Andean woman making her traditional textiles

The Andean Explorer

9 Days & 8 Nights
Starting from US$995 per person
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From 12 People Group Size
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. Altitude
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The majestic tour through the Andes

City Tour - Sacred Valley - Humantay Lake - Salkantay Pass - Rainforest - Machu Picchu - Peru’s Rainbow Mountain
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. Altitude
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Easy to Challenging Difficulty

Discover the greatest in Cusco's architectural design on our 9-day Salkantay & Rainbow Mountain tour. This journey takes you to Machu Picchu, one of the World's New Seven Wonders, and Peru's Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca. Before beginning the Salkantay Trek, you'll also have the chance to take a guided tour of Cusco and a one-day journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to adapt to the high altitude.

This tour provides the ideal balance of culture and adventure. Join us for an extraordinary journey that highlights the finest examples of Cusco's natural beauty, history, and architecture.

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  Overview

Our 9-day Andean Explorer Package provides the best holiday in Cusco. A city tour, a quiet acclimatization period, a visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a 5-day Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu, and a Peru's Rainbow Mountain tour are all included in this comprehensive package.

Humantay Lake, Salkantay Mountain, the cloud forest, and the Llactapata archaeological site will all be visited during the walk. On day 7, you will be able to marvel at the incredible architecture and hear about the secrets of the Inca fortress during a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Before returning to Cusco, you will have time to ponder the breathtaking surroundings and cultural significance of the place. Our professional guides will guarantee that you have a fun and educational time exploring the historical city and embarking on an exciting trip with other travelers.

On day 8, you'll discover the beauty of the Vinicunca mountain - also known as Rainbow Mountain or Mountain of 7 Colors - which attracts thousands of tourists due to its uniqueness and incredible natural beauty. The varied mineral composition of its soil has caused colored ribbons to adorn the body of this gigantic site.

Join us for an adventure of a lifetime that mixes history, culture, and spectacular natural beauty. This tour will provide you with the ultimate Cusco adventure.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco Cathedral - Temple of Qoricancha and Convent of Santo Domingo - Sacsayhuaman - Qenqo - Puka Pukara - Tambomachay - Cusco

    Arrive in the morning at the Imperial City of Cusco and rest. In the afternoon, take a City Tour of all the main sites and learn about the city's history.

  • Day 02

    Cusco - Qorao - Pisac Market - Pisac Archaeological Site - Urubamba - Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site - Chinchero - Cusco

    On a tour of the remarkable archaeological sites and places of interest in the city's outskirts, come to know the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas.

  • Day 03

    Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

    Begin your hiking journey by embarking on the Salkantay trail and ascending to the stunning Humantay Lake for some of the best views you've ever seen.

  • Day 04

    Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracmachay - Collpapampa (Mountain Sky View)

    Today is the most demanding trek day as you begin the ascent to the Salkantay Pass, which will reward you with breathtaking landscapes. Descend through the cloud forest to the beginning of the rainforest in the afternoon.

  • Day 05

    Collpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba (Jungle Domes)

    Explore the rainforest and learn about the process and elaboration of coffee in this location. Spend the night in our Jungle Domes, surrounded by nature's rhythms.

  • Day 06

    Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Aobamba - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

    In the morning, visit the spectacular ancient site of Llactapata and gaze out the window at Machu Picchu. Hike the remaining mile to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon for an overnight stay in a pleasant hotel.

  • Day 07

    Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    The big day has finally arrived! Visit the enchanted Inca fortress of Machu Picchu with your guide and learn about the main attractions. Return to Cusco by train, followed by private transportation.

  • Day 08

    Cusco | Quiquijana - Llacto - Peru’s Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca - Cusco

    Stop to get breakfast before beginning the hike to the top of Rainbow Mountain. Spend time observing the incredible views before returning for lunch and then the ride back to your accommodation in Cusco.

  • Day 09

    Cusco - Cusco’s Airport (or Bus Station)

    Wave goodbye to the Inca capital as we transfer you to the bus station or airport to catch your flight home.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Acclimate your body during the first two days and get ready to live without limits or regrets, one of the best hiking experiences in Peru.
  • Discover the magnificent capital of the Inca Empire by visiting the most important sites in and around Cusco.
  • Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you'll marvel at the awe-inspiring Inca architecture.
  • Experience the tranquility of nature by spending nights in our exclusive campsites, surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery that will lull you into a peaceful slumber.
  • Embark on a breathtaking hike to the stunning Humantay Lake, a glittering gem nestled amidst the snow-capped mountains that will leave you spellbound.
  • Witness the grandeur of the imposing Salkantay Mountain and the snow-clad peaks surrounding it.
  • Immerse yourself in the breathtaking Andes, and the Amazon landscapes, where you can spot unique flora and fauna found only in this region.
  • Unravel the secrets of the mystical Machu Picchu, one of the world's most iconic wonders.
  • Marvel at the incredible natural beauty of Rainbow Mountain, a kaleidoscope of colors that will leave you in awe.

