Salkantay trek, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Titicaca Lake

11 days - 10 nights
Salkantay, Machupicchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco and the Titicaca lake
Overview

This is a program that combines Cusco, the Sacred Valley, The Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu and the well known excursion to Titicaca Lake. We start from Cusco, a fascinating city with an exquisite mixture of amazing Inca megalithic stonework and the charming architecture from the colonial period, we visit the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas before starting our hike.

We take the fantastic four day Salkantay trek which will lead us to the lost city of Machu Picchu. We will trek around the base of the high snow-capped Salkantay mountain (6,271 mts / 20574.14 ft). The trail offers an extraordinary variety of ecological regions, from tropical valleys to glacial steppes. We will continue our way to Puno in the south of Peru to visit the Islands on the Titicaca lake.

Tour highlights:

  • Learn about the Inca myths and legends past down over the centuries.
  • Visit the local traditional market in Cusco and witness what a day is like in the life of local people.
  • Take a tour visiting the megalithic temples and towns of the inca times in the Sacred Valley.
  • Walk through the beautiful Salkantay landscape surrounded by snow capped peaks and tropical valleys.
  • Enjoy great meals out in the open landscapes of Salkantay.
  • Take a tour of the awe-inspiring sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Visit the ancient communities on the islands of Titicaca lake.
  • Cruise across the waters of the Titicaca lake high in the Andean plateau.
  • Taste some of the best sea food in the world available in Lima.

 

  1. Arrive in Lima. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Lima
  2. Flight Lima/Cusco. Afternoon city tour of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
  3. Sacred Valley tour. Overnight in the Sacred Valley
  4. First day Salkantay Trek. From Mollepata to Salkantay Pampa. Overnight at campsite
  5. Salkantay trek from Salkantay Pampa to Totora. Overnight at campsite
  6. Salkantay trek from Totora - La Playa. Overnight at campsite
  7. Salkantay trek from La Playa to Llactapata. Overnight hotel in Aguas Calientes
  8. Guided visit of Macchupicchu. Afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
  9. Titicaca Train from Cusco to Puno. Overnight in Puno
  10. Day excursion to the Uros and Taquile islands on Titicaca Lake. Overnight in Puno
  11. Morning flight to Lima. Evening international flight
Departures:
Daily departures from April till December
Destinations:
Salkantay, Machupicchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco and the Titicaca lake
Reservation code:
SLKT
Day by day

Day 1 Arrival to Lima

On arrival to Lima, we wait for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option of the four-star Airport Hotel which is directly connected to the airport by footbridge. If you opt for the airport hotel make your own way over to Airport Hotel and check in. You will find that the hotel is just a short walk from the airport arrival lounge. Please collect your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers at the reception desk of the Hotel.

Overnight in Lima
No meals

Day 2 Classic City Tour of Cusco

This morning, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Cusco. You will high up in the Peruvian Andes to Cusco, once the capital of the Incas Empire where you will learn more about the Andean culture as the city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture.
Cusco once the capital of the Incas Empire where you will learn more about the Andean culture as the city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture.

In the afternoon we will pick you up for your City Tour. First, we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco on the Plaza de Armas and continuously the temple of Qoricancha, also known as the temple of the Sun. After these visits, we will continue to the upper part of Cusco to visit several archaeological sites. The first stop will be at Sacsayhuaman, a ceremonial complex of the Incas. We will also visit Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. At the end, we will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.
 

Note: In private service you will first have a tour by foot through the city, visiting Qoricancha the Inca Sun Temple, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral, enjoying the atmosphere of the city by observing the well-preserved colonial architecture that conserves Incas original stone walls, evidence of a rich and complex history. We will continue our way until we get to San Pedro Central Market where the locals shop for Andean grains, fruits, natural medicine plants and more. Afterwards, drive up above Cusco for a visit of the spectacular Sacsayhuaman Inca complex with stupendous stonework, Qenko a place of rituals and then we will visit the house of Sulca to see the lovely textiles made by hand.

Return to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure

Day 3 Full Day Sacred Valley Tour

This will be a full day tour where you will enjoy the varied landscapes of the beautiful  Valle Sagrado de los Incas, along the way we can see attractive colonial towns and isolated villages of indigenous communities that continue their tradition for weaving, pottery and agriculture. Main attractions will be the handicraft markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, it is definitely the perfect match between a cultural experience, the andean sunlight and delicious typical food.

