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Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

1. Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake (L, D) Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then return to base-camp to spend the night. Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D) Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud forest.” Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night. Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa (B, L, D) After breakfast, take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana and avocado plantations, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm. After a typical lunch in La Playa, take a 40-minute car ride towards Santa Teresa where attractions include hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Here you will spend the night.  Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D) On this day, in Santa Teresa, you can choose to visit the zipline, canopy, or hot springs. Then, you will head to Hidroelectrica, passing trough waterfalls coming from the glaciers and fields of cocoa and coffee. After a nourishing lunch, begin a 2-hour walk to Machu Picchu Pueblo, known as Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you can go to your hotel to shower and relax before dinner. After dinner, get some rest before the early morning climb up to Machu Picchu the following morning. Day 5: Machu Picchu (B) Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. You can choose to hike uphill to the ruins or take the bus for an additional charge. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. You will have some free time to explore at leisure and you can use it to climb to Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu mountain (if booked in advance). Alternatively, you can trek to the Sun Gate at the main entrance of the Inka Trail. Take the train to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:30 PM and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop-off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Optional Hiking

2. Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Optional Hiking

Experience a tour ideal for those who have little time, but do not want to miss Machu Picchu, one of the most magical places in the world. Get a guided tour of the archeological site and free time to discover it on your own Start your journey with pickup from hotels and hostels in the center of Cusco and head to Ollantaytambo to board the train to the city of Machu Picchu. The 2-hour train ride is without a guide. Upon arrival, the guide with the names of each traveler will be waiting. Follow your guide to the bus station to board the bus to the citadel. The trip will last approximately 25 minutes.  Begin a 2-hour guided tour of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. After your tour, you will have free time to explore the site yourself. There are areas available that are not included in the tour, such as the Inca bridge, and you can always ask your guide for suggestions to explore more in your free time.  Later in the afternoon, take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train back to Ollantaytambo to finally take your last bus trip to Cusco, lasting about 4 hours in total.

Cusco: Private Full-Day Inti Punku Hike to the Sun Gate

3. Cusco: Private Full-Day Inti Punku Hike to the Sun Gate

Inti Punku is a small Inca ruin at the top of a 3,900-meter hill. On this scenic hike, you will enjoy the views of the Urubamba River, the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and Veronica Mountain. Your tour will begin at 5:00AM, with private transportation from your hotel in Cusco. From here you will drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with a stop for breakfast in the community of Pachar, only a few kilometers from Ollantatyambo. After breakfast, you will continue driving until Ollantaytambo to begin your ascent. Along the way you will pass thought the Inca Quarries of the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, until you finally reach the Sun Gate. Whilst here you will have several hours to hike, taking in varying and breathtaking terrain with your hiking guide. You will also be presented with a box lunch during your hike, which will assist you with energy for the rest of your day. Afterwards, on your way back to Cusco, you will return to the community of Pachar, which will make an ideal spot to refresh yourself with some of the best craft beer in all the Cusco region. Following this, you will be safely returned back to your accommodation in central Cusco.

From Cusco: Full-Day to Huilloc, Pumamarca, & Ollantaytambo

4. From Cusco: Full-Day to Huilloc, Pumamarca, & Ollantaytambo

You will be picked up from your hotel and depart towards Huilloc where you will learn about the customs of this community and will participate in a demonstration of one of the ancestral activities of Andean life: the process of making garments using traditional techniques, understanding the meaning of their iconography. A resident will show you the weaving process of typical Huilloc clothing. In addition to the opportunity to appreciate this traditional activity, you can buy one of these beautiful garments, contributing to the spiritual strengthening and identity of this Inca people, making this a complete and special experience. Then, it will depart towards the archaeological site of Pumamarca, composed of structures such as platforms, roads, and canals. He will have lunch on the road. Later visit the town of Ollantaytambo which has been continuously inhabited since the time of the Inca Empire. Finally, you will be transferred from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco.

