salkantay

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHUPICCHU (4 DAYS ), THE BEST OF CUSCO & THE SACRED VALLEY: 8 DAYS & 7 NIGHTS

TRIP AT A GLANCE

Travel from only: US$133 per day - 8 days starting only at US$1060 per person

The Salkantay trek is the other best, amazing and less crowded way to get to Machupicchu, a once in a lifetime physical, cultural, and spiritual journey that will take you through the magnificent Salkantay Valley, during the trek you will be surrounded with magnificent scenery, marvel with the exquisite beauty of the Salkantay & Humantay Peaks, lakes and glaciers. This program also will visit the best of Cusco & the Sacred Valley, learn about the Incas, Peruvian culture, and visit 1 of the new 7 wonders of the world!!!

ITINERARY:
Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner
DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CUSCO
DAY 2: CUSCO CITY TOUR: Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, kenko, Puca Pucara & Tambomachay. (B)
DAY 3: AWANACANCHA, PISAC MARKET & RUINS, OLLANTAYTAMBO and CHINCHERO (B,L)
SALKANTAY TREK
DAY 4: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA – HUAYRACPUNKO: 8-9 HOURS (B,L,D)
DAY 5: HUAYRACPUNKO - CHAULLAY - LA PLAYA/SAHUAYACO: 7-8 hours hike (B,L,D)
DAY 6: LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA - HYDROELECTRIC PLANT - AGUAS CALIENTES. 6-7 hours hike (B,L)
DAY 7: MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO. If available also hike to Huaynapicchu or Montana Machupicchu. (B)
DAY 8: CUSCO – LIMA (B)

Optional private City tour of Lima if your international flight leaves at night
DETAILED ITINERARY
Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CUSCO
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the selected hotel; where you should take a short rest to adjust better to the altitude (11,000 ft a.s.l.)
Optional activity: Typical lunch (taste guinea pig or alpaca if you wish) at a local restaurant with an amazing view of the city and visit an alpaca clothes factory. Lunch not included but you will have a free transportation
Note: You are in charge of arriving to Cusco, by plane, train or Bus. Our Services start and finish in Cusco.

DAY 2: CUSCO
Free morning to visit the city and its museums: Inca, Preculumbian Art & The Machupicchu Museum.
Afternoon Combined tour; visit the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. (B)
Note: Whenever it will be possible; to avoid the crowds and in the high season we will program this tour in the morning.
DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY: AWANACANCHA, PISAC RUINS, MARKET, OLLANTAYTAMBO & CHINCHERO
Visit a farm where you will see and take nice pictures of alpacas, llamas, vicunas & guanacos, also we will see and learn (step by step) how Andean people still make very beautiful textiles using very old traditional techniques.
Continue to PISAC located right at the entrance to the Sacred Valley, the amazing Inca city that constitutes one of the most important Archaeological Parks in the region. Visit the fine temples, palaces and the well preserved and vast farming terraces; built even as far as the edge of precipices that still keep their straight sometimes vertical aqueducts; an imposing and unforgettable sight that also offers very beautiful landscapes.
Pisac Ruins
Visit PISAC the Colonial Village, where you will see the famous "Indian Market" and the handicrafts or "souvenirs" market, this is your chance to enjoy a blend of color, traditions and people, and bargain for exotic craftworks.
After Lunch at Urubamba Village, tour to the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in South America, where people are still living in the same houses and palaces as 500 years ago; the ancient Incan town of OLLANTAYTAMBO, with its very impressive constructions built with huge boulders and its ancient heritage that will leave us astonished. On the way back to Cusco visit Chinchero with its impressive colonial church, Incan remains and amazing landscapes around. (B,L)
Note: The Pisac Market is everyday, on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays is bigger but more crowded; not so good for visiting the ruins in Pisac and Ollantaytambo and for photos

