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Salkantay route to Machu Picchu

You are not able to find availability for the Inca Trail? Do not worry, we present you the Salkantay hike, the road that will take you to visit the impressive city of Machu Picchu.

Trip Highlights

  • Three days hike with the best camping equipment, guides and full meals.
  • The visit to Machu Picchu includes train ride back to Cusco in standard class category.
  • Domestic flights inside Peru.

Schedule by Day

  • Day 1 Lima
    • Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
  • Day 2 Lima - Cusco
    • Transfer to Lima airport to take the flight to Cusco city.
    • Transfer to the hotel.
    • Afternoon City Tour:
    • • Visit the city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The tour will start at the temple of Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then visit the Main Square, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. Continue to the San Cristóbal colonial chruch to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, also Qenko and Puca Pucara archaeological complexes.
    • Hike Briefing meeting at the hotel's lobby.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 3 Sacred Valley
    • Half day visit to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious and agricultural center of the Incan Empire. The fortress is located on top of a mountain to allow them to protect the whole valley from invaders. From the highest spot you will be able to appreciate the narrow roads along with the channels that remain unaltered since Incan times.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco
    • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Day 4 Cusco – Salkantay Trek
    • Departure from Cuzco to Soraypampa in a 3 1/2 hours trip.
    • You will walk to Huaracmachay and have lunch.
    • In the afternoon, you will continue your trip to Rayampata where you will camp.
    • Camp overnight.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Day 5 Salkantay Trek
    • Today you will walk to the site called Chaullay.
    • The day will be unforgettable because you will see a wealth of flora and fauna along the way, looking at several varieties of orchids and waterfalls. Then, you will reach the camping area at "Playa".
    • Camp overnight.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Day 6 Salkantay Trek – Machu Picchu
    • Today you will pass Cochapampa comunity and descend to the jungle.
    • Then, you will follow the Salkantay river course, looking at the variety of crops such us coffee, banana, avocado, pineapple.
    • You will visit and see Machu Picchu from an unusual point of view and continue descending to reach the Hydroelectric where you will take the train to Machu Picchu town.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Machu Picchu.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 7 Machu Picchu - Cusco
    • The day will be dedicated only for visiting the marvel of Machu Picchu. After the guided visit, you will have the enough time to explore this archeaological site by your own. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Cusco.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 8 Cusco - Lima
    • Transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight to Lima.
    • Arrival and board the connecting international flight back home.
    • Included: Breakfast.

Accommodation

  • 1 night of accommodation in Lima at standard hotel.
  • 3 nights of accommodation in Cusco at standard hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Machu Picchu.
  • 2 nights camping.

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Additional Tours In Cusco

  • Full Day South Valley
    • TIPON, PIQUILLACTA & ANDAHUAYLILLAS
    • Southeast of Cusco is the Tipon archeological center. Your excursion today includes a tour of the site to see long stone canals built by the Incans, representing the height of their hydraulic engineering skill. Afterwards, it’s a visit to Pikillacta, one of the most important Pre-Incan archeological centers. Next on the itinerary is Andahuaylillas town and its precious 17th century church that is a spectacular expression of Andean Baroque architecture.
  • The Barroco Route
    • You will be transferred from the city of Cusco to the city of Huaro to visit “La Capilla de la Virgen Purificada de Canincunca”, a chapel located next to Urcos Lagoon. This small church has some incredibly beautiful mural paintings which really makes it stand out. After that, you will continue towards the San Juan Bautista de Huaro Church, where you will be able to partake upon an amazing choir, reminiscent of colonial times. You will then head to Andahuaylillas to visit the San Pedro Apostol Church, emblematic of the location and known as the “American Sistine Chapel”. Although this church is famous for its beautiful murals, it is also one of the most astounding examples of religious popular Andean art. The tour will then head towards Pikillacta, where you will be able to visit on of the most important pre Inca archaeological complexes. Finally, you will head to the archaeological complex of Tipon, where you will have an amazing view of the stone canals that were built by the Incas. These canals represent the incredible abilities they had with regards to hydraulic engineering. A box lunch is included.
  • Zip Line
    • We left early in the morning for the Sacred Valley, this exciting tour will give you the opportunity to fly over this magnificent place in a safe and fun way. The zip-line features 6 lines or cables,from 100 to 500 mt, for a total of 2000 mt. The guide will give you an explanation of security and then start this adventure. The guide will hook to the cables, by means of a pulley fixed to the harness. To reach the first cable, you will do a 30-45 minutes hike, easy and via ferrata equipped in some parts for more safety. The lines have between 100 and 500mt, for a 2000 mt total. Each one is different from the other, largest one, fastest one, perfects.


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