Salkantay Trek – Luxury Glamping to Machu Picchu
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9Days
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Salkantay is one of Cusco's most iconic mountains and gives its name to the Salkantay Trek. This journey includes 2-nights at a luxurious ecocamp for a true glamping experience. Enjoy views of  shimmering glacial lakes at the base of Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped mountains, visit some remote archaeological sites while trekking along some of the less crowded trails in Peru. Discover the world-famous site of Machu Picchu before you head off on a gastronomic tour exploring Lima's food, flavors, and colors.

Highlights

  • Adjust to the altitude with soft adventure activities in the Sacred Valley
  • Try SUP - Stand-Up-Paddling - at Huaypo Lake
  • Hike part of the Salkantay Trek & stay at Pincopata Ecocamp (away from the crowds)
  • Skip the crowds with a walk to Sacsayhuaman outside of the touristy peak time
  • Explore the gastronomic delights of Lima with tastings and market visits

Our Additional Information & Travel Tips

Salkantay Trek – 3-Day vs 5-Day - Important Facts
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. En route, you make a stop in Pisaq. Originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some empanadas baked in traditional clay ovens.
Discover the Andes from a unique perspective, on a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP). Explore the crystal-clear waters of the picturesque Huaypo lake, away from the frequently traveled routes. Paddle around the lake and take in the beautiful scenery at your leisure, before sitting down on the banks to enjoy a well-deserved snack made with local produce and served under the shadow of a picnic tent.

IMPORTANT
Difficulty: easy
Duration: 4 hours (09:00 – 13:00 hrs)
Your experience includes: SUP boards, safety gear, soft drinks, and snacks
Recommended: from March through November
Your 3-day hike adventure starts with a drive to the Condor Viewing Point at Chonta. Along the way, you will stop and explore one of two archaeological sites: Kuillarumiyoc or Tarahuasi. These sites were important ritual sites during the height of the Inca Empire and still hold great significance in the Quechua society today. On the way to Chonta, you will enjoy the landscape of the Limatambo Valley and spot small farming communities nestled among the valley.


Once in Chonta you will walk for approximately one hour along a narrow track with spectacular views of the Apurimac Canyon. There will likely be little to no other tourists as most tourists tend to visit the area later in the afternoon. At the viewing point, there will be time to relax and observe the condors soaring over the canyon, while enjoying a specially prepared boxed lunch. After lunch, you will return to the vehicle and continue to the final destination for the day, Pincopata Ecocamp. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a lovely refreshment made from seasonal fruits and taken to the domes to enjoy a hot shower and a well-deserved rest.


Alternatively, you may prefer walking around the camp or participating in the various additional activities available at the Ecocamp, such as horse-riding and biking (at an additional cost). You will end the day with a superb dinner consisting of fresh and locally sourced foods typical of the Peruvian-cuisine. Your 2-night stay includes accommodation at the Pincopata Ecocamp with meals and non-alcoholic drinks (water, tea) and excursions with English/Spanish speaking guides.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 2,850 m (9,348 ft)
Max. altitude: 3,400 m (11,155 ft)
Duration (hike): 1 hour
Difficulty: moderate

This morning, after breakfast, you will continue along the road for 25 minutes to the community of Tilca. From here you will start your gradual up-hill hike with spectacular views of the valley. After descending to Marchuaylla, you will continue on to the archaeological remains of Choquechurco (Place where Gold is placed). This sacred area, unknown to many, is on our list of must-visit remote sites. Situated among a forest of native Polylepis trees, this abandoned site will make you feel like a true explorer. You will discover the remains of religious sites and settlements; carved boulders, and Inca walls covered with moss and vegetation. From here, you will have views of Humantay Mountain, the Valley of Limatambo, Apurimac, and the town of Mollepata. Surrounded by remarkable scenery, you will enjoy lunch before continuing the descent to the Pincopata Ecocamp.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 2,850 m (9,348 ft)
Max. altitude: 3,790 m (12,431 ft)
Distance (hike): 10 km
Duration (hike): 4-5 hours
Difficulty level: challenging
Accommodation options
After breakfast, you will drive from Pincopata to Soray where you will be presented with glorious views of the snow-capped peaks of the Salkantay and Humantay mountains. After enjoying a tea at Soray, you will begin your one to two hour-hike to the glacial lake of Humantay. When you arrive, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery stretching across the colorful waters of the lake to the glacier that towers above. You will then begin your descent to Soray and return to Pincopata for a wonderful final meal before returning to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 2,850 m (9,348 ft)
Max. altitude: 4,200 m (13,780 ft)
Distance (hike): 6.4 km (4 miles)
Duration (hike): 3 hours
Difficulty: moderate
You will be picked up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley and board the train which takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world. Return by coach to the train station in Aguas Calientes and board the train to Ollanta where you will be picked up and brought back to your hotel.
Transfer from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to Cusco (only with Spanish speaking driver).

