The valley of patacancha is located northeast of Cusco in the province of Urubamaba, disctrict of Ollantaytambo. The main communities in the valley are Patacancha and Willoc and the river of Patacancha flows through it and meets up with Urubamba river in the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. The surrounding slopes constitute an ancient anthropogenically-modified landscape, being extensively covered by Inca and Pre-inca agricultural terraces. The community of Patacancha is known for its colourful Alpaca high-quality textiles which wool is plant-dyed and hand-woven and is also culturally appreciated for their traditional culture and lifestyle
The Experiential Travel to Machu Picchu offers the best experience trip in Peruvian Andes. Discover and admire the traditional culture of the Andean people making themselves their clothing, and wearing their typical red-colored poncho and hat. Hike to Azul cocha lake and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Andes. Get dressed in typical clothes and enjoy the traditional music festival of the Llama and Alpaca . Participate in the preparation of the oven-roast Alpaca called Pachamanca before Machupicchu. It is recommended to bring cash to purchase traditional handcrafts.This is an original experiential tour to get involved in andean culture and support local communities and ending with the tour of the Inca sanctuary of Machu picchu. Book Now!
Sustainable Tourism: The Experiential Travel aims community support and ecofriendly tourism
Service Level: Comfortable, tourist-class accommodation, tourist-class train, and private transport.
This tour is for you?: Moderate; a low-altitude hike, accessible to healthy travelers.
Age Requirement: 4+. Please note: all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cultural Immersion Operator: The locals organize the experience themselves
Crew: Community people, a professional english speaking Tour Guide and a representative of Tierras Vivas.
Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner and 2 afternoon tea.
Transportation: Private minibus, 2x train (Expedition train service).
Accommodation: Homestay (2 nights) and Hotel (1 night). During the 4-day Cultural immersion Travel to Machu Picchu, you will spend a night in a comfortable hotel with en suite bathroom.
Departure Point: We pick you up from your hotel (please check the Starting Point & Pick-Up section under the Essential Info bookmark).
Briefing of the tour: Our guide will brief you on your tour at your hotel 2 or 1 day prior to the trek.
Briefing Time: Between 5:00 - 6:00 pm.
Return Point: Cusco - ur driver will drop you off at your hotel/hostel/Airbnb apartment.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A FEE FOR MONEY TRANSFER IS ALREADY INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE!
Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Rumira Sondormayo community
Day 02: Hike to Azulk cocha lake - Rumira Sondormayo community
Day 03: Rumira Sondormayo community - Machu Picchu town
Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Early transfer from your hotel to Ollantaytambo Inca town. You will drive towards northeast Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Incas‘ main breadbasket), past the town of Chinchero. This scenic drive shows amazing farmlands arranged in patches and locals farming, snow-capped mountains, and picturesque andean villages.The drive suddenly leads you down to Sacred valley of the Incas to the town of Urubamba, the biggest town. Then, you will drive shortly to Ollantaytambo Inca town and have a brief stop to look at the most original inca quarters and rejoin the bus ride to go to the picturesque andean town of Willoc. This town is located at 3,750mt/12,300ft, this most original Inca town inhabitants still wear their traditional clothes and practice their old customs.They still farm different varieties of potatoes, maize, etc. and raise Llamas and Alpacas. The llama has been traditionally raised by pre inca and inca people, and it has been highly bred for meat, wool, skin and used as pack animals. After lunch, you will learn how locals herd the llamas and Alpacas into their pens, sheer the ready ones and about the different plants they have been using for dying wool.
Today, you will be awakened to the sound of Pututo, an ancient inca conch shell trumpet, used in very special religious ceremonies.Following a traditional nutritious breakfast, you will hike to lake Azul cocha. This is a short scenic walk with outstanding views of the andes landscape that include mountains, rivers, potato fields, llama and alpaca grazing freely, typical andean houses made of Adobe or stone and thatched-roofs. As well, you will appreciate typical flora such as Queña(polylepis), Stipa ichu(peruvian feather grass), Yareta(azorella compacta), etc. Let yourself being immersed in the andean culture. Back at the campsite, you will enjoy lunch, and then learn about potato hilling and harvesting explained and done by the Andean host family. Late afternoon, you will chill at campsite admiring the sunset before dinner.
Enjoy sleeping in today morning and wake up to the soud of the Pututo, followed by a nutritious breakfast enjoying the sun rising. You will learn about the history of potato as an endemic Andean tuber with 4 thousand differentes varieties and many different dishes made from potatoes. The local host family will teach you about the preparation of Huatia, a traditional earthen oven which lumps of earth are warm up with firewood and potatoes, broad beans, sweet potatoes, meat, etc are baked in. After enjoying Huatia, you will drive to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and have a walking tour of the Inca site with outstanding views of the town and surrounding scenery. Finally, you will head to the train station and board the train to Machupichu town. Dinner and bedtime
After an early breakfast, you will queue up to get on the bus to Machupicchu. Upon arriving at the Inca site, you will enter and start touring the site conducted by your tour guide. After completion of the tour, if you have booked either Machupicchu or Huaynapicchu mountain to climb, enjoy the hike to the mountain, and especiallly the striking views of machupicchu Inca town, snow-topped mountains and surrounding scenery.Take the bus down to Machupicchu town to rest and enjoy lunch and finally head to the train station to board the train back to Ollantaytambo and then change for bus back to your hotel in Cusco.