Classic Inca Trail via Salkantay 5D/4N
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1.-QUECHUAS EXPEDITIONS GROUP TOP QUALITY SERVICE: (GROUP SIZE 02 Min - 08 Max) our most popular trek and offers to visitors the most economical method to trek the Inca Trail and alternative Inca Trails to Machu Picchu. you'll be joining a group of other hikkers like you coming from overseas, a great opportunity to have fun and make new friends.
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Classic Inca Trail via Salkantay 5D/4N
No Permits required( we use part of the Original Classic Inca Trail ) from wayllabamba to km82 ( exploring two Incan Sites of the Classic Inca Trail).
NOW YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO EXPLORE THE OTHER SITE OF THE SALKANTAY MOUNTAIN AND 3 ARCHAELOGICAL SITES ON THE WAY.
INCA TRAIL VIA SALKANTAY (5 DAYS AND 4 NIGHTS)
4 day available upon request.
This salkantay trek Was Recently Named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
A remote and ancient footpath in the same region of the Inca trail, but less traveled and offering more spectacular views. This Salkantay Trek route provides a magnificent wilderness alternative for those who wish to escape the more congested trekking routes.
On the Salkantay Trek, we pass through an amazing progression of ecological zones, from sparsely vegetated alpine meadows flanking two spectacular 20,000' glaciered peaks, down through subtropical forest into the Inca salkantay Trek . We arrive later to the "Lost City of the Incas¨, Machu Picchu.
This lovely and varied Salkantay Trek hike (about 50km) is the "soft option" from Soray since the pass is lower (though still a tough 4,750m (15,580ft) and then is mostly downhill through forested valleys, above deep ravines, ending at 1,500m.
The salkantay trek on the second day from Soray goes steeply uphill for half an hour, then comes to a series of zigzags (Siete Culebras is the local name of this stretch). At the top of the seventh switchback the terrain levels out under Salkantay lateral moraine, and drops gently down to the small laguna Soyrococha. The pass you see above is, a false one; the main pass is a little further on, but the view of Salkantay looming above you more than compensates for the effort. The real pass at 4,750m is reached after 3-4 hours from the moraine, and is marked by a pile of stones , "well know as Apacheta by the locals", which grows daily on the Salkantay Trek as each traveler adds his pebble to thank the APUS for a safe trip.
Then the Salkantay Trek descends to the left -hand side of the valley, becoming indistinct in swampy areas. And then comes a place named Huayracmachay "eye of the wind", from here we will have a great chance to see the beautiful Pyramid-shape of Humantay behind as you drop below the tree line, know as LA CEJA DE SELVA ("Eyebrow of the Jungle"), and walk through groves of bamboo with many orchids and other flowers and lots of hummingbirds, spectacular waterfalls, a small hot spring at Collpapampa the right place to lock out for the parakeets that abound in this area as well. And then we go to take a local bus in order to get Santa Teresa where we will enjoy the hot springs which is 45 minutes from this town .and then will see Machupicchu and waynapichu mountains and then the last day will see finally the Incan city of Machu picchu.
FIRST DAY: Cusco - Mollepata - Cruzpata -Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa.
At 4:30am pick up from your hotel in our private transport from Cusco to Mollepata (2800 m) approx. 3 hours. On the way to Mollepata we'll briefly stop off at the ruins of Tarawasi an Inca temple with one of the finest examples of Inca polygonal masonry in a long retaining wall. From Mollepata (2800 m) we continue 40 minutes more by car until the pastures village of Cruzpata (3200 m) our start point where we meet our "arrieros" horsemen and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants) We commence our trek, we can see an spectacular views of the chains of snow capped mountains of Vilcabamba and the lush Apurimac River valley, then a gentle climb of 250 meters for about 3 to 4 hours to Soraypampa (3800 m) our spot for a rest and lunch. After lunch we continue climbing gradually for 2 to 3 hours through the more unspoiled Andean valleys to Salkantaypampa (3980 meters) our campsite for our first night located at feet of the most majestic and impressing mountains as Salkantay (6264m) and Humantay (5217m).
