Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Humantay lake- Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa
We will pick you up from your hotel (located in Cusco city) at 4:30 a.m. to begin our expedition to Machu Picchu. You will be met at your hotel by your trekking guide, cook and porters to drive two hours in our private van to mollepata where we will have breckfast in one of the local restaurants then we will drive thirty more minutes to the trail head, challacancha. Then you will start preparing for your journey. If the weather allows, the views from this area are breathtaking. You will be looking at two big mountains, called Humantay (5,900 meters above sea level) and Salkantay (6,215 meters above sea level). you will start in gradual, uphill hiking along the inca water chanel, until we arrive to sorayPampa, located at 3800 meters. We take a little brake in order to enjoy the views. Then we hike up for one hour and a half to see the turquoise Umantay Lake. We return for fourty five minutes to soraypampa where we have a delicious food cooked by our profesional shef. Ofcourse when you hike with Quinoa Expeditions Peru.Your trekking chef and porters, who will be ready with hot beverages, followed by an amazing family-style meal for you to enjoy. You can have a siesta after lunch until its time to continue your expedition. It will begin with the last two hours uphill portion of the day, At around 4:30 p.m., you will get to your campsite, located at the foot of Salkantay mountain, and your trekking staff will have your tents set up and with your duffel bags ready. They will provide you with warm water to get washed up and change into something warm. Your guide will introduce the team, take a group photo. We will have a happy hour with hot chocolate and coffee, followed by dinner. If the weather allows, you will get to enjoy the blue sky, as your tour guide will show you the Inca constellations.
Our campsite for tonight is at Salkantaypampa (4200m / 12750ft.), the nights can get pretty chilly here so it’s a good idea to put on your hat and gloves before you go to sleep.
Day 2: Salkantaypampa – wayracmachay-Colpapampa
We wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea tobe ready for the hike. Hopefully, as you open your tent, you will see the sunrise over glacier peaks. You will have time to pack up and enjoy a tasty breakfast prepared by our professional chef. Around 6:30 a.m., we start walking which will be three hours uphill until Salkantay Pass at 4,650 meters high, the highest point of the trek. We offer you some hot drinks, or coca tea and, you will be able to enjoy these amazing views. The Guide will make a small ceremony to the mother heart(pachamama) and the Salkantay mountain like in the incas time, in order to be protected until the end of your journey. If you are interested just ask the guide to make your own offering. The views will surround you as Salkantay peak, valleys etc. you will begin the hike which will be two hours downhill until you arrive at your lunch spot, wayracmachay at 3,800 meters high. After lunch, you will take short siesta and then begin the hike on a gradual downhill, to our private campsite. After you start walking downhill from our lunch spot, you will figure out that the micro-climate changes from cold glacier views to warm forest. Along the way you will explore beautiful waterfalls, rivers, flora and fauna. This will be another micro-climate called tropical forest, we’ll see a variety of wildlife from the small finches that scrape by at the higher altitudes to hummingbirds and toucans in the cloud forest, there is also a chance to see spectacle bear (ucucu), Andean Fox, White Tailed Deer and Viscacha (rabbit-like Chinchillas). There will be many different species of orchids to see, as well as ferns and begonia flowers. Humming birds will be above you, a difference from the day before. when you arrive to the campsite, you will be welcomed by your staff and have time to relax. Dinner tonight will be at beautiful campsite which is at the beginning of the cloud forest.
Day 3: Colpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba
You will have time to pack up and enjoy a tasty breakfast prepared by your chef. Around 7 a.m., you will begin the hike which will be five hours downhill until you arrive at your lunch spot, lucmabamba at 2,000 meters high. You will experience the most beautiful sights along the way. From breakfast spot, you will figure out that the micro-climate changes. We are enjoying the beginning of the lush tropical forest, coffee and banana plantations,avocado tree, orchids and plenty of birds to see. After lunch,we have option to go Santa Teresa Hot Springs which is composed of pure volcanic water, which is natural medicine and considered to be good for your bones, stress, muscles and headaches. Highly recommended by Salkantay trek hikers. we will have an incredible experience of nature at its purest form, touring a coffee plantation close to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans and picking our own beans. It doesn’t end there. Engulfed in the fields of tomatoes and avocados are multiple ecosystems from beginning to end. We will visit the organic coffee farm, where you will be able to taste the coffee, prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main farming industry for the local people. They farm big hectares of coffee to export to the United States, Asia and Europe. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia, but it wasn’t until the Spanish invaded Cusco, Spanish have brought to this region. We have diner in beautiful tropical area.
