Salkantay Hike( 11 Days / 10 Night )
A classic Cusco itinerary with an amazing hiking at elevation with a visit to Puno. This is an alternative to the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, this trek will involve crossing valleys and mountains before arriving at the “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu. The famous Salkantay Trek offers a uniquely different route, full of solitude and quiet contemplation, amazing views and unique paths. If you are an avid hiker, and enjoy adventure and challenges, this is the trip for you. This trek finishes in Machu Picchu and continues back to Cusco. You will finish with a visit to the city of Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. You will enjoy a day tour to the Uros and Taquile islands where you will learn how the natives build their floating islands from “totora” reed.
Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Flight to Cusco + Afternoon City Tour + Briefing for your Salkantay Hike + Overnight in Cusco
Day 3: Free Day in Cusco + Overnight in Cusco
Day 4: Salkantay Hike (5D/4N) + Overnight camping
Day 5: Salkantay Hike (5D/4N) + Overnight camping
Day 6: Salkantay Hike (5D/4N) + Overnight camping
Day 7: Salkantay Hike (5D/4N) + Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 8: Salkantay Hike (5D/4N) + Back to Cusco + Overnight in Cusco
Day 9: Bus to Puno + Overnight in Puno
Day 10: Uros & Taquile Tour + Overnight in Puno
Day 11: Flight Back to Lima – Home
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Salkantay Hike
Day 1: Arrival to Lima
Our representative will meet you at the Lima airport to take you to your hotel in Lima. *An extra day in Lima can be added upon request. Please ask our agent for activities in Lima.
Day 2: Fly to Cusco, City Tour (B)
One-hour flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, located at 11,100 feet above sea level. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. You will have the remainder of the morning to rest and freshen up. It’s best to take it easy this morning to let your body adjust to the altitude. Both lunch and dinner are on your own today as there are so many choices available at reasonable price either in or near your hotel. After lunch you will set out on grand tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We walk Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and visit both the Spanish cathedral and Incan temple of the sun, Qoricancha. Next we set out to visit the ruins above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice; Tambomachay, the Temple of the Sacred Waters, which is a marvel of hydraulic engineering and Q´enqo where we will see the remains of a ceremonial site used for fertility rites and for celebrations of the solstice and equinox.
Day 3: Free Day in Cusco (B)
You will have the unique experience of enjoying the wonders of Cusco at your leisure. This will be your chance to explore at your own pace, the wonderful local markets, shops and cafés, or if you prefer, use the day for rest and relaxation prior to your Salkantay Hike adventure. In the evening, you will be met at your hotel by one of our representatives, where you will receive an informational briefing regarding the Salkantay Hike. Take this opportunity to ask anything you might be wondering about the trail to your guide.*If you prefer to relax on your first day in Cuzco, you could use this day to do your city Tour.
Day 4: Salkantay Hike: Cusco/ Sayllapta/ Soyrococha (B, L, S, D)
After an early wake up call, you will depart from your hotel in Cusco directly to the village of “Mollepata”, where once you arrive, will enjoy a healthy breakfast to provide you with plenty of energy for the hike. We will then load horses with our equipment to begin the Trek to “Cruz Pata” where, once we arrive, will break for a light lunch. Following lunch, you will continue on the hike up to “Soraypampa” at 12631 ft (3850 m) where we will arrive in the late afternoon/early evening. At this point we will set up the first campsite, and will end the day with a delicious and restorative dinner.
Day 5: Salkantay Hike: Soyrococha/ Huayraqmachay/ Colpapampa (B, L, S, D)
Early morning, and shortly after breakfast, you will begin the most difficult part of the Trek, walking through the site known as “Pampa Salcantay”. On this portion of the trek, the route will take you through the left side of the “Umantay” glacier, and you will continue on this scenic route, passing beside the Salcantay glacier. Around noon, we will be at the highest point, Salcantay Umantay at 14763 ft (4500 m). At this point, you will have time to watch the Salcantay glaciers in all their natural beauty. After an hour of rest, we will have lunch in the area called “Huayrac Pampa”, which is a great spot to feel at one with nature. After lunch, we will then continue walking down for 4 hours to “Chaullay” located at 9514 ft (2900 m) where we will set the camp for the second night, and end our eventful day with a nice dinner.
Day 6: Salkantay Hike: Colpapampa/ Playa (B, L, S, D)
After an early breakfast, we will embark on a 5-hour walk through the village called “Collpabamba”, located in the rainforest area. You will have the chance to see waterfalls and a wide variety of plants and flowers before arriving to the area called “La Playa”, where we will break for a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, we continue on our trek where we will walk for about 2 hours until we get to the camping area at “Santa Teresa” at 5413 ft (1650 m). It is here that you will be able to go to the thermal baths and freshen up. After this, we will set up camp for the night, followed by dinner.
