CUSCO & SALKANTAY
06 DAYS/05 NIGHTS

DAY 01: CUSCO
Arrival to Cusco and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to acclimatize at the height of the city.
Accommodation in Cusco.

DAY 02: CUSCO– MOLLEPATA – MARKOKASA – SORAYPAMPA.01
4:30 am Pick up from hotel, by our tourist bus, We´ll travel through the Andes, reaching the village of Mollepata. Where you can gear up on last minute supplies or anything you may have forgotten back in town (water, rain poncho, bug spray, etc). Once the horsemen have taken the large packs and all last-minute supplies have been purchased, it’s time to start the Trekking. The “Trekking” on this first day is for the majority of the time simply walking on the road that runs all the way back to Soraypampa. While the views are stunning and the trekking occasionally takes a steep shortcut through the cow pastures, the scent of eucalyptus invades you as you head up out of Mollepata and out into the wide open valleys that dominate this section of the Andes, and it feels incredible to breathe the thin, mountain air and slowly slip further back into the middle of nowhere.

Eventually the trekking makes it way all the way to the back of the valley, and the outpost tent settlement of Soraypampa comes into view. Little more than a collection of 4 or 5 ranching families who rent out campsites to passing trekkers, Soraypampa is an utterly surreal location. Nestled at the base of towering 3,600 meters or 8,528 fts. Andean peaks such as Mt. Salcantay at 6264 mts or 20551.18 fts, Soraypampa is our protector of Apu Salkantay: windswept, barren, freezing, and utterly enchanting. Most travel companies have covered campsites here to protect campers from the harsh elements, and it’s quite easy to fall asleep after a long day of trekking and the sound of the nearby river lapping you into a slumber.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

11DAY 03: SORAYPAMPA– SALKANTAY PAMPA– SALKANTAY PASS TREK – COLLPAMPA
The second day is far and away the hardest day of the trek. It’s long, it’s cold, and you have to make your way over the 4,650 meters – 15,256 feet Salkantay Pass. Nonetheless, waking up at sunrise amidst the sprawling grasslands of Soraypampa, the sun illuminating the 6264 meters or 20551.18 feet Andean peaks springing up from behind you makes for an energizing and mesmerizing start to the day. The climb to the pass takes anywhere from 3-4 hours, and it is a fairly steep grind of narrow switchbacks and steady uphill until the rock structures of the pass finally come into view. Unless hiking in June or July the trail should most likely be devoid of any snow or ice, although hail, sleet, ice, and rain are possible at any time of the year.

Though the air is thin and the trail is steep, anyone who is fairly physically fit and acclimated to the altitude can make it over the pass. We had, and probably we´ll have 60-something year old people in our group and they made it over the pass just fine. Our staff is bringing extra oxygen. Also you can ride a horse and let them catch a ride over the pass. Once having crossed the pass it is the start of a long path downhill where you will eventually drop over 1,700 meters or 5577 vertical feet until you arrive to our campsite in Challway. Along the way to Challway there are various tent encampments and small villages scattered amongst the plains, and it is incredible to think that there are a handful of local people who live permanently so far removed from modern society and amongst such harsh natural conditions. Interestingly enough, nearly every small village (example: population 4 or 5) that you past, there is at least 1 or 2 small. The trail weaves its way down the flank of the mountain and parallels to the Salkantay River that grows exponentially as you make your way down the valley, finally making it an hour or so before sunset to the village of Challway. The camping here is ready.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 04: COLLPAMPA – LA PLAYA-LUCMABAMBA.06
The trekking from the village of Challway to lunch at La Playa is when you make the noticeable change from the mountains down into the jungle. Trickling streams amongst the sub-alpine plains give way to raging waterfalls and streams. There are a number of river crossings across bridges constructed from simple tree logs and branches, and it’s the kind of scenery that you expect a massive python or puma to lurch out at you at any given moment, although allegedly no pythons exist here and pumas are exceptionally rare. The view of the river valley and the occasional stream crossings are enough to occupy your mind for the 4 hour trek down to lunch. The area known as La Playa is our lunch place, here mosquitos and gnats start coming out in force, so the insect repellent will be our best way to keep them away. We continue BY CAR to the hydroelectric plant 913 meters (2995 feet) in 1 hour. The hydroelectric plant is also the end of the train line from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Hydro is actually farther than Machu Picchu town on the train. It is mainly used by locals. The walk to Aguas Calientes village is along the train tracks. Trekking to Machu Picchu along the train line is much more enjoyable than we anticipated as a wide path undulates beside the tracks. Almost the entire distance is shaded by jungle foliage, trees and flowers, the incline is very gradual. This is the perfect “cool down” after 4 days of trekking. We can tell that we are getting close to our destination of Aguas Calientes: we notice more and more “clean looking” trekkers in fancy clothes looking very fresh… they are day trippers!. We are only a short walk away from a hot shower. The first in 4 days! There are no words to describe the joy of seeing the town of Aguas Calientes, the tired legs are quickly forgotten as we are near our hotel. Not only would we get to take a hot shower, but also sleep in a real bed… Hurra! We all meet for dinner at a restaurant and get a plan for our next day. Overnight in hostal in a soft bed. You are going to love it! Won´t want to get up of bed? Come on, you must do it. Tomorrow is Machupicchu! Dream with it!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

13DAY 05: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
We catch a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu, the buses start running from 5:30-6am. What does this mean? This means that all the people who took the 1st bus are most likely going to get to Macchu Picchu before others and be the first enjoying the Sunrise, also well rested and relaxed and with full of energy for climb Machupicchu mountain Macchu Picchu is an incredible spectacle of architecture, culture, and history. Macchu Picchu is special, and watching the sun break the mountains and illuminate the city of stone is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The setting for the ancient city is absolutely stunning, and the feeling of reaching it by foot over 5 days of such intense physical exertion and the swath of rugged terrain that you’ve since left behind makes the entire moment of standing atop Macchu Picchu much more rewarding than had you simply taken a train from Cusco and then a bus to the top. Overall this journey is highly recommended, just be sure to bring some good rain gear, some really strong bug repellent, and be prepared for an absolute madhouse on the final day of the trek “cause after 10 am thousands of tourist are coming from Cusco in a day trip to Machupicchu. Ok, so here’s the deal with Huaynapicchu Picchu. Only the first 400 people who got to the entrance fees can climb Huayna Picchu, the famous little mountain that sits inside of Macchu Picchu. The access is restricted into two shift 200 hundred people at 7:00 am and other 200 hundred at 10:00 am. If you want to do it, please let us know at the moment of your reservation. At 6:45p.m. (Depends on the availability), you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to Cusco. (Arrival 22.30 hrs approximately)
Meals: Breakfast.

 

DAY 06: CUSCO
Breakfast at hotel. At an agreed time transfers to the airport to take your flight.
End of Services.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
The itineraries are subject to changes until the moment of booking.
The camps may vary depending on the weather and the health status of the travelers.
In all excursions is included a tourist train, and the train schedule is only confirmed the day before the start of the trip, if you joined a group days before the start of the tour, we can not guarantee that you travel on the same train as the rest of the group.

INCLUDES:
✓Transfers in/out in Cusco
✓02 nights’ accommodation in Cusco with breakfast.
✓Shared services with Spanish or English professional guidance.
✓Salkantay 04D/03N:
✓Transfers in a tourist bus.
✓Transport from Cusco to the place where we start the trekking.
✓Professional tourism guide.
✓02 nights in a camp
✓01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes with breakfast.
✓Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
✓3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 3 snacks, 3 dinner (do not includes the breakfast on the 1rst day of trekking and any food after the breakfast of the last day of trekking)
✓First aid kit
✓Oxygen balloon
✓Horses and muleteers
✓Waterproof and quadruple tents “02 people per tent”
✓01 sleeping mat per person
✓Train ticket from Aguas Clientes to Cusco, and transfer to the hotel.

