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Embark on the incredible Salcantay trek to Machu Picchu and experience the Amazon Rainforest

Trip Dates

  • 28.May. - 09.Jun.2017
  • 02.Jul. - 14.Jul.2017
  • 06.Aug. - 18.Aug.2017
  • 17.Sep. - 29.Sep.2017
  • 29.Oct. - 10.Nov.2017

Trip Dates

28.May. - 09.Jun.2017 closed
02.Jul. - 14.Jul.2017 closed
06.Aug. - 18.Aug.2017 available Book now
17.Sep. - 29.Sep.2017 available Book now
29.Oct. - 10.Nov.2017 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Trek through the Peruvian Andes on the four day Salcantay trek
  • Spend a day visiting Machu Picchu
  • Experience the natural wonders of the Amazon Rainforest
  • Discover Peruvian culture in Lima and Cusco
  • Explore the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo
  • Visit the Willoq community to experience the local customs firsthand

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Lima

Day 2 - To Puerto Maldonado

Day 3 - Puerto Maldonado

Day 4 - To Cusco

Day 5 - Cusco

Day 6 - Cusco and Urubamba

Day 7 - Urubamba

Day 8 - Start Salcantay trek, walk to Soraypampa

Day 9 - Trek to Andenes

Day 10 - Trek to Lucmabamba

Day 11 - Complete trek, transfer to Aguas Calientes

Day 12 - Machu Picchu

Day 13 - Trip ends Cusco

Green Is Good

  • The trip is operated using 'best practice' in terms of sustainable and responsible itiniatives and the trek follows a 'leave no trace' policy
  • Camp at designated campsites, preserving the trail and its natural environment
  • Stay in eco lodges in the jungle that seek to minimise impact on the surrounding ecosystem

Sweat Level

MODERATE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips, and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. The trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Moderate’. Trips with this grading include activities such as hiking, cycling, kayaking, canyoning and rock climbing for up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace and may spend a short amount of time at altitudes above 4000m in elevation. These activities involve carrying a day pack for their duration and a good level of fitness and health is required. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you engage in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three for four times a week for two to three months prior to departure. If you are embarking on a trekking trip, training in variable weather is also recommended.

When To Go

The main trekking season in Peru lasts from the end of April through to mid October. This is the dry but 'cold' period, with the best mountain views and all passes open. In the highlands of Peru, where some of this trip takes place, daytime temperature will be in the range of 10°C to 25°C, falling as low as -10°C at night. November to March is the 'wet' but warmer period in the mountains and jungle. The heavy rain periods do not usually arrive until late January.

From April to October, temperatures in Lima range from 15°C to 25°C during the day and are cool at night. From October to March, daytime temperatures fall between 20°C and 28°C. Daytime temperatures in Cusco often range from 10°C to 25°C.

Trip Inclusions

  • 12 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 6 x dinner
  • 7 nights hotel, 3 nights camp, 2 nights lodge on a twin share basis
  • 4 day Salcantay trek with porterage and group camping equipment
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping mat and fibre filled jacket during trek
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for Machu Picchu

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Welcome to Peru! You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel where you are free to relax or set out to wander around Miraflores, the area of Lima where our hotel is located. Some of Lima's best galleries, shops and restaurants can be found in this area. Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima is the oldest capital in South America, with a superb combination of Spanish Colonial and 19th century European architecture.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: To Puerto Maldonado

It's an early morning wake-up call for the short drive to the airport and flight to Puerto Maldonado, a jungle frontier town. Once we've dropped our main bags at the lodge office, we'll head to the wharf for a river journey to our lodge. Bird life here is abundant, and dependent on the weather and river height, you may see horned screamers, raptors, plovers, terns, macaws, parrots, kingfishers and toucans. In the afternoon, board a catamaran to explore the western side of the lake. Sleep will come easy tonight as you are serenaded by a chorus of jungle noises in the lodge's comfortable rooms.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Puerto Maldonado

For those willing to rise early, the sunrise over the shore of the lake is an incredible sight. Lake Sandoval's ecosystem of calm waters makes it home to exuberant fauna, including giant otters, caiman and shansho, an exotic bird with a prehistoric appearance. After breakfast, set out through the jungle to see the wild chestnut trees, an important source of income for the local communities. Here we will learn the harvesting, packaging and trading process of the nuts. After lunch at the lodge, visit the lake to observe the various monkey species, including the cheeky capuchins. A nighttime tour will give you new perspective on the jungle as the nocturnal animals come to life, especially the caiman who you may see with their eyes above the water.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: To Cusco

An early morning departure takes us downriver to Puerto Maldonado and to the airport for a flight to Cusco (3400m), arriving midday. Acclimatisation is key, so it is essential to spend time in Cusco to prepare for the altitude of the Salcantay trek. After transferring to the hotel the rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure.

