Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days

(Includes a full day tour in Machu Picchu Inca City)

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days
View of Salkantay Mountain from Soraypampa

The Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu, was lately listed among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

The Salkantay Trail is one of the splendid trails to Machu Picchu in terms of natural beauty due to its exceptional geographical position. The altitude of Salkantay Mountain is 6,264 m above sea level with weather conditions changing from sub-tropical to arctic. The Salkantay route gives a range of degrees for tours of which we offer treks for the more rugged traveler to the traveler who would like a more calm tour.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu


  • Transfers from Hotel
  • Transportation Cusco - Mollepata. (Start Trek)
  • Professional bilingual Tour guide.
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus tickets to Machu Picchu Inca City and to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day. Meals after the last breakfast (Day 5) are not included.
  • Professional Cook: all our fresh vegetables are washed in iodine water prior to serving. Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost! All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen tank
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Horse handlers
  • Quadruple (4 person) waterproof tent for 02 people
  • 01 Sleeping Mattress per person
  • 01 night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return train tickets Expedition Service (Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo) and bus to Cusco.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Inca Trail + Huaynapicchu

INCA TRAIL 5 Days to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain

One of our most popular trips in the region for those looking to combine the cultural highlights of Machupicchu with the challenge of one of the world's best known hikes. The 5 day Inca Trail trek will reward you with a stunning combination of the region's ruins, mountains capes and cloud forests. This trip includes a fifth day to climb the HuaynaPicchu Sacred Mountain.

Meals provided= (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.


Cusco – Pisacucho – Wayllabamba (L, D)

Everyone is collected early from their hotels and we all travel by bus for a bit more than three hours, passing by the picturesque villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, until reaching the kilometre 82, the actual start of your Machu Picchu 5 day trek. "quechua" porters going through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River valley, with magnificent views of the snowcapped mountain, Veronica (20,200'). We cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right as it climbs steeply up from the river. After passing through a small village, the ruins of the Inca hillfort of Huillca Raccay come into view high above the mouth of the river Cusichaca ('happy bridge'). It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca River.

For a further 7 km the path follows the left bank of the river up to the village of Wayllabamba (3,000m). The name in Quechua means 'grassy plain'. We spend the first night here beside some spectacular ruins which, if you have the energy, we have time to explore.

Meals: Lunch - Dinner.


Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa – Pacaymayu (B, L, D)

After a delicious breakfast, we start our second day of this Machu Picchu trekking tour, perhaps the most difficult, as we have to climb to the pass of the impressive Warmihuañusca ("Dead woman's Pass") at 4,200 meters high. In this place, the highest in the Inca Trail, we enjoy a spectacular view of the Andes. The path continues on following a mountain stream up past hummingbirds and amazing stunted cloud forest. We pass by the beautiful grassy area at Llulluchapampa (3680 meters), which also possesses outstanding views down the valley.

After lunch, we start the descent towards the valley of Pacaymayu, where we make our camp.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner.


Pacamayu – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna (B, L, D)

From Pacamayo it takes about an hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley below. Another 45 minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m). At last you'll feel that you are walking along the trail of the Incas with paving, for the most part, being original. The descent down the steps from the pass is steep so take care.

This section of the trail, up till the 3rd pass, is particularly beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about 1 hour from the 2nd pass you'll arrive at Sayacmarca by way of a superbly designed stone staircase. The name Sayacmarca means 'Inaccessible Town' and describes the position of the ruins perfectly, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. No one knows the exact purpose of these ruins.

You have to backtrack a little to rejoin the trail as it passes Conchamarca, a small Inca dwelling situated in the shadows of Sayacmarca, which was probably a tambo for weary travelers on their way to Machu Picchu.

From then on the path descends into a magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock, on the way.

The trail then climbs up to the 3rd pass (3,700m). The view from the pass offers excellent views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (6,271m) and Veronica (5,750m). A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin so far. The name means 'Town in the Clouds'.

Access to the ruins is down a steep flight of stairs passing six 'Inca Baths' probably used for the ritual worship of water. Leaving the site via an impressive Inca staircase leading from the west side of the ruins (the far end from the baths) you descend a thousand or so steps. Be careful with your knees which will feel the strain by the end of the day.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.


Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu (B)

After an early morning chance to catch the sunrise on the surrounding snowcapped mountains of Salcantay and Veronica, we give a farewell to our porters composed of a traditional song and dance. Our final day of hiking brings us into the cloud forest with a series of Inca stairways to Winay Wayna, another interesting site full of swallows and orchids. Finally we get to Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. We pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to our hotel in the colorful town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formally known as Aguas Calientes) and celebrate our return to civilization.

In the late morning we have Machu Picchu virtually to ourselves for a full guided tour, with time to climb Huayna picchu (due to permit restrictions, please let us know at the time of booking whether you want to climb Huayna picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain) or else just wander around, soaking up the amazing atmosphere.

If you are exhausted just come down to Aguas Calientes and relax in the hot springs as you have a second opportunity to see all of Machu Picchu well rested tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast.


Machu Picchu – Huayna picchu – Cusco (B)

After an early breakfast you can walk or take the bus back up to explore Machu Picchu more fully and of course for your climb to Huayna picchu. If you were tired yesterday then you have plenty of time to really capture Machu Picchu today so start out early! Buses are available from 5.30am.

In the afternoon, we board the train for an exhilarating ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once at the terminal, our bus whisks us back to Cusco and your hotel. Of course if you have some energy left, you could always explore Cusco's excellent nightlife.

Meals: Breakfast.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machupicchu in 7D/6N

Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machupicchu in 7D/6N

Our classic Salkantay Trek is an alternate to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but this trek in fact unites the two!



We will pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus to the town of Mollepata. Along the way, we will pass through the picturesque towns of Pampa de Anta, Izcuchaca, Zurite, and Ancahuasi. Our journey will take us into the Limatambo Valley, and then toward Mollepata, where we will begin our adventure trek. At Mollepata, we will complete the arrangements for our trek and then hike to our first camp at Soraypampa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



We will begin our second day with a trek to Choquekiclla, where we will view the majestic Salkantay Humantay, a sacred mountain capped with snow peaks and we’ll make camp on its skirts (4,000 meters above sea level).

Meals: Lunch, Dinner.



The third day is by far going to be the hardest day on the trek. It’s long, it’s cold, and you have to make your way over the 4,650 meter Salkantay Pass. Nonetheless, waking up at sunrise amidst the sprawling grasslands of Sisaypampa, the sun illuminating the 6264 meter Andean peaks springing up from behind you makes for an energizing and mesmerizing start of the day.

The climb to the pass takes about 3 or 4 hours, and it is fairly steep with narrow switchbacks and steady uphill climbs until the rock structures of the pass finally come into view. Unless hiking in June or July, the trail should not have any snow or ice, although hail, sleet, ice, and rain are possible at any time of the year.

Though the air is thin and the trail is steep, anyone who is fairly physically fit and acclimated to the altitude can make it over the pass. Our group carries extra oxygen if needed, but you can also ride a horse over the pass.
Once having crossed the pass it is the start of a long downhill hike where you will eventually drop over 1,700 meters vertically until you arrive at our campsite in the Inca Canal. During our trek, we will be able to fully appreciate and take in the imposing Andean landscape.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



We begin Day 4 by hiking through the Inca Canal, which leads us to Paucarcancha. At Paucarcancha, we will enter the Cusichaca Valley and hike onward to Huayllabamba (Incaracay).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



After waking up at around 5:00-5:30am and having breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass: Abra de Warrmihuañusca also known as Dead Woman's Pass at 4200 meters. On this day you should feel proud for reaching the top! After a rest here, we begin the descent to the lunch stop which is located at Pacaymayu (3550 meters). On the way up to the pass we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. Also we will have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees such as the Polylepis or Q'ueuña trees which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650 meters! We will arrive at our campsite, Pacaymayo, by 5 pm.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner.



In our opinion, this is the most impressive day! We will wake up for breakfast around 6am, and start the day with a gentle climb to visit the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca (meaning Town in the Clouds) and to reach the third highest point on the trail at 3680 meters). The views from here of the mountains, canyons and surrounding area are spectacular.