Day 7: Salkantay Hike: Playa/ Hidroelectrica/ Aguas Calientes (B, L, S, D)
Shortly after breakfast, we will begin a one-hour walk to the “Oroya” (hanging cables system to cross the river). After crossing the river, we will walk for roughly one more hour, to get to the Hydroelelectric Central train station, were we will rest and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will take the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes where, once we arrive, you will be picked up and transported to our hotel for a nice dinner.
Day 8: Salkantay Hike Machu Picchu/ Cusco (B)
After breakfast, you will enjoy a guided tour of the citadel of Machu Picchu (about 2 hours 30 minutes), visiting the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. You will also have free time to stroll around the citadel or to hike the Huaynapichu. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant, on your own. In the afternoon, you will catch your return train back to Cusco. Upon arrival, you will be met and accompanied back to your hotel in Cusco in order to rest after your amazing experience. *If you are interested in hiking the Huaynapichu, please see note in the Price tab.
Day 9: Bus to Puno (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up, and taken to the bus terminal in Cusco, where once you arrive; you will embark on your way to Puno. During this excursion, you will see the following towns and sites:
Andahuaylillas: A beautiful and charming town. The unique Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas is the most popular tourist attraction for visitors. Raqchi: This town is located following in route to Puno. The Raqchi town has a unique church that dates back to the Colonial period church. Four kilometers past this town, you will arrive at the archaeological site of Raqchi, an Inca sanctuary built by Pachacutec after his victory over the Chancas Nation. La Raya: Is a community dedicated to sheep farming. This is the highest point on the route of Puno and the doorway to this Department. Pucara: This is a quaint village in the Vilcanota Valley. The potters of Pucara are famous for the small ceramic toritos or bulls they make. Traditionally, Cuzquenian people build their houses with the help of the communityArchitectural ruins and stone monuments of this important culture period, the intermediate formative (between the 3rd and 8th centuries A.D), are situated close to the San Cayetano precipice. Lunch today will be at the town of Sicuani. At the conclusion of the bus tour, you will be met at the bus station by one of our representatives, where they will escort you to your hotel in Puno. * Optional train or flight to Puno could be arranged.
Day 10: Uros & Taquile Tour (B, L)
After breakfast, we will pick you up for your guided tour of Uros Island. While in Uros you will be adapted to the customs by a local family, who has a unique experience of sharing their culture and customs. After this visit you will be transfer to Taquile, where you will enjoy lunch an a grand tour of the island, which has several hills and many archeological ruins. After the tour, you go back to Puno where dinner is on your own. * An extra day or two in Puno can be added upon request. Please ask us about other tours in Puno. **Also visit to the private island of Suasi is one of our client’s favorite, please ask us and we will send you an itinerary including that visit.
Day 11: Flight back to Lima (B)
Your journey to Peru winds to a close as we transfer you to the Juliaca airport for the flight back to the coast. *Flight time will depend on your flight time back home.
*Private tours, other levels of accommodations and train options available upon request.
As price depends on each passenger choices, please contact us to send you an updated price based on your specific request. Please send us the following information and we will respond within 24 hours with your updated price.
- Number of people in your party
- Level of accommodation (3 Superior,4,5*). Please see options
- Private or Group Tour
- Train choice. Please see options
- Adding options: if you like to add day tours, extra days, meals, etc
- Need domestic or international flights?
- Have a special request (ie: special diet, wheelchair, children, senior, etc)
Participants need to be in good physical health and condition. It is good for travelers who are in condition to hike up to seven hours, with breaks in a single day to enjoy the Inca Trail. To fully enjoy an Inca Trail adventure, we advise passengers to get into an exercise program for their own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition, we advise him/her to consult a physician prior to joining an Inca Trail Expedition. Drinking lots of liquids is a must.
About What to Pack for trekking in Peru:
Remember to take your original passport on the Inca trail because without it you will not be able to do the hiking. Take only the necessary items for the 4 day trek (8-12 Kilos), the rest of your luggage can be left at your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels has a storage where to keep it until your return). Bring a personal sleeping bag, warm Jacket or sweater, rain gear (specially from November to April), T-shirts, shorts, long pants, layers. Back pack, Day pack, trekking shoes, sandals, Sun hat, wool hat, sunglasses, Water bottle, flash light, Insect repellent /Sunscreen, Water Purification Tablets (optional), Hand Towel, toilet paper. Extra US$50 changed in soles for any emergency and for tipping the porters
About Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets As the popularity of Machu Picchu has increased in the last few years, and in order to preserve the ancient paths of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Cultural Institute (INC) has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to 2,500 people per day. This means that, once the 2,500 tickets are sold out, no further entrance tickets will be available. Also, please note that to avoid a secondary market for these tickets, all tickets are issued with the name of the passenger, his/her passport number, nationality and date of birth. Therefore, tickets are non refundable and non transferable.
