The salkantay trail and the Peruvian Amazon Extension trip is excellent value when you want a taste of the Amazon and the Andes in a short but full tour of the best of Peru. This travel package delivers you a spellbinding mixture of beauty, antiquity and variance in surroundings, wildlife and cultures, whether interested in observing animals or hiking the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu. Revel in all the natural beauty while we organize the trip of a lifetime. Our tour package from the Amazon Jungle to the Andean Mountains is filled with adventure, breathtaking scenery and the fun of discovery of Peru, this ancient Incan country.
Uncover the passages of the Incas as you walk through their ancient ruins in the capital of the Incas, Cusco. Spot wild animals from the comfort of your Amazon jungle lodge, visit vibrant markets; Follow the path of the Incas by . the Inca trail and end your journey at the awesome Machu Picchu. A short travel package for those who want a taste of the best of Peru.
Day 1: Lima
Day 2 - 3: Peruvian Amazon
Day 4 - 5: Cusco
Day 6 - 10: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 11: Departure Day
Crew: Salkantay Trek Machu representatives in Lima and Cusco, professional local bilingual Tour Guides, a Cook, Muleteer and Horses
Accommodation: 3* hotels (4 nights), hotel (1 night), Jungle Lodge (2 nights), Campsites (3 nights).
Meals: 10x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner, 3x afternoon tea (Please allow USD 100-150 for meals not included).
Transportation: 2x domestic flights, transportation by private van, motorboat transportation, 1x train (Expedition Class).
Camping equipment: You can view our camping equipment here!
There are no activities planned for today. At the airport one of our representatives will be awaiting your arrival, holding a sign with your name on it. They will take you to your hotel.
We take a flight to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the Peruvian rainforest; then a motorized boat across the Madre de Dios river to the lodge, nestled in the rainforest. On the way you can spot bird species typical to the region. The lodge is very authentic, constructed with simple materials in order to be environmentally friendly, but comfortable, with all necessities included (there is no hot water in the shower). The staff speak English and are very knowledgeable about the region. You will discover and explore the delights of the Amazon with our guides.
Today you take your flight to Cusco, high in the Andes. You will be welcomed by our representative who will take you to your hotel. The rest of the day you are free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude or do as you please. Cusco is a captivating city with charming cobble stoned street, and the capital of the Incas. When the Spanish came they built their buildings on top of the Incan monuments and transformed Cusco in to a new colonial city. This magnificent city has a lot to offer, including nearby Incan ruins, museums, beautiful churches and a lively atmosphere. The museums we recommend are: the Inca Museum, Qoricancha Museum, Archaeological Museum, Regional Historic Museum, and the Religious Art Museum. Nearby archaeological sites include Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambo Machay, and Puca Pucara, where you can also do horseback riding.
Today, you have a free day to explore. We recommend a trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, or Maras-Moray-Salineras, where the adventurous can go bike riding or white river rafting on the Urubamba River. The Sacred Valley was a region that the Incas valued highly because it was a principal source of their food production, and also one of the main areas of settlement. The pleasant weather and abundant land make an exceptional combination for the high Andes. It was also the path to the jungle, so with access to fruits and plants of the tropical low lands. The Sacred Valley served as a buffer zone, defending Cusco from attacks from the Antis, the violent jungle tribes, who now and again raided the highlands. Today the Sacred Valley remains a rich farming area, supplying the city of Cusco with much of its produce, like maize, fruit and vegetables. The town of Pisaq offers majestic ruins and a famous handicraft market. Ollantaytambo is a picturesque town with an Incan fortress that overlooks the beautiful Urubamba River Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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 Puente Ruinas at the foothills of Machu Picchu.
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.
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: There are two local flights included in the cost of your tour. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process all air tickets! Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!
Many people include the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in their “Things to do” list before they depart the planet, 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.
You have to take into account that usually you will need to book in advance the Inca Trail, and in case it is fully booked, we recommend other best alternatives:
If you plan to visit Peruvian mountains (Andean mountain range or Altiplano), then we recommend you to take some trousers suitable for hiking, shorts, T-shirts and trekking shoes for the days; and sweaters, fleeces, hats, scarves and warm jackets for the nights. You also should take a sun protection cream, sun glasses and in some cases, mosquito repellent (depending on a route chosen). It is very convenient to have a light rain-gear available in a daypack (e.g. a waterproof poncho or jacket and/or waterproof trousers) as weather changes quickly and rains can suddenly occur. For more details, please check the below link of “What to Bring on the Inca Trail Expedition Tour”.
If you like to see the Amazonian rainforest (Manu, Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos, etc.), then the most important item of your luggage must be a mosquito repellent (20 DEET as a minimum recommended)!! Except that, you should take some light clothing with long sleeves and long trousers (to put into your shoes as a kind of protection against insect). You should not forget some waterproof cloths (especially, if you plan to visit the rainforest during a rainy season), comfortable and closed footwear, long socks and a hat.