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  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco Cathedral - Temple of Qoricancha and Convent of Santo Domingo - Sacsayhuaman - Qenqo - Puka Pukara - Tambomachay - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Enjoying the most important sites in the city of Cusco

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3,390 m / 11,122 ft Min. Elevation
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3,800 m / 12,467 ft Highest Elevation

Arrive in the historical capital, Cusco. We’ll whisk you off to your hotel for you to freshen up and get settled in before we take you on a half-day city tour. This excursion is very relaxed, and you won’t have to exert yourself too much on the first day. It’s the perfect way to acclimatize to the altitude.

On tour, you’ll visit some of the city's most important sites and landmarks and learn all about the history. You’ve likely heard that Cusco was home to the Incas, which you’ll hear a lot more about, but there were also many cultures before them since 1,000 BC to be exact. The attractions you’ll visit on your city tour are:

  • The Cusco Cathedral
  • Qoricancha Temple and Santo Domingo Convent
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Q’enqo
  • Puka Pukara
  • Tambomachay

Welcome to the imperial, Andean Inca city of Cusco, the cultural capital of Peru! Upon arrival, we will take you to your hotel to drop off your luggage and freshen up. After lunch and when you are ready, we will take a leisurely half-day tour of this amazing place as you acclimatize to the high altitude (3,400 m / 11,155 ft).

Cusco has a long history and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in all the Americas! Since about 1,000 B.C., people have lived in Cusco and regarded it as a center of the surrounding culture (then called Qosqo). It has been an important part of every civilization that has lived in the area throughout history, starting with the native people of Peru long before the famous Inca people.

On the arrival of the Inca Empire to Peru and beyond, Cusco became the navel of their far-reaching and powerful empire. Of course, the Incas were then conquered by Spaniards who also used Cusco as a colonial, regal capital for the area.

The attractions visited on this tour include:

Cathedral of Cusco
Located in Cusco’s Main Square, the cathedral is a colonial monument of great artistic value. It was built on top of the Wiracocha Inca Palace and houses works of carved wood such as the choir, pulpit, and altars, beautiful paintings from the Cusquenian School of Art (including a Last Supper painting in which Christ and His disciples eat cuy – guinea pig!) and works of embossed silver. This cathedral flanks the grandiose Plaza de Armas – the historical and cultural heart of Cusco.

Qoricancha Temple and Santo Domingo Convent
This religious center was built to worship the Sun, the most revered deity during the Inca Empire. Inside the temple, you will find smaller temples dedicated to the sun, moon, stars, etc. Outside are beautiful, regal gardens and fountains on the grounds of the monumental temple. Here, the combination of the extraordinary Inca architecture and the Spanish colonial architecture is what stands out the most. Besides, the Cusquenian School of Art’s gallery offers you the opportunity to appreciate some of their colonial art pieces.

Sacsayhuaman
Located 2 km from Cusco City, this fortress was built using enormous carved rocks joined with compelling precision. It is composed of three overlapping platforms with an average length of 360 meters. In its construction, you can see stones as big as 9 meters in height! From here, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Cusco city along with the beautiful landscape formed by the surrounding mountains.

Q’enqo
Located 1.4 km from Sacsayhuaman, this complex was an Inca ceremonial cult center. The most prominent feature of this complex is an open space called the amphitheater. Back in its day, you would have found Inca mummies in the 19 trapezoidal niches found here. Today, the amphitheater is half of its original height.

Puka Pukara
This complex is known as the “red fortress” due to its reddish tints resulting from the vast amounts of iron in its rocks. It is thought that this fortress was perhaps an old Tambo (storage area) that served both as a resting and guarding spot to protect Tambomachay. Here you can see attractive architecture, fountains, aqueducts, and several Incan enclosures.

Tambomachay
This complex is made up of a combination of finely carved stones, waterfalls, and aqueducts to carry water coming from nearby springs and hot springs. For this reason, Tambomachay is associated with the water cult. In front of this construction is a tower that is said to have served as a guarding post and communication tower.

Day 02

Cusco - Qorao - Pisac Market - Pisac Archaeological Site - Urubamba - Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site - Chinchero - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Tour the Amazing Sacred Valley of the Incas

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2,792 m / 9,160 ft Min. Elevation
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3,762 m / 12,343 ft Highest Elevation

Today, take a day trip out of the city to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The landscape here is stunning, with rolling hills and a winding river running through the middle. It’s easy to see why the place meant so much to the Incas. First, at 8:30 am, you’ll head to Pisac, where you’ll visit the colorful market and archaeological site. From the ruins, you get the most spectacular view of the valley. After, we’ll take you to the town of Urubamba to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of many Peruvian delicacies.

In the afternoon, your next stop is in Ollantaytambo, which is a very quaint Inca town with wonderfully preserved structures and layouts. We’ll take you on a tour of the unique archaeological site that overlooks the main square before heading off to our final stop in Chinchero. There’s a small archaeological site to visit and a quaint church here. However, the main attraction is seeing how the local women weave amazing textiles and learning all about how they make natural dyes. Finally, it’ll be time to head back to Cusco before 7 pm so you can grab some dinner before bed.

