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Machu Picchu Deluxe Mountain Trek


Itinerary for Machu Picchu Deluxe Mountain Trek



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 0: Pre-trip
We recommend that you arrive at least 1 (better 2) nights before the trek in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude. We are happy to make hotel reservations for you - we recommend the Casa Andina Private Collection.
We provide a pre-trek briefing at a local restaurant which consists of the following::
- Meet and greet with the group and the guide
- Detailed itinerary and any last-minute changes
- Confirmation of specific dietary and medical information of the participants
- Frequently asked questions
- Participant gear & equipment verification
- Specific requests for additional information.

Day 1: Cusco to Salkantay Lodge
In the morning: Visit the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site on the way to the town of Mollepata.
In the afternoon: Lunch at El Pedregal. Then, the transfer will take you through a winding mountain road to a site called Challacancha. Here you will begin your (optional) hike to Soraypampa (Guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge by vehicle) along a picturesque path called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path), which is also a good opportunity to acclimate to the higher altitude.
Overnight at Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m / 12,690 ft)
Trekking Time: Approximately 3 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m / 12,690 ft)

Day 2: Hike to the Humantay Lake
Another opportunity to gauge your altitude-acclimatization with a half day optional hike to Lake Humantay (we strongly recommend your participation in preparation for the strenuous hike on the next day). After breakfast, you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau behind the Salkantay Lodge. An hour and a half later, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake. Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot and be part of a traditional offering to “Pachamama” (Mother Earth). After your descent back to the lodge, the staff will be waiting with a hot lunch. The second half of your day is spent at leisure. You may opt to soak in our outdoor jacuzzi, indulge in a relaxing massage or even take a long nap.
Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m / 12,690 ft)


Day 3: Crossing the Salkantay Pass
After an early start, you hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak. As you gradually make your way up these mountain trails, you will encounter expansive plateaus dotted with boulders of varying sizes, the remnants of a valley that was once bisected by a fast-flowing river. The final and most challenging part of your ascent is conquering the mountain switchbacks that take you to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek (4,636 m/15,213 ft). What follows is a dramatic descent through fields of giant boulders, often shrouded in fog. After a very welcome hot picnic lunch, you will continue down through bucolic rolling hills and marsh-like plateaus as you take your final steps to the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay.
Trekking Time: 7 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Challenging

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Wayra Lodge (3,906 m / 15,213 ft)

Day 4: Descending into the Cloud Forest
After a leisurely breakfast at the Wayra Lodge, you continue the descent along the banks of the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. Today you will see more of the local people as the trail takes you past their simple homes and makeshift fences. At lunch time you will arrive at Colpa Lodge, located on a high promontory at the confluence of three rivers. You are greeted by the staff with a Pachamanca lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked in the earth by hot stones that create a natural underground oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi while you take in the
panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.
Trekking Time: 4 hours
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Colpa Lodge (2,870 m / 9,414 ft)

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY
Afternoon bike from Manchayhuaycco to Collpapampa. You will descend through a beautiful valley in which you will admire the diverse cloud forest vegetation through the slopes of the valley.
Duration: 3hrs approximately / Level: Easy. This activity has an additional cost.

Day 5: Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
Today you will hike in the Santa Teresa River valley where you will hop over small streams fed by waterfalls descending from the glaciers and cross through fruit orchards. After breaking for a hot picnic lunch by the river, you will walk for one hour before we meet an MLP vehicle for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” that leads us to Lucma Lodge. On the way you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of many in that area that produces some of the best organic coffee in the world. In Lucmabamba, the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are even closer to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.
Trekking Time: 6 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging (because of distance, not terrain)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lucma Lodge (2,135 m / 7,003 ft)

OPTIONAL
Zip Line in Santa Teresa: This is a full day activity which replaces the trek. Operated by Cola de Mono. It has an additional cost.
Biking:
Option a) Yanama pass – Hornopampa – Lluskamayo. Duration: 5 hrs. approximately. Level: Easy to moderate. It has an additional cost.
Option b) Descent from Hornopampa to Lluskamayo. Duration: 3.5 hrs. approximately. Level: Easy. It has an additional cost.

Day 6: First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass
During a 2-3 hour climb up a path mostly comprised of original Inca steps, you will get a sense of what hiking through the rainforest would be like. Your first milestone today will be the top of the peak, the last one before you reach the Aobamaba River valley that connects you to Machu Picchu. When you arrive at the ruins of Llactapata at the Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974 ft), you will be delighted to see a southeast view of the “back” of the Machu Picchu ruins.
Enjoy your lunch a bit farther down the trail in a meadow with panoramic views. The final descent takes you through lush bamboo forests, until you end the day’s hike at the Hidroelectrica train station. A one-hour scenic train ride delivers you to your final stop, the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.
Trekking Time: 5 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Aguas Calientes Lodge (1,900 m / 6,332 ft)

Day 7: Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Some may even choose a hike to Huayna Picchu, the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs. After the visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes before your train/ transfer back to Cusco. As night falls and you arrive at your hotel amidst and hustle and bustle of
Cusco, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation which will linger even as you journey back home.
Trekking Time: 4 hours
Hiking Level: Challenging
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Note: Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are subject to availability.

Spend an Extra Day in Machu Picchu - extra cost
Even though you have enough time to see the core of Machu Picchu Sanctuary during the regular guided tour, most of our guests realize that they would have liked to stay a little longer since there is so much to explore! Let us know at time of reservation if you would like to add this optional day. By spending an extra day at Machu Picchu, you will be able to:
• Make the best of your time visiting a World Heritage Site situated on a spectacular mountain ridge.
• Explore areas of the site that are less visited by most travelers, such as climbing Machu Picchu Mountain (special permit to be purchased in advance) or hiking to the Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate.
• Visit the town of Aguas Calientes and shop the local craft markets.
• Treat yourself to a relaxing end to your vacation and hospitality of the unique Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel.
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Machu Picchu Deluxe Mountain Trek
Tour Code: ZZ-HK-PEML01
7 days / 6 nights ~$3,990.00
Dates: All year round

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Cusco
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