Salkantay and Inca Trail to Machupicchu 6D/5N

OVERVIEW / Day by day

The Salkantay and Inca Trail tour provides travelers with the convenience of airport reception, as well as hotel arrangements in Cusco before and after the Salkantay and Inca Trail hike: a journey through Salkantay and a day on the Inca Trail, culminating in the Machu Picchu citadel.

This sacred citadel has fascinated and enchanted visitors for over a century; it is a gateway to the past, to the incredible history of the rise and fall of the Incas, the most advanced civilization in the Americas. The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu was selected by National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine as one of the 25 best hikes in the world. The Inca Trail hike is one of the most famous routes in Peru.

Experience the rich geography of this part of the Peruvian Andes as you walk through remote and ancient trails where towering snow-capped mountains give way to splendid forests of tropical fruits and unique orchids. Sur Nativa, offers a unique opportunity to experience the treasures of the Andes while indulging in the facilities of our camps. Amenities range from luxurious geodesic domes measuring 28 square meters (301 square feet) to exquisite food that spans from the simplest to the most elaborate dishes. The local typical dishes showcased during the hike feature fresh, natural ingredients and the varied flavors of the globally renowned Peruvian cuisine.

Professional guides are trained in local history, geography, culture, and possess unparalleled knowledge of flora and fauna. They have the necessary skills to ensure your safety and well-being throughout the journey.

The Salkantay and Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu with Sur Nativa Peru is an unforgettable experience!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

3 nights in Ecocamp domes
Entrance to the Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
All ground transportation during the tour
Transfers and train tickets
All meals during the tour
Specialized guides
Water

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

1 night in the Sacred Valley hotel
1 night in a Machu Picchu hotel
Flights to Peru and Cusco
Optional activities
Laundry services
Alcoholic beverages
Tips
Lodging in Cusco

WHAT TO BRING

Extra Money
Passport
Immigration card
Water bottle
Hiking shoes
5 shirts
3 warm sweaters
3 hiking pants
Hiking socks
Jacket
Rain jacket
Rain pants or rain poncho
Shorts and t-shirts for the jungle
Sandals
Hat
Flashlight
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Toothpaste and toothbrush

OPTIONAL

Wool hat
Waterproof gloves
Comfortable camp shoes
Swimwear (optional for hot springs)
Face moisturizer
Hand sanitizer
Wet wipes
Binoculars
Walking sticks
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Day 1
CUSCO – CHONTA – PINCOPATA ECOCAMP

This first day allows participants time to acclimate to the altitude and prepare physically for the hike the next day. Pick-up from your hotel at 8 a.m. to travel to the Condor Viewpoint in Chonta. On the way, we will stop and explore one of two archaeological sites: Kuillarumiyoq or Tarahuasi. These sites were important ritual centers during the height of the Inca Empire and still hold significance in today's Quechua society. As we drive further, you'll enjoy the landscape of the Limatambo Valley and spot small agricultural communities in the valley. Upon reaching Chonta, we will walk for about an hour along a narrow trail with spectacular views of the Apurímac Canyon. We are almost certain to have the site entirely to ourselves since most tourists tend to visit the area later in the afternoon. At the viewpoint, there will be time to relax and watch condors soaring over the canyon, while a specially prepared box lunch will be served. After lunch, we will return to our vehicle and continue to our final destination, Pincopata Ecocamp. In Pincopata, you will be greeted with drinks made from locally sourced fruits before being escorted to your warm and cozy dome. There will be plenty of time to rest and take a hot shower before dinner, or perhaps enjoy some additional services; if resting is not your thing, you can explore the beautiful natural surroundings of Ecocamp. Our day will end with a delicious three-course dinner of typical Peruvian cuisine made with the finest natural ingredients.