Today, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and historically rich towns of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We begin the day by picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 8:30 a.m. and heading toward the town of Pisac. Before reaching Pisac, we will stop at both the Qorao and Taray lookouts, so you can admire the Sacred Valley’s beauty from afar and take pictures.

Once in Pisac, we will visit both the Pisac archaeological site and its famous traditional market. Then, we will drive to the town of Urubamba for lunch, where you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of traditional Peruvian dishes.

Continuing, we will drive to the classic Inca town of Ollantaytambo and visit its unique archaeological site with its royal water sources, high terraces, temples, etc., surrounded by towering mountain peaks and colorful valleys, plus the view of the faraway Veronica glacier.

Ollantaytambo is the most well-preserved layout of a typical, Inca-built city with its narrow, cobbled streets and stone walls. Its conservation allows for the enduring legacy of the Incan people to live on for us today.

To finish our day, we will visit Chinchero and meet some of the town’s talented women in a textile-making presentation. The Cusco region is known for its superb, colorful textiles, and here you will learn how each color of wool is naturally dyed, how the intricate cloths are woven, and the symbolism held by the traditional designs you find in their beautiful creations. Here, you will also visit an archeological site and a colonial church.

After your tour, you will be brought back to Cusco and dropped off at your hotel at 6:45 pm to rest up for tomorrow’s exciting activities!

Day 03

Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

Highlight of the day: Looking out over the beautiful Humantay Lake.

Hike to the Jewel in the Mountains - The Stunning Humantay Lake

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Lunch and Dinner Meals
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Sky Camp Accommodation
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty
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10 km / 6.21 mi Walking Distance
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5 to 6 hours Walking Time
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3,800 m / 12,467 ft Starting Elevation
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3,800 m / 12,467 ft Min. Elevation
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Highest Elevation
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Campsite Elevation

We'll pick you up at 4:00 a.m. for the adventure and provide comfortable transportation with blankets for the 2-hour drive. We'll stop at Mollepata for breakfast before starting the 3-hour moderate hike to Soraypampa (3,900 m / 12,795 ft). Before hitting the trail, there will be a chance to meet the cooks and horsemen and do a final equipment check. The trail starts relatively flat and covers 7 km / 4.35 mi overall, passing through a deep valley of glaciers and following a restored Inca water channel still used by local farmers.

Upon arriving at Soraypampa, settle in at our exclusive Sky Camp for lunch and then hike up to the Humantay Lake (4,200 m / 13,780 ft), which takes about 3 hours round trip and covers 3 km / 1.86 mi. At the lake, the turquoise waters reflecting the Humantay glacier are a sight straight out of a fairy tale. Return to camp for a delicious dinner and watch the sunset from the Sky Camp igloo. The glass roof provides a perfect view of the stars, constellations, and comets. The majestic Apu Salkantay will be there to greet you in the morning.

Get ready for an early start today, as we'll be picking you up around 4:00 a.m. to begin your adventure. Don't worry though, our comfortable transportation comes with blankets so you can catch a bit more sleep during the 2-hour drive. We'll make a quick stop in Mollepata for breakfast before continuing on to Challacancha, where we'll begin our hike.

Before hitting the trail, you'll have a chance to meet the cooks and horsemen and do a final equipment check. Then, we'll start the 3-hour moderate hike to Soraypampa (3,900 m / 12,795 ft), where we'll spend our first night. The trail starts relatively flat, passing through a deep valley of glaciers and following a restored Inca water channel still used by local farmers. The section is 7 km / 4.35 mi overall.

Upon arriving at Soraypampa, you'll get settled in at our exclusive Sky Camp and enjoy your first lunch in the mountains. After some rest, we'll hike up to the stunning Humantay Lake (4,200 m / 13,780 ft), which takes about 3 hours round trip and covers 3 km / 1.86 mi. Although not far, taking things slowly at this altitude is important. At the lake, you'll be mesmerized by the turquoise waters reflecting the Humantay glacier - a view straight out of a fairy tale!

After returning to camp, you'll have a delicious dinner while watching the sunset. You'll feel the peaceful energy of the surroundings as you settle into your Sky Camp igloo. The glass roof provides a perfect view of the stars, constellations, and comets. And when you wake up, you'll see the majestic Apu Salkantay watching over you.

Day 04

Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracmachay - Collpapampa (Mountain Sky View)

Highlight of the day: Feel above the world when you arrive at the Salkantay Pass and contemplate the incredible snow-capped peaks surrounding you.

