Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
We were fortunate to come across a discussion containing high praise for a tour company called Chaska Tours (www.chaskatours.com). We worked with Pieter and Rocio Valcarcel. (Pieter is actually Dutch, but he speaks and e-mails in excellent English.) They put together an excellent itinerary (at the last minute and during high season in mid-August) with all private, selected guides during our entire trip.
Prepare yourself for one of the top Five treks in the world, which leads to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Join our trekking team with our expert guides, cooks, wranglers and horses to climb the beautiful, impressive mountains surrounding the Apu Salkantay. This is a more remote path in the same region as the Inca trail where huge snow-capped mountains collide with tropical rainforests offering adventure seekers a more private and authentic trek. We plan your time before, giving you time to acclimatize visiting the most important sites in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Learn about the history, Inca myths and legends past down over the centuries.
- Visit the local traditional Andean market in Cusco to get an idea oif the lifestyle of the local people.
- Explore the splendid temples and palaces of Cusco and the Sacred Valley
- Take a quieter and more authentic route to Machu Picchu
- Camp out beneath the huge overpowering peak of the Apu Salkantay
- Take in the breath-taking views at Machu Picchu - the lost city
- Upgrade to a luxury hotel in Aguas Calientes town
Departures:Daily departures year round, except FebruaryDestinations:Cusco, the Sacred Valley, hike to Machu PicchuReservation code:SLK7
- Arrive in Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon City tour of Cusco. Overnight Cusco
- Day excursion in the Sacred Valley, visiting a weaving project, the market in Pisac, the town of Ollantaytambo and its archeological site. Overnight in Cusco
- Day three - Day six: Four day trek via Salkantay to Machu Picchu
- Guided tour or Machu Picchu. Free tiime to explore the site. Afternoon return to Cusco by train. Overnight Cusco
- Transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima
Day 1 City tour of Cusco
On arrival to Cusco our representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel. After your check in, we will give you a briefing on the upcoming activities and we will provide you with all your travel documents and answer any questions, you may have. In the afternoon your guide will come to your hotel for your guided city tour, including two archaeological sites. We visit the impressive Qoricancha temple and then take a short walk through the typical streets of Cusco visiting the Cathedral in the main square. Our car will take us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel. You have the rest of the afternoon free.
In the evening the guide for the trek will come to your hotel for a pre-trek trail briefing.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 2 Full day Sacred Valley Tour
This morning we depart from Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We arrive to Pisac to visit the colourful Pisac village market. Here you can bargain for some of the many artisan goodies on offer. Then, we head up to Pisac ruins located high up overlooking the valley. After an hour exploring this magnificent site we head down through the valley until we reach the town of Urubamba. Here we take a buffet lunch before continuing to Ollantaytambo town to visit its ruins, which are located on top of the mountain thta overlooks the town..Then we head to Chinchero which is a small Andean village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762m. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. The village mainly comprises mud brick (adobe) houses, and locals still go about their business in traditional dresses.Here we will have a weaving demonstration and we will learn about the ancient techniques they use to make their textiles.
Return to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included
Day 3 Salkantay Trek
Cusco-Mollepata – Salkantaypampa.
After an early morning pick-up from your hotel, we´ll go by private bus to the village of Mollepata. From the tropical valley of Mollepata with its citrus groves, we'll go on to Choquekicll a for our first views of the southern faces of the Salkantay Mountain (6,271m tr - 20,574ft) and the Humantay Mountain (6,217271m tr - 0,574ft), both sacred to the people of the Andes. Our first campsite for tonight is at Salkantay Pampa.
(10 km - 6.2 mi / 8 hour trek). Overnight at campsite.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 4 Salkantay Trek
After an early breakfast, we are ready to start a 3-hour trek and begin our ascent to Salkantay Mountain Pass (4525m /14842ft). We'll have a magnificent view of the snow-capped surrounding Glaciers, as well as other interesting geological formations. With some luck we can spot condors here. After a brief rest, we'll continue our trek downwards into the cloud forest along the Salkantay river. The climate changes as we descend into a tropical climate and in the late afternoon we will arrive at our campsite in Collcapampa to spend the night.
