Salkantay Luxury Trek - 9 Days

Salkantay Luxury Trek

Salkantay Luxury Trek is very special trekking because this trekking combines remoteness in the western of Cusco; The Salkantay Luxury Trek  takes you to trek in the less beaten track of the Salkantay region; where the views of the Vilcabamba Range are the best. Is an adventure of “Adventure at its finest”; in which you will be able to experience Peru; in a comfortable adventure. Trekking from Lodge to Lodge, enjoying the comfort and service of four top quality mountain lodges located in strategic zones; as a final point you’ll reach Machu Picchu.

The most wonderful experience would be to explore this area during the end of monsoon season when flowers pop out in the cloud forest, giving the trekkers the illusion that they are walking on textured carpet. The strong fragrances of flowers refresh the mind and feel heavenly to camp there and have a very sweet sleep at night.

SHORT TREK ITINERARY – SALKANTAY LUXURY TREK

Day 1:  Cusco

Arrival to Cusco at any time today there is not planet activities.

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley tour begins at 08:30 a.m; today will be a full-day tour; includes the visit of the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, you will also visit the local market at the town of Pisac.

Day 3: Soraypampa 3,800 masl

“The night before departure: evening briefing in Cusco with your guide”.
We’ll pick you up from the hotel at 07:00 a.m and travel for four hours in our private bus to Marcoccasa (starting point of the trek) then trek gentle up to Soray Lodge.

Day 4: Salkantay Lodge

After breakfast, we will hike for four hours in the area surrounding the lodge, we will visit the Humantay Lake.

Day 5: Salkantay Pass

After breakfast, we’ll start to trek from Soraypampa Lodge to Wayra Lodge located at Wayracmachay 3,900 masl.

Day 6: Wayra Lodge

Today, we’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. Then, we’ll continue our descent along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery.

Day 7: Collpa Lodge

After breakfast, we’ll depart early and trek by the left site of the Santa Teresa River following a beautiful valley, through more populated rural areas.

Day 8: Lucma Lodge

Continuing with our adventure today after a hearty breakfast, we’ll tackle the last day of our trek. We’ll head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass; then, we’ll continue down to hydroelectric train station from where we will take the Trail for 20 minutes to thew town of “Aguas Calientes”.

Day 9: Machu Picchu

Today, we will explore stunning Machu Picchu; in the afternoon, you will return to Cusco and you will be transferred to your hotel.

…¡¡¡ Adventure at its finest!!!…

At Salkantay Luxury Trek , you will trek from 3,900 masl to 1,900 masl, traversing across magnificent mountain pass of 4,600 masl, enjoying enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks, seeing nature in its purest form and exploring more than 15 different ecosystems from beginning to end. Moreover, the chances for ethnic and cultural exchange are ever-present with local natives who still remain closely attached to their heritage and are very willing to share it with open minds.

Our Salkantay Luxury Trek takes guests on an ancient Inca Trail entitled the “Salkantay Route”, going from Lodge to Lodge along four mountain lodges built in the Mountain Range of Vilcabamba, a remarkable Peruvian mountain range which cradles the famed Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The Lodge offers an outdoor hot tub, cozy reading rooms, a bar/lounge, and 12 well-appointed private rooms with private bathrooms and hot showers and outstanding views.

Day 1
Arrival to Cusco

9-day Salkantay Luxury Trek to Machu Picchu starts once you arrive to Cusco at any time you will be received in Cusco airport and transfer to your hotel in Cusco, rest and acclimatize as you are now at 3,400 masl; if you are feeling up to it. Enjoy the city (optional city tour in the afternoon); it starts at 01:30 p.m and ends at 05:30 p.m; in this tour, you will have a guided city tour of Cusco: Qoricancha “Sun Temple”, Cusco Principal Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman Inca Complex, Tambo Machay, Qenqo and Puca-Pucara.

Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, the city attracts travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an age-old culture very different from their 20th century way of life; this lovely colonial town offers much to the visitor with its nearby ruins, cobble-stoned streets, museums, churches and lively atmosphere.

Among the more adventurous optional activities available in Cusco are: city tour around archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara; white water rafting on Urubamba River; and mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley; There are several good museums in Cusco like: the Archaeological Museum, Art Museum, the Regional History Museum and the Religious Art Museum.

Day 2
Sacred Valley of the Incas

We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 08:30 a.m; and we’ll head toward the green valley; we’ll pass through Sacsaywaman and Tambomachay Inca ruins as well over the mountains toward the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas considered the main entrance for Machu Picchu. Sacred Valley of the Incas is a lush of agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its production especially with corn. We will visit the extraordinary Inca ruins of Pisac and the colourful artisan market where you can purchase some handicrafts directly from the producers.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, we will visit also Ollantaytambo Inca ruins that are known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spaniards lost a major battle during the conquest. On our return, we’ll quickly visit the famous church and archeological site in Chinchero, arriving to Cusco at about 06:30-07:00 p.m. Accommodation in the Cusco hotel.

Day 3
Cusco to Salkantay - Mountain Lodge & Adventure - Soraypampa (3,800 masl)

“The night before departure: evening briefing in Cusco with your guide”.

Salkantay Luxury TrekAfter an early breakfast, guests will be picked up starting at 07:00 a.m at their hotel in Cusco by an MLP guide and vehicle in direction to the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort in Soraypampa. On the road, we will take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo. After leaving Limatambo, we’ll pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where we’re gonna stop for a short coffee break before ascending a winding mountain road to Marcoccasa. Here, we’ll begin our trek to Soraypampa, on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path).