The Inca site, Phuyupatamarca, is located a few minutes walk from the third pass and after visiting this, we continue walking (3000 steps!) through the cloud forest and the impressive agricultural Inca site of Intipata until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2680 meters). Today we have only walked about 4 to 5 hours and have arrived to camp by lunch time! A short distance from this campsite is the Inca site with the same name, Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, don’t miss out on visiting the most impressive sites on the trail.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.



We will leave the last campsite at about 5:30am on the final day (breakfast 3.30-4:00am). It is an early start in order to get to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) at 2730 meters before sunrise. This is the place from where you will have your first dramatic view of Machu Picchu at 2400 meters with the sun rising over it! After some time there, we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city.

Finally we visit Machu Picchu itself! A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included in all tours is until Ollantaytambo (Expedition) and then bus to Cusco. Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending on time of booking and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Inca Trail).

Meals: Breakfast.

Optional Huayna Picchu Sacred Mountain: Only the 400 tickets are issued for Huayna Picchu, the famous mountain that sits inside of Machu Picchu. 200 hundred people are allowed to enter at 7:00 am and other 200 hundred at 10:00 am. If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, please let us know at the time of your booking.

At 6:45p.m. (depending on availability), you will take a train to Ollantaytambo. From there a bus will drive you to Cusco where you’ll be arriving approximately at 22:30 pm

Monday, July 25, 2016

Machu Picchu Full Day Tour

Machu Picchu Full Day Tour


EVERYDAY 5:00 A.M. TO 10:30 P.M.
Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes)
Machupicchu - Cusco - Ollantaytambo


Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

5:00 a.m.: Transfer from your hotel to the train station

We will take the touristic train to Aguas Calientes. From there we will take a bus to Machupicchu Inca City.

We´ll have 02 hours with a professional bilingual tour guide, visiting the main temples and plazas in Machu Picchu, and then you´ll have free time to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace.

Optional: You can ascend the sacred mountain of Huayna Picchu. You can also visit the Sun gate and the Inca Bridge.

6:30 p.m. return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco

10:30 p.m. Arrival in Cusco

Transfer to Hotel / End of service


  • Transfers from hotel / train station.
  • Tourist train to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Entrance fees to the Inca city.
  • Concetur Bus up to and down from Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Professional Bilingual Guide
  • Gourmet Lunch at Machu Picchu
  • First aid kit


  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance to recreational sites such as clubs, hot springs, theme parks
  • Other items and activities not specified in the program


  • Small personal backpack
  • Jacket for the cold
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera or video camera
  • Water and snacks



Expedition Trail - Train to Machu Picchu
The passengers in the Expedition Train will be comfortable and able to relax while being informed about the important points that this ancient route includes which every traveler should know.

The EXPEDITON has fully covered cars with panoramic windows to allow travelers to feel like they are immersed in the beauty of the natural landscape, making the Machu Picchu experience begin on the train.


Vistadome Service - Train to Machu Picchu
Completely surrounded by glass, the train cars have large panoramic windows offering unparalleled scenic views and a number of spectacular photo opportunities. The traveler in the VISTADOME will feel part of the impressive landscapes of Peru. Perurail provides personalized attention and first class service to allow the passengers on board to have an unforgettable experience.

The VISTADOME also has air conditioning, heating, and leather seats to provide you with a comfortable experience during the entire trip. The VISTADOME has a service on board which allows travelers to feel immersed in the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food, carefully prepared with local ingredients

Monday, July 18, 2016

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N


A route through impressive Andean landscape and a plenty diversity of cultures, located on the gorgeous Lares encircled by brilliant snowy peaks and a great variety of hot springs. You will visit highland far away settlements where life keep on much as it was ages ago and local dwellers conserve the Inca customs of their predecessors: authentic clothing and traditional agriculture side by side with llamas and alpacas helping to cultivate the best qualities of corn and potatoes around the world.

From those high, open spaces we go down into the exuberant forests around Machu Picchu, enjoying a great variety of flora, fauna, nature and exciting panorama, our trip finishing with a amazing sunrise and visit to the renowned 'lost city'.

This trek is perfect for those who take a pleasure in search of alternatives taking you through rustic communities in the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas.


