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Cusco + Salkantay Trek 11 Days tour

AITA PERU’s favourite treks is without doubt the famous Salkantay Trek.  This unforgettable Trek to Machu Picchu Inka city is the perfect alternative to the overcrowded Inka Trail and considered by most the best alternative route (and maybe even better!). This impressive trek is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!

The snow-capped mountain of Salkantay rises to 6271 m.a.s.l. in height. It is an outstanding snowy peak, highly venerated and respected by Andean people, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible by car and it has been climbed by professional mountaineers since 1952.

In order to complete the Salcantay Trek, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, but age shouldn’t be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well-acclimatized to the altitude. The highest you will trek the entire time is 4, 650 m.a.s.l.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco

You can arrive at any time. We include your arrival transfer. Tonight, meet the group and your guide at a welcome meeting and take this opportunity to let us know your expectations for the upcoming tour.

  • Accommodation: Mama Sara Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Cusco / Ollantaytambo

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Walk in the ruins of Pisaq, appreciate its urban architecture and hydraulic engineering. Visit the community restaurant Tambo Del Chasqui supported by Aita Peru in the town of Huch’uy Qosqo and enjoy a healthy lunch prepared with organic products from this fertile valley. In the afternoon visit the ancient Inca town of Ollantaytambo and walk through its traditional narrow streets.

  • Accommodation: Inca Natura hotel (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 4: Ollantaytambo / Cusco

Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise before breakfast, this day you will visit Moray an old set of agricultural terraces that have microclimates, then meet the Inca mines of Maras. In the afternoon visit Chinchero and its ancestral textile workshops. Finally you will return to Cusco to spend the night.

  • Accommodation: Mama Sara Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 5: Cusco / Soraypampa (start of Salkantay trek)

We will pick you up at your hotel at 5.00 a.m. and travel in our transport to the village of Mollepata, around 7:00 a.m. we will have breakfast. Around 8:00 in the morning, we will continue in our private van to the sector called Markhuq’asa, from this point we will start our hike surrounded by spectacular scenery. At noon our lunch will be ready in the sector called Soraypampa, located at 3,900 meters above sea level at the foot of the Salkantay snow-capped mountain, the highest glacier in this region. In the afternoon we will hike to the beautiful Humantay lagoon of stubborn waters. After visiting and enjoying its beauty, we will return to our camp where we will spend the first night.

  • Accommodation: Camp (Tent, sleeping bag, mattress)
  • Meals included: Lunch / Dinner
  • The luggage is moved to the next camp.

Day 6: Soraypampa / Chaullay Village

Early in the morning we will have our breakfast and then start climbing towards Salkantay pass located at an altitude of 4664 meters above sea level. After an arduous walk we will rest and enjoy the beautiful landscapes that this great place has to offer. Then we will begin to descend towards the Collpapampa valley, along this path with some difficulty, however the panoramic views and wildlife that you will see will make it an unforgettable experience. As you descend, you will notice that the vegetation changes, among them you will observe a great diversity of plants and animals, some of them endemic. In the afternoon we will arrive at the campsite located in the town of Chaullay.

  • Accommodation: Camp (Tent, sleeping bag, mattress)
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • The luggage is moved to the next camp.

Day 7: Chaullay Village / Santa Teresa Village

After a comforting breakfast, we will start our walk appreciating a variety of crops, including coca leaves, considered a sacred plant since our ancestors. This last stretch will be downhill to Playa Sahuayaco. There we will have a typical lunch prepared by our Andean chef, from this point we will take a local transport that will take us during 40 minutes towards the next town called “Santa Teresa”. This is an attractive town that has thermal-mineral-medicinal waters. There we will be able to take a refreshing and relaxing bath. We will spend the night in this same town.

  • Accommodation: Camping (Tent, sleeping bag, mattress)
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • The luggage is moved to the next camp.

Day 8: Santa Teresa Village / Aguas Calientes

Every day will be a discovery. Accompanied by your professional AITA PERU guide who will give us unique and personalized attention throughout our tour, on this day we will have the splendid view of many waterfalls from the glaciers. We will also see coca leaf and coffee plantations worked by the local people and in the afternoon we will arrive at Machupicchu town, popularly known as “Aguas Calientes”. There we will spend our last night at the foot of the great Machupicchu (Inca citadel). During this fourth day we offer the option of canopy or zip line near Santa Teresa town (additional service).

  • Accommodation: Hotel Gringo Bill (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • The luggage will be taken to the hotel in Aguas Calientes

Day 09: Guided tour in MACHUPICCHU

5.00 in the morning your guide will pick you up, you will go to the bus station of Consettur to go up to Machupicchu, once in Machupicchu, you will enter and Visit the sacred citadel accompanied by your expert guide. At the end of the tour you will have free time to visit and walk around the Inca citadel. You may also have the option to climb the huaynapicchu, on your own and without the guide’s company. At 13:00 you will get off the bus to Aguas Calientes.

