Black Diamond Trek

Black Diamond Trek to MP NEW!  10 days

Seeking off-the-beaten path trails and the ultimate hiking challenge?  Join us on this unique10-day, 75-mile trek that takes you from the heart of Cusco to Machu Picchu along less-traveled mountain paths, and through traditional villages and remote archaeological sites. Along the way we mix luxury camping & mountain lodges, with the support of experienced guides and staff.  Don’t miss the trek of a lifetime!
Itinerary:

Day 0: Welcome to Cusco

Trip briefing in the evening: meet your guide and fellow travelers for some pre-trip details and Q&A’s. Lodging: El Mercado

Day 1: Piuray

Hike from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco to Piuray Lake. Explore the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site and enjoy a picnic lunch at Senqa Mountain en route to the Piuray campsite. 8 miles

Day 2: Huchuyqosoqo

Early-morning kayak excursion across Piuray Lake* to begin the hike to Huchuyqosqo. After a picnic lunch and exploration of the Huchuyqosqo archaeological site, end the day with a downhill hike to Lamay Lodge in the Sacred Valley. * or bike. 9 miles

Day 3: Pisaq

Early-morning kayak excursion across Piuray Lake* to begin the hike to Huchuyqosqo. After a picnic lunch and exploration of the Huchuyqosqo archaeological site, end the day with a downhill hike to Lamay Lodge in the Sacred Valley. 7 miles

Day 4: Cancha Cancha

After an early breakfast, depart Lamay Lodge for a short drive to the town of Huaran in the Sacred Valley. From there, begin an all-day hike to the remote village of Cancha Cancha along a traditional Inca trail. Trip briefing and dinner around the campfire. Hike 5.4 miles

Day 5: Quiswarani

Begin the day with a hearty breakfast at the Cancha Cancha campsite in preparation for the morning hike up to the Pachacuteq Pass. After a picnic lunch at the pass, continue hiking down to the remote village of Quiswarani. Hike 8 miles

Day 6: Huacahuasi

After breakfast, set out on a morning hike to the Sonqococha Lagoon, followed by a picnic lunch before continuing on to Quelquena. After a brief rest, embark on the final hike of the day to Huacahuasi Lodge. Hike 8 miles

Day 7: Choquechancha to Yukumarka

Start the day with a visit to the village of Choquecancha, celebrated for their exquisite traditional Andean textiles, to begin a morning hike to Jaukani. After a picnic lunch, continue on to Yukumarka to explore this secluded Pre-Inca archaeological site before driving back to Huacahuasi. Hike 5.6 miles

Day 8: Ollantaytambo

The day begins with breakfast at dawn and an early departure on a morning hike from Huacahuasi to Patacancha. Upon arrival, your MLP driver will be waiting to take you on a short scenic drive from Patacancha to Pumamarka for a picnic lunch and guided exploration of the Pumamarka archaeological site. The day ends with a hike along spectacular Inca terraces to Ollantaytambo, the oldest ‘living city’ in South America. Trip briefing and dinner at the hotel. Hike 8 miles

Day 9: The Sun Gate

After breakfast, catch an early-morning train from Ollantaytambo to the KM 104 marker along the rail route. After crossing the Chachabamba Bridge, you will begin a full-day hike along the classic Inca Trail through Winay Wayna to the celebrated Sun Gate entrance of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, descend along the perimeter of the citadel to catch the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes. at the base of Machu Picchu. Overnight MP Pueblo Hotel. Hike 7.5 miles

Day 10: Machu Picchu

Breakfast at dawn followed by an early-morning guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. After the tour, hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain*, and then return to Aguas Calientes for lunch before catching an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo to meet your MLP vehicle for the sunset drive back to Cusco. *Note: depending on permit availability. Hike 2.5 miles

Rate from $5500 (2021)