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MOONSTONE 5 DAYS

Moonstone 5D is a hike of 40.1 km to go and walk an average of 6-7 hours per day. This hike is intended for tourists who would like to know more deeply the processes that led to the development of various architectural Inca cities like Watta, Cachiccata and Ollantaytambo. Also, this hike allows us to know Andean populations that still keep the Inca customs and Inca calendars used to determine periods of harvests of various inputs of the time. This hike is tied to a great landscape and climatic diversity; where the variety of scenarios make this hike a great attraction to the sight of visitors.
This hike is recommended for adults: couples, groups of friends, people alone. Also, you may want to trek having a good physical preparation due to the distances and altitudes that you will find through the trek. Finally, the best time to do this trek is between the months of April to November. The other 4 months the route is closed due to the rainy season.

Moonstone 5D is a hike of 40.1 km to go and walk an average of 6-7 hours per day. This hike is intended for tourists who would like to know more deeply the processes that led to the development of various architectural Inca cities like Watta, Cachiccata and Ollantaytambo. Also, this hike allows us to know Andean populations that still keep the Inca customs and Inca calendars used to determine periods of harvests of various inputs of the time. 

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Our Itinerary is as follows:

ONE DAY BEFORE THE TREK

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.

DAY 1

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.

  • Distance: 10.5 Km.
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Low Altitude: 3331 m. /10928 Ft.
  • High Altitude: 3750 m. / 12303 Ft.
  • Campsite Altitude: 3750 m. / 12303 Ft.

DAY 2

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.

  • Distance: 8.8 Km.
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Low Altitude: 3750 m. /12303 Ft.
  • High Altitude: 4625 m. / 15173 Ft.
  • Campsite Altitude: 4350 m. / 14271 Ft.

DAY 3

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.

  • Distance: 11.8 Km.
  • Walking Hours: 8-9 hours
  • Low Altitude: 3525 m. /11564 Ft.
  • High Altitude: 3940 m. / 12926 Ft.
  • Campsite Altitude: 3525 m. / 11564 Ft.

DAY 4

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.

  • Distance: 9 Km.
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Low Altitude: 2792 m. / 9160 Ft.
  • High Altitude: 2040 m. / 6692 Ft.

DAY 5

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.

PRIVATE

INCLUDED

Briefing

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.

Transportation

  • Pick up from Hotel in Cusco in tourist bus to start off the trek
  • Train ticket in EXPEDITION from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket in EXPEDITION leaving from Aguas Calientes in the afternoon
  • Pick up from the train station in Cusco in bus and transfer to the hotel

(*)The return from Aguas Calientes will be together with your guide.  Time to be confirmed.

Accommodation

  • Camping for 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • One night of accommodation at Aguas Calientes

Campsite team

  • Professional tour guide fluent in English, specializing in hiking, with many years of experience, and trained in first aid and rescue. He will attend from the first day to the last day of the walk, leaving you at the hotel.
  • Professional Chef, Assistant Cook, and waiter to assist our passengers.  Our team studied at a Gastronomy College and have a lots of experience cooking along treks.
  • Muleteers to carry the equipment needed for the campsites, they will be with us from the beginning of the trek.
  • Horses to carry personal belongings from passengers up to 8Kg.
  • Horse in the event of a medical emergency.

Entrances

  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Citadel
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain (in case there is no longer availability when you’re booking, we will include Machu Picchu Mountain instead)

Campsite equipment

  • Eureka & Doite high mountain tent, that are waterproof and thermal, for up to 4 people, but for convenience we use them only for 2 people.
  • Air Mattress
  • Dining Tent
  • Kitchen Tent
  • Camping tables and chairs
  • Tableware
  • Bathroom Tent / Portable Toilet
  • First aid kit (alcohol, bandages, medication for altitude sickness, oxygen water, Band-Aids, oxygen tank, cotton, rescue ropes, e.g.)
  • 1 Walkie Talkie per Group.

Food

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.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Waterproof and Thermic Doite Tent for personal use in the event passenger would like to have a private tent. (However, tent has capacity for two persons)
  • Extra horse to carry client's personal belongings more than what is included (from 8 kilos to 15 kilos).
  • Personal saddle-horse
  • Tips
  • Hot springs at Aguas Calientes

 

OPTIONAL SERVICES

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.

IMPORTANT: If you decide to use this service, we suggest you to request during the booking.

 

Personal Tent

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

 

Public Restrooms

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.

 

Huayna Picchu

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: USD69.00 and the ticket to Machu Picchu costs an additional US$ 75.00 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.

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IMPORTANT: If you stay an extra night, consider that you automatically lose the return with your leader guide.

 

Train departure from Machu Picchu Station

To return by train from Machu Picchu Station, you must take into account the following:

  • Private Service: the customer will return with the leader guide.

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

IMPORTANT: If you the customer wants to make an upgrade of your train service (Train Hiram Bingham), you automatically lose the return with your leader guide.

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.

PRIVATE SERVICE* 

(Group participants Min 1 person; Max upon request)

For information regarding our prices in private service, please contact our sales executives: sales@waykitrek.net 

*Price per person, applies for departures from 1st April 2016 until 31st March 2017.

Important: There are no discounts applicable for this service. 

CANCELLATION POLICY

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.

Please consider:

  • If you cancel the booking between 30 to 10 days before the start of your trip; you will be required to pay 50% of the total cost.
  • If you cancel the booking between 10 to 3 days before the start of your trip; you will be required to pay 80% of the total cost.
  • If you cancel the booking between 1 to 2 days before the start of your trip; you will be required to pay 100% of the total cost.