Driving distance: 132.5 km / 82.8 mi

Driving time: 3.5 hours

Hiking distance: 6.4 km / 3.97 mi

Hiking time: 2 hrs. (round trip)

Chonta Altitude: 3,400 m / 11,154.86 ft

Pincopata Altitude: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft

Hiking level: Moderate

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Day 2
Pincopata Ecocamp Tilca & Choquechurco Pincopata

We will depart from Pincopata Ecocamp through Marcoccasa (the starting point for our long hike to Soraypampa) and continue along a path through forests, passing local farms and the incredible landscape of the Apurímac Valley. We will reach our starting point for our hike to Tilca, an important sacred site located in Mollepata. Our hike to the top of Apu Tilca will last approximately 1.5 hours. During this gradual ascent, we will encounter remains of Inca culture at the top, with steps leading to ceremonial platforms. At the top, we will enjoy views of the great snow-capped peaks of Salkantay, as well as Humantay, Camas, and Abuela, among several other peaks in the Vilcabamba range. We will also be rewarded with exceptional views of the Apurímac River canyon. After spending time enjoying and exploring this stunning landscape, we will descend and continue our journey to the archaeological remains of Choquechurco (place where gold is deposited). This sacred site, unknown to many, is on our list of remote sites that we like to visit. Located amidst a forest of native Polylepis trees, this abandoned site will make you feel like a true explorer. We will discover remnants of religious sites and settlements; carved rocks, plazas, and Inca walls covered in moss and vegetation. From this place, we will have views of Mount Humantay, the Limatambo Valley, Apurímac, and the town of Mollepata. Surrounded by a remarkable landscape, we will stop for lunch at this site before continuing the descent to our Pincopata Ecocamp.

Vehicle distance: 15 km / 9.32 mi

Vehicle time: 25 min

Hiking distance: 6 km / 3.75 mi

Hiking time: 3.5 hrs.

Choquechurco Altitude: 3,200 m / 10,500 ft

Pincopata Altitude: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft

Tilca Altitude: 3129 m / 10,561.02 ft

Hiking level: Moderate

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Day 3
PINCOPATA ECOCAMP – SORAYPAMPA- PINCOPATA ECOCAMP
Option 1: Pincopata Ecocamp-Marcoccasa-Humantay Lake-Pincopata Ecocamp

After breakfast, we will drive 15 minutes to the start of our trail in Marcoccasa. From here, we begin with a short uphill hike before continuing our walk along an aqueduct overlooking the spectacular Valley of the Río Blanco and the snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay. Surrounded by a spectacular view, you will enjoy a delicious box lunch. In the afternoon, we offer an optional hike to Humantay Lake, a lake located at the base of the south face of the mountain. This 1.5-hour hike will present stunning views of the glacial lake of Mount Humantay. However, if you prefer a more relaxed afternoon, you can schedule a relaxing massage or simply enjoy the stunning views surrounding our camp. We will spend the night at the Pincopata camp.

Vehicle time: 15 min

Vehicle distance: 8 km / 5 mi

Hiking distance: 10 km / 6 mi

Hiking time: 4 hrs. 30 min

Soraypampa Altitude: 3,883 m / 12,737 ft

Pincopata Altitude: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft

Humantay Lake Hiking distance: 6.4 km / 4 mi (round trip)

Humantay Lake Hiking time: 3 hrs. (round trip)

Humantay Lake Altitude: 4,298 m / 14,100 ft

Hiking level: Moderate

Option 2: Pincopata Ecocamp-Salkantay Pass-Pincopata Ecocamp

After breakfast, we will head to Soraypampa, where the journey begins from the bottom of the valley, gradually ascending as we cross several small plains. The challenging final climb to Salkantay pass, will be rewarded with spectacular views of the snowy and wild southern face of Salkantay. At the pass, there will be time to celebrate our achievement before descending to a warmer place to enjoy a box lunch. Later, we will return to Soraypampa to meet our transportation. After boarding our transport back to our comfortable Pincopata Ecocamp, you will enjoy a wonderful dinner to bid farewell to our hiking days and end the day stargazing around a cozy bonfire.

Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi

Hiking time: 7-8 hrs. (round trip)

Salkantay Pass Altitude: 4,664 m / 15,300 ft

Soraypampa Altitude: 3,883 m / 12,737 ft

Pincopata Altitude: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft

Hiking level: Challenging

Vehicle time: 15 min

Vehicle distance: 8 km / 5 mi

Hiking distance: 10 km / 6 mi

Hiking time: 4 hrs. 30 min

Soraypampa Altitude: 3,883 m / 12,737 ft

Pincopata Altitude: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft

Humantay Lake Hiking distance: 6.4 km / 4 mi (round trip)

Humantay Lake Hiking time: 3 hrs. (round trip)

Humantay Lake Altitude: 4,298 m / 14,100 ft

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Day 4
PINCOPATA ECOCAMP – MISMINAY - SACRED VALLEY

We start with breakfast at our Pincopata Ecocamp, then travel through small Quechua villages to reach Moray. These are giant natural holes, used to build terraces around them with their own irrigation canals. Later, we continue our journey to the Misminay community, located in Maras, where you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. A journey full of customs and culture. After an incredible lunch in this community, we depart for the Maras Salt Mines. It is believed that these salt mines were developed in pre-Inca times, and today local families harvest them by hand. We will end our day by descending to Pachar, where our transport will be waiting to take us to the hotel selected by the agency or passenger.

Pincopata – Misminay community: 106 km

Driving time: 2:45 hrs.

Misminay community – Sacred Valley: 22 km

Driving time: 0:35 hrs.

Sacred Valley altitude: 2,800 m / 9,892ft

Hiking level: Easy

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Day 5
OLLANTAYTAMBO - KM 104 - AGUAS CALIENTES

After a nutritious breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Ollantaytambo. From here, we will take a train to Km 104, where the one-day Inca Trail begins. The attraction of this short hike includes incredible Inca cities such as the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, exotic mountain views, and extraordinary ecological varieties. The trail passes through the National Park and enters through the Sun Gate (Intipunku), where you will have an unforgettable view of Machu Picchu. After visiting all the hidden corners of the Inca citadel, we will take a bus to descend to Aguas Calientes. You will have enough time to settle into your hotel and explore the charming small town.

Note: Does not include hotel and dinner; this can be arranged prior to your trip.

Ollantaytambo-Km104 Distance: 36 km / 22.37 mi

Train time: 1:30 Hrs.

Hiking distance: 10.5 km / 6.52 mi

Hiking time: 6 hrs.

Ollantaytambo Altitude: 2792 m / 9160.11 ft

Intipunku Altitude: 2720 m / 8923.89 ft

Aguas Calientes Altitude: 2,000 m / 6,560 ft

Hiking level: Moderate-Challenging

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Day 6
AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHU PICCHU-CUSCO

After breakfast, our guide will accompany you to the Machu Picchu archaeological site by bus. After checking in at the park entrance, we will explore the Inca ruins and unravel the mysteries of this sacred city with a deep guided walking tour. This visit includes climbing Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Mountain. These climbs are physically challenging, but the magnificent views from the peak of both mountains make the effort worthwhile. Please notify us in advance if you wish to climb one of these mountains, as we need to book this before your arrival at Machu Picchu. After our tour, we will enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. We will reconnect you with your luggage, take the train to Ollantaytambo, and then transfer you to our vehicle for the remaining journey back to Cusco.

 

Aguas Calientes Altitude: 2,000 m / 6,560 ft

Machu Picchu Altitude: 2430 m / 7972.44 ft

Ollantaytambo Altitude: 2792 m / 9160.11 ft

Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo Distance: 32 km / 19.8 mi

Ollantaytambo-Cusco Distance: 60 km / 37.28 mi

Train time: 2 hrs.

Car time: 2 hrs.

 

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