Home to 54 native Quechua speaking families dedicated to agriculture and animal pasturing, Canca-Cancha is a community of Peruvian llama breeders nestled in beautiful mountains at 3,954 metres above sea level. These families all have rich cultural backgrounds that are on the verge of disappearing as most are forced to work in cities away from their hometowns to be able to provide for their community.
With family owned llamas only being used once or twice a year, mostly to transport potato seeds, taking part in this conservation project provides an opportunity for them to use their llamas throughout the year and encourages sustainable business within the community.
Join the Llama Pack Project and enjoy breath-taking surroundings as you trek ancestral trail routes. Take in the awe inspiring views of glaciers and be welcomed into the highland homes of the local Chana Chana people.
This is your opportunity to be an active part of a Llama customs conservation project that works to recover the traditional uses and breeding of carrier llamas as a tool for sustainable rural development, as well as conservation of mountain ecosystems, generating long-term sustainable development within neighbouring communities in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Distance: Approx. 14km
Altitude: 2,700 - 3,950 m
Day 1 - Sacred Valley
This morning you will be met at 8.00am at the Charán Bridge in the town of Huaran (approx. 2hrs from Cusco). It is from here that your adventure begins, as you take local transport on unpaved roads towards Saywapata, the start point of your trek. You will meet members of the Llama Pack Project, and their Llamas, at approx. 8.30am and after a short introduction about the work of the Llama Pack Project, you will prepare the llamas and start your trek.
Set off at an easy pace and take in the beautiful landscape and bio-diversity that surrounds you as you scale the moderate incline. Enjoy rest stops and a picnic brunch along the way before continuing on for the town of Cancha Cancha (approx. 2hrs).
Located in the beautiful mountains at 3,954 metres above sea level, Cancha Cancha divides the Sacred Valley in two and offers spectacular views of the Chicon and Sirihuani glaciers to the east and the imposing Colquecruz glacier to the west. You will have some time here to mingle with the locals and wander the streets of the quaint town.
This afternoon, enjoy a snack of sweet cookies and warm tea while you prepare your camping gear. Dinner will be served this evening, before you rest in preparation for tomorrows activities. (Brunch,D)
Overnight camping in tent
Day 2 - Return to Huaran
After an early breakfast you will have time to explore Cancha Cancha as it awakens and witness the locals go about their daily life. Spend some time mingling and chatting to the friendly locals before setting off mid morning on your hike.
Enjoy spectacular views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas as you trek, do a spot of bird watching as you pass through wonderful forests of native trees and bushes such as Queñuas, Alisos and Chachacomos, and marvel at the striking rock formations along the way.
Upon your arrival back to the town of Huaran, enjoy a refreshing drink as you bid farewell to your new friends, of both human and Llama kind! (B)
- Hotel pick up from the Sacred valley
- 1 nights accommodation
- 2 Breakfasts, 1 Dinners
- English/Spanish speaking local guide
- Assistant guide
- Llama guide
- Pack Llamas
- Camping fee
- Dining tent, tables, stools and picnic blankets
- Camping fee
- International and domestic flights
- Sleeping bag and tent
- Travel and medical insurance
- All services, meals other than those indicated above
- Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
- All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips
**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.
* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.
* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.
**Treks will not operate during Easter, Inti Raymi festivity (June 22-27), Christmas (Dec 24) and New Year (Dec 31).