SALKANTAY MOUNTAIN TREK AND MACHU PICCHU 9-DAYS
INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TOUR • EXCLUSIVE CULTURAL TOURS OF THE SACRED VALLEY AND CUSCO
✓ Multi-Day Adventure
✓ Hike the Salkantay Trail
✓ Alternate Route to Machu Picchu
✓ Diverse Landscape
✓ Experience cultural Cusco and Sacred Valley – Guiding Peru Exclusive
✓ Visit a rural mountain village school
✓ Meals and 4-Star Accommodations Included
✓ Flexible start date
Salkantay Mountain Trek and Machu Picchu Tour 9-Days
Salkantay trek is quite popular among trekkers all over the globe and also considered as the finest alternative trek to the typical Inca trail leading into Machu Picchu. Our 9-Day Machu Picchu Salkantay Trail Tour allows you to explore the alternate route to Machu Picchu on the isolate and picturesque Salkantay Trail. Here is the complete itinerary of 9-day Machu Picchu Salkantay Trek Tour.
Day1: Arrival To Cusco Peru
• Meals: Welcome evening reception with Peruvian drinks
Upon arrival at the the Cusco airport, you’ll be greeted by one of our representatives, then you will be driven to your 4-star hotel in Cusco. In the late afternoon our guide will take you on a walking tour through the Plaza de Armas to the beautiful Cusco Inca Museum. Following this tour you will continue to the heights of the San Blas district where you will visit the historical San Blas Church. After which you will enjoy an evening reception at a restaurant high in the hills of Cusco, overlooking the city’s brilliant lighted hills. Following your meal you will enjoy the walk back to your hotel for a restful evening.
Day 2: Guided City Tour Of Cusco And Sacsayhuaman Park
• Meals include: Breakfast & deluxe picnic lunch
At 8:00 am your guide will be there in the hotel to pick you up and your deluxe Cusco city tour starts from here. Your journey will start in Plaza de Armas of Cusco where our guide will explain you about the old Inca buildings & streets of the city. Along the way, you will be taken to Saint Christopher Church where you’ll have the finest views of the entire city. Then, you will be taken to Cusco’s 1st cathedral where you can witness South America’s best pulpits, crafted in cedar wood. Afterward you’ll continue on foot to the famous Temple of the Sun. As soon as you get into the temple you’ll be mesmerized to witness the clash between Inca culture & Catholicism, and their disparities in building methods. In the noon following this interesting walking tour, you will be driven to Quenko, The Temple of Fertility, where you’ll enjoy a half an hour of private guided trip. In these incredible uplands, you will be offered with an appetizing chef-cooked picnic lunch alongside a great selection of beverages. After some rest, you will be then offered with a 2-hour private tour that basically focus on walking down on an age-old Inca route to the Sacsayhuaman Incan archaeological site. Your day 2 will be ended here and we will drive you back to your hotel in our private van. Upon request our guide can recommend you some of the finest restaurants in Cusco.
Day 3: Guided Sacred Valley Tour: Moray - Maras - Ollantaytambo - Pisac
• Meals include: Breakfast, deluxe box lunch and dinner with a great selection of drinks
On day 3 you’ll enjoy a full-day tour of the Sacred Valley. Guiding Peru’s exclusive schedule makes this journey unique and totally different from the others. We start driving through the Sacred Valley to the Incan Laboratory of Moray, an amazing place of experimentation of micro climates in the highlands, built in a shape of amphitheater. Continuing the tour we will drive for the next 30 minutes until we arrive in Maras Salt Pans, the main mine of salt production in Peru since the first civilizations in South America, and one of the most productive ones in the world. It provides pink salt and from here, you will get a great view of the area which looks like a moon landscape. After enjoying our lunch we continue driving 1 hour 15 minutes to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, your guide will tour you through Ollantaytamb, a Unesco heritage site and the best example of an intact Inca village. It is charming with its waterways running through the quaint streets of the town. You will explore the archaeological site, having some free time to take pictures and to explore the town. Following this wonderful tour, we continue driving back to Cusco stopping in at the village of Pisac, Your guide will then lead you
through the Pisac archaeological site to explore the cemetery, houses of priests, sector of terraces, ending with an amazing viewpoint of the whole complex. Lastly we will arrive back into Cusco to your hotel for 6pm. Tonight we include a wonderful dinner at the hotel’s restaurant in Cusco.
Day 4: Cusco – Soraypampa – Soyrococha – Salkantay Pass – Wayracmachay
• Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner and snacks
Our van with porters, cooks, and guide will pick up you from your hotel at 4:30am to start our journey. After three hours of driving we will reach at Soraypampa. Upon arrival, you’ll served with a hot breakfast while enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the two mountains: Humantay & Salkantay. The first segment of trekking is a steady uphill trek lasting almost 1.5 hours, touring along the Salkantay Valley until reaching at Salkantay Pampa. Then a 1-hour uphill trek will take us to our lunch site at Soyrococha Lake. As we arrive, you will receive a warm reception from our porters, chef and horses waiting for you here. Following this break, we keep strolling for nearly 40 minutes through the zenith of Salkantay pass relishing the finest views without any tourist disturbance. Then we will trek downhill to our 1st campsite Wayracmachay. Prior to dinner we’ll have appetizers alongside lots of hot beverages & hot popcorn.
