TOUR OVERVIEW

Take the high road to Machu Picchu with an adventure on an ancient trail just below the snow limit and over majestic mountain passes. Mt Salkantay is a powerful ‘Apu’ – a mountain spirit in Andean mythology and a female deity who protects the local Quechua. ‘Salkantay’ means ‘she who cannot be tamed’ or ‘wild one’ and route traverses a high plateau amidst the mountain range and then descends to the bottom of a lush jungle valley. Groups vary in size, but are typically made up of about 6-10 travelers.

Salkantay: The second-highest mountain in Cusco at 6,271 meters above sea level remains as challenging to tame and beautiful to behold today as in Inca times

Lucmabamba: High-altitude coffee plantation area in Santa Teresa renowned for producing one of the best organic coffees in the world.

Llaqtapata: Enjoy the first distant views of Machu Picchu from this Inca era warehouse ruin.

Machu Picchu: The lost city of the Incas is hidden on top of an Andean peak, offering views not only of the mountains, but also of the Inca past.

Cusco: Discover the former capital of the Inca Empire, where the ruins of the former civilization and the Spanish colonial legacy provide attractions such as the baroque Cathedral, and the Sacsayhuaman and PukaPukara archaeological sites.

NOT TO BE MISSED

Sweet story: Savor chocolate truffles with pisco in one of the four Choco Museums of Peru. Inca dawn: Wake before daybreak and climb to San Cristóbal lookout in Cusco to watch the sunrise over Mt Ausangate.
Pisco sour: This refreshing cocktail, made with grape brandy and lime juice, is Peru’s national drink par excellence

DAY TO DAY

DAY 1 | INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL– CUSCO

A transportation service will wait for your arrival at the Cusco Airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will be accompanied by a guide who will inform you about the attractions the city has to offer and assist you along the way.

  • Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco.

DAY 2 | CUSCO

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure.

Suggested option: City tour.

  • Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco. Breakfast included.

DAY 3 | CUSCO– SORAYPAMPA – ANDENES

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and leave the city of Cusco in the morning. On the route, a short break in Mollepata will be made before ascending a winding mountain road to Soraypampa (12,690 ft.) Here, we meet our emergency horse and begin the trek towards Salkantay Pass 4,638 m. (15,213 ft.). We will stop at the pass enjoy the views of snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range in every direction, with the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above us and where Andean condors can be seen. We descend towards Wayracmachay to enjoy lunch and then continue descending along the left bank of the Salkantay River. Along the way, the landscape becomes increasingly green, changing from highland to jungle or cloud forest. Feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids, while arriving at the second camp at Andenes (9,481ft.), a beautiful spot surrounded with vegetation.

  • Overnight at camp site. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

DAY 4 | ANDENES –LUCMABAMBA

Today we hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas, passing through banana, granadilla, avocado and coffee plantations. A hot picnic lunch is served along the way. After lunch, we hike for about 2 hours 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 easily make our way to the last campsite at Lucmabamba. In the evening we will have a coffee process demonstration and tasting with our host, a local family.

  • Overnight at camp site. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

DAY 5 | LUCMABAMBA – LLAQTAPATA – MACHU PICCHU

After breakfast, we will head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (8,974ft.) and descend to the archaeological complex of the same name. We will enjoy a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers get the chance to admire. Lunch is served in a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. After that, the final descent begins to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. Finally we will get to the Hydroelectric Power Station, to board the train to Aguas Calientes. There you can stay in the hotel of your choice.

  • Overnight at selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Breakfast and lunch included.

DAY 6 |MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

After an early breakfast, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu. The guided tour of the sanctuary lasts two hours and at the end, you will have free time to explore the place at your leisure, or simply relax and meditate. We will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train to Ollantaytambo. From this point, a private vehicle will drive us back to Cusco and you will be transferred to your hotel. You arrival to Cusco will be approximately at 7 or 8 pm.

  • Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco. Breakfast and lunch included.