Cusco: 4-Day Hiking Trek to Machu Picchu with Lunches

5. Cusco: 4-Day Hiking Trek to Machu Picchu with Lunches

DAY 1: PUMA HUANCA – HUARAN – CANCHA CANCHA We will pick you up at 5:00 am and travel in a bus for one and a half hours to the village of Puma Huanca, located in the Sacred Valley between the towns of Pisac and Urubamba. We´ll join our wranglers and pack the horses that will be carrying our gear. From here, we will begin our trek. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us we head northwards following a gently climbing trail that runs parallel to the small Cancha Cancha River. We will soon reach the village of Huaran, where we will enjoy our first lunch on the trail. After lunch, it is a four-hour trek to our destination, the small village of Cancha Cancha (3800m/1250ft), where we’ll spend the night. DAY 2: CANCHA CANCHA – QUISHUARANI This day will be the most challenging day of the trek. We will leave Cancha Cancha in the morning and continue up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After half an hour, the trail flattens out before climbing steeply for a two-and-a-half-hour trek to the highest pass, Pachacutec Pass (4758m1558ft). From this pass, you’ll be rewarded with superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy peak of Pitusiray. The trail continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until it descends into a beautiful isolated corrie filled by a glacial lake, where we will have lunch. The lip of the corrie descends into the next valley, following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quisuarani (3700m1220ft), where we’ll camp here for the night. DAY 3: QUISUARANI – HOT SPRINGS We will follow the trail in the river valley downhill for about three and a half hours to the town of Lares (3100m1020ft). Half an hour before arriving at the town of Lares, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in some open-air thermal springs. At about 1 pm, the bus will pick us up and leave for Ollantaytambo, where you will have some time to rest and explore the historic town. We will then take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will enjoy a celebratory dinner. DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU! On the fourth day, we will have two options to get to Machu Picchu. We have the possibility to walk an hour and a half to Aguas Calientes or catch an early bus. We will be able to witness the magnificent sunrise in the ancient Inca city. There will be a walking tour of approximately 2 hours, after which you can explore the mysterious city by yourself. After exploring Machu Picchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch and you will be given train tickets back to Cusco. If you wish, an extra night in Aguas Calientes, you can coordinate. Please let us know if you would like to stay an additional night when you book your trip.

From Cusco: Choquechaca and Pumamarca Private Full-Day Hike

6. From Cusco: Choquechaca and Pumamarca Private Full-Day Hike

Enjoy a full-day hike that showcases the natural and cultural wealth of the Sacred Valley. Be in awe of stunning landscapes and learn more about Andean culture. Begin your day with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Head towards Pallata, and make a short stop in Ollantaytambo, the former royal estate of the Inca Empire. Continue on to Pallata and begin your hike. Starting at 3100 meters above sea level, this hike takes you through several ecological floors that display magnificent changes in the colors of the flora and fauna. Witness and experience the cloud forest phenomenon, where the humidity of the valley is retained causing it to drizzle all year. At 3800 meters above sea level, arrive in Choquechaca. Meet the locals that live in this quaint town and learn about its traditions and culture. Then, enjoy a box lunch before heading back. On your way back, take a detour to Pumamarca, the Inca archeological site with the largest number of platforms throughout the valley. Conclude your hike with a relaxing ride back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Ollantaytambo

The 5-day hike on the Salcantay, stopping at Lake Huamantay and ending at Machu Picchu, is a must for every Peru visitor. Best of all, however, is the guide (and the cook), who take you straight to their hearts and take you into the family. If you are lucky Big Willy will be your guide and Manzanita (Sergio) your cook and you will spend the best 5 days of the year.

The tour company text me the day before to tell me what time they would pick me up and give me the details of the trip. It was very well organized. I would recommend this trip to others.

Everything was well organized, Jimmy the guide was awesome. The service provider is very responsive by message in case of questions etc.

It was a great tour, the accommodation was better as I thought

Amazing experience! Well worth the money and time!