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Salkantay, Chonta & Machu Picchu (Dome) – 5 Days

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  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Service: Private
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Pickup: Your hotel in Cusco

An exclusive program to discover the Peruvian Andes imagine yourself walking towards Machu Picchu and being in the middle of the Salkantay and Humantay snowcapped peaks. Watch the Condors soaring over the Apurimac Canyon and learn more about coffee by visiting a plantation, just before heading towards the magnificent Machu Picchu.

A 5 days tour it’s the perfect trip for the adventurous souls who wants to discover the rich geography and history of Peru. You will have the opportunity to watch the ancient Condors soaring over a Canyon. Experience a great hike along the Salkantay; passing through glacier lakes, snowy pikes and cloudy forest.

Recommended Airport

Alejandro Velasco Astete – Cusco

Meeting Point

Your hotel located in Cusco City.

(For hotels located in the Sacred Valley, you must confirm us before making your hotel reservation so that we can guide you).

Price Includes

  • 3 nights in ecologic campsite domes.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
  • Admission fee to Machu Picchu.
  • All overland transportation.
  • Transportation and train tickets.
  • All meals mentioned during the trek.
  • Professional english-speaking guides
  • Drinking water

Price Excludes

  • Cusco hotel accommodations.
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Laundry services.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended).
  • Gratuities.

Complementaries

  • The walking sticks are not included, but if you prefer we can arrange to provide you a pair of basic poles (Standard Brand) without any charges; you just need to ask in advance to your travel specialist.
Restrictions & Suggestions
  • Train stations and train schedules are subject to availability, also due to rainy season Poroy train station is closed from January to April of each year.
  • If you would like to climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, please take in mind that is an unguided hike. If you are interested, please consult with your travel specialist as availability need to be check far in advance.
Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO - CONDORS - PINCOPATA CAMP

• Driving Distance: 132.5 km / 82,8 mi
• Driving Time: 3,5 hrs
• Altitude Chonta: 3,400 m
• Altitude Pincopata: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft

On our first day adventure will be perfect for everyone to acclimatize to the high altitude and the perfect practice for the up come days. Once we pick you up around 8 am to begin our journey towards Chonta where the amazing Condor lookout point is located. On the way, we will make a couple of stopovers to visit the archeological sites of Killarumiyoc or Tarahuasi. These fantastic sites were religious temple during the Incas time and they still are meaningful nowadays for the Qechua society. As we drive deeper into the Limatambo valley, you will be able to appreciate the stunning landscaped and the communities working on the land. Upon arrival, an hour of walking awaits you through a narrow path that lead to a spectacular sight of the Apurimac Canyon.

It is a peaceful place away from the crow and yours completely to enjoy it, as it is normally visited by the afternoon. Once at the lookout point, you will have some time to relax and watch the precious condors overflying the canyon until it is time for your delicious box lunch to be served. Afterwards, we must return to our private transportation toward our last destination of the day our ecologic Pincopata camp. On our arrival, you will be welcome with a seasonal fruit beverage and the you will be lead to our domes for you to enjoy of a hot shower and then rest or perhaps you decide to take a walk before indulging into a delightful dinner, prepared with ingredients grown at the Sacred Valley.

Day 2PINCOPATA CAMP – TILCA & CHOQUECHURCO – PINCOPATA

• Driving Distance: 20.4 km / 12.7 mi (round trip)
• Driving Time: 30 minutes (rt)
• Hiking distance: 10 km / 6.25 mi
• Hiking time: 4-5 hrs Altitude Tilca: 3,790 m / 12,431 f
• Altitude Choquechurco: 3,200 m / 10,500 ft.
• Altitude Pincopata: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft.

After you have enjoyed breakfast, our journey continues toward the village of Tilca where we will walk uphill towards the “Apus” or sacred mountains, on the way we will appreciate the typical Andean vegetation and stunning views of the valley and at the top a few stairs can be observe this had a religious purpose during the Incas time. After our guide hade provide more details, we will start our descending to Marcahuaylla. From there we will take a different path that will lead us to the archeological ruins of Choquechurco which means place where gold reside. This is a unique site, that has remained unknown to many but that we love to visit. Located hidden in a Polylepis trees forest, this site will give you the satisfaction of become a real explorer.

Besides, we will delve into religious enclosures, settlements and Inca walls that mostly will be covered on the vegetation that grows in the area. We will also have fantastic views of the Apu Humantay, the Limatambo valley, Apurimac and the Mollepata village. Being rewarded but such stunning sights, we will make a stop to enjoy lunch, before continue on our journey toward our ecologic camp of Pincopata.

