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9-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Product Code: 2872-76990
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Cusco
  • • Chinchero
  • • Maras
  • • Moray
  • • Mollepata
  • • Soraypampa
  • • Salkantay Trek
  • • Lucmabamba
  • • Machu Picchu
  • • Humantay Lake
Tour Code
2872-76990
Duration
9 days
Departure City
Cusco
End City
Cusco
Tour Type:
Hiking
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Backpacker, Historical, UNESCO, Nature, Adventure

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Itinerary
Day 01
Cusco

Cusco

Hotel: Tandapata Boutique or similar

Upon your arrival Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), your guide will greet you and take you to our partner lodge, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes' walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. This day will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3,400 meters, or 11,000 feet, above sea level.

You will meet the other members of your expedition at 5:00pm.

Tips:
Airport pick-up service is available in the morning till 11:00am. Your guide will be waiting in the lounge holding a sign with your name on it.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Cusco

Chinchero - Maras - Moray

Hotel: Tandapata Boutique or similar

Home of the ruins of the royal palace of the Inka Tupac Inca Yupanqui, Chinchero is a picturesque community located on a high plateau overlooking the many snowcapped peaks of the Andes. Here we can admire the well-preserved Inca walls of the main square as well as the numerous altars. We'll also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on we'll be formally introduced to the art of Andean textiles; and become acquainted with the technique of Andean weaving, a tradition passed down since long before Inca times. Traditional food will be prepared for lunch here.

In the afternoon we'll visit Moray, an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes. Here the many concentric terraces produce a fine gradient of micro-climates; the warmth of the lowest central ring slowly dissipates as the rings ascend outward and upward, creating reductions in temperatures until reaching the ground-level norm. From there we'll continue on to the living town of Ollantaytambo, returning to Cusco in the late afternoon.

Day 03
Cusco

Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

Hotel: Soraypampa Camp or similar

We'll leave Cusco between 4:30am and 5:00am. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata, arriving at around 8:00am. We'll stop for last-minute supplies and a bathroom break, then continue on to the trailhead at Sayapata.

We'll meet with our support staff, who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00am we'll begin the hike to Soraypampa, 3850 meters, or 12,631 feet, above sea level. During the hike you'll see panoramas of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. We'll stop for a Peruvian lunch at around 1:00pm.

After lunch, we'll continue hiking another three hours to Humantay Lake, later returning to camp where dinner and your tents will be ready and waiting.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Salkantay Trek

Soraypampa - Challway

Hotel: Challway Camp or similar

After a nutritious breakfast, we'll start the most difficult part of the trek. We begin around 7:00am, and hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then follow a trail to the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will reach the highest point at 4600 meters, or 15,092 feet, above sea level.

Get ready for some spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing summit of the Salkantay, the the highest peak in the Willkapampa mountain range. Around 1:00pm, we'll have our lunch in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately three hours, we'll arrive at our camp in Challway, 2920 meters (9,580 feet) above sea level. Around 7:00pm, we will recuperate with the help of a hearty dinner.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Salkantay Trek

Challway - Laplaya - Lucmabamba

Hotel: Local Family Home or similar

We'll break camp at 7:00am and walk for about five hours toward Playa Sahuayaco, passing through a town called Collpabamba, where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of the Andean cock-of-the-rock, the national bird of Peru. After lunch at Playa Sahuayaco, we'll hike a few more hours, ultimately arriving at Lucmabamba, where you will spend the night with a local coffee farming family.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Aguas Calientes

Lucmabamba - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Hotel: Waman hotels / Hatun Samay hotel or similar

In the morning we'll drive for two hours toward the Hydroelectric station, then hike another three hours to Aguas Calientes (6,693ft/2040m), stopping halfway for lunch. You'll have time to check into your room for a shower and some rest before a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 07
Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Hotel: Tandapata Boutique or similar

We'll wake you up at around 5:00am have breakfast, then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. There are two good reasons to be at the entrance of Machu Picchu early:

The Inca city is quietest in the early morning and you will have plenty of time to take photos of the sunrise over Machu Picchu.

Our guide will give you a tour of Machu Picchu and tell you about the history of Machu Picchu and its most important temples and altars. He will also take you to the classic view point, affording a terrific view of the whole Inca city. After that you'll have time to explore the site on your own. If you still have the energy you should climb Huayna Picchu Mountain (trail fee not included). This is the steep mountain dominating the background of Machu Picchu.

Usually we take the bus back to the village of Aguas Calientes at around 1:00pm. The bus ride takes around 25 minutes and the fare is included in your package. Before you leave Machu Picchu make sure you ask the guide when and where the group will meet in Aguas Calientes. You will get your train and bus tickets back to Cusco at the restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

Day 08
Cusco

Cusco

Hotel: Tandapata Boutique or similar

Free day to explore the old capital of the Inca Empire, the legendary navel of the world: Colonial churches, mutiple parks and squares, and colonial mansions built atop perfectly constructed original Inca walls. Artesian stores full of souvenirs of all kinds - weavings, jewelry, stonework and more! And of course, local restaurants with the very best Andean cuisine!

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Cusco

Cusco

The morning is your to relax and unwind. If you're feeling up to it, you might want to join the optional (and free) walking tour visiting the following places:

- Plaza de Armas
- Plaza Nazarenas
- San Blas neighborhood
- The twelve-angle stone
- San Pedro local market

A driver will be available in the afternoon to drive you to the airport.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Pre-Trek
    All transfers
    All transportation
    All tours
    Professional English-speaking tour guide
    All entrance fees
    4-night accommodations in 3-star hotels
    Breakfast daily

  • During the Trek
    Professional English-speaking tour guide
    Assistant tour guide for groups of 9+
    Chef
    Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment
    Transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail
    Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek)
    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 on Day 4
    Inflatable mattress
    Oxygen bottle
    First aid kit
    Entrance to Machu Picchu
    Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
    Train fare from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
    Transportation Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Package Excludes

  • Sleeping bag
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic flights
  • Additional food and drink
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee
  • Entrance to the hot springs
  • First breakfast and last lunch at Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for your crew (cooks, horse herders, guides)
Special Notes
  • No cancellations once booking has been made and confirmed.
  • What you need to bring:
    - Original passport
    - Walking boots
    - Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
    - Warm jacket
    - Hat and gloves
    - T-shirts
    - Comfortable trousers
    - Sun hat
    - Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
    - Insect repellent
    - Toiletries and hand sanitizer
    - Personal medication
    - Camera and film
    - Flashlight with spare batteries
  • To minimize the chance of altitude sickness, we recommend that you spend at least three days at a high altitude (above 3000 meters / 9842 feet above sea level) before setting off on the trip. You can also help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, abstaining from smoking and drinking, and drinking coca (ancient traditional leaf) tea.
  • To protect your own property, please carry all valuable items on your person at all times. Do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction, restaurant, etc. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 16 and above
* Child: 5-15 years of age
* Children under 5 are not permitted.
* Maximum room capacity: 2
* Minimum number of travelers per group: 2

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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Can you please specify the hiking requirements:
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feet uphill
feet downhill
We are in our 60's and are not sure if we can make it
thank you
07/27/2017 22:28:58
Tours4Fun 07/27/2017 23:05:41

Dear customer,

This trip does revolve around hiking up to Machu Pichu therefore hiking is part of a daily activity of this trip. You can expect to hike many hours a day(up to 6 hours) and thousands of feet.
I can't give an exact number but you can't exact to be hiking quite a bit everyday.


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