Group Travel - Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Enjoy Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu and 5 Days Hiking the Iconic, Alpine Salkantay Trek
Salkantay Group Travel Itinerary Includes
Small-Group touring services (maximum of 15 people) in Lima, Cusco, and on Salkantay Trail with guiding services in English. Private trek cook while on trail.
Transport from and to Airport in Both Lima and Cusco.
Two Nights in Hotel in Lima, Three Nights in Hotel in Cusco, and One Night in Hotel in Aguas Calientes. Three Nights on Trail (Tent Camping) on Salkantay Trek
English-speaking guide & private cook
Salkantay Trekking Permits & Machu Picchu Entrance Fees
Train Ticket for Return to Cusco from Aguas Calientes (Expedition Line)
On Trek, All Meals Included, Breakfast Included Daily in Hotel
Dargui Tours on-site group coordinator at all times
$1290.00 Per Person - 3-Star Hotels
$1380.00 Per Person - 4-Star Hotels
***Based on Double Occupancy ***
Day 1 - Welcome to Lima, Peru
Arrivals via international flights throughout the day to Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima (majority of flights will arrive in the evening). Greeting at the airport and private transport to your Miraflores hotel.
After arrival & check-in at hotel, in-person welcome by Dargui Travel Coordinator and remainder of evening to enjoy exploring the Miraflores area on your own. Dargui Travel Coordinator will go over in-person travel tips, itinerary review, and welcome gift. We’ll also have a list of suggested restaurants and sites to see on own throughout Lima. Overnight in your hotel in Miraflores.
Day 2 - Coastal Bicycle Tour & Welcome Toast
Breakfast included in hotel at leisure. Morning on own to explore Lima and get to know ‘The City of Kings.’ Dargui will have a list of recommended restaurants and sites to visit in Lima.
In the early afternoon, Dargui Coordinator will greet you at your hotel to begin a 3.5-hour shared biking tour of the Lima Coast to stretch our legs and see a bit more of coastal Lima (Small group touring services in English). We’ll cruise along the cycling paths of the Malecon, Larcomar, and past the Miraflores lighthouse before finishing our tour back where we started. After finishing the tour, time to refresh at the hotel before an early evening greeting at the hotel. We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant for a quick welcome toast with a Pisco Sour cocktail and a briefing of the following days. Afterwards, time on own to enjoy dinner. Overnight in your hotel in Miraflores.
Day 3 - Arrival & Welcome to Cusco
Breakfast included in hotel at leisure. Depending on flight time to Cusco for each traveler in group, greeting at hotel 3 hours prior to flight time for transfer back to the Lima Airport in van (Flights can be booked on own or via Dargui). Arrival to Cusco & greeting at the airport and private transfer to hotel in downtown Cusco. Check-in at your hotel, and time for exploring Cusco on your own by foot.
Greeting at hotel by Dargui Coordinator to say hello and help with any questions. We’ll have a list of suggested sites and restaurants to visit. In the early afternoon, greeting at your hotel by Dargui Coordinator for an optional walk to the nearby San Pedro Marketplace in Cusco. Remainder of evening on own to do more exploring.
Overnight in your hotel in Cusco.
Day 4 - Excursion to Maras and Moray
Breakfast included in hotel at leisure. Morning greeting at the hotel & transfer for a half-day tour sites in the Sacred Valley of the Inca. The tour starts with a visit to the Chinchero District – a well-known small, Andean town known for its weaving demonstrations and textiles. After seeing the local artisan weavers and Chinchero market, we’ll head into the Sacred Valley. The first stop will be at Maras -- known for its famous salt flats,naturally formed salt mines. The Incas used the natural flats, which sit perched over the Sacred Valley, for salt extraction from the pools formed with subsoil salt water. After a time at Maras, we’ll proceed onto the complex of Moray. This site stands out for its circular platforms, which were used as an agricultural investigative site by the Incas for crop growing. Afterwards we’ll
begin the return trip back to Cusco for arrival in the early afternoon and in time for lunch on own.
***Afternoon on Own in Cusco or Early Salkantay Departure -- Depending on trail & road conditions from the trailhead at Soraypampa, possible early start to the Salkantay Trek with a night on the trail. Greeting and pickup in late afternoon today and transportation to the trailhead (3.5 hours from Cusco) for arrival just before sunset with opening dinner by our camp Chef. If conditions permit leaving the following day, we’ll have one more night in hotel in Cusco with departure very early the following morning.***
Overnight in your hotel in Cusco. (B)
Day 5 - Day #1 on the Salkantay Trail – 18 KM on Trail
Depending on if our group had an early start for the trek the previous day, early pickup at hotel for start of the trek or first morning at camp. With either case, breakfast is included. We will meet our porters and guide team (Small group guiding service on trek in English).You’ll also be given a dufflebag at this point that will be available each day to store items up to 7KG not needed during each day on the trail that our porters will bring to camp nightly. After breakfast, we’ll start on trail by hiking to Lake Humantay. This first portion of the hike will take about 1.5 hours and will take us to the base of Humantay Mountain and to the crystalline lake of this glacial lake. After taking in Humantay’s beauty, we’ll head back to our hike’s starting point and then onward towards our lunch spot at Soyroccocha. This portion of the hike will take about 3 hours as we slowly gain elevation. We’ll pass by Salkantay Pampa and enjoy this beautiful alpine environment.
