Andean Weavers’ trek + Machu Picchu

5 days 4 nights

Difficulty: Demanding

Customizable tour? Yes

Trek in Cusco’s Andes mountains, visiting remote indigenous communities.

This walk is a unique experience. You will visit isolated Andean villages where life has changed truly little since Inca times, experiencing the lives of communities dedicated to growing their crops and herding llamas and alpacas, which are used as pack animals, as well as for their wool and meat. These villagers conserve their traditional weaving techniques, making their clothing from sheep, alpaca, and llama wool.

This unforgettable journey ends in the fertile Lares Valley, where we will be able to bathe in natural thermal pools set among subtropical vegetation. On the following day we will visit Machu Picchu

Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to the trailhead
Expedition Train ticket Ollantaytambo- Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
Entrance tickets to the Trail and Machu Picchu
Round trip bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu
Hotel in Aguas Calientes
4-person tents for every two participants, Single tents (upon request)
Air mattresses
Kitchen utensils, complete tableware, chairs, and tables
Dining tent and kitchen tent
Latrine tent
First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
Duffle bag
English-speaking tour guide
Mule drivers, camp assistant(s).
Pack animals: Mules carry up to 8 kg of each participant’s personal gear.
Delicious meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Drinking water to fill your water bottle regularly (from natural sources, filtered and boiled)
Snacks in the morning and afternoon (fruit, biscuits, chocolate and energy bars, candy)
Hot drinks such as tea and coffee
Not included
Sleeping bags (we offer sleeping bags for hire at an additional cost)
Entrance fee to visit Huayna Picchu (subject to availability)
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Personal items, including personal medical supplies.
Tips to guides and to the staff.
Note: Tipping of our guiding staff is acceptable, at your discretion, when you feel they have gone beyond their normal job requirements and should be compensated by you for it. Tipping for guides, cooks and porters may vary, depending on the type of service, length of trip and group size. Tipping is not compulsory.
What to bring
Day pack for personal items (to be carried personally)
Warm clothing (for the Andean sections of the trek)
Rain jacket
Long sleeved shirts (cotton)
Shorts for walking (optional)
Cap and sunglasses
Binoculars (for birdwatching enthusiasts)
Hiking boots
Walking poles (Make sure they are not metal tipped, to protect the Inca Trail’s original stone steps)
Swimwear and sandals
Trekking Rates and Group Sizes

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  • Price for 2 travelers USD 1185 (per person)
  • Price for 3 – 4 travelers USD 1015 (per person)
  • Price for 5 – 6 travelers USD 999 (per person)
  • Price for 7 – 10 travelers USD 905 (per person)

Minimum 2 people for this trek.

Whether you’re trekking alone, in a group, or seeking a custom adventure, we’ve got you covered. Let’s create your perfect journey – just drop us an email!

Tour plan

Day 1
Cusco – Inca ruins – Patacancha – Camp

Leaving your hotel, we will head north through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo, where you can visit the village and ruins in the company of our guide.

We will then continue by private vehicle for about one hour to the village of Patacancha (3,825 meters / 12,545 feet), a charming community of small houses built from mud brick and thatch. This is where our trek begins. We will walk through typical inter-Andean valley scenery for approximately four hours, arriving at our campsite on the Yanaqaqa plain (3,915 meters / 12,841 feet), where we will camp.

Traveling distance:

Cusco – Ollantaytambo 67 kilometers / 41 miles (paved road, 2 hours)

Ollantaytambo – Patacancha 28 kilometers / 17 miles (dirt road, 30 minutes)

Trekking distance:

5 kilometers / 3.12 miles (2-3 hours)


  • Ollantaytambo 2,845 meters / 9,333 feet.
  • Patacancha 3,825 meters / 12,549 feet.
  • Yanaqaqa 3,915 meters / 12,841 feet

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Day 2
Yanaqaqa campsite – Qelcanca community

Leaving our campsite in the early morning, we will make a brief ascent to the pass at 4,392 meters (14,405 feet), before descending into the Qelcanca Valley, home to a rural community of llama and alpaca herders.

These welcoming villagers will demonstrate their ancestral weaving techniques, and depending on the time of year, visitors are welcome to participate in farming activities. The village school teaches its children in their native Quechua, and the residents are friendly and welcoming. On the way to the community, we will pass through smallholdings where local people produce diverse types of Andean crops, including several varieties of potatoes.

We will camp in the mountains beyond the village at 3,916 meters (12,844 feet), with a fine view of imposing Mount Terijuay 5,800 meters (19,025 feet).

Trekking distance:

5.38 kilometers / 3.36 miles (2-3 hours)


  • Pass 4,392 meters / 14,409 feet.
  • Qelcanca 3,771 meters / 12,369 feet
  • Huyunapampa camp 3,916 meters / 12,848

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3
Huyunapampa – Cochayoc community

During the morning we will climb to beautiful Lake Yuraccocha, formed by the melt waters of Mount Terijuay. From the lake, we will head downhill, with plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside, until we reach Lake Yanacocha, near the village of Cochayoc, where the local community is famous for its textile tradition, and where we will make our camp.

Trekking distance:

Huyunapampa – Cochayoc 9.84 kilometers / 6.15 miles (5 – 6 hours)


  • Lake Yuraccocha 4,130 meters / 13,549 feet.
  • Lake Yanacocha 4,210 meters / 13,812 feet.
  • Cochayoc 3,853 meters / 12641 feet.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4
Cochayoc – Cachin. –Lares valley and Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu

In the morning we will visit Cachin, whose inhabitants are famous for their weavings. Local people’s houses are built in the traditional Inca style. Around midday we will descend towards the Lares Valley, with its warm, agreeable climate, as far as the village of Lares. Located at an altitude of 3,207 meters (10,521 feet), this is a typical colonial village with a church, a main plaza, and narrow streets. The local thermal baths are famous throughout the Cusco region.