SALKANTAY TREK: You MUST be in good shape
This is one of the most spectacular and varied hikes in Cusco; given the new restrictions and limit of hikers on the Inca trail (500), this trek is becoming the second most popular in the region, so sometimes can be touristy. So please if you want less people during your trek and/or want a remote experience, consider one of our other treks.
The described camps and hiking times are approximate; they may vary according to your physic conditions and guides recommendations
DAY 4: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA – HUAYRACPUNKO: 8-9 hours hike
The night before your trek, you will get a trekking briefing with your tour guide. Today, we will pick you up from your hotel at 4 a.m. You will have a three hour drive to the trail head, called Soraypampa (3,800 m), where you will meet your horses and horseman (Arrieros). As son as you arrive, your guide and chef will prepare your first breakfast, before you begin your trek. He will also introduce all the staff that will be working for you along the trail. Around 8:30 a.m. you will begin the expedition towards Machu Picchu. The fist three and a half hours will be both gradual and uphill, until you reach your lunch spot. The views you will see of the Salkantay Valley and the Salkantay Mountain are amazing. Lunch will be at the foot of this impressive mountain. After we enjoy our delicious lunch, we will keep climbing for another hour up to until we reach the highest point of your trek (Salkantay Pass 4,650 m). It is impressive to view two different valleys and the Salkantay mountain. 
Trail to the Salkantay Pass
You may also observe some avalanches from the Salkantay Glacier. We will still have two more hours, downhill, to reach to our first campsite, called (Wayracammachay 3,800 meters). The downhill part can be slippery, which may require the use of trekking poles. As you are walking down. you will get to enjoy the sunset and the silence of the valleys. The only thing you will be able to hear is the sound of the river. Upon your arrival, our guides and porters will welcome you to your camp. Your tents will be all set up. The only thing you will have to do is relax and enjoy the tea and dinner. (B,L,D)
Walking Distance: 15 km
Trail Head Elevation: 3,800 m
Maximum Altitude Gained: 850 m
Campsite Elevation: 3.800 m
Weather: Cold
DAY 5: HUAYRACPUNKO - CHAULLAY - LA PLAYA/SAHUAYACO: 7 - 8 hours hike
There will be an early wake up with a hot glass of tea. You will have enough time to pack and enjoy a delicious breakfast as you watch the sunrise. After you get ready, you will begin the longest day of your trip towards La Playa. Today, is downhill almost the whole day, with some short uphill parts. The first section will all be downhill. The micro-climate changes from the alpines, to the cloud forest, to the mountain forest, where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the amazing flora and fauna of the mountains. After four hours we will reach our lunch spot. After lunch, it will another four and a half hours on a gradual downhill, until we reach La Playa. This area experiences micro-climate changes from the cloud forest, to the tropical forest, where farmers farm coffee, passion fruit, oranges avocados and more. There will be great views of the green, lush valley and the amazing waterfalls. Upon your arrival, you will have some tea and dinner. (B,L,D)
Salkantay Peak
Walking Distance: 18 km
Camp Elevation: 2,400 m
Previous Camp Elevation: 3,800 m
Maximun Altitude Decsended: 1400 m
Trail Condition: Rocky, salty and slippery
Weather: Warm to really hot (mosquitoes)(2000 m/6562 ft).

DAY 6: LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA - HYDROELECTRIC PLANT - AGUAS CALIENTES
After another early breakfast at camp, you will begin the last 45 minutes of gradual, downhill hiking until we reach a portion of the Inca trail, built in 1,300 a.c. This road was built to connect Vilcabamba with Machu Picchu. It’s always special to trek on this historic road. It will be about thee more hours of uphill hiking along the stone, paved, rocky trail until you arrive at the Llactapata Inca site, right in front of Machu Picchu. You will get to enjoy more plantations of coffee and yucca, along the way. Once you arrive at Llactapata, your tour guide will describe the geography of the mountains and continue the history of the Incas. Once you begin hiking again, it will be two and a half hours downhill, until you arrive at the famous hydro-electric station for your last lunch with your chef and porters. They will take the train back that evening to Cusco. After lunch, you will have a small ceremony to say goodbye. At 4 p.m., you will get your duffel bag back from your porters and take the train for 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes with your tour guide. He will help you going to your hotel for a well-deserved time to relax. If you wish to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, he can show you the way (Not included cost: 10 soles). That evening, you will enjoy the last supper with your tour guide at a local restaurant. You will also receive your last briefing for the following day. Be sure to get some snacks and water for your Machu Picchu day. (B,L)
Walking Distance: 14 km
Aguas Calientes Village Elevation: 2,000 m
Altitude from Camp to Llactapata Gained: 350 m
Weather: Hot
Train Conditions: Some sections are slippery
DAY 7: MACHUPICCHU – HUAYNAPICCHU - CUSCO
Early visit of Machupicchu to spot the amazing sun rise and for the guided visit (2 1/2 hours) of its wonderful temples, palaces, etc. Later on your own take short hikes to the Sun Gate, Montana Machupicchu, Huaynapicchu (if available) Peak, the temple of the Moon, and the Inca Bridge. Afternoon train ride to Ollantaytambo (1 1/2 hours) and return to Cusco by bus  (2 hours). (B)

NOTE: If you are interested in climbing to Huaynapicchu or Montana Machupicchu the entrance fees are Included but you have to let us know in advance, we must buy tickets ASAP, there is a short limit per day.
Machupicchu
DAY 8: CUSCO – LIMA
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)

END OF OUR SERVICES

Note: If your international flight from Lima is leaving at night you have the option of taking an early flight from Cusco and could have a city tour in Lima, ask for more details if you are interested

