SALKANTAY AND SACRED VALLEY TOUR 7 DAYS
$ 350.00 USD
Come to Cusco to visit the “navel of the World”, its archaeological wonders and those of the Salkantay and Sacred Valley! Then you can enjoy one of the most famous walks in the world and the best alternative trek to Machu Picchu through Llactapata. During the walk you will have great views of the snow-capped mountains, valleys, mist forests and unique archaeological remains. Do not miss the opportunity to live a unique experience in your life!
Day 1: Cusco City Tour
Upon arrival in Cusco, a representative of the agency will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. There you will receive a briefing about the package program and then have free time to rest.
In the afternoon at 1.30pm, we will pick you up at your hotel to start the tour of the imperial city, a living example of the mixture of Andean and Spanish cultures. First we go to the Cathedral located in the Plaza de Armas and continue through the Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha on which the Santo Domingo Convent has been built. Then we leave the city and arrive at Sacsayhuaman, the greatest architectural work of the Incas whose walls have no equivalent in the World. Then we go a little further from the city visiting the sacred places of Qenqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay. At the end of the tour we take you to your hotel before going to dinner at one of the restaurants in the Plaza Mayor of Cusco.
- Food: Dinner
Day 2: Cusco – Pisac – Moray – Salt Mine – Cusco
We pick you up at your hotel at 7 am and take you to the Sacred Valley to the town of Pisac. We stop for a few minutes at the Taray viewpoint so you can take some photos of your first spectacular view of the Valley of the Incas. Then we arrive at the famous craft market where you can interact with the artisans and eventually buy some gifts. We climb the wide archaeological site of Pisac where we can admire several temples, palaces, colcas as well as the amazing cemetery made of thousands of tombs excavated in the mountain. We also marveled at the incredible agricultural platforms that allowed to increase food production and prevent soil erosion. After this long visit we go to Urubamba for lunch. Then we resume the route to go to Moray called “the greenhouses” of the Incas. It is a unique and fascinating place. Several concentric terraces have been excavated inside a large natural bowl. Each platform has a particular microclimate that allowed the Incas to adapt certain crops to the high Andean climatic conditions; They were able to define the optimal conditions of the crops. It is also thought that this place served for the creation of new varieties of plants. We continue our journey to the beautiful colonial town of Maras where we begin a small walk downhill to the pre-Inca salt mine. Thousands of wells have been used for salt extraction since before the Inca era. A hot spring located at the top releases a water that is heavily loaded with salt that is diverted to the wells and evaporated to produce a salt that is sold in the region. Finally we resume our vehicle and return to Cusco.
- Food: Lunch
Day 3: Cusco – Soraypampa – Laguna Humantay – Salkantaypampa – Soyroccocha
You will be picked up at your hotel early in the morning in a private vehicle and after three hours we will arrive at the small town of Mollepata where you can buy some last minute items. From here we will go up with the vehicle to Soraypampa where we will start the trek with great views of the top of the Huamantay and the glacier. We go up to the beautiful Humantay lagoon with its turquoise waters, which is one hour away from the route. After enjoying these beautiful views, we will return to the main road and continue to Salkantaypampa where we will have lunch in front of the glacier. Then we resume our climb for 1 hour and arrive at Soyroccocha located at the foot of the Salkantay. We will install our first camp and enjoy a lonch admiring the Apu and its glacier.
- Food: Lunch – Lunch – Dinner
Day 4: Soyroccocha – Pask Del Salkantay – Laguna Salkantay – Colpapampa
After a delicious breakfast, we climb for 1 hour on a winding road and arrive at the pass that is the highest point of the trek (4,600 meters). Here you will find yourself in the middle of two large mountains – Salkantay (6271 m) and Humantay (5850 m). Salkantay is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and in the pass the mountain itself is very close to you. From here you can also see the mountain Pumasillo (5850 m) in front of you, a mountain that can be seen from a different angle to be in Machu Picchu. Then we make a detour to admire the great Salkantay lagoon with its turquoise waters. We descend to Rayanniyoc where we have lunch. Then we continue for 3 more hours, downhill, to our second camp in Colpapampa.
- Food: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner
- Accommodation: Camp
- Minimum Altitude: 2900m
- Maximum altitude: 4650m
- Distance: 16km
- Time: 8h approximately
- Difficulty: Hard
Day 5: Colpapampa – La Playa – Llactapata
After breakfast we descend for an hour to the high jungle (known as “the jungle eyebrow”), enjoying the landscapes that offer us a lot of natural beauty. We cross the river and while we walk to the left side of the “Alto Salkantay” river towards ‘the jungle eyebrow’ we can see orchids, bromeliads, typical vegetation of the area and also different types of birds, insects and butterflies. Compared to the previous day of the trek, this is an easy hike as we descend gently for 3 hours to La Playa (2050 m). While we are losing altitude, we will see citrus trees, avocados, bananas and coffee plants. We had lunch on the beach and then we resumed our way for 3 hours uphill through the misty forest. We pass through the Abra de Puncuyoc and arrive at the Ruins of Llactapata (2700msnm) where we take advantage of an amazing and unusual view of Machu Picchu. Here we install the third camp and spend the night.
LLACTAPATA is an Inca city, which is being recovered by archaeologists and at the same time is a great viewpoint for the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, From there, you! You will be able to observe the citadel as well as the Huayna Picchu, Machu Picch and Salkantay Mountains.
