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Salkantay & Inca Trail 7D/6N

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Salkantay & Inca Trail 7D/6N

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7 days & 6 nights

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Are you finding it hard to decide between the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail? Well, twiddle your thumbs no more

7 DAYS & 6 NIGHTS

Overview

Our Salkantay and Inca Trail 7 Days trek combines the two routes to Machu Picchu in one awesome trip. Both treks are considered in the top twenty-five treks in the world by Naonal Geographic and put together form one of the most epic journeys of all It’s no surprise that this combo will challenge you to the max and test your limits. However, when it all comes to a climax at the astounding Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu, you’ll realize all your efforts were worth it. You’ll feel a huge sense of achievement and fulfillment as you wander among the ancient city and look out over the beautiful panorama of Peru’s dense jungle.

Our Salkantay and Inca Trail 7 Days trek is the perfect choice for those pondering over the two routes. You get the best of both worlds and can enjoy following in ancient footsteps on the Inca Trail and witness some of the most epic views you’ve ever seen on the Salkantay route. Enjoy this ultimate experience by yourself, as part of a group, or as a couple.

You’ll begin your adventure on the Salkantay trail and visit the stunning Humantay Mountain that sits like a jewel among the white mountain peaks. Next, you’ll make your way to see the imposing Salkantay Mountain before diverging and joining the ancient Inca Trail.

Along this ancient path, you’ll learn all about the fascinating, innovative Inca culture from your knowledgeable guide and stop off at some of the most important Inca archaeological sites that played a huge role in their empire.

To top it all off, you’ll end your challenging trek with a visit to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. Explore this incredible site and learn all its secrets as you look out in wonder at this astounding feat of humankind. This trip is worth every step, and you certainly won’t be disappointed when you choose to go this route. Are you up to the challenge?

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

You’ll be up nice and early today to be ready for us to pick you up around 4:00 a.m. You’ll travel in our comfy transportation with blankets to enjoy a bit more sleep on the drive. Aftter 2 hours, we’ll enjoy a brief stop in Mollepata for an optional breakfast. We’ll then continue on to Challacancha, where we’ll start our hike.

First, you’ll meet the cooks and horsemen, as well as do a last equipment check. Then, we’ll be on our way. You’ll start with a 3-hour moderate walk to Soraypampa (3,900 m / 12,795 ), where we’ll be spending our first night. The first section is relatively flat with a slight bit of uphill through a deep valley of glaciers. You’ll notice that a lot of the trail follows a restored Inca water channel, which local farmers sll make use of today. This section is 7 km / 4.35 mi overall.

Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa - Ichupata – Pampajaponesa

Once in Soraypampa, you’ll get settled in at our exclusive Sky Camp, where you’ll sleep this evening. You’ll have a bit of me to rest after enjoying your first lunch in the mountains. Feeling refreshed, it’ll be me to start the hike up to the incredibly beautiful Humantay Lake (4,200 m /13,780 ). This round trip takes about 3 hours and covers 3 km / 1.86 mi. It’s not far, but you need to take things slowly at this altitude. You’ll have some me once you get to the lake to enjoy the fantastic scenery.

There aren’t many places in the Andes quite as stunning as the turquoise waters glistening against the Humantay glacier. You’ll feel like you’re in a fairy tale! Back at camp, you’ll enjoy a delicious and well-deserved dinner with a beautiful sunset as your company. You can’t describe the energy here, but you’ll feel its peacefulness for yourself once here. Then it’ll be me to turn into your Sky Camp igloo. From the glass roof, you’ll be able to enjoy a night under the stars, constellations and comets, and wake up to see the ApuSalkantay watching over you.

Day 3: Pampajaponesa - Incachiriaska Pass - Yanacaca - Pampacahuana - Inca Canal - Paucarcancha

In the morning, we will wake you up with a hot coca tea to give you the boost you'll need to start your day. Then, you'll savor a delicious breakfast and listen to a brief explanation from our guide about the importance of the mountains in Andean culture.

We will begin the hike heading to Salkantaypampa. This part of the trail is a bit steep and challenging due to the altitude, so it's important not to rush and stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness. But don't worry, after the ascent, the trail becomes flat, and you'll be rewarded with the best views of the snow-capped mountains of the Andes. It's a great me to connect with nature and enjoy the surroundings.

We will continue towards Ichupata to enjoy a delicious lunch while appreciating the most wonderful views of nature. As you hike this trail, you'll be surrounded by natural landscapes and the Salkantay mountain. After lunch, we head towards Pampajaponesa, where we will spend the night. Pampajaponesa is a great place to rest and relax after a long day of hiking.

Here, you'll contemplate the best panoramic views of the Mollepata valley, the Apurimac River, and some lagoons that are on the way, making this place a great desnation to take photos of the beautiful landscape. At night, you'll enjoy the exquisite food prepared by our chefs while appreciating the constellations of the Andean sky.

