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Our Itinerary is as follows:
Briefing in Wayki Trek’s Cusco office. Time to be determined by the company.
*Your briefing is usually programmed one day before your program and usually in the morning. However, If your program starts on a Monday, your briefing will be programmed for the Saturday prior to your program and during the morning only. Therefore, please consider this when booking your flights to Cusco.
CUSCO / KILLARUMIYUC / CHILLIPAWA
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel in our private van and head to the Pampa de Anta (3,391 m.a.s.l.). After an hour of the journey, we will stop at the sacred Inca Killarumiyuc (in the Quechua language) or Moonstone sanctuary. It is an ancient temple dedicated to the deity of femininity. The site is not only an age-perfect design but also includes areas of cultivation systems and the moon cult became a sacred area for the people of the Andes. After seeing the agricultural experimental center, we will continue to the village of Huarocondo (3,331 m.a.s.l.). Then we continue up the valley for 25 minutes, until the starting point of our trek; hence, we will meet our team and start trekking. We start trekking on a wide path north, above the west bank of the river Huaracondo. We will observe valleys, mountains, archaeological sites, and the impressive Inca city of Wata, an important pre-Inca fortress that dominates the crest of a hill at 3,855 meters. We will visit the city, admired for its strategic location, before going uphill to Chillipawa (3,750 m.a.s.l.), the village where we spend the night. We will also have the opportunity to participate in the daily life of the local people.
CHILLIPAWA / CHANCACHUCO
After breakfast we will start our trek. We will climb gradually through fields and the trees of Chachacomo. This is a landscape of pastures and small fields that cling to the steep slopes. On the way, we will find indigenous villages that still keep the Incas ancient traditions regarding agriculture, religion, music, language, and others. Then we will continue on our way up to the Accoccasa Pass (4,625 m.a.s.l.). Here we will enjoy a breathtaking view of the immense, snowy peaks. We will feel the full extent of the Andean sky with its' cold, dry air. Later we will enjoy an easy descent to reach our camp in the spacious Chancachuco Valley (4,350 m.a.s.l.), opposite of the glaciers of the Cordillera Huaynay.
CHANCACHUCO / CACHICCATA
After breakfast, we will continue with our trek. We will descend gradually into the upper valley. Along the way we will see the headwork of an Incan aqueduct, now abandoned, which carried water from the valley to the north of Chancachuco above Ollantaytambo. Later on we will reach our final step at 3,940 m.a.s.l. and visit the Incan sanctuary of Punku Punku (Door of the Wind), known as the gateway to the Andes. From there we will have a breathtaking view of Nevado Veronica (5,682 meters). After that, we will descend into the valley and the climate will become semi-tropical. We will reach the Intiwatana; this temple is located at the highest point in the area. This area was important to the Incas to make astronomical observations and for planning of the agricultural year. Then we will continue with the hike and reach Cachiccata (3,525 m), a large terrace at the edge of a huge quarry with the same name. This was an Inca city inhabited by hundreds of architects and workers of the empire. Buildings used for administration, housing, terraces, burial chambers, and irrigation canals can be found in Cachiccata. The streets were very well planned.
CACHICCATA / OLLANTAYTAMBO / AGUAS CALIENTES
After breakfast, we will start our trek to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m.a.s.l.). Along the way we will descend a wide Incan road, through the area of the quarries. Then we will continue downhill, crossing the Vilcanota River and finally arriving at the famous Sun Temple in Ollantaytambo. We will have time to explore the village and the temple before taking the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes (2040 m.a.s.l) in the afternoon. Once we get to Aguas Calientes, we will check in to our hotel where we will spend the night.
AGUAS CALIENTES / MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
We will get up early in the morning, eat breakfast, and take the bus towards Machu Picchu. There we will have a guided tour that will take approximately 2 to 3 hours and then you can climb Huayna Picchu. After we finish with our visit, we will return to Aguas Calientes. In the city you can enjoy amenities like lunch, and later in the afternoon we will take the train back, Perú Rail - Expedition *.
Upon arrival in Cusco, our transfer will be waiting to take you on a private Van to your hotel. End of the adventure.
(*) The return from Aguas Calientes will be done together with your tour guide. Time of service to be confirmed.
One day before the trek. Once there, you will receive all pertinent information for your trek and our staff will answer all of your questions.
(*)The return from Aguas Calientes will be together with your guide. Time to be confirmed.