About Huayna Picchu Tickets
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are no longer free. They are now US$ 12.00 per person. There are two scheduled visits per day, with a limit of 200 people per visit (total of 400 per day). If you are interested in hiking Huaynapichu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huaynapichu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
- Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco). Other train options available upon request: Vistadome and Hiram Bingham upon request
- Bus to Machu Picchu roundtrip
- Touristic Bus from Cusco to Puno
- Expert leadership / guides & support personnel
- Accommodations: 1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 3 nights Camping, 1 night in Aguas Calientes, 2 nights in Puno.
- Meals as noted (B = Breakfast, S = Snack, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Plentiful, nutritious meals during the trail (Vegetarian option available). We can add any meals upon request
- Land excursions as noted including entrance fees (BTG, Cathedral, Qoricancha, MachuPicchu and Uros & Taquile Island)
- Private Transportation: Lima Airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Airport, Cusco Airport/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Salkantay Star Point (Sayllapata), La Playa/Santa Teresa, Train Station/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Cusco Bus Station, Puno Bus Station/ Puno Hotel, Puno Hotel/ Juliaca Airport.
- Cook (In charge of meal preparation)
- Muleteers and mules to carry camping equipment and food
- 1 extra horse in case of emergency
- Porters to carry your backpack (6 kilos/12 pounds) 2 people in each 3-person-capacity tent
- Mattress (sleeping pad)
- Dinner tent, special biodegradable bathroom tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table settings, first Aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Airport taxes: Local ($5-6) and International ($31) departure tax of payable in local currency by each passenger at Lima International Airport upon departure (if applicable)
- International and domestic airfares, usually quoted separately
- Excess baggage charges
- Medical immunizations
- Insurance of any kind: mandatory evacuation insurance; suggested cancellation insurance, interruption, baggage loss, damage and delay
- Tipping & Gratuities (Guides $4 per person per day / Drivers $1 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature (clothing, sodas, liquor, snacks, laundry, etc.)
- Visas. Please be advised that some citizens other than Canadians and US may need visa to travel to Peru. Please advise us of your nationality to help you or check with the Peruvian Consulate
All of our tours are offered in both Group and Private services; however, as we like to maintain control of the quality of our tours, even our group tours include PRIVATE transfers. This is important, as when you get picked up; you will go directly to your hotel without having to drive around the city to drop off other people in their hotels. Transportation is just for you.
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours
We offer all level of accommodations. When creating an itinerary it would be important to know which your preferred level of accommodation is. Please be sure that at all levels our recommended hotels offer great service and nice comfortable rooms. Our team has personally tried all our recommended hotels.
3-star Superior.- These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotel. Nice location, great rooms and charming decoration. Excellent service, with restaurant, room service, business centre, laundry, etc. Buffet breakfast. Best value. Perect for someone looking for an inexpensive option and still have some superior services.
4-star Hotels.- Good location, very nice rooms, great decoration and excellent service. This hotel includes more services such as room service, business center, laundry, spas, more room features, etc. Some have gourmet restaurants. Buffet breakfast. Perfect for someone looking for some luxury and special services and do not need a 5-star option.
4-star Suites.- Some 4-star hotels have suites that offer the same room features of a 5-star option. Perfect for someone looking to upgrade from a 4 star standard room and get more space and features.
5-star Hotel.- What you usually imagine a 5-star hotel is. Great location, luxury accommodations and excellent service. Gourmet restaurants, spas, room service, business center, etc. Perfect for someone looking for a 5-star service but do not need the 5-star Deluxe option.
5-star Deluxe.- These 5-star deluxe hotels offer ultimate luxury with outstanding service, luxurious rooms with deluxe room features and “you ask-you will get” concierge service. Properties have privileged locations or particular history behind it. Gourmet restaurants and spas. For the luxurious traveler.
Expedition.- The least expensive tourist train. Recently renovated cars offer nice seats and good train service.
Vistadome.- A higher category of train service, with panoramic roof windows. It offers a snack and fashion show.
Hiram Bingham.- Luxury train which offers lunch, tea-time and dinner service.
Andean Explorer.- Train service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco. Departs only on certain days of the week. Depending on the season.
Peruvian Airlines.- Peruvian owned airline. Offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru.- Peruvian owned airline. It services many destinations and offers good value prices. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Taca Airlines.- Central American owned airline. Offers great service but few frequencies to Cuzco. Moderately expensive. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lan Peru.- Chilean owned airline. It offers great service and many frequencies to Cuzco (almost 13 flights per day). Prices are the highest of the market. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.