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Moonstone Machu Picchu

Moonstone Trek and Machu Picchu 5 Days


Trekking through the moonstone towards Machu Picchu.


TYPE SERVICE: Private Service
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Killarumiyoc, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu

Trekking through the moonstone towards Machu Picchu
Get your feet ready! Moonstone trek is a hike around 37km with an average of 6 -7 hours of walking per day. This hike is designed for tourists who would like to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the processes that led to the development of various architectural Incan cities such as Killarumiyoc, Huata, Inca quarry and Ollantaytambo.
This is an isolated route with untouched ruins, discovery in every which way and great mountain views surrounding us– an excellent introduction to high Andean trekking. You will have the opportunity follow in the footsteps of the Incas who built a high route from their capital city Cusco westward through the rugged cordillera and filled their empire with amazing temples and royal residences. Caution: this is likely to cause a state of deep awe and inspiration!


  • A greater understanding of the Incan´s amazing processes and abilities
  • Breath-taking natural landscapes, such as mountain views, green pastures, flower patches, etc.
  • Observing and visiting ancient Incan temples.
  • Interacting with untouched, original Incan works to gain a deeper understanding of their engineering
  • Sunrise in Machu Picchu!


Day 1 – Transport to Killarumiyoc, Huata and Hike to Chiripahua

  • We will pick you up at your Cusco hotel at 06:00AM and transfer you by van westward across the high Anta plain, following the route of the royal Inca Road which led from the capital toward the northern quarter of the empire.
  • We will first stop at a sacred Inca shrine known as Killarumiyoc (Moonstone in the Quechua language of the Incas), one of the finest of the carved rock huacas in the vicinity of Cusco. We will continue to our trailhead around the Huarocondo River where it drains into the western edge of the plain. At this point, we will meet our trail crew, who will arrive from nearby communities. We will begin trekking on a broad trail northward, above the west bank of the Huarocondo River. After an easy two-hour hike, we will reach Huata, a substantial pre-Inca fortress dominating the crest of a ridge at 3,855m/12,648ft.
  • Archeologists who are currently excavating the site are revealing burials and occupation levels from the Formative Period (2,500 years ago) on through the enormous fortifications of the 4th century Regional Development period. A scattering of late-period Inca structures seems like an afterthought on the top of the highest hill. The site is classic: a defensible ridge with dominating three-way views along intersecting valleys. After lunch we will continue on our way westward into the range, and camp at 3,750m/12,303ft next to a rural school in the rural community of Chiripahua.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 10 km (6.21 miles)
Estimated time walking: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,855m/12,645ft
Campsite altitude: 3,750m/12,303ft

Day 2 – Hike from Chiripahua to Chancachuco

  • We will climb gradually through fields and glades of the indigenous Chachacomo tree within a landscape of pastures and small fields clinging to the steep mountainsides.
  • Wherever there is water, we will find an Andean family compound of adobe and straw. As there is little water in this mountain range, we are reminded hour by hour of how precious of a commodity water was and still is to the Andean people.
  • We climb to a small hill at 4,400m/14,436ft for a delicious lunch then continue upwards to the dip. From our location on the top of the Accoccasa Pass (4,625m/15,174ft) we will experience breathtaking views, from immense snow peaks to the Huaynays to our west, and even to the Urubamba range to the north.
  • We will enjoy an easy descent to camp at 4,350m/14,272ft in the broad valley of Chancachuco, facing the glaciers of the Huaynay Range.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 9 km (5, 59 miles)
Estimated time walking: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,625m/15,174ft
Campsite altitude: 4,350m/14,272ft

