Day 1: Arrival
Our driver will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel El Balcón. You will spend the first day acclimating to the altitude in Cusco at 3,400m (11,152ft).
Day 2: Cusco Archaeological sites
During the morning hours we will visit the Inca sites on the hills above Cusco where there is the citadel of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara. You will be back in Cusco by 1:30pm for lunch.
Day 3: Sacred Valley Archeaological sites
We will leave Cusco at 7:30am and take a 70 minute car ride to the Maras salt pools, then Moray the agricultural laboratory of the Incas. We then drop into the Sacred Valley to visit Ollantaytambo, and head to Urubamba for lunch. In the afternoon we have one more site to visit, the fortress of Pisac looking over the Vilcanota river. We arrive back to Cusco around 4:30pm.
Day 4: Cusco - Soray Pampa
The first day of the trek is relaxing. We go from Cusco (3,300m) to Soray Pampa (3,900m) in 3.5 hours by private transportation. After lunch we can relax and enjoy the views of Salkantay, Humantay and other high mountain peaks from the balcony or dining room at the lodge.
Day 5: Soray Pampa - Palqaycasa
This is the biggest day of the trek. The first pass Inkachillaska (4,950m) lies right next to Mount Salkantay to get up close and personal. A couple green lagoons below the pass and views stretching to distant mountain ranges give you the feeling of being among the condors and seeing the world from above. After going down the other side, we have lunch in the spacious pasture Sisaypampa (4,200m). The next pass Palqay (4,700m) is a 500 meter climb of switchbacks to a rocky mountain ridge between Mount Salkantay and Mount Palqay. Going through this doorway brings you over the divide and into another world. An hour below the pass we arrive to Doña Lucillas house (4,200m) where we will spend the night.
Day 6: Palqaycasa - Ahobamba House
As we hike deeper into the Ahobamba valley the mountain walls tower around us, blocking us from the outside world. We have a relaxing day that is only 7km downhill, which gives us time to appreciate this wonderful place with many waterfalls, descending from the high peaks; among them is the highest in Cusco which is over 160m tall. We will visit the ruins of an ancient Inca town across the river from our Ahobamba House (3,500m). We will have a free afternoon to enjoy this spectacular place.
Day 7: Ahobamba House - Cloud Forest House
On this day we descend into the cloud forest. The trail becomes more rugged as it traverses the sides of the valley high above the river. Hanging forests and bamboo thickets provide a beautiful canopy to walk through, and we can still see Salkantay towering over the Ahobamba valley high above us. For several hours we walk in complete seclusion with nature, before we get to the Cloud Forest House of Mr. Fortunato at 2,100m. Here his family lives on a self sufficient farm where they grow a wide variety of products: Coffee, Bananas, Pineapples, Limes, Oranges, Passion Fruit, Avocadoes, Potatoes, Yucca, etc. Here we will enjoy the warm climate and sounds of the many species of birds in the evening.
Day 8: Cloud Forest House - Aguas Calientes
This is the day we arrive back to civilization! An hour below the cloud forest house, is the Hydroelectric train station where many routes to Machu Picchu come through. From the Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes it's an easy 2.5 hour walk along railroad tracks to the tourist town. Here we will check in to our hotel and relax for the rest of the day. In the evening we will have our trek celebration dinner at The Treehouse Restaurant.
Day 9: Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco
There are options to visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu, either in the morning or in the afternoon. It is up to you which turn you choose, the guided tour takes about 2 hours and then you will have some free time to walk through again if you wish. We will take the train back to Cusco after your tour, about 4 hours of travel.
Day 10: Departure
Your transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Included in the package:
• All Transportation
• All group camping equipment
• Licensed Official Tourism Guide
• Cargo Horses & Arrieros (will carry all expedition and personal gear to the Ahobamba house)
• Meals: All Breakfasts included at hotel. All meals during the Trek: Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners included (Day 4 to Day 8)
• Roundtrip Bus Tickets Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Citadel
• All Hotels during stay, with breakfast included (4 nights in Cusco: El Balcón) ( 1 night in Aguas Calientes: El Mistico)
• Entrance Tickets to all Archaeological sites (Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, etc.)
Not Included in the package:
• Meals: Lunches and Dinners Days 1,2,3,9 and 10
• clothing for trekking, cold and rain
• waterproof hiking boots
• sleeping bag (this can be rented in Cusco for $5 per day)
• backpack 35-45 L