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Adventure Cusco 8D/7N

Combine adventure and culture in the Cusco region. We will start with exploring the city of Cusco and the impressive surrounding archaeological sites. The second day we will continue by travelling through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas with its typical villages, market squares with handcrafted products and churches. On the third day, the real challenge starts when we start the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. Four days of trekking through the mountains at high altitudes with gorgeous views of the snow-capped Salkantay and Humantay, two nights of camping and one night of lodging with a breath taking view of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu from your bedroom window. We end the tour by visiting Machu Picchu and optionally Huayna Picchu where your guide will tell you all about the history behind these famous sites.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the city of Cusco and its surrounding archaeological sites, its rich culture, variety of food and ancient history.

  • Tour around the typical Peruvian villages and Inca agriculture places in the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s

  • Discover the mighty Salkantay trek and the incredible nature scenery of the Andean mountains.

  • Trek to the magnificent Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world.

Duration:  8 days and 7 nights Location:   Peru start time:  06:00:00
 Scheduled departures visits:  Cusco, Sacred Valley, Salkantay, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

Itinerary

ITINERARY


DAY 1 CITY TOUR

We pick you up from Cusco Airport and bring you to your hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure and get some rest to get acclimatised to the altitude. At 13.30 in the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel to take the guided city tour of approximately 4 hours. First, we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco, located on the Plaza de Armas. Then our tour will continue to Qorikancha (The Temple of the Sun) and the Convent of Santo Domingo as well as to several of the city’s impressive archaeological ruins such as Sacsaywaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay. Afterwards we will return to the city to spend the night in Cusco.



DAY 2 SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. to take the guide tour to the Sacred Valley of The Incas where we will see the little town of P’isaq and its typical handicraft market and the plaza. We will continue the journey to Urubamba where we will have an exquisite lunch buffet, then we continue with the tour to get the tourist centre of Ollantaytambo where we are going to see important archaeological remains. Coming back to Cusco by Chincheros, another tourist centre and colonial town. There we will visit the church and plaza. Then we return to Cusco for the night.



DAY 3 SALKANTAY TREK – MOLLEPATA – CRUZPATA – SORAYPAMPA

We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am and then we go by bus to Mollepata. As soon as we are at Mollepata, we’ll have breakfast then we start hiking the first 3 hours, a little bit uphill to get Cruzpata where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – and this is just the start! We will begin our trek towards Soraypampa. Where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner


DAY 4: SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY OR COLLPAPAMPA

We start walking after breakfast at about 5:30 am, Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas, this day will be the longest day the first 4 hours is uphill to get highest point of the trail (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. We’ll have lunch and we hike again in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Chaullay or Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft) where we’ll have dinner.



DAY 5: CHAULLAY – LUCMABAMBA – LLAQTAPATA

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 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 click here


DAY 6: LLAQTAPATA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES

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 hours 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 sunset.



DAY 7: MACHUPICCHU FULL DAY

We will enjoy a very early breakfast and start your 1 hour ascent to Machu Picchu on foot or by bus (optional). There you’ll meet your guide at the entrance of Machu Picchu, early enough to appreciate the breath taking sunrise. We will continue with a two hour guided tour of this magical place. After the guided tour there will be free time to explore the site in more detail. To climb the mountain of Machu Picchu you can choose one of the two groups at 07:00 am or 10:00 am. Huayna Picchu is an optional climb that you have to book at least 3 months in advance. This hike will take us about an hour and it’s really worth it; the view is breath taking and the experience will be unforgettable. Enjoy and recharge your energy for a moment before descending. Note: this is an optional hike that has to be reserved at least 3 months in advance. In the afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes where we’ll have lunch. Afterwards we will take the train back to Cusco where you will spend the night in your hotel.



DAY 8 END OF TOUR

After breakfast in the hotel will be transferred back to the airport.

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