08 Day Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Mild

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

Highlights

08 Day Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

We have created Salkantay Trekking an adventure in which you will be able to experience Peru at its best and like never before, Salkantay Trekking is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.
In this journey you will trek from 3,900m/12,800ft to 2,100m/6,900ft, traversing across magnificent mountain passes, enjoying enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks, seeing nature in its purest form and exploring more than 15 different ecosystems that we have in this area from beginning to end. Moreover, the chances for ethnic and cultural exchange are ever-present with local natives who still remain closely attached to their heritage and are very willing to share it.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO NAVEL OF THE WORLD – MUSEO INKA Y KORICANCHA

This morning will be reserved for resting or free time. In the afternoon we will visit the Inka Museum, home of thousands of years of Andean culture. Here we will become more familiar with the origins and beginnings of Andean civilizations. Continuing with the tour we will move onto the temple of Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo, that was and still remains the pinnacle of organization, architecture, and religion of Inka civilization.
During its construction, they had already achieved the greatest advances of their time, and this temple may have been the exact representation of the center, or “Navel of the World” and therefore the center of the world, as dictated by the pre-hispanic Andean cosmovision.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 2: FREE DAY (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES)

OPTION 1. – HALF DAY CITY TOUR (EXTRA US$25)

We will pick you up around 2:00 pm at the start of the tour.

The places to visit are:

  • Koricancha.
  • Sacsayhuaman.
  • Qenqo.
  • Pukapukara.
  • Tambomachay.

OPTION 2. – FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY  (EXTRA US$50)

We will pick you up around 8:00 am

The places we will visit are:

  • Pisaq
  • Pisaq Market.
  • Ollantaytambo.
  • Chinchero.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 3: FIRST DAY TREK: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA (L)(D)

We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:00 in the morning, we will stop for last-minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms. We will continue to our trek starting point, Sayapata.

We will meet with our support staff, and they will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Soraypampa (3850 meters above sea level). During the trip, we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. About 1:00 p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward Humantay Lake for 3 hours approximately, this is a beautiful lake in the mountains. We will come back to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 4: SECOND DAY TREK: SORAYPAMPA – CHALLWAY (B)(L)(D)

Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point ( 4600 meters above sea level).

We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second-highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive at our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00 p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 5: THIRD DAY TREK: CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA (B)(L)(D)

Around 7:00 a.m., we will start our trek and we will enjoy the beautiful sunrise. We will walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks’.the national bird of Peru Once at Playa Sahuayaco lunch. After lunch, we are going to hike couples hours more to get at Lucmabamba which is our last campsite also the beginning of the Inca trail of Llactapata.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 6: FOURTH DAY TREK: LUCMABAMBA – LLAPTAPATA -HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES (17KM, HOURS 9)

Around 8.00 am. we will gradually hike up for about 2 hours to finally get to Llapta Pata a beautiful archeological site that has connections to the Inca sites Machupicchu and Sayacmarka. We will have plenty of time to explore this nice Inca site and will then start our descent to Hydro-Electrica (power plant) which will take us about 1 ½ hour. A pleasant 3 hours walk will bring us to Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hostel for the night. After having stored our baggage we will go out and have dinner together in one of the many restaurants.

Lodging: Aguas Calientes Hatun Samay Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 7: FIFTH DAY TREK: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

This last day starts very early. We will wake you up at around 5.00 am have breakfast and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. There are two good reasons to be at the entrance of Machu Picchu very early:

1.- It is well worth the effort to get up early as the Inca city is quietest in the early morning and you will have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sunrise over Machu Picchu.

2.- Our guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu telling you about the history of Machu Picchu and the most important temples and altars. Of course, he will also take you to the classical viewpoint (sacred Rock Hut), this vantage point offers a terrific view of the whole Inkan city. After that, if you still have plenty of energy you should climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This is the steep mountain dominating the background of Machu Picchu.

From the top of Huayna Picchu, you have an absolutely stunning and breathtaking view of the complete Machupicchu area. It takes 1 hour to climb Waynapichu and 1 to 1 ½ hour (depending on if you want to make a detour to the great cavern) to return down. Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machupicchu you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch.

Usually, we take the bus at around 1:00 pm. The bus ride takes around 25 minutes and your guides will give you the ticket. Make sure that, before you leave Machu Picchu by bus, the guides give you the time and location of the restaurant where the group meets in Aguas Calientes. You will get your train and bus tickets back to Cusco in the restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 8: FREE DAY-FLY TO LIMA

Free morning to relax, this afternoon transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima.

What's Included

INCLUDES BEFORE SALKANTAY TREK

  • All transfers.
  • All transportation.
  • All tours.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All entrances
  • 03 night’s accommodations in 3 stars hotels.
  • All breakfast included in the accommodations

INCLUDES FOR THE TREK:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking, camping equipment and 6 kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks, and 4 Dinners.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 4.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo
  • transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Single Supplement US$250 (solo travelers)
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
  • International and intra flights.
  •  Meals where are not stated
  • Gratitudes
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$35
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs
  • First breakfast and last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals where not otherwise stated as included.
  • Gratitude or tips for your crew (cooks, horse herders, guides)

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

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