Cusco & Salkantay Experience Tour – 8 Days

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Cusco & Salkantay Experience Tour – 8 Days

USD $700.00 -2%

USD $685.00

The perfect journey that will take you to the most beautiful landscapes, panoramic views and let you immerse in the ancient Incas culture. You will visit the Sacred Valley and then start with your adventurous Salkantay Trek of 5 days where you will be push towards the most amazing experience that ends nothing less than in the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

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Tour Description

If looking to learn more about Peru and its history and beautiful landscapes then our Cusco & Salkantay Experience tour will fit you perfectly. You will venture in an unforgettable experience that will take you to the most beautiful sceneries of the Sacred Valley and then enjoy of a 5 days trek in the Salkantay route well known for its gorgeous panoramic and breathtaking views, and visit the Umantay lake to take pleasure and its Emerald waters and crown this journey by uncovering  Machu Picchu in your 2 hour guided visit and lost yourself in the citadel afterwards at your own pace.

Tour details

  • Duration:

    8 Days

  • Available Languages:

    Spanish, English

  • Service type:

    Group Service

  • Starting Point:

    Cusco

  • End Point:

    Cusco

Overview

  • Enjoy and take pleasure of the magnificent views of the Sacred Valley
  • Learn more of the culture and history of the ancient Incas while visiting Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
  • Trek for 5 days in the best alternative Trek that ends in Machu Picchu on its last day.
  • Enjoy of a comfortable and dedicated service in small groups.

What is and what is not included

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide in all the excursion along the tour
  • Admission fee to Sacred Valley ruins
  • Salkantay Trek standard
  • Transportation from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric
  • Transportation by train and bus back to Cusco.
  • One-way ticket bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Admission fee to Salkantay and Machu Picchu
  • Standard campsite accommodation and modern camping equipment
  • One night of accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Professional cook and meals included during the Trek (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches y 4 dinners), hot drinks and snacks.
  • Porters to carry all equipment
  • Luggage of 5kg maximum per person will be carry by the horses.
  • First-aid kit and Oxygen tank
  • Sleeping bags (can be rent, please ask your travel specialist)
  • Walking sticks
  • Breakfast on day 1, and lunch and dinner on day 5
  • One-way bus from Macchu Picchu to Aguas calientes on day 5
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and additional expenses

ITINERARY

DAY 1

WELCOME TO CUSCO!

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly Peru & U representative. After your encounter you will be taken to your Cusco hotel. The rest of the day is for you to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude and wonder around the city at your leisure.

DAY 2

SACRED VALLEY (B, L)

The day will start after your breakfast, as you will be picked up in order to reach the Sacred Valley to begin with our excursion. Our first stop is the village and ruins of Pisac, in the main square you can see the market on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, where the locals exchange their products and artisans from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool clothing and banquets, as well as ponchos, antique reproductions, jewelry, and other beautiful handicrafts, do not miss this great opportunity to purchase some souvenirs. After lunch, you will visit Ollantaytambo, the ancient Inca town which was not overthrown by the Spaniards. Here you will have the time to explore all this ruins and the tower above the town. In the late afternoon you will return to Cusco, visiting the traditional market of Chinchero on the route.
By the evening and very importantly you will have a brief orientation about your Salkantay Trek along your guide to coordinate the last details.

DAY 3

CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA (L, D)

Departing Cusco at 5:00am, we will directly go to Marcoccasa (3400m/11154 ft), passing through the village of Mollepata (3000m/9843 ft). Once we have arrived in Marcoccasa, we will have the chance to meet with the horsemen and the other members of the trek team prior to commencing the hike. You will fall in love with the majestic beauty of the snow-capped mountains that embellish the scenery such as Humantay (5217m/17116ft) as well as Salkantay (6264m/20551ft). Camp for the night at the nice location of Soraypampa (3900m/12795ft). Climate: cold
• Climate: cold
• Transport time: 3 hours
• Hiking time: 6 hours
• Notes: Before reaching Soray Pampa, we recommend that you take a 2-hour detour in order to reach Humantay Lake,so that you can observe the stunning snow-covered peak of Humantay.

