LUXURY CLASSICAL SALKANTAY HIKE TO MACHUPICCHU 5 D/4 N

Our Luxury Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu includes all the services than the others and our Extra Fine Services at an Incredible Price, What does all of this mean? It means you simply get more for your money
The Apu Salkantay (6,271m / 20551ft) is a sacred mountain in the Vilcabamba range, located to the south of the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu.

This mountain, together with the Southern Cross, served as a point of reference for astrological observation developed by the Incas (from Machu Picchu), especially during the June and December solstices. Its location supports the concept of “sacred geography”, under which the Incas developed Andean civilization.

The best time of year to visit the Apu Salkantay is during the winter, from April to October. Temperatures range from -5º C / 41 ºF to 23º C / 73 ºF; with a scarce chance of rain. The maximum altitude we will reach is 4643m / 15233ft at the Salkantay pass, with the minimum altitude being 2000m / 6562ft in the town of Aguas Calientes.

The ecological levels we will experience will vary from Quechua, Suni, Puna and Janca (inter-Andean valleys and rainforest) with their characteristic flora and fauna. You will experience all of this amid spectacular geology, and with the detailed explanations of your guide, Flavio. He will also share his specialist photography knowledge with you during this trek, helping you to capture beautiful photos of the stunning locations you will visit. The native flora and fauna will provide excellent opportunities to hone your skills and experiment with macro photography, while the campsites will give you unrivalled access to amazing sunrises, sunsets and night photography. On clear nights, you will be able to develop your lightpainting skills, while the days will provide us with endless opportunities for landscape and mountain photography. We want to send you home not only having had an amazing experience exploring the Andes and Inca sites, but having learnt something new.

DAY 1 CUSCO/ SORAYPAMPA/ SOYROCOCHA

The transfer will pick you up early in the morning from the hotel in a private van and will take you to the start of your trek at Soraypampa; travel time to this location is around 4 hrs. During the trip, we will see some quaint Andean towns until we get to Killarumiyuc known as “The Incan Astronomy Birthplace” and where the Agricultural Calendar stands out. Later we will enjoy a delicious breakfast and will continue to Mollepata “Little Town”, where we will make a brief stop to explore the streets and purchase some things that we will need for the trek. After 1 ½ hours of more valleys surrounded by majestic mountains and icy mountain tops we will arrive to Soraypampa, where we will see in the distance the Apu Salkantay. Once here, we will decide the route to take for our trek based on the physical fitness of our participants.

First Option: Ascend the mountain through the left side with a chance to see the beauty of the Andean lake and other mountains that surround it. Finally, we will descend using the same route and take our usual path to our campsite.
Second Option: To skip the ascension of the mountain and follow the traditional route that will take us directly to our campsite.
On the way to our campsite we will see local people and learn about their traditional lifestyle where the livestock and agriculture has great importance and the reason why it is still practiced nowadays. As we continue we will get closer and closer to one of the most important mountains in the south of Peru, the Grand Salkantay, known as “The Andes Guardian”. Afterwards, we will keep ascending through a winding trail until the Soyrococha Lake, the place where we will stay for the night. (L / D)

Maximum Altitude: 4485 masl / 14715 ft

Minimum Altitude: 3268 masl / 10722 ft

Distance Travelled: 5 km / 3.10 ml

Approximate Walking Time: 3 hrs

Day 2: Soyroqocha – Colpapampa – Wañaypoqo

We can have a bit of a lie in this morning to avoid the freezing cold early morning air. We will climb uphill for about 45 minutes to the Salkantay pass, where we can build apachetas (stone towers), to later begin our descent towards Wayrajmachay (3932m / 12900ft). We then continue towards the Humantay valley and arrive at our campsite at Colpapampa about 5 hours later. The gradient is moderate. (B / L / D)

Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl / 15,340 ft

Minimum Altitude: 2840 masl / 9372 ft

Distance Travelled: 11 km / 6.83 ml

Approximate Walking Time: 7 hrs

Day 3: Wiñaypoqo – Lucmabamba – Llactapata

After a healthy breakfast, we will continue down the valley into the forest that contains groves of bamboo and great bird watching opportunities. Flocks of colorful tropical birds roam the forest and waterfalls cascade down cliffs with water warm enough for you to bathe in. This stretch is also home to begonias, purple orchids and strawberries. We will then walk to our camp site, 3 hours through the beginnings of the rainforest, enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna including orchids, birds, coffee, cacao and fruit plantations. We arrive at La Playa (2,060m) for lunch, with free time to rest before climbing uphill for 3 hours through the Andean cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass and then onto Llactapata which is located at 2,700m / 8,907ft (an Inca site located straight in front of the citadel of Machu Picchu), which is our third evening’s campsite.The panoramic view from our campsite is breathtaking; you can enjoy the view of Machu Picchu from a unique angle, the Huayna Picchu mountain, the citadel of Machu Picchu and the Aobamba canyon, where another Inca trail can be seen as well. We trek off the beaten track exploring places no one else does and we are the ONLY ones camping at Llactapata. (B / L / D)

