Ultimate Salkantay – 8 days
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Ultimate Salkantay – 8 days

Price From: $849.00

Itinerary

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: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult
  • Visiting: Cuzco – Mollepata – Salkantay – Santa Teresa – Machupicchu – Cusco

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco Welcome

Upon arrival in Cusco we will welcome you at the airport or bus station to transfer you to the Hostel to rest. a cup of coca tea is waiting for you to help you to acclimatize to the high altitude. you will have the free day to explore the city.

  • Hotel: BACKPACKER & CRÊPERIE LA BO’M or Similar
  • Meals: None

Day 2: Cusco Hiking Ruins (L, D)

In the morning after breakfast you will take a half day hike to the temple of the moon, the X Zone and the Write Crist  of Cusco city. this hike if going to help you to get used to the altitude and be ready for your Salcantay Trek

  • Hotel: BACKPACKER & CRÊPERIE LA BO’M or Similar
  • Meals: None

Day 3: 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
  • Hotel: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: 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
  • Hotel: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: 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.
  • Hotel: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: 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
  • Hotel: Ecopackers or Similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: 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 at around 4:30 pm train to Ollantaytambo, and transfer to cuco bu bus from there. 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: 3 hours
  • Hotel: BACKPACKER & CRÊPERIE LA BO’M or Similar
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Cusco – Farewell (B)

After Breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit cusco for your last time before we will transfer you to the airport or bus station.

  • Hotel: None
  • Meals: Breakfast

End of our Services

HOW LONG IS THE TREK?

5 days, 50 KM

WHAT SITES ARE VISITED?

Cusco city, Marcoccasa, Soraypampa, Limatambo, Salkantay Pass, Santa Teresa, Challway, Wiñaypoco, La Playa, Llactapata, Sahuayaco Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

Group Size

from 4 to 16 people

Accommodation

  • 3 nights Camping (Basic facilities included, except sleeping bag)
  • 1 night Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • 3 night in Cusco City

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What do you need to bring?

Backpack with rain shelter, sleeping back, clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket, rain pants and lightweight pants, trekking shoes, slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs), woolen or synthetic socks, a sweater, long- and short-sleeved polo/t-shirts, a rain poncho, a hat, bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes), sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper, camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.

Prices and Dates

OUR PRICE

Price per person in US dollars valid for all 2016.

  • If your travel dates are not listed or you got questions please contact us: peru luxury tours
Departure Dates: Adult Student Availability
March 05, 2016  $869  $849
March 12, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
April 11, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
April 17, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
April 30, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
May 09, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
May 11, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
May 22, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
June 09, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
June 25, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
July 12, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
July 21, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
July 28, 2016  $869  $849  salkantay trek
  • Huayna Picchu Extension: $19.00 per person
  • Domestic Flights: Lima – Cusco – Lima: from $165.00 to $399.00 per person. bookable by yourself or View Peru

Flight tickets:

Lima – Cusco – Lima to be quoted on the day of enquiry (prices vary from US$165 to US$399 per person depending on the season. can be booked by View Peru is you wish.

Extras and Upgrades Availabale

  • Hotel upgrades available
  • Single Tent: $39.00
  • Single Rooms: $99.00
  • Upgrade to Vistadome $69.00
  • Huayna Picchu Ticket: $19.00
  • A pair of walking sticks: $19.00
  • Extra mule $90.00 from day 1 to day 3
  • Extra nights, extra tickets, Flights and excursion can be provided, please ask for details

Details of your trip to Peru:

  • If you go to high altitudes you may suffer “Soroche” (altitude sickness), bring diamox or ask your doctor for advice, just in case.(See more details).
  • Checked-in luggage weight limit on domestic flights is 20 kg (44.09 lb). The fee for excess luggage is US$1.8 per kilo.
  • Carry-on luggage for domestic flights cannot exceed 8 kg (17.64 lb).
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident.
  • In addition to your carry-on, you can bring with you a personal item such as a purse, a lap top, a video camera or a diaper bag (when traveling with an infant).
  • The rate for tips is at your discretion.
  • The exchange rate is about 2.50 soles per dollar.
  • Airport taxes for international flights are $30.25, payable at the airport.
  • We will assist you in every step of your trip, so please feel free to call us at any time, day or night, if necessary.