DATES
- This trip is available from MARCH TO DECEMBER
- We just need a minimum of 2 guests.
- If you are a SOLO traveler you could still take the trip (with GROUP tours) but you must pay the EXTRA FOR A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (SS)
PRICES & INCLUSIONS
. PRICES PER PERSON in US$$, MINIMUM 2 GUESTS on DOUBLE occupancy.
. If you want to use a SINGLE room or if you are a SOLO traveler you could still take the trip (with GROUP tours) but you must pay the EXTRA FOR A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (SS)
2-3 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$160 TOTAL
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1060 per person
- SS: US$280
- US$1270 per person
- SS: US$690
- US$1820 per person
- SS: US$1550
4-5 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$120 TOTAL 
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$895 per person
- SS: US$280
- US$1110 per person
- SS: US$690
- US$1660 per person
- SS: US$1550
6-7 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$80 TOTAL
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$840 per person
- SS: US$280
- US$1055 per person
- SS: US$690
- US$1580 per person
- SS: US$1550
8-+ PEOPLE
PRIVATE TOURS WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COSTS
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$790 per person
- SS: US$280
- US$990 per person
- SS: US$690
- US$1500 per person
- SS: US$1550
Extra Payment for Private tours: Paying this TOTAL EXTRA COST per PARTY; for ALL the TOURS in CUSCO we will provide: a PRIVATE transportation + an English Speaking guide just for your party.

IF YOU ALSO WANT A PRIVATE SALKANTAY TREK PLEASE ASK FOR THE EXTRA COST
INCLUDED IN THE PRICES ACCORDING TO THE ITINERARY:
- Double or Twin rooms at Described Hotel+ breakfasts for 7 nights, Cusco: 4 nights, Aguas Calientes: 1 night, Salkantay Trek: 2 nights in tents

- GROUP Tours: For the all the tours you will have an English speaking guide, all the entrance fees to visit all the attractions described on the itinerary, all the roundtrip transfers and bus transportation.

TOURS: City Tour & 4 ruins, Sacred Valley and 4 days Salkantay trek & Machupicchu

Pre-trek briefing, MACHUPICCHU + HuaynaPicchu or Montana Machupicchu entrance fees. Private bus to the start of the trail, English speaking professional guide, client’s tents (2 persons in each), Well insulated Mattresses Pads, Toilet Tents: Dining tent with camp tables & stools, Chef, Cooking tent & equipment, Meals – vegetarian option without extra cost (03B,03L,02D): pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea, coffee break every day, Horsemen & Horses to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, and luggage (no more than 5 Kgs/10 pounds per person), Fair salary & accommodations for our staff, First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle, Round trip Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu: 30 minutes each way, Train tickets (EXPEDITION or INCA RAIL service) from Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo. If there is room; you can upgrade to the vistadome train for US$50 per person, Transfer from the train station to Cusco.

For the GROUP Tours: We use the best available transportation and guides. On average we have:
- Cusco City and Sacred Valley tours: 12-16 people
- 4 days Salkantay trek & Machupicchu: 8 - 12 people

- All the transportation: Airport/Bus & Train Station - Hotel - Airport/Bus & Train Station described in the Itinerary
- Described meals
- Professional & Personal Assistance during your visit.

Does not include: International & national airfares (Lima - Cusco - Lima), extra horse to carry more luggage or ride**, sleeping bags (Save room and Rent from us for just US$25 / 4 days trek), tips: guide, cooks, porters, etc, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, non described meals & snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages & items of personal nature.

**Note: If you want to bring more luggage or ride a horse, you can hire an extra horse for US$120, for all the trek and the horse will carry a maximum of 20 kg – 40 pounds; including your sleeping bag. (Usually 1 horse between 2 persons is enough). However even with a personal horse, you will still need to bring and carry a day pack with essential items.

BOOKING & DEPOSIT FOR THE TRIP:
- To reconfirm, book and to buy all the necessary tickets, we will need you to send a deposit of 70% of the trip's price ASAP.
- You can make the deposit in a saving account (with 3% bank’s fees)
- If you want to use a credit card there will be 8% fees over the deposit (bank commissions & fees, not ours)
- The remaining balance has to be paid 45 days before your trip or in US$$, cash in Cusco.
- US$300 per person for buying the Trek & Machupicchu tickets is non refundable

The deposit will be used to buy your tickets. Once we bought your tickets; they are NOT transferable to any other person OR to any different date due to the Inca Trail/Government regulations.
HOTELS
Please note that for any package we can upgrade and use any other you wish: 4 star, 5 stars, the most recommended, expensive room, etc, etc. As a LOCAL travel agent we have good prices with ALL the hotels in Peru so please just let us know about your preferences and we will send you our best price.
3 STAR/GOOD VALUE:
CUSCO: La Posada de Atahualpa, Amaru or similar
AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: Pequena Casita, Presidente or similar
4 STAR/GOOD VALUE:
CUSCO: Tierra Viva, Rumi Punku, San Agustin Dorado, Eco Inn or Jose Antonio
AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: El Mapi, Casa Andina, Tierra Viva or similar
5 STAR/BEST AVAILABLE:
CUSCO: Casa Cartagena, Marriot, Aranwa, Palacio del Inka
AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: Sumaq or Inkaterra Pueblo
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