SECOND DAY: Salkantaypampa, Paso Salkantay and Sisaypampa Camp.
This is just a spectacular day, early by 06.30 am after a hot breakfast we start with a gentle climbing to Pampa-Japonesa (Japanese Climbers Base-camp set 3 decades ago) hiking through the pass of Salkantay Mt, close to the mountain's eternal snowcaps, after 4-5 hours we reach the Incachiriaska Pass located at 5200 meters. This pass is a wonderful spot for sightseeing because it is surrounded by majestic snow-peaks such as Humantay (5217m), Tucarhuay (5450m) and Soray Mt (5428m), the Cusichaca valleys, lakes and moraines. After the pass we will be hiking down for 20 minutes until Ichupata ( Andean grass place) where we have a stop for lunch, afterward we will descend until Sisay pampa Camp (3790m), at this section we will be able to fully appreciate and take in the imposing Andean topography, quiet and cozy place where you can see llamas, alpacas and with luck we might see a condor. Camp near the local kids school. ( 7-8 hours walking )
THIRD DAY: Sisaypampa - Paucarcancha
From our campsite after breakfast we start our walk descending in a beautiful valley with native flowers and impressive views for 3 hour to Pampacahuana community near the Incan canals repaired few years ago by Kendall Project to help local farmers and shephers. Tranquil day to relax and rest for the next leg of our trek, stop for our lunch then final 3 hour to Paucarcancha an old Inca ruins where we will stop for some explanations and pictures, also this is where we will set a camp for tonight.
FOURTH DAY: Paucarcancha -Wayllabamba – Llactapata – km82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.
Today we will enter into the Inca Trail Sanctuary and Park connecting our trek to the famous Inca trail to Llactapata( 1st Incan site of the Classic Inca Trail) After breakfast an hour walk down to Wayllabamba is here where we explore this incan site (3000m) and then we keep walking down to Llactapata( the first and the Biggest Incan site of the Classic Inca Trail) after we have explored the site we go to have lunch and then we keep going to Km82 and the take a local car to Ollantaytambo where we take the train to Aguas Calientes town where we do overnight.
FIFTH DAY: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU!!!
Salkantay trek important day ,We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machupicchu which takes one and half hours up to machupicchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machupicchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.and after enjoying machupicchu you have to go down to aguas calientes to take the train back to ollantaytambo and then bus back cusco.
Note: All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules. (upon Request) we need 02 of you only.
SALKANTAY & INCA TRAIL INCLUDES:
• Pre-departure briefing at Hotel or Office *Give us details of the place you are going to stay in cusco please.
• Professional Quechua Spanish and English speaking salkantay trek tour guide
• Collection from your hotel (we pick you up where you are staying from) from 6:00 to 6:30 am
• Private Transportation Van to mollepata ( trailhead)
• Tourist train (cerrojo-backpacker ) Round trip (Ollantaytambo - Aguas calientes - Ollantaytambo)
• Local Bus Km82 to Ollantaytambo and Bus Ollantaytambo to Cusco
• Entrance fee to the Salkantay ,Inca Trail and Machu picchu
• Food: *4 breakfasts,4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 dinners (click here to see a sample of quechuas expeditions food)
• 4 season HIGH QUALITY PROPER MOUNTAIN TENT (Best Mountain Hardwear & kayla Doite Tents) (We use only the finest quality aluminum tent poles) 4 man tent for 2-people so there will be plenty of space to set up your backpacks (click here to see details of quechuas expeditions Camping Equipment)
• Camping equipment (tent for the staff, cooking and eating tents. portables chairs and tables )
• THERM-A-REST self-inflating air Sleeping mattresses ( a whole new way to sleep in comfort.) (click here to see details of quechuas expeditions Camping Equipment)
• Cook who is in charge of making the food.
• Horsemen and horses from soraypampa to Llactapata (km 82)
• Weight allowance: Our horses will carry up to 16 pounds or 7 kilograms of your personal belongings.