Defeat the Trek to the Salkantay Pass and Descend Through the Cloud Forest

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Mountain Sky View Campsite Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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23.5 km / 14.6 mi Walking Distance
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10-11 hours Walking Time
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Starting Elevation
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Min. Elevation
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Highest Elevation
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2,950 m / 9,678 ft Campsite Elevation

This is the most difficult day of the entire trek, but you’ll get an amazing reward. This morning, you’ll be hiking up to the Salkantay Pass along the challenging trail. At the top, you’ll get the most amazing views of the surrounding mountains and have plenty of time to get some excellent photos.

After, you’ll descend through the fascinating cloud forest and stop on the way down for some lunch before continuing to our campsite in Collpapampa. Today you’ll notice the drastic change of climate and scenery from the snowy mountain peaks to the edge of the jungle. In Collpapampa, we’ll have another great dinner and then head to sleep in the Mountain Sky View.

Waking up with the first rays of the sun, we await you with a hot cup of coca tea. Then, we will enjoy one of our nutritious and delicious breakfasts before starting the hike to the highest point of the entire route, the Salkantay Pass (4,630 m / 15,190 ft). This part of the hike is a difficult ascent on a winding trail, takes approximately three hours, and has a distance of 7 km / 4.34 miles.

Once you reach the top, you will be able to appreciate the most spectacular view of the valleys surrounding the Salkantay mountain located in front of you (6,271 m / 20,574 ft); it is considered the second highest peak in all of Cusco and is known as one of the Inca gods called Apus. You will also enjoy incredible panoramas of the mountains: Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo. After taking in the views and recovering your energy, we will descend on a 6 km / 3.72-mile hike along a rocky trail to our lunch spot at Wayracmachay (3,850 m / 12,631 ft). While enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by our chef, you will appreciate the beautiful scenery of the area.

Afterward, we will resume our hike to descend into the valley. This section is 9.5 km / 5.9 miles and will take us about three and a half hours to complete. As we go on, you will notice that the climate changes drastically because of the "cloud forest"; from this point, we will say goodbye to the snowy peaks of the mountains, and we will head to the Peruvian Amazon jungle. In this place, you can observe impressive wildlife unique to the area and many colorful landscapes. You will find it amazing that a few hours earlier you were in the middle of snow-capped glaciers, as the weather will also become much warmer here.

Your longest day of hiking ends when you arrive at our exclusive Mountain Sky View campsites at Collpapampa (2,950 m / 9,678 ft). You will enjoy a hearty and well-deserved dinner before going to rest.

Day 05

Collpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba (Jungle Domes)

Highlight of the day: Explore the lush jungle and learn all about coffee and the process in the plantations. The aroma in the air is heavenly.

Jungle Adventure and Coffee Experience

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Jungle Domes Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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17 km / 10.56 mi Walking Distance
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5 to 6 hours Walking Time
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2,950 m / 9,678 ft Starting Elevation
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Min. Elevation
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2,950 m / 9,678 ft Highest Elevation
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Campsite Elevation

Your adventure continues today by hiking through the jungle of the Santa Teresa Valley, where you’ll observe a lush landscape of rivers, waterfalls, orchids, and many plantations, including banana, coffee, and avocado. You’ll get to our Jungle Domes camp at lunchtime for a rest before you get to enjoy a free afternoon to explore your surroundings and visit an organic coffee farm. You’ll get a good night’s rest this evening, listening to the sounds of nature all around.

Today you’ll be woken at 6:00 a.m. for your tea and then breakfast before setting off from the campsite. Our first destination will be La Playa, and we’ll be walking through the Santa Teresa Valley. You’ll enjoy a more leisurely walk today with more downs than ups as you soak in the lush landscape of rivers, waterfalls, orchids, and many plantations, including banana, coffee, and avocado.

We’ll pass through a small village called Collpapampa, and after, descend through a valley where you’ll observe waterfalls, birds, hot springs, fruit trees, and plenty of flora and fauna. You might be lucky enough to see the national bird of Peru, the ‘Cock of the Rock.’

In La Playa, we’ll devour a tasty lunch before we head to Lucmabamba (2,000 m / 6,562 ft), just another hour away. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the tropical surroundings and visit an organic coffee farm, especially perfect for those who are coffee lovers. Even if you are not a fan of a cup of coffee, the smell in the air is delicious. This is the main agricultural industry in the jungle that exports products to the United States, Asia, and all of Europe. You will also visit avocado and orange plantations.

After dinner, of course, you will go to bed for the night in one of our exclusive camps, Jungle Domes. While resting, you can listen to the different sounds of nature and feel in harmony with mother earth.

Day 06

Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Aobamba - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Visiting the Llactapata archaeological site and catching your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

Explore Inca Sites and Catch a Glimpse of Machu Picchu

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Comfortable Hotel Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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25 km / 15.53 mi Walking Distance
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8 - 9 hours Walking Time
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1,800 m / 5,906 ft Min. Elevation
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2,800 m / 9,186 ft Highest Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Accommodation Elevation

Rise and shine early to embark on a hike to Llactapata. After approximately 3 hours of walking, explore the intriguing archaeological site with your guide, who will share its history and significance to the Incas. This is where you'll first glimpse Machu Picchu citadel, Huayna Picchu, and Machu Picchu Mountains. Descend for an hour and a half to Aobamba, where we'll stop for lunch.

