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Mountains, forests and Inca ruins on the road to Machu Picchu
This trek is as beautiful with even more variety; from icy glaciers to steaming tropical forest in addition to the vestiges of Inca culture you'll see life as it is lived in the mountains on farmsteads and in tiny hamlets. The first 2 days of this exhilarating hike are the most challenging, as you hike around the skirts of ice-capped Mount Salcantay (6271m/20568ft), we go over a high pass to continue on a back-country trail, rocky in places until we join the famed Inca Trail. Our support crew is made up initially of pack animals and the last three days our gear is carried by porters. Winding its way from the powerful Urubamba River, across Mountain passes and through cloud forests, the ancient Inca road passes several ruined fortresses before reaching the fabulous lost city of Machu Picchu.

Trip Itinerary
Day 1 – Transportation to Cruzpata – Salcantaypampa

Pick up from the Hotel at 5:00am private transport from to Cruzpata 4 hours. We cross the town of Limatambo (2100m/6888ft), then drive up a beaten track along the right shore of the Apurimac River, to reach Mollepata (2800m/9184ft), from where we continue on to Cruzpata (3100m/10168ft), where we meet our horsemen and horses. From this point we start the ascent on foot towards Soraypampa, following a climbing trail with many level variations and along which we encounter little groups of houses, flora and small wild birds. We arrive at our campsite in Salkantaypampa (3895m/12776ft). From here we can appreciate the majestic Salkantay (6271m/20569ft).
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 10 km (6, 21 miles)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: (3850m/12628ft)

Day 2 – Salkantaypampa - Pampacahuana
Breakfast; we continue our hike to start the four-hour steep climb towards the Incachiriasca pass (4850m/15908ft), the highest of the entire route, offering impressive views of the Salkantay snow peak. We then descend towards our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe the Salkantay´s neighboring valleys (it is possible that you will see condors in this area). After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community, located next to an original Inca canal, where we set our second camp and spend the night.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 14 km (8, 70 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: (4850m/15908ft)

Day 3 - Pampacahuana – Llulluchapampa
Breakfast; start a downhill walk along the shores of the Pampacahuana River following its course towards the Wayllabamba (3000m/9840ft). On the way down we visit the Incaracay archaeological complex. After approximately 4 hours, we arrive to Wayllabamba, where we stop for lunch. This is the point in which our trek joins the Inca Trail. Since pack animals are not allowed in the Inca Trail, we say goodbye to our horsemen and instead, are introduced to our group of porters. We leave Wayllabamba to until Llulluchapampa (3850m/12628ft), where we camp and spend the night. Along the climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna, having the chance to spot domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 14 km (8, 70 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: (3850m/12628ft)

Day 4 – Llulluchapampa – Chaquiqocha
Breakfast; hike up the highest point in the Inca Trail, reaching the mountain pass of Abra Warmihuañusca (4200m/13776ft) after about 2 hours. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft), from which we then continue to climb to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Halfway up, we stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3800m/12464ft, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Only 20 minutes away is Chaquicocha, where we will set our camp.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 12 km (7, 45 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: (4200m/13776ft)

Day 5 – Chaquiqocha - Wiñay Wayna
Breakfast; continue up an easy climb, to arrive at the third pass, Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft). Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas´ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. Phyupatamarca means “town over the clouds”. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley and the long descending stone steps along which we will continue on to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft) where we spend the night.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 14 km (8, 70 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)

Day 6 – Wiñay wayna – Visit Machu Picchu – Back to Cusco
Breakfast; we wake up at 4:00am an hour later and climb to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) from this fabulous spot, we may see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m/7872 ft). From here we descend into Machu Picchu, 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the “House of the Guardians”. We then descend to the control point where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks.
Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you'll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.

Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activity by yourself (not included in the price):

1. Climb Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon train departure to Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Total distance: 4 km (2, 49 miles)
Estimated walking time: 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2700m (8829 ft)

Depart Cusco - Our representative will assist you and transfer to the airport and say goodbye.

Prices per person

Services Included
• 2 Airport Transfers
• Pre-departure briefing
• Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
• Private transport to Cruzpata, head of the Trek
• Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee (valid from days 3 to 6 of this program)
• English Speaking Professional Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
• 4 Season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
• Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
• Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
• One emergency horse – days 1 to 3 (each two trekkers)
• Your personal luggage allowance to put on the horses (Max. 8 kgs / 17 lbs per person) – days 1 to 3
• Personal Duffle Bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
• Extra porter to carry your personal luggage (Max. 8 kgs / 17 lbs per person) on days 3 to 6
• Chef and cooking equipment
• Dining tent with tables, chairs and Kitchen tent
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
• Toilet tent
• Accommodation for all our staff
• First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
• Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
• Return Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
• Private transfer from Poroy Train Station to your Cusco hotel

Services not included
• International airfares
• Domestic flights
• Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
• Snacks
• 5nsurance of any kind
• Laundry
• Wayna Picchu Mountain
• Sleeping bag
• Tips for the guide, cook and porters

Optional Services for this trip
• Entrance to Wayna Picchu Mountain US$
• Sleeping bag rental for the trek add US$
• Extra porter to carry your personal equipment add US$
• Walking stick rental for the trek add US$.