Colca Canyon 2 days
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The advantages of this route are clear: It passes beneath the slopes of mount Salkantay through forests redolent of ancient mysteries, farming communities of the region, and, most importantly, it provides a little known view of Machu Picchu from the opposite side to the Inca trail. Also, there are no crowds and will enjoy spectaculars landscapes.
Day 1 Arrival in Lima. Transfer to the selected hotel in Lima.
Day 2 Transfer to the airport in Lima. Flight to Cusco and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.
Afternoon City Tour and Saqsayhuaman ruins
In the afternoon we will make a city tour. One of the most advanced ancient civilizations on Earth originated in the Peruvian Andes, and it has left evidence of its cultural legacy in every corner of the vast territory occupied by present-day Peru.
Cusco, as the capital of the Inca Empire, with its historical legacy, living culture and natural attractions, offers visitors a guided visit to the city and the surrounding ruins. The tour begins with a visit to the city’s cathedral, which was erected on the site of one of the most important temples of the Inca period, dedicated to the creator god Wiracocha. Construction began in 1559 and was completed in 1654. The interior houses a collection of paintings from the Cusco School of religious art. From the cathedral we will head to the Qoricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, to see its fine stonework and learn about its history as the most important shrine in the Inca Empire. From here we will leave the city and venture into the surrounding hills. Saqsayhuaman was the ancient House of the Sun, and today we can observe beautiful stone constructions erected by the Incas on a massive scale. Our tour will continue with guided visits to the temple of Qenqo, the red fortress of Pukapukara and the Inca baths at Tambomachay.
Day 3 Sacred Valley of the Incas
We will visit the market of Pisaq, where a colorful handcrafts market of Andean jewelry, textiles, pottery and other items shares space on the main square with a traditional produce market. This market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. We will then continue our trip by visiting the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, which conserves intact the urban plan as it was laid out by the Incas. This site was once inhabited by members of the Inca nobility, and we will visit its agricultural terraces, temples and residential areas. During our return to Cusco we will visit the Andean village of Chinchero, with its church, splendid indigenous market and Inca ruins.
Meals: B, L
Day 4 Cusco - Soraypampa - Arrayanniyoq
We will leave Cusco at 5:00 a.m and drive to Mollepata. Along the four and a half hour drive, we can see the town of Limatambo (2100 m/6870 ft.), an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. We will leave Limatambo and drive up a beaten track along the right shore of the Apurimac River, to reach Mollepata (2800 m/9186 ft.). Hereafter we arrange the equipment on horses. Then we will continue the drive to Soraypampa (3900 m/12795 ft.). Then we will start the ascent on foot towards Soroycocha, along a slight climb where we will appreciate various plants, native birds, the Apurimac river canyon (which is one of the deepest in Peru), and a communitarian irrigation canal. Here we will have our lunch, with a spectacular view of the Humantay snow peak (5902 m/19363 ft.). After approximately 3 hours of walking and passing the Apacheta pass (4,650 m/15255 ft.), we will arrive at our campsite at Arrayanniyoq. From here we can appreciate the majestic Apu Salkantay (6264 m/20551 ft.).
Meals: Morning snack, L, D
Day 5,6 Arrayanniyoq – Chaullay – La Playa
After an early breakfast we start trekking through a dramatic cloud. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the mount Salkantay, the second highest peak in Cusco region, and also the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. We downhill to Chaullay (2,920 m./9589 ft.) and to Uscamayuc, where we will be introduced to a high jungle niche called "Ceja de Selva", we will see different kind of plants, fruits, flowers, birds etc., here coca and banana crops can be observed, time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian national bird "Gallito de las Rocas", stop at Wiñaypoq’o for lunch and free time to rest. At the end of the day we will see passion fruit fields. The campsite is at the community named "La Playa "(2400 m/7874 ft.).
Meals: B, L, D
Day 7 La Playa - Aguas Calientes
Today we continue through a sub-tropical vegetation to the village of Lucmebamba, where an original Inca trail remains. A gradual uphill climb through lush sub-tropical forest brings us to Llactapata (2700m./8858 ft.), which is famous for a “great condor view of Machu Picchu”, In the afternoon we take the hydroelectric train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend a comfortable night in a hotel.
