This is a NEW short version of the Salkantay trail designed for mountain lovers who enjoy high passes with options to add to explore Machu Picchu.
Considered to be one of the best treks in the world, the Salkantay Trek offers a variety of Peru ecosystems; from deserts and jungles, to mountain passes, and azure lagoons!
At 7:30 a.m. in the morning, we will pick you by private vehicle from your hotel and travel for one hour to “Tarawasi” the Inca remains of Limatambo at 2,800 meters. We will visit this interesting site adorned with sophisticated stone of the known as the cellular style. This site is located in a lower valley that enjoys year round pleasant weather. We will have the chance to walk around and stretch our legs before we continue by car up this canyon on a small dirt road that leads to Tomacalla and somewhat beyond to our trailhead. After our vehicle is unloaded we will observe the arrieros (skinners) pack our horses while we enjoy a picnic lunch that will provide the necessary energy for a 4-hour hike in the afternoon, to find our campsite (3,780 meters) set up at TINKO at 3,600 meters, on the way to the “Tocto” pass. Time to organize our tent and relax with a cup of warm Coca tea before we enjoy dinner and settle for the night. Total distance 11Km in 4 hours. L. D.
A warm cup of coca tea or coffee brought to your tent will help us wake up to begin a beautiful day trekking in the mountains. After a nutritious breakfast, we will hike up the “Canyon of the Condor” where we can often observe Condors flying overhead catching the morning warm winds to gain altitude and fly away in search for food. We gain altitude while enjoying this natural scene to reach the Tocto pass (4,850 meters) to enjoy the outstanding views of the snow peaks of the Vilcabamba range. A short rest to take pictures of the overwhelming vistas from this magnificent high pass and we will start our descent to our lunch spot no far in a nice protected area. After lunch, we will continue descending to our campsite known for having the most spectacular views of the Salkantay Sacred Mountain. We will carefully descend following a steep trail that will bring us to “Mina Wasi” at 4,300 meters, on the way we can normally observe Llamas, Alpacas and cattle grazing in the high plains. We should reach our campsite by mid-afternoon to find a warm cup of Coca or regular tea, cookies and crackers to tie us up until dinner is ready. Tonight we will sleep under the spectacular Salkantay sacred mountain. Total distance 12 Km in 6 hours. B, L, D.
Now used to a warm cup of tea in our tents, we enjoy getting up early to begin another magnificent day of descend and easy walking. After a hearty breakfast, we will follow the trail down to the small agricultural community of “Pampaccahuana”. On the way you will enjoy observing peasants living and working the land in a similar way their Inca ancestors did centuries ago. Children dressed with their traditional wool ponchos will curiously look and greet you as you walk by or at a distance. We will have a short visit at their local elementary school and have a chance to donate any school articles you may want to give before we follow a trail next to an original stone Inca water channel used for irrigation even at present day. A picnic lunch on the way before we continue descending to our campsite at “Paucarcancha”; the environment will become lusher as we descend and observe the water from the channel above become a stream of rushing white-water on its way to the Urubamba River and later to the mighty Amazon east of the Andes. We reach our camp next to “Paucarcancha”: a set of well-restored Inca remains. This time we camp in a private campsite own by a local farmer with access to hot showers and toilets with indoor plumbing. We will have time to explore this interesting site in the intersection of two valleys thought to be an Inca administrative site for people living in the area and a control post for people traveling to Machu Picchu. A delicious dinner and after dinner table conversation before we settle for the night. Total distance 13 Km in 6 hours. B, L, D.
Easy relaxed wake up before we join the group for breakfast. After that, we will begin another descending day, this time on part of the classic Inca trail but in the opposite direction. We will walk the trail past cornfields following the stream before we meet large number of trekkers going opposite to us, as we descend towards the Urubamba River valley. We will visit a large Inca settlement named “Patallacta” before we come to our lunch spot, this time on the Urubamba River Valley. After lunch, we follow the trail upriver to our final campsite at Camp Km 82. We will have time to rest and recuperate from the trek before the Inca Trail hike and Machu Picchu visit the following day. We will camp with the comfort of toilets, hot showers and a rustic firewood sauna available.
You will participate in the process of cooking a healthy, exotic and delicious ”Pachamanca” dinner, cooked in the ground with hot stones. Total distance 13 Km in 6 hours. B, L, D.
PRICES PER PERSON (Minimum 4 people)
Apu Salkantay Trek 4D4N: US$590.00
Single Supplement: US$50.00
Upgrade to “Tented Hut” at Camp Km 82, in double occupancy: $50.00
Note: If less than four people sign up please add US$ 150 each to cover costs.
Note: This day you only take a daypack with you on the train and hike. The rest of your luggage will be taken to Ollantaytambo and will be picked up when you go by on your way to Cusco.
After a very early breakfast, a short hike will take us to the local Train Station to take an early train and travel to Km. 104. Here we leave the train, cross the Urubamba River at the hanging bridge built on the foundations of an old Inca bridge. On the other side of the river, we register at the checkpoint and then visit the “Chachabamba” Inca remains: A well-preserved Inca site next to the river. Afterwards, we begin our ascent following a steep original Inca trail to the beautiful Inca ruins of "Wiñay Wayna" or Forever Young. Masterful Inca engineering is today’s highlight along the trail, we will visit this spectacular Inca remains that houses a series of Inca baths that also helps pressurize water for an efficient irrigation of the numerous agricultural terraces that produced food for its inhabitants and for nearby Machu Picchu. A several miles long stone channel also brought water from Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu. We will have a picnic lunch nearby and later continue on the Inca trail until we reach "Inti Punku" or Gate to the sun. At this point, we are overwhelmed with the first view of the spectacular city of Machu Picchu below us. We take a little time for photos and to catch our breath to later begin a quick descent along the wide royal Inca road and we enter the mysterious citadel for an in depth tour of the site and to spend some time wandering and wondering in the midst of its eternal beauty. After the visit it will be time for Machu Picchu to close and we’ll take the bus down to the train station to board our return train to Cusco. B, Box Lunch. (Dinner is on your own.)
PRICE: US$220.00 (only if bought in conjunction with a trek and a minimum 4 people*). *If less than 04 people please add US$50 per person.
Price does not include:
Your trek guide will accompany you to Machu Picchu and provide an in-depth guided tour of the site.
A short hike will take us to the train station across the river. At the station we board the train that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes, here we disembark and board a bus that will take us on a winding road up the mountain to Machu Picchu. We enter the citadel with our guide to enjoy an in depth tour of this famous Inca site. In the afternoon we board the bus that will take us back down to the train station where we take the train back to Cusco. B.
PRICE: US$170.00 (only if bought in conjunction with a trek and a minimum of 4 people*).
*If less than 4 people add US$40 each.
Price does not include:
Note: Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge is US$45.00 per person.
ADD ANY OF THESE OPTIONALS TO ENHANCE AND COMPLETE YOUR VISIT