Day 4: Paucarcancha - Wayllabamba – Ayapata

Today, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in me as you walk the paths as the traditional farmers of Peru who live in complete communion and respect with Mother Earth, or Pachamama, as so many have done since ancient times.

You’ll be able to observe how they live in these remote regions and appreciate the tranquil nature of their lifestyle.

A little later on, we’ll get to the Inca archaeological site called Paucarcancha to learn a bit about its history and advanced architecture for its me.

Your guide will also show you how the vegetation changes as you get closer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

The climate will get warmer and vegetation thicker.

Then, you’ll finally enter the classic Inca Trail and have your lunch. You’ll have me for a short break before we begin the ascent to our camp.

Keep your camera handy to snap some wonderful photographs of the impressive mountains that welcome you as we enter the cloud forest.

This evening, you’ll have a tasty dinner before heading to bed for some well-deserved rest.

Day 5: Ayapata | DeathWoman’s Pass - Runkuraqay Pass - Yanacocha - Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

Today is the most demanding part of the Inca Trail, but you’ll also enjoy the best rewards. After breakfast, we’ll begin a 4-hour ascent and observe how the landscape changes dramatically as we leave the thick vegetation behind once again and enter colder mountains.

You’ll noce lots of Andean hay around, called “icchu,” which is the main diet of many animals that live in the region. We‘ll reach 4,215 m / 13,829 at the Dead Woman's Pass, the highest part of the Inca Trail, where you’ll have some me to relax and enjoy the glorious views all around of glistening glaciers who refuse to disappear into the clouds due to climate change.

Afterward, we’ll descend along a cobbled path to our lunch spot. This section of the trail is dotted with exotic flowers and wild orchids. We ask you to take great care of them as they’re at risk of extinction. According to the Andean culture, if you take things slowly and connect with nature, you should be accompanied by the magical flight of hummingbirds that are a sign of good luck.

After lunch, we’ll climb for another 45 minutes until we reach the beautiful archaeological site of Runkuraqay. Despite the many theories and studies regarding the sit, most experts believe it to have been a vantage point to monitor the valley below.

Use this opportunity to take some photos and spread your wings as you imagine yourself soaring high above the mountains like a condor. We’ll then continue for 45 minutes more until we reach the Runkuraqay Pass (3,950 m / 12,959 ).

Your guide will give you a brief talk here as you rest your legs before you start a 30- minute descent to Yanacocha, where rituals were performed in honor of the water's spirit. Lile by little, mist will cover the road as you enter the cloud forest and approach the Sayacmarca archaeological site. Once there, you’ll be dazzled by the fine work and mastery of Inca architecture that still remains a mystery today.

Don’t give up yet! There are still 25 more minutes of walking to reach our camp in Chaquicocha. You'll feel the warm embrace of the Amazonian spirit and the energy of life surround you in this incredible place to observe local flora and fauna's diversity. Enjoy a hearty dinner and a great night’s sleep.

Day 6: Chaquicocha | Phuyupatamarca - Inpata - WiñayWayna

After the difficult day yesterday, you’re rewarded with a much easier hike today, starting with a tasty breakfast. Before we begin our walk, ask permission from the beautiful Pumasillo glacier, and fill yourself with its energy. You’ll only walk a total of 5 hours today and see three impressive archaeological sites along the way.

First off, we’ll reach the Inca complex of Phuyupatamarca or “Town above the clouds.” The Inca nobles used this sacred place to communicate with the stars and study astronomy, which was a very important part of their culture.

After, we’ll descend for two-and-a-half hours to get to an agricultural experimentation station, Intipata (2,800 m / 9,186 ), where you’ll find a series of platforms used to create microclimates that boost food production in the area. From there, you’ll also get a fantastic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Urubamba River - a sacred body of water that runs through this territory as if it were a huge anaconda. Finally, we’ll arrive at our lunch spot and campsite in WiñayWayna (2,650 m / 8,694 ).

After lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to take a shower and relax as you’ll have the afternoon free to do what you please. You can also visit the archaeological site of WiñayWayna. Once again, the advanced architecture of the Incas will surprise you with aqueducts and temples. Listen carefully to your knowledgeable guide, who’ll reveal the mysteries of this fascinating place to you.

Finally, enjoy your happy hour of snacks and hot drinks and your last dinner before our team of porters and cooks say their goodbyes to you. Thank them warmly for allowing you to have a fantastic adventure in comfort.

Day 7: WiñayWayna | Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

The day you’ve been waiting for since you set foot on the trail is here! You’ll feel your heart skip a beat when you visit one of the most energetic places on earth, Machu Picchu.

