TOUR PRICE US$ 799.00 Next StepPer person
This trek is spectacular for those travellers who wish to get off the beaten track but still experience the original Inca Trail. It is a wonderful trek taking you right from the watershed of the Apurimac River to the Urubamba River and around the stunning Mount Salkantay, which is the second largest mountain in Cusco region (6,277m/20,577ft). This spectacular trail twists and turns, ascends through high mountain ranges descends down steep enscarpments passing intimately through shrewdly placed misty cloud forest. The wildest landscapes and distallation of the oldest traditions and finest buildings on the planet, a number of diverse ecological zones filled with an enormous variety of plants and bird life. The ancient and remote foot path passes you through archaeological sites which lead you to the ethnic and
cultural exchanges of Machu Picchu itself.
PRICE : 799 USD for adults.
DURATION: 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Optional Wayna Picchu entrance fee: 70 USD if you want it, ask about availability and pay at the booking time.
- Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa - Humantay Lake – Salkantaypampa
- Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Pampajaponesa
- Day 3: Pampajaponesa – Sisaypampa
- Day 4: Sisaypampa – Wayllabamba- Llulluchapampa
- Day 5: Lluluchapampa – Pacaymayu – Phuyupatamarca
- Day 6: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna – Aguas Calientes
- Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa - Humantay Lake – Salkantaypampa
At 5am we pick you up at your hotel and we drive you in our private van to Soraypampa for 3.5 hours. Along the way you can enjoy some spectacular views of villages such as: Iscuchaca and Limatambo, stunning valleys and snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay. At the trailhead (Soraypampa) we have our breakfast enjoying the amazing views of Humantay (5900m/19,356ft) and Salkantay (6217m/20,396ft) Mountain glaciers. We take a 2.5 hour round hike up to see the turquoise Umantay Lake and later on we gently ascend to Salkantaypampa where we will camp. We enjoy our afternoon tea time, coffee, or hot chocolate. The views on this day will be truly breathtaking.
Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Pampajaponesa
Today we continue walking off the beaten track for about 3 hours uphill. We stop to take lunch along the way and continue our trek for 3 more hours to reach our campsite, which is approximately 1km away from the snow-capped mountain Salkantay. On the way we will enjoy the magnificent views of all the surrounding snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and amazing valleys. We have afternoon tea or coffee at our campsite.
Day 3: Pampajaponesa – Sisaypampa
Our day begins with a slow uphill climb of approximately 4 hours to reach the Incachiriaska Pass (4,880m/16,010ft) which translates to “the place where the Inca cools down”. Around this area in the rocky crags, lives the Andean Condor, the world’s largest flying bird. From here the trail levels off downhill and we reach our campsite for the night at Sisaypampa.
Day 4: Sisaypampa – Wayllabamba- Llulluchapampa
After a delicious breakfast we start hiking to the end of the valley, which then enters a wider valley called Pampacahua. There we find an Inca Canal that is still in full use by the local farming settlements. At the end of the Pampa we find our first Inca archaeological site named Paucarcancha that we pass by and we arrive at Wayllabamba for lunch. Then we walk for 3 more hours through the Llullucha Valley to reach our campsite at Llulluchapampa where we enjoy our afternoon tea in front of all the great views.
Day 5: Lluluchapampa – Pacaymayu – Phuyupatamarca
Early in the morning we take our breakfast and afterwards we start our climb for about 2 hours following an original Inca stone path and trek up to the Warmiwañusqa Pass (4,217m/14,047ft), where we have a magnificent view of our ascent and the trail ahead of us. We descend on a reconstructed Inca Trail down to the Pacaymayu River where we have lunch. Afterwards we walk uphill for 2 more hours towards Runcurakay Pass (3,977m/13,127ft), from here we enjoy the breathtaking views of all the surrounding mountains. Then we descend for 3 more hours to Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/12,047ft), where we spend the night.
Day 6: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna – Aguas Calientes
Today is the most beautiful day of our trek. We have our breakfast early in the morning enjoying the sun rise, the Urubamba Canyon, the Machu Picchu Mountain and the stunning Inca sites. After that, we descend for 2 hours through the cloud forest to Wiñaywayna for lunch. Then we walk for 1 hour to the Sun Gate; from here you can enjoy your first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu and all the surrounding mountains. Afterwards we descend to the citadel and take our shuttle to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a hotel.
Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We leave our hotel after a very early breakfast to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once inside the citadel, we are provided a 2 hour guided tour with plenty of free time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain or hike up to the Sun Gate. Then back to Aguas Calientes, at 4:22pm we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening around 8PM.
- Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
- Private transport from Cusco to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek)
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail
- Entry fee to Machu Picchu
- English speaking, experienced professional guide
- Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)
- All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
- All the gear for our porters and cook
- First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
- Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes, you need to include the sleeping bag in the 7kgs, carried by our mules)
- Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
- Thick Foam Mattress
- Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
- Sleeping bag
- Walking Poles
- Dinner on the last day
- Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide