AAPTFD04  Trekking Salcantay to Machu Picchu          11D/10N

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This trekking circuit goes around the Salcantay Range and offers impressive views of the Andean valleys and the snow-capped mountains of the Vilcabamba range. Some 700 - 500 years ago, the Incas joined these remote valleys with amazing stone trails being one of those this trail, which passes on the foot hills of the impressive Mount Salcantay, then climb down to the beautiful cloud forest of the Santa Teresa River passing small farming villages such us Colpapampa and Santa Teresa to finally arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes from where we will be touring the fabulous Machu Picchu Citadel.

Day 1: Arrival in Lima.
Arrival in Lima and then we will transfer you to the hotel. 

Day 2: Lima
Day to rest after the long flight and enjoy a ½ day city tour visiting the most interesting touristic areas of Lima. B. 

Day 3: Lima – Cusco.
In the morning flight to Cusco. This day we will take easy in order to get a proper acclimatization. In the Afternoon enjoy a shared in pool tour visiting the nearby Inca ruins of Cusco: Tambo Machay, Quenqo and Sacsayhuaman, the main Plaza de Armas in Cusco and stroll down in the narrow cobbled streets of the Imperial City of Cusco. Hotel. (B). 

Day 4: Cusco – Urubamba Valley - Cusco.
We arrange a full day shared tour to visit Urubamba, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our visit will include the Pisac Indigenous market and the Ollantaytambo Inca fortress. On the way back to Cusco we will also visit the Inca town of Chinchero. Hotel. B 

Day 5: Cusco – Mollepata – Salcantaypampa.
At 07:00 a.m. starts our expedition with a private transport from the city of Cusco. We will pass the localities of Izcuchaca and Limatambo, and after 02 hours drive we will arrive to Mollepata town (2950m/9676ft) where we stop for a short rest and have a coffee. Afterwards we continue our drive (2 hours) towards the area known as Soraypampa (3850m/12628ft), a beautiful Andean valley located at the foothills of the impressive Mount Tucarhuay (5910m/19385ft) from where we start our first day trek (3 hours) to our camp at 4000m (13120ft) at the place known as Salcantaypampa. Enjoy first views of the impressive Mount Salcantay. B, LB, D. 

Day 6: Salcantaypampa – Huayracmachay.
From Salcantaypampa we start our 4 hours trek towards Soyrococha at 4400m/14432 where we will have our first lunch while enjoying great views of the impressive west face of Mount Salcantay (6264m/20546ft). After lunch a 3 hours hike will take us down to our camp at Huayracmachay. On the way on we first reach the Salcantay pass at 4750m/15580ft and then we trek down to our camp at Huayracmachay settlement. During our hike we will have the permanent view of the amazing Mount Salcantay. With luck we can also observe the flight of the amazing Condor bird known as the “King of the Andes”. During our descend from Salcantay pass we will also have the opportunity to observe the remains of an ancient Inca Trail, a road of approximately 6 meters wide and also observe the beautiful Salcantaycocha Lake. Camp at 3800m/12464ft. B, LB, D. 

Day 7: Huayracmachay camp – Wiñaypoko - Lucmabamba
After a hearty breakfast, at 08:00 a.m. we will be ready to continue our 7 hours trek heading northeast down to the Colpapampa Valley (3200m/10496ft). Leaving the Huayracmachay plain very soon we will start an impressive descend into the deep canyon of the Salcantay river. The highland landscape suddenly turns into an amazing cloud forest with the typical grass, bushes and trees covered with beautiful bromeliads. After 2 hours we will reach the small settlement of Chaullay and from here another 40 minutes-1 hour hike will take us to Colpapampa village where we will enjoy a hot lunch. From Colpapampa the Salcantay River turns into the Santa Teresa River. After a rest we will continue our descent down to the shores of the Totora River where we can enjoy a soak in the nearby hot water springs. Then following along the north side of the Santa Teresa River we will continue (3 hours) until we reach the place known as La Playa. This trek takes us along the north side of Santa Teresa River. On the way down we will observe plantations of banana, coffee, granadillas (a typical fruit from the area), avocado trees, etc. The sound of flock of parrots will accompany us during the hike and on the river perhaps we can observe the fast fly of king fisher birds. After our arrival at La Playa, we cross the river to reach Cochapampa and then go to the small settlement of Lucmabamba where we will place our last camp (1700m/5576ft). B, LB, D. 

Day 8: Lucmabamba – Llactapacta – Aguas Calientes.
Our last trek day, will take us following an Inca road, (3 hours) from Lucmabamba towards the Inca Ruins of Llactapacta (2800m/ 9184ft) where we will spend about 1 hour visiting this interesting archaeological site with terraces, agriculture storage areas, etc. From here and weather permitting we can observe the northwest side of the Machu Picchu citadel and the summit of Huayna Picchu hill. After having our box lunch and following a steep mountain side, we will then continue our trekking (2 hours) down to the place known as La Hidroelectrica (operation area of the hydroelectric power plant). Here we will have time to rest and later on board the local train to the town of Aguas Calientes (2012m/6600ft) where we will arrive after a 1 hour ride. Then our guide will take you to your hotel for a well deserved rest. B, LB, D.

Day 9: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
In our last day an early morning awake up will be followed by breakfast in the hotel and then a public bus transport will take you up to the main entrance of the Machu Picchu City. A guided tour will show you this beautiful Inca City, one of the most famous in the world. You will visit the Intihuatana, the temple of the 3 windows, temple of the moon, the terraces, the ceremonial fountains, the sun gate and other sectors of the impressive citadel. In the afternoon we take the public bus down to Aguas Calientes and by train you will return to Ollantaytambo from where our transport will take you back to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco. End of our program. (B). 

Day 10: Cusco.
We will have a free day in Cusco to enjoy this enchanting Inca city. (B).

Day 11: Cusco – Lima out.
Transfer to the airport in Cusco for your flight to Lima where you arrive in time for your connecting flight back home. (B). 

Fix Departures:

For our 11 days Lima - Salcantay – Machu Picchu Trek we offer fix departure tours starting with your arrival in Lima every Monday (from April to December). Departures are guaranteed with minimum two participants.

• Net rates per person us$1300. – pp (single supplement: us$190.-)

• Tour Operators Commission: 10%   

• Included: Transfer from Cusco to trek start point, professional English/Spanish speaking guide, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent), complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, horses, horse keepers, first aid kit, entrance fee to Machu Picchu, one way back packer train ticket Aguas Calientes – Cusco, good quality 3* hotel accommodations (in twin or double bed room).

Note: during the trek baggage weight allowance per passenger is 5 kgs (this to be carried by our horses)

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