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SALKANTAY    INCA TRAIL  MACHU PICCHU

 

Salkantay Inca trail to Machu Picchu normally takes 7 Days and has become popular with trekkers wanting to combine a quieter less trodden route with a visit to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. For the first 3 day you will be surrounded with magnificent scenery and rarely see other groups of trekkers. On the fourth day you join up with the famous Inca Trail at Wayllabamba town and continue to Machu Picchu arriving on afternoon on Day 6 th so you can enjoy the beautiful and tranquil sunset and after that we head down to Aguas Calientes town to relax in the natural hot springs and find a comformatle bed after 5 nights in camp, early on Day 7th we take the first bus up to Machu Picchu for our guided tour and time to explore. The trek is only a little more difficult than the Classic Inca Trail, horses are used for the first 4 days to transport food and equipment then we will swap over to using traditional porters for this final section.

 

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TOUR DESCRIPTION:

 

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Cruzpata -Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa.

 

We pick up from your hotel in our private transport at 05:00am from Cusco to Mollepata (2800 m) approx. 3 hours. On the way to Mollepata we'll briefly stop off at the ruins of Tarawasi an Inca temple with one of the finest examples of Inca polygonal masonry in a long retaining wall. From Mollepata (2800 m) we continue 40 minutes more by car until the pastures village of Cruzpata (3200 m) our start point where we meet our "arrieros" horsemen and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants) We commence our trek, we can see an spectacular views of the chains of snow capped mountains of Vilcabamba and the lush Apurimac River valley, then a gentle climb of 250 meters for about 3 to 4 hours to Soraypampa (3800 m) our spot for a rest and lunch. After lunch we continue climbing gradually for 2 to 3 hours through the more unspoiled Andean valleys to Salkantaypampa (3980 meters) our campsite for our first night located at feet of the most majestic and impressing mountains as Salkantay (6264m) and Humantay (5217m).

Meals - lunch, dinner and snacks

 

Day 2: Salkantaypampa, Paso Salkantay and Sisaypampa Camp.

 

This is just a spectacular day, early by 06.30 am after a hot breakfast we start with a gentle climbing to Pampa-Japonesa (Japanese Climbers Base-camp set 3 decades ago) hiking through the pass of Salkantay Mt, close to the mountain's eternal snowcaps, after 4-5 hours we reach the Incachiriaska Pass located at 4,998 meters. This pass is a wonderful spot for sightseeing because it is surrounded by majestic snow-peaks such as Humantay (5217m), Tucarhuay (5450m) and Soray Mt (5428m), the Cusichaca valleys, lakes and moraines. After the pass we will be hiking down for 20 minutes until Ichupata ( Andean grass place) where we have a stop for lunch, afterward we will descend until Sisay pampa Camp (3790m), at this section we will be able to fully appreciate and take in the imposing Andean topography, quiet and cozy place where you can see llamas, alpacas and with luck we might see a condor. Camp near the local kids school. ( 7-8 hours walking )

Meals – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

 

Day 3: Sisaypampa - Paucarcancha

 

From our campsite after breakfast we start our walk descending in a beautiful valley with native flowers and impresive views for 3 hour to Pampacahuana community near the Incan canals repaired few years ago by Ann Kendall Project to help local farmers and shepherds. Tranquil day to relax and rest for the next leg of our trek, stop for our lunch then final 3 hour to Paucarcancha an old Inca ruins where we will stop for some explanations and pictures, also this is where we will set a camp for tonight.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

 

Day 4: Paucarcancha -Wayllabamba - Llulluchapampa Camp.

 

Today we will enter into the Inca Trail Sanctuary and Park connecting our trek to the famous Inca trail to Machupicchu. After breakfast an hour walk down to Wayllabamba (3000m) this is also where our muleteers return home with their mules and fresh porters will welcome us to continue the trek carrying our gear, equipment and food, we start our gentle climbing for 3-4 hours to Ayapata and Carralpunku. We climb the steep-sided Llulluchayoq Valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. and look back to the sweeping snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif, where we make camp at Llulluchapampa, spectacular campsite. Probably we might be the unique campers at this amazing site. Time for pictures and relax because we will arrive 2 hours before dark at this point.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

 

Day 5: Llulluchapampa – The Woman Pass - Pacaymayo- Runkuracay - Sayaqmarca Phuyupatamarca.

