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10 days

from $2,390

Salkantay Trek Expedition

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Highlights

Discover Lima historic district & Larco Museum
Explore Cusco and Sacsayhuaman ruins
Sacred Valley's Pisac market and Ollantaytambo
Hike the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Tour Facts

Pricefrom $2,390
Duration10 Days / 9 Nights

Activity Level

Level 3

Starts / EndsLima / Cusco
DepartsMon, Wed, Sat
Location
Peru

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Tour Facts

Pricefrom $2,390
Duration10 Days / 9 Nights

Activity Level

Level 3

Starts / EndsLima / Cusco
DepartsMon, Wed, Sat
Location
Peru

Summary

Day
overnight & activities
1
Lima|Welcome upon arrival and transfer to your hotel
2
Lima|City tour, Larco Museum & Water Circuit
3
Cusco|Travel to Cusco|City tour & Ruins at Pukare and Saqsaywaman
4
Cusco (Sacred Valley)|Visit Pisac's market and Ollantaytambo
5
Salkantay Trail|Travel to the Salkantay Trail entrance
6
Salkantay Trail|Approach Glacier Moraine (14,750 ft.).
7
Salkantay Trail|River Cachora, Sahuayaco & Lucmachayoc
8
Salkantay Trail|Llactapata ruins & Aobamba river bank
9
Machu Picchu|Arrival and exploration of Machu Picchu
10
Lima|Travel to Lima

Full Itinerary

Day 1
Lima|Welcome upon arrival and transfer to your hotel
Welcome to Lima, the vibrant capital of Peru, and transfer to your hotel nestled in the enchanting neighborhood of Miraflores. Begin your journey of discovery as you traverse through a city that effortlessly blends ancient traditions with modern allure. If time permits, immerse yourself in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Peru's captivating renowned gastronomy.
activities
:
Walk
Day 2
Lima|City tour, Larco Museum & Water Circuit
Today we will embark on a captivating city tour, immersing ourselves in the rich history and architectural wonders of Lima's iconic sites like the grandeur of Plaza de Armas and historic Cathedral. During the afternoon we will learn about the vibrant Inca culture at the renowned Larco Museum. The evening will unfold with a mesmerizing display of the Water Circuit followed by a glass of Pisco Sour and local petit-bouchées at a traditional Peruvian tavern.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
Day 3
Cusco|Travel to Cusco|City tour & Ruins at Pukare and Saqsaywaman
During the morning, we will embark on an enriching exploration of the magnificent ruins at Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara, and Saqsaywaman. These sites will offer us a glimpse into the ancient Inca civilization, showcasing their remarkable architectural prowess and cultural heritage. Later in the afternoon, we will immerse ourselves in the timeless beauty of Cusco, marveling at its awe-inspiring cathedrals and intricately crafted Inca walls.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
Day 4
Cusco (Sacred Valley)|Visit Pisac's market and Ollantaytambo
Today we will explore the Sacred Valley (9,350 ft) and experience the rich colors of its traditional towns and ruins. Our first stop after a scenic drive will be Pisac's colorful market a great opportunity to practice your bargaining skills! After lunch, we will tour the town of Ollantaytambo and visit the site of the beautiful rose-colored stone ruins where the Incas fought the Spaniards. Return to Cusco in the late afternoon.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5
Salkantay Trail|Travel to the Salkantay Trail entrance
Early drive to the village of Mollepata, an Indian village perfect for growing citrus due to its subtropical altitude (9,196 ft.). If time permits, visit the Incan archaeological site of Limatambo (Tarawasi). Next, begin the trek to Cruzpata, a spectacular location overlooking the deep valley of the Rio Apurimac. After lunch, begin a slow ascent to camp at Salcantaypampa near the tiny settlement of Soraypampa. Enjoy great views of Humantay (19,400 ft.) and the majestic Salkantay mountain range. The campsite is at 13,100ft., with possible nighttime temperatures of 32 F.
activities
:
Hike
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Campsite