In the afternoon, we'll head to Hidroeléctrica train station. You can choose between a train ride (US$ 37 extra) or a 3-hour hike to Aguas Calientes. If you opt for the latter, you'll visit the significant rock of Intihuatana and learn about its importance. The hike will take you through the warm forest alongside the railroad. Upon reaching Aguas Calientes, check in to your hotel, explore the town, and have dinner at a local restaurant. Get a good night's sleep, as you'll have an early start tomorrow.

Like previous mornings, the trek guide will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea served in your dome. After enjoying your last breakfast prepared by the talented trek chef, you will get ready for the day's activities. We will start the hike early, allowing you to experience a small part of the famous Inca trail.

After a climb of 3 hours with amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley, we will arrive at the Llactapata Inca site (2,700 m / 8,858 ft) right in front of Machu Picchu. This exceptional location is the perfect place to learn about the land's roots and history. Our guide will take you on a tour of the site, providing insight into how the Incas used and worshipped the land. From this spot, you can see the Inca City of Machu Picchu, as well as Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. You will have plenty of time to take photos and capture memories to share with your loved ones back home.

After exploring Llactapata, we will continue our trek for 1.5 hours downhill to Aobamba for lunch. Then, we will continue our way to our next featured spot in the hike, the Hidroelectrica train station (1,800 m / 5,906 ft). One of the most impressive sites in this area is the 250-meter-tall artificial waterfall, which generates electricity for the entire city of Cusco.

If you feel exhausted, you can take a train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (not included, US$ 37.00). Otherwise, we will continue our walk from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes for about three hours along the train track. A few minutes ahead of Hidroelectrica, we will arrive at Intihuatana, a famous ancient rock used as a ceremonial table in the Inca era. The people used this stone, together with the famous Intihuatana in Machu Picchu, to measure and read the winter solstice, which marked the beginning of the new farming season for the Incas.

Next to the railroad, there is a beautiful path through the warm paradise of the cloud forest, the same trail used by American professor Hiram Bingham who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries of it being lost to the outside world. After three hours of walking, we will arrive at Aguas Calientes town, where we will head first to our hotel. Your room will have a private bathroom, hot shower, Wi-Fi, breakfast in the morning, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu. You can rest before dinner or explore this peaceful town. There are no cars in Aguas Calientes, giving it a calm and serene atmosphere.

At 7:00 p.m., we will have dinner at a local restaurant and organize everything for the highlight of our adventure: Machu Picchu!

Note: During the rainy season, the hike up the Llactapata Trail is not 100% guaranteed due to safety concerns. When heavy rains are frequent, this trail becomes very dangerous.

Day 07

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Visiting the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and exploring the site with your knowledgeable guide.

Visit the Magical, Mystical Machu Picchu

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2-3 hours exploring Machu Picchu Activity Duration
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging (2 - 4 hours) Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)

Wake up early today to ensure you're one of the first groups to enter Machu Picchu. We'll board a bus in Aguas Calientes at 6:00 am that takes us up to the entrance. The incredible citadel will take your breath away as you look out over the stunning fortress. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of all the important sites of the citadel. If you have pre-booked tickets, you can hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to get amazing views over Machu Picchu.

Then, we'll head back down to Aguas Calientes. You'll have some time to eat lunch at a restaurant of your choice before we board the train to Ollantaytambo. We book tickets between 1:37 pm and 6:20 pm, depending on availability. Once in Ollantaytambo, our private transportation will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco at around 8:00 pm. Now, you can rest in your Cusco hotel and reflect on your exciting adventure.

Today we will finally visit Machu Picchu - one of the 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Rise early after a refreshing night at our hostel to enjoy the serenity of Machu Picchu in the soft morning light before the crowds arrive. The Machu Picchu entrance checkpoint opens from 6:00 a.m.

In the morning, we'll board the bus to Machu Picchu and be among the first to enter the royal city of the Incas. Our expert guide will lead us on a fascinating 2-hour tour through this wonderful ancient site, where we'll see temples, terraces, palaces, priests' houses, cultivated fields, and much more. Marvel at the remarkable engineering talent of the Incas, who were so advanced for their time, and whose techniques still leave us in awe today.

Despite lacking modern tools, steel, and iron, the Incas were geniuses in organizing this community sustainably and beautifully on the side of a mountain. They even brought water in canals and aqueducts through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and a state of disrepair. Today, it has been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world.

After the guided tour, you can climb Huayna Picchu Mountain (2,720 m / 8,924 ft) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3,000 m / 9,843 ft); these tours will take you an hour and a half and three hours between ascent and descent, respectively. Make sure you reserve your tickets in advance.

After basking in the magic of this citadel, we'll return to the town of Aguas Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo. Our private transportation will then take you back to your hotel in Cusco, where you can rest your feet and body.

