SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU – 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

TRIP SUMMARY
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trek along the trail of one of the most impressive snow-capped mountains of Peru
  • Discover the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
  • 24/7 concierge service to book reservations at the best restaurants, cultural events and more
  • Accommodations
  • All activity and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Guides (EN/SP other languages available on request)
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transportation
  • Free 8GB SIM card

Day 1 Cusco Arrival

Day 2 Tour of city and archeological sites

Day 3 Soraypampa and Andenes (18 km – 8.5 hours)

Day 4 Andenes and Lucmabamba (19km – 7.5 hours)

Day 5 Llactapata and Aguas Calientes (12km – 5.5 hours)

Day 6 Tour of Machu Picchu

Day 7 Cusco City

Day 8 Cusco Departure

  1. Cusco
  2. Soraypampa
  3. Salkantay
  4. Andenes
  5. Lucmabamba
  6. Machu Picchu
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trek along the trail of one of the most impressive snow-capped mountains of Peru
  • Discover the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
  • 24/7 concierge service to book reservations at the best restaurants, cultural events and more
  • Accommodations
  • All activity and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Guides (EN/SP other languages available on request)
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transportation
  • Free 8GB SIM card

Day 1 Cusco Arrival

Day 2 Tour of city and archeological sites

Day 3 Soraypampa and Andenes (18 km – 8.5 hours)

Day 4 Andenes and Lucmabamba (19km – 7.5 hours)

Day 5 Llactapata and Aguas Calientes (12km – 5.5 hours)

Day 6 Tour of Machu Picchu

Day 7 Cusco City

Day 8 Cusco Departure

  1. Cusco
  2. Soraypampa
  3. Salkantay
  4. Andenes
  5. Lucmabamba
  6. Machu Picchu

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

TRIP OVERVIEW

If you seek adventure and connection with nature, then this trek is for you. You will walk below the magnificent mountain of Salkantay, one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, giving you an experience like none other. You will then discover Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, and the impressive historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

DAY 1: CUSCO ARRIVAL

A transportation service and guide will pick you up from the airport…

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A transportation service and guide will pick you up from the airport to take you to your selected hotel. Take it easy and plan the day on your own. If you want to jump straight into it, we can book alternative activities for you.

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DAY 2: TOUR OF CITY AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, including the Santo Domingo Convent…

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Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, including the Santo Domingo Convent, a large baroque complex that was built over the Inca Coricancha temple.

You will also visit Cusco’s Cathedral, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, and the red fortress of Puka Pukara.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco. If you want to visit Cusco’s top-rated restaurants for dinner, we can help you with reservations!

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DAY 3: SORAYPAMPA AND ANDENES (18km – 8.5 hours)

After breakfast, you will be picked up to travel to Soraypampa. We will take a short break in Mollepata…

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After breakfast, you will be picked up to travel to Soraypampa. We will take a short break in Mollepata before ascending a winding mountain road to Soraypampa.

From here on out, the journey will be by horse. We will stop at the Salkantay Pass to enjoy the views of the snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, where Andean condors can be seen.

We will have lunch in Wayracmachay and then continue descending along the left bank of the Salkantay River. The landscape becomes increasingly green here, changing from the highland to jungle. You will observe butterflies and striking orchids along the way to the campsite: Andenes. You will set up camp and have dinner.

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DAY 4: ANDENES AND LUCMABAMBA (19km – 7.5 hours)

Today we will hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley, passing through…

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Today we will hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley, passing through banana, granadilla, avocado and coffee plantations. A picnic lunch will be served along the way.

After lunch, we will hike for about 2 hours before a private vehicle meets us for a 30-minute drive to the start of the Llactapata Inca Trail. Once on the trail, we will make our way to Lucmabamba, the last campsite. Our host, a local family, will do a coffee process demonstration and tasting before dinner.

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DAY 5: LLACTAPATA & AGUAS CALIENTES (12km – 5.5 hours)

After breakfast, we will head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass and then descend to the archaeological…

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After breakfast, we will head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass and then descend to the archaeological complex of the same name.

From here, you will have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary and will also have lunch at this scenic viewpoint. The final descent begins to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. Once at the Hydroelectric Power Station, you will board the train to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night.

*Dinner is included for itineraries with First Class and Luxury hotels.

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DAY 6: TOUR OF MACHU PICCHU

After breakfast at your hotel, you will take a short bus ride up to Machu Picchu…

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After breakfast at your hotel, you will take a short bus ride up to Machu Picchu. The guided tour of the sanctuary lasts two hours and at the end, you have free time to explore the place at your leisure, or simply relax and meditate.

You will have lunch at Café Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. Then, a private vehicle take you to your hotel in Cusco.

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DAY 7: CUSCO CITY

Have breakfast at your hotel. Take it easy on this day to acclimate and plan the day on your own

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Have breakfast at your hotel. Take it easy on this day to acclimate and plan the day on your own. If you wish, we can book alternative activities for you. Do you want to visit one of Cusco’s top-rated restaurants? We can help you with reservations!

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DAY 8: CUSCO INTL. DEPARTURE

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport …

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After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport where a guide will help you with your international departure.

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Inclusions

GUIDE:
Spanish and English-speaking guide.

ACCOMMODATION:
Two nights of accommodation in Cusco, two nights at the campsite, one night of accommodation in Aguas Calientes and two nights of accommodation in Cuscos.

MEALS:
Daily breakfast starting on day 2.
Lunch on days 3, 4 and 5 during the Salkantay trek, and on day 6 in Aguas Calientes.
Dinner on day 3 and 4 during the  Salkantay.
Dinner on day 5, only will be included for passengers in First Class and Luxury hotels.

TRANSPORT:
Private transfers from and to the airport.
Shared transfers from the hotel to the starting point of the Salkantay
Train to Machu Picchu round trip in Expedition service (PeruRail)

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:
All the visits mentioned in the above itinerary: Coricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo and Puca Pucara in Cusco; Salkantay and Machu Picchu.ay 6.

Not Included

  • Personal expenses. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during your meals.
  • Meals not stated in the program description.
  • Tips for your driver and guide.
  • Additional optional visits.
  • Mandatory supplementaries for special dates like Easter Holidays, Inti Raymi, National Holidays, Christmas and New Year’s mentioned separately.
  • International flights to Peru.
  • Domestic flights (we advise booking the first flights in the morning).
  • International and domestic airport departure taxes.

RATES

Period of departure: From Jan 1, 2020 to Dec 20, 2020
Package rates per person in US dollars in double accommodation

CategoryDouble
Comfort1,259
Standard1,289
Superior1,319
First Class1,579
Luxury2,159

 

Other considerations:

  • Rates not applicable on the following dates in 2020: Easter holidays (April 5 to April 12), Inti Raymi sun festival (June 22 to 28), National Holidays (July 27 to 31), Christmas, New Year’s, conferences or special events.
  • All rates are per person and apply only to foreign passengers. Prices are subject to change without prior notice and can only be guaranteed once the reservation has been made.
  • Rates do not apply to residents with more than 60 days of stay, nor corporate passengers (4 or more nights in Lima). Bookings shall include the passenger’s full name, nationality, passport number, age and date of birth.
  • Shared Salkantay services only operate on Mondays (Day 1 should start a Saturday) and need a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.

ADD-ONS

Want to get the most out of your trip? Let us know if you’d like to include these optional activities (all rates are per person and in US dollars):

Full day to the Sacred Valley