Wild Peru

11 Days
from AUD$ 8,225


  • 8-days trekking through one of the wildest and rarely visited regions of Peru
  • Experience a cocoa leaf ceremony with the Patabamba Community
  • Get hands on with the Huchuy Qosqo community as you plough the fields and learn of their connection to Mother Nature
  • Enjoy Inter-Andean valleys with impressive viewpoints over the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Experience local culture through the interpretation of stars, accompanied by traditional music around a warm wood fire
  • Trek to the Rainbow Vinicunca Mountains

Hidden in the world’s longest continental mountain range, the Andes, is one of Peru’s best kept secrets. The rainbow coloured Vinicunca Mountains. Trekking to this spectacle, you will be treading through one of the wildest and rarely visited regions of Peru, and the crown jewel in the Andes.

Explore low alpine valleys, traditional Peruvian villages still rich in tradition and remote Andean culture. Snow capped peaks will tower over you, herds of llamas, glaciers and turquoise lakes will encapsulate you.

Condors will soar above you, pumas and bobcats will dart past. Bathe in hot springs along the way. You will circumnavigate the massive Ausangate Peak before reaching the breathtaking geological features of the ‘Rainbow Mountains’. The landscape looks like it has been painted with a brush. Red, orange, ochre, turquoise and blue create an unforgettable sight.

Combined with a fascinating and educational few days with remote Sacred Valley tribes, you will learn and witness their customs and traditions. From cocoa leaf ceremonies, to traditional dance and story telling under the stars, this is a journey that you will not forget, as you uncover the hidden secrets and beauty of Wild Peru.

Journey map

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Day 1 - Arrive Cusco

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure as you acclimatise to the altitude. The undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, Cuzco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and the gateway to Machu Picchu. Cosmopolitan Cuzco (also Cusco, or Qosq’o in Quechua) thrives with a measure of contradiction. Ornate cathedrals squat over Inca temples, massage hawkers ply the narrow cobblestone passages, a rural Andean woman feeds bottled water to her pet llama while the finest boutiques sell pricey alpaca knits.

Overnight at Hotel Quinta San Blas or similar

Altitude: Approx. 3,400m

Day 2 - Cusco to Patabamba and Huchuy Qosqo

Following breakfast this morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and transferred to Patabamba Community, its original name, Patapampa, meaning ‘plain’ or ‘flat place’ in the Quechua language. You will arrive at Patabamba community at approx. 8am and witness a coca leaf ceremony that is undertaken by scholars. The locals will then show you how to collect leaves, flowers, and herbs (according to the season), which are then used to carry out the traditional process of dyeing fabric which is then used to make clothes; a process handed down over many generations.

At 9am, you depart from Patabamba and head to Huchuy Qosqo archaeological remains. Located at 3,550m, the name comes from a Quechua word which means Little Cusco, however it was also known as Q’acyacawana which means in Spanish ‘place from where we can see thunder’. Historically, it is known for being the place of Inca Wiracocha, who died there according to legend. In colonial times, a mummy found was assumed to be Inca, and was burnt by Francisco Pizarro.

During your walk, you will enjoy Inter-Andean valleys typical of the region, with impressive viewpoints over the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a midmorning traditional style snack, explore a part of the Inca trail which is also part of the Q’apac Ñan. In the village of Pukamarca, you will be able to take a break and enjoy a lunch box prepared by Patabamba Community members. Continue walking until you reach the archaeological remains of Huchuy Qosqo. From here, descend through typical flora and fauna from the region to the Huchuy Qosqo Community, arriving at the lower part of the Community before crossing to Lamay Qosqo, where you will see the differences between the two communities. (B,L,D)

 2 nights in Huchuy Qosqo Community in a rural homestay

Walking distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles.

Walking time: Approx. 6-7 hours 

Difficulty: Moderate

Altitude: Patabamba Community: 3,800 m,  Huchuy Qosqo archaeological remains: 3,550 m, Lamay village: 2,940 m

Day 3 - Huayllafara

Early this morning, enjoy a local breakfast with the Huchuy Qosqo community. From here, you make your way to the Huayllafara Community, where you will be welcomed at the Cultural Centre for Interpretation with traditional music and beautiful flowers together with a ‘tinka’ – a symbolic benediction to Mother Earth to thank her for this new day and spending it with kindred people from different cultures.

After being welcome into the community, you will meet, the “Yachaqs – Children of the Earth.” The “Yachaqs” (Quechua word for “wise”) are experts in Andean agriculture. Decoding the cycles and the desires of the Pachamama (Mother Earth) is not only an ancient knowledge, but also a way of ensuring the village’s subsistence. In the community of Huayllafara you will learn about the art of Andean agriculture and the importance of the environment, all through the perspective of the Andean man. The community members will teach you the importance of vertical control, time cycles, seasons, and agricultural rituals.

Then, you will put your new knowledge to practice using traditional tools to plant or harvest food and manage a team of oxen! You will walk away from this experience an expert in Andean agriculture and with a better understanding of the villager’s relationship with the Earth.

After working up an appetite, you will have an amazing lunch consisting of local dishes prepared fresh with local ingredients harvested from the fields of Huayllafara.

Experience a culture filled night on your return to the Huchuy Qosqo community, with the interpretation of stars and storytelling, accompanied by traditional music around a warm wood fire. (B,L,D)

Walking distance: 8 km / 5 miles.