Day 08

Cusco | Quiquijana - Llacto - Peru’s Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Standing face to face with the huge mountain and observing the rainbow colors.

Hike to the Mountain of Seven Colors: Vinicunca

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Hotel Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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7 km / 4.35 mi Walking Distance
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2 - 3 hours Walking Time
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Min. Elevation
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5,100 m / 16.732 ft Highest Elevation
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Campsite Elevation

Prepare yourself for another exciting adventure today! Around 4:00 am, we'll pick you up and drive you to Peru's Rainbow Mountain, popularly known as Vinicunca. We'll stop for a nice breakfast on the way before commencing our ascent to the summit. The breathtaking beauty and unusual flora and animals of the area will astound you as you walk the trail.

When we get to Vinicunca, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery and take wonderful images. Your professional guide will also explain how the mountain's beautiful colors were generated.

Following that, we'll return to our starting place, where our private transportation will be ready to drive us to a nearby restaurant for lunch. We'll then return to Cusco, aiming to reach around 5:00 pm. The rest of the evening is yours to relax and enjoy as you, please. After amazing days of adventure, the time to rest has come.

Our final day of adventure begins at 4:00 am. We'll pick you up from your hotel and head towards the Southern Valley for a three-hour journey in our private transport. Remember, our walk starts at 4,630m / 15,190 ft, but you should now be accustomed to the altitude. Along the way, we will observe picturesque Andean towns, agricultural platforms from the Inca period, fertile valleys, and beautiful rolling mountains. Even at this early hour, herds of llamas and alpacas will entertain you while you enjoy a delicious continental breakfast to give you the energy you need to get started.

We will continue our journey until we reach the hike's starting point. From there, we will head down a meandering path in the Andean mountains, following a pretty stream. As you ascend, you will be rewarded with an impressive view of the Ausangate glacier (6,372m / 20,905 ft), the tallest in the Cusco region. Take a few minutes to understand why this mountain is so important to the Andean people. This whole region is home to many people and small communities, and you will have the opportunity to see them working the land. You will be amazed to see the traditional clothing they use that they make themselves, thanks to the practice of textile art that they have inherited from their ancestors. The colorful patterns on their garments are similar to those of Vinicunca mountain.

By keeping these traditions alive, ancient culture is preserved. Your guide will teach you about the meaning of some clothes and, if you want, you can ask him to teach you some words in Quechua—the language of the Incas and local communities to this day. After walking an hour and a half, we will reach the amazing Rainbow Mountain of Cusco (5,100m / 16,732 ft).

While at the top, take some time to admire the unique beauty of this impressive natural formation and feel the thrill of witnessing a unique natural spectacle that can only be seen in Peru and China. You will explore the surroundings for a while, and your knowledgeable guide will explain the theories regarding the origin of this mountain that appears as though it's been taken from a colorful dream. Take memorable photographs or simply immerse yourself in the landscape that also boasts the splendor of the great mountain Ausangate in the distance. There, we will take a break between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the speed of your steps and the weather condition. If you want to stay longer, inform your guide. You will have time to enjoy the surroundings and recuperate your energy for the hike back down.

Returning to where we started will take 45 minutes and an hour. Then, we will go to Cusipata by car to enjoy our well-deserved lunch. We will then board our private transport back to the city of Cusco. At approximately 5:00 pm, we will drop you off at the door of your hotel, and you can enjoy a relaxing evening as you please.

Day 09

Cusco - Cusco’s Airport (or Bus Station)

Highlight of the day: Bid Farewell to Cusco.

Say Goodbye to Imperial Cusco

Your incredible time in Cusco has come to an end, but please know that we will be here whenever you decide to return. Our team will transport you to the airport or bus station so that you can continue your holiday or return home. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Today, you'll get up, eat breakfast, and pack your belongings, as it's time to bid farewell to the imperial city of Cusco for the time being. We'll arrange a time to pick you up and transport you to the airport or bus station so you can continue your holiday or return home.

This isn't a permanent goodbye, and we're sure you'll want to return to relive all of the great experiences, learn more about the ancient city and cultures, and sample more of the excellent restaurants and their delectable cuisine. So it's not farewell, but rather see you soon!

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket to Salkantay Trek
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

  • Entry to the Rainbow Mountain

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags, which our horses will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Day 1: City Tour Half Day
  • Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour Full Day Tour
  • Day 3 - 7: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Day 8: Rainbow Mountain trek
  • Day 9: Transfer to the Airport
  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Private Camping Equipment

    We have dining rooms and a kitchen on each campsite. In addition, all our equipment, like tables, chairs, cooking equipment, etc., will be carried by our horses.

  • One Duffle Bag

    There, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Sleeping Bag (for Salkantay Trek)

    Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect you from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy-form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.

  • Trekking Poles with rubber tips (for Salkantay Trek)
  • Medical Kit or First Aid Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Extras included in our service

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

  • 24/7 Customer Service

    We have telephone service available 24 hours a day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.

  • Satellite phones

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.