Important:

  • We reserve the right to make changes in the schedule of the trip without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other unforeseeable reason that may develop, in order to make the best of the trip.
  • We would be pleased to arrange additional free days to your tour, if you so desire, in order to give you more time to explore things, or places that may be of particular interest to you

Notes:

  • (1) From the first to the third day (from Marcocasa to La Playa) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 6 kg). On the fourth day all luggage will be transferred to the hydroelectric station by car.
  •  (2) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 19.00 USD and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011).
  • (3) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

Conditions & Terms:

  • Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is used to purchase the ticket entrance to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and also the entrance for the porters (they will carry just camping equipment and the food for the trek), and once a space is purchased it cannot be resold.
  •  View Peru will not give any refunds if a participant decides to cancel the trip prior to departure or during the trip (except from the entrances to the archaeological sites and the bus/train tickets)
  • If View Peru doesn’t confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded totally.
  • All participants have to carry their own back packs, including sleeping bag and mattresses unless they booked an extra porter or the service includes porters, horsemen or mules.
  • A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines.
  • All participants must bring their original passport and, if available, their original student card ´ISIC´.
  • It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. View Peru cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own.
  • In case force majeure occurs, like impossibility to operate the program or trek due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside View Peru’ control like: extreme weather conditions, landslides, strikes not allowing operation or putting it at risk, sudden inaccessibility of route, etc. View Peru will propose viable solutions to operate the program within the available dates, or if impossible, will then propose an alternative program. If the alternative program chosen by the client is of lower value than that originally booked then the client is entitled to a refund of the price difference. All costs derived will be at the expense of the client. In case none of these would be feasible, Golden Destinations would refund all the money paid except all the incurred expenses so far. General information and recommendations
  • Reservation: Since the number of trekking permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) it is important to book well in advance – especially in the high season between May and September. In the low season between December and January, it is possible to get a ticket about 20 days in advance.
  • Passport details: Please make sure that your passport is valid for the time you intend doing the Inca Trail. Furthermore, assure that the passport’s details you send us via email, such as the passport’s number, your name etc., are correct. Changes on short notice will complicate the entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Travel Insurance: It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. Golden Destinations cannot be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own actions.
  • Porters: The Porters will only carry general camping equipment. Backpacks, sleeping bags, mattresses and additional equipment must be carried by the customer. However, if you wish to have a personal porter, this can be arranged. Please let us know in your reservation. Tips for the porters are always welcome.
  • Camping sites: The camping sites on the journey to Machu Picchu can vary from those described in our brochure. This is because some camping sites are already booked out, depending how far in advance a client books. In this case, the INC (Instituto Nacional de Cultura), supervising all agencies that offer the Inca Trail, will assign a camping site.
  • Return ticket: We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:45 pm. This depends on the ticket availability and on how far in advance you booked your trip. During the afternoon, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants in Aguas Calientes. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs to relax a bit. You will be back in your hotel either at about 6:00 pm or at about 10:00 pm.
  • Your health: It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail it must be easy. It is not. The trail is 45km (26 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend ensuring that you are well acclimatized, in good shape and healthy. Hence, you will enjoy your trip from the beginning on. o A participant must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines.

Include/Not Include

What is included in our incredible prices?

  • All pick-ups and transfers and tours as indicated in group service with English speaking guides.
  • Transport from your hotel in Cusco to Mollepata
  • Sleeping bags
  • Transport from La Playa to the hydroelectric station (just for the equipment and everyone’s bags)
  • Tourist Train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Basic Hotel with Private Room and Bathroom in Aguas Calientes town (Pirwa, Machupicchu or similar)
  • Entrance to the National park of Salkantay & Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Cima 4, for 2 persons) Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and tea time/Optional vegetarian)
  • Cook and assistant
  • Horseman and mules for up to 5kg of a customer’s personal equipment
  • Emergency horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Inca Trail T-Shirt

what is not included in our incredible prices?

  • International air tickets to Peru and airport taxes (US$32 per person)
  • Bus going downhill from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where the train station is situated.
  • Meals not indicated.
  • Domestic flights
  • Additional expenses such as telephone bills, laundry, etc.
  • extra fee for train to aguas calientes, Zip Line optional, Hot spring fee, tips.
  • Personal Travel Insurance.

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