DAY 4

SORAY PAMPA – RAYAMPATA (B, L, D)

Once we have enjoyed your breakfast, we will embark on our hike to the Salkantay pass (4600m/15092ft) feeling blessed to witness the stunning views of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551ft). After spending some time admiring the ethereal beauty of nature, we will begin the descend while enjoying the vegetation and ever changing ecosystem. We will set up our camp at Rayanpata (3350m/10990ft) within the premises of the lush tropical forest.
• Climate: cold and warm with mosquitoes
• hiking time: 7-8 hours

DAY 5

RAYANPA – LUCMABAMBA (B, L, D)

Our third day will be admiring and appreciating the region’s flora, as well as its coffee, cocoa and fruit plantations. Descending into a forest in order to enjoy the wide variety of orchids, bromeliads as well as a variety of other plants. We will also have the opportunity to meet local families in Chaullay (2950m/9678ft), Wiñaypoco (2650m/8694ft), La Playa (2100m/6890ft) and last but not least Lucmabamba (2000m/6561ft), the location where our campsite will be situated.
This afternoon, we will have the opportunity to meet with a local rural family in order to learn about cultivation as well as the process of coffee. Spend some time learning about the labor-intensive process about how your coffee comes from the tree to your cup. Feel free to ask the locals all about their work, they will be very glad to acknowledge your interest.
• Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes
• Hiking time: 7 hour
• Note: We highly recommend that you take some time out to soak in the hotel mineral springs of Santa Teresa after all those days hiking, but the decision is yours to take. If you do wish to do so, please coordinate with your tour guide in order to arrange the transporation needed.

DAY 6

LUCMABAMBA – MACHU PICCHU TOWN (B, L, D)

After enjoying breakfast, our hike to the Inca Trail will begin in order to arrive at the archaeological site of Llactapata (2650m/8694ft). Uncovering beautiful scenery along the way, the hike will feel like it takes no time at all. Enjoy the sights of flora, evidence of Inca culture. From this point, we will have some incredible views over the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu as well as the Volcanota Canyon. In continuation of the hike, we will head in the direction of the Hydroelectric train station (1950m/6398ft) in order to take a short break before embarking on a train and heading towards Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726ft) in order to spend the night.
• Climate: warm with some mosquitos
• Hiking time: 6 hours

DAY 7

MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

After a nourishing breakfast, we will be leaving the hotel at 5:30am in order to make our way to Machu Picchu (2400m/7874ft) by a tourist bus, arriving at the citadel approximately at 6:00 am. Enjoy a guided tour around the site, including learning about life and culture of the Inca Empire. Enjoy a hike up to Huayna Picchu (if you have reserved your spot in advance) or simply walk the premises of Machu Picchu and make sure you have taken some photos for your memories to live on. After enjoying your time at the citadel, you will begin your descend to Aguas Calientes, where you will enjoy some lunch, as well as have a time to relax in the natural springs. You will leave Aguas Calientes to head back

DAY 8

FAREWELL CUSCO (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, this adventure has finally come to an end, your Peru & U representative will take you one last time to the airport in order for you to take the return flight home.

Restrictions

  • At least 2 people is required for this tour.
  • The walking sticks are not included, but if you prefer we can arrange to provide you a pair of basic poles with an extra cost.
  • If you would like to climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, please take in mind that is an unguided hike and require and additional cost. If you are interested, please consult with your travel specialist as we need to check availability far in advance.

Suggestions

  • For your Trek please bring the appropriate clothing for warm and cold weather, besides:
  • Hiking or trekking shoes
  • Rain poncho or a waterproof jacket
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, toilet paper, hand cleanser and a hat.

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