Day 6
Salkantay Trail|Approach Glacier Moraine (14,750 ft.).
After an early breakfast, start trekking at around 6:00 AM. The hike will take you close to the glacier moraine of Salkantay (14,750 ft.). Then, descend to Huarachmachay for lunch. This portion of the hike features some of the original Inca Trail cobbled-stone paths. Arrive to the campsite at Qollpapampa in the afternoon.
activities
:
Hike
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Campsite

Day 7
Salkantay Trail|River Cachora, Sahuayaco & Lucmachayoc
Today, you will descend through a narrow path toward the banks of the River Cachora. Be sure to notice the changes in vegetation in conjunction with the change in altitude. You will have an opportunity to observe small pools of thermal waters, gorgeous scenery, and a triple-cascade waterfall. Lunch will be served once you arrive at the "Playa site." After lunch, continue the trek close to the banks of the river. To end the day, you will pass Sahuayaco, a small village of about 20 families before arriving at the campsite in Lucmachayoc.
activities
:
Hike, Walk
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Campsite

Day 8
Salkantay Trail|Llactapata ruins & Aobamba river bank
Your hike today begins at around 7:30 AM. While descending you will pass close to Llactapata, the last ruins on the trail. The terraces provide a beautiful spot for a break from hiking. From this point, you can see Machu Picchu in the distance. Continue hiking close to the banks of the Aobamba River, then enjoy a hearty lunch before saying goodbye to our porters. After lunch, start the hike towards the town of Aguas Calientes, situated at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is located.
activities
:
Hike, Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
Day 9
Machu Picchu|Arrival and exploration of Machu Picchu
Early in the morning, you will enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. If time permits after the tour, you can climb Huayna Picchu mountain. Note: If passes for Huayna Picchu are not available, you can climb Machu Picchu mountain instead. Return to Cusco by train in the mid-afternoon.
activities
:
Train, Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
Day 10
Lima|Travel to Lima
Before your flight to Lima or your next destination, cherish the opportunity to explore Cusco at your own pace. Take in the last glimpses of the city's rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning sights. Reflect on the cherished memories forged during this journey before bidding farewell to this enchanting city.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
end of the itinerary
Important: Daily activities description subject to change

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Pricing Details

Rates shown are per person based on standard double room or cabin occupancy.
Prices in US$ and valid through December 31, 2024
Single occupancy subject to single supplement .
Credit card payments subject to 3% processing fee.
View of a patio at Machu Picchu ruins.

What is Included

Hotels as shown or similar
All meals as shown
Airport transfers as shown
Professional bilingual guides
Excursions as part of a group
Gratuities except to guides
Machu PIcchu passes
Train to and from Machu Picchu

Additional Budget Considerations

International flights
Domestic flights

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mid-range class

Comfortable cruising experience with a balance between affordability and quality amenities. Ships offer cozy accommodations, a range of dining options, and a good assortment of activities. 

tourist class

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budget class

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About Your Adventure

Activity Levels

level 1 - easier

Activities: scenic drives, canoe rides, walks up to 1 hour. Trail conditions: cobblestones, pavement, gravel, or dirt paths. Some days require extended walking.

LEVEL 2 - MODERATE

Most travelers can join level 2 adventures without prior experience. Being generally fit is important. Activities include short hikes up to 3 hours, sea kayaking in calm waters, and rafting on Class I-II rapids.

LEVEL 3 - ACTIVE

Includes 3-6 hours of daily physical activity, like rafting and wilderness camping. Hikes cover 8-10 miles, including steep ascents or descents. Rafting features Class III rapids.

LEVEL 4 - CHALLENGE

Hikes up to 14 miles. Rugged terrain, exposure risk, altitudes over 10,000 ft. Rafting: Class IV-V rapids. Kayaking: 4-5 hrs daily, open water with waves and tides.

LEVEL 5 - extreme

For experienced adventurers. Trekking without vehicle support in rugged terrain above 10,000 feet. Long hikes, up to 12 hours, with significant altitude changes. Rafting in: Class IV-V rapids. Experience and doctor's certificate required.