Cusco - Lares - Pascana - Quishuarani

At 5:00 am our guide picks you all up from your hotels and we drive through the Sacred Valley turning at the town of Calca to head to Lares village – the drive takes around 3 hours. Once we arrive in town we go up to the Hot Springs where we can relax and enjoy these beautiful outdoor hot waters. Lunch is provided here. Our bus awaits us during this time and we then continue our journey for around 20 minutes to the start of the trail known as Pascana.

Here we meet up with our horsemen and pack the horses and llamas. We are ready to start our hike to Quishuarani for around 3 hours. When we get to our campsite everything has already been set up for us. In the free time in our hands we can come across some of the locals and appreciate their weaving techniques.

This is a lovely day filled with great landscapes and the opportunity to visit several Andean villages. Beware as the temperature drops at night so you should be ready with warm outfit.

Meals: Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner


Quishuarani - Cancha Cancha

After a delicious breakfast we leave Quishuarani. This is going to be our longest day on the trail as we continue north east up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After ½ hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2½ hour trek to the highest passage, called Pachacutec Pass (4758m). From here you are rewarded with superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray.

The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful secluded corrie filled with glacial lakes. We have lunch in that beautiful place. We then keep on following the lip of the corrie descending into the next valley, and we pass by a series of cascading waterfalls until we reach the village of Cancha Cancha. We camp here for the night.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.


Cancha Cancha - Huaran - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu

After a delicious breakfast we start our easier hike of the day following the small Cancha Cancha River. It's a 4 hour trek to our destination, the small village named Huaran. From here we take a local transport to the town of Ollantaytambo, a beautifully well preserved Andean town you have some time to explore before boarding on the 3:00 pm train to Aguas Calientes. We spend the night in a nice hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Optional: you can give an early night visit to the Aguas Calientes' Hot Springs where the entrance fee is US $4.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.


Full day at Machu Picchu

We have breakfast and then take the 6:00 am bus up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. A walking tour of approximately 2 hours is then given by your tour guide, after which you can explore the mysterious city all by yourselves.

If you got your Waynapicchu entrance ticket (entry limited to 400 people daily for an additional cost of US $ 15.00 so you should better get it when you book your tour) you can also climb the neighboring mountain Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft). Keep in mind that it takes about 45 minutes to reach the top so you might seriously reduce your time on the prestigious site.

Once you are filled with those mystical vibes, we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to get on the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco. We are in Cusco at around 10:30 pm.

Meals: Breakfast.


The itinerary and campsites are subject to change depending on the time of booking. It can also vary depending on the climate or the health status of the trekkers. The train (to and from Ollantaytambo) included in every tour is the Expedition Service. Train times will only be confirmed near the time of the trek; thus if you join a group later we cannot guarantee you will be travelling on the same trains as the rest of the group. Train times are also subject to change depending on the train company timetables or availability.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Attractions along the Inca Trail

Attractions along the Inca Trail

There are many ruins, great vantage points, and beautiful landscapes along the Classic Inca Trail. The following are a view attractions along the way, many being ruins left behind by the Incas.

Ollantaytambo: Ollantaytambo is a small town close to Cusco and an archealogogical site left behind by the Incas. During the time of the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was a royal estate and when the Spanish were on their conquest of what is now Peru, it was a stronghold of the Inca resistance. There is a train station where you can get on to go to Aguas Calientes and from there to Machu Picchu.

Canabamba: was a small administrative control point left behind by the Incas.

Patallaqta/Patallacta: misidentified as Llaqtapata, means High Place and was a small Inca town and now one of the popular Inca ruins along the Inca Trail.

Willka Raqay: is an Inca ruin above Patallacta which was used as a control point.

Wayllabamba: was also a 'llacta' or administrative center by the Incas as well as being a small town with the same name in the area.

Yuncachimpa: Yuncachimpa is a small rest area with bathrooms and a place where you can buy supplies along the Inca Trail.

Llulluchapampa: Llulluchapampa is the last place along the Inca Trail where you can buy supplies until you reach Machu Picchu.

Dead Woman's Pass: Dead Woman's Pass, also known as Warmiwañusqa, is called so because the mountain looks like the profile of a woman looking up at the sky.

