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Peru and Salkantay Explorer in 9 days / 8 nights


Salkantay trek
Peru and Salkantay Explorer 9 days

(Includes: Flights within Peru)

This package includes a city tour of Lima and Cusco, a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, a visit to Machu Picchu, as well as the flights from Lima to Cusco and back.

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Lima in



Reception in the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Lima.


Day 2 : City Tour Lima Colonial – Lima out


Day 2 : City Tour Lima Colonial – Lima out
Main Square of Lima

We will begin the tour visiting the Huaca Pucllana, which is the Panoramic View, but we will not enter. Then we will walk around the Historic Center of Lima: the Main Square, the Government Palace, Lima's Cathedral, the Archbishop Palace, The City Hall, the Museum of the Central Reserve Bank and Main streets and colonial houses with balconies in Mudejar style. After this, we will visit the San Francisco Convent, and the Catacombs (underground crypts of the colonial era). We will continue in the new financial center of the city, El Olivar San Isidro, Central Miraflores Park, The Park of Love and Larco Mar.

Afternoon/evening: Transfer from Hotel to the airport and flight to Cusco.

At the scheduled time, our uniformed personnel, with a sign with your name, will be waiting for your arrival at Cusco airport. We will take you to your hotel. The tourist mobility service that we offer is fully equipped for your comfort. Travel time will vary according to the location of your hotel.

Arrival at the hotel, registration and accommodation.

Overnight in Cusco


Day 3 : Cusco City Tour


Day 3 : Cusco City Tour
Panoramic View of Cusco

13:30 pm CITY TOUR

At the scheduled time we will pick you up from your hotel and at 14:00 pm we will start our tour of the city, where our professional guide will provide you with all the detailed information on all the attractions that we will visit. The tour guide will be attentive to any questions and / or need that each of our visitors require.

The places we will visit are: the main temple of the Sun known as the "Qoricancha", "Sacsayhuaman" known as the head of the Puma in reference to the city of Cusco which was built in a shape of a Puma, and the head of the puma was exactly in the place of Sacsayhuaman. We will visit Qenqo Temple in honor of Mother Earth or Pachamama. Then we will continue with our bus to Pucapucara which in the time of the Incas was an entry control to the sacred city of Cusco. Later, we will visit Tambomachay, an Inca temple in honor of the natural element of water.

When we return to Cusco, you can decide if you want to be taken back to your hotel or if you want to remind in the beautiful main square of Cusco.


Day 4 : Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas


Day 4 : Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas - Archaeological Park of Pisac
Archaeological Park of Pisac - Sacred Valley of the Incas

8:30 a.m. Pick up from your hotel to begin our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will be leaving the city and reach the viewpoint of Taray from where we can enjoy the beautiful Inca terraces and existing farmland which surrounds the sacred river of the Incas "Willcamayuc". Later we´ll visit Pisaq the archaeological Park as well as the Native American market which is very colorful, just like the local people!

The Pisaq Andean Market is the best place to shop for crafts and souvenirs. After some free time, we will continue our journey to the village of Urubamba, where we will have lunch at a delicious buffet.

Continuing our journey we´ll reach the last living Inca town "Ollantaytambo". Ollantaytambo reminds us of a mythical love story, a drama of love that prevails against all obstacles. It is believed that this city was built by General Inka Ollanta in a time of rebellion against the Royal army of the Inca by preventing a marriage of the beautiful princess Cusi Qoyllor or "Beautiful Star".

A 40 minute drive takes us to Chinchero. Surrounded by the colonial houses, we will again discover the magnificence of the Incan constructions, terraces and the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress, all surrounded by the local temple where we´ll appreciate the paintings of local people who later where well-known as the creators of the "Escuela Cusqueña" style of painting. There is a colonial church rich in art and jewelry, well appreciated by their population.

Lunch is included on this tour in the town of Urubamba.

19:00 Arrival in Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco


DAY 5, 6, 7, and 8 - Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 5 : Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa


Day 5 : Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
Day 5 : Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

At 4:30 am we will pick you up from your hotel, and start our trip to Mollepata by tourist bus. Mollepata is an Andean village where a nice and hot local breakfast is waiting for us. At 9:00 am we will begin our Salkantay Trek, a hike up to Tres Cruces, with a spectacular lunch over the Limatambo Valley. We then continue our trek to Markokasa, enjoying the beautiful landscape along the way and our first view of the Salkantay Mountain. And at about 4:30 pm we arrive in Soraypampa (3,850m or 12,600ft), our first campsite and the highest and coldest of the trip.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner.


Day 6 : Soraypampa – Huayracpunku – Collpapampa

Day 6 : Soraypampa – Huayracpunku – Collpapampa
Day 6 : Soraypampa – Huayracpunku – Collpapampa

We will have a hot breakfast at around 5:30 am and begin our walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between two huge mountains: the Salkantay (6271m/20575ft) on the right and Humantay (4120m/13500ft) on the left. From the pass, the views of the two snow-capped mountains are incredible. There may be a possibility of snow here. We will have a short ceremony known as Payment to Mother Earth or Pachamama (Jaywarikuy), in which we leave some coca leaves between the rocks asking permission to continue our trip.

We will continue our walk downhill through a dramatic cloud forest until we arrive to Huayracpunku where we have lunch. We’ll start hiking after lunch in the direction of the jungle, towards Challhuay Pampa, following the course of the Salkantay River until we reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft), surrounded by astonishing Andean scenery.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner.


