7 days
Duration

This breathtaking trek takes you through diverse landscapes and altitudes, as we trek around the skirts of Mount Salkantay (6271m/20,568ft) and camp within sight of the snowcapped peaks. We ascend to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at (4,600m/15,088ft) and descend into a tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far.


Included

All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa (and other transfers) Entrance fees
All hotel accommodations Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
All breakfasts included in the accommodations Camping Equipment (Tents)
Professional, bilingual tour guide  3 meals a day (during the camping)
Dining tent with professional chef  Horses and horsemen to carry the equipment

 

Not included

International and local airfare Tips for the guide
Optional: walking sticks, sleeping bags / inflatable matress / rainponchos Optional tours
Meals where not otherwise stated  First breakfast and last lunch

7 DAYS ITINERARY

1

Cusco

Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be brought to your hotel where you will spend the first night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings. You have several options:

OPTION 1 – HALF DAY CITY TOUR
(Additional Price: USD 30 per person).

We will pick you up at 1.00 PM from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places.

– The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
– The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art.
– Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.
– Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.
– Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.
– Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

Included:
Transportation
– Professional English speaking guide.

Not included:
Tourist ticket (extra PEN 105)
– Dinner
– Gratuity

OPTION 2: FREE WALKING TOUR AT 3:00PM

We will be visiting the places below:

– Main square of Cusco
– Wall of 12 angles stone
– San Pedro market

The tour will be for about 2 hours approx. 

2

Open day at Leisure

OPTION: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
(Additional Price: USD 45 per person).

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is from Cusco, and at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm.

Included:
Transportation
– Professional English speaking guide.

Not included:
Tourist ticket (extra PEN 70)
– Meals
– Gratuity

P.S: Tonight we will have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00pm at the hotel lobby. 

3

The adventure begins

Today we pick you up at 5:00 am and travel by bus to Mollepata. We will then take a 3 hour hike to Cruzpata where we will have lunch with the panoramic views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Humantay (4120m)/(13500ft) and Salkantay (6271m)/(20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our trek towards Soraypamapa, our first campsite at (4000m)/(12750ft); the highest and coldest campsite of the trip, taking in the beautiful landscape along the way.

Overnight at the campsite. 

4

Salkantay

We will have breakfast at around 5:30 am and begin our hike to the highest pass on this trek at (4650m)/(15200ft), located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the view of the 2 snow-capped mountains is incredible. There is a possibility of snow here.

After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, also known as Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch for approximately 3 hours towards the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (3000m)/(9800ft). We may reach the other campsites of Challway or Andenes (depends on the pace of the group).

Overnight at the campsite. 

5

Cloud Forest

After breakfast, at 6:30 am, we start trekking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a series of small brooks/creeks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will camp in the warm climate of La Playa (2500m)/(8202ft). After a rest, we will go to the hot springs and enjoy the well-deserved, soothing water. A real treat after finishing the trek! (Optional)

Overnight at the campsite. 

6

Aguas Calientes

We will have breakfast at 6:30 am and then head for Llactapata, a 3 hour steady climb. Llactapata is an incredible Inca fort from which we will see Machu Picchu! After some photos and rest, we will continue on a 2 hour downhill hike passing a variety of plantations that produce coca, bananas, etc., until we reach the hydroelectric for lunch. And then we walk for a couple of hours until getting to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night at the hotel.

Overnight at Aguas Calientes hotel.

Optional: In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the hot springs in the town, (entrance 10 soles).

7

Machu Picchu

You will have breakfast and then your Guide will pick you up from your hotel (5:40am). You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise and then begin your walking tour (approximately 2 hours) with your guide, after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You can meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (reachable by bus or on foot) for lunch and to get your train tickets back to Cusco. Please leave enough time to catch your train. It is a 20-minute bus ride from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and buses leave when they are full. It is also necessary to be at the train station in advance (20 minutes before).

8

Cusco

After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according your flight itinerary.

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