Moonstone to Machu Picchu Trek

Our travelers love the little-known Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu Trek (formerly called Moonstone to Sun Temple Trek), a superb alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek. On this remote route you see few if any other trekkers, so you have this spectacular eastern extension of the Inca Trail all to yourself. No permits are necessary. You follow the footsteps of the Incas who built a high route from their capital city Cuzco westward through the rugged cordillera and filled their empire with amazing temples and royal residences.

You camp high and discover the beauty of tranquil Andean valleys with sublime views toward the 18,000-foot snowpeaks of the Urubamba and Huayanay Ranges. You also explore amazing Inca stonework in an enormous 15th-century quarry site of Cachiqata. After descending into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you reach the royal Inca town of Ollantaytambo, with its remarkable sun temple. From here, we take the train to Machu Picchu and overnight at a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town just below the site. Next day you have a Machu Picchu tour and a full day's exploration of the legendary city before returning by train back to Cuzco.

Quick Facts

  • 5 Days, in/out Cuzco
  • 4 days hiking/3 nights camping; 1 night at hotel below Machu Picchu
  • Full day exploring magnificent Machu Picchu
  • Weekly Sunday group departures May - October
  • Enjoy unspoiled, uncrowded Inca Trails and tranquil high Andean valleys
  • Marvel at sublime views toward 18,000-foot snowpeaks
  • Explore rich archeological remains, including an enormous Inca quarry

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