SALKANTAY, SACRED VALLEY AND TITICACA TOUR 13 DAYS
$ 350.00 USD
This package and complete itinerary, is designed to know the main tourist attractions of Peru, starting with the city of Cusco “the navel of the world and capital of the Inca Empire” and touring its archaeological sites, Sacred Valley of the Incas that houses the most interesting archeological centers, then spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes, located near one of the wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.
Following the route we will enter the Cusco – Puno route, called the “Ruta del Sol”, with a large number of its important archaeological sites to reach Lake Titicaca – Puno, the highest navigable lake in the world where we will be one day Whole to know the main islands.
Continuing with the package, we will know the famous White City of Arequipa, with its beautiful Plaza de Armas and great Museums, then we will know the Colca Canyon one of the deepest canyons in the world.
Day 1: Lima
This first day, you will be transfered from the international airport to the luxurious 5* Hotel Belmond Monasterio by our private vehicle, to check in at your executive and exclusive suite with extraordinary views of the peruvian ocean. No activities are planned on this day.
Day 2: Cusco
This second day we will transfer you to the international airport to take a flight to Cusco, the old capital of the Incas. Once in Cusco we will transfer you to the exclusive 5* Monasterio Hotel. The room is oxygenated to help you unwind and sleep better in the high altitude of Cusco (11,600ft above sea level). Today is a free day and we recommend you to walk through the beautiful city of Cusco. Some of the places that you can explore are the Main Square, the Cathedral of Cusco, the famous Qoricancha (Temple of Sun), San Blas neighborhood or if you like art and history you can visit some of the museums.
Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour
This excursion starts with the transfer of downtown hotel at 07:00 hrs. Tourist destination to the Archaeological Complex of Pisac, located 1 hour from Cusco approximately where we will find important Inca buildings. In this place we will have a guided tour for 2 hours. To go later to the town of Urubamba observing during our tour different towns such as: Coya, Lamay, Calca and other places of great natural beauty. We arrive to Urubamba at noon and make a stop for lunch. We continue our journey to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will have a guided tour of the archaeological complex and its handicraft market. In Ollantaytambo, you will be lodge at the exclusive ” Hotel Monasterio Rio Sagrado” where you will spend the night.
Day 4 – 5: Machu Picchu Tour
This day we will take the private train to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes). Once in Aguas Calientes, you will be transfer to the exclusive Hotel Santuary Lodge near Machu Picchu. Then you will have the day free, so we recommend you to visit the fantastic Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes in Machu Picchu. The next day your guide will be waiting for you so that you can go to the bus station and go up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour of 2 hours to know and visit the most outstanding places of Machu Picchu, after that you can tour the citadel on your own until the time of departure that is at noon. After this you can get off by bus to Machu Picchu town where, you will have all the time available to perform some other activities, such as visiting the streets of the city, visit the thermal baths (if you don’t visit it the previous day) and relax, also the Manuel Chávez Ballón Museum, any of these visits. A very important note to keep in mind is that you must be at the train station half an hour before departure.Return in fashion! Talk to your fellow passengers, guides and have some cocktails aboard. Reception and transfer to the Monasterio Hotel for your last night in Cusco.
Day 6: Sightseeing tourist bus to Puno
Our staff will pick you up from your hotel at 06:10 am to start at 07.00 am our tour of the route of the sun, so you can enjoy the wonderful scenery of the valley of southern Cusco. For this tour the Buses are clearly equipped for the tourist area, looking for the best way to travel between Cusco – Puno, where the passenger can enjoy different places of magical charm and ancestral history as the following places:
The Chapel of Andahuaylillas (3,093 masl): It is a church that dates from the seventeenth century. Also known as the Sistine of the Andes for the beauty of its murals, the works in gold leaf and the paintings of the Cusco school that houses inside.
The Archaeological Complex of Raqchi. (3,450 masl): Also known as the Temple of the god WIRACOCHA, who was the supreme Inca deity, in this place we will find the largest number of Colcas (Barns) we will also see magnificent buildings in stone and adobe.
The Landscape of “La Raya”. (4,335 meters above sea level) Which is the border between the cities of Cusco and Puno to more than 4335 meters above sea level where is the famous snow capped Chinboya from where the Amazon River is born. Where tourists can take pictures of the landscape, the visit lasts 5 to 7 minutes
The Litka Museum of Pukara. (3,900 masl) It is a culture that developed from 1600 BC to 400 AC located 106 km north. This one of the city of Puno, in this museum we will be able to find ceramics and sculptures representing morphic zoo figures, that in our times would be translated like the supreme degollador.
