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SALKANTAY TREK AND LAKE TITICACA TOUR 15 DAYS

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Duration: 15 Days - 14 Night
Group Size: Maximum 15 paxs
Type of Service: Trek - Cultural - Adventure
Transportation: Bus - Walk - Train
Maximum altitude: Cusco Altitude: 3400 masl | Altitude Machu Picchu: 2430 masl
Places to visit: Salkantay Trek - Titicaca Lake
Departure Time:
Return Time:
Difficulty: Moderate / Hard

The city of Cusco is the most cosmopolitan in the country, and houses both within the city and its surroundings a series of Inca archaeological complexes due to its condition of having been the capital of the Inca empire, the most important pre-Hispanic culture of this part of the continent.

The Salkantay Trek is our favorite alternative to the Inca Trail. From high passes between snow-capped mountains and glaciers, to the lowland jungle with hot springs and coffee plantations, the Salkantay trek is an exploration of a sacred refuge of the Incas, as well as a physical, cultural and spiritual journey of transformation, like Peru itself!

Lake Titicaca – Puno: At latitude 14 ° south, the Andes chain separates into two mountain ranges that delimit between them a plateau of approximately 200,000 km2, the Puno plateau, between 3 600 and 4 500 m.a.s.l. Lake Titicaca occupies the northern part of this plain. Both for its length and for its depth, it is qualified as the highest navigable lake in the world.

Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

Lima has a lot to offer. It is one of the largest cities in South America and has a great history behind it. There are so many things to do that it can be difficult to choose what to do with the amount of time you have. The City of Kings, the noble title that until now it holds, Lima grows as a metropolis in a fast and modern way. Being the only capital city of America located by the sea, Lima is populous (more than 8 million inhabitants) and is full of places of interest and restaurants of international fame. It is the gastronomic capital of America and only for that reason, one of the many that has, becomes a pleasant tourist focus. Its beaches, likewise, offer us the beauty of its women and its waves. Their neighborhoods, on the other hand, will show us the deep heart of a city that demonstrates the booming destiny of Peru.

Please note: the first day is an arrival day and no activities are planned, so that you can arrive at any time

Día 2 – 4: Amazonía peruana

This day we will take a flight to Puerto Maldonado, which belongs to the province of Tambopata and is the capital of Madre de Dios; it is also one of the most active commercial centers of the Peruvian jungle. For many it is known as the capital of biodiversity due to the wonderful fauna and flora found in the place. The city is located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. The city has a warm temperature most of the time, however, it is a very hot area in a few months. In addition, its inhabitants are welcoming people. The Department of Madre de Dios is very rich in terms of fauna and flora, as its large hectares and forests make possible the ecosystem of these animals. Madre de Dios is not only known as the Biodiversity Capital of Peru, but it is also recognized as the region that hosts important ecosystems, which are threatened by a series of activities, in this trip, we will discover the flora and fauna of Madre de Dios that presents world records, for example, it hosts thousands of birds, 200 mammals, 250 fish, a large number of reptiles, amphibians and plants. For this reason, the flora and fauna of Madre de Dios is very varied due to the large number of animals and plants. Madre de Dios also has unique ecosystems in Peru, such as the Pampa del Heath which is located within the Bahuaja Sonene National Park. This special habitat type supports two endemic species: the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachiurus) and the marsh deer (Blastocerus ichotomus). These species are threatened and their conservation is vital, as well as that of the Heath Pampas. On the other hand, the aguajales, so called because of the large presence of aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa), are ecosystems of great importance for many species of flora and fauna; they are also a source of pure water. Similarly, the chestnut tree is considered the flagship species of Madre de Dios because it is ecologically important, because it is part of the primary forests and because it is an economic source for many people in Madre de Dios. Madre de Dios is home to some of the most biodiverse regions in the world. For example, Manu National Park has the record number of species of amphibians and reptiles. Madre de Dios has an enormous diversity of birds, has the large species of South American cats (jaguar, ocelot, puma), multiple species of lizards and other reptiles such as reptiles like the boa constrictor and the shushupe. The monkeys, fish, insects and, in general, the group of animals are also abundant and diverse. As we can find many species such as: Cock of the rock or tunqui.

