloaded quickly by low temperatures and there is no possibility to recharge).
    • Toiletries and first aid.
    • We always recommend to all those who wish to book a Trekking Program on the Apu Ausangate's Trail, to give themselves a cautious 3 to 4-day acclimatization time period in Cusco or in places at a similar altitude, which helps them to better enjoy their experience.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    A trek through the glorious Andes requires a bit of care and planning. That is why we are grateful to Andean Lodges for designing our spectacular Ausangate trek. They planned an itinerary with amazing opportunities to experience the culture, history, food, customs, and
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    We wish to thank all of the members of the Andean Lodges organization for taking such good care of us during our stay in Cuzco and on our 5-day trek around Ausangate. We carefully chose Andean Lodges for their strong commitments to sustainable tourism and to actively including
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    I am still under the spell of the great Apu Ausangate, mesmerized by Peru’s vast landscapes of ice capped mountains and mineral filled valleys. • I miss the silence, the sound of the rivers, the smell of clean, pure air. I miss the starry skies and the Milky Way. 💫 • As I
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    The 5 day Andean lodges trek was unbeatable due to the extremely high level of service provided, the beauty of the area, and the comfort of the lodges. The food was incredible and the trekking terrain even better. From guide to chef to housekeeper, the staff were all top notch.
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    Response from Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at 5-Day Andean Lodges Trekking Tour from Cusco
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    SenneMenno, thanks for your comments, we are happy that you enjoyed your visit to Ausangate, in Andean Lodges we are attentive to every detail of your trek with our team made up of our specialized guides and people of the Chillca and Osefina communities, together we do everything to leave in you the best experience and an unforgettable memory. We are also pleased that everything was to your liking especially our friendly staff. We sincerely hope you have the opportunity to visit us again in the near future!
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    Having had chance to trek various trails through the Cusco region (Inca trail, Salkantay, Choquiequirao etc), I have to say that the Ausangate trek is the most impressive. Traveling with Andean Lodges was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Excellent service, wonderful
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    Response from Andean-Lodges, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at 5-Day Andean Lodges Trekking Tour from Cusco
    Responded 24 Oct 2019
    Thank you for your comments, Mark, it was our pleasure to provide you one of the best experiences in Cusco. In Andean Lodges, we work hard so that the quality of our service lives up to this wonderful place, enjoying the comfort of the lodges, the delicious food, the knowledge of the guides and the friendliness of our local community staff. Having one of our lodges near to the Rainbow Mountain makes this experience more comfortable and enjoyable for our clients. It's definitely worth doing the Apu Ausangate trek more than once. Thanks for sharing your experience!
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