The Salkantay path it is far more quiet and a great alternative to the traditional treks that most tourists do. Come and experience the region in a trek less travelled.
|Duration: 7 days and 6 nights||Location: cusco / peru||start time: 07:00:00|
|Daily departures||visits: city tour Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero,
Soraypampa, Chaullay, Santa Teresa, Hidroelectric, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
Day 1: Cusco City Tour – Surrounding Archeological Sites
We will pick you up from your hotel and begin your 4 hour city tour including being guided through the Convent of Santo Domingo, then move on to additional archeological sites located just outside of Cusco such as Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay. We will return back to the city in the evening, dropping you off in the main square or your hotel.
Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas – Ollantaytambo - Chincheros (B,L,D)
We will have breakfast and leave for the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 8:30am, where you will see the little town of Pisaq including its local market with handcrafted goods and plaza. We continue our journey along the side of the Vilcanota River to Urubamba where you will have a lunch buffet. Next, we travel to Ollantaytambo to the Inca archeological remains. We will then head back to Cusco via Chincheros, another tourist center and colonial town, to visit the church and plaza. We return to Cusco at the end of the day and you will spend the night in your hotel.
Day 3: Soraypamp – Chaullay or Collpapampa (B,L,D)
Our travels will take us to drasrically changing nature from dry scenery to snowy peaks and tropical turf. First, we ascend to the highest point of Salkantay trek, located halfway between two huge mountains of Salkantay and Tucarhuay. From this view the two snow-capped mountains are breath taking. After lunch, we will hike to the our campsite.
Day 4: Chuallay - Lumacbamba - Llaqtapata (B,L,D)
After having breakfast around 8 a.m., we will go by bus to Lucmabamba. From there we will walk up to the Llaqtapata ruins in about 2 hours and after a short break we descend for another half hour to the Llaqtapata lodge. We will have lunch at this an amazing location with a breath taking view of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu and free time for the rest of the afternoon to relax, explore the area or go horse riding. Then we will have a traditional Peruvian dinner and have a good night’s rest to prepare for the following day.More info Llaqtapata link
Day 5: Llaqtapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (B,L,D)
The next morning, after a good breakfast we start the descent for about 1.5 hours to the river Ahobamba where the bus awaits us. Those who reserved in advance will do zip lining or go to the hot springs near Santa Teresa. The rest of the group will go to meeting point of Hidroelectrica where the entire group joins for the lunch after the activities. After some relaxing at this spot, we will continue walking along the train track that is leading through this great jungle that the Inca knew by heart to our final destination: Aguas Calientes. We walk for about 3 hrs. and you will encounter beautiful waterfalls, different Eco farms and possibly wildlife curious of your arrival in the region (arrival set for around 4:00pm). Here the group will spend the night in a hostel. At night we all will get together in a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have a briefing about our next excursion to Machu Picchu. Then you are free to visit the city which is wonderful after sun’s set.
Day 6: Full-Day Machu Picchu (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast we will begin our 1 hour ascent to Machu Picchu on foot or by bus (passengers choice). You will meet your guide at the entrance to start your 2 hour guided tour and afterwards you will have freetime to explore on your own. Later in the day, after lunch, we will board a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and be transfered to Cusco by bus.
Day 7: End of tour (B)
(Optional) You can enjoy breakfast at your hotel before a driver transports you to the airport for your departing flight or bus station as you head to your next destination.