Meals: B

Day 5: Cusco

Today is reserved for a tour of Cusco, where every alleyway entered and corner turned brings another surprise in the form of the superbly constructed Inca walls or the more architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in 1533. We'll visit the local market, selling everything from traditional Andean food to flowers, before visiting the Choco Museum to enjoy the chocolate workshop. Moving on to the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman, you will be amazed by the stunning masterpiece of Inca architecture where Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) is held on June 24th each year.

Meals: B

Day 6: Cusco and Urubamba

Departing Cusco we travel to Chinchero, one of the most important towns in Inca times and believed to be the mystical birthplace of the rainbow. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. You will also find beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snowcapped peak of Salcantay dominating the western horizon. It's then on to Moray and Maras, where the views are surreal the the salt-producing center, made up of over 3000 salt pools carved into the mountain side and dating back to to pre-Inca times, are sure to catch your attention.

Meals: B

Day 7: Urubamba

Today marks another beautiful day in the Sacred Valley, with plenty of time to visit the enthralling citadels, fortresses and temple ruins of Ollantaytambo. The village itself is a fascinating mixture of Inca and colonial architecture. In good weather we can enjoy some short walks through the valley - a good way to prepare for the coming days. We will also visit the Willoq community, a settlement that will give you insight into local traditions and culture.

Meals: B

Day 8: Start Salkantay trek, walk to Soraypampa

After breakfast, visit the Tarawasi Archaeological Site near the town of Limatambo. Passing through the mountain village of Mollepata, we'll stop for coffee before ascending the winding mountain road to Challacancha (3870m). Here, we will meet our team and begin the trek to Soraypampa (3900m). After lunch, continue climbing towards Humantay Lake (3869m), before heading back to Soraypampa to set up camp for the night. From here, we can enjoy magnificent views of Mt Salcantay (6270m), one of the most sacred peaks in Inca mythology.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Trek to Andenes

Today's path is a highlight of the Salcantay trek, climbing up to Salcantay Pass (4638m), the highest point on the trail. The pass provides incredible views of the snowcapped Vilcabamba Mountain Range, with the glaciated south face of Salcantay towering above. From the pass we descend towards Wayracmachay for lunch and continue along the left bank of the Salcantay River. Here you will notice the landscape becoming increasingly green, changing from highland to jungle and cloud forest. As we arrive at the second campsite at Andenes (2890m), you will feel the warm air rising from the jungle accompanied by colourful butterflies and striking orchids.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Trek to Lucmabamba

Today we will hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas, passing through banana, granadilla, avocado and coffee plantations. A two hours walk after lunch takes us to a meeting point where we will travel via private vehicle (approx. 30 min) to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail. From the head of the newly restored Inca Trail we make our way on foot to our last campsite at Lucmabamba. In the evening, enjoy coffee tasting with our host, a local family.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Complete trek, transfer to Aguas Calientes

Begin the day with an uphill climb to Llactapata Pass (2,735m) before descending to the archaeological complex of the same name. Here, you can take in the distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers get the chance to admire. Later we begin the final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. Upon arrival at the Hydroelectric Power Station, we board the train to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Machu Picchu

After an early breakfast, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu. The guided tour of the sanctuary lasts two hours, leaving you with free time to explore the fascinating site at your leisure. For those interested in seeing Machu Picchu from another vantage point, permits to climb Huayna Picchu can be organised. After returning to Aguas Calientes by bus, board the train to Ollantaytambo where we will drive back to Cusco and transfer to the hotel.

Meals: B

Day 13: Trip ends Cusco

The trip ends after breakfast, leaving you free to head home or continue the journey on your own. For those travelling today, transfers to the airport can be arranged.

Meals: B

Accommodation

Lima 1N Hotel
Puerto Maldonado 2N Lodge
Cusco 3N Hotel
Urubamba 2N Hotel
Soraypampa 1N Camp
Andenes 1N Camp
Lucmabamba 1N Camp
Aguas Calientes 1N Hotel

Disclaimer

The itinerary should be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control.

The Sweat Level

  • Moderate
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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