Day 4: Lucmabamba – Hidroelectrica – AC Town
There will be an early wake up, with a hot cup of coca tea. You will get ready for today’s activities and enjoy your last breakfast prepared by your prfessional chef. You start walking for three hours up; you will have the opportunity to climb part of the Inca trail. You will see amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley, until you arrive at Llactapata Inca site, right in front of Machu Picchu. You will be able to see the Machu Picchu ruins, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain in front this spot. You will learn about the Inca site all inca history with your professional guide. We spend time in this beautiful open spot, there will be enough time to take pictures and enjoy the box lunch. After our lunch we walk downhill ( never ending ) to hydroelectric station. We will follow one side of the train track until Puente ruinas and the last segment of the trail it is dusty road. We walk approximately three hours to arrive to Aguas Calientes. This section is interesting because Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries, he walked along this valley looking for the lost city of Vilcabamba. He met the farmer Melochor Artaega, who guided him to Machu Picchu. You will get to pass by the farm of Melochor Artaega, where you will see many species of flora and fauna, including the famous Peruvian national bird called cock of the rock, tucanets, parrots and orchids. Finally we arrive to Aguas Calientes where you go to your hotel to find the civilization back again; wifi, hot shower. In the evening, you will enjoy your dinner in tourist restaurant, then we make a Goodbye ceremony to thank all the porters for the great job they have done (if you wish to provide tips for them, you can do at this time). That has been made since long time ago, currently concider as a traditions. You must go to sleep in a proper time in order to wake up early the next day.
Day 5: AC town- Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will wake up early in the morning and we will order breakfast in the hotel. The hotel will hold your bags for you, until you return from your tour. We walk to the bus station to catch one of the first buses, it takes 30 minutes up to Machu Picchu. You will have two hours of guiding tour by our professional guide. Once the tour is over, acording Machupicchu rules nobody gets into the inca city again. Depending the time and your physical condition you have chance to walk down to Aguas Calientes for one hour and a half approximately or take a bus for 30 minutes. Explore Aguas Calientes town and its authentic sculptures. People who have tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately fourty five minutes up and fourty five minutes down. Your guide will let you know the time to meet at Aguas Calientes to enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant. This is optional and not included. At lunch, he will give you the tickets in your hands. Be on time at the train station, 30 minutes before the departure . The train will take you to ollantaytambo, where our transfer is waiting for you. Then our van will take you back to cusco. Finally we will drop you off in your hotel or nearby (depending the location and access).
Includes / Not Includes
- Pick up from your hotel
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9 or more trekkers
- 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
- Dining tent with confortable tables and chairs
- 4 person tent used by only 2 trekkers
- Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus 7kg of your personal items.
- Sleeping mattress
- Oxygen bottle
- First aid kit
- Private Transportation by bus cusco to Mollepata
- 3 star Hotel at aguas calientes on day 4 with private room(hot shower, wifi and storage where you can leave your luggage while you visit Machupicchu)
- Round trip bus ticket(Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu- Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- 2 hour guided tour of Machupicchu
- Return transportation by tourist train from Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo then van back to your hotel in Cusco
Does Not Include
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
- Inflatable sleeping pad
- Trekking poles
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machupicchu Maountain
- Travel Insurance (for the duration of your trip). You are strongly recommended to take out for the duration of your trip.
What you need to take
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Day pack
- Sleeping bag( you can rent from quinoa expeditions )
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket Warm jacket
- Warm clothes: layers for variable temperatures, especially at night. Thermals:Hat, gloves.
- wool socks and wool hat for cold nights
- T-shirts for the intire trek
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sunscreen (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries : poilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, wipes and hand sanitizer
- Personal medical kit
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries
- Camel bag or wáter bottle
- Extra money for drinks,tips and souvinirs. Etc( soles or dollars). At least 300 extra soles.
- Bathing suits for the hot springs( optional) recommended for those who stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes)
Price &, Availability
Group Service Price 2019
Price per person US$629.00
Private Service Prices
- 2 people US$ 729 per person
- 3 people US$ 669 per person
- 4 people US$ 649 per person
- 5 +people US$ 629 per person
Student Discount: US$30 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18’s Discount: US$30
Important: Prices Include mules to carry up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings.
Walking Pole US$20(pair)
Sleeping Bag US$30
Inflatable Mattress US$30
Single Tent Supplement US$30
Optional Extras/Not Included (Need to book in Advance):
- Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance).
- Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance).
- Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance).
- Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance).
Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Quinoa expeditions to use either of these dates for your reservation. Quinoa expeditions within the next 24 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.
Send us your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports’ numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)
Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).
Payment of deposit: For any of our Adventure treks ending in Machu Picchu.
We request a non-refundable deposit per person along with personal details of each member participating in the trek:
- Full name
- Passport number,
Payment of deposit amount is:
- US$ 200 per person for the Salkantay Trek only Or
- US$ 275 per person for the Salkantay Trek + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing. Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions:
- 7 – 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.
Please note, if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.
Methods Of Payments
METHODS OF PAYMENTS
INFORMATION FROM OUR TRAVEL AGENCY
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Página web:quinoaexpeditionsperu.com
- Teléfono:+51 84 384453
- Dirección:Calle Jose Maria Arguedas B-10, Urb. Cruzpata – Cusco
Money Transfer Company (Fastest and safest method of sending money in Peru)(It takes Minutes and pick the money inmediately and we can confirm in minutes)
Receiver’s Name: Alex
Receiver’s Surname: Huanca Hancco
Receiver’s Country: Peru
Account in Dollars: 4263113160397
Account in Soles: 4263113160932
- Deposit sent for is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Regulations).
- Quinoa expeditions must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail or fax so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
- Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
- A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
- Porter service hired can Not be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).