This afternoon you walk through the major sites of interest in Cusco. You visit the famous cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. You continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where we witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards you walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street named after the 12-angled stone clearly visible in the remaining walls of what used to be Inca Roca’s Palace. You make a last stop in San Blas artisan quarter. Its steeped cobblestone alleys not only offer spectacular views of the city but are lined with workshops and galleries, a great way to soak in Cusco's artistic atmosphere.

Take a half-day hike from Cusco to Sacsayhuaman Fortress, one of the most magnificent masonry works left by the Incas. You start with a steep ascend through narrow cobblestone streets leading to Qolqampata terraces and a lookout point for views over Cusco’s historic center. From here it will only take a 4-minute walk to reach the entrance of Sacsayhuaman. Wander through the fortress with your guide before starting your way back to Cusco.

IMPORTANT
The hike duration varies according to your physical condition and altitude’s acclimatization (in average 40 minutes for the uphill hike).
Flight to Lima. Upon arrival stimulate your taste buds with a gastronomic tour exploring Lima´s food, flavors, and colors. You begin in San Isidro market and have the opportunity to learn about Peru’s diversity with a visit to Mr. Ortiz's fruit stall. You then head into the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, which features the ‘Bridge of Sighs' as well as the legendary ‘La Ermita’ chapel. You will make a quick stop at Tostaduria Bisetti, a unique and charming café, where you can choose from a wide variety of exceptional organic coffees sourced from Peruvian farmers. Next, you will visit the new concept food court in Miraflores, called ‘Mercado 28’, where you can sample some artisanal ice cream made from the local fruits at ‘Blu’. You will then end your tour at ‘Huaca Pucllana’ – an archaeological site dating back to the 5th century, which is a great adobe and clay pyramid located in the heart of the modern Miraflores district.

At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your international flight back.

IMPORTANT
Huaca Pucllana’s museum is closed on TUE.
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. En route, you make a stop in Pisaq. Originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some empanadas baked in traditional clay ovens.
Discover the Andes from a unique perspective, on a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP). Explore the crystal-clear waters of the picturesque Huaypo lake, away from the frequently traveled routes. Paddle around the lake and take in the beautiful scenery at your leisure, before sitting down on the banks to enjoy a well-deserved snack made with local produce and served under the shadow of a picnic tent.

IMPORTANT
Difficulty: easy
Duration: 4 hours (09:00 – 13:00 hrs)
Your experience includes: SUP boards, safety gear, soft drinks, and snacks
Recommended: from March through November
Your 3-day hike adventure starts with a drive to the Condor Viewing Point at Chonta. Along the way, you will stop and explore one of two archaeological sites: Kuillarumiyoc or Tarahuasi. These sites were important ritual sites during the height of the Inca Empire and still hold great significance in the Quechua society today. On the way to Chonta, you will enjoy the landscape of the Limatambo Valley and spot small farming communities nestled among the valley.


Once in Chonta you will walk for approximately one hour along a narrow track with spectacular views of the Apurimac Canyon. There will likely be little to no other tourists as most tourists tend to visit the area later in the afternoon. At the viewing point, there will be time to relax and observe the condors soaring over the canyon, while enjoying a specially prepared boxed lunch. After lunch, you will return to the vehicle and continue to the final destination for the day, Pincopata Ecocamp. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a lovely refreshment made from seasonal fruits and taken to the domes to enjoy a hot shower and a well-deserved rest.


Alternatively, you may prefer walking around the camp or participating in the various additional activities available at the Ecocamp, such as horse-riding and biking (at an additional cost). You will end the day with a superb dinner consisting of fresh and locally sourced foods typical of the Peruvian-cuisine. Your 2-night stay includes accommodation at the Pincopata Ecocamp with meals and non-alcoholic drinks (water, tea) and excursions with English/Spanish speaking guides.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 2,850 m (9,348 ft)
Max. altitude: 3,400 m (11,155 ft)
Duration (hike): 1 hour
Difficulty: moderate