Day 3 – Hike from Chancachuco to Choquetacarpo

  • We will then trek westward, gradually descending the high valley, followed by the headwork of a now-abandoned Incan aqueduct which once transported water from the Chancachuco valley north to supply the otherwise-arid north-facing slopes above Ollantaytambo.
  • As we descend through a flower-filled notch in the valley wall, on the mountainside above us we catch a glimpse of the traces of the original stonework which is testimony to the extraordinary engineering in the project.
  • We will reach our final step (3,900m/12,795ft) and visit an outstanding ridge-top Incan shrine called Intihuatana, with an astonishing view towards Nevado Veronica (5,682m/18,637ft) directly across the valley.
  • The location offers unsurpassed views of the terraces and the temple of Ollantaytambo! After being blown away, we will then descend past the curious Incan administrative site of Llaqtallaqtayoq.
  • To an hour of hiking we will find our last camp Choquetacarpo (3,760m/12,336ft) on the edge of the enormous Cachiqata quarry; where we will spend the night.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 10 km (6. 21 miles)
Estimated time walking: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900m/12,795ft
Campsite altitude: 3,760m/12,336ft

Day 4 – Cachiccata quarry and hike to Ollantaytambo|| Train to Aguas Calientes

  • The whole hike for today is downhill until Ollantaytambo (2,850m/9,359ft) around 4 hours walking; today we visit the Incan quarry of Cachiccata, where we witness the work the Incas could not complete due to the Spanish conquest.
  • We will explore the intricate quarry workings. From this steep talus slope beneath the sheer face of Cerro Yanaorco, immense red granite building stones were carved onsite and then skidded down to the valley floor, across the river, and then up to the sun temple site on the far side of the valley. We explore the ramps and work platforms around the largest of the stones.
  • There are several points of interest, including a number of large buildings, quarried stones left half-finished and abandoned throughout the site, Chullpas and a cave with Incan mummies.
  • Then we will continue our way down the mountain following the original platform used for transporting the stones to Ollantaytambo, and later arrive to the town by midday. From Ollantaytambo, we’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes (2,050m/6,726ft). At the Aguas Calientes Hotel, dinner and a comfortable bed will await us.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate distance: 8 km (4, 97 miles)
Estimated time: 4-5 hours

Day 5 – Visit Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 06:00am take first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
  • From 10:30am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


  • 1 person = US$ 1,866
  • 2 people = US$ 1,155
  • 3 people = US$ 1,022
  • 4 people = US$ 942
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 875
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 806
  • More than 9 people = US$ 783

* Prices are based in sharing one tent 2 people.

Discounts Available
1. Students: US$ 20 (students up to 18 years old require a valid International Student Identity Card (
2. Children: US$ 20 (Children under 17 years of ages old will need only passport copy to apply discount).

Extra Optional Services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 25 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 34 per person.
  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Single room in the hotel (if you don’t want to share room) US$ 30 per person.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 20 per person.

Extra Optional Services:

  • We bring one emergency horse every 6 people.
  • You can put on the horse (up to 7 kg/15 lbs per person) we provide duffel bags for your personal items and sleeping bag.
  • If you want to ride or carry extra personal luggage (maximum luggage weight of 25 kg / 55 lbs); you can hire an extra horse for US$ 146 (days 1 to 4).


  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Huata (starting point of the trek).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • Campsite fees; in every place we camp must be paid to local community.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4.
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 4.
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 people – days 1 to 4.
  • Horsemen – days 1 to 4.
  • Accommodation for all our staff (guide, cook and horsemen).
  • Meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
  • Lunch at local restaurant in Ollantaytambo and Dinner at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Lunch on the last day is included after visit Machu Picchu.
  • A bag for your daily snack per person, to avoid using plastic bags and reduce pollution to the environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee (day 5).
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a Tourist Class hotel Double or Triple Room (Being in a Single room costs an extra US$ 30). This will be a clean and safe hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can upgrade Hotel accommodation upon request; please ask your travel agent.
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu site – Aguas Calientes (day 5).
  • Train ticket from the Ollantaytambo town to Aguas Calientes (day 4).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco Hotel.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.


  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Entrance fee to the Aguas Calientes thermal springs.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain a new entrance fee applies.
  • Sleeping bag.
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.
City Tourist
Aguas Calientes

Flower´s House

Hatun Samay



  • In this type of accommodation are the 2-star and 3-star hotels and some guest houses.
  • Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation.
  • The rooms and bed are simple, comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • Rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • Ideal for travelers on a reduced budget.


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