This journey is the perfect alternative hike for those who were unable to book the Inca Trail. The adventure trail traverses a high Andean plateau, crossing one pass as high as 4600m/15092ft for an up-close view of the Sacred Inca peak, Salkantay (6280m/20598ft). We will take a more scenic and enjoyable route to Lucmabama passing by farms of bananas, coffee, cacao and more. The following day enjoy a tour of the Llactapata Inca Ruins with the first views of the back of the Machu Picchu ruins at a far distance. On the fourth day you will walk to Machu Picchu village to spend the night in a cozy hostel. On the last day you will visit Machu Picchu the “Lost City of the Incas". See the intricate stonework of these enigmatic ruins which is one of the finest examples of Inca masonry. Note: Most travel agencies go to Santa Teresa for the night which has hot springs but there is too much noise and partying so we no longer do this route.
Note: Trekperu operates its own treks with a minimum of 2 persons.
Pick up in the morning from your hotel and drive from Cusco to Mollepata (3000m/9843ft) and continue to Challacancha a place with magnificent scenery of valleys, and mountains. From here, we start our hike upwards until reaching Soraypampa (3700m/12139ft) our first campsite that is located at the foot of the Tucarhuay mountain.
Meals: L, D
In the morning we will walk the most difficult part of the trek, the highest point, to the Salkantay Pass (4600m/15092ft). Then we start our descent observing the change of the constant ecological scenery. Finally, we arrive at our next camp at Collpapampa (3200m/10496ft).
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast we will walk down through a colorful forest seeing bright vegetation. We will pass many farming areas of coffee, cacao and more, en route to Lucmabamba (2100m/6890ft), our next campsite. Later on we will enjoy a tour of a nearby coffee farm. We will see the process of roasting the coffee beans and then try an aromatic cup of brew.
Meals: B, L, D
Note: Most travel agencies go to Santa Teresa for the night which has a hotsprings but there is too much noise and partying so we no longer do this route.
This morning after breakfast, we will continue our hike to the Llactapata Ruins (2700m/8907ft). We will walk up for about 3 hours admiring the beautiful scenery of orchids and more until reaching the ruins for a visit. Take in the amazing first views of the back of the Machu Picchu ruins from a far distance. Afterwards, we continue down hill for about 2 hours to the Hydroelectric Station (1950m/6398ft). From here we will walk to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) (2050m/6726ft) along the Urubamba River enjoying the beautiful vegetation. We arrive in town and walk to our hotel and check in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Optional extra cost: take the train to Aguas Calientes instead of walking.
Overnight in Machupicchu Town
Meals: B, L
After a very early breakfast, your guide will meet you in your hotel to take the bus up to the magical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a professional guided walking tour of the grand Machu Picchu (2400m/7874ft). Visit the extraordinary Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Three Windows features huge trapezoidal windows and much more. Enjoy free time climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, or walk to the Inca Bridge or Sungate. Then return by bus to Machu Picchu town for lunch (on your own) before boarding the train to the Poroy station. Arrive and our staff will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.
Optional extra cost: Huayna Picchu (must be reserved at least 3 months in advance) or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak.
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