(16 km - 10mi / 8 hour trek).Overnight at campsite.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 5 Salkantay Trek
Collpapampa - Lucmabamba
Another early start and we are off on an easy hike into the cloud forest or Ceja de Selva along the Santa Theresa river. Tropical vegetation, waterfalls, coffee- and passion fruit plantations are part the incredible scenery today. Once downhill , during the relaxed hike along the river we will be able to observe a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna and even take time for a sprinkle under the Coripacchi waterfall . Passing along the small town of La Playa we arrive to our campsite in Lucmabamba.
(14 km - 8.7 mi / 7 hour trek). Overnight at campsite.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 6 Salkantay Trek
Lucmabamba –Llactapata –Hidroelectrica -Aguas Calientes
In approximately one and a half hours we arrive at the pass of Lucmabamba traversing dense cloud forest, where we have our first possibility of sighting Machupicchu lying in front of us. After a relaxing break, we now descend to the Urubamba valley, passing a footbridge and arriving at the hydroelectric plant with its small railway station early in the afternoon. In the afternoon we take the short train ride to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hostel .
(8km - 5 mi / 7 hour trek). Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast & lunch included
Day 7 Tour of Machu Picchu
We start early, after breakfast with our guide we take the bus up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will slowly show you around the main areas, recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries and explaining about some of the advanced building techniques the Incas used. After your tour, it will be time to go down agian to Aguas Calientes, where you can find restaurant options. After lunch it will be time to board the afternoon return train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo train station and then a transfer back to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 8 Departure from Cusco
Transfer to the airport for your flight to LIma.
IncludedHotels included:three nights in Cusco , one night in Aguas Calientes and three nights in campsites on the Salkantay TrekEntrance tickets:All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the programExcursions:All excursions mentioned in the programGuide:Official guides during excursionsMachupicchu:Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on dayMeals:Meals as mentioned in programTrain:Expedition Train from Machupicchu to Cusco
- Flights:International flights
- Flights: Domestic flights Lima/ Cusco/Lima
- Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
- Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
- Insurance: Travel insurance
Andenes Al Cielo
Hotel Andenes al Cielo is the perfect combination of a guesthouse and a modern hotel. It has all the facilities and services of a modern hotel, but offers you the personal service of a small guesthouse.Andenes al Cielo is located on Choquecheka Street, at the beginning of the San Blas district, The hotel offers its guests many advantages. Only two blocks from the main square, the hotel is close to restaurants, bars, pubs and shops in the San Blas area.The hotel itself maintains the ancient colonial style for which Cusco is very famous. Arches, handcrafted furniture and stones combined with the andenes (terraces) and the wooden balconies give Andenes al Cielo this colonial "look".All the rooms have a flat screen television and a private bathroom. The Deluxe rooms are even more comfortable with a fireplace, sitting area and balconies.
Casa Andina Cathedral Cusco
The Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cathedral is situated as close as possible to the main square, though it is devoid of the busy traffic and street noise, which creates an ideal accommodation in Cusco. Its location, not even 50 metres from Cusco's Cathedral, gives it many advantages and with double thick windows in the rooms on the street side you won't be bothered by the traffic below.
Several of the brightly coloured rooms have perfect views over the Plaza de Armas, the Santa Catalina Convent or the Compania de Jesus Church.
The hotel was built in a colonial building and still has the beautiful green balconies which makes it fit perfectly in the Cusco centre city style.
Casa Andina Classic Koricancha Cusco
Casa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 5 hotels in Cusco. Their hotels are divided in two categories, the Casa Andina "Classic" Hotels and the Casa Andina "Private Collection" Hotels. Their slogan is "Casa Andina, inspired by a sense of place" and all the hotels are known for their superior value and top-notch locations.