During the whole trek, the passenger will have access to a great variety of food. Dishes rich in calories, vitamins, and proteins that will provide all of the energy that you need for the trek.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served daily and you will also receive snacks and hot drinks like infusions in the afternoon. Along with your breakfast you will receive a cup of coca tea, which will help you to adjust to the cold air of the mountain.
We can also accommodate special requests such as: vegetarian meals, diabetic diets, allergies, e.g. these special requests must be done during the booking process. We would like to emphasize that our menu has been elaborated by our professional chefs. Water will be provided every day during the entire trek.
MOONSTONE 5D: Lunch and dinner on the last day is not included.
Extra horse and saddle-horse
Depending on your physical condition, the walk can be exhausting. If you would like to have assistance to carry your belongings, more than the included quantity (more than 8 kilos), you can hire a personal horse to carry 8 kilos (18 pounds) per U$$ 60.00 or personal horse carrying 15 kilos (33 pounds) per U$$ 120.00. Similarly, if you need to use a horse to ride (chair), you can also contract that for $ 120.00. This service would be exclusively for you.
All of the treks operated by Wayki Trek, offer to passengers shared tents (Double accomodation).
However, for a better convenience of our customers, Wayki Trek offers the rental of a single tent. This service has an additional cost as USD 50.00 American dollars, you can request this when you make the booking
WAYKI TREK offers the service of portable toilets during your trek. However, on the route there are public restrooms in some campsites and lunch places. For using the bathroom there is a price of U$$ 0.50.
Also, if you want to have this service exclusively for you, you may hire an extra bathroom tent; the cost of it is $ 45.00 USD for the whole trek and can be used by you and your friends.
The ticket is included on your trek, however if you wish to have an extra ticket for another day, it’s necessary to book this trek in advance, as it has a limited capacity of 400 people per day divided into 2 times. The first group starts the trek at 7am and the second group at 10am; 200 people in each group.
Going up Huayna Picchu will take between 45 min to 1 hour. The trail is narrow but safe. The view is amazing. You will see a panoramic view of Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate, the Urubamba Valley, and the Urubamba river. This service is included in the Price of the Trek only if the climb is done on the 4th day of the trek. If the passenger decides to take this optional service on a different day, the cost of the service would be: USD60.00 and the ticket to Machu Picchu costs an additional US$ 55.00 US dollars.
*Keep in mind that the trek up to the mountain is not suggested for people with problems with vertigo or who are afraid of heights.
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes
If you want to return the day after your service, just let us know in advance to change the date of return by train, without penalty (35 days before). If you let us know of this change after 35 days, we will have to check the availability of the train and pay a fine.
Also, if you need assistance in booking a hotel in Aguas Calientes, we can do so as an optional service free of charge. Please note that in Aguas Calientes there are a variety of options for accommodation, from bed and breakfasst to 5 star hotels. In addition, you have the option to enjoy and visit the Hot Springs of the town.
Train departure from Machu Picchu Station
To return by train from Machu Picchu Station, you must take into account the following:
Information on the departure time by train from Aguas Calientes will be communicated during the Post-Sale.
If you the customer, whether Private service or Group service, want to make an upgrade or change the departure time of your train service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, you must report this change at least 35 days before your trip. In this way, you would avoid paying the penalty. You only have to pay the difference in the train ticket
In order to offer a greater enjoyment of the hike and greater interaction among the participants, Wayki Trek manages small groups so we have a highly personalized service. It is also good to emphasize that at Wayki Trek, we have a high level of environmental responsibility with each of our processes.
(Group participants Min 1 person; Max upon request)
For information regarding our prices in private service, please contact our sales executives: email@example.com
*Price per person, applies for departures from 1st April 2016 until 31st March 2017.
If after having deposited the initial amount to run the backup (US $ 200.00), and you decide to cancel the booking, we may refund your deposit as long as no tickets have been purchased or any administrative expenses have been made; however, if cancellation is after acquiring the requirements above, your deposit will not be refunded.
In the event that you decide to withdraw from the trek once it has started, you will be responsible for all additional charges such as food and transportation that might occur due to the modification of your itinerary.
In the event that you decide to cancel the trip due to a health issue or personal problem; the above cancellation policies will be applied as the company had already incurred in administrative and logistic expenses for your trek.
It is important for Wayki Trek to provide excellent service to our passengers, to fulfill your expectations, and to participate in the conservation of our environment. It is because of these three reasons and to guarantee the continuous application of this philosophy that we have obtained two of the most important certifications in our field: ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. With them, we guarantee the service that our passengers expect from us and the conservation of the environment with each step of our processes.
