Discover the most spectacular of the Incan sites and one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.
You will feel on the top of the world!
Explore Cusco, the Capital of the Incan Empire and discover its awe – inspiring streets and Pre-Hispanic buildings.
Watch the Sunset on the Pacific Ocean in Lima and enjoy the city’s stunning architecture.
Savor Peruvian cuisine, with its exquisite and unique flavors. It has been recognized around the world as some of the finest there is.
Be dazzled by the unparalleled beauty of the Sacred Valley and its ancient Incan monuments and villages.

📍 This tour includes sensitive destinations, therefore we request you to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

🍏 All food on this tour is prepared mostly with local ingredients.

 🍃 Hotels with this mark are sustainable. We hope you will take them into account when making your reservation.

 

TRIP SUMMARY


Day 1: Cusco – Suiroccocha

Day 2: Suiroccocha – Colpapampa

Day 3: Colpapampa – Playa

Day 4: Playa – Machu Picchu Pueblo

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Embark on a 5-day journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu, exploring the best of Peru's natural beauty and historical treasures. Dive into the daily highlights for an unforgettable experience. Your adventure in Peru begins now!

Day 1: Cusco – Suiroccocha

Today we will start this amazing journey traveling to a small village, located close to the Apurimac River, six hours away.

On the way we will observe breath-taking views of the chains of snowcapped peaks of Vilcabamba, the quaint village of Mollepata, and the stunning Apurimac River Valley. At this point we will encounter the horses, mules, and wranglers who will carry your gear during the trek. We will start off with a gentle climb up the mountain through the Amazing River Valley of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, hiking steadily upwards to the high plateau, following a series of switchbacks called the Siete Culebras. This incredible path leads up to the grandiose Mount Salkantay, which is the highest point of our trek.

Along the way, you will get an amazing first view of the Humantay glacier. As we approach our campsite at Suiroccocha, the enormous Salkantay peak dominates the skyline. This first camp is located at 11,500 feet.

Altitude: 13,448 feet.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 2: Suiroccocha – Colpapampa

After breakfast, we will start our trek with a moderate climb up the Salkantay Mountain, where we will find small piles of stones, also known Apachetas. These served as offerings to the Gods. At this point we will find ourselves at the feet of two impressive mountains: Salkantay peak and Humantay.

Salkantay is the most imposing mountain in the Cusco region, a large, steep peak, with a steep vertical grade. From this point we will descend to our camp in Colcapampa Village, where we will spend the night.

Altitude: 13,500 feet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 3: Colpapampa – Playa

Very early in the morning we will start our descent to the eastern slope of the Andes, into the lush tropical valley where we will be able to observe the interesting flora and fauna characteristic of this region. This includes orchids, hummingbirds, butterflies, parrots, lush groves, cocoa and coffee plants, to name a few.

After crossing the river we will be trekking along the left hand side of the Alto Salkantay River. This part of the trek is easy as you descend altitude and we will observe how the landscape changes from the Andes mountain terrain to the low jungle. Finally, we will reach Playa, a small village where we set up camp for the night.

Altitude: 6,724 feet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 4: Playa – Machu Picchu Pueblo

Today we continue this amazing trek through a sub-tropical region until we reach the village of Lucmabamba, where we will join an original Inca Trail. From this point we will be able to observe the quaint Santa Teresa Valley. After a gradual uphill climb through a lush forest we will reach Llactapata from where we will enjoy beautiful views of Machu Picchu Citadel and of the surrounding peaks.

In the afternoon, we will descend to the Hydroelectric Plant, where we will have our final meal with the crew. Afterwards you will board the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo where you will spend the night.

Altitude: 6,560 feet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: (C) Casa Andina 🍃, (P) El Mapi by Inkaterra 🍃

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today after breakfast, you will take the early bus up to the stunning archaeological complex of Machu Picchu.

You will explore this enigmatic citadel where your expert guide will lead you through the ruins, providing archaeological and historical information on key areas of interest, including The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana (the Sun Dial) and the Sacred Plaza. You will appreciate the most amazing views from the top of the citadel! This is an opportunity to revel in the energy and atmosphere of one of the most significant and spectacular archaeological sites of the world, surrounded by the cloud forest. You will also have the opportunity to see Llamas wandering around the citadel in their natural environment.

