This is one of our most popular package for passengers who have time in Peru. This two weeks Amazon to Salkantay Trek package includes: Humantay Lake, Salkantay Mountain, Llactapata Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Peruvian Jungle Expeditions. These destinations are a must for all those visiting Jungle of Peru and the Cusco Region.
The city of Puerto Maldonado is a fantastic destination to experience the Amazon rainforest. Located at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, Puerto Maldonado is also the gateway to several national parks in the Amazon River basin, including the Tambopata-Candamo National Reserve, the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and the National Sanctuary Pampas del Heath, all areas with unique species of flora and fauna and an extraordinary degree of biodiversity.
The sixth day we will depart for one of the best treks in the world passes under the magnificent mountain Salkantay (6,710 m / 22,014 ft), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. Its first two days will be dominated by the impressive snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay, as it travels through the high Andean landscape. The third day will descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive sacred citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu is visited during the last day of the program.
Day 1: Lima
Day 2 - 3: Amazon Jungle Peru
Day 4: Cusco
Day 5: Cusco
Day 6 - 10: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 11: Departure Day
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. There are no activities planned, so that you can arrive at any time. You are free to unwind at the hotel or amble around the town of Miraflores, the part of Lima where the hotel is situated. Some of Lima's finest galleries, museums, shops and restaurants are around here.
Today, your holidays to the Amazon Rainforest starts so we take you early in the morning to the Lima´s airport to take a flight to the city of Puerto Maldonado. Then, we travel by a motorized boat over the Madre de Dios River to our lodge settled deeply in the jungle. On our journey to the lodge, you have a chance to see bird species typical for the river and the forest´s outskirts such as a black skimmer, a pied lapwing, a capped heron, a roadside hawk (Buteo magnirostris), a kingfisher, a swallow or a tyrant flycatcher.
Every day, you have a chance to discover loads of typical rainforest animals and plants while receiving explanations and advices of our local specialist Tour Guide. The Amazon jungle covers about a half of Peruvian territory and it is located in the Amazon Basin. Thanks to its isolation it keeps hidden to casual travellers. Puerto Maldonado is the main city of the region and is mostly accessed by air from the capital and from Cusco. The city lies on confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. It is a busy and booming tropical frontier city which principal activities are gold mining, cashew nut collecting, timber exploitation, agriculture and ecotourism.
This day, we transfer you back to the airport at Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco located in the high Andes. You are welcomed by our Representative there and taking to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to be able to acclimatize to the high altitude as well as relax and explore some of this fascinating city.
Today, you have a free day to explore. We recommend a trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, or Maras-Moray-Salineras, where the adventurous can go bike riding or white river rafting on the Urubamba River. The Sacred Valley was a region that the Incas valued highly because it was a principal source of their food production, and also one of the main areas of settlement. The pleasant weather and abundant land make an exceptional combination for the high Andes.
We rise about 5 am and go from Cusco on bus for about 4 hours to Mollepata village (2900 meters above sea level). From there we hike for about four hours to Soraypampa, which is burrowed between the snowy mountains (3850 meters above sea level), on a trail which is a mixture of uphill, downhill and flat path, during which we will have sweeping views of the impressive Salkantay, other snowy mountains and the valley of the Apurimac River. We reach our campsite, where we have lunch. After lunch we will climb the Humantay Mountain for 2 hours to visit the Humantay Lake, a superb lake in the mountains and we then descend back to camp at Soraypampa. There you will find the dining tent set up for afternoon tea with tea, mate de coca, coffee, chocolate etc. You can rest and later are served dinner.
An early start, we have a fine breakfast and prepare ourselves for the longest and most difficult day of the excursion. We start on a moderate pace for 1 hour till we get to Soyrococha. Then we hike uphill for around 3 hours more till we reach the high pass, at 4,800m close to the wonderful frosty peaks of Salkantay (6,271m) and Humantay (6,100m)
Another early start after breakfast, on this part of the hike we walk on a narrow trail on the mountainside, discovering various types of orchids and species of plants, some cornfields and fields of fruits. After walking for around 5 hours we reach La Playa. From here you have 2 options, if you choose the Santa Teresa option, we take a bus to Santa Teresa town. That will take about 45 minutes. Upon arrival we set up camp and have the opportunity to go to the hot springs nearby - about 45 minutes from town. (optional). In the evening we have dinner and rest at camp.
We have breakfast and after a short bus trip (1hour) we hike for about 2 hours past the Urubamba River and onward to the Hydro Electric Station, where we have lunch nearby. We then continue to the town of Aguas Calientes crossing the bottom of the valley for about 3 hours along the train tracks until reaching the town. Once ther we go to our hostal. We have dinner and rest for our next day at Machu Picchu.
After an early breakfast we hike up to Machu Picchu citadel for about 2 hours where we enter the site nice and early for the best photo opportunities. We get our tour of the Incan City, then we can enjoy trekking around Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu at our leisure. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco.
Transfer to Cusco airport after breakfast. End of the tour or alternatively, a good time to extend your trip!
Please note: a return flight to Lima can be arranged upon request!
Meal budget: Please allow USD 100-150 for meals not included.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Salkantay Trek.
Local flights: There are two local flights included in the cost of your tour. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process all air tickets! Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!
Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu. Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle.
Important: plastic bottles are not allowed on the Classic Inca Trail! Please bring a metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles! Optional: walking sticks (please note: rubber covers are required for the Inca Trail!!); you can also rent it from us, Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during entire Inca Trail, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.