Day 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Cusco was the capital of the Incas and is a very interesting destination for tourism, in the tour we offer you will learn about the culture of the Incas and their legacy, the towns of Cusco and Valle with their customs, its impressive architecture, its energy and the incredible natural environment that will make your trip an unforgettable experience. You will also feel the affection of our people who receive their visitors with joy.The tour starts picking you up from your hotel. First we will visit the Pisac town famous for its crafts, where we will also visit its archaeological center. At noon we will have lunch in Urubamba, to finally visit Ollantaytambo.

Day 6: Cusco – Soraypampa – Wayracmachay – Los Andenes

Salkantay Trek Machu, will pick up our passengers between 04:15 and 04:45 am. of their respective rooms. The departure of our walk to It is at 05:00 a.m. During our tour in our mobility we will pass through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo arriving at Mollepata at approximately 07:30 am. where we will have our first breakfast, then we will start our hike from Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu arriving to Cruzpata where we will have a little rest, continuing our walk we will go to Soraypampa (first camp)and to enjoy our delicious lunch.

Day 7: Los Andenes – Luscamayo – La Playa

This second day we will wake up very early to enjoy our breakfast, we will leave the camp at 07:00 am approximately, during the whole trip we will appreciate the snow-covered Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and the different housing constructions of the indigenous people, also we will appreciate their crops and the servant of their animals like the llama and alpaca. On the trek from Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu we will arrive at salkantay pampa and Collpabamba valley where we will have our lunch, After our lunch we will continue the walk to the cloud forest 17500 meters above sea level, where we will appreciate the varieties of orchids and the formations of rivers and waterfalls of great magnitude and also this day we can appreciate the majestic Snow of the Apu Salkantay, reaching Chaullay place where we expect our buffet dinner and overnight.

Day 8: La Playa – Llactapata – Hidrolectrica – Aguas Calientes

This day we will also get up early to enjoy our  breakfast, we will begin our walk appreciating a variety of coca crops, considered the sacred leaf of our ancestors which is currently cultivated in tropical zones, this last stretch will be descent to Playa and There we take a transport to Santa Teresa, then we get to Hidroeléctrica. At Hidroeléctrica we start again with our route to get to Aguas Calientes or you can also take the train that departs from Hidroélectrica to Aguas Calientes (Optional Service). Where we will spend the night.

Day 9: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today is the most important day of our trip, we will wake up around 04:30 in the morning where we will start our trek to the lost citadel of the Incas “Machu Picchu”. We will arrive at the Machu Picchu sanctuary at 06:00 am to begin our guided tour for approximately 2 hours through the most important places of this archaeological center, after our guided we will have free time to visit the places of greatest interest and at the same time to visit the mountain of Wayna Picchu or the Monata Machu Picchu (Optional and not included). In the afternoon we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will board the return train until arriving at the town of Ollantaytambo. This is where our mobility will be waiting for you to return to the city of Cusco, so we will finish our hike from Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.

Day 10: Cusco

There is no simple way to explain the majesty that Cusco represents. This region gathers history, modernity and adventure with a mystique that wraps from the Cusquenian Main Square to the most distant places of it. Fill up with energy, discover the impressive architecture and feel a little closer to the sky in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Day 11: Puno

This day we will follow the famous route of the Sun. First we will go to Andahuaylillas, 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.Then, we will visit the  pre-Incan city of Pikillaqta beeing once of the most impressive regional centers of the culture Wari, Piquillacta is a Quechua word where piki means flea, and llaqta, town; it could be translated as “the little town of fleas”, but piki also refers to something very small, tiny, so it could also mean “small town”. It is known that the name Piquillacta was assigned to him after the arrival of the Spaniards. And although his name is unknown in the Incas, it is possible that it was Muyuna (in circuit) or Muyna. Then , we will continue our tour at we will arrive at the archaelogical complex of Raqchi (3,450 m.a.s.l) Also known as the Temple of the god Wiracocha, which was the supreme deity Inca, we will also see magnificent buildings in stone and adobe.Finally we will go to visits Pucara, the most important Ceremonial Center of the Altiplano. In the museum you can discover the origin of the Pucara culture through lithic sculptures and ceramics.We will finish our sun route at Puno,seat of the ancient Tiahuanaco culture (800 to 1200 AD). Puno is full of wonderful things that the visitor can experience and feel, our senses are open to this fascinating Andean world, Puno has a special flavor, some say it is the immense Lake Titicaca, which is the first thing you see when entering the city, considered the largest lake in Peru, the origin of countless legends, which come to life every time that they are told.