DAY 7 | CUSCO

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure.

Suggested option: Full day Sacred Valley.

  • Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco. Breakfast included.

DAY 8 | CUSCO – INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

A transportation service and guide will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and transfer you to the airport.

  • Breakfast included.

END OF SERVICES

INCLUDED

TOUR GUIDE:

  • English speaking guide

ACCOMMODATION:

  • Four nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Cusco, two nights at camp and one night on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Aguas Calientes.

MEALS:

  • All meals mentioned in the program. Breakfast from day 2 to day 8; lunch and dinner on days 3 and 4during the trek to Salkantay and lunch on day 6 in Aguas Calientes.

TRANSPORT:

  • All necessary arrival and departure transfers by either minivan, minibus, depending on number of guests
  • Tickets for train from Machu Picchu.
  • Transfers in a private vehicle

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:

  • Admission to all major monuments and sightseeing attractions mentioned in above itinerary: Salkantay route and Machu Picchu on day 6.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Expenses of a personal nature. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during meals. Meals not stated in the program
  • International tickets to Peru
  • Domestic air tickets
  • International and domestic airport departure taxes

RATES

Package rates per person in US dollars in double accommodation.

Shared Services

Category Single Twin Triple
Standard 1560 1238 1240
Superior 1768 1305 1319


*Rates not applicable for: Easter Holidays, June 22 to 28 and July 27-31.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Category Cusco Sacred Valley Aguas Calientes
Standard MaytakWasi

Other options: San Agustín, Casa Andina ClassicKoricancha, Casa Andina Classic Catedral

Agusto’s Hotel

Other options: Inkallpa

Inti Punku MP

Other options: Hatun Inti, Santuario

Superior Jose Antonio

Other options: Los Portales, Eco Inn, San Agustín Dorado, San Agustín Plaza, Plaza de Armas

Posada del Inca Yucay

Other options: Casona de Yucay, San Agustín Recoleta

Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu
First Class Novotel

Other options: Sonesta Cusco, Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection

Casa Andina Private Collection

Other options: Aranwa

El Mapi by Inkaterra
Luxury Palacio del Inka

Other options: Aranwa, Marriott

Sol y Luna

Other options: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Sumaq

Other options: MP Pueblo by Inkaterra

 

*For more hotel options, consult additional rates with your Sales Executive.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Prices per person, minimum 2 passengers.

Activity/Fee Description Private Shared
Full Day Sacred Valley From Cusco hotels. Includes visits to: Awanakancha, craft market of Pisac, lunch at local restaurant and Ollantaytambo fortress. BTC not included. USD 120 USD 39
Cusco City tour Includes visits to: Koricancha, Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. USD 75 USD 35
Cusco Tourist Tax (BTC ticket) Includes entrances to: Ollantaytambo, Saqsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Pukapukara, Pikillacta, Chinchero, Q’enqo, Pisac, Moray, Tipon, Contemporary Art Museum, Qoricancha Site Museum, Regional Museum, Pachacutec Monument. USD 69

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS

A wide range of excursions and optional pre and post-program are available. If you have any additional questions, please write at eugenio@altatours.com for prices and terms. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • All rates are per person and apply only to foreign passengers.
  • Prices may change without warning and can only be guaranteed once the reservation has been made.
  • The rates do not apply to residents staying for more than 60 days or to corporate passengers (staying 4 or more nights in Lima.
  • Bookings shall include the passenger’s full name, nationality, passport number, age and birthdate..
  • In the event of no shows or cancellations, there will be a surcharge of 18% (VAT – value added tax) on top of the rate.

RECOMMENDATIONS

In all Machu Picchu Train services passenger may bring onboard a carry-on baggage. The checked allowance is:

–  Weight: 5kg/11lb.

–   Dimension: 158cm/62in

Comfortable and light clothes are convenient when visiting coastal areas of Peru, while warmer clothes are required for stays in Andean mountain areas. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.