Walking time: Approx. 6hours 

Difficulty: Moderate,  Altitude 3,550 m

Day 4 - Janac Chuqibamba Community

Following breakfast with the Huchuy Qosqo community, you will continue on to the Janac Chuquibamba community, where you will be welcomed with flowers and traditional Andean music. From here, enjoy a 30 min walk to a rocky hill, where you will find many Achupalla plants. These spiny leaved plants are regarded as a gift from Mother Earth by the members of the community; having medicinal purposes and are also used in many ways including making cooking utensils, bags, belts and for firewood. Even the Suksakuro worm which can be found living inside it is considered a delicacy and very nutritious! Discover the mysteries and uses of the Achupalla plant and taste the local gastronomy with products from the area. After your walk, you will enjoy a lunch made by the locals with ingredients harvested from the village fields.

You will finish your experience in the Andes with a traditional Earth ceremony called ‘Pago a la Pachamama’ or ‘Payment to the Mother Earth’ to thank her for our experiences and learnings.

Transfer to your hotel in Cusco. (B,L)

Overnight at Hotel Quinta San Blas or similar 

Walking distance: 10 km / 6 miles.

Walking time: Approx. 7hours 

Difficulty: Moderate,  Altitude 3,600 m

Day 5 - Chillca

Early in the morning, you will start a fascinating trip by bus through the fertile valley Vilcanota to Checacupe. You will visit a colonial temple and then head uphill to the valley of Pitumarca where you will pass through an amazing canyon called Japura which leads you to Chillca, where you will be welcomed by the local community. Enjoy a short walking tour until you reach the first ‘tambo’ (a place to rest). Once you have checked into your lodge, you will have time to relax and enjoy some typical music offered by the community people. (B,L,D)

Overnight Chillca Lodge

Walking time: 1.5hours

Difficulty: Low difficulty, Altitude 4,368 m

Journey Time: Drive approx. 4 hours


Day 6 - Machuracay

Today you will start your trekking in the wide valley of Pampa Uyuni. You will witness some unique sights of majestic ice floes. The path becomes narrower as you come closer to waterfalls whichflow from Santa Catalina mountain. Visit the small Paloma lagoon and take in the beautiful landscape full of lamas and alpacas before passing another lagoon, reaching Machuracay Tambo, and your lodge for the night situated at the base of the sacred Apu Ausangate Mountain. (B,L,D) 

Overnight Machuracay Lodge 

Walking distance: Approximately 11 km

Walking time: 8 hours

Difficulty: High difficulty,  Altitude 4,350m-4,850 m

Day 7 - Anantapata

Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast this morning. After a hard uphill hike to the valley of Palomichayoc, you will have a chance to absorb the unforgettable view. Descend to Ausangatecocha lagoon and take in the amazing sight of the southern part of the ‘Apu’ ice floe, sure to inspire you while trekking. Make your way through the unusual reddish sandy formations that belong to ‘Inca´s Snow Peak’ and overnight at Anantapata Tambo, close to the spectacular mountains. (B,L,D)

Overnight Anantapata Lodge

Walking distance: Approximately 10 km

Walking time: 8 hours

Difficulty: High difficulty,  Altitude 4,650m-5,200 m

Day 8 - Huampocoha

Today is one of the most fabulous parts of your trek. You will be led along the multicoloured layers of the Rainbow Mountains. This red, yellow, sienna, grey and blue path will give you a great opportunity to study geological wonders and admire the unique beauty of this landscape. More than that, this is a perfect place to observe some groups of graceful wild ‘Vicuñas’, thought to be the wild ancestor of the alpaca, which can be seen on these lonely paths.

You will overnight in Huampococha Tambo, surrounded by unusual rocky formations near the lagoon of the same name, the place where ‘Huallatas’ (Andean geese) make their nests. (B,L,D)

Overnight Huampococha Lodge

Walking distance: Approximately 10 km

Walking time: 7 hours

Difficulty: High difficulty,  Altitude 4,730m- 5,100 m

Day 9 - Cusco

After a last and short uphill hike to Anta Pass, you will gradually start descending. Soon you will see the first houses and cultivated fields. The landscape changes quickly and the reddish sandy formations take over the chalkstone mountains that make up the unique rocky woods. This is an ideal habitat for spotting the shy Viscachas. Your driver will be waiting for you when you reach the valley of Pitumarca to transfer you back to Cusco. (B,L)

2 nights at Hotel Palacio Manco Capac or similar

Walking distance: Approximately 8 km

Walking time: 5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate – High difficulty,  Altitude 4,900 m

Journey Time: 3 hour drive

Day 10 - Cusco

Today is yours at leisure to explore Cusco. (B)

Day 11 - Departure

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Services of an English/Spanish speaking guide
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visas
  • 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 etc

**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.



Start Date
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Start Date
01st Oct 2024
End Date
11th Oct 2024
11 Days
$8,225 AUD
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30th Apr 2025
End Date
10th May 2025
11 Days
$8,636 AUD
Start Date
01st Oct 2025
End Date
11th Oct 2025
11 Days
$8,636 AUD

What our adventurers are saying

More beautiful than I could have ever imagined, and worth every step of the four day trek through the wild Andean mountains and 5,300m passes to get there. I’ve never been as challenged physically or mentally, but I’ve also never been somewhere so stunning in its natural beauty, so remote and so far off the beaten tourist path. We saw a grand total of five other trekkers during the five days we were there! Crooked Compass thank you for the adventure of a lifetime, the Ausangate trek and your Wild Peru itinerary has moved me and changed me in ways I could never have predicted.

Nina Karnikowski