Salkantay, Condors & Machupicchu 5D/4N

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 will give participants time to adapt to the altitude and begin to prepare physically for the following days' trekking. We will pick you up from your hotel at 9 a.m. for the trip to the Mirador de Condor in Chonta. On the way, we will stop and explore one of two archaeological centers: Kuillarumiyoq or Tarahuasi. These sites were important ritual centers during the height of the Inca Empire and still have importance in Quechua society today.

As we advance, you will enjoy the scenery of the Limatambo Valley, and observe the small farming communities located in the valley. Arriving at Chonta, we will walk for about an hour along a narrow road with spectacular views of the Apurimac Canyon. We are almost certain to have the site completely to ourselves, as most tourists tend to visit the area later in the afternoon. At the lookout point, there will be time to relax and watch the condors flying 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 prepared with 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 the Ecocamp. Our day will end with a delicious three-course dinner of typical Peruvian cuisine prepared 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 ECOCAMP

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.

Distance by car: 15 km / 9.32 mi

Driving time: 25 min

Hiking distance: 6 km / 3.75 mi

Hiking time: 3.5 hrs

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

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

Altitude Tilca: 3129 m / 10,561.02 ft.

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Day 3
PINCOPATA ECOCAMP - SALKANTAY PASS / HUMANTAY LAGOON - PINCOPATA ECOCAMP
Option 1: Pincopata Ecocamp- Salkantay Pass - Pincopata Ecocamp

After breakfast, we will begin our hike through the valley. We will be ascending gradually as we cross several small pampas. The final challenging climb to the Salkantay Pass will be rewarded with spectacular views of the south face of snow-capped Salkantay.

At the pass, we will have time to celebrate our achievement before descending to a warmer place to enjoy our box lunch before boarding our transport back to our comfortable Ecocamp Pincopata. We will end the day with a wonderful dinner to bid farewell to our days trekking.

Hiking distance: 13.44 km / 8.4 mi

Hiking time: 6 - 7 h Approx.

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

Altitude Abra Salkantay: 4,650 m / 15,255.91 ft.

Altitude Huayra: 3,900m / 12,792 ft.

Hiking level: Challenging

Option 2: Pincopata Ecocamp - Humantay Lagoon - Pincopata Ecocamp

You will enjoy a fresh and nutritious breakfast before heading to Soraypampa, the starting point for our day hike to the Humantay Lagoon. We will hike along our private and quiet route to the lagoon. The hike takes approximately 3 to 4 hours round trip depending on our pace. At the lagoon, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the turquoise lagoon with snow-capped mountains rising behind it. Here, we will have time to take photos, explore and enjoy a box lunch before hiking back.

Upon returning to Soraypampa, your transportation will be waiting to take you back to Pincopata. Here you will have time to relax and shower before enjoying another exquisite dinner.

Walking distance: 6.4 km / 4 mi (round trip)

Hiking time: 3 hrs (round trip)

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

Altitude Soraypampa: 3883 m / 12,737 ft.

Altitude Laguna Humantay: 4200 m / 13,779.53 ft.

Level of trekking: Moderate

Hiking distance: 13.44 km / 8.4 mi

Hiking time: 6 - 7 h Approx.

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

Altitude Abra Salkantay: 4,650 m / 15,255.91 ft.

Altitude Huayra: 3,900m / 12,792 ft.

Hiking level: Challenging

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Day 4
PINCOPATA ECOCAMP - OLLANTAYTAMBO - MACHUPICCHU

We begin with breakfast at the camp and then travel through small Quechua villages in the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo. Here, we will board a train that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). We will enjoy the scenic train ride while having a snack. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will travel by bus to Machu Picchu with our guide, to discover the impressive Citadel in the afternoon. Having explored the site, we will descend to the village where you can rest or explore the town of Aguas Calientes (Hotel and dinner on your own).

Transfer distance: 130 km / 81.25min

Transfer time: 2-3 hrs

Travel distance by train: 36 km / 22.5 min

Travel time by train: 2 hrs

Altitude Ollantaytambo: 2792 m / 9160.11 ft.

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

Altitude Machu Picchu: 2430 m / 7972.44 ft.

Distance Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes: 32 km / 19.8 mi

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Day 5
MACHU PICCHU - MISMINAY - CUSCO

After breakfast in Machu Picchu Pueblo, we will take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo where we will have our own private transportation waiting for us. This will take us to the community of Misminay, located in Maras, where you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. A trip full of customs and culture. Then we will take you back to Cusco. For those who plan to spend more time in Cusco, we will be happy to arrange a hotel and drop you off. In case you wish to visit other places in Cusco, we will be happy to help you with day tours.

Distance Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes: 32 km / 19.8 mi

Travel distance by train: 36 km / 22.5 mi

Travel time by train: 2 hrs

Altitude Ollantaytambo: 2792 m / 9160.11 ft / 2792 m

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

Altitude Machu Picchu: 2430 m / 7972.44 ft.

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