THE HIGHLAND SALKANTAY TO MACHU PICCHU

DAY 1: CUSCO/PISAC/ KM82 | INC: L/D

We pick you up from your hotel at 8 a.m. and travel by road to visit the Inca remains at Pisac: enjoy a 1 ½ hour hike on ancient Inca trails and visit the outstanding Pisac citadel with some of the finest stone work in the Cusco area. Later we will visit the colonial town with a chance to enjoy its well-known artisans market. Afterwards, follow the road besides the Urubamba River to the town of Urubamba, we’ll visit the open food market and have lunch at a local restaurant in the vicinity. After lunch we’ll continue by road to “Ollantaytambo” for an in-depth visit to this traditional Inca living town, continuously inhabited since before the Incas. We will take a 1 hour hike in the Inca fortress to later continue the visit by walking the cobblestone streets of this amazing town, where a good part of the urban layout was planned during Inca times. Late in afternoon we will transfer to our private camp at Km. 82 from where will start our trek the following day. Time to relax and prepare for next day and enjoy a delicious dinner.

DAY 2: KM 82 /ANCASHCOCHA | INC: B/L/D

We meet our crew and begin our hike following the river upstream observing peasants working the land bellow the impressive Veronica snow peak, then continue on the trail towards the Silque Canyon. We will ascend by way of narrow canyon following a stream that will gradually get smaller; here we can observe tall granite walls on the sides of the canyon populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colors when in bloom. We continue until we reach our camp near the village of “Ancashcocha” and settle for the night.

DAY 3: ANCASHOCHA/PAUCARCANCHA | INC: B/L/D

After a hearty breakfast we begin ascending towards the high Huallanay pass (4,550 meters). At first we take a steep zigzag trail up to where we meet an original Inca trail that will take us smoothly towards the pass. Bellow we will see the beautiful waterfall that feeds into the Ancashcocha glacier lake. The “Huallata” or Andean Geese and Black Ibis are often spotted in this high area. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the midst of this high mountain beauty; later as we begin descending from the pass we will enjoy beautiful views of high mountains, we will pass by the ruins of Incarajay and further down we reach a small plateau to continue further down to “Paucarcancha” where we camp next to a beautiful set of Inca ruins.

DAY 4: PAUCARCANCHA/PAMPACCAHUANA/SISAYPAMA | INC: B/L/D

After a hearty breakfast we begin our days trek on a trail that brings us gradually uphill into the Pampaccahuana Valley. We reach a well preserved original Inca water channel in excellent condition and still used for irrigation of potato fields as we enter a spectacular region of high pastures in beautiful alpine country. There is sparse vegetation, as the dry grasslands of the Andean puna zone are all above the tree line. We sometimes see local Quechua people with
their herds of alpacas and llamas or working the land in traditional ways using foot plows or tandem bulls to work the land. Tonight we camp at Sisaypampa at 13,776 feet.

DAY 5: SISAYPAMPA / SALKANTAYCOCHA | INC: B/L/D

This morning we ascend to cross the spectacular 15,900-foot Incachiriasca Pass, a notch next to Salcantay (20,574') and spectacular views of neighboring Huamantay (19,239’). The pathway at the top of the pass is marked by rock cairns (apachetas) left by local people to honor the mountain Apus (spirits). Up here, we’re close to huge glacial moraines and we enjoy amazing looks at the fabulous icefalls. On occasions we have seen condors soaring in the blue skies overhead and also seen the thrilling spectacle of avalanches cascading down the glaciers. Our camp is at Salkantaycocha (14,600'), below the Salcantay Pass, which we cross the following morning. From camp we enjoy incredible views of Salcantay as well as Huamantay glaciers.

DAY 6: SALCANTAYCOCHA /COLCAPAMPA | INC: B/L/D

This morning we go up and over Salcantay Pass (15,700'), and from this alpine paradise of turquoise tarns and glacial moraines, begin our descent into orchid-draped forests and subtropical farm country, quite a contrast in environments. Today’s long hike takes us down through a valley to the small settlement of Colcapampa; where there is hot springs nestled in junction of 3 small rivers forming the Santa Teresa River. Here we camp for the night.

DAY 7: COLCAPAMPA/SANTA TERESA/ AGUAS CALIENTES | INC: B/L/D

Early rise to catch local transportation down the Santa Teresa Valley towards the town of Lucma, here we begin our last days hike. We hike steeply uphill on an ancient Inca trail to pass near Inca ruins hidden in the lush forest at Llactapata. From here we will be amply rewarded with a spectacular and panoramic view of legendary Machu Picchu across the valley. We begin descending a steep trail that will take us to the train station just in time to catch the train that will take us on a 20 minute ride to Aguas Calientes. Overnight in small hotel near the hot springs

DAY 8: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO | INC:

Early rise to spend a full day with a guided tour of Machu Picchu. We catch the afternoon train to Cusco. Arrive in Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

End of our services.

Price Includes:

  • Transfer from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Km.82
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (W. Picchu depends on availability).
  • Tents, 2 people in each 4 man tent.
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes.
  • First aid Kit with oxygen bottle.
  • All meals marked as B, L, and D at the end of each day in the itinerary.
  • Service of local official bilinguals guides (2 guides for groups over 8 people).
  • Service of camp staff: Cook, assistants.
  • Pack animals that include Llamas to carry our gear
  • All group camping, dinning and cooking equipment.
  • Dinning tent: With tables and tablecloth, chairs plus all silverware.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable chemical toilet.
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel

 

Price does not include:

  • Any meals not specified after each itinerary day.
  • Optional tipping or gratuities to staff.
  • Hotels
  • Train tickets.
  • Medical expenses (if any).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking sticks

 

NOTE:

*If your clients prefer not to bring their sleeping bag or walking stick we can rent them at an additional cost. Please let us know in advance so we can book these items.

 

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