We’ll get up earlier than usual today while the world is still enveloped in darkness. You’ll get to have a quick breakfast before we start a 2-hour walk to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

After the first hour of walking, we’ll reach the Sun Gate, and you'll see the archaeological gem that is Machu Picchu in the middle of the mountains for the first me in the distance. You'll wonder how the ancient culture was able to build this wonder on almost inaccessible land on the side of a mountain. The last stretch is approximately 1-hour downhill. The sun's spectacle at dawn illuminating this ancient site will leave you breathless and imprint an image in your mind that you’ll never forget.

Once you enter the wonder of the world, you´ll enjoy a one-and-a-halfhour guided tour to discover the hidden secrets of the citadel. You’re sure to be surprised at the amazing architecture and that some fountains and aqueducts continue to function after being built more than five centuries ago. This is also the me to hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for an incredible panoramic view of Machu Picchu if you have pre-booked tickets.

Upon exiting the complex, you can catch a bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where you’ll find lots of restaurants. Choose one to enjoy your lunch in, but remember to be at the train station thirty minutes before your train is scheduled to leave.

You’ll arrive in Ollantaytambo where our private transport will be waiting to take you back to Cusco to the door of your accommodation. You can finally rest those red legs, but we can assure you that your heart will still be beating to the Andean rhythm for years to come.

Price

From: USD 1,110.00 per person

Includes:

  • Pre-departure Information Meeting:
    You will meet with your guide and the group at our office to receive orientation before the trek. There, we will provide you with the canvas bags that our porters will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. the day before the trip begins.
  • Experienced Tour Guide:
    English and spanish speaking official tour guide. All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the Naonal University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your me worry-free!
  • Private Camp Equipment:
    You'll have spacious tents, a dining area, and a kitchen where you can enjoy your meals hassle-free. We also provide tables, chairs, and kitchen utensils (all carried by our porters).
  • Portable Travel Toilet
  • One Duffle Bag On the trek, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).
  • Medical or First Aid Kit:
    All guides receive specialized training in first aid. We conduct mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. The guide will always carry a first aid kit to handle basic traveler emergencies (altitude sickness, diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.), as well as oxygen. If necessary, we will evacuate you from the trail as quickly as possible and ensure you reach a clinic for treatment.
  • Extras Included in our Service
    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress, a cover to protect your backpack on the road, and a rain poncho.
  • 24/7 Customer Service:
    We have a 24-hour telephone service available for communication.
  • Satellite Phone:
    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world. - Accommodation in our Exclusive Sky Camp (Day 1)
    Our Sky Camp was a sensation so far in 2018. Our clients recommend it for its novelty, comfort, and balance with the environment. Our incredible Sky Camp is located in front of impressive glacier mountains, Humantay and Salkantay. This campsite allows for the perfect union of sky and earth. It will enable you to sleep calmly under a deep, blue sky starred with an exceptional view of the constellations. At the same me, you can enjoy all the comforts of a first-class vacation home.
  • Best Camping Tents Days 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6:
    Salkantay Trekking uses the best camping tents to ensure your safety and comfort (e.g., Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hard Wear tents).
    6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 6 Dinners
    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any parcular allergies or restricons on your reservaon form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.
  • Water on the trail

We’ll provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike, from your first lunch to your last breakfast. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bole (we recommend a capacity of 2 litters).

  • Wake up tea

Every morning at the campsite, you'll be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits/cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat!

  • Snacks on the trail daily

Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands

  • Private transport

Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Marcoccasa, the starting point of the trek.

Day 7: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 7)
  • Consetur Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Day 7)
  • Cargo Mules
  • On days 1, 2, and 3, cargo mules will carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb). Our muleteers will be responsible for your duffle bag and personal items, and they’ll hand them to you when you get to each camp.
  • Porters During the Inca Trail, our Porters (our Kallpa Team) will carry all our camping equipment, from the personal tents, clothing, and sleeping bags, unl extra dining and kitchen tents, food, water, tables, chairs, and a gas bole stove. We will include the personal service of a porter responsible for carrying your duffel bag and personal items.
  • Entrance Ticket for Salkantay Trek
    Permits and Ticket for Inca Trail
    As soon as we receive your complete information and the deposit that secures your reservation, we’ll buy all the necessary permits (subject to availability). These permits are issued for a specific date and will be in your name. They cannot be changed under any circumstances. Change of passport number is only allowed for renewal reasons. In that case, you must bring both your old and new passport.
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site (Circuit 3)

Not included

Extras and important equipment

All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. Inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking.
• Sleeping bag: US$ 35.00
• Inflatable mattress: US$ 35.00
• Walking poles (pair): US$ 35.00

Huayna Picchu Mountain
You can climb the famous mountain you always see in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill, and coming back down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, mainly due to weather conditions.
• The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can secure for you if we have me in advance.

  • The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 7)
  • Personal Hiking Clothing and Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Tipping is the norm on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control
  • Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

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