If you would like to hire a private horse, ( let us know at the time of booking) (they also carry cooking stuff and camping equipment )
• Health Insurance for our porters, cooks, guides, field crew and Quechuas Expeditions staff
• Wake up coca tea each morning in your tent for a gentle start
• Quechuas Expeditions Free duffel bag for your personal stuff. Sleeping bag (not included) it can be hired from us and it must be carried by passengers.Sleeping pad (included). we include THERM-A-REST self-inflating air Sleeping mattresses ( a whole new way to sleep in comfort.) and it must be carried by passengers as well. ( you can hire an extra porter US$150 (12kg Max) or half porter US$75 (6kg Max) for the entire trek ).
• Oxygen balloon for any emergency
• Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
• Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
• Two-hours guided tour upon your arrival in Machu Picchu( to explore every important temple of the Santuary).
• Single Tents and vegetarian meals available upon request with no extra cost
• Free "I survived " T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!)
• Transfer train or bus station-hotel in Cusco
• First Aid kit for Emergencies.
• Free Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco.
Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our Quechuas Expeditions office.
Quechuas Expeditions Additional Things Include From March 2012 - January 2013
• Portables Tent & Biodegradable Toilet (toilet waste bags) Quechuas Expeditions allows you to bring the comforts of home along for an enjoyable trip.Having a toilet in your home away from home may be convenience at its finest. Camping. so you don't have to go out into the woods in the middle of the night to do your business.( Click here to see inca treks toilets)
• Responsible Tourism and Well-paid and well-treated porters(HOW YOU CAN HELP ENSURE PROPER TREATMENT)(Click here to see a detailed page)
• Quechuas Expeditions Bottle for free. Get one for free at the office.
Please help us to reduce or eliminate the generation of plastic waste by refilling this bottle in any of the water stations located throughout on the treks. This is part of our efforts towards a cleaner and healthier environment. Sponsored by Quechuas Expeditions (The Best Local Tour Operator)
Get one of this Bottle for Fee at our Office!!!
NOTE: Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-backpacker (Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 14:00 and being the 9:00 pm the last train. quechuas expeditions will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
Please Note: train times are subject to change depending on Peru rail click here to see timestable and availability.If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows than the backpaker cerrojo train to ollantaytambo ) for an increased price.of US$ 80 (round trip) let us know please.
SALKANTAY & INCA TRAIL DOESN'T INCLUDE:
• Breakfast on the first morning (ask at your hotel)
• Entrance to the hot spring in Aguas Calientes 10 soles (click here to see hot springs)
• Sleeping bag (goose down) -15ºC-extreme it can be hired from us US$20 for all trek mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 25 trips
• Last Lunch in aguas calientes town
• Bus down tickets from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town US$ 8 one way
• Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please):Quechuas Expeditions highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING ON SALKANTAY & INCA TRAIL:
• Original passport and copies (and Student card (ISIC) green card if you are student ). Note ( you have to bring your student card to machu picchu because you are going to be required to show at the Machupicchu control point
• Travel Insurance card is essential
• Sleeping bag (not included) it can be hired from us and it must be carried by passengers.Sleeping pad (included). we include THERM-A-REST self-inflating air Sleeping mattresses ( a whole new way to sleep in comfort.) and it must be carried by passengers as well. ( you can hire an extra porter US$150 (12kg Max) or half porter US$75 (6kg Max) for the entire trek ).
• hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
• Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
• Warm jacket
• Sun hat and gloves
• T-shirts / shirts
• Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
• Rain pants
• Bathing suit (for hot springs in Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes)
• Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
• Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
• Water bottle.
• Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended)
• Toilet paper and wet wipes
• Personal medication
• Camera and films
• Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights
• Extra contribution suggested in soles money for tipping horseman, cook and guide. and for any emergency.
Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING ON SALKANTAY & INCA TRAIL:
• Short pants , Plaster and bandages
• Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us
NOTE walking poles are not allowed into machu picchu city.
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