Moonstone 5D finds native communities with a rich culture and where the customs of the Incas still remain intact. During your walk you will have the opportunity to share these experiences with the local people and to share their habits and ours. It will be an experience you will never forget.
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, we at WAYKI TREK have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
Wayki Trek believes it is a priority to help and assist in the development of local Andean communities. That is why we are actively collaborating to eradicate problems like the loss of self-identity, lack of basic services, low education levels, little economic development, and migration to big cities due to extreme poverty. In an effort to reverse this, Wayki Trek has implemented projects that help to minimize the impact of these problems in the communities. The construction of a Medical Clinic and a rural Library are examples of that effort.
5D Moonstone trek does not have the same regulations as the Inca trail. However, in this trek the tickets to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are included, which are regulated with a maximum capacity of 400 people per day, divided into two shifts. If you wish to assure the ascent to Huayna Picchu, we suggest that you book 3-4 months in advance, especially for the high season (May to September). 5D Moonstone can be booked from April to December only, as the rest of the year it is closed due to the rainy season and maintenance work in the area.
For our PRIVATE departures the size of the group is determined by request of our passengers.
To book your Moonstone - 5 Days, we need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT):
1) Name of the tour:
2) Trekking starting Date:
3) Name (Include middle name):
4) Last Name:
6) Birthday (DD/MM/YYYY):
7)Number of passport:
8)Passport Expiration Date:
10)If you are student (Do you have ISIC card) YES or NO
14) Food Preference:
You can use the PayPal option from our website and follow the steps. Please note that PayPal charges 6% tax for this transaction that is included automatically in this option. Once the payment is done, please forward us the email confirmation in order to proceed with your booking.
In case you decide to make the deposit directly from your account, don’t forget to add the 6% tax. You can send the deposit to this account: firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you decide to use Western Union (http://www.westernunion.com), you will need the following information:
Paternal name: DALENS
Maternal name: PAUCAR
Address: 239 Quera St., Cusco - Perú
Please don’t forget to send us the tracking code (MTCN) in order to pick up the deposit and confirm your booking.
If you have reserved the service with your old Passport and then you have renewed it and obtained another, you have most likely have a different passport number. Please let us know so we can update this information. This modification has to be made prior your trip to Peru (at least 10 days before your trip). As soon as you have your new passport, please inform Wayki Trek of this change. Otherwise, this update or modification will have an additional fee of USD 12.00 and it will create a big inconvenience to update it at the last minute.
Student with ISIC card
For Moonstone 5D trek, student discounts with ISIC Card are not contemplated, since this is a private walk. For the issue of controls, you must have your passport or ISIC card, but consider that there is no special discount for being a student in Moonstone 5D.
If you have medical restrictions for some or all the activities detailed in your booking, please contact your doctor and inquire about the risks of doing said activities.
Altitude Sickness (Soroche) and Stomach Pain
For those trekkers that come to Cusco directly from places at sea level; we recommend to arrive 2-3 days before your trek. Two of the most common health issues among tourists in Cusco are: The Altitude Sickness (Soroche) and stomach pain provoked by slow digestion.
Altitude Sickness; some of the symptoms are: headache and nausea. There are some over the counter medications (pills) that help to minimize the symptoms of this problem, such as Glucosa Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Soroichi Pill, and Acetazolamida among others. If the symptoms persist, the use of oxygen is the next step. Under these circumstances we have the equipment and staff ready to assist our trekkers.
Stomach Pain; It is recommended to drink between 3-4 liters of water per day. Your body will need this to stay hydrated. It is especially recommended to drink hot drinks like coca leaf tea. Also recommended are soups, vegetables, and carbohydrates (not fried or heavy). Candy, chocolates, cookies, and fruits are also a good option. In general, all food that is easy to digest. Do not drink alcohol or smoke.
Try to sleep at least 8 hours and do not exercise too much. Keep your body in good temperature wearing warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold. During the adjustment to the altitude there is a general rule to follow: eat what is necessary and drink plenty of liquids.
It is very important that our passengers inform us before their trip, of any medical restriction, food restriction, allergies, special diets, current medication, health issues, or anything that we need to consider to make your trip enjoyable and without concerns.
Take only whatever it is necessary for the trek and leave the rest at the hotel.
For more information about the recommendations for this Trek, download our PDF: IMPORTANT INFORMATION MOONSTONE 5D
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