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SALCANTAY-6 DAYS

Is there a walk anywhere in the world with such spectacular beauty, intriguing history, and sheer mystery—climaxed by one of the most incredible sights on Earth? Welcome to Earthbound Adventures’ Salkantay & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, a quieter, less trodden route to the “Lost City of the Incas”.

The breathtaking scenery of towering snow-covered peaks and ever-changing sky is only part of the magic of this awe-inspiring trek. The remarkable Inca ruins along the way heighten the hikers’ sense of anticipation as they approach the other-worldly Machu Picchu, the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dificulty
: Challanging
Tour Code
:SAL6
Activities
: Camping and hiking
Group Tour
:$595 Per Person
Departures
:Weakly
Private
: From:US$590 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 – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa

On the 3-½ hour scenic bus ride from Cusco to Mollepata, we’ll stop briefly at the ruins of Tarawasi, a well-preserved Inca temple boasting one of the finest examples of Inca polygonal masonry. We’ll rest and enjoy lunch in the pastoral village of Soraypampa before embarking on a spectacular six-hour hike to the campsite Salkantaypampa (3,800 mt.12,467 ft) at the foot of majestic Salkantay (6,264 mt/20,551 ft) and Humantay (5,217 mt/17,116 ft). After hiking in a rather cooler climate, we’ll relax and get to know each other at the welcome dinner. Meals: L, D.

Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Paso Salkantay – Sisay Pampa

The colder morning temperatures will be excellent to ascend to the highest and toughest part of this trek—through the snow over the Salkantay Pass (5,200 mt/17,060 ft). Named one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, the pass is surrounded by majestic snow-peaks such as Humantay (5,217 mt/17,116 ft), Tucarhuay (5,450 mt/17,880 ft), and Soray Hill (5,428 mt/17,808 ft). We will hike down to our campsite at Sisay Pampa (3,700 mt/12,139 ft). Our hiking-time will be about 7 hours in a cooler climate. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 3: Sisay Pampa – Canal Inca – Wayllabamba

Enjoy the relatively easy hike along a river channeled into a straight canal by the Incas. The phenomenal diversity of flora and fauna is captivating as we hike to the tiny indigenous village of Wayllabamba or “Grassy Plain” (3,000 mt/9,842 ft). There we will enjoy dinner and rest in sight of Veronica Peak. Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo

Refreshed, we now climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanting native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200 mt/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. We hike the trail to the floor of the forested Pacaymayo valley, where we make camp for the night. Meals: B,L,D.

Day 5: Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna

We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend past the smallInca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens into a spectacular vista of the snow peaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to theruins of Sayacmarca (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 a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful array of orchids, bromeliads, mosses, and ferns. Hummingbirds and butterflies flit all around us. At the third pass, pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-Level Town). Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains, and stairways that spill down the mountainside, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite (a succulent clump-forming plant) leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites. Meals: B,L,D.B

Day 6: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu

Finally, the day we’ve been looking forward to. We leave camp very early to reach Inti Punku (Sun Gate) in time for sunrise. This is our first dramatic glimpse of Machu Picchu between the mountains on its saddle high over the Urubamba River. We meet at Machu Picchu at a decided hour to make the tour. We will learn about the importance—religious and historical—of the place, and admire the fine architecture of the Incas. After the guided tour you can hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu, from where one has a stupendous overview of the whole area and the full panorama of Machu Picchu. Another possibility is to visit the beautiful Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon we meet in Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco. Meal: B

PRICING

Group Service: $ 534 Per Person

Private Service Price Per Person:

  • 2 People: US$795
  • 3 People: US$780
  • 4 People: US$750
  • 5 People: US$640
  • 6-7 People: US$610
  • 8-10 People: US$590

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: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 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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