Best of Machu Picchu and Cusco Region
our signature Andean hiking experience, including the amazing Salkantay Trek.
For the journey we provide a mix of comfortable all season tents, glamping in Llactapata and hotel overnight in Santa Teresa and Aguas Caliente (Machu Picchu).
Day 1. Cusco - Chonta (3550 M)
A 4 hour drive takes you to Chonta a beautiful spot above the Apurimac and with a splendid view of the Vilcabamba Mountain range.
Afternoon visit to the edge of the Apurimac gorge to see the condors rise from the depth. Chonta is an amazing spot for star gazing at night too.
Overnight in Chonta tented camp
Day 2. Chonta - Soraypampa (3980 M / 3.5 hrs by car) - Excursion to Humantay Lake (4200 M / 3.5 hrs)
3 hour morning drive to Soraypampa. Non paved road for most of the way. After arrival hike to the turquoise blue Laguna Humantay at 4200 Meters, where you enjoy a nice packed lunch. There is plenty of time to stop and admire the beautiful scenery, before reaching the campsite at Salkantaypampa, in the later afternoon.
Overnight in Salkantaypampa tented camp
Day 3. Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass (4610 M / 4 hrs) - Wayramachay (3850 M / 3.5 hrs)
Early start towards the Pass. The path climbs steadily over meadows, before following along the immense glacial moraine up to the small and rock dotted plain of Suyroqocha at 4480 Meters. From here it is just a 1 km hike to the highest point, the Salkantay pass (4630m). Lunch and time to admire the scenery of the massive glaciers and the shining white ice towers of Mount Salkantay, at 6271 Meters the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain-range. Witnessing the grandeur of the scenery, the hard breathing uphill hike is fast forgotten. And anyway, from here, it’s easier to walk, the lungs breathe free as you descend trough a wild and high alpine valley till we reach our camp ground at Wayramachay.
Overnight at our Wayramachay tented camp.
Day 4. Wayramachay- Collpapampa (2800 M / 2.5 hrs) - Santa Theresa (1500 M / 2 hrs by car) hot springs
After breakfast the hike takes you from the high alpine meadows into the lushness of the cloud forest. There is an instant change in temperature and the path leads trough age old cloud forests with moss laden trees, chirping birds and the song of the water. In Collpapampa your private transport takes you along the beautiful Santa Theresa river valley to Lucmabamba, where you stop at a coffee plantation for a visit and a lunch. After lunch drive to Santa Theresa.
Evening bath in the natural hot springs of Colcamayo.
Overnight in Santa Theresa: Hotel
Day 5. Santa Teresa - Llactapata
Short drive back to Lucmabamba and a 3 hour hike to Llactapata. The place is magical to say the least. At Llactapata you experience the beauty of a fast eroding world, as cloud forests have shrunk to just 1% of the global woodlands, however it is estimated that they harbour the greatest concentration of species anywhere on land. The place also offers a great view of Machu Picchu perched on the ridge across the valley.
Overnight in our Cloudforest glamping camp.
Day 6. Llactapata - HydroElectrica (3 hour hike) Train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (1 hour) or a beautiful hike along the river to Aguas Caliente (2 hours)
Steep downhill trek to HidroElecrica from where you have the choice of taking the train to Aguas Caliente, or to hike along the river to the base of Machu Picchu. The hike to Aguas Caliente is almost flat and leads trough forests with a few small hamlets on the way.
Overnight in Aguas Caliente: Hotel
Day 7. Machu Picchu - Sacred valley or Cusco
Visit of Machu Picchu and train to either Ollantaytambo, or Cusco.
Located more than 6000 feet above sea level in Peru’s mountain peaks, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. This legendary lofty city was abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (Old Peak), in the middle of a tropical montane forest overlooking the canyon of the Urubamba, the 'Lost City of Machu Picchu' is a site of extraordinary beauty and enormous archeological significance. The complex reflects the Inca Empire at its height, with giant walls, terraces and ramps that appear to have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The phenomenal technological skills of the Incan engineers can be seen in multiple facets of the site: the exacting precision of the massive stone buildings, the water channels that reveal a deep understanding of hydraulics, and Intihuatana ("the highest point of the Sun"), which served as a solar calendar that regulated planting and harvesting.
After the visit of Machu Picchu, train to Ollantaytambo and either by car to Cusco, or transfer into your hotel in the sacred valley. Please ask us for details, since the options are many.