Explore and meet one the highest moutain in Cusco region: Apu Salkantay!
Excursion of several days through the Andean mountains. Your legs will not be forgotten, but your eyes will not be spared either. You will discover magnificent landscapes, before arriving, on the last day, to the mythical city of Machu Picchu.
|NOT INCLUDED||International flights to and from the place of arrival and departure
Anything not mentioned under “Included.”
Compulsory travel insurance (accident/repatriation)
Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Montaña Machu Picchu
Your expenses on site
Allow an average of $25/day for meals (except when included) and drinks. This amount may vary depending on your choice of restaurant. Also include an amount for souvenirs that you would like to take away as well as for your personal expenses.
Cusco - Soraypampa
We’ll leave by bus from Cusco, very early in the morning. Arriving in Mollepata you can have breakfast (not included) before continuing to Soraypampa, our camp site where we will wait for lunch. In the afternoon, you will have the possibility to stay and rest or to go to the lagoon located about 1 hour away from our base camp.
Night in tents.
Soraypampa - Challway
Get ready for a day’s walk! After a good breakfast, we will leave for Huayracmachay, which is a 4-5 hour walk away for lunch. We will pass on the banks of the Salkantay, at 4’600 meters above sea level. The rest of the day will take us to Challway where we will sleep. You can enjoy the change of scenery, from the mountains to the Cuzquenian jungle.
Night in tents.
Challway - Santa Teresa
After breakfast, we will follow the path of the Santa Teresa River to Playa Sahuayaco for lunch. From there we will take a bus to Santa Teresa. There you can, if you wish, enjoy the thermal baths of the village in the evening (entrance and transport not included).
Night in tents.
Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
This morning you will have if you wish the possibility to participate in a zip line and suspension bridge session (optional – not included in the price of your trip). If you choose this option you will be taken directly to Hydroelectrica at the end of the morning where your trekking continues. If you don’t choose the zip line you can walk or take a bus (not included) to Hydroelectrica where the trek continues. From Hydroelectrica you will walk about 3 hours to Aguas Calientes, where you will sleep. There is also a possibility of thermal baths in this village.
Night at the hotel.
We will leave early in the morning to arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will enjoy a 2-hour guided tour, before having some free time to soak up the magical energy of the Inca city.
You will also have the option of climbing Mount Huayna Picchu or MachuPicchu Mountain (options to be requested in advance and subject to payment of a supplement). We will return by train to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.
The climate varies greatly according to the regions travelled through. From April to November, the sky is clear, although light rains are always possible. In altitude, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So bring warm clothes, even if you can walk around in a T-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at high altitudes, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.
No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.
When visiting high altitude areas, adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and fatigue affect some people. However, the trip is designed to allow our body to adapt gradually (increase in red blood cells).
All major cities have modern private clinics with care comparable to what we have in Europe. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.
We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical costs in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.
Currency / Credit Cards
Dollars and euros are accepted in the shops of the big cities. There are exchange houses everywhere. However, it is better not to carry large sums of money with you.
Credit cards are accepted in all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The commission of the bancomat is between 5 and 10USD.
In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.
Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily to the altitude and enjoy your discoveries.
For trekking trips, develop your endurance by running or practicing your endurance several times a week.
Material to take with you
|Passport and 2 copies||Visa (if necessary)||Travel insurance (mandatory) and copy|
|Airline tickets and copy||Yellow fever vaccination certification (if visiting the Amazon)||Currency in US dollars, euros or local currency|
|1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel)||Camera||Binoculars|
|Reading/writing materials||Flashlight||2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)|
|1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 1 big sweater||Warm underwear||Cap|
|Warm and waterproof jacket||Good shoes||Small towel and bathing suitcase|
|Toilet kit||Protection against sun and insects||Medicines you usually take|
Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)
You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).
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