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.

CERTIFICATION ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004

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.

WAYKI EXPERIENCE

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.

SMALL GROUP

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.

SOCIAL PROJECTS

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.

AVAILABILITY

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.

GROUP SIZES

For our PRIVATE departures the size of the group is determined by request of our passengers.

HOW TO BOOK

To book your Moonstone - 5 Days, we need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT):

Personal information:

1) Name of the tour:

2) Trekking starting Date:

3) Name (Include middle name):

4) Last Name:

5)Gender:

6) Birthday (DD/MM/YYYY):


7)Number of passport:

8)Passport Expiration Date:


9)Occupation:


10)If you are student (Do you have ISIC card) YES or NO


11)Nationality:


12)Email:


13)Phone Number:

14) Food Preference:

15)Allergies:

16)Medical Requirement:

17)Adittional Services:

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Deposit; In order to confirm a space for Moonstone 5D, a deposit of USD 200.00 per person is required. (Depending on the method chosen to make the deposit. The transaction fee is not included).

TO MAKE THE DEPOSIT

PAYPAL

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: leocusi@waykitrek.net

 

WESTERN UNION

In case you decide to use Western Union (http://www.westernunion.com), you will need the following information:

RECEIVER:

Name: MELISSA

Paternal name: QUISPE

Maternal name: GUTIERREZ

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.

 

PAYMENT CONDITIONS:

  • In order to guarantee your participation in the Moonstone 5D, you need to send us your deposit.  Otherwise we can NOT guarantee the service.
  • The deposit does not include any fee or tax for this transaction.
  • Once you send your deposit, please send us the confirmation receipt or MTCN in order to confirm your booking, otherwise we will not be responsible for your Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain spaces.
  • The deposit is NOT refundable, once you send us your information along with it, we immediately purchase your permit to the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • The last payment will be made at our Cusco office after your briefing.  Please note that we only take cash.

DOCUMENTATION

Passport

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.

IMPORTANT: If you bring your new passport and failed to inform us and this information was not updated, you won’t be allowed to enter Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or the use of the train services.​

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.

HEALTH

Medical Considerations

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.

Food Restrictions

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.

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE TREK

Take only whatever it is necessary for the trek and leave the rest at the hotel.

  • A Hiking/trekking Backpack (50 liters capacity)
  • A sleeping Bag that can resist preferably up to -10 Celsius degrees minimum.  It can be synthetic or feather.  If you do not have one, you can rent it from Wayki Trek as well.
  • Hiking Poles with rubber tips.  You can bring your own or rent them from WAYKI TREK
  • Trekking Clothing: Trekking Shoes, Raingear/waterproof clothes (pants, shorts, rain jacket), t-shirts, light sweater, clothes to rest in once at the camp. Sleepwear, socks, sandals, hat, sunglasses, and underwear.  In regards to the clothing to rest in once at the camp, it should be made of cotton so it can warm up, and during the nights a thicker sweater.  During the day time it is better to use the raingear or clothing that is waterproof. Also a warm jacket and cotton clothes for the nights.
  • 3 plastic bags to separate your clothes: clean, wet, dirty, and others.
  • Night in Aguas Calientes: Please bring with you a clean set of clothes to wear after the trek.  Also, you can bring along swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal Hygiene: Bring enough for the whole duration of the trek.  Towel for camping, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, wet wipes, and antibacterial gel.
  • If you want to get to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, do not forget to bring your swimwear.
  • Medicine: If you are taking any medications, please bring them with you.  It is also recommended to bring some over the counter medicine for the altitude sickness (Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamida).  It is also suggested to bring Anti Blister Gel to avoid getting blisters on your feet and being unable to continue on with your trek.
  • Flashlight LED auto rechargeable.  It will be used every night in the campsites.  This type of Flashlight won’t damage the environment as it is auto rechargeable.
  • Digital Camera with an external memory (2-4 Gb) (Optional)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sun Block SPF 60 (UVA-UVB) waterproof and sport
  • Insect Repellent in waterproof lotion. No Spray
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Water bottle made of flexible plastic brand Platypus.  This type of bottle is very easy to carry and does not take up a lot of space.  At the same time, they help in our effort to protect the environment.  WAYKI TREK will be refilling water throughout all of the trek.
  • Extra money to buy some beverages or other products at the beginning of the trek, preferably local currency (optional).  If you are going to stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes, you should take extra money in cash because the ATM machines money might run out rapidly.  If you won’t stay the night there and you will only have lunch, also take cash to avoid the same inconvenience.  We do suggest you to bring Peruvian currency, soles.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE TREK

  • Moonstone Trek is a trek that passes between 2700 m.a.s.l. to 4600 m.a.s.l., that’s why the landscapes are highlands with the respective vegetation of the area.  The temperature of the walk is temperate, with an average of 11.5 ° C.  Also, this hike has strong winds and heights that reach 4,600 m.a.s.l.
  • During the whole trek we will come across a few other trekking groups like us.  This trail is not as busy as the Inca Trail but equally attractive due to all the history behind the archeological sites and landscapes that are located along the way.
  • For this walk, we will stumble upon the presence of small indigenous communities that keep the Inca customs.
  • This hike is intended to teach our clients the calendar that the ancient Incas use in determining their growing seasons; it also shows the various quarries used for construction of buildings in Sacsayhuaman Inca and Ollantaytambo.

 

For more information about the recommendations for this Trek, download our PDF: IMPORTANT INFORMATION MOONSTONE 5D

 

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