CUSCO / SALKANTAY 8 DAYS / 7 NIGTHS
Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights
Departures: Every day, all year round
DAY 01: Cusco
We will pick you up from Cusco airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the morning free to relax and slowly acclimatize. In the afternoon pick up from your hotel for a city and nearby inca site tour in a group basis. Leaving by vehicle to Sacsayhuaman, a vast fortress built on three platforms overlooking the city of Cusco. From here we continue to Kenko, a site of worship with a large rock carved into the shape of a Puma. The road continues uphill to Pucapucara and Tambomachay, a site with Inca baths. Return to Cusco, and visit the main sites around the Plaza de Armas,the cathedral that containing more than 400 paintings in cusqueña style, Sun Temple of Koricancha inside the Santo Domingo Church. Overnight in Cusco hotel, meals on your own.
DAY 02: Cusco / Sacred Valley
Pick up from hotel to enjoy the Sacred Valley for a full day tour in group visit to the Pisac inca site and the typical market and then on to Ollantaytambo town and its arqueological sites.The town is unique in that it still preserves its original inca plan with people living in traditional canchasenclosures once occupied by the Inca elite. We will also visit the Inca ruins situated on a hilltop landscape with surrounding terracing and cyclopean rock carvings. From the hill-top there is an extraordinary view of the village below and the surrounding countryside.Chinchero will be the next stop to visit the Inca Ruins, the colonial Church and some weaving centers to witness the making of traditional weaving with natural dyes. Finally we will back to Cusco city, check in hotel.
DAY 03: Cusco / Mollepata / Salkantaypampa
We will depart very early, around 05:30 am and we’ll drive to Tarawasi an Incan Archeological site where you will explore and have the proper explanation from your guide, continuing up we’ll get to the village of Mollepata, where we will make a short stop for you to buy breakfast, afterwards back on the road to Soraypampa (3700 m).
Where we will meet the horses (who will carry the supplies and backpacks) and we will start the hike in order to get Umantay Lake and enjoy the view of umantay snow cape mountain (5920 m) – around 2 hours up then 1 hour downhill of walking and then a stop for lunch. After lunch we walk around 2 hours more before the valley broadens and flattens out and the beautiful conical snow-capped peak of Salkantay snow cape mountain comes into view. Camp site at Salkantay pampa (3800m) we will have dinner and camp our first night.
DAY 04: Salkantaypampa / Collpabamba
This morning’s views. Today is the hardest day as we will be climbing up for approx. 3 hours to a pass (4620 m) close to Salkantay snow Cape Mountain (6400 m) – the highest part of the trek. A spectacular day! From here we will descend 2 hours into the upper cloud forest where the climate changes towards semi-tropical and we stop for lunch at Wayraq machay (3900). After a delicious meal we will carry on for another 3 hours of hiking down we arrive at our second camp in Challway (3,200m) or Collpabamba.
DAY 05: Collpabamba / Lucmabamba
After an early breakfast we start our third day of hiking. We will walk for around 5 hours, descending 2,000m down through the changing vegetation to the warmer camp at the village of COLLPABAMBA. Much of the path follows a small river with waterfalls, and we may see parrots, hummingbirds, orchids, bamboo and much more in the tropical forest. on the afternoon we can explore the coffee, avocado and sub-tropical fruits plantation.
DAY 06: Lucmabamba / Llaqtapata / Aguas calientes
We walk to Llaqtapata (2900 m) approx. 3 hour on a recently discovered Inca trail. This trail originally was used to transport agricultural products to the population on Machu Picchu and it takes us through an area with coffee plantations and subtropical fruits and crops. We see for the first time the impressing Machu Picchu on a mountain saddle further into the valley. afterwards down around 2 hours to Hidroelectrica for lunch and then train to Aguas Calientes.
Note: It is also possible to take the train from Hidroeléctrica to Aguas Calientes instead of hiking; (about $15).
DAY 07: Machupicchu / Cusco
We get up early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu. “ magnificence” is the only word to describe the scene and Machupicchu ruins, the “ lost city of the incas. Believed to be an Inca settlement built to control the economies of neighboring communities, it is associated with being theroyal state of Pachacuti, the great Inca who sparked the expansion of the empire.where you will have your official guide ( 2- 3 Hour ) walks you through the different sectors of the hill-top citadel, with astonishing views, telling you aspects of life here that will take you back in time. Lunch is included in Machu Picchu Village. Afternoon you will board the train( approx. 1.5hrs) back to Ollantaytambo station ,where a private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you by road to Cusco(approx.2 hrs)to check in to your hotel.B.L.
Optional: Climb up to waynapicchu mountain or machupicchu mountain. special permits are required and they are issued in limited quantities.
DAY 08: Cusco / Lima / Out
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima – or any other connecting destination. (B.)
Private service: Combined
- Hotels with breakfast
- Tours mentioned
- Entrance fees to cathedral, qoricancha, and archaeological
- Transfers on arrival and departure
- Meals detailed on the itinerary
- Official guides
- Standard class hotels in Cusco,Sacred Valley
- Train ticket round trip from ollantaytambo to
- Transfer sacred valley hotel / Ollantaytambo station/
- Tourist transportation for all the services
- Personalized assistance
- Meals in the main cities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Laundry services
- Additional tours
- Airline tickets
- Good Walking Shoes
- Standard clothing used for travelling outdoor worldwide
- Light Outdoors Gear
- Rain protection gear, sun protection and insect repellent
- Warmer clothes especially in the Months of May – July when temperature can vary
from hot days to freezing nights. In the altitude, layered clothing systems are best
for Peru’s diversity