Pakaymayu: Pakaymayu is one of the camps along the Inca Trail at 3500 meters and this is also the name of the Pakaymayu Valley.

Runkuraqay: Runkuraqay is an archeological ruin believed to be an administrative point left behind by the Incas.

Runkuraqhay Pass: Runkuraqhay Pass, named for the mountain and ruins of the same name. From this height you will be able to see the valley you just left and the one in front of you along the Inca Trail. This is a great viewpoint and place to take pictures. It's northeast of the Sayacmarka ruins.

Sayacmarka: Sayacmarka is an Inca ruin that is believed to be a village as well as a sacred area, dedicated to the mountains. Sayacmarka means 'place you can't enter/inaccessible.

Chakiccocha: Chakiccocha means 'dry lake' and is one of the campsites along the Inca Trail.

Phuyupatamarka: Phuyupatamarka is a view point and an archeological center. It is believed to be a Llacta or administrative center for the Incas.

Inti Pata: Inti Pata was believed to be used as an agricultural center by the Incas.

Wiñayhuayna: Wiñayhuayna means 'forever young' and is considered to be a sacred place along the Inca Trail before coming to Machu Picchu.

Intipunku: Intipunku is also called the 'Sun Gate' and leads to Machu Picchu. This is a great vantage point where you'll get your first view of Machu Picchu. It was used by the Incas during their ceremonies for the summer solstice in December.

Chachabamba: Chachabamba is an archeological site left behind by the Incas believed to be dedicated to water.

Choquesuysuy: Choquesuysuy is an Inca archaeological site thought to be dedicated to agriculture.

Monday, July 4, 2016


Short Inca trail + Huaynapicchu


Hiking the Inca Trail is a unique experience that you have to try once in your life: intense and fabulous trekking through a range of spectacular Inca ruins while contemplating some of the most marvelous sceneries on the way.

Extraordinary landscapes, walking the Inca Trail through different ecological systems, amazing variety of flora and fauna, the adventures awaiting for you along the 3 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu present original cobble stones and allow you to visit the most important Inca complex on the way, Wiñayhuayna also known as "Forever Young". And you finish your trek at the impressive Inca citadel of Macchu Picchu so needless to say that this is an experience you are not to forget anytime soon.

Like every Inca Trail Expeditions Tour, this adventure has been designed by travelling specialists so you can completely rely on us for everything and be sure every dime of yours is wisely spent.


We pick you up by bus from your hotel at 5:40am (depending on the train time) and take you to the train station. We travel by train on a very picturesque route for 2 and a half hours until we reach the kilometer 104 – Chachabamba, where we begin our exciting adventure: Hiking the Inca Trail . From here, we have a walk of approximately 4 hours up to the Inca site Wiñay Wayna ('Forever Young') (2680m/8792ft).

We then continue on to Inti Punku ('Sun gate') (2730m/8957ft) from where you have your first view over the Majestic Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). We walk down the last part of the trail towards the ancient city itself. Before reaching Machu Picchu, we have a short rest and then descend to Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu Pueblo using the tourist bus. We arrive at around 4:30pm, and transfer to our hotel where we overnight.

Meals: Lunch - Tea Time - Dinner.

Excursion at Machu Picchu

We have breakfast and then take the bus at 8:00 am up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour (of approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide, after which you can explore the mysterious city all by yourselves. If you have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft), as it takes about 45 minutes to reach the top.

Optional: you can give an early night visit to the Aguas Calientes' Hot Springs where the entrance fee is US $4.

Meals: Breakfast

Machu Picchu to Cusco

After breakfast we take the train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus to Cusco.

We are in Cusco at around noon.

Meals: Breakfast


The itinerary and campsites provided by the INC (Institution that runs the Inca Trail) are subject to change depending on the time of booking. It can also vary depending on the climate or the health status of the trekkers. The train (to and from Ollantaytambo) included in every tour is the Expedition Service. Train times will only be confirmed near the time of the trek; thus if you join a group later we cannot guarantee you will be travelling on the same trains as the rest of the group. Train times are also subject to change depending on the train company timetables or availability.