Day 3Option 1: Pincopata Camp - Marcoccasa - Humantay Lake - Pincopata Camp

• Driving time to trail head: 15 min
• Distance to trailhead: 8 km /5 mi
• Trekking distance: 14 km/8.75 mi
• Trekking time: 4- 5 hrs Altitude Soray: 3,883m / 12,737ft
• Altitude Humantay Lake: 4,298 m /14,100 f
• Altitude Pincopata: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft.
• Hiking Level: Moderate – Challenging

After you have enjoyed a delightful breakfast, you will be transfer in a 15 min ride to the beginning of our trek in Marcoccasa. From there, we will start todays adventure walking up the hill before we keep our journey that overlooks the fascinating White River Valley and the snowcapped mountains Humantay and Salkantay. On the perfect spot with this amazing sight, you will be delighted by your box lunch.

By the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to hike towards the Humantay Lake if you desire, this stunning turquoise water lake is located on the base of the mountain that holds the same name. The hike will take 1.5 while you pass by beautiful views of the glacial and lake. If you rather stayed at the campsite, then perhaps you would like to schedule a relaxing massage session or just to take a walk around the premises. The night will be spent at Pincopata Camp.

Day 3Option 2: Pincopata Camp-Salkantay PassPincopata Camp

• Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi
• Hiking time: 7-8 hrs. round trip
• Hiking level: challenging
• Altitude Abra Salkantay: 4,664 m / 15,300 ft.
• Altitude Soraypampa: 3,883m / 12,737ft
• Altitude Pincopata: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft
• Driving distance: 40 km / 26 ml (round trip)

Once you have finished with your nourishing breakfast, you will be taken to Soraypampa the official start point of the trek. From the valley bottom to slowly ascend through various pampas. The final climb is definitely challenging but the rewards will be the stunning view of the Salkantay pass. Surely, this moment must be celebrated, before we begin to descend to a more appropriate and warmer spot for you to enjoy your delicious box lunch. Afterwards, we will start heading back to Soraypampa and take the transportation that will take us back to our ecologic campsite in Pincopata, where dinner will be awaiting you.

Day 4PINCOPATA CAMP - OLLANTAYTAMBO - MACHU PICCHU

• Transfer distance: 130 km / 81.25mi
• Transfer time: 2.5-3 hrs.
• Train travel distance: 36 km / 22.5 mi
• Train travel time: 1.5 hrs.
• Machu Picchu Altitude: 2,000m / 6,560ft

Today’s program starts early, as after enjoying breakfast you will be taken to Ollantaytambo train station. Once there, you will board the comfortable wagon that lead to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). On the ride, you will have the opportunity to enjoy of your box lunch. Upon your arrival, you will meet your expert guide to head towards the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu on 30 min bus ride. Once we have check into the citadel entrance, our guide will take the lead and take us through the most important enclosures and settlements while discovering the secrets, theories and mysteries that surrounded Machu Picchu on our complete walking tour.
Once that visit has been accomplished, it will be time to return back to Aguas Calientes and settl into your hotel to rest or explore Aguas Calientes.

Day 5MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

• Train Ride: 1.5 hrs.
• Transfer distance: 110 km/68.4 mi.
• Transfer time: 2 hrs.

After you have enjoyed breakfast at your hotel, we will board the train to Ollantaytambo where we our private transportation will already awaiting you to continue our journey towards Maras salt mines. This famous salt ponds dated back from pre Incan times and that are still used by the locals being part of their economy as they have developed different products based on salt.

Our second stop will be Moray, a very important site that was an agricultural laboratory and development center that has a circular and conical shape. Then, we will visit the community of Misminay a heartwarming experience where you will learn of the Andean lifestyle and enjoy of its culture, music and agriculture skills details that will be explained by the members of the community. Also you will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch, before returning back to Cusco city.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

All our programs are priced in private services. If you travel alone, you will have a special rate just for you, and the full service just for you.
But if you travel with friends, and you decide to have a single accommodation, you will have a single supplement price.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

  • United States of America – Dollar (USD)
  • Peru – Sol (PEN)
  • Credit Cards – Some stores and businesses accept credit cards

Should I book hotel accommodation?

We always suggest making your hotel reservation in advance (Except programs that already include a hotel in Aguas Calientes). The hotel must be located in the center of the city of Cusco.
If you wish, we can make the reservation of your hotel for an additional cost, you only have to indicate the category of hotel or preferred hotel.

What is cancellation policy?

We suggest you check the following link: Conditions of Sale

You can also contact our sales executives, who will be happy to assist you.

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