 

After breakfast a climbing for less that 2 hours to reach the highest pass of 4200 meters known as Dead Woman Pass, at this stage we start early and refresh so you won`t have difficulties with the altitude. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain grass as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, time to full enjoyment after we complete our second big pass also to some short ceremony at the Apacheta pass. Then an easy slow descent for 2 hour to Pacaymayo Valley.

We pick up an Inca stairway very well preserved after centuries and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass at 3860 meters, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca 3,650 meters (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, Plazas and Water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now is a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca Trail viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).

Meals – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

 

Day 6: Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna - Gate of The Sun - Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.

 

Hundreds of well-preserved Inca steps connecting enigmatic edifications used as temples, after 3 hours downhill we will reach the impressive complex of Wiñaywayna, rush vegetation of bambus and flowers at this cloud forest terrain, pausing to explore the amazing Inca stone towers at this complex, fountains and stairways spilling down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites will have time to explore and have a guided visit (some trekkers loved this place even more than Machupicchu).

After a shower at the little Hostel there we have our lunch then we will continue our last leg of the Inca Trail trail for another 2 more hours to reach the famous lookout point named Inti Punku ( the Sun Gate) this part is very beautiful for the vegetation of cloud forest with bromelias, orchids and fern trees in both sides of the trail. From Inti punku we get the first glance of Machu Picchu where we still need to descend for 45 minutes to 1 hour, between the mountains on its saddle high over the Urubamba River. Opportunity to enjoy of the tranquility and peaceful in the late afternoon when all the groups have run down to take the train return to Cusco, we will have at least 2 hours for full enjoyment of Machu picchu and the magical sunset. Then we will board a bus for 25 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Opportunity to go to the hot springs to relax and cure our sore muscles. Dinner.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

 

Day 7: Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu guided tour & Exploring – Cusco.

 

Very early after breakfast at the hotel we will board the first bus to ride to Machu Picchu for our official visit. We will learn about the importance – religiously and historically – of this marvelous and magical sanctuary, and we will be able to appreciate the fine architecture of the Incas. After our guided tour for 3 hours, you can climb to the top of Wayna Picchu mountain ( Optional ), from where one has a good overview of the whole area and the full site of Machu Picchu.

 

Another possibility is to visit the beautiful temple of the moon. (Packed lunch is provided)

In the afternoon after our full time in Machu Picchu, we descend to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco.

Meals – Breakfast.

 

SALKANTAY INCA  TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 7 Days / 6 Nights (USD$ 850 pp)

 

02 persons group       US$850 per person

03 persons group       US$770 per person

04 persons group       US$750 per person

05 persons group       US$720 per person

06-08 persons group  US$680 per person

 

 

Important Note.- Machu Picchu Citadel is open all year round on 2016. Huayna Picchu Mountain climb is closed on 2016 from April 1st to 15th Machu Picchu Mountain climb is closed from April 16 th to 30th. (Machu Picchu Citadel and Park office)

 

 

Entrances Tickets to Machu Picchu -  Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu –Machu Picchu mountain are limited, check  the spaces in this site  www.machupicchu.gob.pe

 

Please you must book and pay a deposit well in advance, so we can secure your spots. For high season (May to October, 5-4 months in advance.) (Low season (November to April, 3-2 months in advance.)

 

Discounts:

 

US$40 discount on the above prices to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children/youths under the age of 18 years old (scans of your ISIC card or child's passport must be provided at the time of paying the trek deposit in order to qualify for the discount). International Youth Travel Cards (IYTC) or other forms of student identity are not acceptable. If claiming a student discount you must bring your ISIC card on the trek and your card must be valid on the date of trek departure. Without a valid ISIC card government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.

 

 

Inca Trail Permits & Campsites:

 

The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2015 (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible. In 2014 the trek permits for some dates sold out more than 5 months in advance !! However don't make a booking until you have all the group details (names, passport numbers, ages etc) and you are sure about your trek departure date since these details cannot be changed after we have bought your trek permit.