Day 7: Lake Titicaca
The Lake Titicaca is something very special. Surrounded by mountains, some snowfalls; from among its waters rise islands that are no more than other peaks in the mountain range. In these islands is where magic happens, according to legends. Discover the magic of its blue water. we will visit:
The floating islands of the Uros: are a series of artificial islands in the Titicaca Lake, on the Peruvian side, created by the Uros. The Uros are an ethnic group previous to the Incas, originating from Lake Uro-Uro in Bolivia, who, to escape the Inca wars, took refuge in Lake Titicaca. First, building totora boats, a plant that is found in abundance on the shores of the highest navigable lake in the world. On the floating islands of the aurochs. With time, the experience that they were winning, led them to build artificial islands joining their boats, and then expanding them using the totora. These islands reach up to 3 meters thick and are in constant maintenance since the natural materials with which they are built are degraded. Currently there are 82 artificial islands (or 30 islands, or 20, depending on who tells you), where in each one lives a family, and each island has its boss. In addition, there are community islands, where, for example, there is a church, soccer field, among others.
The Island of Amantani: is ideal to get away from everything since it is even more peaceful than its neighbor Taquile. The island has tourist services and is highly recommended for the retreat, as it is little frequented. The island is opposite the Capachica peninsula and is inhabited by four thousand people divided into eight farming communities. Its inhabitants are dedicated to agriculture and crafts, whose objects include textiles and stone carvings. This island has natural viewpoints and some archaeological remains: Pacha Tata and Pacha Mama, left by the Tiahuanaco culture, as ceremonial centers and a cemetery of mummies. The island has two natural viewpoints and archaeological sites done by Tiahuanaco culture.
Taquile Island: The inhabitants of the Taquile Island are of Quechua origin and are characterized by the roots of their traditions, customs and colorful clothing. They are engaged in fishing, agriculture and textile production. The island of Taquile has rural tourism ventures that allow you to spend a few days in the houses of the comuneros learning local customs.
Day 8: Bus to Arequipa City
Arequipa is the city of sillar (white stone), with destinations such as snow-capped mountains, volcanoes such as the Misti, deep canyons such as the Cotahuasi and the Colca, renowned by its unique gastronomy, coves and beaches. Settled between the coast and the southern highlands of Peru to the Andes. It contains the snow capped Ampato (6,288 meters above sea level), Chachani (6,075 meters above sea level) and Misti (5,825 meters above sea level). On this day, we will travel to Arequipa.Once in there, our representative will transfer you to the exclusive five star Libertador Hotel. The rest of the day is free, you can take a city tour or discover the city by your own.
Day 9-10: Colca Canyon
Located to the north-east of the Arequipa region at about 3 600 m.a.s.l., very close to the Ampato and Sabancaya volcanoes, is the Colca Canyon, considered one of the deepest in the world, reaching approximately 4,160 meters depth. With an Andean vegetation privileged by its climate, this impressive valley belongs to the province of Caylloma. From the Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor, visitors can enjoy the flight of this majestic bird in danger of extinction that inhabits the canyon. Its varied fauna will make the traveler can also enjoy the presence of animals such as alpaca, vicuña, vizcachas, foxes, pumas, eagles, hawks, owls, among others. In addition, the biodiversity of Arequipa is so extensive that it allows us to see the field poppy, the ichu, the tolar, the yareta, the quinua and other herbs. In the Colca Canyon, you will have the opportunity to practice extreme sports such as canoeing, mountaineering, mountain climbing, fishing, trekking, among others. This canyon belongs to the Colca Valley, a large agricultural site that has viewpoints to enjoy the landscape and still maintains its ancestral customs for the Collaguas people, former inhabitants of the area.One of the most important and visited tourist attractions in the city of Arequipa is the Colca Canyon, located in the valley of the same name. This place is also known as “El Valle del Fuego” or “Fire Valley” and “El Reino del Cóndor” or “Condor Kingdom”. The imposing landscape and mysticism here also place it as one of the main attractions of the country. The Colca Canyon is considered by renowned experts as the deepest in the world, reaching about 4,150 meters deep. In addition, travelers can find thermal baths and go to the magical viewpoint Cruz del Cóndor, where you can see these birds in full flight.
Day 11: Arequipa – Lima
We will take a flight back to Lima today. Then we transfer you from the airport to your hotel. You are given time off to explore the city on your own and buy some souvenirs. You can also do some optional activities. Overnight in the luxury Hotel Monasterio Miraflores.
Day 12: Lima City Tour
We will start our tour from the Larcomar Shopping Center, crossing the district of Miraflores where we will enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the Huaca Pucllana for photographs. Then we will go to the Historical Center of Lima, where we will descend in the Major Square and from there we can appreciate its most representative buildings such as the Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace, Municipal Palace, among others. We will also enter the Convent of San Francisco and its catacombs.After our city tour we will take you back to your hotel, alternatively, you can stay at Miraflores to do some shopping.
