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Inca Trekking

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Lima, Peru

Trip Length

8 days

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All year round
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Inca Trekking

Explore Mount Salkantay, the second largest mountain in the entire Cusco area (second only to the mighty Mount Ausangate). It is said to be the “guardian” that stands between the mountains and the jungle. Crossing over a pass between the peaks of the immense mountains, Salkantay and Humantay, you will get to see some spectacular views of the glacial monsters and the sprawling valleys that they stand over.

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Explore Mount Salkantay, the second largest mountain in the entire Cusco area (second only to the mighty Mount Ausangate). It is said to be the “guardian” that stands between the mountains and the jungle. Crossing over a pass between the peaks of the immense mountains, Salkantay and Humantay, you will get to see some spectacular views of the glacial monsters and the sprawling valleys that they stand over.

Itinerary

Day 1-2

CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SAYAPATA – HUMANTAY LAKE – SALKANTAY PAMA

Arrive in Cusco where a representative will be ready to take you to your hotel. Check into your hotel and use the rest of the day to acclimatise and explore Cusco, at your own leisure. Cusco is rich with history and culture and we can recommend a plethora of interesting places to visit.

We will leave Cusco at approximately 5:00 a.m. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level). We will arrive at approximately 7:30 a.m, stopping for any last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms at a local restaurant.

We continue our journey to Soraypampa, our starting point for the trek. We will meet with our support staff, who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 10:00 a.m., we will begin our hike toward Humantay Lake. During the hike, we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of The Apurimac River. Around 1:00p.m., we will have a delicious Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will hike for 2 hours to our first camp at Salkantaypampa.

Witness panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay and other snow-capped mountains

Activities

  • All Meals

Accommodation

Camping

Day 3

SALKANTAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – COLLPAPAMPA

Today, nature will change drastically from dry climate to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. Starting the hike around 7:00 a.m., we will continue to a place called Soyrococha, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Humantay, located next to the Apu Salkantay.

At midday, we will be on the highest point (4650 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level). It is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m. we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay.

After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive at our camp in Colpapampa (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m. We will recuperate from the trek and eat a delicious dinner.

Appreciate spectacular views of the mountains around you and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay

Activities

  • All Meals
Day 4

COLPAPAMPA – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA HOT SPRINGS

Around 7:00a.m. we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco. During this period; we will observe small communities, the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where there are waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can also be observed.

If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. Here we will have lunch. At 2:00 p.m. a local bus will take us to Santa Teresa Hot Springs, where you will enjoy and relax at the hot pools. You will have dinner and spend the night camping there.

After your hike, enjoy some time to relax, unwind and recharge at The Santa Teresa Hot Springs

Activities

  • All Meals

Accommodation

Camping

Day 5

SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES

At 7:00 a.m. it's time to stand up to start a new day. Overall, the hiking distance today is 18 km, around 6 hours straight to Aguas Calientes crossing by the Hydroelectric station. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River, through the hydroelectric plant.

The weather is warm and temperate in the beginning, but during the last 10 km, the vegetation becomes denser reaching Machu Picchu city. We walk along the train tracks close to the bank of Urubamba River, where we’ll appreciate the holy mountains of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu, and finally arrive at Aguas Calientes. This is the town of Machu Picchu, for an overnight stay in the hotel and dinner at the tourist restaurant

Observe the holy mountains of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu, and finally arrive at Aguas Calientes - the town of Machu Picchu.

Activities

  • All Meals

Accommodation

Sol de los Andes or Luna Muna or Eco Mapi or others (double, twin, triple and 4-beds)

  • Subject to availability
Day 6

AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the beautiful morning light. This is the best time to view the ‘Lost City of the Incas’.

Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history, without the pressure of other tour groups arriving at midday, with a lot of time for further exploring, excellent photo opportunities and a climb to Huayna Picchu or up to the Sun Gate. Then we head back to Aguas Calientes. Later in the afternoon, we return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and will then be transferred by van to Cuzco, arriving in the evening.