Meals: B, L
Day 8 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco
We take the early bus up to the stunning archeological complex of Machu Picchu for a tour of these mysterious remains. Then we have time to explore on our own before returning to Cusco by train in the afternoon.
Day 9 Transfer to hotel for the Flight back to Lima
- All transfers airport – hotel –airport
- City Tour and ruins of Saqsayhuaman, tour to the Sacred Valley and tour to Machu Picchu (available in pool and private services upon request)
- Entrance fees for all tours and excursions, parks and museums
- Hotel in Lima by 1 night, in Cusco by 3 nights, in Machu Picchu by 1 night (tourist class hotel, first class hotel or De luxe hotel, upon request)
- Meals described in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, FB=Full board), in the trek the meals are prepared by the trek cook and also includes: daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day, vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
- Other services including trekking services:
- Pre-departure briefing
- Transport to the start of the trail and return transport by train from Machu Picchu to Cusco
- Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish), 2 guides for groups of over 8 people.
- Accommodation on the trek is camping (3 nights). Tents are set up by the porters.
- Services during the trek: wranglers, horses and mules for carrying equipment and personal gear, saddle horse for emergencies and auxiliary staff
- Camping equipment: Personal tents (2 people in each 4-people capacity tent, they are 3 season and highly maintained), mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, toilet tent, household items.
- Sleeping bag (we have sleeping bags for hire at an extra cost)
- Accommodation for all our staff
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Hot water every morning to clean up and boiled water to fill in your canteen every morning or night.
- First aid kit and emergency oxygen supply
- Bag for the gear you will need during the trek
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
- R/T Bus ticket (from the village of Aguas Calientes up to Machu Picchu ruins and from Machu Picchu to the village)
- Train tickets to Machu Picchu Backpacker service (Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service are available, upon request) (*)
- Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco
- All the garbage produced during the trek will be returned to the city of Cusco
(*)A train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) with an additional transfer to your selected hotel will be provided.
- International and domestic flights
- Meals not included in the program
- Personal expenses
- Any kind of personal insurance
- Sleeping bag
- VAT if applicable
We recommend that you take:
- Travel documents: passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, vouchers
- Health requirements arranged
- Any Vaccination Certificates required
- Money: cash, credit card and money pouch
- Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
- A good sleeping bag (down bag for temperatures as low -15°C)
- Inner sleep sheet (for sleeping bag)
- Backpack for carrying items for daily use such as cameras, water bottles, etc.
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Short-sleeved t-shirts
- Comfortable pants
- Walking boots , waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Sports shoes or sandals for a higher comfort while at camp
- Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat, cap and accessories
- Towel, toilet paper
- Camera, video camera, binoculars, etc.
- Insect repellent
- Sun block
- Non-disposible canteen and water for the first morning. Optionally: water-sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported health problem so far
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
- Walking poles (you will need rubber tips to cover the metal tips and protect the trail)
Before you travel we recommend that you check that you have adequate health insurance, travel insurance and personal insurance to cover the needs of your family in case of loss of baggage, accident, theft or death.
- Departure and arrival times are approximated.
- Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress
- Challenging and levels of difficulty: (range between 1 to 10): 7 and an acclimatization period of at least 2 days in Cusco or at elevations above 3000m/9840ft is recommended.
(these discounts are not cumulative)
- Students: US$ 20.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
- Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Children: US$ 40.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
Plus Additional discounts
(that may be added to the above-mentioned)
- 10 % off on full program price for all bookings confirmed at least 3 months in advance. This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered
Social & Environmental responsibility
Andean Skyline is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. With your participation we can help conserve the area we visit and bring positive benefits to our host communities.
What you need to know on how to be a responsible traveller:
- The natural environment is also very important. If in the bush we need to make our human waste, be sure is buried away from waterways. Burying or carrying out used toilet paper is a must. Tampons and sanitary pads must also be taken out of the area and disposed of appropriately. Minimize use of soap or shampoos in rivers and lakes - your local guide will let you know when using soap is unsuitable.
- When trekking, many travellers take an extra plastic bag to pick up any rubbish that they see to improve the area and for their own rubbish. Rubbish may have to be carried until a suitable disposal opportunity in the next town.
Please try and minimize the waste of plastic water bottles. Consider packing a water filter, water purification tablets or iodine to purify drinking water. At some of our hotels there are large water 'bubbler' dispensers where you can refill your bottle with purified water for free or for a small fee.