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Luxury Trekking Salkantay

Luxury Trekking Salkantay

This is the best, luxury trekking tour package for the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. Focused on the adventure, comfort, safety of all trekkers and taking time to have many outstanding moments in these awe inspiring mountains, cloud forests and famous ruins. Completion of the trek at the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) at Machu Picchu, is the beginning of your day in this magical citadel. The bliss and challenge of trekking on these ancient Incan carved stone paths and earthen trails to reach One of the Seven Wonders of the World is a once in a lifetime opportunity never forgotten!

Salkantay is the name of the snow mountain which stands at 6371 m, and is situated in the south of Machu Picchu. Trekking up close to this stunning mountain you will see the transformation of eco systems along the way as the environmental factors vary. This memorable trip ends in the lost city of the Incas - MACHU PICCHU.

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Our Salkantay Trek luxury includes all the services that others and our extra fine services at an incredible price.

Salkantay trek to Machupicchu is one of the most picturesque trips offered in the Cusco region, which will take you near the sacred peak of the snow of Sankantay (6,271 meters), considered by Andean Peruvians as the "spiritual protector" of this Trekking adventure It is the main option offered to visitors because the famous Inca Trail is so crowded and spaces are bumpy.

The trek is an ancient Inca trail that forms a vast network of Inca roads. Its path through the highlands of the Peruvian Andes, past the peaks of glaciers and deep into the forest of tropical clouds that surrounds the famous lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. The Salkantay trek is a perfect choice for travelers seeking alternative hikes to Machu Picchu

 

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 3: Trek Cusco (Soraypampa - Wayracmachay)

Day 4: Wayracmachay - Collpapampa

Day 5: Collpapampa - La Playa

Day 6: La Playa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes 

Day 7: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day 8: Departure Day

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

We will be waiting for your arrival, whatever the time of day to transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Have a wander around the atmospheric streets of Cusco. Our recommendations are: The Cathedral of Cusco, in the main plaza, Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca, Pucara, Tambomachay, and the Qoricancha temple. Try and get some rest as well to acclimatize yourself before your luxury hike to Salkantay

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Full day tour includes visit to the local market of Pisaq, the mountain town of Chinchero, Urubamba for lunch and Ollantaytambo.

Day 3: The Trek Cusco - Soraypampa Wayracmachay

Early morning we take a 3 hour drive from Cusco to Mollepata where we stop for breakfast. Then we carry on till Soraypampa where we start a gentle hike to a valley. After a four hour hike we reach the Salkantay and Huamantay pass, where we step back to view the spectacular scenery. We then drop gently down to the Soirococha lagoon where we have lunch. After we carry on till Wayracmachay, our first campsite where you are served dinner and relax for the night.

Day 4: Wayracmachay Collpapampa

After an early breakfast we say goodbye to the Salkantay Mountain. We enter a tropical cloud forest, seeing beautiful flowers, plants and birds along the way. After a four hour descent we reach Collpapampa where we set up our next campsite and have lunch. Then we can relax or have a walk around the area.

Day 5: Collpapampa La Playa

After a hearty breakfast we keep descending through the forest through increasingly tall trees and bamboo groves providing bird watching opportunities, and viewing the Santa Teresa River. We then take an untamed path, with wild fruit growing all around, decorated by colorful flowers until we arrive at our third campsite, La Playa.

Day 6: La Playa Llactapampa Hidroelectrica Aguas Calientes

We rise early today to begin an uphill walk with amazing views. After a 3 hour hike we arrive at Abra Q'elloqasa (or El Mirador) which overlooks Machu Picchu. We view the recently restored Inca ruins at Llactapampa from where we can view both Machu Picchu and the Salkantay Mountain. Then we descend for 3 hours through bamboo groves, orchards and coffee plantations to the hydroelectric plant where we have our lunch. Then on to our last campsite at Aguas Calientes at the foothills of Machu Picchu.

Day 7: Machu Picchu Cusco

After an early breakfast we traverse up Machu Picchu mountain for about 2 hours where we enter the site nice and early for the best photo opportunities. We get our tour of the Incan City, then we can enjoy trekking around Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu at our leisure. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco.

Day 08: Departure Day

What is included in this trek?

  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival;
  • All airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation: Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Cusco (3 nights), Campsites (3 nights), Hotel Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu (1 night);
  • Entrance fee for the Sacred Valley, Salkantay Trek, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu citadel;
  • Meals: 6x breakfast, 5x lunch, 4x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages;
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide;
  • Professional Cook;
  • Horseman;
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 10 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: personal double tents, Therma-a-rest mattress;
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • Tourist bus up and down to Machu Picchu;
  • VISTADOME train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Private transportation on the Sacred Valley, Salkantay and transfers.

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • Loca flight, International flights and airport departure taxes,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips and baggage portage to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not specified.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 100-150 for meals not included.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Salkantay Trek.

Local flights: It not included in the cost of your tour. 

Alternative Trek to Inca Trail

Many people include Peru in their “Things to do” list before they depart the planet, the main reason being to Trek the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, although what most people don’t know is that there are various Inca Trails Trips to Machu Picchu to pick from in the Cusco region. The difference lies in what kind of an experience you want, hiking the Inca trail and how challenging you like your treks.

If you want to say that you’ve hiked the famous hike to Machu Picchu, then the Classic Inca Trail is for you. but usually you will need to book in advance, in case it is fully booked, we recommend other best alternatives:

Tips & extra information

OPTIONAL SERVICES TO BE HIRED

  • Walking sticks or trekking poles USD 20 for both
  • Personal shared porter: Tierras Vivas provides a porter duffle bag for your belongings/equipment at the briefing time the night before of your tour. Foam pad roll mattress, Therma- rest mattress, blanket, pillow and rain poncho is provided to each trekker and need to be carried by your porter. it is more comfortable. *Equipment as sleeping bags, backpacks, duffle bag, pillow, blanket, rain ponchos,water bottles must be organised in advance at the time of your booking or send us an e-mail.

INFORMATION TO CONSIDER

The camping equipment to Inca Trail will be returned to Cusco on day 4th, you need to give to chef the sleeping bag, mattress.

Camping (double tent) provided in 1st, 2nd, 3rd nights

 

The hike to Inca Trail is included the extra porter. Our porters will carry your clothes, sleeping (5 kg per person). You will need to carry only your a daypack: Camera, water bottle, snacks, cold weather and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season May to October)- but as a precaution.

 

TIPPING & EXTRA MONEY

It’s very important to take EXTRA MONEY. You need to take at least 200-300 soles emergency money:

  • The local people built the small markets in the route and you can find the water, snack, chocolate, cola etc. Your first breakfast, last lunch no included
  • Tipping to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide(s), and staff did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference: however as a guideline we suggest each hiker contributes USD 50 per person to a collective tipping pool, more is always appreciated.

INCA TRAIL WHEATER

Climate in Cusco: The highland region of Cusco has well defined winter and summer seasons. Winter days (June - August) are very sunny and warm, but the temperature drops to near freezing at night. Rainy season is from January to March. December and January are two of the nicest months for trekking with only the occasional shower and blooming flowers.

 

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING ALONG THIS HIKE

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring your Inca Trail” list.

WHAT WE ROCOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • Passport original
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Cash in new soles
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended.
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
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