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$ 490 Per Person

SALCANTAY-5 DAYS

This unique itinerary was designed for trekkers desiring a trail less traveled. As other Inca circuits have become popular, part of the mystery of being amidst rapidly changing ecosystems is somewhat diminished. In contrast, on this tour you’ll rarely see other groups as you hike from the banks of a rushing river to the lush cloud-forests and treeless puna highlands—all within sight of towering snow-capped peaks. You’ll see newly discovered Inca ruins, luxuriate in natural hot springs, and conclude your adventure with a tour of the incomparable Machu Picchu.

Dificulty
: Challanging
Tour Code
:SAL5
Activities
: Camping and hiking
Group Tour
:$525 Per Person
Departures
:Weakly
Private
: From:US$490 per person for group of 8-10 people
Seasson
: April-December
Start – End
: Cusco Includes Machu Picchu and backpackers train back to Cusco.

Day 1: Cusco – Cancha Cancha Community (3,800 mt/12.464 ft)

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 a.m. for the drive to Pisaq and Huaran Creek (2,950 mt/9,676 ft). We hike for three hours on an original Inca trail, pausing to examine and photograph exotic flowers and wildlife. At Cancha Cancha (4,000 mt/13,192 ft.), residents welcome us with samples of traditional cuisine while sharing stories of their history, culture, and daily life in the 21st century. We will make camp (Duration: 3 hours / Distance: 6 Km/3.8mil). Meals: L, D.

Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani (3,800 mt/12,464 ft)

After breakfast, we hike slowly uphill to Accopata, an extension of the Cancha Cancha Community, where shepherds live in typical stone and ichu (straw) roof huts. Here we begin a rather steep ascent toward Pachacutec Pass (4,697 mt/15,406 ft), with gorgeous views of the unusually pale, blue-green Azulcocha and Suerococha lakes. From the pass, we follow a trail that slowly descends, with panoramic vistas of Colque Cruz, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Sirihuani, and Chicon peaks. We traverse Collaycocha Lake (4,200 mt/16,000 ft.), reaching a waterfall near the Community of Quiswarani (3,902 mt/12,798 ft.). Here we rest and make camp, enjoying traditional cuisine and the company of local children and women weavers. Be sure to bring extra cash to purchase their exquisite artistic creations. (Time: 6 hours / Distance: 9 km/5.5mil). Meals: B, L, D.

Day 3: Quiswarani – Cuncani (3,800 mt/12,464 ft)

As we leave our campsite heading toward the Huillquijasa Pass (4,457 mt/14,618 ft.), we’ll have wonderful views of the Chicon and Colque Cruz glaciers and the seven lakes teaming with Andean geese, ibis, and flamingos. Over the summit, we continue downhill until we reach the Community of Cuncani (3,886 mt/12,746 ft.), a picturesque village similar to the previous campsite. This was the last refuge of the Royal Panakas, a fascinating Inca sect. After our picnic lunch, we continue through a narrow valley full of spectacular gigantic boulders, to reach the Trapiche Valley floor. In the afternoon we continue through the ever-changing puna with lakes, farms, and roaming deer, until we arrive in Cuncani 3 hours later, where we will have a hearty supper and settle in for the night.. (Time 6 hours/Distance 9 km/5.6mil). Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: Cuncani –Lares – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We leave Cuncani at 8.00 a.m. to walk through a fertile valley with lush vegetation and farming communities. Few places in the world are home to such a rainbow of begonias and wild orchids. After this delightful 2-hour walk, we arrive in Lares (3,261 mt/10,696 ft.), capital of the district of the same name. The principle attraction is its hot springs, where hikers enjoy a leisurely and soothing dip. After lunch, a private car takes us to Ollantaytambo where we catch the train around 4:00 p.m. to Aguas Calientes. We’ll spend a restful night in a real bed in a hotel. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

In order to see Machu Picchu at its best, this day begins with an extra-early wake-up call at 5:30 a.m. We will eat a hot breakfast and store our luggage at the hotel. The early tourist bus takes us to Machu Picchu. At dawn, the ruins are not as crowded, so we’ll have the best chance to experience their magic. After a guided tour of about 2-½ hours, you will have approximately 3 hours to explore the whole site by yourself. There is time to climb Huayna Picchu mountain to get the best view of Machu Picchu, as it takes little more than 1-½ hours round trip. Or you may choose to visit the Temple of the Moon, located behind Huayna Picchu. Meals: B

PRICING

Group Service: $490 Per Person

Private Service Per Person:

  • 2 People: US$ 710
  • 3 People: US$679
  • 4 People: US$640
  • 5 People: US$570
  • 6 People: US$525
  • 7 People: US$505
  • 8-10 People: US$490

Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco – Mollepata
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Return train to Cusco (Backpacker)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • 1 night at Aguas Calientes hostel
  • Large, double-occupancy tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, latrine tent
  • Sleeping bag/mat ($30 refundable deposit)
  • Horses for our camping and kitchen equipment and horsemen.
  • 1 emergency horse.
  • Meals as in itinerary: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Cook and cooking equipment.
  • English speaking guide
  • Emergency first aid kit
  • Oxygen tank

Not Included

  • Breakfast 1st day/Lunch in Aguas Calientes/Dinner last day
  • Tips, taxes, international airfare and personal expenses
  • Hotel accommodations in the city

Gear list

  • Passport
  • Backpack or duffle bag
  • Warm clothing/thermals
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Bottled water
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera, film and batteries
  • Change of clothes/shorts, T-shirts, pants, long sleeve shirts, socks andunderwear.

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