This morning we will depart from Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We arrive at Pisac to visit the colourful Pisac village market. Here you can bargain for some of the many artisan goodies on offer. then we will head up to Pisac ruins located high up overlooking the valley. After an hour exploring this magnificent site we head back down and through the valley until we reach the town of Urubamba. Here we will have a buffet lunch before continuing to Ollantaytambo town to visit the ruins, which are located on top of the mountain overlooking 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.  After the visit to Chinchero we return to Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 4 Salkantay Trek 

Day 1 Cusco - Mollepata – Salkantay Pampa

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 Challacancha where we will start our hike for about 3 hours until Soraypampa (3,900 masl/12,795 ft). At the beginning the walk will be relatively flat with a slight uphill through a mountain chain of glaciers, we will appreciate in the trail a Incas water channel that has been restored and used today by the local farmers. We will get to our campsite in Soraypampa where we will have our first lunch and a time to relax. Then we will hike up to the beautiful Humantay Lake (4200 masl/13780ft) and we will appreciate the stunning scenary where the turquoise waters of the lake are contrasted with the imposing Humantay glacier. Then it will be time to return to our campsite to spent to have dinner and our first night camping.

(16 km–9.94 mi / 7-hour trek).
Overnight at campsite. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5 Salkantay Trek

Day 2 Salkantay Pampa - Totora

After an early breakfast, we are ready to start a 4-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. We will start the descent to the village of Huayracmachay where we will have lunch and after a brief, we'll continue our descent to the village of Chaullay, where we will spend the second night. In our trek we will enjoy the geographical shift between cold, dry area we were in the past days to the most tropical zone, we will also enjoy the change in the flora and fauna and we will see several kinds of birds and orchids.Finally, at our campsite in Chaullay, we will have our dinner and the overnight.

(18 km -11.18 mi / 9-hour trek).

Overnight at campsite. 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6 Salkantay Trek

Day 3 Chaullay – Lucmabamba

We will start our walk to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. During the walk we will see wild orchids, coffee, tea, banana and avocado plantations. We will pass through a town called Colpapampa, also called the "front cloud forest" where we could see waterfalls, hot springs, fruit trees and birds and a varied flora. After lunch, we will hike for about 1 hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba (2400 MASL - 7874 feet).

We are going to explore the tropical forest for a while and have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm. Here you can taste the coffee prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main agricultural industry of the local people here in the jungle and they grow many hectares of coffee for export the US, Asia and Europe.

(16 km – 9.94 mi / 5-hour trek). Overnight at campsite. 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7 Salkantay Trek

Day 4 Soraypampa- Chaullay

After an early breakfast, we are ready to start a 4-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. We will start the descent to the village of Huayracmachay where we will have lunch and after a brief, we'll continue our descent to the village of Chaullay, where we will spend the second night. In our trek we will enjoy the geographical shift between cold, dry area we were in the past days to the most tropical zone, we will also enjoy the change in the flora and fauna and we will see several kinds of birds and orchids.Finally, at our campsite in Chaullay, we will have our dinner and the overnight.

(18 km -11.18 mi / 9-hour trek).

Overnight at campsite. 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 8 Tour of Machu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast your guide will accompany you for an early bus for the sunrise at Machu Picchu. The first buses start leaving at 5.30am and take 30 minutes to get to Machu Picchu. The doors to Machu Picchu open at 6am.You will have about 4 hours for your visit in the Citadel when you will be able to enjoy this magnificent place before the crowds arrive later in the morning. Our professional 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 the tour will be time to head back down to the town by bus. Here you can find many restaurants offering lunch and afterwards you will board the return train through the Sacred Valley to Poroy town with a transfer back to Cusco arriving at approximately 8.30pm.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 9 Tourist bus from Cusco to Puno or Optional Titicaca Lake

Transfer to the bus station for your tourist bus to Puno in which you will visit 4 archeological sites along the way.  This will be a very active and interesting 9 hours journey.

This day long bus ride takes you through snow-covered peaks, high and wide Andean valleys where llamas graze on spiky grass. As you pass by villages with cobblestone streets and you will see people making adobe bricks by hand.

On our way to Puno we will visit the litho-sculptures of Pukara, La Raya, the highest point between Cusco and Puno (14234 feet / 3800 meters), Raqchi, the temple of the God Wiracocha and Andahuaylillas. The church of Andahuaylillas is known as the "Sistine Chapel of America". It is known as one of the best- preserved examples of Andean religious art. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to hotel.

