This itinerary will make you cross the highest mountain of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the Salkantay (6271m), which you will face before bypassing it by the left. This trekking, which offers the possibility of hiking in a breathtaking landscape, is a good alternative to the Inca Trail to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu..
Departure towards the village of Mollepata where your trek begins. You cross several small villages: Cruz Pata, Challacancha, then SorayPampa, where ends the first day. Night in camp.
You are leaving today for the most difficult stage of the trekking. Passing the Salkantay pass (4,500 meters), crossing Pampa Salkantay and bypassing the Umantay glacier. From here you have an impressive view of the Salkantay Glacier (6264m). Then descend to Chaullay. Night in camp.
Today, the road is less harsh, the climate becomes more humid, the flora changes little by little: you enter the Amazonian part. Your goal is approaching! You go up a valley to the place called La Playa. Night in camp.
Passing from a pass to 2950 meters, from where the view is impregnable on the citadel of Machu Picchu and the peaks of the region. Then descend and visit the archaeological remains of Llactapata. Continue your descent to the hydroelectric power station (Hidroelectrica) from where you take the train to Aguas Calientes, a small town located at the foot of the famous Machu Picchu. Overnight in hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Very early in the morning, guided tour of the most famous Incan site of the country: Machu Picchu, then free time to continue the visit by yourself before taking the train back to Cusco.
You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every stage of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another. A few exceptions: - The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.
In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation: - Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a tent with 3 places for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals. - Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems). - 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, … As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.
In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc). For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!
Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …). Exceptions: - For the touristic buses Chivay-Puno and Puno-Cusco - Lima trips, you will travel in a comfortable and secure bus line with an English / Spanish speaking colelctive guide.
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