- Food: Breakfast – Lunch – Lunch – Dinner
- Accommodation: Camp
- Minimum Altitude: 2050m
- Maximum altitude: 2850m
- Distance: 20km
- Time: approximately 9h
- Difficulty: Hard
Day 6: Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
After a fortifying breakfast in front of Machu Picchu at sunrise, we descend for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we will taste an exquisite lunch, After this, we walk for 2.5 more hours along the train rails to arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes. There we spent the night in a hotel with hot shower!
- Food: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Minimum Altitude: 2000m
- Maximum altitude: 2700m
- Distance: 15km
- Time: approximately 9h
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Early in the morning (before dawn) we take a bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu (the bus is included in the price) so you can appreciate this famous city with the sunrise and before the crowd arrives. Then you will have a 2.5-hour tour to Machu Picchu with your guide and after your tour you can explore the Inca citadel on your own, walk to the Puerta del Sol or climb the Wayna Picchu (optional). In the afternoon, you will have to return to Aguas Calientes to take the Expedition train from 4.22pm to Ollantyatambo and the agency’s private vehicle to your hotel in Cusco.
- Food: Breakfast
- Difficulty: Easy
- Pick up from the airport to your hotel in Cusco
- Pick up from hotel to tours and walk
- Private transport
- Tent or tent (quad tent for two people), mattresses or inflatable mats
- Food as indicated in the itinerary – vegetarian option without extra charge.
- All camping equipment such as: dining tent, tables, chairs, kitchen tent and bathroom tent
- Bus ticket up from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
- First aid kit including oxygen ball.
- Expedition tourist train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a tourist restaurant
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom
- Horses (for camping equipment, for food, cooking utensils and passenger things) Horses carry all that. Includes the muleteers. We will give you an extra backpack for your personal things at the time of the previous meeting before the trip. (Maximum 7 kg), if you wish to carry more things you can rent an extra horse for $ 25 per day.
- Emergency horse which can be used when you feel exhausted or sick.
- Boiled water to drink
- Sleeping bag (minus 10 degrees) ($ 20)
- Entrance to Huaynapicchu ($ 25)
- Optional upgrade (hotel, train). For the Vistadome add US $ 53
- Tips for the cook, muleteers and guide.
- Extra horse to carry your belongings above the limit of 7kgs
- A light backpack of 30-50 liters. which will be light to use throughout the walk.
- Jacket or waterproof clothing, a rain poncho (US $ 2)
- Trekking boots or good waterproof shoes,
- Sandals to have a shower in the hot springs and rest your feet after each day.
- Warm clothes including jackets, gloves, scarves, chullo we recommend that you bring thermal clothes, especially for sleeping.
- Sleeping bag (US $ 20 in the office)
- Flashlight, binoculars and walking sticks.
- Camera with batteries for the entire route (the batteries are consumed very quickly by the cold)
- Hat, sunscreen and a re-moisturizing skin cream, sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper
How physically prepared do I have to be for the Salkantay and Sacred Valley Tour?
The Salkantay road can be somewhat complicated, however, it is considered a moderate level. The stretch to Machu Picchu is not difficult, most have no problem.
How can I avoid altitude sickness?
You can take pills for soroche (Diamox), Have light meals, drink coca tea, drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol (since it is a dehydrator). The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize, it is advisable to gradually ascend, spend 24 hours for every 2,000 feet reached.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
The most frequent symptoms of altitude sickness; Also called “mountain sickness”, they are similar to a bad hangover, it may go through a headache, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, fatigue, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. A very strong migraine (which does not decrease with medication) nausea and vomiting, an increase in fatigue or shortness of breath indicates more serious problems that will require medical assistance.
Is there a student discount?
Yes, there is student discount. It will only be applied with the ISIC card in accordance with the passport; They are very strict with this issue, you must necessarily bring your original identity document to enter Machu Picchu.
Where is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is near a town called Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town, from there, it is an approximate 2 hours climb or 20 minutes by bus to the complex itself.
Where is Huayna (Wayna) Picchu?
The mountain of Huayna Picchu is the top located north of the Machu Picchu citadel. It is the background of the classic Machu Picchu image; It allows a view of the ruins and a 360 ° landscape of the area. It takes about 45min, it is a more challenging route, it has highly steep areas. Limited to 400 people per day, tickets must be sold in combo along with the entrance to Machu Picchu; They cannot be sold separately and are always in high demand. They are approximately USD $ 10 more.
What is the Machu Picchu mountain?
The Machu Picchu mountain is located on the top southwest of the Machu Picchu citadel. The tour offers a parallel view of the ruins and a panoramic view of the surroundings. It is a well marked path and has a moderate level of difficulty, it takes 90 min. go up. Limited to 800 people per day, tickets must be sold in combo along with the entrance to Machu Picchu; They cannot be sold separately and are always in high demand. They are approximately USD $ 5 more.
Is it worth taking the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu?
The climb to Machu Picchu is part of the experience, however, the bus is an option for those who are exhausted after a long trip or want to save the energy of the walk to the top.
What kind of weather is there in Machu Picchu?
The Machu Picchu is at a lower height than Cusco, it is part jungle so the rain is present in any season. On hotter days, the temperature can reach approximately 26 ° Celsius (79 ° F) and on cold days, in the early morning it can drop to -2 ° C (-36 ° F). The most recommended season to go to Machu Picchu is between May and June, since the weather is balanced.
Where can I leave my stuff during the Salkantay and Sacred Valley Tour?
You can leave your hostel / hotel in Cusco. We remind you that if you use the train, it has its luggage restrictions.