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US$ 3,100 Per person (Mar-01 to Mar-31 & Nov-01 to Dec-14) based on shared accomodation, group service, all inclusive (subject to fixed departure dates), minimum 2 people. Closed Jan & Feb.
Duration: 7 Days
Destination: Cusco - Salkantay Mountain - Machu Picchu (MOUNTAIN LODGES)

Description

The Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu is an expedition… one that takes guests on an ancient trail called the “Salkantay Route”, going from lodge to lodge in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a spectacular Andean mountain range which cradles the famed Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Within the lodge system, the crown jewel is the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort, located in the high Andean valley of Soraypampa at 3,850m/12,705ft above sea level. In addition to high-quality “Andean Energetic Cuisine”, the Lodge offers an outdoor hot tub, cozy reading rooms, a bar/lounge (with Pisco Sour classes and all!) and 12 well-appointed private double rooms with private bathrooms and hot showers.

The enchanting valley of Soraypampa is also the starting point of the “other” four-day trek to Machu Picchu – one that is much less traveled but, by many accounts, more scenic and exclusive than the famous “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”. In this Lodge-to-Lodge experience, trekkers spend one night each at three Lodges located at strategic points along the route: Huayraccmachay, Collpapampa and Lucmabamba. Although these lodges are smaller in size (only 6 guest rooms per lodge), each one of them offers the same amenities as the base lodge.

This proposal goes far beyond comfortable lodges and great treks … it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, contemporary manifestations of deep-founded culture, the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, culinary surprises, the determination of local people to progress, new friends and like-minded souls.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to Challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying in Cusco Peru for at least two – three days prior to the trek.

Itinerary

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE TO CHALLENGING

DAY 1

Cusco to Soraypampa (3,800 m/12,500 ft)

After an early breakfast, guests will be picked up starting at 7:00 am at their hotel in Cusco by an adventure guide and vehicle in direction to the Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa. En route, you will take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (1½ hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, we you will pass through the mountain village of Mollepata to stop for a short coffee break before ascending a winding mountain road to a place called Marcoccasa (30 min from Mollepata by vehicle).

Here, you will begin your trek to Soraypampa, on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for guests to acclimate and enjoy a mild & beautiful trek on their first day. (Optional: guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge in the vehicle). The lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley – the “Salkantay”, the 2nd most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 6,270 m / 20,600 ft, the highest in the region. After a warm welcome by the friendly staff, guests will be shown to their rooms and have time to wash-up. The first afternoon is spent at leisure to adjust to the altitude.

Estimated trekking time: 4 hours.
Trekking level:  Moderate.

Overnight at Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort (SLAR).
(BL, D)

DAY 2

Soraypampa

This day is spent at leisure for rest or activities, depending upon guests’ level of acclimatization. The most popular activity at Soraypampa is a half-day hike to a glacial lake where the more adventurous might take a very short swim! This activity is excellent for acclimatization and a first immersion into high-mountain trekking! In the afternoon, guests may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in the outdoor jacuzzi.

Estimated trekking time: 3-4 hours.
Trekking level: moderate to challenging.

Overnight at Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort (SLAR).
(B, L, D)

DAY 3

Soraypampa to Huayraccmachay (3,850m/12,600 ft)

This is the big day: the start of the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. After an early start you will hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay. The highest point on the trek is a pass at 4,600 m (15,000 ft). At the pass you will stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the south face of Salkantay towering above you. Keep eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass continue your descent toward the Wayra Lodge (“Wayra”: wind; ‘the place where the wind lives’) your destination for the evening. A hot lunch is taken en route.

Estimated trekking time: 4-6 hours.
Trekking level: challenging with a 15,000ft mountain pass.

Overnight at Wayra Lodge.
(B, L, D)

DAY 4

Huayraccmachay to Collpapampa (2,800m/9,200 ft)

Following the long first day you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. Afterwards, begin your trek by hiking downhill above the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. Your arrival at the next lodge encounters a “Pachamanca”-style lunch (subject to availability; traditional underground stone cooking). The Colpa Lodge is located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor hot tub in this lodge has prominent views of lush green mountains and a small, far-away, local town.

Estimated trekking time: 3-4 hours.
Trekking level: easy to moderate.

Overnight at Colpa Lodge.
(B, L, D)

DAY 5

Collpapampa to Lucmabamba (2,100m/6,900 ft)

After an early breakfast head down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas with coffee plantations (said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world!), bananas, ‘granadillas’, and orchards. Stop along the river for a hot picnic lunch. After another hour of trekking, a private vehicle arrives to take you to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (30-min drive). From the head of the trail it is a short climb (30 min) to the Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. Arrive in time to allow for exploration of the small village of Lucmabamba and possible meeting with members of the local community.

Estimated trekking time: 5-6 hours.
Trekking level: moderate to challenging, basically due to distance, not terrain.

Overnight at Lucma Lodge.
(B, L, D)

DAY 6

Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes (1,900 m/6,200 ft)

After an early start and a hearty breakfast, tackle the last day of your trek. Head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata pass (2,700 m/8,900ft), where you come upon a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest, a view few tourists ever glimpse; an added value are the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is provided at the observatory, with views of Machu Picchu. Begin your final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations (2-3 hour descent). Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short (30 min), scenic train ride away.

Estimated trekking time: 4-6 hours.
Trekking level: moderate to challenging.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes (4 star hotel, included in price).
(B, L, D)

DAY 7

Machu Picchu (2,450m/8,000 ft) to Cusco

Wake up early to have breakfast at the hotel and then make your way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu (30 min). A complete guided tour of Machu Picchu will be provided (2 hrs). Guests will have about 4 additional hours to explore the site on their own. Afterwards, you will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure. The train takes you to Ollantaytambo (1½ hrs), where a private vehicle awaits to take you to Cusco (1 ½ hrs). Upon arrival in Cusco (7-8pm) you will be dropped off at the hotel of your choice.

(B, L)

LEGEND
B Breakfast
S Snack
L Lunch
D Dinner
BL Boxed Lunch

Prices

Trek Salkantay to Machu Picchu Price per person / double occupancy tent
Group Service – high season (Apr-01 to Oct-31, Dec 15-31) US$ 3,600
Group Service – low season (Mar-01 to Mar-31, Nov-01 to Dec-14) US$ 3,100
Single Supplement – if willing to share room but no space 25.00 %
Single Supplement – additional to stay in single room 50.00 %

NOTES:

  • Group Services Fixed Departure Dates: check with us to see if there is still availability.
  • Minimum age permitted: 12.

Included

Included in Trek Price Not included in Trek Price
Pre-trek briefing in Cusco International and domestic flights
All services from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 7 Visas required to enter Peru
Transportation from hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa on Day 1 and from Ollantaytambo back to hotel on Day 7 Airport taxes
6 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges and 1 night in Aguas Calientes in a 4 star hotel) Personal trekking equipment (boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles)
All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7
At the lodges we provide filtered and sparkling water, tea and coffee, juice and soft drinks free of charge. Alcohol, sports drinks and natural bottled water are not included
Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) from Day 1 to Day 7. Tours are led in English.
Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by packhorse/mules and/or porters
Guided isit to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (including entrance and transportation to site)
Transportation (Train to Aguas Calientes, and Ollantaytambo)
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees

 

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