AAPT06  Lima Trekking Salcantay to Machu Picchu   11D/10N


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, one of them being the trail which passes at the foothills of the impressive Mount Salcantay, climbing down to the beautiful cloud forest of the Santa Teresa River, passing small farming villages such us Collpapampa and Santa Teresa, and finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes from where we will be touring the fabulous Machu Picchu Citadel.

Day 1: Lima.

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

Day 2: Lima City Tour.

In the morning, we have a rest time to recover after the long flight and in the afternoon we enjoy a city tour visiting the most important attractions of Lima: Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca ruins, the Colonial part of Lima with the Plaza de Armas, the San Francisco Church and its impressive catacombs, and then we make a final tour of the modern Lima: Miraflores, San Isidro and Larco Mar, from where we get a great view of the Pacific Ocean. Hotel accommodations. B.

Day 3: Lima – Cusco.

In the morning, flight to Cusco. This day we will take it easy in order to get a proper acclimatization. After checking in the hotel in the afternoon, we will make a tour to visit the nearby Inca ruins of Cusco: Tambo Machay, Quenko and Sacsayhuaman; the main Plaza de Armas, 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 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 (trek time: 3 hours)

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 2 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. Great first views of the impressive Mount Salcantay. B, LB, D.

Day 6: Salcantaypampa – Huayracmachay – Chaullay (7 hours).

From Salcantaypampa we start our trek towards Soyrococha at 4400m/14432. From here, we will enjoy great views of the impressive west face of Mount Salcantay (6264m/20546ft). Our hike will continue to take us to reach the Salcantay pass at 4750m/15580ft, and with 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 approximately 6m wide, and also observe the beautiful Salcantaycocha Lagoon. Later on, we continue our hike down to the place known as Huayracmachay, and then descending into the deep canyon of the Salcantay River on our way to the small village of Chaullay where we set up our camp at 3500m (11480ft). B, LB, D.

Day 7: Chaullay camp – Lucmabamba Camp (trek time: 7 hours).

After a hearty breakfast, at 08:00 a.m. we will be ready to continue our 7 hours trek down, and it takes about 1 hour to reach the Collpapampa Valley (3200m/10496ft). The highland landscape suddenly turns into an amazing cloud forest with typical grass, bushes and trees covered with beautiful bromeliads. From Collpapampa 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 settlement known as Wiñaypoko (2800m/5904ft) where we will have lunch. From here, we continue our descent (3 hours) down to the place known as La Playa. On the way down, we will observe plantations of banana, coffee, granadillas (a typical fruit from the area), avocado trees, etc. The sound of flocks of parrots will accompany us during the hike, and above the river perhaps we can observe the fast fly of king fisher's. After our arrival at La Playa, we cross the river and we make our last hike until we reach the small settlement known as Lucmabamba where we will set up our last camp (1700m/5576ft). In the evening at our camp, we will enjoy a good meal with some wine around a campfire. (B, LB, D).

Day 8: Lucmabamba – Llactapacta – Aguas Calientes (trek time: 5 hours).

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 northwestern side of the Machu Picchu citadel and the summit of Huayna Picchu hill. After having our box lunch and following a steep mountainside, 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 wake 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 city of Machu Picchu. 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. (B).

Day 10: Cusco.

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

Day 11: Cusco – Lima.

Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima where we arrive in time to connect with your international flight back home. (B).

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Included: All transfers, private transport to/from trek start point, English speaking trekking guides, noted meals, complete camping equipment (tents for 2 persons, dining tent, kitchen tent, and toilet tent), and complete food services while on the trek, cook, helpers, horses for cargo, horse keepers, first aid kit, porters.

Not included: International and domestic flights, airport taxes, extras, personal trekking equipment, tips, train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco/Poroy (Vista Dome us$130.-; Expedition class us$115.-), extra horse (us$150.-), entrance fee us$110.- pp.

Grading: Easy – moderate - hard

Personal weight allowance per passenger: 10 kgs (this to be carried by horses).





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