After descending to Machu Picchu Pueblo, you will have some free time for lunch, and wander around through this picturesque town. In the afternoon you will board the return train to Ollantaytambo Station, where one of our representatives will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED

  • Hotel accommodation for 1 night.
  • Tent accommodation for 4 days.
  • All meals included during excursion as indicated in the itinerary: breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.
  • All ground transportation as described in the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling assistance and porters.
  • Purified and filtered stream running water for drinking.
  • All camping equipment included: tents, sleeping pads, dinning tent, private chemical toilet tent, oxygen tank.
  • All cooking gear & emergency first aid kit.
  • Expert English speaking tour guide.
  • Porterage of equipment along the trail.
  • Bus tickets to & from MachuPicchu.
  • Train Tickets from MachuPicchu To Cusco.
  • Entrance to the National Park of Salkantay & MachuPicchu.
  • Horseman and mules for personal equipment.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag and personal equipments.
  • Travel Insurance & Immunizations.
  • Laundry & gratuities for trekking staff.
     

PRICE PER PERSON

  • Standar:  Upon request
  • Comfort: Upon request

Discounts:

  1. Student Discount:

    All travelers under the age of 17 will have a discount. If you are 25 or younger, you can get a special discount with your student card. Please advise by email to give you a code for the discount.

  2. Comunidad Andina De Naciones:

    Special discounts for residents of the Andean Community of Nations.

    Andean Community: corresponds to residents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Changes: You can make changes to your reservation up to 48 hours before your trip at no additional cost.

No show and Cancelations: If you cancel 30 days before the trip before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 60% administrative charge will be applied. After this time, there is a cancellation or no show charge of 100%.

WHAT TO PACK?

  • Travel Documents: Passport, travel insurance, flight tickets, and any necessary visas.
  • Tickets: Ensure you have you tickets printed or downloaded to your mobile device.
  • Clothing: Fleece jacket or insulated layers for cooler evenings, Waterproof jacket and pants to stay dry in case of rain, Lightweight, moisture-wicking shirts and pants for comfort during the trek.
  • Headwear: Wide-brimmed hat or cap for sun protection, Beanie or hat for colder evenings
  • Accesories: Lightweight gloves for cooler mornings and evenings, UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun, Quick-dry, compact towel for personal hygiene, Headlamp or Flashlight, Portable Charger, Camera
  • Hiking Boots: Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots with good ankle support.
  • Personal Items: Prescription medications and a basic first aid kit, Biodegradable soap and shampoo for use in eco-friendly hotels, Insect repellent, Toiletries (eco-friendly options if possible)
  • Sun protection: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays at high altitudes.
  • Backpack and Gear: A small, comfortable daypack for daily essentials during hikes, ightweight and compact sleeping bag suitable for the conditions, Adjustable trekking poles for added stability on uneven terrain.

 

Tips

Layering is Key: The weather can vary, so pack layers that can be easily added or removed.
Pack Light: Keep your backpack as light as possible for ease of hiking.
Leave No Trace: Bring a small trash bag to pack out your waste and follow Leave No Trace principles.

As you prepare for your exciting 5-day expedition through Peru, we understand that questions may arise. This FAQ section aims to provide clarity and essential information to ensure your adventure is seamless and memorable. From trek specifics to cultural experiences, let's address your queries, helping you embark on this journey with confidence and excitement!

What kind of terrain and landscapes can I expect during this 5-day trek?

The trek encompasses diverse terrains, from mountainous landscapes around Suiroccocha to lush valleys and the historic Machu Picchu Pueblo.

How physically demanding is the trek, and do I need prior hiking experience?

The trek involves varied terrains with some challenging sections. While prior hiking experience is beneficial, it's designed for adventurers of various skill levels.

What should I pack for this trek considering the changing environments?

Essential items include sturdy hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing, a daypack, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle. A comprehensive packing list is available for your reference.

Are there opportunities for cultural insights during the trek?

Absolutely! The journey passes through local communities, providing opportunities to interact with residents and gain cultural insights into the region's traditions.

Is altitude sickness a concern during this trek, and how is it addressed?

Altitude sickness is a consideration, and the itinerary includes acclimatization periods. Staying hydrated and following the suggested itinerary helps minimize the risk.