Alternative option: Upgrade to Lake Titicaca train to Cusco available at an additional cost. Train operates Puno to Cusco: Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Travel in style on the Lake Titicaca train to Cusco. Morning transfer to the local train station of Puno where the train operated by Peru Rail is waiting for your spectacular rail journey to Cusco, which runs on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The glass-walled observation coach provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The journey is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route.
 First class lunch is served aboard the train in style.
 A music and fashion show and a bar-tending lesson will also be part of your experience aboard.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch Included.

Day 10 Lake Titicaca

Today we will leave for the port where a boat awaits us to visit one of the highest lakes in the world (3800 meters / 12467.19 feet). We will explore the floating island of Uros inhabited by traditional fisherman, stepping on the island feels very much like a water bed but it is quite safe. We see the houses, the islands and meet its friendly inhabitants. Uros people are descendants of one of the oldest South American groups. Rides on traditional reed boats can be arranged.

After we will continue navigating the highest navigable lake in the world, the Titicaca Lake, for about 2 ½ hours enjoying the spectacular views to get to Taquile Island port, from where we will take a long path that gradually ascend until the indigenous community to know these textile experts and their weaving traditions. You will find handy craft textiles of high quality make by them at a good price. Lunch at one of the many local restaurants.

After this nice experience with the indigenous community, we depart back to Puno City, on arrival we will transfer you to your Puno hotel.

Overnight in Puno

Breakfast and typical lunch included

Day 11: Transfer to Juliaca airport

Today we meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport in Juliaca for your flight to Lima. You can connect with your international flight or stay in Lima for an extension.
Breakfast included

Optional: Lima City Tour

Then you will be transferred to the drop off/pick up point in Miraflores in front of the Marriott Hotel. You will have free time for lunch.

After lunch we will meet you in front of the Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour in group service.

We first visit Lima’s Historical Center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, and a Cultural Patrimony in 1991.

We will visit the colonial sites of the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archibishop’s Palace. Right after we visit the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs. We continue to modern section and visit the suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores. On our way we will pass by the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid shaped temple.

Then we will visit the Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) and enjoy refreshing views of the Pacific Ocean as we drive down to the Miraflores Malecon, a road overlooking the ocean. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to Marriott Hotel were you have free time until your evening scheduled transfer to return to the airport for your international flight.

Breakfast included

Included

Included

Hotels included:
1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cusco, 3 nights Camping, 1 night in Aguas Calientes, 2 nights in Puno
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
Excursions:
All excursions as mentioned in the program
Guide:
Professional English speaking guides
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Tourist train to Poroy Station (upgrade extra cost to the Vistadome train)
Train Andean Explorer:
First class bus Cusco - Puno

Not included:

  • International flights and Domestic flights
  • Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking pole set
  • Entrance: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
  • Laketiticaca Train to Puno
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
Transport Cusco - Puno or vv:
First class bus Cusco - Puno
Hotels

Hotels

Cusco

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    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.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    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.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    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.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    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.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    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.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Encantada

    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.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    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.

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    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.

Puno

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic Puno

    Casa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 3 hotels in Puno. 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 most attractive aspect of Casa Andina Classic Puno is its location in a quiet section of Puno and the cozy atmosphere.

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    Category: Economic

    Eco Inn Puno

    Hotel Eco Inn Puno is situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, about a 10 minute ride from the centre of Puno.

    The rooms are large and from most of them you have a nice overview of the bay and Lake Titicaca. The staff is frindely and helpfull.

    From the breakfast room you have a view of the little alpaca corral outside.

     

     

Machu Picchu Pueblo

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    Category: Economic

    Andina Luxury

    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.

Lima

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Runcu

    Hotel Runcu is a modern hotel set on a relatively quiet street in a safe area of Miraflores.

    The hotel is only 2 blocks away from the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful waterfront parks of Miraflores and it is  10 minute walk to the busy area of Parque Kennedy, where you find many restaurants and shops.

    Rooms are clean and comfortable, the staff is helpful and friendly. Hotel Runcu received a certicate of excellence from Tripadvisor in 2011.
     
    The hotel serves a personalized breakfast on the 8th floor of the hotel from where you have a nice view of the surroundings. 
     
  • 3
    Category: Tourist, Economic

    Manhattan airport hotel

    Manhattan airport hotel is convenientely located near the airport of Lima in a quiet neighbourhood. It is a 10 minute ride to the hotel.

    Hotel Manhattan is a good economic option when your arrival is late in the evening and if you have a morning flight the next day. 

     

Prices

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
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* Prices for 2022 ( we are working on it)