4D4N Salkantay Trek

4D4N Salkantay Trek

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This is a NEW short version of the Salkantay trail designed for mountain lovers who enjoy high passes with options to add to explore Machu Picchu.

4D4N Salkantay Trek 1
4D4N Salkantay Trek 2
4D4N Salkantay Trek 3

DAY 1: CUSCO TO TRAIL HEAD AND BEYOND TO TINKO.
At 7:30 a.m. in the morning, we will pick you by private vehicle from your hotel and travel for one hour to “Tarawasi” the Inca remains of Limatambo at 2,800 meters. We will visit this interesting site adorned with sophisticated stone of the known as the cellular style. This site is located in a lower valley that enjoys year round pleasant weather. We will have the chance to walk around and stretch our legs before we continue by car up this canyon on a small dirt road that leads to Tomacalla and somewhat beyond to our trailhead. After our vehicle is unloaded we will observe the arrieros (skinners) pack our horses while we enjoy a picnic lunch that will provide the necessary energy for a 4-hour hike in the afternoon, to find our campsite (3,780 meters) set up at TINKO at 3,600 meters, on the way to the “Tocto” pass. Time to organize our tent and relax with a cup of warm Coca tea before we enjoy dinner and settle for the night. Total distance 11Km in 4 hours L and Dinner.

DAY 2: TTINKO-CANYON OF THE CONDOR- THE TOCTO PASS – MINA WASI. 

A warm cup of coca tea or coffee brought to your tent will help us wake up to begin a beautiful day trekking in the mountains. After a nutritious breakfast, we will hike up the “Canyon of the Condor” where we can often observe Condors flying overhead catching the morning warm winds to gain altitude and fly away in search for food. We gain altitude while enjoying this natural scene to reach the Tocto pass (4,850 meters) to enjoy the outstanding views of the snow peaks of the Vilcabamba range. A short rest to take pictures of the overwhelming vistas from this magnificent high pass and we will start our descent to our lunch spot no far in a nice protected area. After lunch, we will continue descending to our campsite known for having the most spectacular views of the Salkantay Sacred Mountain. We will carefully descend following a steep trail that will bring us to “Mina Wasi” at 4,300 meters, on the way we can normally observe Llamas, Alpacas and cattle grazing in the high plains. We should reach our campsite by mid-afternoon to find a warm cup of Coca or regular tea, cookies and crackers to tie us up until dinner is ready. Tonight we will sleep under the spectacular Salkantay sacred mountain. Total distance 12 Km in 6 hours. B, L, D.

DAY 3: MINA WASI TO PAUCARCANCHA.

Now used to a warm cup of tea in our tents, we enjoy getting up early to begin another magnificent day of descend and easy walking. After a hearty breakfast, we will follow the trail down to the small agricultural community of “Pampaccahuana”. On the way you will enjoy observing peasants living and working the land in a similar way their Inca ancestors did centuries ago. Children dressed with their traditional wool ponchos will curiously look and greet you as you walk by or at a distance. We will have a short visit at their local elementary school and have a chance to donate any school articles you may want to give before we follow a trail next to an original stone Inca water channel used for irrigation even at present day. A picnic lunch on the way before we continue descending to our campsite at “Paucarcancha”; the environment will become lusher as we descend and observe the water from the channel above become a stream of rushing white-water on its way to the Urubamba River and later to the mighty Amazon east of the Andes. We reach our camp next to “Paucarcancha”: a set of well-restored Inca remains. This time we camp in a private campsite own by a local farmer with access to hot showers and toilets with indoor plumbing. We will have time to explore this interesting site in the intersection of two valleys thought to be an Inca administrative site for people living in the area and a control post for people traveling to Machu Picchu. A delicious dinner and after dinner table conversation before we settle for the night. Total distance 13 Km in 6 hours. B, L, D.

DAY 4: PAUCARCANCHA TO CAMP KM 82.

Easy relaxed wake up before we join the group for breakfast. After that, we will begin another descending day, this time on part of the classic Inca trail but in the opposite direction. We will walk the trail past cornfields following the stream before we meet large number of trekkers going opposite to us, as we descend towards the Urubamba River valley. We will visit a large Inca settlement named “Patallacta” before we come to our lunch spot, this time on the Urubamba River Valley. After lunch, we follow the trail upriver to our final campsite at Camp Km 82. We will have time to rest and recuperate from the trek before the Inca Trail hike and Machu Picchu visit the following day. We will camp with the comfort of toilets, hot showers and a rustic firewood sauna available.
You will participate in the process of cooking a healthy, exotic and delicious ”Pachamanca” dinner, cooked in the ground with hot stones. Total distance 13 Km in 6 hours. B, L, D.

PRICES PER PERSON 2018
Salkantay Trek 4D4N (minimum 4 people): US$580.00
Single Supplement: US$50.00
Note: If less than four people sign up please add US$ 150 each to cover costs.