Afternoon free to own activities.Overnight in Lima.
Day 13: Lima/International flight
It’s hour to say good bye, hoping you had the best experience with us.
- Welcome by our Representative at your arrival;
- Transfer to Cusco´s airport at your arrival and departure;
- Accommodation: 5* hotels (12 nights);
- All entrance fees according to the itinerary;
- Professional bilingual Tour Guides as per itinerary;
- Meals: 12x breakfast, 3x lunch, 1x dinner;
- Domestic flights (executive): Lima-Cusco, Arequipa-Lima;
- 1x sightseeing private van: Cusco-Puno;
- 1x direct private van: Puno-Arequipa;
- Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers;
- A tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu (Hiram Bigham Service);
- A shuttle bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – a round trip;
- Private Motorboat transportation on Titicaca Lake.
- Pre & post tour accomodation,
- International flights nor airport departure taxes,
- Meals not mentioned,
- Travel insurance,
- Tips and baggage portage (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
- Other extras not mentioned.
Does height affect me?
When traveling along the Andes in Peru some people will suffer some effects of altitude sickness. If you plan to go on an excursion to Salkantay Trek we recommend arriving 2 or 3 days before the start of your trip to acclimatize to the altitude.
What to do in case of altitude sickness?
Whenever possible “get off”. But, if you are staying in Cusco, you may still feel the effects. The best advice is to sleep, drink plenty of fluids and you could also try coca tea. Porters chew coca leaves wrapped around a black resin called llipta. When you are actually walking and activating the alkaloids, this can help, as it dilates the vessels to increase blood flow to the parts of the body that need it most.
Is Huayna Picchu included?
It depends on the plan of the travelers, also on the availability of the days, since there are only 400 spaces per day.
If you want to climb this mountain, the additional price is $ 30 usd, let us know on the Booking Forms.
How long will I be in Machupicchu?
The visits to Machupicchu have been divided into two schedules, the first is from (6:00 am to 12:00 pm); and the second schedule is from (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.), whose ticket is valid for a single use only, with a duration of only two hours with the guide, then you can stay prudently until halfway, if Your ticket is the first turn. This system has been implemented for reasons of care and protection of the world wonder.
What time does my train from Aguas Calientes return?
If you make your reservation well in advance, we will buy the return train from 2:30 pm, or 3:20 pm. If you make your reservation one month in advance or less than that time, we cannot guarantee that you will have an early train, alternative schedules will be sent to your email.
Is a deposit required?
Yes. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of $ 150 per person along with your personal data (full name, passport number, sex, nationality, date of birth) non-refundable because the deposit is used to purchase your entry and ticket Machu Picchu train.
Is Salkantay Trek difficult?
It depends on each person, since the maximum height that is reached at 4650 m / 1417ft on the second day after climbing for most of the day. Especially if you are within your first five days at height, this can give you headaches and trouble breathing. Do not forget that even people who live in Cusco (in 3300m) find it difficult to breathe sometimes.
What do I need to take on the trip?
Backpack, sleeping bag, rain jacket, strong footwear (hiking boots are recommended, as they provide ankle support that reduces the risk of injury, especially when hiking in the rainy season (December – March) However, it is It is important that the boots are comfortable.Many people prefer to walk in tennis shoes, but special care should be taken.Walking in sandals is not recommended.A complete change of clothes, sweater, jacket (something hot), water bottle, flashlight and batteries, wide-brimmed cap or sun visor, sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, snack selection, chocolate, nuts, cookies, etc., camera You also have to bring your original passport with you on the hike, inflatable Matra is included for all our customers.
Can you ride a horse?
If you would like to experience riding a horse, it is possible; since once in the trek you can rent a horse for day 2. In coordination with our guide and the person in charge of the horses, but at an extra cost, which is not included in your contracted service.
Is there water along the Salkantay Trek?
Throughout the journey you can find places to buy bottles of water, energizers, etc. We do not recommend the idea of ??wanting to take water from streams or springs, since its health is under discussion, since it could contain dangerous metals, or bacteria. That could affect your health.
What is the best thing to do in case of altitude sickness?
Whenever possible “get off”. But, if you are staying in Cusco, you may still feel the effects. The best advice is to sleep, drink plenty of fluids and you could also try coca tea. Porters and horse handlers chew coca leaves wrapped around a black resin called llipta. When you are actually walking and active (especially on the second day of the route), this can help, as it dilates the vessels to increase blood flow to the parts of the body that need it most.