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Day 1: Visit Killarumiyoc, Taray & Hike to Humantay Lagoon
Day 2: Hike to the Salkantay pass & Descend into the Cloudy forest
Day 3: Exploring the coffee farm and swimming in the thermal pools
Day 4: First views of Machu Picchu
Day 5: Explore the citadel of Machu Picchu & back to Cusco
Each journey provides a different experience to the traveler and is incredibly magical
Explore far from the beaten track and city streets, hike by rugged, unpaved roads; over rough, steep, and sometimes slippery paths without handrails with amazing views of peaks, lakes, unique countrysides; and climb many high and uneven stone steps at Inca sites.
Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid STUDENT CARD at the time of the journey (Students must be under 25 years of age) or who is 17-years-old or younger. The discount is $25 USD per person.
To book a tour you need to enter in contact with our consulters and make an initial payment of $ 200USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online in full or installments up to 30 days prior to start date, or in cash on our office upon your arrival. Also, we are going to require a scanned copy of your passport.
We are going to pick you up from your hotel of Cusco at around 5 AM in our van and then drive for about an hour to the town of Killarumiyoc. This was built by the Incas and used as a ceremonial site to worship the moon and to see an agricultural calendar. You will enjoy breakfast at Killarumiyoc and then a 30-minute drive to Tarayoc another Incan site, it was used as a ceremonial center and a resting place for the Inca Chasquis (Inca runners who delivered messages over long distances). After, we will drive until Soraypmapa for lunch, camp and where we start our Salkantay trek.
After lunch, we have time for a small siesta before heading by foot 2 hours uphill to the amazing Humantay lake, the Green Blue Lagoon to enjoy this amazing site taking the most amazing photos. Then you will back to our campsite for dinner and a nice sleep.
We will wake you up with hot drinks in your tent and great views of the Andes. You will have time to pack up your duffels and hand off to your porters before heading to breakfast, prepared by our chef. The Salkantay trek will begin with a 2 hour gradual uphill until Salkantay Pampa located at 4000m. From here is another 1.5 hours until the lunch spot, 4.400m Suyrucocha, which is close to the Salkantay peak. From this spot, the views are magical and are possible to see some avalanches happening.
After a short siesta, we will begin hiking again, 1 more hour uphill to reach the famous pass of Salkantay, 4650m. You will be amazed by the views, in front of the glacier and surrounding mountains. Your guide will spend some time explaining about the mountains before continuing for another 15 minutes to see the Salkantay Lagoon. This is a blue lagoon located right at the bottom of the Salkantay mountain.
Finally, there will be a 2 hours’ downhill hike to reach our second campsite located at 3600m right in the cloud forest. Upon your arrival, our staff will greet you, show your tents, and the hot drinks are ready for you. This night after our dinner our guide is going to show you some Andean or Incan constellations before to go to bed.
Again our hiking staff will wake you up in the morning with a hot drink in your tent and some time to pack up your belongings. Another delicious breakfast will be prepared and then you will begin another day of the Salkantay trek. Today will be mostly in the cloud forest with warmer temperatures and humidity.
We will hike in a gradual downhill for about 4 hours to reach the famous Colpapampa, where we have our delicious lunch. The trail has beautiful views of the green valley, flowers are abundant with orchards, ferns, and trees everywhere. You may see some Andean birds, local farms with potatoes and other Andean crops.
After lunch and a short siesta, we will begin our drive a local van for about an hour to our campsite of Llucmabamba, there we are going to explore the tropical forest and visit to a local organic coffee farm. At the farm, you will have a brief introduction regarding the coffee in this region, the importance for the locals and taste some of the freshly-brewed coffee.
After that, we are going in the local van to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo where we are going to enjoy the natural hot water in the pools. Finally, back to our basecamp to have our last happy hour, dinner and to fall asleep early and get ready for another day tomorrow.
After an early breakfast, begin our trek towards the archaeological center of Llactapata. On the trail, you will see beautiful landscapes, as well as various flora and fauna. After two hours, we will arrive at Llactapata where you will have an amazing view of Machu Picchu to the distance, time to rest and enjoy the scenery. From here we will be a 2-hour walk downhill towards Hidroelectrica where we will have the last lunch prepared by our chef and we will also say goodbye to him showing our appreciation.
After Lunch and break before to continue will say goodbye to our team, then we will continue with our hike to Aguas Calientes town for 3 hours approx. The hike is along the train track, this section of the Salkantay trek is interesting because was used by the American professor Hiram Bingham when he rediscovered Machu Picchu. On the trail, we will see many species of flora and fauna, including the famous Peruvian national bird called Cock of the Rock if we are lucky, toucans, oropendolas, parrots, and orchids.
Finally, upon our arrival in Aguas Calientes, we will guide you to the hotel to enjoy a hot shower. In the evening, you will enjoy the final dinner in a local restaurant.
Note tToday if you are tired, after breakfast, we can drive a local van directly to Hidroelectrica, and from Hidroelectrica we shall hike for about 3 hours to Aguas Calientes town arriving at 3 pm max.
Today is the most important day for you. You will finally arrive at the highlight of the trek, Machu Picchu. We are going to visit in the morning, for that you will wake up at around 4 am to get breakfast in your hotel.
Then you will head out to the bus station and line up, waiting for the first bus which will depart at 5:30 AM. The bus ride is 25 minutes to the Machu Picchu entrance where you will again line up for entry (Before entering, take a quick visit to the restroom – the rangers do not allow you to re-enter Machu Picchu if you need to leave for a bathroom break).
Once you are inside, the guide will head to the watchtower area which is a beautiful area to take photos. Then the guide will introduce the history of Machu Picchu and explore this amazing citadel for 2 hours walking, seeing the most important areas inside, and following the new regulations of the government. The tour will end at the lower part of the citadel where you will be allowed to explore on your own.
Those who have booked Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain will be ready to begin the climb and your guide will show you the checkpoint for those mountains. When you are done your activity, you will walk directly to the exit area to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch.
You can enjoy lunch somewhere in the town and then take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station and then van back to your hotel in Cusco. You will finally arrive back at your hotel around 8:30 PM.
Here is What is Included in the price; We Have Got You Covered.
For any Trek, you need sleeping bag. We recommend a warm sleeping bags for a low temperature as -15C. Air mattresses and trekking poles are optional but recommended. If you don’t have or want to bring all these items, we have for rent.
Departure: We offer guaranteed departures since two travelers, this tour departs all the Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of the week in group service, along the 12 months of a year.
A group tour means that you are going to explore with other travelers with different fitness abilities
Price: All our tours are priced in US Dollar and it is per each person (not per room) according your selected category.
|Category||Based on 2 in a room|
Price without hotel: Mean that you have to book your own hotel, but following our itinerary.
Important: The exactly hotel that we are going to book for you depends on the room availability of each category listed below in our website, if these listed hotels are full we are going to book another with the same quality.
The prices are based in Matrimonial, Double or Triple Room, and are per person, if you like a single room there is an extra fee according the hotel category.
|Hotels||In Aguas Calientes|
|Economic||Muyurina Inn / Kantau Inn|
|Standard||Retama Inn / Alameda Inn / Tambo Inn|
|Tourist||La Cabaña / Tierra Viva / Inti Punku / Waman Inn|
|Superior||Jaya Hotel / Casa Andina / Taypicala|
|Premium||Hatun Inti Boutique / el Mapi / Tierra Viva Superior|
|luxury||MachuPicchu Pueblo / Sumaq|
A private tour means, The tour is just for your group, are available on any date and the prices are according to the group size.