Price Includes:

• Transport in private vehicle from your hotel in Cusco to the trail head.
• Services from DAY 1 to DAY 4.
• Meals mentioned as B, L and D at the end of each day in the itinerary.
• Service of local official tour guides.
• Service of camp staff: Cook and assistants
• Mule Skinners and Horses to use as pack animals.
• Emergency horse for every 6 participants on the Salcantay trek portion.
• Roomy 4 man tents used for double occupancy.
• Dinning tent, tables with tablecloths, silverware and chairs.
• Toilet tent with bio-degradable chemical toilets.

Price Does Not Include:

• Transport for the return to Cusco*
• Meals not specified after each itinerary day.
• Optional tipping to staff.
• Medical expenses for any emergency.
• Travel insurance.
• Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
• Trip member must provide sleeping bag and pad (rental available).**

*Please note: The following day (Day 5) most people visit Machu Picchu (please see options below). If by any chance you will not want to go on to Machu Picchu and you want to return form Km. 82 to Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will need an extra transfer not included in price. Please let us know and we will send you options and prices

**Sleeping Bag is US$24 and inflatable sleeping pad is US$20 for the Salkantay trek portion.

MACHU PICCHU OPTIONS FOR DAY 5 

OPTION 1: HIKE THE ORIGINAL INCA TRAIL KM 104 TO MACHU PICCHU
Note: This day you only take a daypack with you on the train and hike. The rest of your luggage will be taken to Ollantaytambo and will be picked up when you go by on your way to Cusco.

After a very early breakfast, a short hike will take us to the local Train Station to take an early train and travel to Km. 104. Here we leave the train, cross the Urubamba River at the hanging bridge built on the foundations of an old Inca bridge. On the other side of the river, we register at the checkpoint and then visit the “Chachabamba” Inca remains: A well-preserved Inca site next to the river. Afterwards, we begin our ascent following a steep original Inca trail to the beautiful Inca ruins of “Wiñay Wayna” or Forever Young. Masterful Inca engineering is today’s highlight along the trail, we will visit this spectacular Inca remains that houses a series of Inca baths that also helps pressurize water for an efficient irrigation of the numerous agricultural terraces that produced food for its inhabitants and for nearby Machu Picchu. A several miles long stone channel also brought water from Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu. We will have a picnic lunch nearby and later continue on the Inca trail until we reach “Inti Punku” or Gate to the sun. At this point, we are overwhelmed with the first view of the spectacular city of Machu Picchu below us. We take a little time for photos and to catch our breath to later begin a quick descent along the wide royal Inca road and we enter the mysterious citadel for an in depth tour of the site and to spend some time wandering and wondering in the midst of its eternal beauty. After the visit it will be time for Machu Picchu to close and we’ll take the bus down to the train station to board our return train to Cusco. B, Box Lunch. (Dinner is on your own.)

• Total distance: 7 Km aprox.
• Maximum altitude point: 2680m (9512 ft)
• Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours.

Price includes:
• Breakfast at our Camp Km. 82.
• Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
• Box Lunch
• Guided tour in Machu Picchu.
• Bus down to the train station.

Price does not include:
• Round trip train from Km 82 to Machu Picchu and back to Cusco.
• Meals not specified in the itinerary.
• Optional tipping to staff.
• Medical expenses for any emergency.
• Travel insurance.
• Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)

OPTION 2: THE GUIDED VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU

Note: This is the traditional way to visit Machu Picchu
Your trek guide will accompany you to Machu Picchu and provide an in-depth guided tour of the site.
A short hike will take us to the train station across the river. At the station we board the train that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes, here we disembark and board a bus that will take us on a winding road up the mountain to Machu Picchu. We enter the citadel with our guide to enjoy an in depth tour of this famous Inca site. In the afternoon we board the bus that will take us back down to the train station where we take the train back to Cusco. B.

Price includes:
• Breakfast at our Camp Km. 82.
• Buses up and down from train station to Machu Picchu
• Entrance to Machu Picchu
• Guided tour in Machu Picchu.

Price does not include :
• Round trip train from Km 82 to Machu Picchu and back to Cusco.
• Meals not specified in the itinerary.
• Optional tipping to staff.
• Medical expenses for any emergency.
• Travel insurance.
• Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)

Note: Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge is US$45.00 per person

PRICES PER PERSON 2018
Option 1 Day 5: Km 104 Inca Trail Hike: US$190.00 per person
Option 2 Day 5: The Guided Visit to Machu Picchu by train: US$ 150.00 per person

*Trains to Machu Picchu and back to Cusco.

At present, there are a variety of train departure times and prices. We reserve return trains for all our passengers as a precaution but you are welcome to book your own if you like. We will reserve what we consider the most convenient return train for you and avoid the ones that pollute the air with extensive black smoke. We will quote and bill you train prices separately at the same price you will find in the train web sites (see below). If you prefer, you can chose and purchase your train tickets directly (please let us know if you do so we can cancel the reservations we make). You can obtain your train tickets at the following web sites: www.incarail.com.pe, www.perurail.com. Note: We are presently booking all our groups on the Inca Rail train leaving Ollanta at 6:40 and the return train leaving M. Picchu at 16:12 each day arriving to your hotel in Cusco at about 19:45 p.m. The RoundTrip train cost is $173.00.

