8 DAY SALKANTAY TREK ItineraryIncludedNot IncludedPrice DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CUSCO. After your arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting for you at the airport, pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Then you will have all day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and its surroundings. Check in time 12:00pm/Check out 10:00am (Early check in has an extra cost but it depends on hotel availability). OPTION: HALF DAY CITY TOUR (Additional Price: USD 30 per person). We will pick you up at 1:00pm at your hotel to start the tour and visit the following places: The Koricancha: Temple of the sun The Cathedral: Marvel of religious art Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons Q’enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth. Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water Included: Transportation Professional English speaking guide. Not included: Tourist ticket (extra PEN 105) Dinner Gratuity DAY 2: OPEN DAY AT LEISURE OPTION: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR (Additional Price: USD 45 per person). After breakfast, we will pick you up at your hotel at 8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is 31km/ 19mi away from Cusco, and at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant; then we continue further to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this epoch. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm. Included: Transportation Professional English speaking guide. Not included: Tourist ticket (extra PEN 70) Meals Gratuity P.S: This night we will have the Salkantay trek briefing at 7:00pm at the hotel lobby. DAY 3: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Sraypampa Today we pick you up at 5:00 am and travel by bus to Mollepata. We will then take a 3 hour hike to Cruzpata where we will have lunch with the panoramic views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Humantay (4120m)/(13500ft) and Salkantay (6271m)/(20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our trek towards Soraypamapa, our first campsite at (4000m)/(12750ft); the highest and coldest campsite of the trip, taking in the beautiful landscape along the way. Overnight: At the campsite DAY 4: MIGHTY SALKANTAY We will have breakfast at around 5:30 am and begin our hike to the highest pass on this trek at 4650m/15200ft, located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the view of the 2 snow-capped mountains is incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, also known as Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch for approximately 3 hours towards the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (3000m)/(9800ft). We may reach the other campsites of Challway or Andenes (depends on the pace of the group). Overnight: At the campsite DAY 5: CLOUD FOREST After breakfast, at 6:30 am, we start trekking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a series of small brooks/creeks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will camp in the warm climate of La Playa (2500m)/(8202ft). After a rest, we will go to the hot springs and enjoy the well-deserved, soothing water. A real treat after finishing the trek! (Optional) Overnight: At the campsite DAY 6: LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES We will have breakfast at 6:30 am and then head for Llactapata, a 3 hour steady climb. Llactapata is an incredible Inca fort from which we will see Machu Picchu! After some photos and rest, we will continue on a 2 hour downhill hike passing a variety of plantations that produce coca, bananas, etc., until we reach the hydroelectric for lunch. And then we walk for a couple of hours until we arrive in Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night at the hotel. Overnight: At Aguas Calientes hotel Optional: In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the hot springs in the town, (entrance fee 10 Soles). DAY 7: MACHU PICCHU IN ITS GLORY – BIG DAY You will have breakfast and then, your Guide will pick you up from your hotel (5:40am). You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise and then begin your walking tour (approximately 2 hours) with your guide, after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You can meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Please make sure to have enough time to catch your train. It is a 20-minute bus ride from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and buses leave when they are full. It is also necessary to be at the train station in advance (20 minutes before). DAY 8: TRANSFER OUT, BYE CUSCO! After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according to your flight itinerary. All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and viceversa All hotel accommodations (3 star Casa Andina Cusco classic OR similar standard) All breakfast included in the accommodations Free walking tour (we recommend to tip the guide as it’s free) Salkantay trail 5 days includes the below: Professional, bilingual tour guide. Pick up from your hotel. One night accommodation at Aguas Calientes. Private transportation to the trail head, along the sacred valley with nice views. Transportation by Train back to Ollantaytambo train station. Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station back to Cusco. Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu. Entrance fee to Machu Picchu. Entrance fee to Salkantay 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold boiled water). Dining tent with table and chairs. Professional chef Horse to carry personal belongings up to 5 kilos. Horseman and mules (to carry the camping gear and food). 4-men-tent for 2 people only. Foam mattress (Carried by the horses) Oxygen bottle. First Aid kit. Single supplement fee: US$400 (for the solo travelers or the odd numbered in your travel group). Sleeping bags Inflatable mattress Walking sticks For Salkantay – first breakfast and last lunch are not included Extra Horse Gratuity, (tip) Meals where not stated Optional tours: (Half Day City Tour and Full Day Sacred Valley Tour). OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE AND CAN BE HIRED FROM US Pair of walking sticks (20 US$) Rain Poncho (10 US$) Inflatable mattress ($25) USD $899,- p.p.