Accommodation

  • Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites

    Like our ancestors, we’re very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). For this reason, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.

  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (day 6)

    The six night of this trek is spent in a hotel in Aguas Calientes with a double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, WiFi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.

  • Hotel in Cusco (day 1, 2, 7 and 8)

    The hotel in the city of Cusco, with a room with private bathroom, hot shower, WiFi and luggage storage.

Meals

  • Meals in Cusco
    • Day 2, and 9: Breakfast at your hotel in Cusco
    • Day 2: Buffet Lunch in the Sacred Valley Tour
  • Meals on the Salkantay Trek: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 4 Dinners
    Meals on the Rainbow Mountain: Breakfast and Lunch at local restaurants

    Our chef prepares the most amazing dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any particular allergies or restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water on the trail

    During the Salkantay trek, we will provide you with boiled, filtered and refrigerated water during your trek, from your lunch in Soraypampa to your breakfast in Lucmabamba. For this, it is necessary to carry an empty water bottle or camel bag (backpack litrera), we recommend a capacity of 2 liters.

    We´ll provide you with a bottle of water to climb the Rainbow Mountain.

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you’ll be woken up with a cup of coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your bed so that you’re warmed from the inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat.

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Every morning we’ll give you snacks so you can enjoy them during the walk. Your tour leader will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc., at the beginning of each day.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Transport
    • Day 1: A Salkantay Trekking representative will be waiting for you at the Cusco airport or bus station to take you directly to your hotel.
    • Day 1: Transportation for the City Tour in Cusco (after lunch).
    • Day 2: Transportation for the Sacred Valley tour.
    • Day 3: In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and travel by private transportation to Challacancha, the starting point of the trek.
    • Day 7: Transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
    • Day 8: In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and travel by private transportation to the starting point of the trek. Later, transportation will be waiting to take you back to the door of your hotel in Cusco.
    • Day 9: Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the airport or bus station.
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 7)
  • One Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 7)
  • Personal Belongings Transportation

    During the Salkantay trek, on days 3, 4, and 5, cargo mules will carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb). Muleteers will be responsible for your duffle bag and personal items.

    On day 6, your duffle bag will be transported by car, then by train.

What Is Not Included?

  • Cusco Tourist Ticket

    This ticket is necessary and allows you admission to many of the most popular attractions in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, including archaeological sites and museums. (applies to Day 1 and 2).

    • From PEN 130.00 (US$ 40.00) per person.
  • Cusco’s Cathedral Entrance Ticket
    • Adult: PEN 40.00 (US$ 12.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 25.00 (US$ 8.00)
    • Children (under 10): Free
  • Qorikancha Entrance Ticket
    • Adult: PEN 20.00 (US$ 6.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 8.00 (US$ 3.00)
    • Children (under 10): Free
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain

    You can climb the famous mountain always seen in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill. Going down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, this, mainly due to weather conditions.

    • The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain costs US$ 60.00 per person.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain

    Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening roads than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure you if we have time in advance.

    • The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain costs US$ 60.00 per person.
  • Meals
    • Day 1: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Day 2: Dinner
    • Day 3: Breakfast
    • Day 7: Lunch and dinner
    • Day 8: Dinner
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (Day 6)

    In case you feel exhausted or in bad condition after the trek from Lucmabamba to Hidroelectrica, you can opt to take the train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.

    • US$ 37.00 per person
  • Personal Clothing and Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering their hard work. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Is it for me?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an excellent alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who can handle higher altitudes and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Salkantay Pass (4,630 m / 15,190 ft) is not too strenuous nor very steep since it is at the beginning of the trek. Still, it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

If you still have a pending balance, you must pay it 2 days before your hike/tour. Otherwise, your trip reservation will not be confirmed.

If possible, it would be greatly appreciated if you could settle the remaining balance for the trek/tour in cash, either in US dollars or the local currency, at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw funds from various ATMs located along Avenida Sol, offering both US dollars and Peruvian Soles. Alternatively, you have the option to pay using a credit/debit card or PAYPAL, either online or in person, but please note that a 5% service charge will be applied by our payment gateway (Niubiz) and PAYPAL. We regret to inform you that we are unable to accept bank checks or traveler's checks as forms of payment for the balance.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

The evening before you start your trek, we will provide you with a duffle bag to pack your clothes for the 6 days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg / 15.4 lb. Our horses will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group.

During the trip, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50-liter backpack is sufficient.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Please note:

  • All pickups are within Cusco City, but we recommend booking a hotel in the historic center for its convenient location.
  • Our guide or staff will confirm the pickup time the day before the tour.
  • Due to traffic conditions, the pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes.
  • Cusco is an old city and has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs are located on streets without car access or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. For such reasons, we strongly advise you to book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that’ll take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we’ll take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Note: Your tour includes a One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, so you can choose to use it from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. If you want a round-trip bus ticket, you’ll need to pay an extra of US$ 12.00.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Packing List

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?

