All Inclusive Peru Alternative Inca Trail – 10 Days
SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU
Cuzco – Mollepata – Salkantay – Santa Teresa – Machupicchu – Cusco
This alternative route to the classic Inca Trail will take you on a journey through amazing landscapes decorated with gorgeous flora and fauna endemic of this special region. The trek involves crossing valleys and scaling mountians before arriving to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
- Altitude: 1950 – 4600m. / 6398 – 15092 f.
- High Season: April – November
- Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
- Route: Closed in February *A minimum of 2 people are needed for this trek
DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL
Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be picked up by an English-speaking View Peru staff member who will bring you to the hotel of your choice to rest. You will be briefed on your itinerary and have the day free to relax and enjoy this seaside city.
DAY 2: LIMA CITY TOUR (B)
After breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up for your full Lima city tour. This amazing, sprawling capital city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 and will show you the contrast between colonial Peru and the modern, edgy culture in some of its residential neighborhoods. You will board a bus with an English-speaking guide who will lead you through the history and modern significance of this vibrant city. You will visit the Main Square with its Cathedral, famous tree balconies, Governmental Palace, and the San Francisco Convent with its eerie Catacombs holding many skeletons. From here you will move on to admire the hip residential neighborhoods of Miraflores and San Isidro with their many upscale shopping areas, restaurants, and bars. You will have the rest of the day free for you to further explore the city, it is recommended you experience Lima’s famous gourmet culinary scene.
DAY 3: LIMA – CUSCO
Following breakfast at your Lima hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Cusco, where you will be met again by View Peru to take you to your hotel in the city center. Today, you have the day free to acclimatize to the high altitude of this great city.
DAY 4: CUSCO CITY TOUR
Today, you will be taking a guided walking tour of Cusco. On the tour, you will be brought to many great historical and cultural sites around the city. You will see Cusco’s, literal, Inca foundations in the Temple of the Sun and your guide will point out all of the Inca walls around the city. The tour will bring you to the colonial monuments including the beautiful Cathedral and the Plaza de Armas.Your guide will also bring you to the San Pedro Market where you will see typical modern Peruvian life as people buy everything from fresh bread and fruits to livers and cow feet. In the evening, you will be free to relax and get ready for your exciting trek ahead.
DAY 5: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA (MARCOCCASA) – SORAYPAMPA (L, D)
At 5:30am our group will leave Cusco, passing the village of Mollepata (3000m/9843ft) before heading towards Marcoccasa (3400m/11154ft). In Marcoccasa, we will meet the horsemen and the rest of our group to start the trek. Our journey begins hiking through a magnificent valley surrounded by amazing snow-capped mountains such as Humantay (5217m/17116ft) and Salkantay (6264m/20551ft). Our campsite will be at the scenic Soraypampa (3700m/12139ft).
- Climate: cold
- Transport time: 4 hours
- Hiking time: 6 hours
DAY 6: SORAYAPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHALLWAY (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, our second day will be hiking towards Salkantay Pass (4600m/15092ft). This challenging hike gives us a great view of the looming, snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/2055ft). We will continue on to descend, which will give you time to enjoy the increasingly diverse and numerous vegetation in this lush environment. Our camp will be in Challway (3000m/9842ft), in the comfortingly warm tropical forest climate, amidst rich greenery, and plenty of mosquitoes as company – be sure you remember protection!
- Hiking time: 8-9 hours
DAY 7: CHALLWAY – WIÑAYPOCO – LA PLAYA (B, L, D)
The third day on this alternative Inca trail showcases the region’s gorgeous flora and sprawling plantations. We will descend to a dense forest to enjoy its great diversity of orchids, bromelains, and various other colorful exotic plants. From here will will continue on to view expansive coffee, cacao and fruit plantations on this fertile, secluded land. Your trek will travel through the villages of Wiñaypoco (2650m/8694ft) and La Playa (2100m/6890ft) where you will have the opportunity to meet local families. Our camping site will be in the warm village of La Playa.
- Hiking time: 6 hours
- Climate: Warm during the day with insects
- Note: If your group would like, it is possible to change the itinerary in order to visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa (1830m/6004ft) today.
DAY 8: LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN (B, L)
Our slightly uphill morning trek leads us to the archeological site of Llactapata (2650m/8694ft), which is located within a diverse forest of greenery and colorful flora. From this site we have an excellent view of the distant mountain of Machu Picchu. After taking in this beautiful view, our route will continue down to the hydroelectric station (1950m/6398ft) where the train to Aguas Calientes stops. Here you will have to option of taking the train (extra payment) or continuing to walk with the group to Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726ft), where we will spend the night in the hotel.
- Climate: Warm with some insects
- Hiking time: 6 hours
DAY 9: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)
We will leave your hotel at 5:30am, after breakfast and head to the famed destination of Machu Picchu (2400m/7874ft) by tourist bus to arrive at the site around 6:00am. You will get an informative guided tour around the archeological site, including information about the life and culture of the Inas, and the significance of the specific structures you will see. After your tour, you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, as well as hike Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022ft) where you will get the best view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas. We will leave Aguas Calientes on either the 2:55pm or 6:45pm train. While waiting for the train you can have lunch at one of the many great restaurants in Aguas Calientes, or visit the hot springs in town to ease your aching body from your trek.
- Hiking time: 2 hours
DAY 10: RETURN TO LIMA
After breakfast in your Cusco hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Lima