After lunch service and a break, we’ll continue hiking for about 1 hour more until Salkantay Pass -- the highest point of the trek. Enjoy a hot beverage and the view once reaching the pass. From here, we’ll head downhill for about 3 hours to our campsite at Wayracmachay. At camp, the trekking staff will be ready for our arrival with tents and duffel bags ready. Enjoy the incredible views from here. Enjoy hot cocoa and dinner service by our Chef and the first overnight under the stars. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Day #2 on the Salkantay Trail – 18 KM on Trail
Early morning wake up call with a hot drink to start the day. Enjoy the morning glow of the surrounding alpine mountains and breakfast service by our camp Chef.
At around 7 am, we’ll break camp and hike for about 4 hours steadily downhill until reaching our lunch spot at Ccollpapampa. Today you will begin to notice the landscape and flora begin to change as we head from an alpine environment to high jungle. After lunch service and a break, we’ll head towards our next campsite near La Loreta tonight. To get to La Loreta will take about 4 hours. We’ll start to see more waterfalls, rivers, and, later, some coffee farms and fruit groves. At arrival, camp should be ready and time to enjoy the extensive campsite that includes a nearby seasonal ecological garden. Dinner service by our chef with views and sounds of the nearby Salktantay River. Overnight at camp.(B,L,D)
Day 7 - Day #3 on the Salkantay Trail – 12.5 KM on Trail
We’ll start a bit later this morning and enjoy camp a bit more before breakfast service by our Chef. Today is the shortest day on the trail and the landscape will become noticeably more tropical. In the morning, we’ll pass by several agriculture areas and will see oranges, avocado, and coffee plantations. We should also have time for a quick coffee tasting and briefing of coffee growing in the region. From here, we’ll head towards the Inca ruins of Llactapata and hike sections of the Inca Trail for about 2.5 hours with great views of the Santa Teresa valley. At Llactapata, Machu Picchu should come into view. You will also have a guided walk through the Llactapata Inca site and time for photos of Machu Picchu. About 15 to 30 minutes further downhill takes us to our lunch and campsite area. After lunch service, you will have some free time to enjoy the views and relax your legs. In the early evening, enjoy tea service and dinner by our Chef. This campsite is typically a great place to enjoy a sunset. Once the stars come out, we’ll be able to see the Milky Way and various constellations which also helped the Inca civilization orient themselves. Overnight at camp. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Day #4 on the Salkantay Trail – 14 KM on Trail
Morning wake up call with a hot drink to help start the day. Enjoy one last breakfast by our camp Chef before breaking camp. We’ll start hiking downhill past a waterfall or two with views of Machu Picchu until the Hidroelectrica Station. From the Hidroelectrica Station, you will then continue to the well-known Intiwatana sundial which helped predict farming seasons for the Incas.
Following the Intiwatana, we’ll walk along the path of train leading to Machu Picchu. The hike along the train tracks will be about 3 hours and will lead to the bustling town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. Finally, upon your arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will enjoy a box lunch. Mid-afternoon check in to the hotel for the evening to finally enjoy a hot shower and possibly an afternoon dip in the man-made hot springs in town. Enjoy a final dinner with our camp Chef before heading back to the nearby 3-Star hotel for a much more comfortable nights rest (B,L,D).
Day 9 - Day #5 on the Salktantay Trail - Capstone Day at Machu Picchu
Early morning breakfast included in hotel at leisure. Greeting at the hotel for a private group guided visit to Machu Picchu We’ll walk to the nearby bus stop and board one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu. A brief 20-minute bus ride up the hill towards Machu Picchu, will bring us to the entrance of this historic fortress of Machu Picchu. Near the main entrance, there will be a perfect outlook point for photos of the ruins. From here your guide will interpret the history of the Incan citadel as you walk throughout the principle ruins and learn the history of this UNESCO Heritage site. You’ll then have time on own to explore Machu Picchu on own with suggested visits to the Inca Bridge (short hike) or to the Sun Gate (long hike). From here, our trekking guide will say goodbye to the group as we exit the ruins. Board a bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy more time exploring the town and lunch (on own).
At appropriate time in the late afternoon, boarding of the return train towards Ollantaytambo station. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, greeting at the train station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco for a late evening arrival. Check back into your hotel and free time for dinner. Overnight in your hotel in Cusco.
Day 10 - Return to Lima or Added Day to Relax in Cusco
Breakfast included at leisure at your hotel. At the appropriate time prior to your flight from the Cusco airport back to Lima, greeting at hotel 2 hours prior for transfer in van Upon arrival back to Lima, connect to your international flight back home.
***Note on Extending Your Stay -- From Day 10 each traveler may opt to either extend their stay in Cusco for one additional evening (not included) or continue on in their travels to another destination in Peru. Dargui Tours can assist in planning for extensions to recommended such as to a Peru Amazon eco-lodge in Puerto Maldonado or to visit Lake Titicaca.***