 

So far in 2014 we have managed to obtain trek permits for ALL of our clients and have obtained the campsite Wiñay Wayna on the 3rd night of the trek (the campsite nearest to Machu Picchu) for ALL groups. Camping at Wiñay Wayna allows you to arrive at Machu Picchu for sunrise. Only tour operators that buy their permits early can do this. However the campsite Wiñay Wayna can never be guaranteed and clients have to accept that we may have to use other campsites depending on availability & allocation of trek permi

 

Extras & Options:

 

  • Personal porters can be hired to help carry your personal items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. The services of a half porter (maximum 6kg or 13lb per person) can be hired for US$70. If you hire the services of a half porter we will provide you with a lockable porter bag to safeguard your equipment (you will need to supply the small padlock). However, even with this service you will still need to take a daypack to carry your essential items such as rain poncho, warm fleece, camera and water bottle. Please note that due to new government regulations the maximum number of porters that we can use in each group has now been capped. This is why we have had to limit the maximum amount of personal equipment that you can give to a porter to carry for you to 6kg or 13lb per person. (The maximum amount that each porter can carry on the Inca Trail has also been limited to 18kg or 40lb per porter, i.e. 12kg of items for tourists and 6kg for their own equipment). Approximately 30% of our clients hire the services of an extra half porter.)
  •  An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged independently. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. For more information see our frequently asked questions. Please note that if you spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes we will purchase your train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, for the following day. Obviously we won't be able to send a bus especially to collect you from Ollantaytambo so you will have to catch one of the many buses waiting for the train to take you back to Cusco (approx additional cost of these buses is US$5pp). You will not receive a refund for the unused bus ride back to Cusco on the 4th day of the trek.
  • We can also provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets at no extra cost but we need to know when you make the trek reservation.
  • You can hire sleeping bags in our office. All sleeping bags are special for the treks (easy to wash). They are washed after every use and are guaranteed to be clean. After we have hired out our standard sleeping bags just 15 times, we donate it to a porter to use. We have now issued sleeping bags free of charge to all of our porters (over a 230 in total) although they are constantly being replaced as they become old and worn out.Cost: US$25 per person for the 4 day/3 night trek. Weight 2.5 kg and are rated to 10 degrees below freezing (nice and warm even during the coldest of nights experienced on the Inca Trail).

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions-(FAQ)

How difficult is the Inca Trail To Machu Picchu?You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike, not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.Are Trekking poles or Sticks  necessary?We recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Inca Trail?It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2 days spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail reaches 4280m on the 2nd day. Will I need to bring water?We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.Is the trail still good during the rainy season?Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed impassable by the guide.We do not recommend this trek in the months of January, February and March. Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome. Will I be able to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?As long as you book and pay well in advance for certain dates in high season it may be necessary to pay 3 -4 months in advance, Last minute bookings of this trek will possibly miss out on permits in high season so we can include the Montaña Machu Picchu permit instead, The trail to Huayna Picchu is safe, very steep with use of chains and not recommended for those with vertigo. It is about an hour and a half round trip. and there are only 2 times during the day it can be climbed with a sign in and out security system. What is an ISIC card? How can I use it to get a discount?This card means International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and is the internationally accepted form of student identification. The government  accepts ISIC for discounts for the entrance to Machu Picchu. You must scan your ISIC card to you at the time of your booking and carry your ISIC card on the trek.  Will I need any extra money?It is indispensable such as the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles), and/or Cocalmayo hot springs in Santa Teresa town and  tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machu Picchu, bottled water, drinks, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money.  Do Tour guides speak English?Completely fluent in English . Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE:

 

 Transfer from your Hotel

 Tourist Transportation Cusco to Mollepata

 Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide

 Assistant Tour Guide for group of 10 people

 Andean Porters to carry all Camping Equipment

 Professional Cook and asistant

 Food 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Afternoon Snacks and 6 Dinners.

 Vegetarian food Option

 Camping Equipment Tents for 02 people ,dining tent with tables and chairs

 Sleeping matress

 Oxygen bottle,First aid kit

 Hotel Accomodation in Aguas Calientes town

 Bus ticket Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu

 Entrance to Machu Picchu

 Train ticket Expedition service Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo

 Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco - Hotel

 

NOT INCLUDED:

 

• Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to guide and support staff, city services.

• First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.

• Last lunch at the end of the tour on 7th Day.

• Extra porter US$ 70.00 per day.

• Single Tent supplement: US$ 30

• Sleeping bag (optional): US$ 25

• Vistadome train upgrade : USD 60.00

 

We recommend to take:

• Trekking day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.

• Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.

• Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.

• Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath

• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf.

• Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)

• Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries

• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)

• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold

• Sun block cream

• After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body

• Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported

• Toilet paper, pack in & pack out

• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.

• Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.

• We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.

• Your own medical kit with any special medications.

• Small towel or sarong

• Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )

• Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.

• Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.

• Walking sticks or poles we can hire these to you.

 

 

Before booking the Salkantay Inca Trail To Machu Picchu, please read the following information carefully:

 

BE sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru.

 

Fill out the booking information. We will contact you as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to confirm your booking, accommodation and assist you in customizing a unique package.

 

Please specify if you would require the services of an extra porter or stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes.

 

Payment Proceed:  You must to pay the total amount to our account an invoice to be paid online with credit card by Pay Pal or we also accept money transfer or direct deposits by western union.

 

Acclimation Proceed: We recomend to arrive in Cusco 2 days before of Inca Trail departure date to ensure that you are well acclimatized to the high altitude.

 

Student discounts: If you are claiming a student discount you must email us a scanned copy of your International Student card immediately after proceeding with the booking form. Only a valid ISIC card is acceptable. If you cannot provide us with a scanned copy of your ISIC card we will charge you the standard adult trek price. You must take the ISIC card with you on the Inca Trail as it will be checked. Unfortunately no other forms of student id are acceptable. Children under 16 years old receive a US$20 discount. If you are claiming a child discount you must email us a scanned copy of your child's passport (page containing photo and date of birth) after proceeding with the booking form. If you cannot provide us with a scan of your child's passport we will charge you the standard adult trek price for your child.

 

Normal Price $850.00

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Salkantay Inca Trail Machu Picchu

 

         Salkantay Inca Trail  Machu Picchu

 

Type of tour      :   Hikking, Archaeological

Duration           :   7 days - 6 nights

Starting Point   :   Cusco

Ending Point    :   Cusco

Price                :   $850.00

 

dAY  1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - MARKOKASA

DAY   2 : MARKOKASA - SORAYPAMPA . SALKANTAY PAMPA

DAY  3 : INCACHIRIASCA STEP - SISAY PAMPA

DAY  4: SISAY PAMPA - CANAL INCA - PAUCARCANCHA

DAY  5 : PAUCARCANCHA - WAYLLABAMBA - PACAYMAYO

DAY  6: SAYACMARCA - PHUYUPATAMARCA  WIÑAYWAYNA

DAY 7: INTIPUNKU - MACHU PICCHU -CUSCO

 

Daily walking distances:

 

DAY 01-Total distance: 10km (6,47 miles)

Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)

Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (10,840 ft)

DAY 02.-Total distance: 9 km (5.84 miles)

Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3650m (11,776 ft)

Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

DAY 03.-Total distance: 10 km (6,47 miles)

Estimated walking time: 5 hours

Maximum altitude point: 4,870 m (12,792 ft)

Campsite altitude: 3,650 m (8,692 ft)

DAY 04.-Total distance: 10 km (6.47 miles)

Estimated walking time: 4,5hours

Maximum altitude point: 3.200 m (8,829 ft)

Campsite altitude: 3,100 m (7,872 ft)

DAY 05.-Total distance: 11 km (6,84 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)

Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

DAY 06.-Total distance: 16 km (9,94 miles)

Estimated walking time: 8 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)

Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)

DAY 07.-Total distance: 4 km (2,49 miles)

Estimated walking time: 2 hours

Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)

Campsite altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)

 

Geografic Location: The Salkantay Trail begins in Mollepata town  3 hours from Cusco

 

Level & Dificulty: Moderate, though still difficult if you have average fitness during the way.

 

Inca Trail Permits : 500 permits are issued daily. In the hight season the inca trail is booked months in advance

 

Our Departures Dates: We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best, Minimun with 02 people.

 

Acclimatisation: Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.

 

Our Food during the trail:Our cheff are encharge to provide filling, nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavours.Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available and what the clients request but a typical meal can include:Breakfast, Pancakes, omelettes or fruit salad, fruit, yoghurt, porridge, bread, butter and jam.

Lunch - Dinner - Always start with a hot soup and/or an entree with fresh vegetables, followed by Meat/Fish with a pasta dish, rice dish, potato dish and a delicious fresh sauce to complement.

Beverages  provide a variety of teas including fresh Coca tea, Mint tea as well as Coffee & Cocoa.We also provides a snack to be eaten during the trek after each meal.

 

 

 

 

 

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