ADD ANY OF THESE EXTENSIONS TO ENHANCE AND COMPLETE YOUR VISIT

 

MODULE “A”: CUSCO CITY

You add hotels and visits of interest in Cusco and surroundings.

Price Includes:

  • Transfers in and out in Cusco (from/to airport)
  • City Tour and nearby ruins of Cusco
  • 2 Hotel nights in Cusco (One night before and the other one after the 5D4N Inca Trail).

You can choose hotels in 3 levels: (Prices based in double occupancy)

Tourist: US$ 220.00 each person. These are simple 2 and 3 star hotels clean with private bathrooms and hot water. (If less than 4 people add US$50.00) S.S. = US$90

Comfort: US$ 260.00. These are 3 + or 4 star hotels. (If less than 4 people add US$50.00) S.S. = US$ 130.00

Luxury: US$ 380.00. These are 4+ or 5 star hotels. (If less than 4 people add US$50.00) S.S.= US$ 260.00

 

MODULE “B”: 2ND DAY GUIDED VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU

You will stay at hotel in Aguas Calientes and next day, assisted by a local Guide, you will visit Machu Picchu one more time for further explanations on the site and to visit other areas of the place. In the afternoon, return by train to Cusco.

Price Includes:

  • 1 night at hotel in Aguas Calientes (Prices based in double occupancy)
  • 2nd day entrance fee to Machu Picchu including Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain hike. Without either hike you can deduct US$ 75.00 from price
  • Guide
  • Buses up and down from train station to Machu Picchu

Not Included: Return train

*Optional Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge: US$ 45.00

You can choose hotels in 3 levels (DWB rooms):

Tourist: US$ 190.00. These are simple hotels clean with private bathrooms and hot water. (If less than 4 people add US$25.00) S.S.= US$ 55.00

Comfort: US$ 230.00. These are 3+ or 4 star hotels. (If less than 4 people add US$25.00) S.S.= US$100.00

Luxury: US$ 370.00. These are 4+ or 5 star hotels. (If less than 4 people add US$25.00) S.S. = US$230.00

 

MODULE “C”: 1D GUIDED VISITS TO MORAY, SALT MINES OF MARAS AND CHINCHERO on your way back to Cusco from your Inca Trail trek.

You return back from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and stay overnight at local hotel, next day travel to Cusco visiting Moray (known as the Inca Agricultural Laboratory), short hike to the Salt mines of Maras and visit the Traditional town of Chinchero with Inca Ruins and Colonial Church.

Price Includes:

1 night at Hotel in Ollantaytambo, transfer by private vehicle to Cusco with Guided visits to Moray, Maras and Chinchero, Lunch at local restaurant.

Tourist: US$170.00 each. (If less than 4 people add US$50.00)

S.S.= US$35.00

Comfort: US$225.00 each. (If less than 4 people add US$50.00)

S.S.= US$90.00

Luxury: not available.

 

MODULE “S”: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY VIST.

You add a full day guided visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. (see description* below)

Price: US$80.00 each (minimum 04 people)

Price includes:

  • Pick and return in a private vehicle from/to your hotel in Cusco
  • Guided visit to the sites in the description below.
  • Lunch in Sacred Valley restaurant.

Not included:

  • Integral General Tourist (BTG) Entrance Fees for Cusco and Sacred valley: US$45.00.

* Extension “S”: GUIDED VISIT TO THE SACRED VALLEY

At 7:30 a.m. in the morning, we will pick you by private vehicle from your hotel for a comprehensive Sacred Valley tour the day before you enter the Inca Trail. This is the natural and most efficient way to get close to the trail head while getting acclimatized and familiar with Inca trails. We will drive over the “Ccorao” pass above Cusco to descend on a winding road to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we will hike on Inca trails through the magnificent Inca citadel of PISAC considered as one of the outstanding Inca remains because of the quality of the stonework and breath-taking location on a mountain saddle overlooking the Sacred Valley. After a 1 1/2hour visit and hike, we will drive down the mountain for a short visit to the colonial town of the same name with a quick stop at their famous Indian handicraft market. Afterwards we will drive following the Urubamba River downstream to Urubamba city; here we will visit the local food market and have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. Afterwards we will visit Ollantaytambo, considered the most authentic living Inca town. This town has been continuously inhabited since Inca times until the present, conserving its original urban layout and stone walled homes. A guided walking tour through the extensive ruins and cobblestone paved narrow streets will make you feel like you are travelling back in time. From here, we will return to Cusco (1 ½ hour drive) and transfer to your hotel.  L.