This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimate, while enjoying a beautiful six-hour trek. Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley; Salkantay Mountain, the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 6,270 masl (20,600 ft), the highest in the region. After a warm welcome by our friendly staff, we are shown to our rooms and have time to wash-up, before tea and cookies. The trip leader will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner.

Trekking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch on the road).

Hiking Level: Moderate.

Option: Guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge by vehicle.

Day 4
Salkantay Lodge at Soraypampa (3,800 masl)

After breakfast, we will hike out for four hours in the area surrounding the lodge, we will visit the Humantay Lake, fed by glaciers far above on the slopes of Humantay Mountain. The hike is optional, but the view is well worth it and those brave enough can go for a swim. This activity is excellent for acclimatization. You’ll return to the lodge for lunch, after which you may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. Then, you’re gonna spend the night at the Salkantay Lodge with gourmet food and warm, comfortable beds. In the evening, the guide briefs you on gear and the itinerary for the following day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken at the Lodge.

Trekking Time: Approx. 4 hours.

Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging.

Optional: Horseback Riding Excursions:

Short Excursion: 2 hour-ride around Soraypampa in the afternoon (after hike to glacial lake) US$60 per person.

Day 5
Trek over the Salkantayt Pass 4,600 masl

After breakfast, we’ll start the Salkantay Luxury Trek, from Soraypampa Lodge to Wayra Lodge located at Wayracmachay 3,900 masl. The trail follows up the “Rio Blanco Valley”, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is the pass at 4,600 masl (15,213 ft). At the pass, we’ll stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range in every direction, the south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass, we’ll continue our descent toward the Wayra Lodge (“Wayra”: wind; ‘the place where the wind lives’) our destination for the evening. A hot lunch is taken along the road. We will have dinner and overnight at the Wayra Lodge.

Trekking time: 6-8 hours.

Hiking level: Challenging with a 4,600 masl or 15, 213ft mountain pass.

Day 6
Wayra Lodge to Colpa Lodge (2,870 masl/9,414 ft)

Today, we’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. Then, we’ll continue Salkantay Luxury Trek descent along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. We can feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge, we are greeted with a Pachamanca meal, a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones, and then covering the whole thing up to bake. Colpa Lodge is located on an open plateau at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor jacuzzi has panoramic views of lush green mountains. We’ll spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Trekking time: 3-4 hours.

Hiking level: easy to moderate.

Day 7
Collpa Lodge to Lucma Lodge at Lucmabamba (2,135 masl/7,003 ft).

After breakfast, we’ll depart early and trek by the left site of the Santa Teresa River following a beautiful valley, through more populated rural areas. We’ll pass through banana, granadilla, and avocado orchards and coffee plantations (said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world). A hot picnic lunch is served by the river. After lunch, we’ll hike another hour before a private vehicle meets us for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (30 minutes or so). From the head of the newly restored Inca Trail, we’ll easily make our way to Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Trekking Time: 5–6 hours (including lunch).

Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging (because of distance, not terrain)

Day 8
Lucma Lodge to "Aguas Calientes" (1,900 masl/6,232 ft)

Continuing with our adventure, today after a hearty breakfast, we’ll tackle the last day of our trek. We’ll head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 masl/8,974ft), where we’ll come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travellers ever get a chance to admire. We’ll take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is served in a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. Then, we’ll begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. “Aguas Calientes”, the town of Machu Picchu, is a short, scenic train ride away. Upon arrival, we check into our lovely hotel for celebration dinner with our guide and one last briefing.

Trekking Time: 4–6 hours.

Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging.

Day 9
Machu Picchu (2,400 masl/7,872 ft) to Cusco

Today, we’ll start very early, after a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we’ll make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Our trip leader will give the group an introductory two-hour guided tour of the ruins, after what we’ll have the rest of the morning to explore the site on our own — there, is a lot to do and see! Afterwards, we’ll return by bus to “Aguas Calientes” for a late lunch and to meet our train. The ride from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo takes about one and a half hours, and then a private vehicle will drive us back to Cusco (an additional hour and a half). Upon arrival in Cusco (at approximately 07:00 or 08:00 p.m.), we are dropped off at our hotel.

The Trip Cost includes

  • All necessary things for this tour:
  • Transportation: transfer in/out airport/hotel/airport, private bus for the Sacred Valley tour and from Cusco to Soraypampa, bus up and down from "Aguas Calientes" to Machu Picchu , tourist train class from "Aguas Calientes" to Ollantaytambo, transfer to your hotel.
  • Entrance Fee: For the Sacred Valley Tour and Machu Picchu.
  • Accommodations: 6 lodging nights (5 nights in MLP lodges and 1 night in "Aguas Calientes" in a 4* hotel); 2 Nights at the Hotel of Cusco.
  • Guided Sacred Valley Tour.
  • All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7
  • Service of a bilingual guide from Day 1 to Day 7 and Valley tour.
  • Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by packhorse/mules and/or porters
  • Guided visit of Machu Picchu (includes entrance and transportation to the site)
  • Trains (Hydroelectric station – "Aguas Calientes & Aguas Calientes" – Ollantaytambo)
  • All beverages except alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips for Route & Hospitality Staff (Lead & Assistant Guide tips are not included
  • Please leave tips to Lead & Assistant Guide at the end of the trek).

The price Not Includes

  • Personal expenses

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Trip Facts

  • Bus, Trekkig and Train
  • min: 2 - Max: 12
  • Max: 4,600masl
  • Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Any time with 2 pax min.
  • Cusco hotel
  • Moderate to challenge
  • Mountain Lodges

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