ECOCAMP GETAWAY 3D/2N
Archaeological sites of Killarumiyoq and Choquechurco
Salkantay and Humantay Mountains
The Peru Ecocamp Getaway Tour is for the adventurous traveler who has fewer days and wants to enjoy the breathtaking Peruvian Andes while staying at our luxurious ecocamps for a true glamping experience.
We will contemplate the majesty of the sacred Salkantay and Humantay mountains, and visit the Humantay Lake at 4,298 m / 14,100 ft. This tour includes a level of moderate hiking. Taking different paths and avoiding the more crowded trekking trails, this route offers a breathtaking natural scenery combined with historical and archaeological sites.
Start and finish:
3 days/2 nights
2-8 (per guide)
WHAT IS INCLUDED
✔ 2 nights in ecocamps
✔ Entrance to attractions
✔ All meals during tour
✔ All in-tour ground transportation
✔ Walks and bikes around ecocamps
✔ Specialized guides
✔ Drinking water
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
✘ Flights to Peru and Cusco
✘ Optional activities
✘ Laundry services
✘ Alcoholic beverages
✘ Accommodation in Cusco (see FAQ)
DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
DAY 1: CUSCO - CONDORS - PINCOPATA ECOCAMP
This first day will give participants time to adapt to the altitude and begin to prepare physically for the following days’ hiking. We will pick you up from your hotel at 8am for the trip to the Condor Viewing Point at Chonta. Along the way, we will stop and explore one of two archaeological sites: Kuillarumiyoc or Tarahuasi. These sites were important ritual sites during the height of the Inca Empire and still hold great significance today in Quechua society. While driving further, you will enjoy the landscape of the Limatambo valley and spot small farming communities nestled among the valley. Upon reaching Chonta, we will walk for approximately an hour along a narrow track with spectacular views of the Apurimac Canyon. We are almost certain to have the site completely to ourselves as most tourists tend to visit the area later in the afternoon. At the viewing point, there will be time to relax and observe the condors soaring over the canyon, while a specially prepared boxed lunch will be served. After lunch, we will return to our vehicle and continue to our final destination, Pincopata Ecocamp.
Upon arrival at Pincopata Ecocamp, we will be greeted with a lovely refreshment made from seasonal fruits and taken to our domes to enjoy a hot shower and a deserved rest. If rest is not your thing, you may prefer to walk around the camp or participate in the various extra activities available at the Ecocamp, such as horse-riding and biking. We will end the day with a superb dinner consisting of fresh and locally sourced foods typical of Peruvian-cuisine.
Driving Distance: 132.5 km / 82,8 mi
Driving Time: 3,5 hrs
Altitude Chonta: 3,400 m
Altitude Pincopata: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft
DAY 2: PINCOPATA ECOCAMP – TILCA & CHOQUECHURCO – PINCOPATA ECOCAMP
After breakfast, we continue along the road for 25 minutes to the community of Tilca, from hire we start our hike to the top of one of the sacred mountains, a gradual up-hill on meddle of typical vegetation and spectacular views of the valley and mountains before arrive to the top where we can see some stairs and platforms with religious proposes and retaining walls. After this experience we start descending to Marcahuaylla, from where we continue another short walk to access the archaeological remains of Choquechurco (Place where Gold is placed). This sacred place, unknown to many, is on our list of remote sites we like to visit. Situated among a forest of native Polylepis trees, this abandoned site will make you feel like a true explorer. We will discover remains of religious sites and settlements; carved boulders, small squares, and Inca walls covered with moss and vegetation
From this place, we will have views of Humantay Mountain, the Valley of Limatambo, Apurimac, and the town of Mollepata. Surrounded by remarkable scenery, we will stop to have lunch at this site before continuing the descent to our Pincopata Ecocamp.
Driving Distance: 20.4 km / 12.7 mi (round trip)
Driving Time: 30 minutes (rt)
Hiking distance: 10 km / 6.25 mi
Hiking time: 4-5 hrs
Altitude Tilca: 3,790 m / 12,431 f
Altitude Choquechurco: 3,200 m / 10,500 ft.
Altitude Pincopata: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft.
DAY 3: PINCOPATA ECOCAMP - SORAY - HUMANTAY LAKE - CUSCO
After breakfast, we’ll drive from Pincopata to the Soray where we will be presented with glorious views of the snow-capped peaks of the Salkantay and Humantay mountains. A welcoming tea will be awaiting us at Soray. We soon begin our hike to the glacial lake of Humantay, which will take one to two hours depending on pace. When we arrive, we will have plenty of time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery stretching across the colorful waters of the lake to the glacier that towers above. We will then begin our descent to Soray and return to Pincopata for a wonderful final meal before returning to Cusco.
Distance to Soray: 20 km/12.5 mi
Driving time: 1.5 hrs (round trip)
Trekking distance: 6.4 km / 4 mi
Trekking time: ± 3 hrs.
Altitude Glacial Lake: 3,869 m / 12,690 ft.
Driving time Cusco: 2 hrs
Hiking level: moderate