NOT INCLUDE:
National or international air tickets.
Services not detailed in the program.
Salkantay 04D/03N:
Lunch at Aguas Calientes town (4th day)
Sleeping bag.
Extra porters.
Life insurance.
Additional nights due to bad weather.
Personal care ítems.
PRICES FOR PERUVIAN PER PERSON IN AMERICAN DOLLARS
HOTEL
CATEGORY
SINGLE
DOUBLE
TRIPLE
CHD
Cusco: Inka Andina / Royal Inn / Atlantis / Imperial.
Machu Picchu: Sierra Andina Continental / Royal Inti Inn / Hanaqpacha Inn / Sierra Andina Presidente.
2*
$ 704
$ 541
$ 529
$ 518
Cusco: San Francisco Plaza / Samay / Agustos / Emperador Plaza / Sueños del Inka.
Machu Picchu: Hatun Samay / Wiracocha / Sierra Andina / Waman.
3*
$ 798
$ 593
$ 579
$ 569
Cusco: San Agustin Internacional / Los Andes de America / Los Portales / San Agustin El Dorado / Tierra Viva.
Machu Picchu: Inti Punku / Hatun Inti Classic / Taypikala.
3* (Superior)
$ 929
$ 648
$ 649
$ 638
Cusco: San Agustin Plaza / Jose Antonio / Eco Inn.
Machu Picchu: Tierra Viva / Casa Andina Standard (Superior) / El Mapi.
4*
$ 1075
$ 716
$ 683
$ 673
Cusco: Sonesta / Hilton Garden Inn / Andean Wings / Costa del Sol / Novotel.
Machu Picchu: El Mapi (Suite) / Casa del Sol.
4* (Superior)
$ 1289
$ 833
$ 759
$ 748
Cusco: Casa Andina Premium Cusco / Palacio Manco Capac / Aranwa.
Machu Picchu: Sumaq / Machu Picchu Pueblo.
5*
$ 1702
$ 1106
$ 1043
$ 1032
Cusco: Casa Cartagena / Palacio del Inka.
Machu Picchu: Sumaq / Machu Picchu Pueblo.
5* (Superior)
$ 1979
$ 1245
$ 1186
$ 1176

PRICES FOR FOREIGNERS PER PERSON IN AMERICAN DOLLARS
HOTEL
CATEGORY
SINGLE
DOUBLE
TRIPLE
CHD
Cusco: Inka Andina / Royal Inn / Atlantis / Imperial.
Machu Picchu: Sierra Andina Continental / Royal Inti Inn / Hanaqpacha Inn Sierra Andina Presidente.
2*
$ 678
$ 529
$ 519
$ 504
Cusco: San Francisco Plaza / Samay / Agustos / Emperador Plaza / Sueños del Inka.
Machu Picchu: Hatun Samay / Wiracocha / Sierra Andina / Waman.
3*
$ 758
$ 573
$ 562
$ 547
Cusco: San Agustin Internacional / Los Andes de America / Los Portales / San Agustin El Dorado / Tierra Viva.
Machu Picchu: Inti Punku / Hatun Inti Classic / Taypikala.
3* (Superior)
$ 869
$ 620
$ 621
$ 606
Cusco: San Agustin Plaza / Jose Antonio / Eco Inn.
Machu Picchu: Tierra Viva / Casa Andina Standard (Superior) / El Mapi.
4*
$ 993
$ 678
$ 650
$ 635
Cusco: Sonesta / Hilton Garden Inn / Andean Wings / Costa del Sol / Novotel.
Machu Picchu: El Mapi (Suite) / Casa del Sol.
4* (Superior)
$ 1174
$ 776
$ 714
$ 699
Cusco: Casa Andina Premium Cusco / Palacio Manco Capac / Aranwa.
Machu Picchu: Sumaq / Machu Picchu Pueblo.
5*
$ 1524
$ 1008
$ 954
$ 940
Cusco: Casa Cartagena / Palacio del Inka.
Machu Picchu: Sumaq / Machu Picchu Pueblo.
5* (Superior)
$ 1758
$ 1125
$ 1076
$ 1061

GENERAL TERMS:
*Prices valid only for foreign passengers.
*Prices subject to availability and changes.
*Is considered INF (infant) to children under 02 years 11 months, do not pay for any service, and have no right to feeding, bed and seat on the excursions.
*Is considered CHD (child) to children from 03 years to 10 years and 11 months, they have a special rate and they share a room with their parents.
*Older than 11 years are considered as adults.
*Children must have travel with an identification document
*Rates do not apply for Holidays, Easter, Christmas, New Year or some festivity or special event.

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