Day 12 -13: Titicaca Lake

The immensity of Lake Titicaca is felt most intensely when sailing on board in a kayak. In the peninsula of Capachica (community of Llachón), the service is offered with modern boats, with padded seats, for one or two people. All safety measures are taken and generally the lake waters are still and provide peace of mind. This 2 days we will visit all the islands around Puno. Lake Titicaca is one of the most important natural heritage in the world, as well as being a source of resources for the communities that live in the surroundings, who maintain ancestral customs and traditions. Taquile is an island with terraces and pre-Inca ceremonial centers. Its inhabitants are experts in the practice of traditional textiles, which is considered an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. On the island of Amantaní, the community shows travelers their agricultural activities, weaving, stone carving and leatherworking. The island Suasi is a unique exponent of the lacustrine geography of 43 hectares. It is 1 km from the shore. It is a place that promotes the defense of the ecosystem and where man and nature coexist in harmony. The archipelago of Wiñaymarca, is made up of 8 islands, one of which is the island of Anapia, which offers visitors the possibility of staying in rural houses and sharing cultural experiences with local people.Also we will visit the famous Uros floating Island.

Day 14: Puno

On this day we have no scheduled activities so you can discover more of the wonderful city of Puno. The city of Puno is dominated by the presence of Lake Titicaca, sacred place of the Incas and populated by natural and artificial islands of Peru. Puno has prehispanic archaeological sites of circular constructions called from their origin chullpas. Its churches are characterized by a marked colonial architecture. It is a town proud of its Quechua and Aymara past of folkloric tradition that overflows every year in dances and rites during the Virgen de la Candelaria Festival. Puno is a legend, multicolored party, populated by natural and mystical islands.

Day 15: Departure

To finish our tour, we will transfer you to the airport of Juliaca – Puno to take a flight to Lima.

Included

  • Welcome by our Representative at your arrival.
  • 2x domestic flight: Lima – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco
  • Accommodation: 3* hotels (8 nights), jungle lodges (2 nights), campsites (3 nights), a local family homestay on Amantani Island (1 night)
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary, an Inca Trail permit including
  • Bilingual Professional Tour Guides
  • A professional Cook for the Salkantay Trek
  • Porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg (5 kg of your package and 2 for your sleeping) of each passenger’s stuff during the Inca Trail;
  • Meals: 14x breakfast, 8x lunch, 6x dinner and 3x afternoon tea during the Inca Trail
  • Professional camping equipment of the Salkantay Trek: personal double tents, sleeping foam matts, tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents;
  • Food for the Salkantay Trek
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C) for the Salkantay Trek
  • Tourist land transportation i
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town
  • Tourist train (Expedition) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo
  • 1x sightseeing tourist bus: Cusco-Puno
  • Motorboat transportation in the Amazon Rainforest and on the Titicaca Lake.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation
  • Flights not mentioned
  • International flights and airport departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Tips
  • Optional tours
  • Other extras not specified.

Recommendations

  • Original passport and if the ISIC card is a student.
  • Comfortable backpack with your personal belongings (no porters).
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking sticks
  • Water 2 liters to drink.
  • Camera and personal items.
  • Rain bag
  • Changes of clothes
  • Basic personal items (toothpaste, brush, deodorant, small towel, wet towels).
  • Hat and sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Hiking shoes and resistant.
  • Lantern
  •  Swimsuit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes, optional)
  • 01 pair of sandals
  • Extra money (no ATMs)

FAQs

What is the difference between Machu Picchu citadel, Machu Picchu mountain and Huayna Picchu mountain?

What is popularly known as “Machu Picchu” corresponds to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which is composed of different areas, including the Machu Picchu Citadel (the archaeological center or ruins) and its two surrounding mountains: Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

How far in advance should I book tickets to Huayna Picchu?

There are 400 tickets per day, it is recommended that the reservation be made in advance of 2 to 3 months, the income schedules are Group 1: 07:00 am; Group 2: 10:00 am

Its height is 2,720 m.s.n.m it is a demanding and steep road; Not recommended for those suffering from vertigo.

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