Maximum Altitude: 2840m / 9372ft

Minimum Altitude: 2088m / 6850ft

Distance Travelled: 12km / 6.21ml

Approximate Walking Time: 7 hrs

Day 4: Llactapata – Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning we will have a typical breakfast and promptly catch a local bus to the pueblo Santa Teresa (1,500m). From Santa Teresa, we will drive in the direction of the hydro-electric plant. On the way, we will pass various local plantations such as coffee, banana, and passionfruit. We will also get our first views of the Sacred Lost City of the Incas on the way as well. Upon our arrival to the hydro-electric plant, we will have a break. Afterwards we will continue hiking 3 hours through the Machu Picchu Sanctuary until we arrive at Aguas Calientes, en route we will visit Mandor water falls where we will have chance to see lots of different bird species. (B / L / D)
Optional:
Beyond the forest, the trail passes through the old Mandorpampa coffee plantation before entering the cloud forest. The route then follows the river for another one and a half hours as far as the waterfalls. These beautiful falls are about twelve metres high and are fed by the clear melt waters from the sacred mountain of Yanantin, which can be seen from Machu Picchu. Beyond the falls the trail climbs to the ridge before becoming disappearing in the thick vegetation. This is a dramatic, green landscape of coffee, banana and avocado plantations cut from the forest, interspersed with areas of untouched forest which form the habitat of mammals such as the Andean bear, as well as literally hundreds of species of birds and butterflies, many of which are endemic. This forest is also home to many species of bromeliads and orchids, some of which have only recently been identified and named by botanists.

Maximum Altitude: 2800m / 9240ft

Minimum Altitude: 1900m / 6233ft

Distance Travelled: 9km / 5.59ml

Approximate Walking Time: 7 hrs

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Early in the morning we take the bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. We have the opportunity to climb the difficult path to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain, which offers spectacular and different views, it is even possible to see the Apu Salkantay.

The tour of Machu Picchu allows us to appreciate the high level of development achieved by Andean civilization through the Incas. A supremely religious site, Machu Picchu demonstrates the superior knowledge achieved in astronomy and astrology. This knowledge of measuring the rainy and dry seasons through the solstices is indispensable for the development of agriculture: the life-source of the Andes. We will try to spend as long as possible in the archaeological complex, depending on what time our train back to the city of Cusco leaves. (B / L)

Maximum Altitude: 2437m / 7995ft

Minimum Altitude: 2070m / 6791ft

Distance Travelled: 1.50km / 0.93ml

Approximate Walking Time: 3 hrs

Services Included:

  • Bilingual English speaking Photographer Tour Guide
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to the Bogging of the Hike
  • Four person tent for each 2 persons.
  • Inflatable Mattress
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Professional chef and assistant chef
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse for each of you
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
  • Emergency oxygen bottle, medical kit and emergency
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round Trip Bus ticket from Aguas
  • Calientes to Machu Picchu on Day 4
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Night 3
  • Indio Feliz Restaurant
  • Day 5 Lunch in Santuary lodge Hotel Located by Machupicchu
  • 1 night Hotel t Sumaq or inkaterra
  • Hotel 5 star hotel including breakfast and private bathroom
  • 3 nights camping.
  • Hiram Bingham train tickets.
  • Air bed for camping
  • sleeping bags
  • walking sticks
  • duffle bags
  • Wine, Pisco, beer, water.
  • Hotel crockery.
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Meals indicated on itinerary (B, L, D)
  • All overland private transfers indicated
  • Private porter during the trail.
  • Massage Session during 3 nights on the trail.
  • Hot Shower during the Inca trail
  • Bath and hand Towels per person
  • A private, hand-crafted and fully personalized Deluxe from start to finish.
  • Modern trekking and camping equipment.
  • All meals cooked on the spot with fresh ingredients by our trained chef.
  • Fully Trained porters hailing from local communities.
  • All meals throughout the itinerary.
  • All transfers and excursions as per itinerary in private service,Meals during the Trek (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners)..
  • Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock).
  • Oxygen bottle and first-aid kits
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins to Aguas Calientes round trip

Services Not Included:

  • Tips for the crew (guides, porters, cooks, wranglers)
    What to bring:
  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellant (minimum 30% DEET)
  • Price: Private tour USD PER PERSON

LOXURY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 D/4 N

Price 2018

  • 1 people: US$4950.00 per person
  • 2 people: US$3650.00 per person
  • 3 people: US$3150.00 per person
  • 4 people: US$2900.00 per person
  • 5 people: US$2650.00 per person
  • 6 people: US$2350.00 per person
  • 7+ people: US$2050.00 per person

Discounts

  • Student Discount: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to phototourperu@gmail.com
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person
Sacred Valley Tour:
City Tour: $
Maras Moray Tour:

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