Leaving Lares, we will travel by road to the village of Ollantaytambo. The highest point of this road stands at 4,265 meters (13,990 feet), from where we will be able to see the mountains of Sawasiray (5,818 meters / 19,087 feet) and Pitusiray (4,991 meters / 16,374 feet), before descending into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the late afternoon, we continue by train to Machu Picchu.

The last night: We spend in Aguas Calientes town, in a hotel tourist class.

Trekking distance:

Cochayoc – Cachin 8.2 kilometers / 5.12 miles (3 – 4 hours)

Traveling distance:

Lares – Ollantaytambo: 121 kilometers / 75 miles (2 hours)

Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (train): 55 kilometers / 34 miles (1 hour 30 minutes)


  • Cachin (3,726 meters / 12,221 feet).
  • Lares 3,207 meters / 10,521 feet.
  • Urubamba 2,877 meters / 9438 feet.
  • Ollantaytambo 2,845 meters / 9333 feet.
  • Aguas Calientes 2,020 meters / 6627 feet.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Known throughout the world as the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu remains intact because it was never discovered by the invading Spanish. Built sometime during the 15th century, Machu Picchu is the greatest surviving achievement of the architects of the Inca state.

The site covers an area of 13 square kilometers and would have originally served as an administrative and religious center. Our guide will carefully explain the history of this unique place and escort you around its terraces, streets, temples, palaces, and watercourses.

You will return to Cusco by train in the afternoon.


after the tour you will have the option of climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain (2-3 hours, subject to availability, please make your booking as soon as possible).

Traveling time:

Machu Picchu – Poroy Train station (train): 99 kilometers / 61.5 miles (3.30 minutes)

Poroy Train station – Cusco (private vehicle): 13 kilometers / 8 miles (30 minutes)


  • Machu Picchu 2,460 meters / 8070 feet.
  • Huayna Picchu 2,720 meters / 8923 feet.
  • Aguas Calientes 2,020 meters / 6627 feet.
  • Cusco 3,396 meters / 11,141 feet


Do you provide sleeping pads?


What food safety processes do you have in place?

All foodstuffs are purchased immediately before departure to guarantee freshness, and they are correctly packaged and handled by our trained staff to ensure food safety. We use cloth bags when making our purchases, rather than plastic. The produce is fresh and bought directly from local farmers. Also, we pack the produce in cloth bags and hermetic multiuse containers, avoiding the use of plastic in order to make our operations as green as possible.

How far in advance do I need to book a trek or hike?

For trekking and hiking routes other than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you should make your booking at least five days in advance, so we can make the necessary preparations, although we recommend that you make your booking up to 90 days in advance. Full refunds (minus administration costs) can be offered 45 days before your scheduled departure date. After 45 days, only partial refunds will be given.

I would like to trek with my friends, can I book now and my friends book later?

Yes, for trekking and hiking routes other than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you can add other travelers to your group before departure. Write to us for more information on the treks, hikes and tours we have available.

What is the maximum group size? Is there a maximum?

The maximum group size is 16 persons. For more than 16 persons, a second group must be organized. A single guide travels with 8 participants. For larger groups, an assistant guide will also accompany the participants.

If I am traveling alone can I have my own tent / hotel room?

If you are traveling alone and are willing to share a tent, with a member of the same sex or partner, family member or friend, then there is no additional cost. If, however, you would like your own private tent an additional supplement will be payable. Please contact us in advance, because on some trekking and hiking routes this option may depend on the availability of spaces at campsites designated by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.

What do we do for water?

Use of plastic bottles on the network of Inca Trails to Machu Picchu is not permitted. Other treks and hikes do not have this restriction, but we always recommend and encourage our travelers to use reusable canteens or second use plastic water bottles. Our cook will provide you with boiled water to refill your bottle at all the campsites.

What food safety processes do you have in place?

All foodstuffs are purchased immediately before departure to guarantee freshness, and they are correctly packaged and handled by our trained staff to ensure food safety. We use cloth bags when making our purchases, rather than plastic. The produce is fresh and bought directly from local farmers. Also, we pack the produce in cloth bags and hermetic multiuse containers, avoiding the use of plastic in order to make our operations as green as possible.

What do I need to carry?

You will need to carry your daypack with all the personal items you need during the day. The rest of your luggage will be transported by us (van / porters). Porters are only permitted to carry 8 kilos for each person (including sleeping bag). As a company, Andean Adventures Peru is committed to the well-being of its porters during treks and hikes, ensuring that they are properly paid, well fed, and comfortable at our campsites. On some of our trekking and hiking routes, pack animals are used.

What type of camping gear is used for treks and hikes?

We supply all the camping equipment needed for groups to enjoy the great outdoors safely and comfortably: 4-person tents for every two participants; air mattresses; complete table service; dining tent, chairs and tables; kitchen tent; latrine tent; sleeping bags on request (many travelers choose to bring their own sleeping bag; however, we also offer sleeping bags for hire at an additional cost).

What processes are in place to ensure the equipment is always in perfect condition?

Our full time logistics staff continuously maintain and/or replace all our equipment. To ensure proper use of our equipment, all gear is handled by our trained field crew during treks and hikes.


USD 905

5 days 4 nights

Difficulty: Demanding

Customizable tour? Yes

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