Casa Andina Classic Koricancha is the largest of the Casa Andina chain in Cusco with 54 rooms. With the two interior patios it can offer its clients a peaceful and comfortable stay in the busy city of Cusco.
Casa Andina Classic Plaza Cusco
asa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 5 hotels in Cusco. Their hotels are divided in two categories, the Casa Andina "Classic" Hotels and the Casa Andina "Private Collection" Hotels. Their slogan is "Casa Andina, inspired by a sense of place" and all the hotels are known for their superior value and top-notch locations.
The special feature you'll notice in Casa Andina Classis Cusco Plaza hotel is the elevator which will make it a bit easier to get to the 4th floor.
Casa Andina Classic San Blas Cusco
The Casa Andina Classic San Blas Hotel is a hotel made for visitors looking for a relaxed, stress-free place to stay individually or with a family. With its restaurant, interior courtyard, fountain, 3 wood burning chimneys and, above all, the helpful staff; this hotel can compete with the best hotels in town.
Casa San Blas
Casa San Blas Boutique is small attractive hotel in the middle of the historic artisan San Blas district and located at a quiet spot. It houses in an finely restored colonial mansion and the rooms are decorated with beautiful handmade weavings.
The entire staff has been carefully selected and trained about exactly how to please a customer. Flexibility is a key word in their customer service style. Casa San Blas Boutique lodge offers you free Internet, spacious rooms, clean and roomy bathrooms, cable TV in every room and extra long beds. Besides these amenities it also offers visitors Tika, a small cosy restaurant where you can have your breakfast, lunch or dinner in a romantic setting.
Eco Inn Cusco
Hotel Eco Inn in Cusco is operating since October 2007 in a big white prominent building at the end of Sol Avenue and in front of the Artesanal Market and waterfall. The entry and lobby are enormous and are flooded with natural light coming in from the impressive roof. Next to this lobby you'll find a stylish restaurant with the tables set up next to the river which was beautifully constructed through the restaurant. The suites and traditional rooms are divided among 4 floors and 3 elevators can be used to avoid climbing stairs.
In the basement of the Hotel Eco Inn you can discover the greatness of their Inca Spa. A completely different world with a unique atmosphere will make you feel fresh, clean and above all full of vitality and energy. They combine ancient Inca methods, elements and techniques during their rituals, massages and facial or body treatments.
Hotel Eco Inn is a great option for a comfortable and new hotel at an accesable price.
Hotel Encantada is far from the noisy streets, but still located in the centre and close to the Sacsayhuaman ruins. The Encantada Boutique Hotel is a marvellous place located in the higher part of Cusco's city centre.
All 15 rooms are divided among three floors in this modern styled hotel; on the upper floor there is a rooftop terracce and a spa. From both places you'll have an excellent view over the city, the surrounding mountains and the rooftops of San Blas while listening to the sound of the birds in the trees close by. The services of the Spa are exclusive guests of the hotel and must be reserved in advance.
The lobby is decorated in a very modern way with leather furniture, dark brown colours and offers a tranquil atmosphere, especially with the fire burning. The Internet, fruits and hot water for drinks are free to use and can be found in the hotel's lobby.
Plenty of natural light enters the spacious rooms because of the large windows.
Machu Picchu Pueblo
Rooms at the Hotel Andina are spacious and the riverside rooms have spectacular views of the mountains and river. All rooms have a bathtub and the six luxury rooms of the hotel include a Jacuzzi. All rooms have flat screen 32'' plasma TVs with cable. Hotel Andina Luxury has a sauna, a hot whirlpool, a massage centre and a restaurant in the basement; these new facilities are available to enjoy since a few monts.
Hotel Andina is the perfect choice when looking for a modern, new hotel at a reasonable price.
The hotel also has a conference room, which can be used by groups for free.
Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5* Luxury Superior 5*+ Prices in US$. Double room US $ 1515 US $ 1640 US $ 2275 Please consult us. Single room supplement US $ 185 US $ 290 US $ 915
* Prices for 2019
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