ESSENTIAL

Valid Passport
Valid Passport
Extra money (recommended soles)
Extra money (recommended soles)
Personal medication
Personal medication
Water bottle or CamelBak
Water bottle or CamelBak
Sunblock: factor 70 or more
Sunblock: factor 70 or more
Insect repellent
Insect repellent
Personal Care Products
Personal Care Products

CLOTHING

Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Light footwear or sandals
Light footwear or sandals
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking socks
Trekking socks
Pair of thermal pants
Pair of thermal pants
Shorts
Shorts
Long sleeve t-shirts
Long sleeve t-shirts
Warm jacket
Warm jacket
Waterproof jacket
Waterproof jacket
Raincoat or rain poncho
Raincoat or rain poncho
Waterproof or wool gloves
Waterproof or wool gloves
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Wool hat for the cold
Wool hat for the cold
Neck gaiter or buff
Neck gaiter or buff
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sunglasses with UV protection

EQUIPMENT

Sleeping bag (-15°C)
Sleeping bag (-15°C)
Trekking poles
Trekking poles
Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)
Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)

RECOMMENDED

Camera and charger
Camera and charger
Power bank
Power bank
Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, candies, dried fruits, etc.
Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, candies, dried fruits, etc.
Bathing suit
Bathing suit
Towel
Towel
Flashlight
Flashlight
  Accommodation

Private & Exclusive Campsites

Sky Camp

Our incredible Sky Camp is located in front of the impressive mountains Humantay and Salkantay. This campsite allows for the perfect union of sky and earth. It allows you to sleep calmly under a deep, blue sky starred with an exceptional view of the constellations. At the same time, you can enjoy all the comforts of a first-class vacation home.

  • Location: Soraypampa
  • Altitude: 3,900 m / 12,795 ft
  • Igloos: 26
  • Capacity: 2 people per Igloo
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Mountain Sky View

Our campsite Mountain Sky View is a warm mountain accommodation and our novelty this year, and it’s with great pleasure that we prepared this place for all those looking for a glamping experience surrounded by nature. Each one of its individual Andean Sky Huts counts with a private bath besides spectacular tropical mountain views. You’ll find peace under the shining stars listening to the voices of wildlife and the whispers of the river in the valley.

  • Location: Collpapampa
  • Altitude: 2,950 m / 9,678 ft
  • Cabins: 10
  • Capacity: 2 people per Sky Hut
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Jungle Domes

From the comfort of our domes, you can be in intimate contact with the surrounding nature, hearing the wind or the rain or gazing at the stars through the central dome from your comfortable bed. The conceptual design of our domes invites you to see one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world from your window.

  • Location: Lucmabamba
  • Altitude: 2,000 m / 6,562 ft
  • Domes: 16
  • Capacity: 2 people per Dome
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation in Aguas Calientes

Selected Hotels

We offer a set of well located hotels with very comfortable and tasteful decorated rooms. You will find them impecable, clean rooms and beds, adequate toilets and showers. A perfect place to rest before the great day!

  • Location: Aguas Calientes
  • Altitude: 2,040 m / 6,693 ft
  • Type: Double, Matrimonial, and Triple
  • Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation in Cusco

Selected Hotels

Hotels in Cusco

We offer various hotels in Cusco, each with its decoration style, exceptionally comfortable rooms, and a good location in the imperial city. All rooms are impeccable and equipped with spacious beds, bathrooms, and showers, ensuring a comfortable place while you are in the city. Rest comfortably while you live your adventure in Cusco!

  • Location: Cusco
  • Altitude: 3,400 m / 11,155 ft
  • Type: Double, Matrimonial, and Triple
  • Meals: Breakfast
  Pricing

"The Andean Explorer" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We don’t operate this itinerary in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.

2024 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 995.00 per person

Required Pre-payment: US$ 400.00 per person

Balance (Cusco): US$ 595.00 (Typically paid in Cusco two days before the start of your expedition).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Please note that PayPal and our credit/debit card payment gateway, Niubiz, charge a 5% processing fee for online deposits. We kindly request that our clients cover this fee, as it is necessary to use their secure service. Please be aware that this fee only applies to online deposits. If you choose to pay the full amount or remaining balance in cash, there will be no additional charges.

Hotel

All the related treks to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the last night in a hotel in the village rather than camping (shared room included in the trek cost). If you’d like to upgrade your hotel or prefer a single room, please consider that there will be an additional cost.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 60.00
  • Huchuy Picchu Mountain:  US$ 45.00
  • Single Supplement (Hotel at Aguas Calientes):  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 50.00
  • Vistadome Train (Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo):  US$ 70.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your fascinating Peru Adventure:

  • Andean Textiles, Moray & Maras Salt Mines:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Pallay Punchu Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Waqrapukara Tour:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Ausangate Seven Lakes:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Qeswachaka Inca Bridge:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger, and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Trip Details

The Andean Explorer 9D
14 years and above
Below 14 years
7 + 3 =

Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at info@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

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