At 16.22 return by train to Ollantaytambo and then return by bus to the city of Cusco, arriving around 20.30

Note: If you decided to climb the Huaynapicchu mountains (extra payment 20USD), please contact us to help you to book.

  • Accommodation: Mama Sara Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Ticket to Machupicchu
  • Bus transfer to Machupicchu + return

Day 10: Tour to the Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca

Start at 5:00am, travel by car for 3:00 hours to the sector called Llaqto, from this point we will start the hike to the rainbow mountain, for 2:00 hours, on the way we will observe llamas and alpacas, also local people who keep the culture alive. Arrival to the summit, observe the splendid natural colors and return to the starting point to return to Cusco, arrival to Cusco at 17.00 hours.

  • Accommodation: Mama Sara Hotel (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 11 Cusco

Departure at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

  • If you are not ready to leave yet, we will gladly help you organize more tours to extend your adventure.

Payment Methods

Payment conditions

In order to guarantee the booking with us, the deposit agreed by you and AITA PERU should be paid in advance. Failing to do it, may incur in no guarantee of the service.

The amount to be paid doesn’t include the fee or tax for the bank transaction. THROUGH WESTERN UNION AND BANK TRANSFERS.

Please send us the confirmation receipt once you pay the deposit or the MTCN (WESTERN UNION) so that we can confirm your booking, otherwise we will not be able to proceed with your booking.

The deposit is not refundable.

Payment methods

Aita Peru Adventures offers multiple options of payment to our clients.

Clients can pay via:

1) PayPal: the 6% should be added in order to cover the fees and taxes from transaction.

 2) VISA LINK ADD 6% FEE 3) Western Union: The extra fees and taxes must be covered.

(www.westernunion.com [7]):

Receiver name: IDER

Receiver surname: CUSIHUAMAN CONDE

ID: 43576972

Address: CALLE PLATEROS # 392

WHATSAPP number: +51984888929

City/ place of receiver: CUSCO

Country: Peru

About the remayning payment

If there is any remaining balance to be paid to Aita Peru, you can pay in cash at the time of your trip (please note that broken tickets will not be accepted) or by debit/credit card once you arrive in Cusco, in case of card payment consider the additional 6% fee, at AITA PERU headquarters.

ABOUT TRAVEL CANCELLATIONS

In case of complete trip cancellation for other customer reasons.

30 days before we will charge 20% of the total for cancellation costs and office expenses.

15 days before, we will charge 50 % of the total for expenses and partial no-show services.

Less than 15 days before, we will charge 60% for operating and administrative expenses.

Same day of the trip, client will lose 100% of the paid trip without any right of claim. Since all services were scheduled by our company, unless it is for force majeure health, natural disasters, in which we will assess whether the client can recover a portion of the total amount.

ABOUT FLIGHT DELAYS AND/OR CANCELLATIONS

If you travel with AITA PERU and buy one of our tours and your flight to Peru is delayed or cancelled, don’t worry, just inform us as soon as possible so we can reschedule your transportation, as long as it doesn’t affect the date of your visit to Machupicchu, so the order of the tours could be modified.

With one of our tours with plane tickets included, and your flight to Peru is cancelled or delayed, do not worry as our representatives will wait for you, the arrival time will not be a problem.

If you purchase one of our tours and have an all-inclusive package, with flight included, and your flight is cancelled or delayed, we will try to help you as long as we can. If you have an international connection such as to the United States, the local airlines will do their best to help you connect with your international flight. If your flight has been cancelled, AITA PERU will try to help you with other airlines to reschedule another flight to return home, but it will not be under our responsibility.

Important information

 About optional tours

AITA PERU is completely experienced to organize excursions of a day duration, and a day tour duration just before your tour, our clients shouldn’t be worry about all-inclusive packages for our service. We have availability and we are ready for all types of re-arrangements according to the date our clients prefer to travel. AITA PERÚ is a 100% Peruvian company, which means all our product ingredients and operations are fully under our control. The payment of our day tour can be made by cash or card.

About the travel ensurance

AITE PERU recommends you have a travel insurance, in case something happens before your travel date with us and will need to cancel your trip, you could get a full refund from the travel companies. AITA PERU recommends TRAVELEX o TRAVELGUARD, moreover this companies, could cover the tour cancelation, interruption, loss or luggage delay, medical expenses and more.

About VISAS and PASSPORT

Perú is one of the countries in South America, where there are no many immigration controls to do tourism in the country. You can visit it as a tourist for about 183 days, for European and North American travellers Visa is not required to enter to Peru. The Passport is the only requirement to enter, but it should be valid for the whole duration of the visit. (Recommended to be valid at least for 6 months after the tour)

Please, verify if you require a visa to visit Peru at:

http://www.rree.gob.pe/Documents/REQUERIMIENTOS_DE_VISAS_PARA_CIUDADANOS_EXTRANJERO.pdf

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