Sacred Valley Nature Program

Number of participants: 4 to 8
Transportation: By bus and on foot
Activity: Trekking
Duration: Five days and four nights.


Day 1: Yanahuara - Mantanay
Life Zones Exploration Program
At 7:00am, we’ll pick you up at your hotel and go by bus to Yanahuara. From there, we’ll begin our uphill trek, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, on a path that crosses streams and woods. Along an easy-going walk, our nature interpreter will show us the vegetation and describe the different ecological systems. Around noon, we’ll have lunch, and after a rest, we’ll continue toward Mantanay, arriving between 4:00 and 5:00pm. We’ll set up camp, have dinner and spend the night.

Day 2: Mantanay – Pacchac
Marsh and Wetlands Exploration Program
We’ll have an early breakfast and begin hiking at 8:00am. Today will be entirely dedicated to the exploration of wetlands and related ecosystems, as well as local Andean fauna and flora encountered along the way. As we near the afternoon hours, we’ll have a light lunch followed by a two-hour trek and our arrival in Pacchac at 5:00pm; Pacchac is a beautiful valley carved by the movement of glaciers now vanished. Here, we’ll have dinner and spend the night. 

Day 3: Pacchac - Chicón Glacial Zones Exploration Program
We’ll have an early breakfast and begin our trek at 8:00am. Today, we’ll be busy exploring how the glacier system works in the high altitudes of the Sacred Valley, as the glacial water systems irrigate several sub-basins and the alluvial lands at the bottom of the valley. We’ll arrive around 5:00pm at our campsite near Chicón, where we’ll have dinner and spend the night.

Day 4: Chicón – Quellococha
Stream System and Forests Exploration Program
After breakfast at 7:00am we’ll continue our trek at 8:00am. Today, we’ll highlight the fact that the Inca Sacred Valley contains as many as seven ecological systems, and that each one of these ecosystems is distinct—as is that of the river-valley forests. We’ll share a country-style lunch typical of the Andes, as well as an afternoon of free time. Continuing our hike in the afternoon hours, we’ll arrive at our campsite in Quellococha at 5:00pm.

Day 5: Quellococha – Wayoqari – Cusco
Productive Ecosystems Exploration Program
At 7:00 am, breakfast will be served, and at 8:00 we’ll begin our trek. Today, we’ll take advantage of an opportunity to study the different productive ecosystems (agricultural systems) up close. Then, we’ll have our last lunch together.

• Specialized English, Spanish and French speaking nature interpreter
• Cook and muleteers
• Pack horses
• Camping gear (tents, camping mattresses, etc.)
• All meals, including vegetarian options

Does not include:
• Sleeping bag.

• Leisure clothes
• Trekking shoes or boots
• Hat
• Raincoat or plastic poncho
• Insect repellent
• Sun block
• Flashlight and spare batteries
• Camera, film, etc.

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