Day 5: Wayracmachay – Ccollpapampa – La Playa Sahuayaku
• Meals include: breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks
You can’t afford to miss the chance to witness the beautiful sunrise over glacier summits lightening the cloud forest. So you have to wake up early on the morning on Day 5. After enjoying a hot cup of coffee or coca tea you’ll have time to pack your luggages & relish an appetizing breakfast made by our chef. We’ll start trekking four hour downhill until we arrive at Ccollpapampa – our lunch spot. After having lunch it’ll be almost 4.5 hours of steady downhill hiking, discovering magnificent cascades, rivers and incredible flora & fauna. Sahuayacku will be our campsite tonight. Here our new team of porters and cooks will waiting for you with appetizing meals and drinks to greet you.
Day 6: La Playa Sahuayaku – Lucamabamba Coffee Farm – Zipline Santa Teresa – Cocalmayu Hot Springs
• Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
Following an appetizing breakfast we’ll commence our day 6, by walking about 30 minutes to the Coffee farm, where you’ll find our next campsite. Coffee you found here is of excellent quality. This land is also known for producing lemons and avocados. After exploring the local farm, we’ll take some rest as soon as we finish our lunch. Then our van will take you to Santa Teresa valley where waiting for you is the highest lines for zip lining in South America. After this astounding adventure we’ll take some rest at the hot springs of Cocalmayu, which is known as the most beautiful hot spring of the Cusco province. About 6pm we get back to the campsite where a nice surprise dinner is waiting for you.
Day 7: Lucmabamba – Llacatapata Mirador – Hidroelectric Water Falls – Aguas Calientes Hotel
• Meals include: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
After an early wake up and breakfast your day 7 adventure will start. This part is the most preserved Incan paved route that ascent to the Llactapata Incan archaeological site. You will spend three hours of trekking over the mountain side to get the finest views of Santa Teresa valley, Sahuayaco and Santa Teresa river. As soon as we get there at the top, we’ll be enclosed by so many Unkas trees and several native plants of the region,. Then we start discovering Llactapata, a stunning Incan military sector of Machu Picchu. Here you will enjoy the 1st view of Machu Picchu as well as as the popular mountains of Huayna Picchu. After that we begin descending to Hidroelectrica which will take approximately two hours. Today, you’ll enjoy a box lunch in the middle of the river Aobamba.. The final part for today, we will arrive to Aguas Calientes through the foot valley of Machu Picchu where you’ll have a great chance to enjoy to enjoy views of the city from the Urubamba River up to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu mountains. Finally on your arrival to Aguas Caliente you’ll relish a hot bath at your hotel. Your tonight’s dinner is reserved in one of the finest eateries of Aguas Calientes, where our tour guide will arrange everything to tomorrow’s trip of Machu Picchu.
Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco
• Meals include: Breakfast, celebratory lunch with snacks
Today we will take the early bus to Machu Picchu insuring we arrive at the main gates well before the crowds. Here our guide will lead you on a 2 hour tour of the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Following this tour you will be guided to the Machu Picchu Mountain entry where you will enjoy the included climb to the summit. Alternatively you may wish to discuss with your guide the option of hiking to the Sun-Gate and Inca Bridge where you can explore further this wonderful historical site. After your time in Machu Picchu, the bus will bring you down to Aguas Calientes town where you will have time to enjoy your celebratory lunch, before catching the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. As soon as you arrive in Ollantaytambo, our driver will be waiting in our private van to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 9: Good-Bye Peru
After some morning exploration our private van will be ready drive you to the Cusco airport for your flight back home.
What’s Included in the 9-Day Salkantay Mountain Trek and Machu Picchu Tour
• Guiding Peru “welcome package” • Professional Guiding Peru English/Spanish speaking guide(s) • Private transfers to and from the Cusco airport • 4 Nights in 4* Deluxe Hotel Cusco • 3 Nights deluxe camping • 1 Night 3* Deluxe Hotel, Aguas Calientes • Personal Porter for 8 Kg • Tents for trail (2 person shared 4 man tent) • Sleeping bag and deluxe foam mattress • Trekking poles • Meals as indicated in the itinerary • Tourist vehicles and expert English speaking indigenous guides. • Cusco Visitors Ticket • 21 Entrance tickets for all the Inca sites and touristic places. • Guided tour of Machu Picchu • Cusco City guided Tour • Sacred Valley guided tour • Expedition Train Tickets, bus tickets • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes • Machu Picchu Mountain permit
Suggested Packing List
• Original passport. • ISIC international student card if applicable. • Backpack to carry your personal items • Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures • Thermal underwear for cold conditions • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort • Personal medications, insect repellant • Flash light, head lamp and extra batteries • Camera • Binoculars • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes • 2 x1 litre water bottle • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again."
SEAN S., DENVER CO
"Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and....the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together....two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We'll be back!"
LOUIS C., SCOTTSDALE AZ
"One final note - over the four days, one couldn't help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don't think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now - go ahead and book with Guiding Peru."
RICHARD C., ALBERTA CALGARY CANADA
When to Travel
- High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rain storms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains. The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.
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