Day 7 : Collpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba – Santa Teresa

Day 7 : Collpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba – Santa Teresa
Day 7 : Collpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba – Santa Teresa

After our breakfast at around 6:30 am, we pass through several valleys, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks. We’ll spend our time appreciating some wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruit, colorful birds and various native plants. The path is less demanding with a usually warm climate. We have lunch on the way to be able to enjoy more of the vibrant valleys following the sacred river for about one and a half hours until the waterfalls from Hydroelectric.

These falls are about twelve meters high and are fed by the crystal clear melt waters of the sacred Mount Yanantin. From the falls, the trail continues up to the ridge before becoming lost in the increasingly dense vegetation. This is a dramatic, fertile landscape, with coffee, banana and avocado plantations carved from the forest and pristine areas that are the natural habitat of mammals such as the spectacled bear and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies, some of them endemic to the region. This teeming forest is hung with bromeliads and many varieties of orchids, some of which have only recently been identified by biologists.

We finally arrive in Machupicchu village (Aguas Calientes) to overnight in our comfortable hotel.

Optional: You can go on an early night visit to the Aguas Calientes' Hot Springs where the entrance fee is US $4.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner.


Day 8 : Full day at Machu Picchu

Day 8 : Full day at Machu Picchu
Day 8 : Full day at Machu Picchu

We have breakfast and then hop on the 6:00 am bus up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. A walking tour of approximately 2 hours is given by your tour guide, after which you can explore the mysterious city all by yourselves.

Optional: 10:00 am Ascent to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (2720m/8890ft). Keep in mind that it takes about 45 minutes to reach the top so you might have to reduce some of your time on Machu Picchu.

We will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to get on the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco. We are in Cusco at around 10:30 pm.

Meals: Breakfast.

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

Please keep in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups. All our tours are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information for the tour that you are choosing, or to begin customizing your own itinerary. recommendations:

*Note for the Salkantay Tour 4D/3N

The itinerary and campsites are subject to change depending on the time of booking. It can also vary depending on the climate or the health status of the trekkers. The train (to and from Ollantaytambo) included in every tour is the Expedition Service. Train times will only be confirmed near the time of the trek; thus if you join a group later we cannot guarantee you will be travelling on the same trains as the rest of the group. Train times are also subject to change depending on the train company timetables or availability.


Day 9 : Transfer from the Hotel to Airport, Flight to Lima


According to your scheduled times of flights, we'll provide you the transfer from your hotel to the airport, assistance by our staff.

INCLUDES

Best of Peru 9 Days / 8 Nights

  • Pickup and transfer Lima airport to hotel in Lima
  • City Tour in Lima (includes bus, guide, entrance fees)
  • Transfer from hotel to Lima airport
  • Flights from Lima to Cusco and return
  • Pickup and transfer Cusco airport to hotel in Cusco
  • City Tour in Cusco (includes bus, guide, entrance fees)
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour (includes bus, guide, lunch, entrance fees)
  • Salkantay Trek, see Salkantay Trek Peru 4D/3N (Day 5-8)below

For what is included

  • Pickup and transfer from hotel in Cusco to airport

Salkantay Trek (Days 5 to 8)

  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation Cusco-Mollepata. (Start walking)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide English /Spanish.
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus tickets to Machu Picchu Inca City (One Way)
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners during Salkantay Trek. Meals after the breakfast on Day 8 are not included
  • Cook. (Professional)
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First aid kit
  • 01 Oxygen tank
  • Horse handlers + Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Quadruple (4 person) camping tent (cap. 4 fitting 2
  • 1 sleeping mattress per person
  • 1 night in a touristic hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco

NOT INCLUDES

  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Sleeping bag for Salkantay Trek
  • Extra Porters or Horses for carrying personal items (Optional US$ 60.00 per 4 days)
  • Entrance fees to Hot Springs US$ 4.00
  • Hotels in Lima and Cusco
  • Other items or activities not mentioned in itinerary

RESERVATIONS

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us info@salkantaytrek.org and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

Please keep in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups. All our tours are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information for the tour that you are choosing, or to begin customizing your own itinerary. recommendations:

" Salcantay Trek Expeditions is a tour operator travel agency in Peru and the city of Cusco, We really know what we do and offer, We are well managed, with several offices in Peru and a long list of travel destinations , offering all travel alternatives in Perú, from family trips, honeymoon trips and luxury travel, including adventure tours and exploring trips to the jungle, for almost any budget

NOTE: Inka Trail Expeditions Perú, specializes in organizing the ideal travel plan to Peru, with hotels and destinations that you choose, because we have all confidential and promotional rates. For guidance on how to organize your custom package. Please write us.

Information Details

Departures Dates

Every day of the year (please check availability in our groups).

Altitude

1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.

Visited Places

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Mollepata, Trail (Cruz Pata, Soraypampa, Salcantay, Huayrac Pampa, Chaullay, La Playa, Lucmabamba, Santa Teresa , Hydroelectric Center, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu.

Salkantay Trek Availability

- Daily departures are available along the year, the recommended period for this trek is April to October.
- All private service departure dates are adapted to your request any day you choose.

Group Size

Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

Preparation prior the Hiking Trips

due to the altitude of the highest point in Salcantay Mountain we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco at 3350m/9840ft.

Meals

Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

Tour Dificulty LEVEL: BY DAY

DAY 1: easy
DAY 2: easy
DAY 3: easy
DAY 4: easy
DAY 5: moderate
DAY 6: challenge
DAY 7: moderate
DAY 8: moderate
DAY 9: easy

If you want to make a reservation, please fill out our Passenger Details Form.

Each reservation requires a USD $ 200.00 deposit as a down payment per person + 10% transfer tax. The final balance can be paid at our Local office in cash during your briefing a day or two before your trip.

Once the deposit will be confirmed we will send you your contract voucher.


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