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Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu

Salkantay has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On this trip, youll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. Youll arrive at the backdoor of Machu Picchu where youll catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu.

Latin America

Duration: 5 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: 4 - Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 165838
Starts: Cusco, Peru Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will visit
  • Cusco
  • Cusco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cusco

Arrive Cusco at any time. There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Our best advice for exploring Cusco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes, arm yourself with a city map, and set off to explore!

Additional Notes:
Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Cusco/Wayraqmachay (1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart in the morning from Cusco towards Soraypampa for the start of the Salkantay trek.


Additional Notes:
Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products, for use on our treks. The purpose of this G Adventures for Good project was to empower local Cusqueña women to start their own business while lessening the environmental impact. Planeterra provided $10000 of seed funding for two young entrepreneurs to register their biodegradable products in order to sell to the tourism industry. "Esencia Andina" is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for use by travellers, guides, porters, and cooks on our treks. G Adventures is their biggest client, purchasing hundreds of their products per month!

Included Activities:
Salkantay Trek - Day 1

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

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Day 3: Salkantaypampa/Sahuayaco (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue the trek downhill, passing through the town of Collpabamba on the way to Chaullay. Hike along the Sahuayaco River through lush cloud forest to your campsite for the evening, Playa Sahuayaco.

Included Activities:
Salkantay Trek - Day 2

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Day 4: Sahuayaco/Aguas Calientes (1B, 1L)

Hike to the Inca site Llaqtapata, where you can catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Catch the train in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes.

Included Activities:
Llaqtapata Hike

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Day 5: Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B)

Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Join the local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday.

Later in the afternoon return by train to Ollantaytambo and transfer by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

Included Activities:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Transport:
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Trek on the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu with local guide, cooks, and porters (4 days)
    • G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Salkantay Trek
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (1 nt), camping (3 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, hiking, train
    Group Leader
    • Local guide throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Conquer the Salkantay Trek in the Andes
  • Explore Inca ruins and Machu Picchu
  • Trek through local communities and beautiful Andean scenery.