Arrival time in Cusco: Train return 6:20 pm - Arrival at 10:20 pm Train return 9:50 pm - Arrival at 2:00 am (next day)

Useful Information: -Starting Altitude – 4650m / 15,200ft -Highest Altitude – 4217m / 13,780ft. -Walking Distance – 60.5 km / 37.5 miles -Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 18 km/11 miles -Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º celsius -Overall Difficulty – Difficult

Note: If you want to include Zip line in your tour, you should inform the guide on the first day of your trek. Each activity costs 30 dollars.

View Machu Picchu in the glorious morning sunlight before a detailed Tour of the site

Activities

  • Transfer To Cusco
  • All Meals

Optional Activities

  • Zip Line
Day 7

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

Early, around 04:00 AM – 04:40 AM, we will pick you up from the hotel in Cusco, to make the trip to Qollasuyo - the Southern part of the ancient land of the Quechua people (Cusco). This area played a huge role in the history of the Tawantinsuyo (Ancient Incas).

We will begin our walk at the foot of the Ausangate mountain range. This will be followed by an ascent of approximately 1 hour to the highest point of the Rainbow Mountain. During this journey, we will have the opportunity to see the different types of South American camelids (relatives of the camel).

Upon reaching the red hill, we will have time to soak in and take pictures of the beautiful scenery. Finally, we will continue our journey with a 1-hour descent into the flat terrain and back to where the walk began, HANCHIPATA. Here, the driver will be waiting for us to return, passing through PITUMARCA to the District of CUSIPATA where we can enjoy a tasty lunch. Following lunch, we will return to Cusco, arriving at approximately 4:30 PM.

NOTE: After Vinicunca, there is an optional additional trek into the Red Valley. The duration of the walk is approximately 30 minutes, and you will also be required to pay an entrance fee to the area of 20 soles (Roughly $7)

Experience the amazing Rainbow Mountain during this organized day trip

Activities

  • All Meals
  • Transfer To & From Rainbow Mountain
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
Day 8

EXPLORE CUSCO

Take a day of leisure in Cusco, to explore this historical city and to recuperate after your incredible achievements over the past few days.

Check out of your hotel after breakfast. Arrange a drop off back at the airport or join the Peru Hop back to Lima

Venture out and experience all that Cusco has to offer, before saying Goodbyes and leaving with fond memories of your trip!

Activities

  • Breakfast
Day 9-17

Peru Hop

Hopstage 2 : Lima to Paracas

7am Cultural Route: Allows you to stop at places like Mirasur to witness a Peruvian horse show (free) and visit the Secret Slave Tunnels in Chincha (exclusive hidden gem stop – free) 6am Express Route: Direct 3.5 hour bus to Paracas (ideal for those short on time and for some would rather not spend 1 night in Paracas)

Hopstage 2 : Paracas to Huacachina Meeting point in Paracas is Los Frayles Hotel (within 50 metres of all major hostels and hotels). Buses depart at 1pm sharp.

Hopstage 3 : Huacachina to Nazca to Arequipa Meeting point in Huacachina is Wild Rover Hostel (within 50 metres of all major hostels and hotels). Buses depart at 1pm sharp.

Hopstage 4 : Arequipa to Cusco Pick up at your hotel or hostel in central Arequipa. Bus starts pickups between 5:15am – 5:45am. Your pick up time will be on your confirmation once you put your hotel/hostel

What's Included

Accommodation

All Accommodation as per itinerary

Ground Transport

All Transfers as per itinerary

Customer Service

Local customer service team accessible 24 hours via email and phone for any issue

Flights

All International/Domestic Flights

Meals

All Meals as specified in itinerary

Created by
Kasey Muller

Travel is more than just my passion, It is my Culture.

From the ripe age of 18, when I took my first international solo trip that lasted 3 years, until today, where I have successfully navigated a 12 year career as a Travel Expert. It has always been my greatest teacher and opened up so many new ways to approach life. I started Travel Culture Club because I wanted to inject the personal touch back into people’s experience of the world.

I love drawing on my personal experience to help others peel away the brochure and find authenticity in every destination they travel to. I am also a fully qualified Yoga Instructor and avid Hiker so I particularly enjoy curating routes that highlight these activities.

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