This morning, after breakfast, you will continue along the road for 25 minutes to the community of Tilca. From here you will start your gradual up-hill hike with spectacular views of the valley. After descending to Marchuaylla, you will continue on to the archaeological remains of Choquechurco (Place where Gold is placed). This sacred area, unknown to many, is on our list of must-visit remote sites. Situated among a forest of native Polylepis trees, this abandoned site will make you feel like a true explorer. You will discover the remains of religious sites and settlements; carved boulders, and Inca walls covered with moss and vegetation. From here, you will have views of Humantay Mountain, the Valley of Limatambo, Apurimac, and the town of Mollepata. Surrounded by remarkable scenery, you will enjoy lunch before continuing the descent to the Pincopata Ecocamp.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 2,850 m (9,348 ft)
Max. altitude: 3,790 m (12,431 ft)
Distance (hike): 10 km
Duration (hike): 4-5 hours
Difficulty level: challenging
Accommodation options
After breakfast, you will drive from Pincopata to Soray where you will be presented with glorious views of the snow-capped peaks of the Salkantay and Humantay mountains. After enjoying a tea at Soray, you will begin your one to two hour-hike to the glacial lake of Humantay. When you arrive, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery stretching across the colorful waters of the lake to the glacier that towers above. You will then begin your descent to Soray and return to Pincopata for a wonderful final meal before returning to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 2,850 m (9,348 ft)
Max. altitude: 4,200 m (13,780 ft)
Distance (hike): 6.4 km (4 miles)
Duration (hike): 3 hours
Difficulty: moderate
You will be picked up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley and board the train which takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world. Return by coach to the train station in Aguas Calientes and board the train to Ollanta where you will be picked up and brought back to your hotel.
Transfer from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to Cusco (only with Spanish speaking driver).

This afternoon you walk through the major sites of interest in Cusco. You visit the famous cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. You continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where we witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards you walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street named after the 12-angled stone clearly visible in the remaining walls of what used to be Inca Roca’s Palace. You make a last stop in San Blas artisan quarter. Its steeped cobblestone alleys not only offer spectacular views of the city but are lined with workshops and galleries, a great way to soak in Cusco's artistic atmosphere.

Take a half-day hike from Cusco to Sacsayhuaman Fortress, one of the most magnificent masonry works left by the Incas. You start with a steep ascend through narrow cobblestone streets leading to Qolqampata terraces and a lookout point for views over Cusco’s historic center. From here it will only take a 4-minute walk to reach the entrance of Sacsayhuaman. Wander through the fortress with your guide before starting your way back to Cusco.

IMPORTANT
The hike duration varies according to your physical condition and altitude’s acclimatization (in average 40 minutes for the uphill hike).
Flight to Lima. Upon arrival stimulate your taste buds with a gastronomic tour exploring Lima´s food, flavors, and colors. You begin in San Isidro market and have the opportunity to learn about Peru’s diversity with a visit to Mr. Ortiz's fruit stall. You then head into the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, which features the ‘Bridge of Sighs' as well as the legendary ‘La Ermita’ chapel. You will make a quick stop at Tostaduria Bisetti, a unique and charming café, where you can choose from a wide variety of exceptional organic coffees sourced from Peruvian farmers. Next, you will visit the new concept food court in Miraflores, called ‘Mercado 28’, where you can sample some artisanal ice cream made from the local fruits at ‘Blu’. You will then end your tour at ‘Huaca Pucllana’ – an archaeological site dating back to the 5th century, which is a great adobe and clay pyramid located in the heart of the modern Miraflores district.

At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your international flight back.

IMPORTANT
Huaca Pucllana’s museum is closed on TUE.

Based on two people sharing TWIN or double room (except for international & domestic flights)

Alternative 1  USD 3,660 per person
Arawi Prime, La Casona de Yucay, Luxury Ecocamp Pincopata, Antigua Casona San Blas

Alternative 2  USD 4,180 per person
Aloft (Breeze),  Tambo del Inka A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa (Deluxe), Palacio del Inka A Luxury Collection Hotel (Classic)

  • Transfers from/to the airport, bus or train station
  • Accommodation based on TWIN in the selected hotel category
  • Private services with local English-speaking guides, except:
    • Pincopata Ecocamp Trekking days 4 – 6 (excursions shared with other travelers, with local English/Spanish speaking guide)
  • Train ticket Ollanta – Machu Picchu – Ollanta in Vistadome Class (Superior Class)
  • Entrance fees to the sites noted in the itinerary (important: the chronological order of visits in the itinerary may change to ensure the best operation)
  • Meals as noted (B: breakfast, BoxedL: boxed lunch, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • Permanent assistance by our Guest Experience Department
Pisaq Market
SUP at Huaypo Lake
Humantay Lake & Humantay Mountain as backdrop
Ecocamp meals
Pincopata Ecocamp
EcoCamp (private bathroom)
Dining room Ecocamp
A champion's breakfast
Machu Picchu
Street in Cusco
Ceviche tasting during Lima's gastronomic tour
Huaca Pucllana Lima
Fruit tasting during Lima's gastronomic tour
Blue ice cream at Mercado 28
Ocean view in Miraflores
Coffee at Bisetti Lima

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